Welcome to Shalom's Newest Faculty Members!

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Shalom Christian Academy is pleased to welcome the following new employees -


Welcome to Olivia Birkhimer - our newest Kindergarten teacher! Olivia is a 2009 Shalom graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Valley Forge. She has been teaching in China since 2015. Olivia is looking forward to joining the Shalom community again - she loves being a part of her students' lives, being an influence, and a cheerleader for them! 

Welcome to Robert Hand - our newest 2nd grade teacher! Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Fort Hays State University, a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an elementary education certification. “Teaching is a ministry whereby we can convey God’s desire for excellence and His great love for the children entrusted to us,” he said. Robert and his wife are looking forward to relocating to the Chambersburg area after teaching in China for the past 6 years. 

Welcome to Joyce Camut - our newest 4th grade teacher! Joyce has been a substitute teacher at Shalom for the past two years including several long-term sub positions. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in math from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her prior teaching experience includes 4th and 5th grade as well as at the preschool level. Joyce said she appreciates how Christian education provides a different approach that includes prayer. She enjoys helping students encourage each other, and see what others have to offer. Joyce and her husband are actively involved at Mt. Pleasant UB Church and their daughter is a student at Shalom. 

Welcome to Bonnie Gingrich - our newest secondary math teacher! Bonnie is a 2004 graduate of Shalom and has a Bachelor’s degree in Letters, Arts, and Science from Penn State University. Bonnie is an experienced physical therapy assistant in the school setting and plans to obtain her teaching certification. She and her husband Micah, also a Shalom alum, are excited to move back to the area, and become involved with Shalom again. She anticipates helping her students see value in servanthood. As a parent Bonnie appreciates having her children in an environment that shares similar values - her two daughters will be students at Shalom starting this fall.