Faculty

Darren Kloepper

Headmaster

God radically changed my life just before my 20th birthday. Ever since that night of transformation in August of 1989, I’ve been enthusiastic about making Jesus known and challenging others to follow Him. That journey has taken me into occupations in church ministry that include youth pastor and Director of Christian Education. Several years ago, I transitioned into education, working as a teacher and campus administrator in a Christian alternative school.

I believe that a good teacher is one who enjoys learning, discovering, pursuing, and sharing truth. I personally love to learn and have always felt comfortable with a book in one hand and a highlighter in the other. However, the ultimate joy in learning is found in passionately presenting ideas to an eager learner. As I’ve researched, studied, and even observed Classical Christian education, I’m convinced that it’s the best model to train students to possess a broad base of knowledge coupled with a solid biblical worldview.

I am thrilled to be a part of the staff at Three Oaks Christian School. I am committed to creating a school and culture that fulfills our mission to “partner with parents to educate and disciple children consistent with a biblical worldview, teaching them to be lifelong learners able to discern, articulate, and defend truth in a compelling, winsome Christ-like manner.”

My wife (Heidi) and I have been married for 26 years. We have seven children (ages 23 to 9-year-old twins). Several activities that I cherish are spending time with my wife and family, reading, and woodworking. I have a BA in Pastoral Ministries from Taylor University and a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary.

Church Affiliation: First Mennonite Church in Berne, Indiana.

Shelly Ivins

5th & 6th Grade Teacher

I graduated from Spring Arbor University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with Science and Language Arts endorsements for grades 6-9. My Student Teaching experience was in Michigan where I taught to an inner city 4th grade class.  

Upon returning to Indiana, I taught 6th grade Science for 3 years at a local public school. However, as much as I hated leaving my career, I felt a stronger call to raise my 3 kids as a stay-at-home mom. God answered my longings by assuring me that I would have both a diaper bag and a brief case, just not at the same time. I felt his promise that one day I would return to a classroom; I just didn’t know when or where. After facing strong academic and social 
challenges and hearing some wise words from a friend, we decided to continue our children’s education from home as well. After many years of saying, “I could never do that,” God provided the ability and grace to “Do That.” We homeschooled for the next 8 years. During this time, we were introduced to remarkably high academic and strong Godly textbooks and teaching methods that were previously unknown to us. We would not have traded this time of learning and growth for anything. With my children graduating, I was excited to see how or when God might answer my prayer to someday return to a classroom.
 
After being introduced to the Classical teaching model, I came to the realization that some of what I loved about our homeschool experience was actually classical in nature, such as studying history from creation to the present as a living testimony to God’s plan and provision to mankind. I knew that teaching at Three Oaks would be a perfect fit for me!
 
My husband of 25 years, Cory, and our three children have all been very supportive of my transition back into a classroom. As a family, we love camping, hiking and kayaking, and eating ice cream. We all love to travel and explore new places as a family and while serving on mission trips around the world.
 
Church Affiliation: Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton, IN