DCS Staff and faculty

     The staff and faculty at DCS desire to make a godly impact on students during the school day, at school activities, and in the community. They see their occupation as service to young people and families. All full-time faculty members are required to have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university. Many DCS teachers have earned advanced degrees, and are certified (or qualify for certification) by various state and national educational associations. 

     DCS class sizes are limited, which allows the teachers to go beyond the basic educational experience. As godly role models, DCS teachers influence the students spiritually, socially, and emotionally.

  • Pastor Mark Montgomery

    School Administrator

         I have been the senior pastor of First Baptist Church and the Administrator of DuBois Christian Schools since 2002. 

         I was born in Johnson City, NY while my dad was a student at Baptist Bible  Seminary.  Most of my childhood and teen years were spent in Willingboro, NJ, where my dad was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Willingboro. 

         I graduated from Baptist Bible College of Clarks Summit, PA in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology.  It was during those years that I married Deborah Smith.  We have three wonderful children, Melissa, Mark II, and Matthew.  My hobbies are fishing and coin collecting. 

         After graduating from BBC I began working at Summit Baptist Academy and attended Grace Theological Seminary and earned a MA in Christian School Administration. The first 14 years of my ministry career was spent in Christian schools, mostly as an administrator.

         My main duties as the DCS Administrator are to oversee the finances, work with the administrative team, and be available to handle various issues that may arise.  I have also been the Varsity Girls’ Basketball coach for over 10 years and greatly enjoy that opportunity with the students. It is a real joy and awesome privilege to partner with parents in the Christian education of their children. 

         One of my favorite verses in working with the students, parents, teachers and staff is Colossians 1:23-24, "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." 

  • Fran Chittester

    Elementary Principal / Director of Instruction / 1st-2nd Grade Teacher / Elementary Chapel Director

  • Mark chittester

    Dean of Students / Director of Community Relations / General Math Teacher / 7th-8th Grade History Teacher / High School Bible Teacher

         I have a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from Clarion University, and many years of experience in the business world in buyer communications, marketing, and public relations.

         At DCS, my role is to work to form and maintain strong, positive relationships with our students, parents, local churches and the community. As Dean of Students, I also oversee discipline, discipleship, and the non-athletic lives of our secondary students.

  • Tracy Shenkle

    Director of Development 

         I grew up in Brookville, PA and currently live in Reynoldsville with my husband and 4 daughters. I am a 1998 graduate of First Baptist Church Academy (now DuBois Christian Schools), and a 2002 graduate of Penn State University where I received a BS in Nursing. 

         I married my best friend, Phil Shenkle, in 2002, and we have 4 beautiful daughters...Lilly, Ella, Anna and Ivey. I worked as a Registered Nurse for 4 years before my oldest was born, and shortly after her birth, I began volunteering at DCS and began serving on the School Committee. The volunteer service continued and grew over the years as our family grew. 

         In 2016 I was asked to come on staff at DCS as the Director of Development to manage and organize fundraising, grant writing, and events, as well as promotion of DCS to the community. Phil and I, and our girls, love our church family at First Baptist Church and for many years have served on the praise team and in Common Ground Youth Group as well as other ministries. We are so thankful to be able to serve the Lord in the church where we were raised! 

         If you get to know me and my family you will realize I don't sit still well. I love organization and lists, and enjoy spending time with friends and family! 

         My favorite Bible verse for this time in my life is Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

  • Nancy Mowrey

    School Secretary / Assistant Athletic Director

  • Paula Gabbard

    Preschool (3-year old and 4-year old) Teacher 

         Two of my favorite things are the Bible, and teaching preschoolers. It is very exciting for me to see children grow in their understanding of who God is and how much He loves them. My favorite Bible verse is Deuteronomy 6:6-7, "And these words I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

         I grew up in Curwensville, PA. I went to college at the University of Arkansas where I earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have taught preschool for 22 years. I am married to a wonderful man, Delmer. We have four grown children and two rescue dogs.

  • kristin hills

    Kindergarten Teacher / Elementary Music Teacher

         I am originally from Falls Creek, PA. I graduated from Brockway Area Jr./Sr. High School, and this is my 8th year of teaching experience. 

         My family includes my dad: Harold Hills, my mom: Nancy Hills, my older brother: David, my sister-in-law: Laura Hills, my niece: Aurora Hills, my younger brother: Ryan Hills, and my sister-in-law: Alexas Hills. 

         My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:13. 

         I enjoy music -- playing the alto saxophone, ukulele, and piano; and signing. I also enjoy knitting, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

  • linda deitch

    1st-2nd Grade Teacher Assistant 

  • susan bundy

    3rd-4th Grade Teacher / Elementary Art Teacher 


         I grew up in Luthersburg, PA. I was in the third grade when First Baptist Church Academy (now DuBois Christian Schools) started, and I graduated in 1984. I attended Indiana University of PA for 1 1/2 years, and then transferred to Liberty University to complete my BS degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, I became a Teacher's Aide at DCS for 1 1/2 years, and then moved to Florida and taught at West Florida Baptist Academy for 2 1/2 years. When I returned to DuBois, I began working at DCS again.

         I count it a privilege to serve God at DCS. My favorite verse is Lamentations 3:23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning: Great is your faithfulness."

  • diane kennard

    5th-6th Grade Teacher / High School Choir Director / 7th-8th Grade Handbells Director / Yearbook Coordinator 

         I grew up in Grampian, PA. In 1984 I graduated from First Baptist Church Academy (now DuBois Christian Schools). In 1988 I completed a Diploma program in Christian Ministries at Tennessee Temple University (now Piedmont International University). Just one month following graduation from TTU I married my high school sweetheart, Dan Kennard, who is also a 84 grad from DCS and 88 grad from TTU. In 2010, I completed my BS Degree and Master's Degree through Clarks Summit University. 

         It has been a privilege to teach multiple subjects and class levels at DCS since 1996, as well as serve on the school committee and DCS Administration.

         Dan and I have been blessed with a wonderful daughter and son, Deidre Brown (DCS class of 2010) and Dan Kennard II (DCS class of 2013); son-in-law Tim Brown (DCS class of 2009), and daughter-in-law, Hannah Kennard. We have two wonderful grandsons, Reagan and Everett; and a precious granddaughter, Murphy, just born in May 2019.

         I enjoy fishing, and going to Ocean City, New Jersey.

         My favorite verse from  God's Word is Psalm 37:4-5, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Trust also in HIm, and He will bring it to pass." 

  • Paul Simpson

    Math Teacher / Science Teacher / Family Consumer Science Teacher 

         I have spent my life living locally in Rockton, PA besides some time spent in the military and college. I went to Clarion University of Pennsylvania where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an area of emphasis in the Natural Sciences. After graduating from college I spent the next three years as a day-to-day substitute teacher and a long-term substitute teacher. I worked in the Dubois and Clearfield school districts teaching Kindergarten through 12th grade.

         After three years of substitute teaching, I decided it was necessary to pursue other careers in order to provide for my family. I worked numerous different careers and trades including construction, mechanic on diesel heavy equipment in the coal industry, and facility maintenance. During this time I did not understand what purpose this was serving or what God’s plans were for me. I have come now to realize that I needed time for God to prepare me to be able to serve in my current position here at First Baptist Church and Dubois Christian Schools. Most of all, I needed time and experiences to help me get to the point where I was ready and willing to serve our Lord in this capacity.

              A significant influence, and source of continual and greatly needed support, is wife. Together we work to raise the four daughters of our blended family to grow and develop knowing the Lord.  

         One of my favorite scripture verses is Isaiah 41:10 (ESV), “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

  • matt montgomery

    School Chaplain / 7th-8th Grade Bible Teacher / 7th-12th Grade Chapel Director / Boys Gym Teacher

         I have been on staff at First Baptist Church as an Assistant Pastor since 2008. I married Erin that same year, and we have two amazing boys, Hudson and Charlie. 

         I grew up in Southern California, but moved to DuBois in the middle of high school when my father, Pastor Mark, was called to pastor First Baptist Church. During my college years, I spent eight months living and working with missionaries in Durban, South Africa. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Clarks Summit University, a master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and was ordained by First Baptist Church in 2014. 

         My current responsibilities at FBC and DCS include leading Common Ground (youth group), teaching and serving as the chaplain at DuBois Christians Schools, preaching, counseling, playing guitar on the praise teams, and individual discipleship. 

         In my “down time,” I enjoy spending time with family, running, hunting, and fishing.

         Philippians 3:8 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."

  • sherry schuster

    High School Math and Science Teacher


        My husband and I moved to the DuBois area in 2014, and I began as a substitute teacher in the DCS high school that same year. The following school year, I began teaching math classes, and I currently teach high school math and science at the high school level.

         My past experience includes serving as Program Co-Chair for Radiology at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I also taught. I also served as a manager for more than 100 employees in the departments of Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics and Gamma Knife at Bryan LGH Medical Center in Lincoln.

         After leaving Nebraska, I spent time managing my husband's medical practice, and volunteering in various capacities including working with high risk high school students.

         I have a lovable furry friend, Sasha, which I often bring to school. Sasha is a full-grown poodle and trained therapy dog who is loved by all my students, and has a very calming presence in the classroom.

         I enjoy reading, and my favorite verse is Joshua 1:9.

  • katie chamberlin

    High School Spanish Teacher / Math and English Substitute Teacher

  • cheryl brown

    High School Art Teacher

         I was raised in Brockway, PA where we currently live on a farm. In 1975, I went to Asbury University and met my husband, Jim. I graduated from Asbury in 1979 with a BA in Art. In 1983, I received my Master's in Education from Moorhead University in Kentucky.

         In 1983, Jim and I headed to Malaysia to teach at Dalat School for missionary kids on the Penang Island. We relocated back to the USA in 1994. We have six children, 15 grandchildren, and have been married 40+ years.

         Among my favorite Bible verses is Lamentations 3:22-24, "It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore I hope in Him." 

  • Shelley muth

    Girls Gym Teacher

  • Terry Blankley

    Custodian

         I grew up in Curwensville, PA and currently live in Treasure Lake, DuBois, PA. My family includes my wife, Patty; as well as our son, David. Our daughter, Jennifer Bailey, lives in York, PA with her husband, Keith, and our grandson, Ethan.

         I graduated from Curwensville Joint High School and DeVry Technical Institute of Chicago, IL.  After over 35 years of service I retired from AT&T, and became Custodian at First Baptist Church and DuBois Christian Schools in October 2002.

         My favorite portion of Scripture is John 14.