Copper Country Christian School
We have some of the most talented educators on our staff. Here's an opportunity to get to know them. They are an important part of the school and we appreciate each and everyone of them.
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Mr. Anderson - Grades 7-12 Math
Mr. Anderson is the veteran teacher at CCCS; he has taught various math classes at CCCS for 23 years. He tries to strengthen student interest in Math with his own enthusiasm for the subject. Inspired by him, some of his students have even gone on to become teachers themselves. He is dedicated to CCCS; he’s the first one in the door each day and is always ready with a smile.
Mr. Anderson holds a B.S. in Math Education from Northern Michigan University, a Masters in Religious Education from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (ACSI Certified), and an MA in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University. He was also a member of the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics for ten years.
"Frau" Becky Austin - Pre K-12 German, Pre-Algebra
Frau Austin’s language teaching style is infectious—combining dialog, songs, and games, while addressing the everyday customs and culture of Germany. The students are inspired by her teaching and must always address her in German, unless they are sitting on her Ami-teppich (“American rug”). She started teaching German at CCCS in the elementary/Jr. High in 2010, adding the high school in 2011.
Frau Austin holds a B.A. in German and Education from Denison University. She also was privileged to take part in a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, spending the '99-2000 school year teaching English in Schwerin, Germany. There she split her time between a Montessori school (grades 1-4) and a college-prep secondary school (working in grades 5, 8, 10 and 12.) She’s spent a total of over 2 years living in Germany and has a great passion for the language and culture.
Mr. Scott Austin - Grades 10,11,12 - Physics & Chemistry
Mr. Austin has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and a BA in German from Michigan State University. He taught German at Michigan Tech University (2000-2010). He is currently the His House Christian Fellowship Campus Minister (hhcf.org) at Michigan Tech. In the 2012-2013 school year, he taught Physics at CCCS, and is teaching Chemistry in the 2013-2014 school year. His love for science comes through in his teaching, and his students learn that Christ and Science do not have to be at odds. Mr. Austin is a down-to-earth person and brings joy and enthusiasm to the students and staff at the school.
Miss Christa Peterson - Grades 1 & 2
Miss Peterson graduated from the Copper Country Christian School in 2011. She attended Northland International University for one year studying office administration. The following summer while working at summer camp, where she has served for seven years, she felt the Lord leading her to pursue a degree in early childhood education. In the fall of 2012, she began classes through Grand Canyon University's online program. Miss Peterson has also taught elementary students at a Christian school in Missouri. Recently, Miss Peterson has felt the Lord leading her back to Michigan to continue pursuing her degree and teaching at the CCCS.
Mrs. Kris O'Connor - Grades 3 & 4
Mrs. O’Connor finally joined our staff after her youngest came of school age. A mother of 13, she home schooled before starting her children at CCCS in 2006. Mrs. O’Connor is finishing her 16th year of teaching, her second in our 3rd and 4th grade.
Mrs. O’Connor has also taught Sunday school and VBS at Evangel Baptist, as well as teaching water safety classes at Suomi College (now Finlandia University). She conducted home school seminars for teaching multi-age groups and coordinated homeschool conferences in the UP prior to joining our staff. She still coordinates the Spring Formal, a formal event cooperative between the homeschool community and CCCS.
Mrs. Pauline Bradley- Jr. High & High School
Mrs. Bethany Downs - Jr High & High School
Mrs. Downs grew up in Indiana, graduating in 2004 with High Honors from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Psychology (minor in English). She and her husband, Chris, have two sons, Clayton (5th grade) and Mitch (2nd grade). Mrs. Downs loves dogs, reading, writing, and running. She has always enjoyed volunteering in her sons' schools. At Imlay City Christian School, she helped in 1st/2nd grade math classes as well as lunch assistant duties and fund-raising. She also taught 1st/2nd grade Sunday School for two years prior to relocating to the snowy North. We are excited to see how God uses her at Copper Country Christian School.
Mrs. Jennifer Salo - PreK & Kindergarten
Mrs. Jennifer Salo graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College with a Christian Education Degree. She has been teaching at CCCS since 2006 as the preschool teacher. In 2009 she began teaching kindergarten in addition to preschool.
Mrs. Salo is also the Home Economics teacher for the high school and junior high students. During the summer Jennifer serves as Food Service Director at Gitche Gumee Bible Camp in Eagle River, Michigan. She and her husband Dave have six children.
Mrs. Sue Woods - Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Woods is a wife of eighteen years and a mother of 3 wonderful children. She has lived in the area almost her entire life. This is her 5th year volunteering by: helping out with school athletics, office work & administration, teaching in preK/K room, cleaning, recess, and so much more! Sue finds her pleasure and purpose here at the Copper Country Christian School!
Mrs. Erika Balyo - Music
Mr. Perelmutter - Administrator, Principal, Athletic Director
Mr. Perelmutter is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and began his Administrator duties in the spring of 2016. He spends his summers working at Gitche Gumee Bible Camp in Eagle River, MI.
Mr. Perelmutter has an awesome heart for serving and building up kids into what God desires them to be. We're very excited to have him as part of our staff!
Mr. Terry Morrison - Grades 5 & 6
Pastor T is a veteran of the Vietnam War Era, having served as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist (Crew Chief C-130 Aircraft). He is a graduate of the Commercial Trades Institute with a major in Auto Mechanics; a graduate of Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology; has a BA from Johnson University (Tennessee) majoring in Preaching/Ministry; & an MA from the Master’s International School of Divinity majoring in Christian Studies. He is a certified biblical counselor & has served in full time preaching ministry for 20 years, & previously served as a volunteer teacher at CCCS for 7 years. He has been married for 45 years to Pati Morrison & they have 3 children with the Lord & 3 adult children & 3 grandchildren. Pastor Morrison’s greatest passion is to point people to Jesus Christ and having the opportunity to teach young people of God’s presence and sovereignty over the entire world is a great joy and blessing indeed!
Mrs. Leslie Hausman - Jr High & High School
Mrs. Hausman and her family have lived in Calumet since 2013. Her husband is the pastor at Grace Christian Fellowship. The Hausman’s have adopted 12 children, and parented 34 others. She graduated from Pikes Peak College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through the years she has homeschooled a number of her children, taught kindergarten at Lamar Christian School in Lamar, Colorado, been a Sunday School teacher as well as a Bible Study Leader for 30+ years. Mrs. Hausman has been the keynote speaker at several Womens Conferences. She and her husband have a ministry to Families of adopted children called Giving Hope! Ministries. Mrs. Hausman loves teaching Health and History from a Biblical Perspective.
Mr. Mike Clawson - Math
Mr. Larry Schirmer - Physics Assistant
Larry Schirmer graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Math/Physics. He just returned from an extended Peace Corps service in Panama (40 months). He is currently working on finishing his PCMI (Peace Corps Master’s International) graduate work in Civil Engineering at MTU this year.