Faculty & Staff

Natascha Trapp, Head of School 

I have Bachelor of Science degrees in English and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University. I have taught students from grades three to twelve in both public and private schools, but most recently have enjoyed teaching my preschool aged children from home. I am an involved member of Celebration Church in Raleigh, and happily married to my wonderful husband Jonathan. We have been blessed with our four sweet beautiful children, Neely (6), JW (4), Noa (3), and Justice (1). — Natascha Trapp

Amanda Chapman,  Dean of Academics
Upper Grammar Level 5 & 6 - Math/Science Teacher

I am grateful to be a part of what God is doing at CLA.  Many years ago, with a heart turned toward teaching, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Louisiana State University.  I have had the privilege of teaching as a certified teacher and as a homeschool mom.  Most of my time has been spent teaching students in classrooms from grades 3 - 8.  Some of my best years were spent at home teaching my children, Will (13), Jack (11), Gracie (9) and Trevor (4), all of which are now a part of Commission Leadership Academy.  I now also enjoy serving alongside my husband, Ryan, who is the Family Minister at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville.  When I am not teaching I most enjoy playing board games with my family. —Amanda Chapman

Lyndee Sargent, Adminstrative Assistant

I live in Apex with my husband, Dan, and daughters Ainsley (6), Kensie (3) and Raelyn (1). Ainsley is in her second year at CLA and we all love it! Prior to joining CLA, I was the Head Athletic Trainer at William Peace University. After the birth of Raelyn, Dan and I felt that God was calling us to something different. We feel very blessed to be a part of Commission and to be surrounded by Godly people. In our spare time, our whole family enjoys creating things, whether it is a meal, baked goods, crafts or DIY projects around our home. . — Lyndee Sargent

Ruth Pratt, Kindergarten Teacher


I grew up in a wonderful Christian home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  I received my degree in Exceptional Learning K-12 from UTC and married my high school sweetheart, Jake. We moved to Wake Forest in 2009 for Jake to earn his PhD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is now a professor.  I have taught in various classroom settings in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The most challenging and rewarding teaching role has been as a homeschool teacher to our four children.  Bailey (class of 2017) and Aubrey (class of 2019) continue with their studies at home, while Clara (11) and Ethan (8) have joined me at CLA since the school has opened.  Our entire family enjoys serving together at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville. — Ruth Pratt

Hope Martin,  Kindergarten Assistant
Kara Guinn, Grammar Level 1 - Teacher

I am excited to be the first level teacher at CLA for the third year. I have three children Jake (8) and Brayden (7) who both attend Commission, and Emma who is 3.  I have been married to Dave for ten years and he works as a church planter in unreached people groups around the world. I love working with the  children's ministry program at my church and leading a women's bible study. I received a Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in English and have had a licensure in secondary education. I have six years of teaching experience including middle school, preschool and first grade. — Kara Guinn

Rebecca Armstrong, Grammar Level 2 - Teacher

God has led me on quite a journey in my career life. Upon graduating from Meredith College in 2014, I began working in the insurance industry. I was about 3 years into my position, when God put on my heart to become a teacher. I completed the requirements for my K-6 elementary license online with East Carolina University while working full -time. I began my first teaching job with Wake County Public Schools about 6 years ago.  My husband, Kevin and I were married in June 2013. We live in Raleigh with our 2 year old son, Beckett, and our 11 month old daughter, Eva Claire. Our family attends Millbrook United Methodist Church. — Rebecca Armstrong

Carie Dougherty, Grammar - Teacher Assistant, Academic Program Assistant
I am a 1991 graduate from Florida State University and have been married to my husband Ken Dougherty for 26 years.  We have seven children, ages 7-22. After homeschooling classically for 18 years, I was excited to find a Christian Classical school that lined up with our education goals for our children. We currently have 4 children at CLA: Barrett (14), Warren (11), Carolyn (9), and Vivian (7). I  love the vision Natascha and Diane have for CLA. Not only are they excited about developing an outstanding Classical program that will give our graduates the best and brightest future, but they are also passionate about the hearts of the students who attend CLA. It is not only a place for intense academics, but also a place where our children can grow and be challenged in their walk with the Lord.  — Carie Dougherty
Justine Wagner, Grammar Level 3 - Teacher

I’m excited about teaching the third level at Commission this year! I grew up in a loving Christian home in Richmond, Virginia. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Liberty University. After college, I worked for the public school system for a year and then moved to South Asia to serve on a church-planting team for two years. I attend Imago Dei Church in Raleigh. In my free time, I love being outside, traveling, spending time with friends and reading. — Justine Wagner

Sarah Gonzales, Grammar Level 4 - Teacher

Before coming to CLA, I received my bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Christian Studies and Education from North Greenville University. I then spent a few years teaching special needs students in a public high school, serving students in a broad range of mild to severe physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. After I had my son, God led me to pursue teaching at CLA. This will be my second year teaching grammar level 4 at CLA and I love it! I am so blessed to have the opportunity to invest in the hearts and minds of these precious students. The partnership between teachers and families to shepherd these little hearts is so special and unique. I have an amazing husband, Matt, and we have one son, Micah, and are expecting our second baby this November. My husband Matt and I are both pursuing missions degrees at Southeastern Seminary and are also blessed to be a part of a church planting team in Knightdale. — Sarah Gonzales

Ashley Heinrich, Upper Grammar Level 5 & 6 - Humanities Teacher

I have the privilege of teaching English and Humanities to our wonderful Logic students. I grew up in New Hampshire in a loving, rambunctious family with my three brothers. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Lee University in 2010, and then completed my Masters in Teaching in 2012. I supervised the tutoring program of an at-risk after-school program for K-5th grade and taught inner-city 7th grade in Tennessee before moving to North Carolina in 2014. I have also taught 1st grade, and this is my second year being a Logic teacher at Commission. My husband and I have been married for 6 years and have two beautiful delights, Olivia (3) and Silas (7 months). I am passionate about bringing joy through learning about God’s creation. Other passions include board game, reading out in the sun, great worship music, and foster care.  

— Ashley Heinrich

Jennifer Bailey,  Logic - Humanities Teacher

I was born and raised in Northern Kentucky and moved to Raleigh during my senior year at Liberty University. I received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Liberty in 2011. I have 6 years experience teaching in a private, christian school in both 2nd and 5th grades. I am excited to join the CLA community this year and be able to teach my two favorite subjects, history and english. My husband and I were married in 2012, and our first child came along in 2015. We have our second on the way, to arrive in late 2017. When I am not teaching I enjoy watching history documentaries and BBC shows. My husband and I also like to take outdated, antique items and give them a new purpose for ourselves or someone else. — Jennifer Bailey

Tracy Hales,  Logic - Math/Science Teacher

I have a deep desire to reach students where they are and help them grow educationally, relationally, and spiritually.  That ultimately led me to CLA in 2015 to teach logic students.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Southern Mississippi, Masters in Marketing Research from University of Georgia, and graduated from Burroughs Wellcome Management Institute, Kennan Flagler School of Business at UNC Chapel Hill.  I have been married to Richard Hales for 27 years, we share 2 children – Leigh and Andrew in Wake Forest, NC. I began my career as a Product Manager in pharmaceuticals while also serving in leadership in children’s ministry for over 20 years.  Ultimately, teaching and homeschooling my children for 15 years became my calling, which led to extensive teaching in math, science, and history in traditional classrooms and through co-ops.  I have also worked in Math Lab at USM teaching and tutoring college algebra through calculus 3.  I am excited to continue another year at CLA where I strive to cultivate the pursuit of learning for all of my students. — Tracy Hales

Ben Holloway,  Logic - Latin/Logic Teacher

I am a PhD student (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), researcher, husband to Sarah, father of three, and a guitar player. I’m also a Brit. As far as academics go, I am a consummate late bloomer obtaining my BA in Apologetics and Philosophical Theology (Moody Bible Institute) at the ripe old age of 34. Having caught the studying bug, I went on to complete an M.A in Philosophy of Religion at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and, after a short stint as a youth pastor in Maryland, we moved to Wake Forest in 2014 so I could start my PhD. I have a passion for thinking hard and teaching others to do the same. There is nothing more exhilarating than hearing a student say “Aha! I’ve got it!”  — Ben Holloway

Stephanie McHenry,  Logic - Algebra 1 Teacher

Our family has been a part of the CLA community for 2 years and this year I am excited to be joining the CLA faculty as a Math Teacher in the School of Logic. My daughter Abigail (7) has attended CLA since Kindergarten, and this year my son Isaac (5) will be starting Kindergarten.  We also have our sweet, fun Caleb who is almost two.  I grew up in a Christian home in Fort Mill, SC and went to college at Charleston Southern University where I tutored my peers in math.  After receiving my bachelor’s in Elementary Education, I married my love Stephen who was in the Navy at the time.  While he was deployed I worked on my master’s in Math Education at ODU.  When I graduated, I taught College Algebra there for one year before having Abigail.  In the meantime I taught PreCalculus with a homeschooling co-op and have enjoyed tutoring.  When I’m not teaching, I love having fun and making memories with my family!   — Stephanie McHenry

Angela Pierce,  Art Teacher

I grew up in Henderson, NC, where I met and married my high school sweetheart. We have two sweet and energetic children who are always full of surprises. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Art Education degree from Meredith College in 2009, along with a K-12 licensure and minor in psychology. I feel so blessed to be able to share my love for the Lord and passion for teaching with my students at CLA. When I’m not teaching, I’m serving in the children’s ministry at Woodland Baptist Church and making fun memories with my family. You’ll often find us in the kitchen baking together, going on imaginative backyard adventures and bike rides, painting or playing board games. — Angela Pierce

Page Mathias,  Art Teacher

Art has always been an important part of my life!  I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design with a focus on Art at Virginia Tech. I married Greg and we followed God’s call into full-time ministry, first serving with Campus Crusade for Christ at Penn State and then getting further equipped by attending Southeastern Seminary where I got a MA in Intercultural Studies. Our family served in the Middle East with the International Mission Board for 3 years and returned to Southeastern for my husband to teach and equip students who are going to the mission field. When my 4 daughters (ages 8-15) were all in school in 2014, I began to teach art classes out of my home, larger classes to several homeschool groups, and summer art camps. In the beginning of 2016, When I’m not teaching, I enjoy exploring art museums, going to concerts, and trying out new restaurants and coffee shops with my family.  — Page Mathias

Leslie Bunner,  Music Teacher

I grew up in Norcross, Georgia on the outskirts of Atlanta.  It was there that I met the Lord, was baptized and received my calling to sing for the Lord’s glory in 1989.   I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Florida in 1997.  By the time I graduated college, I had already been teaching music at a preschool and giving private music lessons at Tampa Music Academy for two years.  I married my husband Tom, in 1999 I had begun teaching elementary music in the public school system.  I also became involved in singing groups at Wake Forest Seminary and taught both private voice and piano lessons.  I have three children: Zachary (16) and my other two, Joseph (14) and Revaya (6) who are both attending Commission Leadership Academy. I love to read, and consider myself a lifelong learner.  I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to share my gifts and talents for the glory of God and for the edification of the next generation of kingdom leaders here at Commission Leadership Academy. — Leslie Bunner

Sondra Lester,  Drama Teacher

I grew up in Abingdon Virginia, working with my local regional theatre and dreaming of one day performing on Broadway. I went to college to study the craft of Acting with those expectations. I fell in love with a friend from High School, Scott Lester, we got married, and had four beautiful children– CasSondra (25), Adam (19), Gabriel (16) and Nathaniel (14). I went back to school after my daughter was born and finished my degree. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication-broadcast production from Milligan College. Now, after having graduated two children from our own homeschool, Liberty Academy and with two more to go, I decided to share the things that God has taught me throughout my theatrical journey. The children in my classes may never work in professional theatre, but hopefully they will feel more comfortable about sharing the gospel with others, or standing in front of a board giving a presentation one day. Maybe they do go on to perform in secular theatre, but maybe they help grow the Christian theatre venue. Whatever God calls them to do, I want to give them the tools to succeed. — Sondra Lester

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