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Mrs. Pender loves to garden, golf, make baby quilts for her grandchildren and read. She also enjoys sharing devotions at Tabitha House, a residential facility for women.

Her favorite Bible verse is Galatians 2:20:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Mrs. Karen Pender, Administrator

Mrs. Pender began working in education in 1981. She has served as Calvary Academy’s administrator since July of 1989.

Her educational background includes:

  • Bachelors in Education,Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska  

  • Master's degree, Multi-categorical Special Education, Governors State 

    • Administration endorsement, Governors State

  • Lifetime administrative certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International


    • Administrative Endorsement

    • Middle School Endorsement

    • English as Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

  • Master’s Degree, Curriculum and Instruction, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL

  • Doctorate in Education, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

Dr. Collins loves learning and attending educational webinars!  

Her favorite Bible verse is Job 42:1-2:

“Then Job replied to the Lord:I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”


Dr. Angela Collins, Principal

Dr. Angela Collins began her educational career in  2004. She has served as Calvary Academy’s principal since June of 2022.

Her educational background includes:

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration & Finance, Central State University, Wilberforce, OH

  • Master’s Degree, Teaching, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL 

  • Elementary Education Endorsement

  • Master’s Degree, Education, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL ​

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Mrs. May Chappell, Dean of Students

Mrs. Chappell has served in education in various capacities since 2013.  She has taught elementary music, first and second grade, served as a business administrator, and as Head of School for an alternative Christian high school. She has also served as a contracted school therapist/counselor before coming to Calvary in September of 2023.


Her educational background includes:

  • Bachelor or Science in Christian Education, Lee University

  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Pentecostal Theological Seminary

Mrs. Chappell and her husband have four children and pastor a church in Sauk village. She loves to spend time with her family!

Her favorite bible verse is Ephesians 3:14-21:

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

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