Mrs. Toviah joined the Windswept Academy family and staff in August as the Executive Assistant to the principal. She has a diploma as an Administrative Assistant from London Trilingual Institute, Mexico City, Mexico.
Gabriela Toviah was born and raised in Mexico City, at the age of 12 she became a Born Again Christian. In 2001, she met and married her husband, Richard, and she moved to his home town of Calgary Alberta in Canada. As newlyweds they started their ministry in Jewish
Missions and joined CJF Ministries and relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. After eight years serving in Jewish Ministry, the Lord called her husband to be a Pastor in a small town in southeastern Arizona. Mrs. Toviah loved serving in Women’s Ministry where she organized events to reach the community such as Mother-Daughter Brunch, Passover Seder, VBS, Weekly Bible Study and Christmas events.
Mrs. Toviah has had several years of experience teaching and working with children; and, as an Executive Assistant, Secretary, and in Public Relations. She is a native Spanish speaker. She is proficient in computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher.
In 2016, after much prayer, they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, to serve in a Jewish Ministry and had the opportunity to visit Israel.
Last July, Mrs. Toviah moved along with her husband of 19 years and their four school-aged children to Isabel, South Dakota located just north of Eagle Butte. They joined Village Missions, whose ministry is to help rural churches grow and flourish. She loves spending time with her family, to cook and bake, and, as a Mexican native, enjoys entertaining with authentic Mexican food.
Beth McLeod – Kindergarten
Ms. McLeod attended Bob Jones University in Greeneville, SC for two years. She worked for Fayetteville Street Christian School in NC and Bethany Stepping Stones in NC for 29 years as a child care worker, Pre-K & Kindergarten teacher, and then as the Director of the Bethany Center. She continued her education at Guilford Technical Community College.
Ms. McLeod has one adult son. She is currently enrolled at Oglala Lakota College finishing her bachelor’s degree in education and learning the Lakota language.
Amy Bochman – 1st Grade
Ms. Bochman, who graduated from Black Hills State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education, has taught sixth through eleventh grade Grammar and Literature classes and in the Fall of 2019 she transitioned to teaching elementary grade. She has a K-8 Elementary and Middle School teaching certificate. In addition, she has endorsements in middle school language arts, mathematics, natural sciences, and social science on her teaching certificate.
Ms. Bochman has spent 17 years as a public-school teacher. After adopting two Colombian sisters, she home schooled for 3 1/2 years.
Ms. Bochman enjoys a variety of hobbies including gardening, needlework, sewing, crocheting, and playing piano and violin.
Jessica Crawford – 3rd Grade
Jessica Crawford is from the small town of East Berlin, Pennsylvania. Since she was 14 years old, she served on mission teams to the Cheyenne River Reservation. Her dream was to one day become a teacher on the Reservation. She attended Lancaster Bible College to study Early Childhood Education – Pre-K through 4th grade . Miss Crawford was able to complete her student teaching at Windswept Academy in the 3rd grade class in the Spring of 2019.
Leota Johnson – 4th Grade
Leota Johnson is excited to have transitioned to teaching 4th grade at Windswept Academy after having taught 2nd grade in the 2019-20 school year. She worked for the Cheyenne Eagle Butte Elementary School for the last fifteen years and loved her job. God led her to move to Windswept and she is excited to see what God has in store.
Mrs. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and Elementary Education.
Her desire is to bring strong academic and spiritual training to the children at Windswept Academy.
She lives on a ranch north of Firesteel, SD with her husband, Allen. They have five grown children. Mrs. Johnson’s favorite pastime on the ranch is riding the 4-wheeler around looking at the cows and growing calves.
Amy Brown – 5th-6th Grade
Ms. Brown was born in Germany. She is from Cedarville, Ohio and has lived in Atlanta, Georgia.
She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a minor in Psychology and Bible from Cedarville University. After college, she was involved in community theatre and church ministry, including directing a major production for the community youth program. Ms. Brown continued her education at the Dayton School of Medical Massage (2015) and received her LMT title. She worked for a doctor’s office near Dayton, Ohio for 3 years as well as a residential facility for trouble youth where she helped mentor and develop behavior & social skills for youth dealing with a variety of issues ranging from personal trauma to mental disorders.
Her diverse background and training have kindled a strong passion both to help and to heal in many areas of life. She loves to problem solve, tackle hard issues, explore new ideas, kindle the imagination, express herself in music and drama, read a good book outdoors, and have adventures with her large dog. She was overjoyed to begin her teaching career at Windswept Academy in our 2018-2019 school year. Look out 5th grade – adventure awaits!
Middle School & High School
Ben Farrar – Lakota Language (part time)
Rev. Ben Farrar is from Morganton, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lenoir Rhyne University with a double major in Theatre and Family Ministry and a Master’s of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he has taken Lakota Language courses at Oglala Lakota College.
He has been living and pastoring in Eagle Butte for several years. He has served in several roles at Windswept Academy: Theatre Arts teacher, Substitute teacher, Lakota Language teacher and Pastor.
He has been involved with more than forty dramatic productions and revels in the opportunity to use his skills to point people to Jesus and teach young people to communicate.
Johnathan Maholic – History
Jonathan Maholic is from the town of Bellefonte in central Pennsylvania.
Ever since Mr. Maholic was young, he has loved studying history and visiting historical places. Throughout his secondary and college educational years, God began to shape this love of history into a desire to teach history at a Christian school.
Mr. Maholic received a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education from Northland International University in 2014; and a Master’s Degree in History from Liberty University.
He has 6 years experience teaching various subjects, both full time and part time: History, Pre-Algebra, Computer, Geography, Economics, Bible, and Spanish I and II at two Christian schools in Pennsylvania. Mr. Maholic also was an assistance soccer coach.
He is looking forward to teaching history full-time at Windswept Academy in the Fall of 2020.