Faculty & Staff

Mr. Dane Mattes

Principal, 7th & 8th Grade Teacher

Mr. Dane Mattes joined the staff at NCA in 2018. He also serves as the 7th-8th grade teacher, and Technology Director.

Biographical: Mr. Mattes has spent time living in ten different states and is now enjoying calling Florida home. He and his wife, Joanne, have been blessed with two children (NCA class of 2021 and 2023). Dane enjoys spending time with his family, visiting national parks, and flying his hot air balloon.

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:

  • Principal and teacher in Longmont, Colorado from 2005-2011
  • Principal and teacher in Brillion, Wisconsin from 2011-2018
  • Visiting team captain for Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accredtiation (WELSSA)

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2005)
  • Master of Science in Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2018)
  • Minnesota state teaching certificate
  • Florida state teaching certificate

Mrs. Bethany Schwartz

Kindergarten & Departmentalized

Mrs. Bethany Schwartz joined the staff at NCA in 2019. Mrs. Schwartz also serves as an instructional aide in support of students and teachers.

Biographical: Mrs. Schwartz grew up in Wisconsin but has called Florida her home since 2008. Mrs. Schwartz and her husband Joel have three children – Elise, Tyler and Natalie at NCA. Mrs. Schwartz enjoys being a part of the Northdale Christian Academy family.

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:

  • First Grade teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2005-2006
  • VPK teacher in Holiday, FL from 2014-2016
  • Music Teacher K-6th grade in New Port Richey, FL from 2016-2017
  • Third Grade Teacher New Port Richey, FL from 2017-2019
  • Substitute Teacher FL (2008-2013)

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2005)
  • FL Staff Credential – VPK Teacher Certified (2013)

Miss Aimee Hardman

1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

Miss Aimee Hardman joined the staff at NCA in 2004. Miss Hardman serves as full time teacher in the lower grades with some departmental social studies and art in the afternoons.

Miss Hardman also directs the annual Spring Musical.

Biographical: Miss Hardman loves teaching and feels blessed to have had hundreds of children pass through her classroom over the past 20 years. Miss Hardman’s favorite subjects to teach are reading, Word of God, History, Drama, and Art. Miss Hardman enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, playing Scrabble, finding deals at thrift stores, and spending time with her parents and siblings.

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:

  • 1st & 2nd grade teacher at Memorial Lutheran School, Williamston, MI from 2000-2004.
  • New Teacher Induction Mentor from 2018-2020.

Education & Certifications:

  • Associate of Arts (Bethany Lutheran College midyear graduating class of 1996)
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Martin Luther College midyear graduating class of 1999)

Mr. Ethan Jaeger

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher

Mr. Ethan Jaeger joined the staff at NCA in 2020.

Biographical: Mr. Jaeger is a native of Watertown, South Dakota, attending Great Plains Lutheran High School and then Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN for four years. He is pursuing a teaching degree in Elementary Education and is thrilled to receive this year-long teaching opportunity at NCA. He has reworked his program so he can graduate in July 2021, allowing for the possibility that Mr. Jaeger could be assigned permanently to NCA in May. Mr. Jaeger loves all things sports, whether actively playing them or watching professional/collegiate sports (especially the Wisconsin teams — Packers, Badgers, and Brewers).

Previous Educational Experiences:

  • Summer 2019 – Head Counselor of Christ the King (Palm Coast, FL) Summer Camp
  • Spring 2020 – Student-Taught at St. Paul’s Lutheran School (Arlington, MN), Grades 3-8


  • Pursuing Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Secondary Mathematics Education (now MLC Class of 2022)

Mr. Chris Haring

5th & 6th Grade Teacher

Mr. Chris Haring joined the staff at Northdale in 2013.

Mr. Haring also serves Northdale as the Athletic Director.

Biographical: Mr. Haring grew up in Michigan, but since moving in 2013 has called Florida home. He enjoys spending time outdoors by biking, kayaking, and gardening.

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:

  • Mr. Haring joined the staff at Northdale following the completion of his teaching degree.

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2013)
  • State of Minnesota Teaching Certificate

Mrs. Joanne Mattes

VPK and Early Childhood Director

Mrs. Joanne Mattes joined the staff at NCA in 2019. She serves as the VPK Director as well as the VPK Lead Teacher.

Biographical: Mrs. Mattes grew up in Michigan, but has since lived in Colorado and Wisconsin with her husband, Dane, and two daughters, Carolyn and Hailey. Since moving to Florida, she loves finding outdoor activities to do with her family, such as kayaking, hiking and swimming at the beach!

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:

  • Preschool Teacher in Longmont, CO 2005-2007
  • Substitute Teacher, Tutor, Longmont CO and Brillion, WI 2007-2012
  • Preschool Teacher in Manitowoc, WI 2012-2014
  • Preschool Teacher and Elementary Classroom Aide in Brillion, WI 2014-2017
  • First and Second Grade Teacher, Manitowoc, WI 2018
  • VPK Program Development, Tampa, FL 2018-2019

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Early Childhood Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2005)
  • FL Child Care Teacher and Director certified (2018)
  • FL VPK Teacher and Director certified (2018)