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

Pastor Matthew Guse


Pastor Matthew Guse joined the staff at Northdale Lutheran Church & Christian Academy in 2021. He also serves as the 7th-8th grade Catechism teacher, and Campus Pastor.

Biographical: Pastor Guse was born in Milwaukee, WI during his father’s final year at the seminary. He grew up in Columbia, SC and Marietta, GA where his father served as pastor for many years. Pastor Guse is married to Elizabeth (Liz) Guse from Fountain City, WI. They have 3 children. Ethan Guse is 22 and attending college to be a fire fighter / first responder. Brice Guse is 19 and is in his sophomore year at Martin Luther College studying in the pastor track. Ben Guse is 16 finishing his high school studies in Wisconsin. Pastor and Liz are excited to see what the years bring as the Lord continues to bless the ministry among us. We look forward to the sun, warmth, and the blessings of our gracious Lord.

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:

  • Pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (new mission start up) in Las Vegas, NV from 1998-2012
  • School and Associate Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin from 2012-2021

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor of the Arts (Northwestern College Class of 1994)
  • Master of Divinity (Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Class of 1998)

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)

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 21 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 family and friends.

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:

  • 1st & 2nd grade teacher at Memorial Lutheran School, Williamston, MI from 2000-2004.
  • New Teacher Induction Mentor from 2018-2021.

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)

Mrs. Elizabeth Guse

5th & 6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Elizabeth Guse joined the staff at NCA in 2021. She serves as the 5th & 6th grade homeroom teacher and 1st grade reading teacher.

Biographical: Mrs. Guse grew up in Western Wisconsin. She is married to Pastor Guse. They have three children. Mrs. Guse considers being in the classroom a privilege and a blessing.

Previous Educational/ Professional Experiences:
Various combinations of grades 1-5 in Carlsbad, CA from 2007-2015
First Grade teacher in Fond du Lac, WI from 2015-December 2020

Education and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Secondary Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2007)

Mr. Chris Haring

3rd & 4th 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. Kallie Mendez

Administrative Assistant & Childcare

Mrs. Kallie Mendez joined the NCA staff in 2019. She serves as administrative assistant and childcare teacher.

Biographical: Mrs. Mendez grew up in Maine but moved to Florida as a teenager. She and her husband have two children, which are 10 and 18 years old.

Education and Certifications:

  • FL Child Care Worker certified (2020)

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:

  • Secretary at Image One in Tampa, FL from 2002-2007
  • Administrative Assistant at The Continental Group in St. Petersburg, FL from 2007-2012

Mrs. Jenn Storm

Classroom Aide

Mrs. Jennifer Storm joined the NCA staff in 2020. She serves as a classroom aide throughout NCA.

Biographical: After growing up in Southern Minnesota, Mrs. Storm has lived in Texas, South Korea and South Dakota. Florida has been her home since 2019. Mrs. Storm and her husband, Brad, have three children – Maggie, Alex and William at NCA. She enjoys watching her kids play sports and also loves spending time at the beach.

Previous Educational/ Professional Experiences:

  • 2009-2011 Cardiac RN, Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mankato, MN
  • 2007-2009 ICU RN, Sanford Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 2004-2005 BCM Language Center Teacher, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2002-2003 Substitute Teacher, Albert Lea, MN

Education and Certifications:

  • FL Child Care Worker certified (2020)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (South Dakota State University Class of 2007)
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Education (Winona State University Class of 2002)
  • Associates of Arts and Sciences Degree (Bethany Lutheran College Class of 1999)