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Christie Stover

Head of School

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Christie Stover is a Midwesterner at heart, having spent a considerable amount of time in Illinois and Ohio working in the field of school leadership.


Having served as the Head of School at Applewild School in New England, Christie returns to the Midwest to lead Bergman Academy, bringing with her a considerable amount of administrative experience in independent schools like Bergman Academy. 

Christie’s leadership reflects her belief that each member of our school community is valued, encouraged to grow, and welcomed in the educational process. 

Educational Background

BS in Secondary Education, University of Illinois

MA in Labor and Human Resources, Ohio State University

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Katie Ewing

Director of Admissions and Marketing 

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Katie Ewing is excited to lead Bergman Academy’s admissions and marketing efforts. Sharing Bergman with prospective families and the Des Moines community and guiding people through the admissions process brings her great joy. 


Originally from Marshalltown, Katie attended Iowa State University where she earned her BA in Journalism and the University of Louisville where she earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Personnel Services. 


Married to Brent, a college track and field coach, and mom to three active kids she spends a lot of time in the role of supporter, driver and fan. She loves reading, fitness, writing, and laughing with friends.

Educational Background

BA in Journalism, Iowa State University

M.Ed. in Counseling Personnel Services, University of Louisville 

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Sydney Gerritsen

Director of Student Affairs

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Sydney Gerritsen is an Iowa native, born and raised in Davenport. A lifelong musician, her first teaching job was being the sole orchestra teacher for the Fort Dodge Community School District where learned invaluable lessons in managing large-scale programs across grade levels. 

For twelve years, Sydney was a music teacher for Bergman Academy where she joyfully taught all students in addition to directing the choral program.


In December 2021, Sydney graduated with her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and in the 2022-2023 academic year became Bergman Academy’s first Director of Student Affairs, fulfilling a career-long dream to move fully into administration.


Outside of school, Sydney loves to run, spend time with her husband and son, do crossword puzzles, and read.

Educational Background

BA in Music Education, Augustana College

MA in Educational Leadership, University of Louisiana Monroe

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Chris Newton

Director of Finance & Operations

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Chris Newton coordinates all financial aspects of Bergman and ensures the operations of the school are running smoothly. 


She has been in the accounting field for more than 25 years and brings to Bergman a wide range of accounting knowledge from various industries such as real estate, construction and most recently non-profit work. Chris as spent the last 3 years working for Goodwill of Central Iowa and brings a vast knowledge of the non-profit work with her.  


Chris is married to Bryan and has a daughter Brylee, they currently live in Des Moines.  

Educational Background

MS in Accounting and Finance, Kaplan University

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Staci Shabino

Office Manager

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Staci Shabino manages all front office operations, coordinates our staffing needs and serves as the first point of contact for our families. 


When she's not making Bergman a better place, she is enjoying her husband David, her children and her beautiful grandchildren.

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