Christie Stover, Head of School
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 holds her MA in Labor and Human Resources from Ohio State University and her BS in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois. Christie’s leadership reflects her belief that each member of our school community is valued, encouraged to grow, and welcomed in the educational process.
Marcy Luft, Vice-Principal
Marcy Luft began her teaching career at Bergman Academy in 2006, where she taught 1st and 6th grade for 10 years. Her passion for Bergman Academy’s small and dedicated teaching community led her to pursue an administrative license from Viterbo University. In addition to this, she holds her BA in English Language and Literature from Smith College and MST in Elementary Education from Drake University. Marcy believes in forging close relationships with students and families and helping to create a school culture that honors individuality, enthusiasm for learning, and authentic exploration of new ideas.
Katie Ewing, Director of Admissions and Marketing
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.
Becca Miller, Director of Enrichment
Becca Miller coordinates the enrichment and summer camp programs at Bergman Academy. She enjoys utilizing her background in elementary education, reading, and educational administration to facilitate engaging, dynamic afterschool and summer programs. Becca taught elementary education in South Dakota for 5 years, in addition to coaching cheer, dance, softball, and volleyball. Becca received her Specialist Degree in Education Administration and BA in Elementary Education from the University of South Dakota. Becca believes that enrichment programming is essential to developing the whole child, instilling in children key principles such as teamwork, leadership, intellectual curiosity, and resilience.
Chris Newton, Director of Finance and Operations
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 has spent most of her career working with companies to establish processes/procedures as well as assisting the leaders in continued financial growth and prosperity of the organization.
Chris has an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College Business Management with emphasis in Accounting and minor work in Information Technologies. Most recently she graduated from Kaplan University in 2017 with her Master of Science degree in Accounting. Chris is married to Bryan and has a daughter Brylee, they currently live in Des Moines. You can most likely find Chris and Brylee at the local Y or at Glazed Expressions, and of course you will soon find Brylee in the halls of Bergman Academy.