CHA is pleased to offer support to our students through the services of our Social Worker, Upper School Counselor, Upper School Guidance Counselor, and Learning Resources Specialists. Please contact the appropriate school’s principal to be directed to the right source of help. We count it a privilege to walk alongside you!

Upcoming Events

  • PSAT for Grades 9, 10, 11; Wednesday, October 13 – Mark your calendars now; Mrs. Wickell will provide more details soon.
  • Christian College Fair, Thursday, October 14, 6:30-8:30 PM – This fall, CHA will once again host Blueprint’s Christian College Fair here on our campus. Christian colleges and universities throughout the US and Canada will be represented. Upper School students and parents are welcome to visit the booths, learn more about the school and programs, and ask questions. Save the date now and register for a free event barcode here.

Middle School Safety Unit

Once a month, Mrs. Kurpiel, CHA’s social worker, visits each Kindergarten through Grade 8 classroom to teach Social Emotional lesson topics.

For the 2021-22 school year, CHA has added a safety unit based on the Kids in the Know education program. Additional social emotional lessons include topics such as bullying prevention, conflict resolution, and acts of kindness.

If you have any questions about the safety topics covered in the Middle School classes, please email Mrs. Kurpiel.

Program Goal:

To teach personal safety strategies to increase the students’ level of safety and well-being.

GRADE 6:

  • Seven Root Safety Strategies
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Friendships
  • Boundaries
  • Online Safety
  • Babysitters’ Safety

GRADE 7:

  • Identifying Personal Boundaries
  • How to Set Personal Boundaries
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Friendships
  • Online Safety
  • Getting Help in Unhealthy Situations

GRADE 8:

  • Identifying Feelings and Thoughts
  • Identifying Healthy and Unhealthy Boundaries
  • Online Safety

Meet the Team!

Meet the Team!

Mr. Erik Campbell

Learning Resource Specialist (Grades 6-12)

Mr. Campbell is new to CHA this year. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Law Enforcement degree and also a graduate of National Louis University with a Master’s in Special Education and a Type 75 Administrative degree. He has endorsements in Learning, Behavioral, and Emotional Disabilities. Mr. Campbell is passionate about building relationships and rapport with students, parents, and co-workers. Mr. Campbell and his family attend Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Palatine where he is a communion assistant, reads scripture during service, and is a singer in the praise band. He also used to teach Sunday school to kindergarten children. (Ask him about his funny story!) In his free time, Mr. Campbell enjoys training for triathlon races by swimming, biking, and running.

Mrs. Leslie Cornwell

Learning Resource Specialist (K-5), ESL Teacher

Mrs. Cornwell is in her third year at CHA. She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Christian Education and Biblical Studies. She served as the Director of Children’s Ministries at The Orchard EFC in Arlington Heights for several years and continues to attend there now. She has always enjoyed working with children and teens in various ministries from Sunday School and Awana to Christian camps and VBS. Her ministry work continued in a volunteer role after she stepped down from being on the church staff to being at home with her two children and homeschooling them for a time. More recently, Mrs. Cornwell earned an M.A. in Intercultural Studies TESOL at Wheaton College Graduate School and worked as a consultant in the Writing Center during her time there. In her free time, she hikes, bikes, swims, plays ping pong and table games, likes to read, and loves to travel with her husband and adult children.

Mrs. Jess Kurpiel

Social Worker

This is Mrs. Kurpiel’s second year at CHA. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) with a B.A. in Social Work. She earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Social Work and a certificate in Evidenced-Based Mental Health Practice with Children from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In 2016, she returned to UIC to earn a School Social Work endorsement. She has worked in social service, school, and ministry settings. In her free time, Mrs. Kurpiel enjoys running, rollerblading, going on walks with her dog (Buehrle), hiking, volunteering, and reading.

Dr. Ivy Li

Upper School Counselor

From kindergarteners to college students, Dr. Li has been counseling and teaching students of diverse backgrounds for the past ten years; four of them being at CHA. She is passionate about meeting students where they are at and helping them identify their interests and gifts. Dr. Li earned her Ph.D. from Penn State University in Counselor Education and Supervision and is experienced in providing career, mental health, and school counseling to students from K-12. Dr. Li attends North Shore Chinese Christian Church in Deerfield with her family.

Mrs. Lisa Wickell

Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Wickell was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently in her first year serving at CHA. She graduated cum laude from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Elementary Education/Physical Education. Since that time, she has acquired advanced Masters’ degrees in Reading Education, Counselor Education, as well as Administration and Supervision. In her 35-year career she has been a Science teacher, reading specialist, elementary counselor, assistant principal, and high school guidance counselor! Mrs. Wickell is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three precious grandchildren. She loves spending time with family and friends. She is an avid sports fan with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears being her favorite teams. It is her passion to pour into students to nourish their academic and spiritual growth

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