We are in the process of updating the complete list of faculty and staff for the 22-23 school year


Philip G. Stockin

Interim Head of School

  • M.A. Grace Theological Seminary

  • B.A. Houghton University

  • High School: Houghton Academy

“If you are walking along a field and see a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be
pretty certain it did not get there by itself.” Any achievements in my life are the
result of the influence of others God brought into my life.
After graduating from college, I served 44 years in Christian Education at the
secondary level. Forty of those years were here at Houghton Academy with the
last twenty-eight of them as Head of School. Since I retired in 2011, I have
continued to live in Houghton and cheer on Academy students at games and
programs. It is an honor and a privilege to once again serve my Alma Mater as
Interim Head of School for this indefinite period of time.

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Kathie Hilsher


  • M.A. SUNY Brockport

  • B.A. Houghton University

“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God. It changes me.”~C.S. Lewis

“We read to know we are not alone.” ~William Nicholson (often misattributed to C.S. Lewis)

“A word after a word after a word is power.” ~Margaret Atwood

Working at Houghton Academy, I can combine my faith with my passions for reading and writing; then, I am invited to share all three with my students. The fact that God spoke the world into creation illustrates the awesome power words have, both the words that we read and the words that we write. Additionally, our Creator God, whose creativity is all around us in this world, made us in His image; therefore, we have the capacity to be creative. Because of these truths, I am convinced that our words can create change in ourselves and in others. What an awesome opportunity I have to weave together reading, writing, and faith as I teach at this school.


Jonathan Keith

CFO/COO, Boarding Life Director, Fancher Dorm Head Resident

  • C.A.S. National Louis University 

  • MBA Northern Illinois University

  • B.S. Houghton University

Mr. Jon Keith is an international educator with 40 years’ experience leading Houghton Academy's (HA) boarding program. In addition to creating educational programs emulated by schools all over the USA, Mr. Keith has led elite Summer English Camps both in the USA and
China and recruited and placed students from 15 countries into a network of 50+ USA
schools. Before coming to HA, he divided his time between multiple Chinese cities and
Chicago for four years while working for numerous international schools and agencies.
He offered USA Prep Programs, taught Communication and English classes and held
Vice President, CEO, American Principal and Marketing Director roles. He continues
to maintain close relationships with students, alumni, parents, schools and agents
throughout the world.


Robin Pawling


  • M.S. Ed. SUNY Geneseo

  • B.A. Houghton University

Quote from Albert Einstein: “Science without Religion is blind; Religion without Science is lame.”

Quote from Rev. Dr. Sir John Polkinghorne (Mathematical Physicist and Anglican Priest):

“A fundamental experience in science is the experience of wonder - the respect and awe that we feel at the beautiful structure of the world that is revealed to our inquiry. In fundamental physics, that is most powerfully expressed through the equations that are specified, fundamental physical theories which are always found to be characterized by the unmistakable character of mathematical beauty.


Unmistakable to those who happen to speak that sort of language; it’s a rather austere form of aesthetic pleasure, but it is a very real one…. I have been describing a physical world which in its rational transparency and rational beauty is a world shot through with signs of mind. And it is a proposition worth giving serious consideration to. And that is because there is indeed a Mind, of God the Creator, that lies behind the rationally beautiful order of the world…. Scientists are very happy that the world is like that, very happy to exploit the intellectual opportunities that provides. But science of itself does not explain why it is so.”


Jeff Prentice

Athletic Director, Physical Education

  • B.S. Houghton University

In my role as the Athletics Director and Physical Education/Health teacher, I have the unique opportunity to encourage and facilitate growth in the physical, mental, social and emotional development of my students and athletes. Success for me means creating an environment in my classes where each child feels safe, engaged and challenged to learn how to become healthy, fit and an active participant in life time sports. In the area of interscholastic athletics, I expect us to do the best we can with the ability God has given us. We will encourage our athletes to improve in their fundamental skills and their ability to work as a team. Lastly, our coaches, myself, and our athletes will develop and model the fruits of the Spirit as we interact with each other, the referees, and our opponents and do our best to be salt and light in our sphere of influence.


I'm excited to be returning to Houghton after graduating in 1992. I have spent the last 26 years at a Christian school in NJ and I look forward to continuing the tradition of a unique Christian school that Houghton Academy was, is and will continue to be.


Chelsea Wood 

Art Teacher 

Houghton University