Teacher Bio’s

Lydia Hodak:

Title: Special Education & ESL Teacher (K5-12th grade)

I am so grateful to be involved at Fourth Baptist Christian School as their Special Education Teacher. In 2011, I graduated from Northland International University with a BS in Elementary Education.  After working for Northland camp and the University, I moved back to Minnesota and began working for a youth transition program that serviced students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, autism, other health disabilities, learning disabilities, and developmental and cognitive disabilities.  While working for the program, I began pursuing a Master’s degree in special education from Bethel University.  The Lord led me to Fourth Baptist Christian School in 2014 where I worked as their fourth grade teacher for three years. In 2017, I transitioned into the role of special education and ESL teacher and began building the special education program.  I graduated from Bethel University in 2018 with a MA in Special Education. I currently hold an ABS license in Minnesota, am certified through the American TESOL Institute in teaching ESL to children, hold an American Association of Christian Schools teaching certification, and am a member of the National Association of Special Education Teachers.  When I am not at school or church activities, I love going to the U of M Gophers games, playing and listening to music, reading, coaching basketball, paddle boarding, and swimming.

Heidi Caasi:

Title: English as a Second Language Teacher (K5 – 12th grade)

It is a great joy to me to teach English as a Second Language at Fourth Baptist Christian School. I value the unique contribution second language learners bring to the learning environment and thoroughly enjoy bridging communication gaps in both conversational and academic English.  I graduated with an MA in ESL from Hamline University in 2006 and a BA in Humanities from Thomas Edison State College in 2000.