Head of School
Years at UCA: >1
Credentials: BA in Bible (Ministry and Theology), MA in Christian Thought (Theology and History), MS in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) PhD in Leadership (Instructional Leadership)
Hobbies: Running, hiking, biking (road and mountain), skiing (Nordic and Alpine) and other forms of physical fitness
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:38-39
I have been involved in educational ministry since 1987, and I have been leading Christian schools since 1993. I was the principal at Franklin Road Christian School, Novi, Michigan from 1997-2013 and was the founding campus director (2013) at Brightmont Academy, Northville, Michigan. More recently, I was chief academic officer, principal, and interim head of school at Houghton Academy, Houghton, New York from 2013-17. I have taught as an adjunct professor at William Tyndale College and Central Bible College in Christian studies and humanities and have presented workshops for educators at various teacher conferences throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
I believe the goal of education and learning is conformity into the Image of Christ and am dedicated to historical, evangelical Christianity within the charismatic and sacramental traditions. I am looking forward to my time here at UCA and in contributing to the future of the school.
Years at UCA: I have been a part of UCA since its founding. First as a parent of four (now all UCA graduates) and secondly as a Faculty member since the Lower School was founded in 2000.
Hobbies: Being outside, gardening, hiking, skiing, and going for walks
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 1:17-21 (Look it up!)
It is my desire to be the facilitator that allows everyone to do their jobs well! Coordinating meetings with teachers, students, parents, helping the daily tasks involved in school life to be carried out as smoothly as possible, and encouraging all to pursue the possibilities that will bring about growth both on the individual level and as an organization are key tasks that I am engaged in as well as teaching Language Arts and Study Skills to the Middle School students and some core classes for sixth grade students!
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Years at UCA: 15
Credentials: B.M. in Music Education, M.A. in Music Education, D.M.A. in Music Education
Hobbies: Travel, Ukrainian egg decorating, published author and arranger
Favorite Bible Verse: “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.” Acts 17:28
Music is a unique avenue for teaching excellence in life, collaboration with others, ministry to the disenfranchised, and witnessing to our community and beyond. Children have a powerful opportunity to change their world through their music making.
Years at UCA: 4
Credentials: B.S. in Mathematics, M.A. in Theological Studies
Hobbies: Strategy games, fantasy fiction, and puzzles
Bible Verse: The entire book of Job
Mathematics is like mental gym class, and I am the coach. With me your students will encounter hundreds of different stretching and strengthening mental exercises and games for the analytical side of their brain. All the time my students are in a nurturing, growth-at-whatever-level environment that seeks first and foremost the will of God for your child, and specifically instilling in your kids the marvel of God's Creation and the order and majesty of the Universe. In short, we practice Loving God with our minds!