Years at UCA: 10
Hobbies: Singing songs of praise to God, walking, sewing, skiing, and swimming
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 100
I've taught Kindergarten at UCA for over 10 years. I've taught six of my own children to read, and each year I enjoy the blessing of watching each new child in my classroom experience the joy of learning to read and interacting with God's world around them. Prior to teaching at UCA, I worked as a Registered Nurse at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, and also lived in Nebraska for 13 years where my husband was a pastor, and is now pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Derby.
Years at UCA: 2
Hobbies: Reading; spending time with my family in their many activities; gardening.
Favorite Bible Verse: Phil. 4:6-8
My family and I recently moved to this area and are very thankful to have connected with UCA. Homeschooling my four children for six years taught me to value the privilege and great responsibility it is to be a teacher. Sharing my love for learning and seeing children grow in many different ways through the course of a year is a true joy. As a PK (pastor's kid) and then later a pastor's wife, God has given me many opportunities to teach and serve. I pray that He will continue to use me in the lives of my students.
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Years at UCA: 16
Hobbies: I enjoy working with puppets, making balloon animals, and spending time with my family.
Favorite Bible Verse: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Teaching third grade has been an exciting adventure as the students learn new information and gain new skills. My goal as a third grade teacher is to instill in my students a desire to learn.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
Years at UCA: 2
Hobbies: I love to read and enjoy cooking when I have the time.
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:10
Being a teacher is my dream job. I personally love to learn, and I enjoy sharing that love of learning with my students. I am currently a student as well, working on my Master’s degree in Education – Teaching and Learning. I have recently returned to VT after living in the DC area for the last 2 years and am excited to be back at UCA this year. I am looking forward to teaching the combined 4thand 5th grade class.
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!
Lower School Physical Education
Years at UCA: 3
Hobbies: Teaching and taking group fitness classes, crocheting, acting, spending time with my family, and fellowship
Favorite Bible Verse: "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I love seeing children get excited about their own health and personal wellness. Seeing children take responsibility and ownership over their own health to work towards better lifestyles now plants the seeds for a healthier, happier future.
Lower School Music
Years at UCA: 2.5
Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Piano/Music, Family Time, Needle Crafts
Favorite Bible Verse: Phil. 4:13
Middle School Christian Studies
Years at UCA: 4
Credentials: B.S. in Biology with Pre-Med Concentration, Endocrinology Research, Immunology Research
Hobbies: Soccer, skiing, jigsaw puzzles, reading, acting, spending time with my three children, all UCA students
Favorite Bible Verse: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
Years at UCA: 18
Credentials: B.S. in the Social Sciences, Majored in History
Hobbies: Reading, painting, and spending time with family
Bible Verse: "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." James 3:13
I currently am the History teacher at UCA. I teach a number of classes from political sciences, Church History, and American History. I have a deep love for history and work hard to pass this on to my students for the purpose of helping them achieve goals that connect them to history. The main goal of my class is to relate knowledge for useful purposes.
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!
English | Christian Studies
Years at UCA: 6
Credentials: B.A. in English Literature and Theology, M.A. in English
Hobbies: My wife and daughters and I manage a small diversified organic farm with vegetables, hay, and sheep. We're members of the Mater Dei Parish and Saint Mary's Catholic Church and we like to hike, bike, and ski.
Favorite Bible Verse: The book of Job
In my English literature and composition classes for students in grades nine through twelve we work with complicated texts, many of them the great books of western civilization. Through this work we hope to develop the moral imaginations of giants.
It is important to me that my students become comfortable observing the conventions of academic writing that are expected and appreciated across disciplines at the university. We practice using language to interpret, explain, argue, express, create, and praise.
Science | Mathematics
Years at UCA: 15
Credentials: B.S. in Chemistry
Hobbies: Downhill skiing (which is why I love UCA), hiking, camping, canoeing, and stamping
Favorite Bible Verse: "Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life." Psalm 119:89-93
For me, teaching provides the joy of walking alongside students and investing in their lives, followed by being able to stand back and watch them become what God has created them to be.
Carol Ann Barker
ESL | Academic Support
Years at UCA: 10
Credentials: B.A. in English Literature, M.A. in English Education, Master of Divinity
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, playing the flute, and spending time with my family.
Favorite Bible Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
At UCA, I have taught Honors and College-Prep English, World Views Bible, and Old Testament ESL (English as a Second Language.) I currently teach New Testament ESL, and assist our international students. A special joy in my teaching is when students ask questions. A number of our international students are not Christian when they come to UCA, and their exciting and inspiring questions grow us all in our faith, love, and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Credentials: Senior Pastor, Newport Baptist Church. Graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Master in Theology, Doctorate of Ministry
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, gardening, trout fishing, grouse hunting with my dog, Max
Upper School Music
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.