Dr. Montoro, Head of School
Years at UCA: >1
Credentials: B.A. in Bible (Ministry and Theology), M.A. in Christian Thought (Theology and History), M.S. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) Ph.D. in Leadership (Instructional Leadership)
Hobbies: Running, hiking, biking, XC skiing and other forms of physical fitness
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:38-39
I have been involved in educational ministry since 1987 and have been leading christian schools since 1993. I have been married to my wife, Sue, for 32 years and together we have three children, Andrew, Vincent and, Christina.
I believe that the goal of education and learning is conformity into the Image of Christ. I am looking forward to my time here at UCA and in contributing to the future of the school.
Academic Leader | Sixth Grade
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!
Years at UCA: 12
Hobbies: I love spending time with the Lord, reading the Bible, spending time with my family and friends, and working at UCA.
Favorite Bible Verse: "Trust in the LORD with all of your heart; Lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5,6
My role at UCA gives me the opportunity to serve the Lord by supporting the Head of School, the students and their families, my colleagues and supporters of UCA.
Spiritual Life Leader
Upper School Music Teacher & Administrative Leader
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.
Elementary Music & International Coordinator
Years at UCA: 2.5
Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Piano/Music, Family Time, Needle Crafts
Favorite Bible Verse: Phil. 4:13
Upper School Bible Instructor
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
Treasurer and Language Lab Proctor
Years at UCA: 4
Hobbies: Playing volleyball, reading, and vegetable gardening, but mostly my free time is gladly given to my lower school son
Favorite Bible Verse: " 'For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11
As the Treasurer I am the “money” contact person for all the families. I really enjoy getting to know all the UCA families and being able to assist with contract questions and concerns. This job also requires me to pay the bills, among a lot of other bookkeeping tasks, which are not nearly as much fun! As Online Proctor, I get to know the Upper School students taking on-line courses , most of which are foreign language classes. Monitoring student progress is my main responsibility, ensuring they stay on pace with assignments. But I will be an intermediary with their online teachers if needed.
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.
Development & Community Relations
Years at UCA: 1
Hobbies: Singing, Reading & Parenting.
Favorite Bible Verse: "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." - Psalm 91:4