K-12th Grade Faculty
I’ve been at TCA for several years after teaching developmental reading to middle school students in Indiana. I graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in English and have done graduate work at West Chester University. I love coming to work every day because every day is different with its own challenges and joys. Every student that has crossed my path is unique and is valued in God’s eyes and I am grateful to have watched them grow through their struggles into Godly caring adults. How fun it has been to now get to teach some of their children! I appreciate working alongside teachers with a caring heart for every child that enters the doors of TCA. I’m an animal lover and my 96 year old mother and I share my home with Samuel Joseph, a 1 year old puppy, and cats Trooper, Peaches and Buster Allen. The rest of my family live in South Carolina. The beach is my happy place but lately Gatlinburg, TN has stolen my heart with its hometown charm and beauty. In my free time, I enjoy going to yard sales, landscaping, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, and any type of water sports. I’m a huge college sports fan and my teams are the Florida Gators and Clemson Tigers. I’m looking forward to being back in person with the students and teachers!
Taylor University, BS
High School Principal
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your 6th – 12th grade principal. The Lord has led my family very specifically over the years and we believe TCA is another stop on our service and ministry journey with the Lord. My undergraduate degree is in elementary education and I have two graduate degrees, one in church and ministry leadership and the other in school leadership. I am currently finishing my educational specialist degree in school leadership and will be done by the end of 2020. I’ve taught a variety of grades and subjects in Michigan, South Korea, and Brazil. Most of my 18 years serving in international Christian Schools was spent at three different schools in Brazil, Panama, and Ecuador. I had the privilege of holding executive leadership positions in each of these schools. We returned to the United States in July of 2016 to begin a new chapter in Virginia. I had the opportunity to spend almost two years in an administrative role at the university level and following this, I served for two years as a head of school and secondary principal at a Christian school. I am passionate about helping schools become better, supporting teachers, and Biblical integration. I am also very passionate about helping young people understand how God has uniquely created them and how they can use their gifts and abilities to be salt and light for Jesus Christ. I enjoy reading, being outdoors, fishing, and coaching soccer. My wife Stacey is the newly appointed Dean of the School of Education at Cairn University and we have three children, Kaylee 12th, Ema 7th, and TJ 5th. I will be available during the month of August to meet with parents and students, so please feel free to contact me if you’d like to stop by the school or if you’d prefer to meet virtually. I am looking forward to partnering with you in the education of your children and am excited to meet you.
I’m thrilled to return to TCA in a full time capacity this year working with our Concurrent Learning program in addition to filling in as a Sub and working with the Drama Department as I’ve done for the past several years. This is my silver anniversary as an educator and, while I’ve retired from classroom teaching for the past 21 years to raise my own family, I’ve kept busy gaining experience on 3 continents teaching ESL, Bible, Fitness, Drama & Outdoor Education classes as well as working on stage and film productions notwithstanding my full time job of soccer mom to 6 extraordinary kiddos (two of whom are now TCA alum) whom I raise with my life partner and hubby of 23 years, Jeff! (He’s amazing!) In my spare time he supports me caring for our family while I volunteer for Delco’s Blue Army which is a Citizen’s Corps providing emergency and disaster recovery relief. Originally a Philly girl, we’ve lived in Chester, Pa for the past decade. Not only do I love God’s Word, I’m passionate about applying it to all areas of life as I’ve profoundly experienced Jesus’s power to bring change within my own life. I seek to extend that same Hope to others. Hiking, biking, boating and caring for furry friends are some of my favorite activities but anything that draws me into God’s marvelous creation whether it’s outdoor grandeur or indoor calm with my loves is my happy place. Put a little ginger in my water and a power salad with a whole fruit smoothie in front of me I’ll keep it going just don’t sit me at a desk and expect me to stay there. I won’t. Can’t wait for whatever adventure the Lord has for us together this year! He is so good to us. All the time.
Athletic Trainer, High School Faculty
High School Faculty
I have known TCA since 2001 when I came here in 4th grade. Being an alumni of the school I can personally say that this school prepared me for both college and the world outside of TCA. The Lord called me back to in 2017 and I have been thankful ever since. I graduated from Cairn University with a bachelors in Social Studies education and Biblical Studies. My wife and I are both teachers and love everything Philadelphia from the food to the sports teams. I enjoy a good board game and any Marvel movie.
Cairn University, BS
Director of Operations & Facilities
My Name is Benjamin Carnall, I am the Director of Operations and Facilities. I live in Newtown Square with my wife, Amy and our three children Ellie, Will and Finn. Ellie is 4½, Will is 2½ and Finn is 5 months. Ellie start Pre-K this year at TCA. We are grateful to be a part of the TCA family. We attend church at Blue Route Vineyard in media, where my wife is the pastor of Children and Family Ministry. I am in charge of all the maintenance and improvements of the buildings, grounds and buses, amongst other things.
High School Faculty
This is my sixth year at The Christian Academy, teaching high school history and senior ethics. I went to college locally before spending five more years in school in Texas (Sic ’em, Bears). I’m delighted to be back in the Greater Philadelphia area. Please email me at email@example.com if I may be of service.
Haverford College, BA; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, MATh; Baylor University, MSEd
High School Faculty
I graduated from TCA in 2006. When I was in 10th grade, I knew I wanted to study mathematics and return to TCA as a high school math teacher. I studied mathematics at Messiah College, graduated in 2010, and began my teaching career in Milford, DE. I’ve taught 5th – 12th grade students in the classroom, through tutoring, and summer school. In 2017, I married my best friend, who sat three pews behind me in my home church, and moved back to Pennsylvania. I taught one year in inner-city Wilmington, DE and then in 2018, I was blessed by the Lord to return back to TCA to teach, as I had always wanted. It means so much to me to teach the content I love at the school I love. This summer I gave birth to my beautiful son, Sebastian. He’s currently 4 months old and 23 pounds (he’s a big dude!), and loves to play! I am excited to return to school (though I will miss my little boy, but he’s in good hands with his grandparents :)) and see my students! Thank you for the privilege of teaching your children – they are a blessing and joy to instruct!
Messiah College, BS; Wilmington University, MEd
Middle School Faculty
Hey there! My name is Elizabeth Coreas and I am very excited to be joining the TCA family! I will be teaching middle school English and high school public speaking. I am originally from New York City with parents from Chile and Puerto Rico. This will be my fourth year teaching in Christian Education. I have a B.A in English from Regent University with a cognate in creative writing. I am a freelance writer, daily tea drinker, poetry addict & avid runner. I’m married to an amazing and godly man whom I have loved since college, and together we have three little ones that keep us very busy! Lisette 13, Sofia 9, and Mateo 6. We are also parents to a goldendoodle named Sunny (named after Sunny from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events). I am excited to get to know you and to see the Lord’s hand move over the lives of our students this school year!
Campus Pastor & School Faculty
I’m super excited to return to Christian Education and serve the Lord at The Christian Academy. This will be my 10th year in education. Over the years I’ve taught grades 6-12. I’ve taught Spanish, U.S. History, and Bible. Teaching Bible is my passion. I’ve been a church planter, interim pastor, and lead pastor. I have a bachelor’s in religion from Liberty University. My wife Elizabeth and I have been married for 15 years and have three children together; Lisette who became a teenager recently, Sofía who is nine but thinks he is a teenager, and Mateo who is happy being six. I enjoy a hot cup of cofé con leche, watching a good biopic or documentary and recording new episodes for my podcast. I look forward to meeting every student and family at TCA.
Marketing and Graphic Design Specialist
I’m excited to be here at TCA. I’ve worked in IT and Networking for the last 10 years and I’ve worked with Graphic Design and Live Music Production for the last 4 years. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Emily, for the last 6 years and we have a beautiful 2 year old daughter, Melody. Although I love graphic design and music, my other passion is sneakers, so please, let’s have a conversation if you’re into them as well.
B.S. Business and Engineering | Drexel University
This year is my 13th year being involved in some way at The Christian Academy. I started out volunteering in the classroom, the office, going on field trips, helping teachers, prayer group meeting, etc.. I now have the best job -working in the school office for 5 years! My husband John and I discovered TCA when our oldest was in middle school. Since then we have sent all 4 of our kids to TCA- with 3 already graduated and the youngest a senior. It has been a huge blessing as a family to be apart of the TCA family and see our kids thrive here. One of my favorite things to do now with time off is visit two of my children who have moved away to amazing places to visit- Colorado and Massachusetts.
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Philadelphia Biblical University, BS; Wilmington University, MS
K-5th Grade Principal
I have a long history with TCA where I have been a student, a parent, a teacher and now an administrator. I have had the privilege of seeing TCA from many angles which has only deepened my love for the school community. I graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education and received a Master degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cairn University. I taught first grade before my husband and I started our family. I chose to stay home and with my four children until my youngest son was ready to come to school. I was excited to return to TCA as a middle school teacher. Coming to TCA each day brings joy to my life through the daily interactions and relationships with the students and my colleagues. I love the freedom to share God’s truths openly with the students and pray for them daily. While I enjoy reading on the beach, I also love to spend time with my family at our cabin in Potter County. I am a hometown girl when it comes to sports as I love watching the Eagles, Sixers and Phillies! In my role now as the elementary principal, it’s exciting to watch the growth that happens as the students embrace the truths they are being taught in the classrooms. I believe TCA creates an environment where all students can find value in the gifts God has blessed them with and I am grateful to be a part of that process.
West Chester University, BS; Cairn University, MA
This will be my 14th year at TCA, but my first year serving as the School Nurse. God has placed in me a deep love and desire to care for people in every aspect of life. Through obtaining an Associate Degree in both Applied Science and Nursing from Delaware Technical Community College, God has equipped me with the proper tools to take care of people in an emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological capacity. Along with receiving two Associate Degrees, I have also completed and passed a national council licensure examination for registered nurses. This year has been full of new seasons and I am very excited that God has blessed me with a loving, kindhearted future husband who I will be marrying this October! I am thrilled about starting a new school year and being able to create lasting relationships with students and provide them with the health care they need.
Elementary School Faculty
I have the privilege this year of teaching second grade, which I taught before I had children of my own. I have 5 kids (3 of whom graduated from TCA) and have been married for 31 years. In my spare time, I enjoy a good movie or book, and listening to or singing along to music. Besides being a teacher at TCA, I am also alumni and was blessed with wonderful teachers who loved the Lord and prepared me well for college and beyond. I also came to know the Lord as my personal Savior during my first year at TCA in BIble class, so TCA has always been a vital part of my life.
West Chester University, BS
K-5th Grade Art Teacher
I am celebrating my 12th year at TCA. I teach Elementary Art and High School Photography. In addition to my teaching, I am the set designer for our High School Drama department as well as a member of our Marketing team. I thoroughly enjoy teaching the entire range of our student body, engaging with their everyday lives, and being a support to them as they grow. I am also a parent at TCA, my daughter Iris is in 5th Grade and I am so grateful that I have the privilege to be a part of her educational experience. My husband Joel and I met in college, moved from Pittsburgh and Chicago to start our life in Southeastern, Pa. As a family, we love to listen to music and be outdoors. TCA has been wonderful to us and we are thankful to be a part of the TCA family.
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, BS
An Eastern Shore native, Mr. Nathan Gioconda attended Salisbury University and received his BA in Music Education. He received his voice training from Cynthia Sanner (Juilliard) and John Westly Wright (American Spiritual Ensemble). Being an educator and active performer has allowed Mr. Gioconda to continue perfecting his craft while learning how to teach it to others. Mr. Gioconda is currently a regular performer with OperaDelaware and Baltimore Concert Opera. Apart from music, Nathan is an avid outdoorsmen and amateur polo player. He loves the Lord and his family.
B.A. Salisbury University
I am so excited to join the faculty at TCA! This is my 22nd year as a teacher, and I have been fortunate enough to spend 12 of those years working in Christian education. I have taught pre-school through college, but teaching High School English has always been my passion (I love grammar, my favorite punctuation mark is the semi-colon, and in my free time, I like to diagram sentences!). I received my B. A. in Speech Communications from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and have a Master’s degree in Education from West Chester University. My husband, Paul, is an advisor in the Graduate College of Technology at Wilmington University, as well as a pastor. He and I both also teach at WilmU. We have a daughter, Piper, who graduated high school in 2020 and will major in Business and Psychology at WilmU this fall. Our family also includes two rescue pit bulls, Pee Wee and Pax.
I first came to TCA as a second grade student, and have been assisting elementary teachers since middle school, when I chose Teacher’s Aide for the Friday afternoon activity period. I love used book shopping with my husband Todd. I will want to lay eyes on every book in the store, but you’re most likely to find me in the Biography/Memoir and YA aisles. One of my quarantine purchases was a beautiful lap harp, so I’ve been enjoying learning to pluck out some of my favorite songs. My son Micah (a prolific reader himself) graduated from TCA in 2018 and is happy to be back on campus this fall at Cedarville University.
Athletic Director, 6-12th Grade Physical Education
I have been part of TCA for a long time. I went to TCA from pre-K to 12th grade (minus my eighth grade year) and then started teaching at TCA right after college. Lynn and I have been married for 29 incredible years. My oldest son, Brit, graduated from TCA and now works at NAVSEA (a department of the Navy). Lindsay, my only daughter, also graduated from TCA and is now a junior at Messiah University. Colton (10th grade) and Jackson (8th grade) still attend TCA. I am the athletic director and I believe athletics is another avenue to honor the Lord with the abilities He has given us. I am looking forward to seeing the returning students and meeting the new ones.
Cedarville College, BA
I have been in the education field for the last 26 years. This is my 13th year at The Christian Academy. Before being blessed to serve at TCA as the Media Specialist, I served as Dean of Students, as well as taught 1st and 3rd grades. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University and my master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cairn University. My husband of 23 years and I have two adult sons and one very spoiled Boxer puppy. My youngest son is a graduate of TCA. I enjoy spending time with my family cheering on our favorite teams the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Eagles and being active in my church. When time permits, I love relaxing on the beach listening to the waves while reading a good book. I look forward to welcoming all of our students and new families back and am excited to see what God has planned for this school year.
Millersville University, BS
I am thrilled to call The Christian Academy my new home and grateful to God to be able to use the gift that He has given me to serve the TCA students, parents, faculty and board members. I am happily married to my husband of almost 21 years and have four children (all who attend TCA with the exception of my oldest who graduated last school year). I have a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and have taken several graduate courses. Before I became a full-time teacher, I managed a cleaning company. In 2012, I had the opportunity to work in an elementary school in my local school district as an ESL Paraprofessional which later led me to teaching Spanish to middle school aged children in the federally funded 21st Century afterschool program. I love entertaining and being with my family, traveling, serving in outreach ministries, crafting, repurpose/upcycling, event planning and reading. I am looking forward to an exciting yet fulfilling school year where each student can grow both academically and spiritually.
6-12th Grade Faculty
Messiah College, BS
Hi TCA Families! My name is Janice Johnson and I have been involved with Christian Education for 24 years both as a parent and a teacher. I am very excited to begin teaching science this Fall at TCA and look forward to meeting everyone. I have a BS from Messiah College in Chemistry/Biology and enjoy teaching both of those subjects. I began my science career working as a chemist for the E.I. DuPont Company in Wilmington, DE and after 12 years the Lord led me to become a Christian School teacher at Red Lion Christian Academy and then later at Wilmington Christian School. I live in Elkton, MD and I am married with three children. My husband, Chris, is a self-employed contractor in the Elkton/Newark area and my oldest son, Jordan (26), is an Arborist in the Baltimore area. Jenna, my oldest daughter (22) is currently attending college to become a Physical Therapist and my youngest, Madison (18) just graduated from WCS and will be attending Messiah College in August to study Nutrition/Dietetics and play field hockey. I also have a dog named Josie that I love to spend time with every day. I am originally from State College, PA so I am also a huge Penn State Football fan.
Elementary School Faculty
I am thrilled to be returning for another year at The Christian Academy. This will be my fourth year teaching and I have loved every minute of it. I have spent most of my time in fourth grade with a brief and wonderful stint in Middle School. I have been dubbed the crazy plant teacher as my classroom boasts an easy 15+ plants ranging from an enormous 7 foot tall bird of paradise (affectionately named Fern) to the tiniest succulents. I graduated in 2017 from Cedarville University with my bachelors in Early Childhood Elementary with a 4-5th Grade endorsement. I am currently working on my Masters of Reading and my Reading Specialist Certificate through Widener University and it is a joy to be a student again! Outside of school, my husband and I are high school sweethearts and enjoy leading our church’s Middle and High School youth group, puzzles, and taking long walks. I look forward to another wonderful year at TCA!
Cedarville University, BA
Middle School Faculty
I came to TCA in 2006, and I knew from the minute I walked into the building that this was “home.” I’ve taught a number of things in the middle school over the years, but I’m so excited to get back to teaching my favorite subject, history. My husband Chris and I have been married for ten years, and we have one son, Jaxon, who will be in first grade this year. I love drinking coffee, reading a good book, watching movies, working on home projects, and taking a hike or bike ride with my dog Nora.
Cairn University, BA; Cairn University, MA
Vanessa McCall Flemings
Chief Financial Officer
I am so excited to be a part of the staff at TCA as the Chief Financial Officer. I have an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA in Finance from Temple University. I have over 30 years of finance and accounting experience. I have been a credit union CFO and a Director of Finance with a Delaware state agency. I was also an online accounting professor for 12 years with the University of Phoenix. I was a trustee and youth ministry leader at St John Church in Newark, DE for 25 years. I currently serve in the Journey Kids, the Red Team outreach ministry and the production team at Journey Church in Newark.I have three children. My oldest son Gregory, Jr. is a music teacher at Academia Antonio Alonso School in Wilmington. My daughter Kimberly is an Xray technician at Abington Hospital. My youngest son Christopher works in retail and is a drummer for several local bands.I was widowed five years ago after 27 years of marriage and recently remarried because, as God promised in Isaiah 61, He gives us beauty for ashes. He promises that if after a loss we stay strong in our faith, then the rest of our days will be the best of our days.
I am extremely blessed to be joining the TCA team! I graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in 2017. This is my first year teaching first grade so this is an adventure for me! I originally came from Virginia and I enjoy reading, hiking outside, and writing. I am looking forward to meeting you and to seeing your child grow and mature!
Elementary School Faculty
I am excited to continue serving the Lord at The Christian Academy. This year will be my 13th year at TCA teaching the awesome third-graders. I graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from Cairn University – Elementary Education and Bible. I then received my masters at Neumann University in Instructional Leadership with a special education certificate. My husband Ryan and I have been married for 6 years and have two children who will be starting at TCA this year. We also have two dogs and a fish. In my free time I like to spend time with family, read, crochet and go to the beach. If I can be of service in any way, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia Biblical University, BS; Neumann University, MS
Elementary Classroom Aide
I started working at TCA 15 years ago when my youngest daughter, Makayla began kindergarten. My oldest daughter, Kaleigh was in sixth grade at that time. Kaleigh is now a music teacher in Maryland and Makayla is a student at Clarks Summit University after attending Word of Life Bible Institute for a year. My husband, Mark, is a music teacher, as well, and the marching band director with the Interboro School District. He and I met while attending Liberty University. We have been married for 30 years. We attend Aldan Union Church. In my spare time, I enjoy flower and vegetable gardening and preserving the fruits of my harvest in the Fall. I also enjoy reading, quilting, and just being creative.
Salvete! (Hello to you all!), I teach Latin to our 3rd-5th graders here at the Academy, and this fall marks my 12th year of teaching at TCA. I have been married to my best friend Michael for 36 years, have 2 grown daughters, both TCA grads (Danae Messick, class of ’09, Grace, class of ’18). I know exactly why God has me here on assignment because I feel His pleasure when I teach and when I nurture the lives of young children. When I’m not teaching, I’m pursuing personal growth, recovery and service to those who still suffer from addiction. When I’m having fun, I’m usually laughing at the silliest things imaginable, watching my cares melt away in the full sunshine of my grandson’s smile or rolling around on the floor with two cute but utterly demanding grand pups named Murphy and Maggie.
Liberty University, BS
Middle School Faculty
This is my 4th year teaching math, science and Bible to sixth and seventh graders. I love the energy, enthusiasm, and self-discovery of middle school and truly feel blessed to work with our students each day. I want to partner with parents as they train their children in the way they should go. I have a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from West Chester University and a master’s degree in education from Neumann University. My husband Ron and I have been married for 16 years. He’s also a TCA alumni. Our two boys, Ronnie and Josh, both attend school here, and I’ve been a TCA parent longer than a TCA teacher. I love hiking, making things, and am learning to be a runner.
West Chester University, BA Neumann University, MS
Joining the TCA family is such an exciting privilege for me. I have enjoyed being a substitute teacher at TCA and am looking forward to teaching in the preschool program and doing the graphic design class for high school. I have a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a minor in psychology. My husband is a software engineer and loves football (Go Rams!) We have a goldendoodle named Lady and enjoy being outdoors with her. I love to paint, go to brunch, and run. I’m excited to blend my creative background with my heart for children. I’m looking forward to meeting you all.
Head of School
It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Head of School at The Christian Academy. I attended The Christian Academy as a student for 12 years and I don’t know where I would be today without the influence of the Christian teachers, friends, and families that poured into me as I was growing up. I have a varied professional background as a teacher, administrator, school counselor, board member, college professor, college administrator, and head of school. My husband is an assistant athletic director, P.E. teacher, and a head football coach. We have two children. Our oldest son is 25 and is an engineer. He is married and his wife is a teacher in our preschool program at TCA. Our youngest son is 24 and is in the production industry. We have three dogs Lexey, Gracey, and Bailey, and I would have many more if my husband didn’t put a moratorium on the dog acquiring activities. I love animals (especially dogs), the beach, reading, watching TV, hanging out with friends, and pre-COVID, we loved to cruise (yes, on a boat). I am grateful to be serving the families and students at TCA.
Ed. D. Doctorate in Innovation and Leadership | Wilmington University
M.ED. Masters of Education in School Counseling | Wilmington University
B.S. Elementary Education (PK -8) | Liberty University
Executive Assistant to the Head of School/Admissions Associate
Kindergarten and Preschool Aid
Director of Instructional Technology
I’m looking forward to learning and growing with our TCA community this school year. This will be my seventh year working at The Christian Academy. I will be teaching our Middle School computer classes and working alongside our teachers and families in classroom technology and remote learning best practices. Integrating technology in the classroom is a great aspect of education, and if done well it can help students connect to their subjects and prepare them for real-world challenges. I look forward to learning with each of you during this coming school year. God is good, and He will do great things at TCA.
Cairn University, BS; Wilmington University, MA
Director of Preschool, Aftercare, and Summer Camps
I am excited to be joining the staff at TCA. I have been a Christian school educator for 3 years and have taught preschool students for 4 years. I have a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in early childhood education and I am currently working toward my second master’s in marriage, couple, and family counseling. My hubby and I have two children Khai , age 7 and Meilani, age 2. We love to spend time together as a family through prayer, traveling, worship, and trying a variety of foods! I adore working with children and watching them reach each milestone. I look forward to meeting each of your children and your family.