FACULTY & STAFF

Cheri Andrews

Physical Education Teacher

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

John Barbosa

Manager of Grounds & Maintenance

Ruth Brittain

Upper School Faculty and Middle School Remedial Specialist

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.

Kelly Burgos

Athletic Trainer

Deborah Chen

High School History and Bible Teacher

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 dchen@tca-pa.org if I may be of service.

Haverford College, BA; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, MATh; Baylor University, MSEd

Lisa Contino

High School Math Teacher

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

Ryan Davis

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

Tracy Doorly

Front Office

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.

Matthew Dunn

PK-12 Assistant Principal, Secondary Lead

Philadelphia Biblical University, BS; Wilmington University, MS

Deb Dutton

PK-12 Principal, Elementary Lead

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

Tara Fish

Elementary Remedial Specialist

I am a 2004 graduate from The Christian Academy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, who also graduated from TCA. We have three children all of which will be attending TCA this year and I am blessed that I will be able to share this time with them, while also working for TCA.  I graduated from Wilmington University with a B.S in Psychology. I love going to the shore with my family and spending time with friends. I am thrilled to be a part of the Student Support Team where I will be helping the elementary school students with social emotional learning. I will also be providing the student who need additional education support and enrichment. I am excited to see what God has in store for me this year.

Dawn Force

2nd Grade Teacher

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

Mandy Gaudiuso

Elementary Aide

I am so excited to become a part of the TCA family. My husband graduated from TCA in ’87 and it was just understood that we would send our children here when the time came. Our son will be starting kindergarten this year and our niece will begin as a 5th grader. I am looking forward to helping the Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers as an Aide this year and cannot wait to see these little ones grow. I am a transplant from Mississippi and moved here in 2009. My husband and I met through martial arts and have a deep respect for our training. We got married in 2012 and have 2 cats and 1 dog. I love my Saviour, music, putting things together (think IKEA!), fall weather, and Starbucks.

Sarah Gerlach

Elementary Art, High School Photography 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

Nathan Gioconda

Middle & High School Music, Elementary Band, High School English, Drama

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

Kim Graefe

High School English Teacher

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.

Erin Gray

High School Math Teacher

I joined the TCA family through marriage in 2003.  My husband Bill is a TCA graduate; my mother-in-law first hired me as a math teacher that same year.  I love TCA dearly because of God’s presence and the amazing faculty and staff that He places here each year.  I received my undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2000.  Since then I have taught or tutored every math class from 6th grade math through AP Calculus.  I enjoy solving problems and I love the orderliness and predictability of math.  I also love being with high school students!  When I’m not at TCA, you might find me working out at the YMCA, attempting to feed my family of six, or in the mini van running to soccer practices or dance classes.  I might also be walking our sweet Cavapoo, reading, or taking a nap!  

 

Georgia Institute of Technology, BS in Industrial Engineering

Michelle Griffith

Pre-K Teacher

I am both humbled and delighted to be teaching in Pre-K at The Christian Academy. I have been married to my husband Al for 24 years and together we have five children, ranging in age from 4 to 18, all of whom have been students here. I have a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries from Grove City College and have been serving in children’s ministry for 28 years. It has brought me great joy to be able to teach all of my children how to read – one of the ways God has allowed us to explore and enjoy the world around us. I enjoy watching movies with my kids, reading a classic or good spy novel, mid-morning hot coffee, and Sunday naps. Many things make me cry, and even more things make me laugh. God is good.

Joyce Haseltine

Classroom Aide

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.

Rod Haseltine

Athletic Director, Boy's Middle and High School PE Teacher

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

Diana Howard

Curriculum and Media Specialist

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

Abraham Johnson

High School Science and Bible Teacher

Messiah College, BS

Janice Johnson

High School Science & Math Teacher

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.  

Lori Miller

3rd Grade Teacher

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 lmiller@tca-pa.org

Philadelphia Biblical University, BS; Neumann University, MS

Leslie Montgomery

5th Grade Teacher

Kim Peltz

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.

Sara Phillips

Middle School Math, Bible and Science Teacher

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

Kaylynn Plasterer

Kindergarten Teacher

I am thrilled to be joining the TCA family for my first year of teaching. I am passionate about building relationships with students and helping to bring up the next generation to be on fire for Jesus. I am newly married and new to the area, and so very excited about these changes in my life. I graduated from Liberty University in December of 2020 with my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Outside of school, I love coffee, Target, and spending time with my family. I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Becca Pritchard

Admissions and Marketing Coordinator

Being a part of the TCA family has been such an incredible privilege for me. I started at TCA as a substitute teacher and quickly fell in love with this school. I served as a teacher in our preschool program, taught high school graphic design and yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year. This year I’m excited to put my background in marketing / graphic design to good use by serving as our school’s Admissions & Marketing Coordinator (while still teaching HS graphic design & yearbook). I’m a host at heart and love that I have an opportunity to come alongside our new families and make them feel at home at TCA. My favorite things include having breakfast with my hubby, going on long walks with our goldendoodle Lady, and redecorating our apartment every other weekend (please pray for my husband). You’ll find me running around TCA, coffee in hand, with a smile on my face. Come say hello!

Tracey Pritchard

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

Euhnee Roberts

Elementary School Faculty

 

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Eunhee completed her undergraduate work in English Literature & Language, then worked as an English instructor for both Hansol Education, teaching young children, and Kimberly-Clark, teaching staff. Later work with Korean orphans compelled her to move to the United States in 2001 to pursue graduate work in Christian Education & Family Therapy. After obtaining her masters, she spent several years as the Elementary Children’s Director for a large Korean church in Maryland. After meeting and marrying her husband, she moved to Pennsylvania and worked for a traditional preschool for one year before taking a position at a Philadelphia Montessori school, teaching preschool and kindergarten students over a 4-year span. She later obtained her M. Ed in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Certification. She is excited to pour her training, decades of teaching experience, and love for children into The Christian Academy.

 

When she isn’t busy teaching, studying, or crafting homemade classroom materials, she and her husband enjoy eating ethnic food, traveling, and mountain hiking.

Holly Spitale

1st Grade Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of the TCA faculty. My twenty plus year career has been spent in public education. I have taught K-3rd grades, but spent the majority of those years in first grade.   I love first grade, and can’t wait to see what God has in store for this year!  I can’t wait to  be able to speak the name of Jesus freely and give Him all the glory for his faithfulness to me. 

 

I am a coffee loving Eagles fan who enjoys hanging with my family, jogging, leading  fitness classes, or outside enjoying the weather. 

 

I am excited to begin this great adventure with my husband of 18 years Mike , my son Caleb, who will be a freshman  at TCA and my two daughters Madison and Kiley who will be in 7th and 6th grade this year.

LaWanda Swan

Director of Student Services and Professional School Counselor

I attended TCA from the 1st-12th grade.  I have served as a Board of Trustees Member and now have the privilege to serve as the Director of Student Services as well as the School Counselor.   I am grateful to The Lord for this full circle experience after being in the education field for almost 15 years.  To encourage others in their God given abilities and giftings and to help them navigate the obstacles of life is one of my passions.  I have served in many ministry capacities including, preaching and teaching the Word of God, church planting, pastoring, hosting a radio show, and singing on various Praise Teams.  I am married to Darryl, and together we have 6 children, one son-in-law, 3 granddaughters and one dog, Browneye.  With my husband, I have been blessed to be an entrepreneur and have several businesses.  We are licensed in the financial services industry and love helping people change their personal economies for the better.  I enjoy watching sports, especially football; and yes, my team is the Philadelphia Eagles.  Fly Eagles Fly!  Almost daily, you can find me drinking a hot cup of tea and reading.  I love meeting The Lord near the water, fall colors, butterflies, hearts, music and singing.  I thank God for His faithfulness!!

MEd Master’s of Education in School Counseling, Wilmington University

MTS Master’s of Theological Studies, Palmer Theological Seminary

BA Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Rutgers University

Jon Thompson

Director of Development, Admissions & Marketing

I’m extremely grateful that my parents recognized the value of a Christian education and made sacrifices to send me to TCA from the time I was in Kindergarten. Following my time at TCA, I went to Eastern University and after graduation I found my way back to TCA in short order. I’ve been working here since 2002 in a variety of positions, and currently I’m serving as the Academic Advisor and Director of Development. I love sports of any kind and currently am coaching the middle school boy’s soccer and the varsity boy’s baseball teams. While a student at TCA, I met my wife Jessica, and we have now have two sons who both attend TCA.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jthompson@tca-pa.org if there’s anything I can help you with.

Eastern University, BS

Christine Uzele

Middle and High School Art Teacher

I can’t believe this will be my 10th year teaching art at TCA! Art has always been a part of my life since I was two years old doodling on my Mom’s bulletin at church. I received my degree in art at the University of Delaware and now painting and drawing and sharing my art as a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ is what I do. While I was on a missions trip in Kenya I met my wonderful husband Shem and we wrote letters back and forth for 2 1/2 years before we got married 27 years ago! We have 3 amazing children and live in Wilmington Delaware. I love teaching art and I love my family, but most of all I love Jesus!

University of Delaware, BFA

Eric Wildermuth

High School Bible and History Teacher

I have been working in Christian education since 2016 after a year at Starbucks. I graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2015 with a B.A. in Bible Secondary Education. For five years, I taught middle school history at a school in suburban St. Louis where I also spent two years as an administrator. My wife, Janel, and I are happy to be back in Delco with our two cats and our first child on the way. I am a huge fan of Philadelphia sports, especially the Eagles. When I am not teaching, I love to spend time camping, hiking, kayaking or anything else in nature.

Lynn Zettlemoyer

Elementary Music and Aftercare

This is my sixth year of serving the Lord at TCA, and it is also my twenty-sixth year as a Christian school music educator. I truly enjoy being in the classroom, helping students to develop a lifelong love of music. I have a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Houghton College, and a Master’s degree in music education from Ithaca College. From 2002-2011, I taught music at a Christian international school in Nairobi, Kenya. I love to write and arrange music, and am a published composer. I love architecture, and also enjoy sewing and gardening.

Houghton College, BMus; Ithaca College, MMus

April Open HouseOpen House, April 28th @ 1PM

Please join us on April 28th for our TCA Spring Open House! At this open house, you’ll get a personalized tour guided by one of our student ambassadors, meet our Head of School along with our other school administrators, get in person access to our Admissions Team to have all your questions answered, and have an opportunity to view a special preview performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr. We are excited to meet you and show you how TCA helps its students discern their gifts and abilities so they can pursue excellence while following God’s lead in their lives.

First Look Friday Open HouseFriday, April 16, 2021

First Look Friday Open Houses are held on the first Friday of every month, November – May. Open Houses run from 9 AM – 12 PM and include a student ambassador-guided tour of our school as well as a chance to meet our Admissions team and ask any questions you might have.

TCA GraduationClass of 2021

The Senior class of The Christian Academy announces its Commencement Exercises
Friday, June 4th, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

We would like to thank our parents, administration, faculty, and friends for the loving and prayerful support they have given us.
Limited Seating Available. You can watch the ceremonies live by clicking the link to our graduation page below.