TCA Stories

Tucker Rodkey

“My years of speeches, speech preparation, and study at TCA were priceless...I cannot overemphasize the tools that TCA, knowingly or unknowingly, helped me to succeed.”

What is your fondest tca memory?

I will always cherish the days I spent in the art program at TCA. My friends and I would spend hours after school with Mr. Jackson eating Chinese food, working on our art competition pieces and just messing around. Great memories.

What do you love about tCA?

I love the diversity of TCA.

Describe one of your favorite teachers you had in your time at TCA and tell why he/she is your favorite.

My favorite teacher that I had at TCA was Mr. Jackson. You either loved him or you hated him. He always pushed me to be the best artist that I could be while also investing in me spiritually.

Did attending TCA help you grow in your faith? If so, how?

My relationships with various teachers allowed me to grow in my faith through their discipleship, investment, conversations and example.

How do you feel that TCA prepared you for graduation, college, and life after school? What are you up to now?

My career as an artist, communicator and non profit leader can all be traced back to my time at TCA. As an artist, TCA’s visual arts program gave me an in depth training in a variety of mediums. These skills have advanced my career an immeasurable amount. As a communicator, my years of speeches, speech preparation, and study at TCA were priceless. I’ve been able to speak at churches, conferences, schools and music festivals all over the country and TCA gave me the tools to do that. As I run Painting Freedom Ministries, a Christian arts non profit, I cannot overemphasize the tools that TCA, knowingly or unknowingly, helped me to succeed. Now I spend my days traveling the country, spreading the Gospel through the arts and working with community leaders and youth for the betterment of Chester.