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Staff
Administrator
Mrs. Cathy Wells
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Year at BCA:  The 2009-10 is my second year with the BCA.
 
Qualifications:  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Kent State University, and a Master's Degree in Education from Syracuse University. Even though this is my first year as administrator, I am no stranger to the BCA!  For the past two years I have been the Director of Children's Ministries at Brice Church.  In addition to my duties on Sundays, I have had the opportunity to sub and help out at the BCA, everywhere from the classrooms to the lunchroom! In addition, I have been a member of the BCA School Board during my time at Brice.
 
Christan Testimony:  I grew up in a Christian household, and have known Jesus Christ as my Savior all my life!  Since being married, I have grown so much in my faith and participation in our local church.  I have come to recognize the necessity of a daily walk with Jesus, as opposed to just a "Sunday morning faith". I consider the time I can spend in prayer and study to be a gift, and enjoying sharing that treat with others in Bible Studies and small groups.  I believe that while none of us is perfect, we are called to share His perfect love in what we say and do, and it is toward that goal that I aim!
 
Philosophy of Christian Education:  I believe that our children are the future, but without Jesus Christ in their lives, that future is bleak!  I understand the importance of a quality education, and the impact that it has on the lives of our children.  I do believe that Christian schools should not be a refuge from the world in which we live, but a tool to better equip our children to live in that world as happy, productive, confident and Christ-centered leaders.
 
Personal Life:  I have been married for twenty years to David! We have three children, Ryan (25), Garrett (13) and Courtney (11).  We are also the servant staff to 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 lizards, two fish, and a guinea pig, each of which believe that that he or she is really the one in charge!

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Beth Burns

This will be Mrs. Burns fourth school year at BCA.  She has previously worked in the Pickerington Local School District. She came to Christ as a teenager in Ashland, KY.  Serving our Lord at BCA is the most awesome job she has ever had and she loves the children and staff. 


Office Assistant
Mrs. Wendy Thornton
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Full Day Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Robbin Smith

Years at BCA: The 2011-2012 school year is Ms. Smith's 16th year at Brice Christian Academy. 

Qualifications: Mrs. Smith has a Bachelors degree in Elementary education from the University of Toledo.  Specialization in Early Childhood Education.

Personal info: Resides in Baltimore with her two daughters Jacquie and Sarah.

Teaching Philosophy: "I believe that children are a God given gift and we need to do everything possible to make learning successful for EVERY child."

Email:  rsmith@BriceChristianAcademy.com

 


Full Day Kindergarten
Mr. Matthew Newcomer

Years at BCA:  This is Mr. Newcomer's 5th year at BCA.  This is his 14th teaching year overall.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science from Asbury College (2000) in Elementary Education, K-8 and a Master of Education from Ohio Dominican University (2007) in Curriculum and Instruction

Philosophy of Education:  All children can learn.

Christian Testimony:  Saved as a teen while attending Brice United Methodist church.

Email: mnewcomer@bricechristianacademy.com


1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Heather Perrow
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Hello, BCA! I am blessed to be starting my fourth year at this school. I feel it has been a privilige getting to know the families thus far and look forward to meeting many more to come.  Teaching has been a part of my life in various ways throughout my life. My previous career was in dance. I was both an instructor and performer. I loved being in my studio and reaching the children through movement and expression. I cherished the relationships built with the parents throughout the years. Upon closing my studio it did not take long to realize that dance was a gift, but teaching (and learning from) children was my passion. That is how I came to be an education teacher, earning my Masters in Elementary Education and Masters of Teaching from Grand Canyon University. 

My husband, Michael, and I are celebrating 16 years of marriage. We have two ornery children, Max 12 and Jane 6. We enjoy watching America's Got Talent and Malcolm in the Middle reruns as a family. The kiddos enjoy swimming and playing MineCraft. Max's golden retriever is named Lady and Jane's Yorkie-poo is named Marvin. 

My belief in the Lord Jesus is a continually developing relationship. It is truly a blessing to know that whatever life brings me, eventually, I can pinpoint the Hand of God and the direction He chose for my path. Jesus loved and showed that love to the children who surrounded Him. It is my prayer that I can share that kind of unconditional love with those of my new First Grade Family. We are all children of God. I pray you feel my support and I am honored to be joining your child's team. Blessings on this new year! 

 


1st Grade Teacher
Ms. Michelle Gernert
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2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Keeley Smith
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Years at BCA:  This is Mrs. Smith's 6th year at BCA.

Qualifications: Bachelors of Science in Education from Ohio University.

Philosophy of Education: Children learn best through song, dance, and hands on experience..  I believe learning should be fun, yet effective, meaningful, and at their ability level. 

Christian Testimony: Christ has always been a part of my life, both as my savior and my friend.  I grew up in Christian home where I learned about the Bible, the love of the Lord and how powerful the two combined were. I'm now working in a school that is dedicated to educating the mind, body and soul. What a great way for me to practice my faith and share the love of the Lord! 

Personal Life: 

I'm currently living in Pickerington with my husband Brad and 2 children, Macey (5 1/2  ) and Jansen (2 1/2). We attend Shalom United Methodist Church in Carroll. We have a passion for traveling and exploring tourist attractions in towns we travel to.  We love family time together! Whether it's cooking at home or soaking our toes in the sand, as long as we are together we'll have a blast. 

I love being around children and watching them learn.  The most amazing reward as a teacher is to see a child discovering his/her own talent and knowledge.

 


2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Wenter Martin
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Years at BCA: The 2011-2012 school year was my first year at BCA.

Qualifications: I have a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education. I am certified by the state of Ohio to teach preschool through 3rd grade.

Christian Testimony: Growing up I occasionally attended Sunday School or VBS. When I became a teenager I began looking for a church to attend. I found home at a local Catholic church. I began taking RCIA classes and I was baptized at the following Easter vigil.

Personal Life: I live in Heath with my husband Jeremy and our 5 children, Jonathan, Allison, Emily, Olivia and Annabelle. They keep us very busy but in our free time we love to camp. I also enjoy reading. We currently attend church at Saint Francis de Sales in Newark where I teach preschool PSR class. I love working at BCA.


3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Marlene Carney
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Years at BCA:  Mrs. Carney began working at the BCA in 2001.

 

Qualifications:  Mrs. Carney earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University.  She is licensed to teach Kindergarten thru eighth grade.  She has submitted her Master Teacher portfolio and will be the first teacher at the BCA to receive this endorsement from the state of Ohio.

 

Christian Testimony:  I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in 1978.  By reaching to the Holy Spirit, He guides me daily and influences my direction in life.

 

Philosophy of Christian Education:  I believe that each and every child in our classroom is a miraculous gift from God.  It is our mission to instill Biblical teachings in all areas of the curriculum.  I believe we must reach each child and inspire him/her to maximize their potential as Jesus has taught us to do while we are His stewards on earth.

 

Personal Life:  Mrs. Carney is the proud mother of Brent, who is a college student.  Her son attended the BCA from Kindergarten through the 6th grade.  The Carneys are members of Peace United Methodist Church in Pickerington.


3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Elizabeth Weaver
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4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Robin Widlicka
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Years at BCA:  This is Mrs. Widlicka's eighth year at BCA.

Qualifications: I received my teacher's certificate in 1980. from UTEP. I taught in The El Paso Public Schools and the Ysleta Public Schools for a total of 5 years. We made a move to Ohio for my husband's work in 1988. My time here was spent raising three young boys. I eventually returned to teaching as a substitute in the Pickerington Schools. After 6 years of subbing, I joined Brice Christian Academy as a 4th grade teacher. I am starting my 8th year here at Brice.


Christian Testimony: I was born into a loving home with parents who took me to church each Sunday. I was raised in the Methodist Church. Life got tough in my early 20's and I found myself seeking the Lord for comfort through my trials. As life continued on I discovered that the commintment I made to Christ when I was young was not enough. Being a Christian was more of a process then I had realized. So, over the years,  I have taken steps to grow my faith. My goal is to  be less like me and more like Jesus. The unthinkable happened in our family 4 years ago. Our eldest son, Ben, passed. He was only 22.  It was a hard time in our life. But, an amazing thing happened. My husband and I held on tight to the Lord. And the Lord gave us PEACE. And my husband and myself grew even closer together. And our resolve to serve the Lord became stronger. I know that my son is in heaven, and he is safe with the Lord. And we look for the day when we will once again be united with him in heaven. For know, serving the Lord, however he calls,  is our life goal.

Personal Life: Bob and I are celebrating 30 years of marriage in January. Paul and Andrew our are earthly sons. We attend Grace Fellowship  on Refugee Road . We enjoy playing cards, watching all the Cleveland sports teams(Cavaliers, Browns, and Indians), hiking, and traveling.


MS Math Teacher (5th-8th)
Mrs. Gloria Schmitz
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MS Social Studies Teacher (5th-8th)
Mrs. Heather Kelley
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Education: Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University

                Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana Bible College

Experience: Taught for 5 years at Calvary Christian School in Indianapolis, Indiana

                  I began teaching at BCA in 2011.

I believe that education should be valued, and that every child should be given a chance to improve themselves through learning. My family's motto has always been "If it is to be, it is up to me!" What a child/family does with this educational opportunity is up to them, but I will do my best to instill a love of learning into my students.

I have attended church all my life. I received the Holy Ghost when I was six in a barn that had been renovated for Children's Church. When I was eight, I decided I wanted to be baptized. Life is not easy, but God has always been there with me and for me even when I have gone to different countries on mission trips. I now attend Turnpoint Apostolic Church in Groveport, Ohio.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Andy, since October 2011. I am part of a family of six that is constantly growing with nephews, nieces, and in-laws.


MS Language Arts Teacher (5th-8th)
Mrs. Heather Snyder
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MS Science Teacher (5th-8th)
Mrs. Martha Martin
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School Counselor
Mrs. Tina Gowins
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Year at BCA:  My first year at BCA was the 2004-2005 school year. 
                         The 2011-2012 school year will be my 8th year as the BCA School Counselor.
 
Qualifications:     BA in Psychology from Miami University (Ohio)
                                MS.ED in Clinical counseling from The University of Dayton   
 
                                Have worked in the field since 1989 at:  Harding Hospital, Hannah Neil Center for Children, The Buckeye  
                                Ranch and  as a Foster Parents with The Bair Foundation.                         
 
Christan Testimony:  I had been raised in the church but did not accept Christ until I met my husband in college and started going to the church where his dad was the Pastor. Since then I have journeyed in my spiritual growth through many experiences and very caring Christian mentors and accountability partners.  I continue to work out my salvation daily and am thankful for God'd grace because I need it each and every day.  I  rely on Phillipians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".   
Philosophy of Christian Education:  A Christian Education can provide the seed and building stone in children's lives that God's kingdom can expand from in their futures.   
 
Personal Life:  I am married to my best friend and soul mate, Jerry Gowins.  We have been married for 23 years.  We have 5 kids and 5 grandkids.  Andy(28) & Jacqui Gowins (A.J., Leyland, Davineh & Trevian), Diamond(25) Christian (Taylor), Karah(24), Max(21) & Cori(16).
We have a blended family that God has carefully constructed and we are blessed to have each and every one of them in our lives no matter how they came to us.  I thank God each and every day for these gifts!

Phyical Education Teacher
Rick Ewing
Years at BCA: 9

Qualifications: 34 years with Columbus Recreation & Parks Liberal Arts degree from Capital University, Political Science/History; Major Physical Education minor. Certificate from the Department of Education to teach at BCA.

Personal info: Resides in Carroll with his wife, Lynn. They have three children Keeley, Karli and Korry.

Teaching Philosophy: "Teaching should cover the students spiritual, mental and physical growth and development."


Music Teacher
Jonathan Williams
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Technology
Carolyn Felton
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Years at BCA:  Mrs. Felton worked as an educational aide during the 2009-2010 school year, then as a fifth grade teacher in the 2010-2011 school year.  Last year I subbed from January on as the librarian, and I am excited to be teaching both library and computer this year.
 

Christian Testimony:  I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was twelve at Acquire the Fire.  I have continued to grow in my faith by reading the Bible, praying, and attending the Walk to Emmaus among other things.

Philosophy of Christian Education:  I believe every child can learn.

Personal Life:  I am married to Jimmy and we have a cat and a dog.  We enjoy travelling especially to the beach so we can relax!


 


Art Teacher
Beth Duffield
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Years at BCA: I was one of the original staff members when the school started in 1995!  At that time I was the art teacher, the gym teacher, and got Friendship Company up and running.


Qualifications: B.S. in Art Education from Northern Illinois University Masters degree in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville

Personal info: Resides in Pickerington with her husband James and 3 cats.  My out of school interests include playing music on dulcimers and singing, making my own art, camping, hiking, bicycling, canoeing and creating items for the prayer shawl ministry of Brice United Methodist Church out of yarn.


Teaching Philosophy: "In the art class, students not only learn about art processes, materials and artists. The themes and activities support classroom learning, develop thinking and problem solving skills; practice sharing ideas and opinions as well as appreciating the work of our Master Artist: God."

 


Spanish Teacher
Senora' Irisol Stepp
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Year at BCA:   15 years
 
Qualifications:  I am a native Spanish speaker from Caracas-Venezuela, 3 years of Undergraduate study in Special Education at " Colegio Universitario Monsenor de Talavera, 2 years of Modern languages at Universidad Central de Venezuela ( English, French and Spanish).
 
Christan Testimony: When I was 10 years old  I started to attend an Evangelical Church "Jezreel"with my mom. I accepted Christ to come into my heart during a Vacation bible school since then I have trust the Lord in everything I do. I got baptized when I was 16. While still living in Venezuela I participated in Awana Ministries, Youth camps, Christian theatre, Street ministries " Mimes". I currently attend Reynoldsburg Alliance Church we found this church family 16 years ago. I enjoy working with the kids there. Some off the things I have done there is Awana leader and commander, Sunday school classes for kids, lead VBS and serve at vbs, youth group, mission trip with the youth, deaconess and greeter. I am currently serving as the Childrens Ministry Leader. I will have to say is not an easy task and thats why i take it one day at the time so I dont go crazy,haha. So that will be an area where you can pray for me :)
 
Philosophy of Christian Education:  I just feel so bless to work in a Christian school. I believe that by showing love to the kids and families they can see Jesus through us. I enjoy singing Christian songs and praying with your kids in Spanish. We are not only learning the Spanish language but we are also learning about people and cultures. It is so much fun working at Brice. I get so excited when your kids help me with my English and teach me new words. They like that too ;).
 
Personal Life:  I live in Pataskala, My husband name is Trent, I have a princess and her name is Sammy (She loves acting, singing and playing with friends) and a little boy his name is Matthew ( He loves making his sister crazy). I have a Bunny Cinnamon and a fish ( Shadow). My favorite food is Pasta that's why my new favorite place is Piada Street Food. I also like Chinese. Our whole family loves ice cream so we spend a lot of time in Orange leaf and DQ.

Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Vickie Schultz
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Reading Specialist
Mrs. Regena Culver
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Friendship Company Director
Terri Newcomer
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Years at BCA: I have worked at Brice Christian Academy and Brice Church Preschool for 15 years.

Qualifications: I have worked with children for 25 years.  I was a Teacher,Trainer and Assistant Director at a local daycare. I have attended many classes through the years as well as classes through Columbus State.

Christian Testimony: I accepted the Lord as my Savior in 1997 during a very difficult time in my life.  It was the hardest decision I've ever had to make.  I had to surrender all!!!  Now I know that It was the best choice I ever made.  I would not be where I am now without Jesus as my ROCK!

Philosophy of Christian Education:Our goal as christian educators should be to support
the children in their walk with Christ. We should also be aware of children in their special talents and needs and accept them accordingly. I see christian educators many times go the extra mile to help a child or to support a parent in times of trouble or for a shoulder to cry on. I believe when these things are accomplished  the children will take what they have been a part of and take it into the world.

Personal Life: I am married to Matt. Newcomer (Our Kindergarten teacher). My son, Michael attends Central Ohio Technical College and is taking Law Enforcement. My time away from school is spent with family and friends. My hobbies are; drawing, reading,  exercising and traveling .I also enjoy watching college football (Go Buckeyes!)  I have a wonderful family and I'm blessed to have them all here in Ohio! I attend Grace Fellowship and I'm looking forward to Bible study.


Friendship Co. Assistant/Lunchroom Assistant
Rachael DeLaTorre

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