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."
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.
Years at BCA: This is Mrs. Smith's 4th 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!
I'm currently living in Pickerington with my husband Brad and 2 children, Macey (4) and Jansen (7mos). 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.
Years at BCA: The 2011-2012 school year is 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 am very excited to join the BCA staff!
Years at BCA: Mrs. Leistikow began working full-time at the BCA in 2007.
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Education - Interdisciplinary PreK – 8th
Christian Testimony: I have been a Christian my entire life, but accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and as an integral part of my daily life in my early twenties. I am actively involved in the Children’s Ministry at my home church and believe that God’s plan for my life includes working with children. Only through the direction and guidance of Jesus Christ have I been able to achieve my degree in Education and fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
Philosophy of Christian Education: I believe that every child in my classroom deserves the opportunity to build and explore their relationship with Christ in an environment that nurtures and models the beliefs and attitudes taught by Paul in the New Testament. I believe that a strong foundation in Christian principles is essential to putting the feet of our children on the path that will lead them to a greater understanding of our Lord as well as the purposes that He has for our lives. I feel that children need to perceive God as a real presence in their lives and that it is my job as their classroom teacher to show them how real He can be.
Personal Life: My husband, Terry and I, were married in 1989 and we have 2 children; Sheridan, born in 1994, and Thomas, born in 1999. Both of my children have attended the BCA. I enjoy reading, my horses, and playing video games with my children.
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 a 16 year old son. and enjoys wathching him as he participates in wrestling. Her son attended the BCA from Kindergarten through the 6th grade. The Carneys are members of
Years at BCA: This is Mrs. Widlicka's fourth year at BCA.
Qualifications: I received my teacher's certificate in 1980. I taught five years before starting my family. I took off twenty years as a mommie. The last six of those I substituted in the Pickerington Schools. I am now in my fourth year of full time work with the BCA.
Philosophy of Education:
Christian Testimony: I was lucky enough to be born and raised in a Christian household. I've considered myself a Christian as long as I can remember. I met and married a Christian man who loves God. Together we sought the Lord. Through bible study, small group meeting, and friendships we have learned of God's awesome love for us.
Personal Life: Bob, my husband, and I have been married 25 years. Twenty one of those years we have lived in Ohio. God gave us three boys. Our eldest, Ben, passed away unexpectedly last Spring. He was a senior at Cedarville University. He was a giving person who loved all people. He was gifted with computer skills and his ability to make people laugh. We greatly miss him and look forward to the day when we will meet up with him again. Andrew our middle son is 20. He will be attending Ohio University in Athens this Fall. He enjoys all sports, but is particularly fond of basketball. Our youngest is a senior at Pickerington HS Central. He plays in the marching band. His instrument of choice is the tuba. He also is a boyscout, and he is working on his Eagle Scout Project at present. Our golden retriever is Sunshine. She has been a part of our family for almost eight years. Our home church is Grace Fellowship in Pickerington. We worship and praise our God there among many friends.
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.
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!
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."
Years at BCA: I have worked at Brice Christian Academy and Brice Church Preschool for over 10 years.
Qualifications: I have worked with children for over 20 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 belive when these things are accomplished the children will take what they have been a part of and take it into the world.
Personal Life: My time away from school is spent with family and friends.My hobbies are; drawing, reading and exercise .I also like to watch college football. I have a son, Michael. He is a senior at Fairfield Career Center and wants to become a police officer. I have a Beagle named Jeni. I have a wonderful family that lives here in Ohio. We are very close. I belong to Brice United Methodist Church. I have been coming here since 1987 (when my parents made me) and 1996 on my own!! I have been involved with several ministries. My favorite one was a chistian comedy group!:)
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