Mrs. Margaret McCoy, Principal of Brice Christian Academy

Mrs. Margaret McCoy

This will be my second year as the Principal/Administrator of Brice Christian Academy.    I am very passionate about Christian education, and look forward to partnering with you again in the continued academic and spiritual growth of your children. God is leading in some new directions at BCA, and we are very excited about the future of this great school.   My undergraduate degree is in elementary education, and my Master’s from the University of Dayton is in education, with minors in music from both schools.

Before coming to BCA, I taught for eight years at the elementary level, and also served as Principal at two different Christian schools for eight more years.  I have four children, and four grandchildren, and a little over 200 students K-8 that I love getting to know and share life with.  Reading, outdoor education, travel, and family outings are what I enjoy doing in my spare time.

I am currently attending Spring Hills Baptist Church in Granville, Ohio.   There are wonderful, Christian people everywhere, and I believe every person that God brings into our lives is a divine appointment.  I feel very blessed to be getting to know the staff and students at Brice Christian Academy, and look forward to the years ahead!

My life’s verse is Deuteronomy 33:27—-“The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…”  In these sometimes difficult times, we can all rest in this promise!!  I look forward to what God has planned for BCA this year, and pledge to do my best for His glory.

Mrs. Sarah Ewashinka

Mrs. Sarah Ewashinka

I grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Avon Lake High School.  I met my husband while at Ohio State University.  I attended grad school at University of Cincinnati and came back to Columbus to start a family.

My family and I have been members in the  Methodist Church since 1998. Both of my daughters attended Brice Preschool and Brice Christian Academy.

Tina Gowins

Mrs. Tina Gowins

I love working at BCA!  This is my 15th year working here.  I started out as a part time School Counselor, then to full time School Counselor and am very happy to now be the full time Dean of Students.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master’s Degree in Education/Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton.

I had worked in the clinical counseling field for many years.  I have worked at Harding Hospital, Hannah Neil Center for Children, The Buckeye Ranch, a private Christian Counseling Agency and was in private practice for a while.  My husband and I were also Treatment foster parents with the Bair Agency for several years.

I graduated from Pickerington High School (before there were two schools).  I met my husband, Jerry, in Oxford Ohio while attending Miami University.  Jerry is my best friend and soul mate.  We have been married for 29 years.  We married while still in college and then moved to the Columbus area after graduation.  We have three biological kids (one from Jerry’s previous marriage).  Andrew (32), who is married to Jaclynn, they live in Nebraska and have given us 4 beautiful grandchildren–Andrew Jr. (AJ) (13), Leland (11), Daivahnee (7), and Trevian (5).  Next is Max (26), who lives in Columbus.  Cori (21), also lives in Columbus and is a student at Columbus State.  We also adopted 2 awesome girls when they were teenagers.  Diamond (30) is married and lives in Blacklick.  She is the mother of our fifth beautiful grandchild, Taylor (9).  Karah (29) lives and works in Columbus as well.

My husband and I are members at the Columbus Vineyard.  We also participate in a small group.  I accepted Christ in college after I met my husband.  His dad was a Pentecostal pastor at a small Assemblies of God church.  We have been active members of churches throughout our married lives.  I love missions work and have been on several international mission trips as well as many local mission trips.  One of our passions is working with the homeless population of Columbus.

Our family attends Vineyard Christian Church in Westerville.  We have two spoiled cats and we love going on nature walks, taking trips to amusement parks and going to museums.

Senora’ Irisol Stepp

Senora’ Irisol Stepp

Years at BCA:   17 yearsQualifications:  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 Crosswalk Church.  We found this church family 19 years ago. I enjoy working with the kids there. Some of 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 blessed to work in a Christian school. I believe that by showing love to the kids and families they can see Jesus through us.

Personal Life:  I live in Pataskala, My husband’s name is Trent. I have a princess and her name is Sammy (She loves acting, singing and playing with friends) and a son– his name is Matthew and he is a 5th grader at BCA.    We are very involved with Boy Scouts and Baseball, during our evenings.   Our whole family loves ice cream so we spend a lot of time at Dairy Queen.

Mrs. Alice Ayala-Rojas

Mrs. Alice Ayala-Rojas

Hello, my name is Alice M. Ayala-Rojas.  I have four wonderful children—Justin, Austin, Angelina, and Alyssa, who all attend BCA.  This is my first year at BCA as the First Aide person, but my children have attended here for three years.  I attend Brice United Methodist Church and I am the Children’s Director/Coordinator for the Children’s ministry.  Brice is like another home away from home for me.  I love the children, teachers and staff.

Mrs. Cara Shannon

Mrs. Cara Shannon

Years at BCA: Mrs. Shannon began teaching at BCA in 2015.  She attended school at BCA as a student from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Qualifications: Mrs. Shannon earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University.  She is licensed to teach first through third grade.

Christian Testimony: I asked Jesus to come into my heart when I was in second grade at Brice Christian Academy as a student!  (In the very classroom I am teaching in!)  Ever since that day I have been on a constant walk with my LORD and Savior.  I am so thankful that God made me to be a teacher, and I am so blessed that I get the honor of sharing His Word with His children.

Philosophy of Christian Education:  I believe that each student is a miracle that God has created.  I believe that it is my job as a Christian educator to “plant a seed” in their heart, and help them find love for the LORD.  One of my favorite Bible verses is: “Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it.”  -Proverbs 22:6

Personal Life: I was married in May 2016 to my wonderful, loving husband, Austin.  We attend Quest Community Church.  We are enjoying newly married life, and working together as a team with God through all of our ups and downs!

 

Mrs. Tabitha Riggle

Mrs. Tabitha Riggle

Years at BCA:  This is my first year at BCA and I am thankful for God’s call to serve Him in this wonderful school.

Qualifications: I earned my Bachelor’s  and Master’s degrees  in Elementary Education  at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  I am licensed to teach preschool through third grade.  I have eleven years teaching experience at another Christian school.

Christian Testimony:  As a child, I attended church faithfully but I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior in 2001.  My relationship with Christ is continually growing as I read the Bible and talk with Him daily.

Philosophy of Education: I believe all learners are created by God and personally placed in my class by Him.  Our classroom is a community atmosphere that strives to give God glory through learning spiritual truths, academics, and social skills.

Personal Life:  My husband and I have three sons, Adam (28 and married to Kali), Chris (25 and married to Rickie), and Ray (17 and still at home).  We have three precious grandchildren as well.  My niece, Lana, also lives with us.  Other important members of our family are : a dog “Midnight”, fish, and a rabbit “Chocolate” (we share him with our class).

We attend Hillview Freewill Baptist Church.  I serve as a Fourth and Fifth grade Sunday School teacher and serve periodically at Ronald McDonald House with my care group.  God has also called me and my family on various mission trips both inside the US and internationally.

 

 

Mr. Rick Ewing

Mr. Rick Ewing

Years at BCA: 21

Qualifications: 36 years with Columbus Recreation & Parks.  Liberal Arts degree from Capital University in Political Science/History; Physical Education minor. Certificate from the Department of Education to teach at BCA.

Personal info: Resides in Carroll with his wife, Lynn–married for 37 years. They have four children Keeley, Karli, Korry, Logan, and 5 grandchildren.

I Corinthians 12:4-6  “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same LORD.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”

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

Mrs. Marlene Carney

Mrs. Marlene Carney

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, and has achieved the Master Teacher designation by the Ohio Department of Education.

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 graduate and now married to Whitney.  Brent attended BCA from Kindergarten through the 6th grade.  The Carneys are members of Peace United Methodist Church in Pickerington.

Mrs. Nancy Neal

Mrs. Nancy Neal

Years at BCA: This will be my third year at BCA.

Qualifications:  Master of Teaching degree from the University of Virginia—Go Wahoos!  I began my career by teaching 4th and 5th grade.  After staying home with my children, I gained even more experience through long-term substituting in preschool, a 3rd grade gifted program, and many other elementary classrooms.

Christian Testimony:  I am very thankful that I grew up with Christian parents and friends.  I asked Jesus to be my Savior at a young age.  He is very patient with me and continues to pull my heart toward missions and children’s education.  Ask me about my trip to Macedonia sometime.

Philosophy of Education:  My desire is to equip my students to read and understand their Bibles so they can know, love, and serve our great God.  In addition to this foundational goal, I strive to inspire students to love learning which will enable them to succeed with the gifts God has given them.

Personal Life:  I live in Granville with my family.  My husband teaches Math and my kids are both in high school this year.  We enjoy board games, video games, traveling, reading and participating in the life of our church, The Granville Chapel.

Ms. Meagan Lowry

Ms. Meagan Lowry

Mr. Derek Wise

Mr. Derek Wise

I have been a teacher for 28 years.  I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Capital University.  My Master’s is from OSU in Children’s Literature and Math.  I started the first Winterguard in a Christian School in 2015, and am coaching the new Winterguard team here at BCA.

Christian Testimony:  I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was seven years old.  I knew enough to know that the only way to Heaven was to ask Him to forgive my sins as I knew I was a sinner.  God has led me to volunteer summer mission work; youth director and choir director ministries, and also church pianist.  I’ve led eight different mission trips all over the US.

Philosophy of Christian Education: Since I have taught in both public and private schools, I know the value of Christian education.  Teaching the students not only the basic subject matter that they need to know for a career, but also training them to be able to share their faith with others as they go about their business is key.  That is part of the Great Commission.

Personal Life: I have always liked to travel.  I have been able to visit 48 of the 50 states, 7 Canadian provinces and have also been to France.  I have been to 84 of the 88 counties in Ohio, have swum in 3 of the 5 Great Lakes, and ridden 726 different roller coasters.  I enjoy playing the piano, reading, playing volleyball, bowling, swimming, hiking, cooking, biking, planning parties, and spending time with friends.

My Dad passed away three years ago; my Mom lives with me, and I have a younger brother who lives here in Columbus.  Besides growing as a Christian and educator, I hope to visit the last two US states,  and have many goals and places to see in the future.

Mrs. Laurie Bruckner

Mrs. Laurie Bruckner

I am delighted to join the faculty at BCA as music teacher!  The most important thing about me is that I am a child of God.  I became a member of God’s family when I accepted Christ as my Savior, having my sin forgiven and beginning a new and everlasting life in me, when I was a little girl.  The Lord has continued to direct my life, helping me grow in faith and joy in Him throughout the amazing course of life He has led me through.

As a music teacher I have taught in both public and private schools from Kindergarten to college, including schools in both the US and abroad. I have been blessed to be a part of church families rich in years of heritage and also new church plants, of churches with brothers and sisters in Christ of status and prosperity as well as refugees and those recovering from lives of addictions and struggle.

Our family has recently moved to the Columbus area and we love being a part of the New Life Community Church in Canal Winchester, where I have recently joined the musical worship team.

My most loved hobbies these days are watching my children in their activities. My husband of 21 years and I have three teenaged children, so our evenings are full of lessons, events and social gatherings.  A favorite way to contribute to the fun for me is cooking and baking.

I am a graduate of Nyack College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and The University of Akron, with a Master’s in Music Ed.  I look forward to teaching the students here at BCA to grow in knowledge, wisdom and faith through music!

Ms. Bettye Fair

Ms. Bettye Fair

Mrs. Theresa Lee

I am proud to have been associated in some capacity with Brice Christian Academy since 1995.  Both of my children went to Brice Preschool and the BCA for their elementary years.  I have been the church secretary, hospitality minister, the school janitor and finally the Lunchroom Supervisor.

I love spending time with the children at breakfast and lunch.  I have worked very hard to incorporate the government guidelines in school nutrition while also trying to prepare foods that I know the students will enjoy (or at least try once).  I look at the time during lunch as a continuation of their academic growth.  They learn what healthy portion sizes are and also experience a variety of good food choices.

Mr. Ron Jordan

Mr. Ron Jordan

Mr. William Fields

Mr. William Fields

Mr. Jeff Collins

Mrs. Nicole Walton

This is my first year at BCA. I’m very excited about teaching and I’m looking forward to having an awesome school year!

I’ve earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Denison University. I also have a Masters of Arts in English Literature from Ohio State University and my teaching licensure in Adolescent and Young Adults Integrated Language Arts from Capital University.

I grew up in the church. I attended Sunday School and church services regularly as a child. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was ten years old and have been walking with Him ever since. I loved serving as an usher and singing in the church choir.

Mrs. Karen Holland, Kindergarten of Brice Christian Academy

Mrs. Karen Holland

I am new to BCA this year. I am an Ohio State education major graduate. I have taught for oveer 20 years.

Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and Lord. My life verse is Romans 8:38-39. It is a great reminder of God’s steadfast love.

Children need to know how much God loves them and how special they are. When a child is secure in God’s love they are free to learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally.

I am happily married and have three adult daughters and one son-in-law.

Mrs. Cathy Cornell

This is my first year teaching at BCA. It is my 27th year of teaching preschool and Kindergarten. I am thrilled to become part of the BCA family.

I graduated from Ohio University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I have taught in private Christian schools my entire career.

I have three wonderful adult children and one beautiful grandson. I have been married to my soulmate for 35 years. It is a priveledge to teach in a Christian school. My philosophy of education is based on Proverbs 22:6-18. “Train up a child in the way he/she should go: and when he/she is old, he/she will not depart from it.”

Mrs. Lisa Jeffers

I am new to Brice Christian Academy teaching second grade. I have been teaching for about six years. I have taught pre-Kindergarten (4-5 year olds) and Kindergarten. I attended Wittenberg University where I received by B.A. degree in Dance and Early Childhood Education. After graduating from Wittenberg, I attended Ashland University, the Columbus branch, for graduate school.

I grew up in a Lutheran church. When I was in middle school, I accepted God into my life and was confirmed, affirmed my baptism. As an adult, I chose to stay being active in my church.

Mrs. Angela Russell, First Grade of Brice Christian Academy

Mrs. Angela Russell

I am the new 1st grade teacher here at Brice Christian Academy. This my 17th year teaching. I have previously taught Pre-K through 3rd grade, and music in the past. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Bible from Ohio Christian University and I’ve received my Masters in Early Childhood Education through Muskingum University.

Growing up in a pastoral home I have been raised in the church all my life. I accepted the Lord at 5 though it took a little longer for me to truly let Him lead. I value Christian education so much that my own children went Pre-K through 8th grade. It is a blessing to be able to teach young minds throough a biblical “lens”. I am so excited to be here at BCA this year.

When not teaching, I love spending time with my four children and hubby. We enjoy singing in southern gospel groups, doing theater within the community, and being active members at Fairfield Christian Church.

Mr. Phillip Ramsey, 6th Grade / Science of Brice Christian Academy

Mr. Phillip Ramsey

This is my first year at BCA. I will be teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science. In addition, I will be the 6th grade homeroom and Bible teacher.

I graduated from Mid-America Nazarene College in Kansas City, and spent three years at the Nazarene Theological Seminary. I have taught both middle school and high school for 39 years and feel this is the ministry which God has allowed me to serve Him.

My wife and I have been on several mission trips around the world and continue to go as often as as possible. Each Christmas a group from our church go to Mexico doing various forms of ministry.

During the summer I have done independent contract work for many years and enjoy woodworking on the side. When hunting season comes, you will find my sons, grandkids, and I hunting.

I am thankful for the privelidge of being part of your students’ lives. Pray for us as we follow His path this year.

Mrs. Clarissa Constable

I am a new teacher at BA. I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art. I taught art for six years at Broadview Middle School.

I accepted Christ in my Sunday School at the age of six.

Mrs. Rebecca Agyekum

I am a new teacher here at Brice Christian Academy. I have a Bachelors Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and then continued to complete a master’s level certificate of education from the University of Wales Institute in the United Kingdom.

I believe the most important thing you can teach a child is about Jesus Christ and it is a privelidge and blessing to be teaching at Brice Christian Academy.

I have been married for four years and I have two boys, Eli age 3 and Ethan age 2.