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
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.
Mrs. Tina Gowins
Ms. Angela Wilson
I grew up in Huntington Beach, California and graduated from Florin High School in Sacramento, CA. I graduated from Goldenwest College for Cosmetology in 1999, and from Miami Jacobs in 2013 with an AAS in Dental Science.
I came to Ohio in 2007 to help care for my mother, who went to be with the Lord in 2009. I have two beautiful daughters, ages 7 and 19. I also am the caretaker for my youngest sister who has autism. My 7 year old attends BCA and has for 3 years.
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
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!
Ms. Carly Bush
Years at BCA: This is my first year at BCA and I am very excited to be part of a school that invests so much in the student’s lives spiritually, emotionally, and academically.
Qualifications: I earned my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Christian Testimony: I accepted Christ into my life when I was 6 years old. I gradually developed a stronger love for Him as I grew older and began to understand at a deeper level the beauty of His grace and His sacrifice on the cross. My relationship with Him continues to grow as I spend more time with Him each day. I am so blessed to be able to live out His calling for my life as a teacher and share His love with His children each day.
Personal Life: I was born and raised in Ohio and currently live in Pickerington. I attend Grace Fellowship Church. Some of my favorite activities include travelng, reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Mrs. April Barnhart
I have been teaching for about 12 years. I believe that we are all lifelong learners. I want to instill a love of learning in each of my students. I’m thankful to be at BCA, where I can share the word of God with my class.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:13…”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Qualifications: I graduated from Ohio Dominican University in 2001, with my Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. I received my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from ODU in 2009. I am licensed to teach grades K-8. I have experience in Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.
Personal Note: I have been married to my best friend, and love of my life for 23 years. God has blessed us with four wonderful children. We have two girls and two boys. Kat (17), Aidan (13), Helena (11), and Samuel (6). We have been attending Veritas since 2011.
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
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
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
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.
Mrs. Holly Johnson
Years at BCA: This is my first year teaching at BCA.
Christian Testimony: I asked Jesus into my heart in 1st Grade and grew up in a Lutheran home. I went through Catechism in high school and gave my life over to Christ. I went on several mission trips with my youth group. In college, I was in worship dance and attended chapel. My husband and I recently joined Grace Fellowship in Pickerington. I help out with the children’s ministry and the CARE team who send letters to people who need encouragement.
Philosophy of Christian Education: I attended a Christian school from 1st-8th grade. I would love nothing more than to see all of my students understand the value of this invaluable education. My life verse is Psalm 23, and I hope to help my students memorize and keep this in their hearts.
Personal Life: I love to read, write, listen to music and play video games. I’ve published 3 of my poems. We just bought a house which we are currently updating and decorating!
Ms. Meagan Lowry
Ms. Kelsey Blackman
Years at BCA: This is my first year at BCA and I am so thankful to be teaching at a school that focuses on helping students to meet Jesus and live a life that honors Him.
Qualifications: I earned my Bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio Christian University. I graduated in the spring of 2017.
Christian Testimony: I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 8 years old and I was baptized when I was 18 years old. I have been blessed to have family members who love Jesus and invested their time teaching me about God and taking me to church.
Personal Life: I have lived in Circleville, Ohio for the majority of my life and recently moved to Groveport. I attend Grace Fellowship church in Pickerington and love to be involved in events and serving in the nursery there. My favorite activities are Crossfit, and spending time with my family and friends. I am very blessed that I get to spend my days with such fun kids here at BCA!
Ms. Cassie Kilbarger
This is my first year at BCA. I graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky in 2013. I began teaching as a sub around Fairfield County, and was hired at Newark Digital Academy in February of 2015 to teach 7-12 English. I then worked at Morgan High School in McConnelsville teaching Sophomore English.
Personal Testimony: I was raised as a Catholic and regularly attend Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in Buckeye Lake. I was baptized as a baby and accepted my confirmation when I was in 7th grade. I serve as a eucharistic minister.
Philosophy of Education: I believe that all students deserve a place that they can learn. I also believe that God gives each student a unique set of talents and places for growth and that is what makes a class interesting.
Personal Life: I am engaged! I am getting married next June to my love, Billy. We are very excited to start this new chapter of our lives together. I enjoy reading and writing for fun. I am a 4th generation (that we know of) seamstress. I started sewing when I was 12. I also enjoy making candy, especially chocolate. I am also a musical person. I sing sometimes for cantatas and sometimes for my steering wheel. I also play the euphonium/baritone though not as much as I would like to. My fiance has a brass quartet that I sometimes sub in. He’s musically gifted, so I get to attend lots of amazing musical performances he is participating in.
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. Cathy Louketis
Years at BCA: This is my second year here at BCA.
Qualifications: I graduated from Virginia Union University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
Christian Testimony: I was 12 years old when I asked Jesus to come into my life. From that day, He has totally been in control of my life. I will continue to trust in the Lord with all my heart.
Personal Life: I am from Virginia. I have been in Ohio for about 10 years. I am married and have two beautiful girls.
Mrs. Sharaun Thompson
Years at BCA: I have been working at BCA since 2012. I started out as a substitute teacher and tutor and have had some long term sub assignments in Kindergarten and Middle School throughout the years. I taught 1st grade for half of the school year last year, here at BCA. This is my first year teaching full time in Kindergarten.
Qualifications: I graduated from Central State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. I also have my Associate Degree in Nursing from Columbus State.
Personal Testimony: I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of 7 and it was the best decision I ever made. Without the Lord in my life, I don’t know where I would be. I believe the Christian life is a journey, and if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and teach us, then we can live the life that Jesus died for us to have. A life of wholeness, freedom, liberty and so much more. My desire daily is to live that life as I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me. I attend New Birth Christian Ministries where I sing on the Praise Team and am a dancer in our dance ministry.
Personal Life: I am originally from Dayton, OH and moved to Columbus from Pittsburgh, PA about 12 years ago. I am married to my wonderful husband of 13 years, Edward Thompson, and we have three beautiful chileren–Edward (EJ), Macaiah, and Keziah. All three of my children have attended BCA and two of them are current students.
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. Alyssa Dearth
Years at BCA: This is my second year at BCA, although my first year in this position.
Qualifications: I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Christian University. Last year, I began some graduate classes, and was able to obtain my Reading Endorsement from Heidelberg University.
Christian Testimony: I grew up in a Christian home and went to a Christian school from second grade on. I am so thankful to have attended a school that also thought my faith journey was important! When I was in the 5th grade I accepted Christ for myself, and was baptized. Since that time I have been striving to grow in my walk with Christ. I am so thankful for His love and forgiveness that never end!
Philosophy of Christian Education: I believe that we are all lifelong learners, and that every child has the ability to grow and learn. Each child is a special creation of God, each with their own gifts and abilities. I believe it is vital to the success of the student to prepare them for life outside of the classroom. I do not simply work on academic skills, but also work on social skills, what to do when facing challenges, and of course, sharing their faith.
Personal Life: I live in Hilliard, and attend Worthington Christian Church. I have a small dog named Paisley. I love spending time with my family, my parents, brother, and sisters. When I have free time, I love to work on my photography, read, and play Just Dance. I also love getting the chance to learn new things!
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.
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
Mrs. Pam Hardin
I am excited to be back at BCA in my role as a tutor. I taught both pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at BCA several years ago. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio University and graduate coursework in Curriculum and Instruction from Andrews University. I have 20 years of teaching experience in first grade, kindergarten, and preschool. Before returning to BCA, I served as a preschool teacher in the Demonstration Classroom at the A. Sophie Rogers Lab School at OSU. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and spoiling our two dogs.
My husband Bob and I have been married for 33 years, and have 3 grown children. We are members of Grace Fellowship and lead a small group there. I also serve on the Prayer and Visitation Teams, and volunteer as a tutor with Lower Lights Ministries in Franklinton. Ask me sometime about my mission trip to Haiti. My life verse is Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” My relationship with Jesus Christ brings me Joy, Strength, and Purpose.