top of page
Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Office Staff

OFFICE STAFF

Sharp.jpg

Dean of Students and Guidance Counselor

Nathan Sharp

Mr. Nathan Sharp is Summit's Dean of Students and Guidance Counselor.  He also teaches our high school Bible classes. This is his third year as a teacher at Summit.  He graduated from Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary. His favorite part of teaching is making connections between the class material and life, gaining a greater appreciation for the beauty of creation and the skills God has give each student, and encouraging life-long learning and growth. When he's not spending time with his wife, who is also a teacher, some of Mr. Sharp's favorite things to do are reading non-fiction books, trying new foods, and spending time outdoors.  He also likes to write. Mr. Sharp hopes his students remember that the opportunity to learn and grow in knowledge and character is a gift, one we can receive daily for the rest of our lives, and that a relationship with God is the primary source of joy and satisfaction.

 

Ogata, Brittany_edited.jpg

Office Manager

Brittany Ogata

Brittany Ogata started working for Summit in June but has been a part of SCA for 4 yrs as a parent. Previous to working here she has worked in real estate, property management, business management, and bookkeeping. She says her favorite part of this job is, "getting to be a part of the SCA family. The character and integrity of our students and staff amazes me and I am humbled and honored to be here! She has 4 children that attend Summit and she has been married for 18 yrs."

Hobbs.jpg

Receptionist

Kristin Hobbs

Kristin Hobbs has been working Summit's receptionist since June of 2020.  She is a graduate of  the University of Kentucky and enjoys working at Summit because it is a faith-based environment.  A fun-fact about Kristin is that she is a black belt in Aikido and has been trying since 2005.  She says, "I hope the students of SCA know that I care about them and want to help them succeed in school and in life"

Childress-1.jpg

Office Assistant

Jane Margaret Aguhob Childress

Jane Margaret has been working and volunteering as office support staff for 3 years at Summit.  She attended Baylor University and University of Kentucky.  She enjoys working in office work, answering phones, making copies, scheduling events, customer service, creating documents and spreadsheets, etc.  She is married to our athletic director, Jason Childress, and they have 3 children. When we asked her what she hopes the students remember about her, she said, "I hope students know that they can come to ask me anything and hope I am able to accommodate them.  I want to be helpful, in general, to all the students, parents and their families."

Facetune_20-06-2023-19-55-17.HEIC

Academy Principal 

Heather Gibbons

Heather Gibbons is our school's Principal. She has a bachelor's degree in Family Consumer Sciences Education from Morehead State University and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.  With nearly two decades of experience in education, including a position as a lead pre-school teacher, teaching 4th grade, and then teaching in both middle school and high school, Mrs. Gibbons has a well rounded background in education.  These experiences give her a unique perspective that benefit all areas of our preschool and K-12 academy. Mrs. Gibbons has a long history on this campus.  She has been a member of Lexington First Assembly of God since 2001.  Both of Mrs. Gibbons' children attended Summit Christian Academy through 8th grade.  Mrs. Gibbons was also a teacher at SCA for five years.  Because of her passion for Summit Christian Academy, Mrs. Gibbons joined the SCA School Board in 2019 and has served as the secretary of the School Board since that time.

Preschool

PRESCHOOL STAFF

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Osborne.jpg

Preschool Director

Rachel Osborne

Mrs. Rachel Osborne is in her third year at Summit Christian Academy. She has a bachelor's degree from Western Governors University in Business Management and she worked for Jefferson Country Public Schools for 12 years. She is also an Ordained Minister in the Assembly of God. She loves spending time with her husband family. Rachel has worked with children in various settings for the past 30 years including being a Children's Pastor for over a decade. She has a passion to see children learn and thrive. She says, "Children are like little sponges that soak in all the information their teachers are teaching them. I love seeing their faces light up when they learn something new. I love to see when a child realizes the need to ask Jesus into their heart. Children are world changers. Jesus even said, 'Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.' My hope and prayer for every child at Summit Christian Preschool is that they will grow mentally, physically, and spiritually." Rachel hopes that each child will remember their time in Summit Christian Preschool as a time they were loved, felt safe, had a lot of fun, but most of all they learned about Jesus.

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Wheeler.jpg

Preschool Assistant Director and Teacher

Kelley Wheeler

Mrs. Kelley Murphy Wheeler is the Transitional Kindergarten Teacher and the SCA Preschool Assistant Director.  Mrs. Wheeler was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social work.  She joined the team at Summit in March 2011.  

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Yeaples.jpg

Preschool Teacher (2yo)

Haley Yeaples

Haley Yeaples is a Preschool Teaching assistant. She is usually working with the 3 year olds.This is her first year teaching at SCA. She graduated from West Jessamine High School.  Her favorite part about teaching and assisting is seeing the kid's face light up when they understand something or when she has just made them really happy about something.

PRESCHOOL STAFF

White, K.jpg

Preschool Teacher (3yo)

Kimberly White

Mrs. Kimberly White became part of SCA in 2021 but has nearly a decade of experience in the preschool setting. She received her Certification and Master in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education through the University of Kentucky.  Her Bachelors is from Asbury University in Elementary Education.  As a student at Asbury she received the Roy L. Lauter Servant Leadership award for her work with the children at Nathaniel United Methodist Mission.  

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Erwin.jpg

Preschool Teacher (3yo)

Gabby Erwin

Gabby Erwin has been teaching at Summit since 2021. 

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Fox, Cassandra_edited.jpg

Preschool Teacher (4yo)

Cassandra Fox

Cassandra Fox has been working in education for 20 years. From babies in daycares to subbing in the 11th grade classroom. Her degree is focused on Pre-K through 5th grade. She has her bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Asbury University. 

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Ball.jpg

Preschool 4's Teacher

Crystal Ball

Ms. Crystal Ball has spent many years teaching and coaching young children. After college, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky, in 2006 and began a career in Graphic Design. She then came back to teaching in 2011 as a lead preschool teacher.  Recently, she went back to school and completed her early childhood training. 

PRESCHOOL STAFF

ASC-12.jpg

Preschool Assistant

Jennifer Ogata

Jennifer Ogata has worked in education since graduating in 2001. She graduated Indiana University (Bloomington) with a B.S. in Art Education K-12. She worked as a substitute and volunteered in the public school for many years and she has also worked with challenged teens in a Christian recovery program. Jennifer was trained in Montessori and taught for several years in a Montessori school. She has also been trained in disability ministry and wrote a kids book to encourage every child, sharing Christ's truth and love.

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Michel.jpg

Preschool Assistant

Alicia Michel

Alicia Michel is a preschool assistant and she visits each classroom for at least a few minutes each day.

She graduated from Asbury College in 2001 with a bachelor degree in Accounting. In 2006, she left the workplace to stay home with her children and that led into 10 years of homeschooling, which she says she absolutely loved.

PRESCHOOL STAFF

thumbnail_Bliss, Lindsay_edited.jpg

Preschool Assistant

Lindsay Bliss

Mrs. Lindsay Bliss is one of Summit’s preschool assistants. Lindsay graduated from Elizabethtown Community & Technical College in 2013 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science - Culinary Arts, Food & Beverage Management, Professional Catering and Personal Chef. She earned a spot on the Dean’s List and President’s Honor Roll all three years of attendance. Lindsay has several years of experience working as a summer camp counselor for foster care children and has even ran a small child care business out of her home.

PRESCHOOL STAFF

thumbnail_image_edited.jpg

Preschool Assistant

Heather  Widaman

This is Heather Widaman became a SCA team member in 2023 after running a home-based daycare. She went to BCTC here in Lexington

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Sarah Sellards_edited.jpg

Preschool Assistant & PM Care

Sarah Sellards

Sarah join Summit Christian Academy staff in 2023. 

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Mendez, Ramona_edited.jpg

Preschool Assistant & PM Care

Ramona Mendez

Ramona Mendez has been teaching for 13 years. She has been teaching at Summit since 2022. She went to Liberty University to further her education and study Biblical studies and theology.  She belongs to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and her favorite part of teaching is inspiring students with the word of God. 

Elementary School

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5)

Cox.jpg

Kindergarten Teacher

Shannon Cox

Mrs. Shannon Cox has been teaching in a christian school setting for over a decade with over half those at Summit. Shannon attended Moorhead State University where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Education.  

Halbert.jpg

First Grade Teacher

Hannah Halbert

Ms. Hannah Halbert has taught at Summit Christian Academy since 2021, but before teaching at Summit, she worked as a Kindergarten Assistant and Preschool Assistant in the public school system. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2017, Cum Laude. Her degree is in Family Sciences with a minor in Education. 

Cardona.jpg

Second Grade Teacher

Nora Cardona

Mrs. Nora Cardona is the second grade teacher and loves working with Summit Christian Academy's elementary students in reading to explore what God wants them to know about Him and who He wants them to be. She began her teaching career in her early 20's as a preschool assistant and she returned to college to earn her teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education to continue in a career in education. Nora earned her B.A. in Physical Education, emphasis on Athletic Training, from Whittier College, CA, and her ECE Certificate from Cerritos College, CA.  She is currently re-certified in elementary education through ACSI. 

Brunetti.jpg

Third Grade Teacher

Elizabeth Brunetti

Ms. Elizabeth Brunetti is the third-grade teacher at Summit Christian Academy. She was born and raised in Lexington, Ky and attended Western Ky University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. Upon graduating from WKU Ms. Brunetti moved to Atlanta, Ga. and lived there  for 17 years before returning back to KY. She earned her Masters in Education from University of the Cumberlands graduating Summa Cum Laude. 

Watkins.jpg

Fourth Grade Teacher

Kara Watkins

Mrs. Kara Watkins is the fourth grade teacher at Summit Christian Academy.  She has been educating hearts and minds in Christian schools for over a decade.  She graduated from Georgetown College in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  She also received her Master's degree in  2017 from Georgetown College in Teacher Leadership with an endorsement in literacy.  

Austin, Katelin_edited.jpg

Fifth Grade Teacher

Katelin Austin

New to SCA, but with over 5 years of teaching, Mrs. Austin just moved here from Omaha, NE where she was a stay at home mother to her two children. Mrs. Austin is from Eugene, OR but has lived all over the United States. She graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska with a degree in Education.

Brewer, Melissa_edited.jpg

Elementary Assistant

Melissa Brewer

Melissa Brewer has been teaching a little over 28 years. Her Master's Degree was completed at EKU and her Bachelor's degree is from UK.  She was National Board certified in K-12 Library Science and also holds certification in technology and distributive education. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

White, M.jpg

Math and Science Teacher

Marie White

Marie White received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Math and Science from Northen Kentucky University. Her teaching experience includes 25+ years in the state of Kentucky. She retired from public school teaching and has been at Summit Christian Academy since 2013.

Masters.jpg

Language Arts Teacher

Jamie Masters

Mrs. Masters is excited to be teaching Middle School English and High School Creative Writing.  She has taught high school English for over ten years and graduated from Morehead State University with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education.  She earned a M.A. in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and she is also a Children's Ministry Director for her home church here in Lexington. 

Wilson, Desire'e_edited.jpg

Bible and History

Desiree Wilson

Ms. Wilson is excited to teach both Middle School Bible classes and High School Science, as Scripture and the study of the physical world were designed to teach us the character of God. Ms. Wilson has been educating and ministering to children for the last twenty plus years in both traditional and non-traditional settings around central Kentucky and abroad, including homeschooling. Ms. Wilson’s education includes a Secondary Social Studies Education degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Education with a concentration in Discipleship, and a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in missiology, in which she was an A. Wallace Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship recipient. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Renewal Theology from the Regent School of Divinity.

HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

King.jpg

Math and Chemistry Teacher

Kristina King

Mrs. Kristina King's  formal education includes an Associates degree in Computer Electronics Technology and a Bachelor's degree in general education with an emphasis on engineering Physics.  Both degrees were earned at EKU where she served as Student Body President/Student Regent.  While a student she completed a NASA training program at Kennedy Space Center and was 1 of 2 U.S. student delegates to the International Astronautical Congress.  Following graduation she worked for the Common wealth of Kentucky for 6-7 years where she earned a national certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional.  She was also recognized with an Award for Continuing Excellence by the Cabinet for Economic Development; and was later named Kentucky Admiral by the Energy and Environment Cabinet while working as the Program Manager for the division of Biofuels.  

HIGH SCHOOL

Floyd.jpg

English and History

Sara Beth Floyd

This is  Sara Beth Floyd is coming to us from Sayre Christian Village, a non-profit retirement community, here in Lexington.  She worked there as the Activity Director for Housing. Her bachelor’s degree is in Secondary Education English. She received that degree from Tennessee Technological University in 2009 where she graduated Cum Laude. She was hesitant to enter the teaching field at that time and after having a radical salvation experience, she felt the call to ministry and began school at Asbury Theological Seminary where she later received a Master of Divinity degree. She went on to become Ordained in the Assemblies of God and is now the  Children’s Pastor at Nicholasville First Assembly of God.

ENRICHMENT

Childress.jpg

Athletics Director

Jason Childress

Jason Childress is Summit's Athletic Director and Gym teacher.  He has been teaching for 5+ years and graduated from Brescia University in Owensboro, KY.  

Stewart.jpg

Music and Art Teacher

Becky Stewart

Becky Stewart began educating hearts and minds in 2000, where she taught Art in Fayette County. She then taught in the PreK, Elementary, and in High School for 7 years in various areas, including Art and Music in Christian Schools. She has been a sub and teacher’s aide for the past five years at a Christian School. She graduated from Marshall University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education K-12 cum laude. 

Baldwin.jpg

Spanish and Drama Teacher

Frankie Henry

Mrs. Frankie Henry is in her fourth year of teaching. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berea College in May of 2020 where she received her degree in Spanish. While at Berea, she worked as a high school peer mentor and as an editorial assistant for a literary quarterly. She also co-wrote and co-directed a theatre performance in conjunction with Berea College and her home high school. 

bottom of page