Faculty and Staff

Office Staff

 

Dean of Students

Mrs. Christa Buckel is SCA’s middle school Bible and History teacher and serves as the Director of the Middle School.  She graduated from Georgetown College with a major in Political Science and minors in both History and German.  She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Asbury University with an endorsement for teaching middle school as well as ESL to K-12. She received Praxis' "Recognition of Excellence" certificate for being in the top 15 percentile of scorers in the nation for the social studies test while working on her MAT.  She has subbed since 2012 in many of Lexington’s private schools, taught fourth grade 2015-2016, and has been teaching middle school at SCA since 2016 . . . and loves it!  “I went to a private school, and want to give my students the same excellent quality education I was given, as well as to instill a lifelong desire to pursue God. They are amazing and have so much potential.  I can't wait to see how they will impact the world for the Kingdom of God.  I love seeing them grow and mature into loving and responsible young people."  Mrs. Buckel is married to her husband, Micah, and she has a cat named Fig Newton.  She hopes her students remember they are loved by God, are chalk full of His purpose, promise, and power, and there is no limit to what they can do with Him for His glory with their lives.

 

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Christa Buckel

Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Holtzclaw has been married to Brad Holtzclaw for over 35 years and has 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law. Her faith journey began when she was only 5 years old and heard the message of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross because of His great love. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has a degree in Psychology with a Developmental Psychology emphasis. She worked for the state of Kentucky doing children’s social work for 8 years. The value of Christian Education became a passion for her when she and her husband felt burdened to enter their children into a Christian school. She has served Summit Christian Academy for more than 20 years in many capacities, including as a teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal.

“I enjoy my students and consider it to be a wonderful blessing and privilege to instill not only a love for Art into them, but to also teach them to love God. He is our creative inspiration and designed us to be creative; we should seek to honor Him through our creativity,” 

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Karen Holtzclaw

Office Manager

Mrs. Anna Carnevale managed an office for 7 years before becoming a stay at home mom.  She and her husband, Mike, have 4 children who attend Summit.  Anna grew up in Lexington and received her degree in vocal performance from Asbury University. Then she and her family lived in Ohio where they pastored a church and Anna homeschooled her children from 2002-2017 before moving back to Lexington. She has been on staff at Summit for 3 years. When we asked her what she hopes the students remember most about her she said "My love for Jesus"

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Anna Carnevale

Receptionist

Kristen Hobbs

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Preschool

Preschool Director

Rachel Osborne

Preschool Assistant Director and Teacher

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 has worked in the area of Social Work for many years prior to coming to Summit in March 2011. She believes all children are a gift from God and each one has special gifts and talents. Her love for children and her desire to serve the Lord led her to the teaching profession. "There is no other place on earth like Summit Christian Academy. I feel truly blessed to be part of such an amazing Christian-based school".

To see more about Mrs. Wheeler's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/bzIRIiOr7us

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Kelley Wheeler

Pre-K 4's Teacher

Cheri Murphy is one of our Pre-K 4 teachers and she does a fantastic job. She graduated from the University of Ky with a degree in nursing. And before teaching she worked as a pediatric nurse for 18 years at the UK Children's Hospital. She has been married to Dallas Murphy for 32 years and has two children; Dallas is 26 and Bethany is 21. She says they're a little crazy and have five dogs! She likes most foods but does not have a favorite food. She enjoys traveling, reading and listening to most genres of music. Cheri has been substitute teaching at Summit for 5 years, and worked as a preschool assistant for the past two years before taking on a classroom of her own last year. She enjoys teaching preschool and her favorite thing is watching how excited and proud the kids feel when they learn something new. She hopes her students remember to always follow Jesus and that we had fun learning. 

To watch more about Mrs. Murphy's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/iaSvsUkOtkA

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Cheri Murphy

Pre-K 4's Teacher

Mrs. Kimberly White is in her fourth year as a preschool teacher but this is her first year at Summit. She received her certification and masters in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education through the University of Kentucky.  Her bachelors degree 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. Mrs. White says she enjoys being creative and seeing her students creativity come out as well. She really enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and camping.  She used to play soccer and basketball and her favorite food is fish tacos. When asked what is the one thing she hopes her students remember about her, she said, "I hope to instill in my students a love for books."

Kimberly White

Preschool 3's Teacher

Ms. Crystal Ball is one of the preschool teachers at Summit Christian Academy. She has spent many years teaching and coaching young children. This adventure started back in 2001 as an assistant teacher at a local art museum in Huntington, West Virginia. 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. She realized her love for children and the desire to see them excel in every aspect of their lives. Recently, she went back to school and completed her early childhood training. " I do not take what I do every day lightly. I believe that every day here at Summit Christian Academy we are impacting young lives in a positive way. As those young lives grow and mature they can go out and be world changers for Christ."

To see more about Ms. Ball's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/2Q6fnFNZSfI

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Crystal Ball

Pre-K 2's Teacher

Elizabeth Brunetti

Pre-school Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Pat Mahan is in her first year as a teachers assistant.  She grew up and went to school in Austin, Indiana and received a bachelors degree in Human Services.  Her favorite part of assisting in preschool is seeing those little curious faces when she reads to them.  She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 31 years and they have two daughters, Farrah, who is married, and Trinity, who attends Summit as a 9th grader. Mrs. Mahan also serves Summit as the volleyball mom for the high school volleyball team.  She says Summit feels like family to her and when asked what she hopes her students remember about her, she said, "I pray that the students remember me as someone who loved them and that they know Jesus loves them too."

Pat Mahan

Pre-school Assistant Teacher

Jennifer Ogata

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Elementary School (K-5)

 

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Shannon Cox teaches Kindergarten at Summit Christian Academy. She has thoroughly loved teaching in the Christian school environment for 13 years. She graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelors in Education in 1997. Mrs. Cox is certain a Christian education will prepare students to face issues they may encounter in life as it teaches them to seek God's guidance through His Word. She also believes students will become more successful academically as a result of learning from a Biblical perspective. It is her hope that her students will see the love of Christ in her every day and that they can know Him better as a result. Shannon has been married to her husband, Brad, for 22 years.  They have 3 sons and recently added a daughter-in-law as well.  The family is made complete with their dog named Molly and two turtles, Orlando and Flash. Mrs. Cox says, " One thing I hope my students learn while in my classroom is to know they are loved by me and by our Father in Heaven! I also would like them to learn to live out Colossians 3:23. 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters'"

To see more about Mrs. Cox's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/OABs-eCXSYM

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Shannon Cox

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Kaitlyn Sipe has been teaching 1st grade for 4 years, but this is her second year at Summit.  She graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.  She says, "I love the moment when a student 'gets it' with a complete mastery of a concept he or she has been diligently working on.  You can see and hear a new level of confidence and expertise that they will carry with them forever".  She is also a huge lover of children's books.  She loves to share new stories with the kids and find new favorites based on their interests each year.   Some fun facts about Mrs. Sipe are that she was originally from Hershey Pennsylvania and she is a Starbucks lover.  She is married to Brian, they have a dog named Kooshball, they love all things Disney and usually visit Disney World once a year.  When we asked Mrs. Sipe what she hopes her students remember the most she said, "I hope my students remember that God is the one true constant no matter what happens.  He is with them no matter what and His plan is perfect.  I hope they remember that learning is full of adventure and fun.  There is no limit to how much you can learn as long as you try your hardest and do your best."  On the first day of school, Mrs Sipe always tells her first graders that '"I can't" is not a word we use in the classroom, instead we say "I will try".

To see more about Mrs. Sipe's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/Kd_rfpPAyms

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Kaitlyn Sipe

Second Grade Teacher

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. Mrs. Cardona believes that reading is the gateway to being educated in other subjects and encourages her students to love reading. 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 Athletic Training, from Whittier College, CA, and her ECE Certificate from Cerritos College, CA. She is currently re-certified in elementary education through ACSI. Mrs. Cardona has been married to her husband, Jehoshaphat, for 23 years and they have two children, Elianna and Elijah. She also has a Pomeranian Chihuahua named Honey. Mrs. Cardona says her favorite part of teaching is witnessing a child's progress in their learning throughout the school year, seeing those "light bulb" moments, but most of all "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 1:4 Mrs. Cardona hopes that her students will remember that she loves them in the love of Christ and that she cared deeply about every facet of their education, especially that God should permeate every aspect of their lives and thoughts."

To see more about Mrs. Cardona's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0poueQHPdbQ

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Nora Cardona

Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Stephanie Nickel is the third-grade teacher at Summit Christian Academy. She is in her 20th year of teaching in a Christian School setting, she seeks to present Christ as Savior and Lord of all. Her desire is to impact the world for Christ through the lives she touches in her classroom. Mrs. Nickel received her BA in Elementary Education and her Master of Elementary Education from the University of the Cumberlands. She enjoys gardening and crafts, and her favorite food is Mexican; however she could possibly survive on dark chocolate. She says, "One of the strangest, if not funniest facts about me is that one Christmas I decorated my house with 22 Christmas trees!"  Her immediate family includes her husband of 9 years and 2 meowing fur-babies, Gracie and Cougar.  She hopes her students enjoy learning, grow closer to the Lord, and know that she loves them. “The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him as I teach His precious children to see themselves and the world from His perspective. I pray as I love on His children that a ripple effect begins and these same children grow in His wisdom and grace to impact others for His eternal kingdom.”

To see more about Mrs. Nickel's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/lZz7LWOaiYc

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Stephanie Nickel

Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Kara Watkins is the fourth grade teacher at Summit Christian Academy. She has been educating hearts and minds in Christian schools for the past 10 years. 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. Mrs. Watkins believes teaching in a Christian school prepares the students to be lifelong learners of God's Word and academics. She believes teaching students to search out God's will in their lives is of utmost importance and guides them in this search. Mrs. Watkins is married and has a daughter and baby boy. She loves to cook and really enjoys teaching her preschool aged daughter how to cook.  It's one of their favorite things to do together.  Mrs Watkins says "I pray that upon leaving my classroom the thing they remember the most is that I love them and, even more, I pray they know that God loves them."

To see more about Mrs. Watkins classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVul4MOwX04

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Kara Watkins

Fifth Grade Teacher

Sarh Bethe Flynn

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Middle School

 

Math and Science Teacher

Marie White teaches middle school Science.  She has taught for over 30 years and has been at Summit Christian Academy for 8 years.  Marie graduated high school from Lafayette High School and continued on to Northern Kentucky University where she received her Bachelors degree.  Marie says her favorite part of teaching is "when the students are excited about learning something new in a lab setting." And she hopes the one thing they remember about her most is "That I cared about them and we sometimes had some good laughter.  But mainly I want to point them to Christ and remind them that He is the only answer for anything in life that they may come up against." 

To see more about Mrs. White's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/wwn4ZO-PU8Q

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Mrs. Marie White

Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Henry Canine is currently in his second year of full-time teaching, both in his career and at Summit.  He earned his high school diploma from Christian Academy in Carrollton, KY and his bachelor degree in history form Asbury University.  He was the valedictorian of his high school class. While at Asbury, the graduating class of 2015 selected him to be their class chaplain.  He says his favorite part of teaching is without a doubt the new and unpredictable interactions with the students that come along with each passing day.  A funny fact about him is that he was literally dragged to his first choir practice at church by the organist due to his indecisiveness.  He hopes that his students remember his passion for stories and that such stories can open the door to finding joy in learning.

To see more about Mr. Canine's classroom and curriculum please watch his video by clicking on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rMihgPHZ6Q&feature=youtu.be

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Henry Canine

Bible and History Teacher

Mrs. Christa Buckel is SCA’s middle school Bible and History teacher and serves as the Director of the Middle School.  She graduated from Georgetown College with a major in Political Science and minors in both History and German.  She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Asbury University with an endorsement for teaching middle school as well as ESL to K-12. She received Praxis' "Recognition of Excellence" certificate for being in the top 15 percentile of scorers in the nation for the social studies test while working on her MAT.  She has subbed since 2012 in many of Lexington’s private schools, taught fourth grade 2015-2016, and has been teaching middle school at SCA since 2016 . . . and loves it!  “I went to a private school, and want to give my students the same excellent quality education I was given, as well as to instill a lifelong desire to pursue God. They are amazing and have so much potential.  I can't wait to see ow they will impact the world for the Kingdom of God.  I love seeing them grow and mature into loving and responsible young people."  Mrs. Buckel is married to her husband, Micah, and she has a cat named Fig Newton.  She hopes her students remember they are loved by God, are chalk full of His purpose, promise, and power, and there is no limit to what they can do with Him for His glory with their lives.

To see more about Mrs. Buckel's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/tLqNcawcY3Q

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Christa Buckel

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High School

 

Math and Science Teacher

Mrs. Kristina King is a happily married mother of 4 and Nana of 2.  Her youngest is currently attending elementary school at Summit.  Her 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 name Kentucky Admiral by the Energy & Environment Cabinet while working as the Program Manager for the division of Biofuels.  God planted the seed in her heart to teach years ago when she worked with a grant program through the Science & Technology Corp. to increase Math and Science aptitude in the Appalachian area. She says, "I am blessed to have had our Father lead me to teach at Summit and hope my students will remember that God has the solution for every problem, mathematical or otherwise"

To see more about Mrs. King's classroom and curriculum please watch her video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/A7uERrQFpHg

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Kristina King

English & History Teacher

Mrs. Knabel has been teaching for 9 years and has been at Summit for 4 years. She finished her Bachelors in 2011 and later on her masters from the University of Southern Indiana. She has received a leadership award and a certificate for community fundraising and event planning. Mrs. Knabel says, "My favorite part of teaching is watching a student grow in their confidence.  Sometimes students believe 'they can't do it' but as we break down steps, they understand that they can if they put time into their work." She hopes her students remember that they have a voice.  She says, "They should always feel listen to, heard and respected in the learning process.  I hope they remember that I love them for the unique person they are".  Mrs. Knabel enjoys drinking good coffee, kayaking and hiking when she's not keeping up with her toddler son, Josiah.

To see more about Mrs. Knabel's classroom and curriculum please watch here video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/dH3gXtvkQFQ

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Lauren Knabel

Bible Teacher

Travis Hewuse is the Senior Pastor of First Assembly of God, the founding and hosting church of Summit Christian Academy.  Before becoming a pastor, he taught 3 years of high school music and drama classes at Lincoln Christian School in Tulsa, OK. He has also taught private music lessons for over 20 years. He is a graduate of North Central University in Minneapolis with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and a Bible Minor.  He is currently working on his Master Degree in Bible Theology and Leadership studies. He has been a minister at First Assembly for the past 10 years - 7 years as the Youth Pastor and 3 years as the Senior Pastor.

To see more about Mr. Hewuse classroom and curriculum please watch his video by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/3_iVCPv7zkI

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Pastor Travis Hewuse

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