2780 Clays Mill Road

Lexington, KY 40503

(859) 277-0503

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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 a year and a half. 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

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Preschool Director

Mrs. Sheryl Stice is Preschool Director at Summit Christian Academy. She first began working with young children in the fall of 1998 as a teacher assistant. She fell in love with the children and recognized how important positive early childhood experiences can have in the life and future of a child. It was then she made the decision to further her education in the field of Early Childhood Development. Nearly 20 years later she is still happily engaged in the profession she loves. "It is my privilege to serve our families and mentor our wonderful, committed preschool staff. I am thankful for SCA and blessed to be a part of what the Lord is accomplishing in the lives of children and families here at Summit."

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Sheryl Stice

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".

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Kelley Wheeler

Pre-K 4's Teacher

Cheri Murphy

Pre-K 4's Teacher

Mrs. Schroeder graduated Cum Laude from Asbury University with a BA in French. And our Preschool Director, Cheryl Stice, awarded her with the "Comedy Relief Award" for her "unique ability to bring joy to others".  Mrs. Schroeder says, "I love teaching preschool because most often you're teaching things for the very first time. The kids have a lot of wonder and are so unabashedly expressive in their opinions."  In her free time Mrs. Schroeder is an avid ballroom dancer.  It's her main hobby, but she also does online fitness coaching and has her personal training certification.  When asked what she hopes her students remember most, she says, "I believe that if I can teach the kids to love to learn that they will be avid learners their entire lives.  I want to make every bit of learning fun and memorable."


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Maggie Schroeder

Preschool 3's Teacher

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."

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Crystal Ball

Pre-school Assistant Teacher

Joanne Shuman

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 12 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 21 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'"

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Shannon Cox

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Sipe has been teaching 1st grade for 3 years, but this is her first 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".

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Kaitlyn Sipe