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Meet our highly qualified & fruitful employees! 

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  • dawn stephens, 



    A fruitful moment occurred when I met a saint who struggled every day to control his temper and follow directions. His self esteem was very low and he had a difficult time getting along with others in his class. We began to meet each morning for prayer. We asked God to grow LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS FAITHFULNESS, and  SELF-CONTROL through us each day. It didn’t take long for God to transform him into a fruit bearing vessel. Eventually, he was able to recognize moments that upset him and sought the Lord in prayer instead of acting defiantly. He was able to make great friends and his grades improved too. 

  • Angel field

    Financial director


    Fruit bearing requires us to trust God. Trusting in God’s promises is what I do each and every day as the Financial Secretary for CCA. Trust and FAITH is what brought our family to CCA. Through diligent prayer and seeking God’s will for our children’s education, God laid it on our hearts for them to attend CCA. It required us to step out in FAITH and follow His leading when we couldn’t possibly imagine how. We knew He promised to provide for us  and we trusted He was able. Our children now attend CCA and God has provided for us beyond way our own abilities and resources. I am so blessed to be avessel growing the fruit of the Spirit and serving CCA families. I am able to witness God’s provisions in their lives, too. 

  • Amber Smith,  

    Administrative Assistant

    My fruitful story. . . 

    Fruit bearing is essentially becoming like Christ. The fruit of the Spirit grows through me as I spend more and more time with Jesus. Prayer and knowing Him intimately is what brought my family to CCA. He put so many people and opportunities in my life that grew FAITH. It was very prevalent He was giving me PEACE about the decision to not only have our son attend, but for me to share my expertise as an employee. I have so much JOY in my heart to be able to work alongside everyone at Central. Having the opportunity to be a vessel that shares the LOVE God provides to me with each saint and CCA family is an amazing blessing.

  • One saint thought she could do nothing right. She felt she was incapable of growing LOVE because she was so discouraged. Her mom and teachers would sit with her and try to incite her. It seemed everyone struggled to grow PATIENCE when helping her learn new things. Once she began cognitive therapy and her sessions progressed, both the saint and her mom learned that she could succeed beyond anything they imagined. All she needed was a little GENTLENSS and "think-time". Everyone processes information in different ways. As she was given the opportunity to  process new information and think for herself, she became confident, competent, and a vessel that produces JOY.

  • cait stephens, love fruit stand

    k2 Preschool educator

    my fruitful story. . .

    LOVE grew when a student experienced school for the first time. It was difficult for her to be separated from her grandmother, the only care giver she had known. Separation anxiety is often experienced by preschoolers and their parents. I showed love by communicating with parents throughout the day and comforting my new friend during transition times. I helped her to make new friends and become familiar with the routine of school. It did not take long for the unfamiliar classroom to be a place of comfort and LOVE. She is now a vessel that grows love as she welcomes other new students into CCA.

  • liz owenslove fruit stand

    K3 preschool educator


    A fruitful moment of LOVE occurred when I had a saint who had a hard time identifying numbers and counting. He would often get discouraged and give up when he didn’t know the numbers his friends knew. He was very hard on himself. With a lot of encouragement from home, church, and school, he completed extra activities. He met his goal! By the end of the year, he knew his numbers, counted very well, and was even able to do math problems using manipulatives. He’s so proud and knows he is a vessel able to grow LOVE for himself and others.


    K4 preschool EDUCATOR


    One JOYFUL moment was when I taught a saint with separation anxiety. The transition from home to school was difficult and she would continually burst into tears. She wouldn’t speak, interact with peers, or engage in class activities. Through prayer, her parents and I were able to find a way to make her first experiences positive. Slowly with JOY and the assurance of comforting arms, a new child began to emerge. Before long she was engaging in class activities, communicating with peers, and developing excitement for school. By the end of the year she displayed JOY, excelled academically, and became a class leader. Together we both became vessels that grow JOY.


    kindergarten EDUCATOR


    I am thankful for how God produced the fruit of the Spirit in one of my sweet saints who loved to draw attention to herself and distract her classmates. Her actions interrupted the flow of learning. After praying and talking with her parents, I sought ways to meet her underlying need for attention and affection. Each day I would welcome her with a hug, find ways to spend one-on-one time with her, and we created avenues for her to express herself. When she sensed her needs were being fulfilled, she began to exhibit PEACE. She was able to utilize her outgoing personality and numerous talents to effectively lead the class in helpful and productive ways. By becoming a vessel that grows PEACE, she is able to encourage other classmates.


    1st grade EDUCATOR


    One of the most fruitful and encouraging PATIENCE teaching moments occurred when one of my saints was struggling with reading at the beginning of her first grade year. She was barely reading at a beginning kindergarten level, and found that most books were too challenging for her. Reading was a frustrating chore and something that kept her from growing PATIENCE. Through targeted instruction, shared reading experiences, and immersion in quality literature, this saint began to improve. By the end of the year, she was reading at a beginning second grade level, having increased eleven reading levels over the course of the year! Most importantly, this student developed a love of reading and discovered that she can be a vessel that grows PATIENCE.


    2nd grade EDUCATOR


    A fruitful moment of KINDNESS happened when I was working with a saint who was seeking attention and used hurtful words toward his classmates. I made it a point to greet this saint every morning with a smile and KIND words. I continued to use KIND words with this saint throughout the day. Over a period of time, I began to notice a change in his attitude. Instead of getting upset and saying distressing things, he would look for a way to be helpful or say something KIND to his classmates. I began to hear him saying: “Wow, you’re doing great!” and “That’s awesome!”. The change in this saint spread throughout the entire class. This saint taught me how one simple act of KINDNESS can lead to many acts of KINDNESS! God used him to help our whole class become vessels that produce kindness.


    3rd grade EDUCATOR


    A fruitful moment of GOODNESS occurred when I watched a rising third grade saint enter her new classroom. While others were were eager to bloom new knowledge and sprout new ideas gained from reading, she entered the classroom thinking about the struggles she faced. With an individualized plan in place, we worked on strategies to strengthen areas of difficulty. Through this GOOD and positive approach, God helped this special saint increase her enthusiasm for being able to read with the rest of her classmates. We ended the year as vessels that grew GOODNESS.


    4th grade EDUCATOR


    Faithfulness is the fruit of the Spirit that God has shown me throughout my life especially in difficult circumstances that revealed His ever-faithful presence and comfort.  One year, I was able to use many lessons from God's faithfulness to encourage a student to perform his best despite a difficult situation he was facing at home. I faithfully prayed for him and asked God to allow me to love him as God knew he needed to be loved. Through the year, I watched this young man grow and improve greatly. He became more faithful in doing his work and doing it with his best effort. He became a fruit bearing vessel as he encouraged his classmates to faithfully participate and explore assignments with him.



    A pinnacle moment of SELF-CONTROL occurred when a saint was overcome by the influences of the world. As her priorities drifted more towards the world and less on God, she continued to struggle and challenges continued to mount. Her parents and I worked together to address the issues and help her regain her focus on a having a relationship with Christ. Although consequences resulted from a few bad choices, forgiveness and God’s grace overshadowed it all. She became a vessel that produces SELF-CONTROL; she humbly, graciously, and wholeheartedly accepted her mistakes. Together at home, church, and school we corrected everything and observed how God used it all for good. 




    A fruitful event happened when a young saint was upset when his mother dropped him off in morning care. He would cry and hang on to her. This was causing his parents distress as well as starting his day negatively. I searched for strategies that would help build his confidence and reassure him that his mother would return, while showing him that he could have fun while he waited. With a lot of prayers, love and attention he learned he could come in, have fun, and see his mom at the end of the day. We all became vessels that grew LOVE, JOY, PATIENCE and FAITHFULNESS through this experience. 




    My fruitful story is built on PATIENCE and FAITHFULNESS. Working at Central is a very rewarding ministry. I have seen many saints accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. One time after a saint became saved, he mistreated a classmate. Knowing him, I was able to address his actions with scripture and help him realize that GOD sees and hears everything. PATIENTLY, I was able to talk with him about his salvation. Today he is FAITHFULLY in church, school and AWANA Clubs where you can see he is growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we are FAITHFUL to whatever God has us doing, God gives us many opportunities to be vessels that bear His fruit.


Thank you for your interest in Central Christian Academy. If you are interested in a challenging, professional, Christian environment where high academic standards are taught from a Biblical perspective, or If you are an educator who creates a classroom environment that is enjoyable, positive, and creative, then Central Christian Academy may be the school for you!

To begin the application process, download the teacher application for a K2-6th grade teaching position or the CCA initial application for all other positions. Email completed applications and a resume to ccareception@discovercentral.org