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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.

  • liz owenslove fruit stand

    K2 and 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.




    One thing I always tell my class is that we are a family. We show each other LOVE just as we do our family at home. A fruitful moment happened during free-choice center time. I watched one of my saints take a book and go over to another saint who wanted to read. She sat next to him, opened the book, and began reciting the words from the story with him. She knew from watching him that he needed a friend. She chose to put his needs first that day before her own choice to play in the housekeeping center. Seeing saints share with another, not only demonstrates LOVE, but allows them to become vessels that grow Jesus’ LOVE.


    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


    KINDNESS is grown when one stops thinking of their own needs and puts the needs of others first. In a classroom even “Sharing Time” can be a time where students are focused on telling about themselves and not necessarily sharing for the benefit of friends. One day, as the saints where participating in this activity, a classmate became very sad and upset. The saint beside her asked what was wrong, but the classmate could not find the words to explain. Other students became concerned also. The saint put her arm around her classmate and asked us all if we could stop, pray, and ask Jesus to heal the hurt in their friend. What a joyous moment to see a young saint be a vessel that grew KINDNESS to one who was hurting. 


    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.



    I will never forget the fifth-grade saint who demonstrated GENTLENESS and SELFCONTROL this past year. This particular saint was struggling with reading comprehension and had trouble passing his weekly benchmark tests. This really discouraged him, so he would get angry and lash out when he failed. We made a plan to help the saint reach his goal of passing and handle his temper. It would mean a great deal of SELFCONTROL on his part, but he was determined.  After much encouragement, tutoring, prayer, and hard work on his reading, the saint ended up passing reading with high marks! He learned to respond to his anger with GENTLENESS. He also learned that hard work, SELFCONTROL, and determination can take you far.    




    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