faculty & staff

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. 

  • 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.


    curriculum & instruction director & cognitive THERAPIST


    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.




    It is easy for me to LOVE the preschoolers. I LOVE my job at CCA and LOVE children even  more.  However, one saint made showing LOVE hard for me. She had outbursts of not wanting to share or do our activities, The other teachers and I struggled to create positive classroom memories for her. Through prayer, positivity, and LOVING smiles, the saint started to enjoy school more and more. She began to interact with others more, stay on her mat at rest-time, and create friendships. Without the collaboration of her parents and teachers, we would not have succeeded. The experience taught me to see God's LOVE in the small things. We worked together to create moments of LOVE and became vessels that grew the fruit of the Spirit.


    K4 preschool EDUCATOR


    One JOYous moment occurred when I was blessed to have little girl in my

    class who had a difficult time with her shapes and colors. I decided to pull her

    aside and compliment her outfit. I would ask her questions about her clothing

    every day. She would describe what colors she was wearing and what shapes

    were in the fabric of her clothes. With every answer she gave, I saw her face

    light up with JOY. I continued to have these same conversations with her every

    morning. Then I begin to take focus off her clothing and began to ask her about

    different shapes and colors she saw on her friends and around the school. One

    morning she walked in and began to point out shapes and colors on her own.

    Her excitement brought JOY to the entire class. She went from having difficulty

    with this skill to being the “shape and color expert” of our class.


    kindergarten EDUCATOR


    It was an honor to witness God growing PEACE through one of my students who needed a great deal of assurance. He interrupted class, made loud noises, and did not follow directions. I prayerfully considered his needs and spoke with his mother to discover the reasons for his behavioral patterns. Together, we created a plan of action. I prayed for ways to help him feel important, needed, and loved. Each day I greeted him with a smile and hug, praised him for good choices, and used journaling to channel his need for self-expression. His behavior changed. “I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks PEACE to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways” (Psalms 85:8). By the end of the year, he was a fruit bearing vessel, modeling PEACE to all his classmates.

  • kendra traut, PATIENCE FRUIT STAND

    1ST grade EDUCATOR


    I had an opportunity to grow PATIENCE with a student who would demonstrate loud outbursts, property destruction, and physical aggression. There were days he would make connections and his little face would beam with excitement. Yet, there were more days where progress seemed extremely slow, or non-existent. It was during those challenging times, I had to determine how I could teach differently. I would intentionally guide him and be his cheerleader. It was not until the end of our second year together, his incidents of aggression and property destruction decreased tremendously. He went from not reading at all, to reading on grade level. I learned that you must resolve not to throw in the towel, especially when a students’ progress does not occur according to your personal timeframe. Galatians 6:9: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”. It was a long journey but trusting in this verse allowed me to be a vessel that grew the fruit of PATIENCE. 


    2nd grade EDUCATOR


    One thing I always tell my class is that we are a family. We must show each other KINDNESS just as we do our family at home. A fruitful moment happened during Reader's Workshop. 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 read a harder book. Seeing saints share and help one another allows them to become vessels that grow the KINDNESS that Jesus shows us.


    3rd grade STUDENT EDUCATOR


    The GOODNESS of God is seen when a student comes to an understanding of a difficult concept. Our educational system defines GOOD as having correct answers. One of my students struggled with learning a new mathematical theory. I sat with her during group time and worked with her. It took several times where I demonstrated not only the way her classmates were finding solutions, but a way she could better understand it. It was GOOD to see her enthusiasm when she understood the concept. Regardless of having right answers, she was excited to share the new knowledge she had bloomed and her understanding of GOODNESS with the rest of the class. This situation allowed her to be a fruit bearing vessels


    4th & 5th grade educator


    I was blessed to witness a saint who experienced God growing the fruit of GENTLENESS within himself. This saint was very fearful of interaction with his peers and teachers. As a result, he had become very angry and isolated from those around him.  Even though his attitude discouraged me, I allowed God to demonstrate His GENTLENESS through my responses. The other saints set aside their anger and prayed that he would see the gift of salvation that Jesus wanted to give him. Overtime, this saint became more open to receiving this gift. One day the saint asked why no one was angry with him anymore. I met his question with a smile and gently explained that Jesus loved him no matter what he said or did. After a moment the saint smiled back. He then went to ask another saint if they could work together.  The other saint smiled; welcomed him and they began to work together. Eventually he gave himself to Jesus and allowed the Holy Spirit to make him into a vessel that grows GENTLENESS too.

  • jennifer hines, self-control fruit stand

    6th grade educator


    I am fortunate to have witnessed many acts of SELF-CONTROL.. One stands out above the rest and involved a saint who was having trouble assimilating into the classroom. He often isolated himself from his classmates. He would often yell at his friends. The class became very concerned and reacted without self-control by saying hurtful words or excluding him further. I talked to the class about God's expectation of us to be vessels that grew the fruit of the Spirit. I told them to give him compliments, to sit and talk with him, and just give him a smile. The class responded and even gathered to pray for their friend. I felt so blessed to see the fruit of the Spirit - SELF-CONTROL - put into practice in the lives of my students!




    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.




    Working with kids has always been a JOY to me. Working at CCA makes

    it even more of a JOYful experience. I will never forget the day when one

    child challenged my joyous attitude. He habitually found the downside of

    every activity we did and had no interest in participating. So, with the help

    of the Holy Spirit and JOYous teachers by my side, I prayed for wisdom and

    guidance. I continued to maintain a JOYful mindset and focus on the fun

    activities. I validated his feelings, provided him with choice, and celebrated

    even small moments when he would join in. Eventually he grew JOY

    himself and loved all the activities we did. His growth gave us JOY as we

    saw how God worked in the situation.


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