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FACULTY AND STAFF

The teachers at Summit Christian Academy hold multiple certifications and participate in professional development to keep up to date on the most current trends in education. Through summer education programs, webinars, seminars, workshops, personal online research, and journals, the teachers are constantly working to better their practice.



KATIE SCHLEENBAKER - PreK-Kindergarten

Education: Bachelor's in Liberal Arts with a focus on Elementary Education

"I love working at a Christian school, where talking about Jesus is the norm. We are one big family at SCA, and I really love my family!"

Prior to working at SCA, Ms. Katie taught 3rd grade at Redlands Adventist Academy in California. In 2012, she moved to Salt Lake City and started teaching at SCA. Rock climbing is currently her favorite hobby, but her hobbies are always changing because she loves to try new things. She also enjoys running, biking, and camping -- especially when s’mores are involved!





SARA WILLARD - 1st-2nd grade
Education: Bachelor's in Elementary Education
Awards: Alumni Awards Foundation Excellence in Teaching (2010)

"I love that we have cultural diversity that incorporates into a unique and wonderful 'family' community. We have an incredible student body that values life skills and makes our school a safe place, where problem-solving is key and learning to cooperate is the product."

Ms. Sara loves teaching, and over the years has taught in grades pre-K through fourth. She has worked at schools in Colorado and Provo -- and has been at SCA for 16 years. She also loves God's second book, nature, and uses it in lessons throughout the year. Ms. Sara gets her students outside no matter what the season, and also brings nature inside with plants, birds, and other animals that live in the classroom.



CINDY MCCAW - 3rd-4th grade, Lead Teacher

Education: Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Master's in Curriculum Development
Awards: Zapara Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), Alumni Awards Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award (2009)


"SCA has an atmosphere of being one big family. The students help each other with school assignments, but also with life problems. The staff make a good team. And everyone on staff is there to help out the students, families, and each other."

Ms. McCaw graduated from Union College in 1980 and has been teaching ever since. She has worked at SCA for almost twenty years. Ms. McCaw enjoys being outdoors and likes to go on walks or sit by streams in the mountains reading, fishing, and encountering wildlife. She is always looking for places to take her class on study trips, either indoors or out, and wants her classroom to be a place where students can feel safe and develop their personalities into becoming all that they can.



TOM ROY
 – 5th-6th grade
Education: Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Associate Degree in Technology
Awards: DeHaan Work Excellence Award (1996)

"I love SCA because it is a great place to work. The family atmosphere makes you feel welcomed and accepted. We can talk, study, and share Jesus here. We pray for each other, and everyone is welcomed here."

Mr. Roy taught at Adventist Junior Academy in Green Bay, Wis., for 12 years and at Cross Street Christian School in Anderson, Ind., for 4 years before joining the staff here at SCA. He likes to introduce students to new things, including the classroom reptiles, and to make learning fun and challenging. In his spare time, Mr. Roy enjoys camping, family time, riding his bike, golfing, and snow skiing. But most of all he loves sharing what Jesus has done for him with his students.


RITH DOK – 7th-8th grade
Education: Bachelor's in Social Work, Bachelor's in Education

"One of the many reasons I enjoy teaching at SCA is the opportunity to share Jesus with students while preparing them for their academic future. Another would be the people: students, families, and staff. And finally, the safe, supportive learning environment where the teachers and staff work with families to meet the needs of each student."

Mr. Dok graduated from Pacific Union College in northern California with a degree in social work. For the next four years, he worked with children and families in group homes and therapeutic boarding schools. He then turned to education, teaching high school special ed in a self-contained unit for three years. He has taught at SCA since 2010. His future goals are to work toward a Master's degree in School Administration.



MIRI MERTZ - Music
Teaches at SCA: Choir, recorders, handbells, handchimes
Additional expertise: Piano, clarinet, percussion, oboe, guitar


"My favorite part here is the close Christian family atmosphere between staff and the students. What an awesome God we have to help us carry on in His name."

Music has been a big part of Ms. Mertz's life for as long as she can remember. She started teaching in high school when her teacher would ask her to direct or do sign language for a song, and while at college helped start a beginner handbell choir. In 2006 she began directing her church's adult vocal and handbell choirs, taking off about a year when she had her three beautiful daughters. She joined SCA in 2013 and feels it has been such a blessing to be part of a school family that values their music program.
 




PAM MERTZ - Administrative Assistant
Summit Watch newsletter

"I love the kaleidoscopic variety and diversity -- no two days, no two students, no two families, no two school years are alike. Every day there is something new to learn or discover."

Ms. Pam started working at SCA in 1986, and has coordinated the inner workings of the school ever since. She not only manages the many office tasks and communication, but also plays accompaniment for the SCA vocal choir. Ms. Pam values sharing words of encouragement as often as she can and loves playing piano, reading, writing, exploring side roads, and spending time with family and friends.