The faculty at Summit Christian Academy hold multiple certifications and participate in regular professional development, staying up with the latest research and trends in education. We are pleased to have each one contribute their unique talents and experience to our school community.
Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten
Education: Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
"I love teaching TK and Kindergarten! The excitement that each student has for learning is the driving factor to help each one to reach their full potential. I love to see their relationships to God develop and the impact that His love shows in their interactions with one another."
Ms. Nichola has been teaching Kindergarten for three years at SCA. With a Degree in Elementary Education and a background in graphic design, she enjoys increasing hands-on learning experiences by creating customized learning tools and resources for her students. She also emphasizes reading and writing, leveraging programs and curriculum that develop quality writing in Kindergarten and set a foundation for students as they progress in their learning. When Ms. Nichola is relaxing, she loves to read, camp, hike, and spend time with her family.
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 TK through fourth. Throughout her career she has taught at schools in Colorado and Utah, and has been teaching at SCA for the past 16 years. With a passion for all that God has created, she uses nature in classroom curriculum, getting her students outside no matter the season and often bringing nature inside with plants, birds, and other animals that live in the classroom. Ms. Sara also runs the school's Outdoor Learning Program.
3rd & 4th Grade | Head Teacher
Education: Master's in Curriculum Development, Bachelor's in Elementary Education
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 with one collective goal - to help out our students, families, community, 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. She is always looking for places to take her class on study trips, either indoors or out, and creates a classroom culture where students feel safe to learn, grow, and develop. When not teaching or working at the school, Ms. McCaw enjoys being outdoors, whether taking in the beauty of nature, fishing, or encountering wildlife.
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, Wisconsin, for 12 years and at Cross Street Christian School in Anderson, Indiana, for 4 years before joining the staff at SCA. He likes to introduce students to new things, including the classroom reptiles, and to make learning fun and challenging. He promotes learning through exploration in his science curriculum with dissections and robotics, and encourages students to learn valuable life skills through his shop classes. In his spare time, Mr. Roy enjoys camping, family time, riding his bike, golfing, and skiing.
7th & 8th Grade
Education: Bachelor's in Education, Bachelor's in Social Work
"I enjoy teaching at SCA because of the opportunity we have to share Jesus with students while preparing them for their academic future. I am also proud to be part of this safe, supportive learning environment where 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 education in a self-contained unit for three years and gaining his Bachelors in Education. He has taught at SCA since 2010.
Music & After School Care
"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 Mrs. 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 daughters. Mrs. Mertz joined SCA in 2013 and leading the school's vocal choir, recorders, handbells, hand chimes, and drama programs.
"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 and 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.