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Our Upper School Faculty

Williamsburg Christian Academy’s faculty and staff are a dedicated, innovative team of professionals that love kids and desire to make a positive impact for the sake of Jesus.  Together as a team, the WCA faculty and staff partner with parents to help all students reach their full potential.  Teachers are trained in the latest techniques through a vibrant faculty development program as a way to create exciting, dynamic, interactive learning communities where minds are stretched and challenged.  Faculty serves as mentors, role models, club sponsors, and coaches.  Alumni often comment on how WCA teachers have impacted their lives far beyond the classrooms, even years after they leave campus.

Crystal Florakis

Upper School Principal

Crystal joined the faculty of WCA in 2018. She is both WCA's Director of Learning Support, working with our gifted, twice-exceptional and non-traditional learners, and is training to be our Upper School Principal.  Crystal graduated from Old Dominion University in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology, with a minor in Special Education.

Crystal realized her passion was in special education and began teaching in the public school while she was working on her masters degree in special education from ODU. She left teaching after a few years to stay home and raise her family. Crystal returned to school to finish up her master's degree at ODU and return to the field that she loves! She lives on a historical farm in Charles City with her husband and five children, three of whom currently attend WCA.

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  • Biblical Studies

    Donald Vas

    APOLOGETICS, CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW, OLD TESTAMENT, NEW TESTAMENT, BIBLE RESEARCH PROJECT

    Donald Vas joined the WCA faculty in 2018, and is teaching numerous high school Biblical Studies courses. Mr. Vas grew up in Zimbabwe, and attended an excellent Catholic school. After graduating High School he was blessed with the opportunity to attend college at Liberty University. It was his initial intent to return home after college, but the Lord had other plans. Donald ended up in Williamsburg, and met his beautiful wife Kiri. Donald serves as a youth leader at Calvary Chapel in Williamsburg, and is looking forward to the opportunity at WCA as a teacher in Biblical Studies and English in the future.

     


    Chelsea Meisinger

    MIDDLE SCHOOL BIBLE

    Chelsea Meisinger has lead worship for our students in all grades, and now goes upstairs to teach Middle School Bible. Chelsea is a native of the Hampton Roads area, having grown up in Newport News, VA. She attended Woodside High School where she participated in the orchestra and studied music theory. During her time there she performed at the Boston Pops Theatre and became Concertmaster of the orchestra. Chelsea graduated from The College of William & Mary where she completed her degrees in French & Francophone Studies and Elementary Education, with a focus in Teaching English as a Second Language. Chelsea began teaching in 2015 when she came to Williamsburg Christian Academy, after spending two years of practicum service at James River Elementary School in Williamsburg, VA. Chelsea enjoys singing, songwriting, playing instruments, leading worship, reading, and watching movies. She moved to Williamsburg in 2012 when she married her husband, David and together they have two dogs, Maggie and Izzy. They attend and volunteer at Waters Edge Church regularly, where Chelsea also leads worship periodically.


  • Humanities

    Dan Stec

    UPPER SCHOOL HUMANITIES- ENGLISH AND LITERATURE FOCUS

    Dan Stec instructs all English and Literature components of the combined Humanities program for students grades 6-10th,  and is Faculty Advisor the Upper School Student Council Association. Dan graduated from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin with a degree in Education and English and has spent over 11 years as a Christian school teacher. Dan lives in Williamsburg with his wife and their two young children. She is the worship leader at King of Glory Church where they are members. He is passionate about writing and will be developing these skills in our students.

     

     


    Sam Maxwell

    UPPER SCHOOL HUMANITIES- HISTORY FOCUS

    Mr. Maxwell is new to WCA this year as the instructor for the history component of the combined Humanities program for students grades 6-10th. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He went on to earn a Masters's degree in Curriculum and Instruction also from Liberty University. Before answering the call to teach, Mr. Maxwell worked as a manager for Starbucks, Cintas, and Wells Fargo. Since then, he has been teaching at local private schools for the last four years. Mr. Maxwell is an amateur artist, and enjoys painting sneakers and making stickers. He is also a recreational fencer and is currently training with hopes to compete locally in 2021.

     

     

    Zach Oden

    US HISTORY, US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

    Zach Oden is excited to be joining the Humanities department of WCA as he rounds the corner into his sixteenth year in education. Mr. Oden holds a Bachelor's Degree in History and a minor in Theology from Faulkner University and a Master's in English from Ohio University, where he later served as an instructor to composition and creative writing workshops. Mr. Oden taught in both English and History departments for Middle and Upper Schools in Atlanta and North Carolina. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Oden is a published writer and former touring musician who can be found most weekends reading, renovating playhouses, and binge-watching Sesame Street with his wife and two small children.

     


  • Mathematics

    Philip Liberato

    PRE-CALCULUS, AP CALCULUS

    Philip Liberato is our instructor for our Pre-Calculus course, and advises Dual Enrollment students taking College level Calculus. Philip graduated from Moravian College with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Virginia, as well as a Master's in Business Administration from Averett University. Early in my career, Mr. Liberato taught Chemistry and Physics as part of an exchange program with West Point High School, but moved on to a career working in the pulp and paper industry as a Technical Manager which afforded him the opportunity to travel and work around the world. Philip volunteers at his church (Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Point) and is also very involved with the Knights of Columbus.


    Alston Brown

    AP STATISTICS

    Alston Brown facilitates Upper School Math and Science, and arrived at WCA for the 2019-2020 school year. Alston earned a BS in Biology from Roanoke College (Salem, VA), an MS in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), and a PhD in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). She is a Williamsburg native and comes from a family with many teachers. Dr. Brown always found opportunities to lecture and/or tutor during her academic career. She enjoys walking and taking pictures of her beagle (Janey), reading, and spending time with family and friends. Alston attends Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, where she will help lead the Pre-K/K Sunday School class this year. Dr. Brown loves being a part of the WCA ministry and helping students get excited about STEM fields!


    Lynn Habicht

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH, ALGEBRA 1, GEOMETRY, ALGEBRA 2/TRIG

    Ms. Habicht is a new math teacher at WCA this year. Ms. Habicht has been a math teacher for 30 years.
    She started her career teaching at the middle and high school levels followed by 10 years at Towson
    University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College)
    with a Math major and Secondary Education minor and a Master of Science degree from Western
    Maryland College in Counseling. She played volleyball at the high school and college level, and now
    enjoys officiating high school volleyball. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and cheering for the
    Orioles and Ravens. She is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Westminster, MD.


  • Sciences

    Alston Brown

    MS PHYSICAL SCIENCE, MS EARTH SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, AGRICULTURAL  SCIENCE

    Alston Brown joined our faculty at WCA for the 2019-2020 school year. Alston earned a BS in Biology from Roanoke College (Salem, VA), an MS in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), and a PhD in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). She is a Williamsburg native and comes from a family with many teachers. Dr. Brown always found opportunities to lecture and/or tutor during her academic career. She enjoys walking and taking pictures of her beagle (Janey), reading, and spending time with family and friends. Alston attends Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, where she will help lead the Pre-K/K Sunday School class this year. Dr. Brown is excited to join the WCA ministry and to help students get excited about STEM fields!


    Philip Liberato

    HON PHYSICS, HON CHEMISTRY, AP CHEMISTRY, AP PHYSICS

    Philip Liberato joined WCA in the 2018-2019 school year and has been a tremendous addition to our math and sciences departments. Philip graduated from Moravian College with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Virginia, as well as a Master's in Business Administration from Averett University. Early in my career, Mr. Liberato taught Chemistry and Physics as part of an exchange program with West Point High School, but moved on to a career working in the pulp and paper industry as a Technical Manager which afforded him the opportunity to travel and work around the world. Philip volunteers at his church (Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Point) and is also very involved with the Knights of Columbus.

  • Languages

    Aileen Chun

    WORLD LANGUAGES

    Dr. Chun-Lin is our new World Languages Learning Facilitator.  With 30 years of experience in second language acquisition education, education administration, accreditation, compliance, and curricular articulation, Dr. Chun-Lin is bilingual in three dialects of Chinese and English and is a 'near' native and fluent user of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Arabic, is proficient in Shanghainese, Japanese, Pashto and Classical Latin, and is currently learning Xhosa, Swahili, Farsi, Hindustani and Tamil.  This will also be her second year leading the Japanese program in a K-12 setting.  She spent nearly 10 years studying, working, and living in Europe including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland.  She earned her M.A. from the Université de Neuchâtel and Universität Bern in Comparative French, German, Spanish Classical Theatre and Musicology, and her Ph.D. from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Classical Theatre and Musicology.  She traveled and studied in China during the summers of 1979-1991, and worked in China from 2010-2017. In addition to education, Dr. Chun-Lin remains one of the few comparative linguists who specialize in less commonly taught languages and extensively trained for the French, Spanish, German, and Italian classical stage.  Dr. Chun-Lin, a lifelong learner, is currently enrolled as a JD candidate at the University of Baltimore in International Criminal Law.  In her spare time, she is a classical singer who loves 1880's and 1980's music trivia.


    rennoldsNoelle Rennolds

    WORLD LANGUAGE (SPANISH)

    Noelle grew up in the Buffalo area, and attended college there at Canisius, where she graduated with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Political Science and Spanish in 1999. She went on to acquire two graduate degrees in Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at Canisius, completing them in 2004 and 2006 respectively. She also studied abroad in Oviedo, Spain, in the Spring of 1999.

    Noelle has fourteen years of experience as a Spanish teacher, in both public and private school institutions. She also spent eight years in school administration: five overseeing services for students with disabilities, and three as a primary school principal. Noelle has been married to her husband John (but really Jack) for seventeen years, and is mom to Leah, a rising sophomore at WCA. She was a member of the Java Village First Congregational Church for 17 years, where her father served as the pastor.


    Chelsea Meisinger

    FRENCH 1

    Chelsea Meisinger is beginning our French program as part of the world language program at WCA. Chelsea is a native of the Hampton Roads area, having grown up in Newport News, VA. She attended Woodside High School where she participated in the orchestra and studied music theory. During her time there she performed at the Boston Pops Theatre and became Concertmaster of the orchestra. Chelsea graduated from The College of William & Mary where she completed her degrees in French & Francophone Studies and Elementary Education, with a focus in Teaching English as a Second Language. Chelsea began teaching in 2015 when she came to Williamsburg Christian Academy, after spending two years of practicum service at James River Elementary School in Williamsburg, VA. Chelsea enjoys singing, songwriting, playing instruments, leading worship, reading, and watching movies. She moved to Williamsburg in 2012 when she married her husband, David and together they have two dogs, Maggie and Izzy. They attend and volunteer at Waters Edge Church regularly, where Chelsea also leads worship periodically.


  • Arts

    Victoria Nicholas

    ART

    WCA welcomes Victoria Nicholas as a new art instructor in 2020-2021. Miss Nicholas recently graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Economics and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University. Since she was a child she has always had a passion for art and decided to make it a career. She is more than excited to start on this new journey with us! Matthew 7: 7-8 are her favorite bible verses and the ones she lives her life by.

     


    Dan Stec

    DRAMA

    Dan Stec is our Drama Instructor. He began this role with the breakout hit of High School Musical in 2019. Dan graduated from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin with a degree in Education and English and has spent over 11 years as a Christian school teacher. Dan lives in Williamsburg with his wife and their two young children. She is the worship leader at King of Glory Church where they are members. He is passionate about drama and will be developing the acting, performing and improvising skills in our students.

     

     


    Chelsea Meisinger

    MUSIC & STRINGS

    Chelsea Meisinger instructs strings in all grades, and our US Music classes. Chelsea is a native of the Hampton Roads area, having grown up in Newport News, VA. She attended Woodside High School where she participated in the orchestra and studied music theory. During her time there she performed at the Boston Pops Theatre and became Concertmaster of the orchestra. Chelsea graduated from The College of William & Mary where she completed her degrees in French & Francophone Studies and Elementary Education, with a focus in Teaching English as a Second Language. Chelsea began teaching in 2015 when she came to Williamsburg Christian Academy, after spending two years of practicum service at James River Elementary School in Williamsburg, VA. Chelsea enjoys singing, songwriting, playing instruments, leading worship, reading, and watching movies. She moved to Williamsburg in 2012 when she married her husband, David and together they have two dogs, Maggie and Izzy. They attend and volunteer at Waters Edge Church regularly, where Chelsea also leads worship periodically.


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