Our Lower 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.
Lower School Principal
Michelle Flanagan received her Early Childhood Education degree from Towson University in 1990. She continued her education by earning her Master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Michelle has 16 years of classroom teaching experience along with eight years in school administration. She was selected to supervise student teachers, make contributions towards brain research and train teachers in hands-on science early in her career and was also chosen to participate in a cohort of educators in the Responsive Classroom, training teachers in its philosophy. In her years staying home with her young children, Michelle was a large-group teacher in children's ministry at Williamsburg Community Chapel, and also served in Women's Ministry and mentored William and Mary students. Michelle is the wife of Shawn and the mom of three children who attend or have attended WCA. Ryan graduated from WCA in 2016, Lindsey in 2017, and Lainey who is currently a senior.
Emmie Nice joined the WCA family in 2016 and is one of our K4 teachers. Emmie graduated from Williamsburg Christian Academy and attended Liberty University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Family and Child Development and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduating college, Emmie worked as an assistant kindergarten teacher and an extended care teacher for children ages three years to fifth grade. Emmie has experience as an elementary substitute teacher and an intern at a local child development center where she devoted over 150 hours of working with infants, toddlers, and preschool children. Emmie’s most recent teaching experience was as a lead preschool teacher to four-year-olds at a local preschool and child development center. Emmie's goal with every student is to be courteous, act as a guide, mentor, leader, nurturer, and that her love for education shows!
Emily Benham is the K3 Owl teacher at WCA! Emily graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle High School in Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Hood College. She has taught preschool at the Jewish Community Center and Walnut Hills Baptist Church Learning Center. Emily is a member of St. Bede Catholic Church and enjoys reading, scrapbooking and spending time with her eight nieces and nephews! Emily loves her preschoolers and wants to instill in them a lifetime love of learning!
Staci Lanier teaches kindergarten and serves as the teacher liaison to WCA’s Parent Teacher League. Lanier has 15 years of teaching experience. Staci is a native of Augusta, Georgia and holds a B.S. and Master’s degree from Augusta State University. She holds an endorsement in reading and is a certified teacher support specialist. Before arriving at WCA, Staci had taught at Nottoway Elementary in Virginia and North Harlem Elementary in Georgia. Staci and her husband, Dusty, are the proud parents of ten-year-old Carter, a 4th grader at WCA. The Laniers enjoy spending time on the ball field, the golf course, and fishing the Eastern Shore. The Laniers attend Williamsburg Community Chapel.
Kathy Watson returns for her seventh year at WCA and serves as the first-grade teacher. Kathy grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey and holds a BS from Pensacola Christian College. Overall, Kathy has twelve years of teaching experience, and she has a deep love and passion for science and learning. Watson is the proud mother of 12th grader Kailey and 8th grader Nathan, and her hobbies include walking through Colonial Williamsburg, watching movies from different eras, and reading books on the beach. Kathy and her family attend the Williamsburg Community Chapel.
Nova is WCA's 2nd grade teacher. She has taught elementary school and Pre-K for approximately 15 years. Nova graduated with a BA in English and Bible in 2003 from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and has her Masters in Christian Studies from there as well. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Elementary Education at Liberty University. Nova has also taught three years overseas in two different countries. She enjoys watching old movies, running, and reading books. She attends Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church in Smithfield. Her favorite Bible verse is "To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach [to teach] to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ." Ephesians 3:8.
Sherri is new this year to WCA and very excited to be a part of the WCA Community. She has taught for nearly 25 years in grades PreK through ninth grade. Sherri holds an Associate Degree from Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Child Psychology and early childhood education, and has been working on her Master of Special Education from Virginia State University. She and her family attend Unity Baptist Church in Prince George, where they are charter members. Sherri and husband David have three children, the youngest of which (their son) will be attending WCA. Their oldest daughter is a Veterinary tech in Chester, VA, and their younger daughter attends Richard Bland studying sports therapy. Sherri enjoys time with her family, reading, and art, and is on the board for the Pregnancy Support Center of the Tri-Cities (a faith-based service center). Her favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Hollyana Dickens arrived at WCA last year after retiring from the Diocese of Richmond with thirty-one years of service. She taught third and fourth grades for 28 years in the Diocese and taught music for three years at All Saints Catholic School. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. Hollyana served three years in the United States Army after graduating from college. She has served as the Minister of Music, and Praise and Worship Leader, for her church as well as choir director for many groups throughout Richmond before moving to Williamsburg. She has sung professionally for many years and was a member of the Bell Choir at the Brandermill Church in Chesterfield. In her free time, Mrs. Dickens enjoys listening to all types of music (especially contemporary gospel), reading, and traveling with her husband and daughter.
Traci is excited to join the WCA ministry for the 2019-2020 school year. She is a published educator with over 19 years of experience. Traci has a wide range of teaching experience; she has taught classes in Pre-Kindergarten all the way through college! Traci graduated with a BS in Psychology and Education from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and received her Master’s in Elementary Education in 2010.
Traci and her family are excited to be returning to Virginia after living in Germany and Texas. Traci has a son who is a sophomore in high school, and a daughter who is a sophomore at The University of Mississippi. Traci likes to spend her time reading, gardening, and shopping weekend flea markets. Her favorite Bible verse is "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Library and Elementary Media, Curriculum Support
Regina Doran teaches Library and Media at WCA, and also offers Curriculum Development Support Services. Before she was married she taught several years of preschool, Women's bible study, and was involved in Children's ministry. She then obtained a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she worked in a Child Development Lab and preschool for several years. After raising five children with her husband and working as a substitute teacher, they moved to Williamsburg, where she taught Adult Basic Education and was a public school Literacy Interventionist. Regina obtained her Master's degree in Elementary Education at Liberty University and was just recently conferred a post-graduate degree, Education Specialist, in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty.
Lower School Music
Chelsea Meisinger is our music instructor for the Lower School and also leads our lower school praise and worship services. 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 enjoys singing, songwriting, playing instruments, leading worship, reading, and watching movies. She moved to Williamsburg in 2012 when she married her husband, David and they recently welcomed their first child Cade! They also have two dogs, Maggie and Izzy. They attend and volunteer at Waters Edge Church regularly, where Chelsea also leads worship on occasion.
Lower School Enrichment
Crystal joined the faculty of WCA in 2018. She is our lower school enrichment specialist as part of her larger duties as WCA's Director of Learning Support Services, working with our twice exceptional and non-traditional learners. 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 last spring to finish up her masters 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.
Preschool Teaching Assistant
Preschool Teaching Assistant
Preschool Teaching Assistant