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
Noelle Rennolds is our new Lower School Principal, arriving this summer to start in the Fall of 2020. 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.
A Williamsburg native, Tracy graduated from Christopher Newport University, with a BA in English. Tracy is starting her 6th year at WCA, and her daughter, Lola, attends WCA now in her freshman year. Tracy lives in Williamsburg with her husband Mark, and also has a 21-year-old son Max, who attends VCU. Tracey loves yoga, running, reading, and attending King of Glory Lutheran Church.
Staci Lanier is one of two of our amazing kindergarten teachers at WCA. Lanier has 16 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 eleven-year-old Carter, a 5th grader at WCA. The Laniers enjoy spending time on the golf course, and fishing the Eastern Shore. The Laniers attend Kind of Glory church.
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.
Jessica Miller is one of the first-grade teachers. She was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, which is where she still resides. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science degree with Education Concentration and a Master of Arts Education Degree with a specialization in Family and Community Services, both from Ashford University. She has previously worked at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton where she was a lead teacher, and has also worked with special needs children. She is married to a certified chef that works at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, and together they have four children who are 18, 16, 13, and 10. In her spare time, she loves to read and do some crafting. She belongs to St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Newport News, where her grandparents were founding members of St. Jerome’s 50+ years ago. Her favorite scripture is Joshua 24:15, 'As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,' To her, this scripture is about family and she is all for family.
Emily Benham is the new 2nd grade teacher at WCA, after having spent years as one of our acclaimed preschool teachers. 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 students and wants to instill in them a lifetime love of learning!
Joe is excited to be joining the 2nd Grade Team at WCA! He grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, where his mother and father taught special education. Joe received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching from Christopher Newport University. He has taught for ten years as a private voice teacher and piano in addition to high school chorus, band, and music appreciation in the public schools. Currently, Joe is the Minister of Music for Stevens Memorial Baptist Church, which he also attends. He lives in the Williamsburg area and is getting married this year to Laura who has two boys ages seven and nine.
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.”
Jacklyn Mead is a Williamsburg native and very excited to be joining the WCA community. After graduating high school and The College of William and Mary (‘02), she moved out West to work in Hollywood where her greatest accomplishment was winning the showcase showdown on The Price is Right with Bob Barker. A career in education was her true calling and she has spent the past 13 years in the classroom working with all grade levels Pre-K through 12. A little Hollywood magic is always to be found in her class whether virtual or socially distanced. Her daughter, Maggie, will be joining the 5th grade this year and has been in pursuit of a career as a veterinarian since Preschool.
Nova is WCA's new 5th grade teacher, after spending the last few years teaching 2nd grade at WCA. She has taught elementary school and Pre-K for approximately 17 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.
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, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree.
Lower School Music/Drama/World Language (Spanish)
Marc LaPointe is joining our Lower School team this year teaching Music/Drama and World Languages (Spanish). Marc was born in Quebec, Canada, and grew up in a bilingual (French/English) home in the Province of New Brunswick. Marc has been in full-time ministry for 34 years, serving for 8 years as a missionary in Southern Africa and ministering in Canada and the USA as a Music and Arts Pastor, and most recently as Senior Pastor at a church in San Diego, CA. Throughout these years of ministry, the common denominator has been working with Children. During his 11 years in San Diego Marc founded and directed a successful Children's Musical Theater program, attracting students from both San Diego and Tijuana. Marc has a BA in Christian Ministry from Kingswood University in Canada, and an Hons.Th degree in Practical Theology from the University of South Africa.
Lower School 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.
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.
Scott Jones joined WCA in 2017 and teaches Physical Education at WCA. Scott grew up in Ohio and excelled in football, basketball, baseball, cross country, and track in high school. Jones graduated from Davis and Elkins College (WV) where he earned a BA in Physical Education while minoring in Health and Education. Scott also serves as WCA’s girls’ basketball program lead and also works with our JJV basketball teams. In his spare time, Scott enjoys golfing, basketball, exercising and grilling out. He also has a passion for Ohio State athletics and is an avid fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, and Browns. Scott attends Williamsburg Community Chapel.
Lower School Teaching Assistant
Lower School Teaching Assistant