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. Learning facilitators 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 learning facilitators have impacted their lives far beyond the classrooms, even years after they leave campus.
Lower School Dean
Noelle Rennolds is our Lower School Dean, having arrived last 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 degree 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.
Tracy is one of our two kindergarten learning facilitators this year, moving up with her preschool students from last school year! 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 sophomore 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.
Kathy Polk 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 Kailey (WCA '20) and WCA Sophomore 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 learning facilitators. 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 one of our 2nd grade learning facilitators 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 St. Bede Catholic Church member 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!
Nova returns to 2nd grade learning facilitator, after spending a year teaching 5th grade at WCA. She has taught elementary school and Pre-K for approximately 18 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 Master's 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.
Hollyana Dickens has returned to WCA after a one year break to take over Learning Facilitator duties in third grade! Hollyana had joined us in 2017 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.
Jacklyn Mead joined us in 2020, and stays with her students from last year, moving directly up to 5th grade this year. A Williamsburg native, Jacklyn graduated high school and The College of William and Mary (‘02)and then moved out west to work in Hollywood. While there, her crowning achievement was winning the showcase showdown on The Price is Right with Bob Barker! A career in education was her true calling, however, 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, now in 7th grade this year at WCA has been in pursuit of a career as a veterinarian since preschool.
Library and Elementary Media, Curriculum Support
Regina Doran is a Reading, Assessment Data, and IB Extended Essay Support Specialist here at WCA. Dr. Doran facilitated learning in library and media for the past five years at WCA. She has taught many years of preschool, Women's bible study, and was involved in Children's ministry. Dr. Doran holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, a postgraduate degree as an Education Specialist, and a Master of Arts in Teaching, all from Liberty University, where she is currently faculty in the Department of Education. She obtained a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she worked in the University Child Development Lab. After raising five children with her husband, they moved to Williamsburg where she taught Adult Basic Education and worked as a Literacy Interventionist. Regina Doran attends Grace Baptist Church and loves history, the outdoors, and traveling, especially to see her children and grandchildren.
Lower School Music/Drama/World Language (Spanish)
Marc LaPointe joined our Lower School team teaching Music/Drama and World Languages (Spanish) last year. 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
Mirinda joins WCA as the “ALF”, Art Learning Facilitator, for grades K-12. She recently moved from Fredericksburg, VA to be closer to extended family. A graduate of VCU, she holds a BFA in Art Education and has taught in both public and private schools for 25 years. An established, award-winning artist known for her murals and student mural projects throughout the Northern VA area, she directs public art projects, volunteers for local festivals, runs workshops and seminars relating to public art, including the first TEDx event in Stafford 2014. She created the Lower School Visiting Artists Program at Fredericksburg Academy most recently and looks forward to building a strong connection with the local galleries and historical treasures the Williamsburg area offers. Her favorite Bible verse is: "The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” --Matthew 6:22
Crystal joined the faculty of WCA in 2018. She is WCA's Director of Learning Support and Upper School Dean. 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 master's 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 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, two of whom currently attend WCA.
Jack came to WCA in April 2021 to fill a long-term substitute learning facilitator position and stayed on to become our Physical Education and Health learning facilitator this school year. Originally from Tappahannock, VA, Jack attended Chowan College for his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science in 2000. He worked at Essex Intermediate School, in Tappahannock, and met the future Mrs. Rennolds during that time. Jack moved to Buffalo, NY with his wife and got his Master’s Degree in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo. Jack is married to our Lower School Dean Noelle Rennolds and has a daughter, Leah (WCA Class of '23). The family attends King of Glory Lutheran Church in Williamsburg.
Lower School Learning Assistant
Lower School Learning Assistant
Lower School Learning Assistant / Extended Care
Lower School Learning Assistant / Extended Care