Staff

Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers at Columbus Christian Academy hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, and are certified by both MAIS and ACSI. Our pre-school teachers are highly qualified and hold certification through MAIS.  Each teacher professes to being a Christian and is part of a local church of their choice. Our faculty not only is committed to the overall academic advancement of our students but also to the spiritual growth and development of each student.

ADMINISTRATION:

Jay Watts

School Administrator

Education:
Mississippi State University – B.S. Economics
Mississippi State University – Masters in Educational Leadership

Position:
School Administrator

Mr. Watts has 30 years experience in Independent school education. He has proven leadership accomplishments in two of the most recognized  private schools in the state of Mississippi. He comes to us after 11 years experience as head of school in Greenwood, MS.

He has served as President of the MAIS Coaches Association, President of the MAIS Educational Association, and served multiple terms on the MAIS Athletic Activities Commission.

Sandra White

Elementary Administrator

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education – MS State University

Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership – MS State University

Experience:  
Teacher:
  13 years in 2nd – 8th grades
  Taught at Hebron Christian School
  Taught at Oak Hill Academy

Administration:
  Headmaster at Hebron Christian School – 7 years
  Elementary Principal at Columbus Christian Academy 10 years
  Administrator at Columbus Christian Academy 1 year
  Currently serving as elementary principal at CCA

Mrs. White is married with two children and three grandchildren. She and her husband are active members of Calvary Baptist Church in West Point. Her hobbies include reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Favorite Bible Verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 


 

ELEMENTARY FACULTY:

Tracey Agerton

5th & 6th Grade Teacher

Education & Experience:
Graduate of Pickens County High School
Bachelor of Science – MS University for Women
11 years experience at Columbus City School District
CHAMPS certification 2012
CHAMPS instructor 2014

Married for 21 years and the mother of two CCA students. Tracey attends Disciples New Beginning Church where she sings on the praise team. She loves to cook and make crafts.

Class Motto:
It’s okay to not know, but it’s not okay to not try.

Favorite Verses:
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”(NIV)

 

 

Robin Cochran

PE Coach

Education:
Bachelor of Arts: Maryville College (Maryville, TN)

Subjects:
Pre-k – 6th Physical Education

Favorite Bible Verse:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-23

 

Tiffany Cooper

Preschool Teacher

My favorite Bible Verse is:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Our Class bible verse is:
Psalm 139:14 …I am fearfully and wonderfully made

Our class motto:
We don’t say I can’t because we can; We can do anything with God’s help!

Sheila Cooper

Preschool Teacher

A graduate of Central Academy and an experienced Preschool Teacher for 19 years.
-Immanuel Preschool 7 years
-ABC & Me Preschool 12 years

Favorite Verse:
Matthew 19:26 “ Jesus looked at them and said, With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Nancy Dodson

Librarian

Gail Forstner

Preschool & Elementary Art Teacher

Education:
High School – Central Academy

College- Emcc
College course in administration of childcare facility at the University of AlabamaCertified Director of Childcare facility  State of Mississippi

Experience:
20 Years

Preschool Teacher & JV Basketball Coach

Personal:
“Mrs Gail’s” passion in teaching is to teach children not to be afraid to try whether it is in Pre-K, Elementary or sports.  Practice doesn’t make perfect it makes progress.

Favorite scripture:
 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— (Ephesians 2:8)

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, (Ephesians 6:7)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,(Colossains 3:23)

Class motto:
With heart and helping hands a child can accomplish anything.

 

Wacky Wednesday - Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Wacky Wednesday – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Popsicle day

Popsicle day

Going on a Teddy Bear Hunt

Going on a Teddy Bear Hunt

Little Indians dressed for the Thanksgiving Feast

Little Indians dressed for the Thanksgiving Feast

Judy Gray

6th Grade

Education:
Graduate of Millport High School
Master of Arts Degree: University of North Alabama
Bachelor of Science Degree: Mississippi University for Women

Experience: 28 Years

About Mrs. Gray:
Judy is married with two children and three grandchildren who attend CCA. She attends Shaeffer’s Chapel. Her favorite hobbies include reading, camping, and spoiling her grandchildren.

Class Motto:
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it
(Art Williams)

Favorite Verses:
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Mrs. Gray’s Photo Galleries

STAR STUDENTS 2017-2018

 

6th Grade Fun 2017-2018

Grandparents Day 2017

 

Brittney Lambert

Preschool Teacher

Teaches:
Preschool (K4)

Experience:
14 Years

Favorite Scripture:
Be strong & courageous DO NOT BE AFRAID do not be discouraged for the LORD YOUR GOD will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)

Taylor McCown

Preschool Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

Experience:
2 years

Teaches:
Preschool (K3)

Favorite Scripture:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.(Philippians 4:13)

Raylene Pate

K5 Teacher

Bachelor of Science:
University of Alabama in Early Childhood Education

Experience:
11 years in Kindergarten

Class Motto:
“Do what is right, even when no one is looking.” Because Jesus sees us and knows our hearts even when no one else does.

My favorite verse is
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

 

Crystal Phillips

1st Grade Teacher

EDUCATION:
Caledonia High School – Class of 1994
Mississippi University for Women – 1994-1997
Mississippi College – 1997-1998
Mississippi State University – 1998-1999; Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education

EXPERIENCE:
2017-2018:  11th  year of teaching.

EXPERTISE:
I LOVE praying with my students and teaching them about Jesus. Having taught in public school, I realize what a blessing it is to be able to pray and share the gospel in school. I also love teaching my kindergarteners how to read!

PERSONAL:
I am a native of Columbus. I have been married to my husband, Matt, for 18 years, and we have two boys, Matthew (13) and Luke (10). Matthew and Luke both attend CCA. When Matt and I moved away after we got married, I never thought we would move back to Columbus. However, after 11 years, we felt God was calling us to move back home. I am so thankful He did, and I’m so thankful He called us to CCA. This school has always been so special to me, since I was a student here many years ago. My fourth grade teacher at Immanuel (now CCA) was my inspiration for becoming a teacher, and my dream was to teach in a Christian school. What a blessing it is to serve in that ministry today!
My classroom Bible verse is one of my favorite verses. Psalm 118:24: This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. We begin each day by singing this verse. It’s a great way to start the day!! 

Judy Sanderson

4th Grade Teacher

Education: Music Education from William Carey University
                     Elementary Certification from University of Texas, Arlington
                     Master of Education from University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Experience: 32 Years

Favorite Scripture: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:4-7)

Amy Shaw

Second Grade Teacher

Education:
High School Graduate of Immanuel High
Dental Hygiene degree from Meridian Community College
Elementary Education degree from MS Univ for Women

Experience:
6 years

Position:
2nd Grade Teacher

Favorite Bible Verse:
 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Kelly Smith

K5 Teacher

Education:
MS University for Women

Experience:
1st Year

Teaches:
Kindergarten (K5)

Favorite part of teaching is spending time with children.

Stephanie Studdard

3rd Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelors & Masters degrees held from MS State University.

Experience:
22 years

Class Motto:
T
hird grade works hard AND plays hard.

Favorite Scripture:
 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2)

 

Brenda Westmoreland

Preschool Teacher

Education:
Hamilton High School
East MS Community College

Experience:
18 Years

Teaches:
Pre-School (K3)

Favorite Scripture:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2)

 


 

SECONDARY FACULTY:

Robin Duncan

High School Science

Education:
Bachelor of Science – MS University for Women
Advanced Courses – MS State University & MS University for Women

Subjects:
Honors Biology
Physical Science
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry

Favorite Verse:
Joshua 1: 9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Sandy Fowlkes

Secondary Math & Spanish

Education:
Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan
AAS in Paralegal Studies from South College in Asheville
Teaching certification from University of MS (Ole Miss)

Experience:
5 years

Courses:
Spanish 1 & 2
Algebra 2
PreCalculus/Trigonometry
Calculus

Favorite Verse:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Angie Hulsey

Secondary Teacher

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree from MS University for Women : K-8 Elementary Education
Specialty Degree in High School Mathematics & Science
Physical Therapy Assistant Degree from Itawamba Community College

Experience:
3 years in High School Math, Science, & History
3 Years in 6th Grade

Subjects:
7th Grade Science
Algebra I
Geometry
8th Grade History
7th Grade Math

Favorite Scripture:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jenny Hutcherson

Secondary Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Science – MS University for Women

Experience:
9 Years

Subjects:
7th & 8th Pre-Algebra
Consumer Math
ACT Prep
12th Grade Bible
Accounting I
Art Appreciation

Favorite Scripture:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)


Janice Ryals

Secondary English

Education:
Bachelor of Arts 
MS State University

Masters DegreeMasters in English Education – MS State University

Experience: 40 Years

Subjects:
English (9th – 12th)
National Honor Society Sponsor

Favorite Verse:
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Margaret Shields

Computer/English Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Public Accountancy – MS State University
                     Bachelor of Science in Business Education – MS State University

Experience: 27 Years

Teaches: 7th Grade English
                 STEM
                 8th Grade English
                 7th Grade Bible
                 7th Grade Computer
                 Computer I

Favorite Scripture: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

Rachel Thomas

Counselor/Teacher

Education:
High School – Hamilton High School
Bachelor of Science – Regent University

Position:
Guidance Counselor
Bible Teacher
Journalism
Junior Beta Club Sponsor

Favorite Bible Verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him

Counselor’s Corner

Lawrence Tyndall

History Teacher

Bachelor of Arts: MS State University

Subjects:
U.S. History
World Geography
MS Studies
Government/Economics

Favorite Verse:

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

Ram Page Contributions:
“It’s A Birthday in the U.S.A”

Jimmy Wofford

Secondary Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science

Experience: 2 years

Subjects: Science
                Biology
                Yearbook
                Debate
                11th Grade Bible

Favorite Scripture: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.(1 Peter 4:8)

 

Contact

Phone: 662.328.7888

Email: jwofford@columbuschristian.com

 


 

ATHLETIC DEPT:

Greg Watkins

Athletic Director, Varsity Football Coach, Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jr., Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Jr. Varsity/Varsity Track Coach

Athletic Director
Varsity Football Coach
Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Jr. Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Jr. Varsity/Varsity Boys Track Coach
Baseball Coach

 

 

 

 


 

OFFICE STAFF:

Donna Buchannan

School Accountant

Contact

Email: accounting1@cableone.net

Caron Byrd

Admissions/Administrative Assistant

Office Administration
Admissions Assistant

Favorite verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Contact

Phone: 662.328.7888

Email: cbyrd@columbuschristian.com

Betsy Pounders

Administrative Assistant

Favorite Verse:  
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
(Psalms 62:1-2)

 


 

SUPPORT STAFF:

Dave Forstner

Maintenance

Tammy White

School Support

Early Care
Elementary Physical Education
Teacher Assistance
Lunch/Office Assistant

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