Teachers and Faculty


Mrs. Smith GCCA

Mrs. Cindy Smith

Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten at GCCA is a time of new beginnings for our new academy friends. Although learning the alphabet and its sounds as well as counting and memorizing scripture are a part of every day together, large doses of play and fun activities are a key component of Mrs. Smith’s lesson plans. Mrs. Smith has been guiding our academy’s youngest students for more than two decades and continues to provide exciting thematic units that students recall for a life time. Mrs. Smith is married to Pastor Boyd Smith and has three grown children and two grandsons.





Mrs. WileyMrs. Alice Wiley


Mrs. Alice Wiley is a graduate of Grove City College and has a BS in Christian Thought and Biology. She is the mother of four current and former GCCA students. Throughout her many years at GCCA, she has helped in a variety of ways, such as chapel pianist, substitute teacher and lunch aide. Alice currently teaches Biology at the Study Center, in addition to aiding the morning preschool and pre-kindergarten classes. She and her husband, Gary, along with their children, attend Grove City Alliance Church, where Alice serves as one of the children’s ministry assistants.




Mrs. Jamie Good


Our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Jamie Good, is returning to our school after a twelve-year career in homeschooling her children. Originally from the Chicago area, Jamie first moved here to attend Grove City College where she graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. After GCC, she taught third grade at GCCA for three years. Now in kindergarten, Jamie is enjoying working with these precious little ones as they learn the basics of reading, writing and mathematics.  She lives in Grove City with her husband, Ken, and their four children, who attend classes at GCCA. The Good family worships at Covenant OPC.




First Grade

Mrs. Angela Thomson


Mrs. Angela Thomson currently teaches first grade.  She has a BS in English and a Masters of Art in Special Education.  Angela and her husband, Scott, have one daughter, Bethany. She and her husband attend First Baptist Church where Angela currently serves in the nursery and plays the bells.  






Miss Bethany DeVault


Miss Bethany DeVault is blessed to have the opportunity to teach first grade. She attended college at Slippery Rock University, and received her degree in Early Childhood Education. She attends Gateway Community Church, EPC, in Slippery Rock. At church, Bethany enjoys taking part in the praise and worship team, as well as serving as the Children’s Ministries Intern.





Second Grade

Miss Dawson

Miss Charity Dawson



Miss Charity Dawson serves as the second grade teacher at GCCA. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience with lower elementary students. She previously taught all levels of Latin at Veritas Academy in Lancaster, PA, and first grade and upper school Latin at Stratford Classical Christian Academy in Stratford, New Jersey. Miss Dawson has studied at Camden County College, Penn State University, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her language studies include travel abroad to study French at the École France Langue in Nice, France, and to study Latin at the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, Italy. Miss Dawson attends East Main Presbyterian Church and Grace Anglican Church.


Third Grade

Mrs. Spears

Mrs. Nancy Spears


Mrs. Spears received a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Mrs. Spears has been teaching at GCCA for over ten years. Her love and expertise in reading instruction will be evident as she teaches students about God’s hand in history in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation period. While reading a variety of great literature, students will also participate in exciting activities that compliment these great stories. Mrs. Spears also serves as the head teacher. Nancy and her husband Todd have four children and live in Grove City, PA.




Fourth Grade

Mrs. Schulter

Mrs. Lisa Schulter


If the smell of paint is in the air, it must be Auction time, which means Mrs. Lisa Schulter, our artistic fourth grade teacher, is working on her annual contribution: a themed, beautifully hand-painted piece of furniture! Mrs. Schulter came to GCCA in 2005 after serving as an administrator at another Christian school. A secondary education graduate of Slippery Rock University, she spent several years teaching fourth grade at a Christian school in Maryland before returning to the area to marry her husband, Tim. As the fourth graders learn about colonial American history and Pennsylvania history, they can count on Mrs. Schulter (a member of Phi Alpha Theta history honorary) to lead them on adventures to local historical sites such as the Old Stone House.



Fifth Grade

Mr. Michael Acquavita


Mr. Michael Acquavita graduated from Grove City College in 2011 with a BA in Biblical Studies. After graduation, he worked for five years as the Program Director at Seneca Hills Bible Camp, where he developed new Bible study curricula for students from age nine to eighteen. In 2017, Mike began teaching fifth grade at GCCA. Additionally, in 2018, he began teaching Old Testament at the Study Center. He, his wife Emily, and their two children, Jonah and Ben, attend Gateway EPC in Slippery Rock.




Sixth Grade

Mr. Erik Covert 


Mr. Erik Covert is a graduate of Grove City College having earned a BA in History and Secondary Education. He teaches the sixth grade class, as well as Logic to students in seventh and eighth grades. His passion is to help students grow in their knowledge and understanding of the wonders of God’s creation. He grew up in Harrisville, PA and attended Grove City Christian Academy from kindergarten through eighth grade. He is active at Rocky Springs Church where he serves as a Deacon, groundskeeper, and the assistant Sunday school superintendent.  During his free time, he enjoys fixing things, hunting, and reading about the history of our great country.



Seventh/Eighth Grades

Mr. KucksMr. Ross Kucks


Mr. Ross Kucks earned a BA in English with a minor in French from Grove City College.  He teaches seventh and eighth grades at GCCA. He also teaches Latin in grades fifth through eighth grades and Ancient and Medieval History and Literature at the Study Center.  He has directed the school plays for the last three years. He currently attends Grace Anglican Church in Grove City with his wife, Gabrielle. Before moving to Grove City in 2015, he taught fifth and sixth grades, in addition to directing plays, at a classical Christian school in New Jersey.. He enjoys playing drums, writing, reading, camping, and hiking.  




Science/Algebra 1

Miss Annie Laurie Holfelder


Miss Annie Holfelder attended Grove City College, majoring in Mathematics with a certification in secondary education. She currently teaches Science to seventh and eighth grades and eighth grade Algebra 1, in addition to Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry and Chemistry at the Study Center. She likes to write poetry, explore the outdoors, and does some catering in her spare time. Annie attends Neshannock Presbyterian Church in New Wilmington where she is involved yearly with Vacation Bible School.




Phys. Ed.

Mrs. Sloan

Mrs. Jodi Sloan


From the fundamentals of basketball to the techniques of Frisbee golf, Mrs. Sloan keeps one thing before her students, play hard! Mrs. Sloan has served as our P.E. teacher for grades 1st-8th since 2005. She is also an active participant in our Booster Club, organizing and leading our Funnel Cake booth during the summer months at various community events.





Mrs. Stauff

Mrs. Amy Stauff


Mrs. Amy Stauff is our art teacher in grades 1-8 and at the Study Center.  She is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania having earned a BS in Art Education.  She has experience teaching both younger and older students in a variety of settings and recognizes the importance of establishing strong drawing skills in our youngest art students.  In addition to these duties, she also organizes GCCA’s Student Art Exhibit each year. Mrs. Stauff cultivates her artistic skills through daily sketching practice and exhibiting finished works in pen and watercolor locally.  She and her husband, Dr. Devin Stauff, and their four children are residents of Grove City and attend Christ Presbyterian Church.



Music (Lower Grades)

Mrs. FedorMrs. Faith Fedor









Music (Upper Grades)

Mrs. JensenMrs. Marlyn Jensen





Chamber Choir at Study Center

Mrs. Christina Jones


Mrs. Christina Jones earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Berry College in northwest Georgia.  She directs the Chamber Choir at the Study Center and teaches music to all grade levels at GCCA.  She attends Covenant OPC where her husband Jeremy is the pastor. They have 4 children.






Strings Instructor


Mrs. Jane Gregg, violin instructor, has been teaching at GCCA since 1996.  She is a graduate of Grove City College. Her 3 children attended GCCA and her husband, Tom, has been a GCCA Board member.  Jane is also a part-time violin instructor at Grove City College as well as maintaining a home studio. She regularly performs with the Greenville Symphony, Westminster College Orchestra and several local ensembles.  She enjoys playing many styles of music, including sacred, jazz and Irish fiddle. She and her husband are members of East Main Presbyterian Church.




Spanish I and II at Study Center

Mrs. Carolina Holtz


Mrs. Carolina Holtz is a native Spanish speaker.  She has a background in international business and business management.  She has lived in Pennsylvania for over 14 years and studied English as a second language at Butler County Community College. Carolina teaches Spanish I and II at the Study Center.  She also does bookkeeping and secretarial work for her family’s contracting business. Both of Carolina’s children attend GCCA. She and her husband, Jeremy, and their family attend Grove City Alliance Church.





Rhetoric I at Study Center

Mrs. Sarah Definbaugh


Mrs. Sarah Defibaugh graduated from Grove City College with a BA in English and currently teaches Rhetoric I at the Study Center.  She worked in several positions in the background investigations industry, including field investigator and classroom trainer/curriculum developer.  She was also employed in a consultant role as a project manager. She and her husband, Korey, are the parents of two boys who are currently enrolled at GCCA.  Her family worships at Grove City Alliance Church.





Geometry and Algebra II at Study Center

Mrs. Liz Morris


Mrs. Liz Morris attended Grove City College and earned a BS in Math in 2005. This is her third year teaching Geometry and Algebra 2 at the Study Center. She and her husband, Joe, have 3 children who attend GCCA. She and her family attend Grove City Alliance Church where she is involved with AWANA.






Archery Coach

Mr. ClaussMr. Charles Clauss


Mr. Charles Clauss holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Computers from Grove City College and attended classes at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. Since 1997, he has served GCCA in many and varied ways, including the teaching of computer and etymology classes. Most recently, he serves as the Facilities Manager, handling all building repairs and computer programming.  He is also the Head Coach for our very successful NASP Archery Program, finishing in first place for the past 8 straight years at States. Charles helps coach a local BEST Robotics team, where he specializes in teaching the students manufacturing and assembly. He has been a member of East Main Presbyterian Church for more than 25 years, where he also serves as a Sunday School teacher. He and his wife Michelle reside in Grove City. Both of his children attended GCCA.



Administrator at Study Center

Mrs. Michelle Ritenour


Mrs. Michelle Ritenour received her BS from Northwestern College in Iowa, her home state.  When she and her husband first moved to Grove City in 2001, she served as Head Teacher and taught sixth grade at GCCA, in addition to Latin and Critical Thinking to grades fifth through eighth. She taught grades seventh and eighth in 2002 and 2003.  More recently, Michelle has helped to promote school plays and was an aide in the first grade and lunchroom for two years. She now works as Administrator at the High School Study Center and enjoys the upper grades as much as the elementary. She and her husband, Shawn, have two daughters, who attend GCCA, and are members at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church.