• monica arnold, NORTH CAMPUS Traditional kindergarten aide

    Monica Arnold grew up in Wewoka, OK. She majored in Theatre Arts and English Creative Studies while attending the University of Central Oklahoma, and currently works for The Academy as a teacher's aide. In her free time, she enjoys writing stories, knitting, and taking pictures.

  • darla benoit, Admissions assistant

    Darla is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a MEd in Speech-Language Pathology and has worked with children for 15 years in a variety of settings. She and her husband, Tim, have twin boys who attend The Academy.

  • carol bond, nc traditional Kindergarten aide

    Carol holds a BA in History and Teaching Certification from Oklahoma State University, and she is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. As an amateur shutterbug, Carol's photo greeting cards are in retail locations in two states. She is a published author, and her latest non-fiction scribbles will hit book stands and periodicals in late 2016 and early 2017.

  • sheri boughman,  NORTH CAMPUS OFfice manager

    Sheri graduated from Kent State University with a BS in Education; her Comprehensive Social Studies degree included a major in History with minors in Geography, Economics and Political Science.

  • charlie burgess, blended pre-k aide

    Charlie was raised in Oklahoma. She studied Vocal Performance and Human Resource Management at the University of Central Oklahoma and has studied Adult Education and Training at OU. After her son's first year at The Academy, she was excited to join this stellar educational organization. Charlie lives in Norman with her husband and son.

  • Lori clark, FINANCIAL coNtroller

    Lori graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Accounting and from California State University (Fullerton) with an MS in taxation. Lori and her husband, Rod, moved to Norman in 2011. They have four children, two of which are at The Academy and two have graduated.

  • scott cushman, sc blended KINDERGARTEN aide

    Scott has worked with children most of his adult life. His diversified background starts with his education at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College and ends with being a substitute teacher at the Grammar level for the past two years.

  • tara gibbons, blended kindergarten aide, NORTH CAMPUS

    Tara and her husband, Joe, have two children in the blended model. At the start of her son's first grade year, she enrolled her daughter in kindergarten and became a teacher's aide. Tara enjoys being involved in the educational development of all Academy students as well as having a hands-on experience with her own children. She appreciates the values of The Academy and looks forward to instilling those values with students for many years to come!


  • MARK JOHNSON, post Secondary Advisor

    Dr. Johnson has been active in Secondary and Collegiate Christian education since 1987, with his BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma City University, and Louisiana State University. He was a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) from 1987-2012, and he now flies volunteer missions for Angel Flight South Central, transporting cancer patients to and from home and treatments.

  • Rhonda jones,  NORTH CAMPUS Assistant principal

    Rhonda earned a BS in Elementary Education from Evangel University and an MA in Counseling from AGTS. She is a certified teacher and licensed counselor in the state of Oklahoma. Rhonda has been working with students in educationally developmental roles since 1998. She is passionate about classical Christian education, and she and her husband, David, are blessed to have their daughter, Emily, attend The Academy.

  • Lynda luff, NC Blended kindergarten aide

    After raising two children in her native Oklahoma, Lynda became a docent at the Oklahoma City Zoo. There, she assisted and taught camp classes for several years. She also has taught at that zoo's Nature Explorers Preschool since its creation in 2010. Her greatest enjoyment is being with her grandson.

  • darla lynn, south CAMPUS principal

    Darla started as a parent when her oldest child began kindergarten in 2004 and now has all four of her children enrolled at The Academy. She began as the HR Coordinator and is now launching our new Norman campus this year as the principal. She and her family live in Norman.

  • kristin mannschreck, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

    Originally from Edmond, Kristin graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Secondary Math Education and a minor in Spanish language. She was a member of the Chi Omega women's fraternity.

  • holly j. martin, central community/data coordinator

    Holly completed her general studies at the University of Hawaii, and has been a part of The Academy since 2008. She is proud to have one son who graduated in 2014, and another in the Rhetoric level. Holly serves on the Operations Team.

  • nola moseley,  SOUTH CAMPUS Office manager

    Nola is married to Matt and is blessed to have two daughters, two son-in-laws, and four wonderful grandchildren! She attends Eagle Heights Church in Southwest OKC, where her husband is the student pastor. Before coming to The Academy, Nola served as Admin. Assistant to the Dean of Hobbs College at Oklahoma Baptist University.

  • kimberly reynolds, athletic coordinator

    Kimberly earned her Bachelors in English, with minors in Religion and Business. She loves working with students and leading them in physical education or athletics.

  • alita richter, Director of human resources

    Alita has enjoyed a rich career in Church Management and recently completed the Christian Non-Profit Leadership Credential program through Azusa Pacific University. Alita and her husband, Jim, live in Edmond and have five grandchildren, three of whom attend The Academy.

  • rita robinson, south grammar campus aide

    Rita has been involved in Home Education in the Norman area for 25 years, raising and homeschooling her four children from K-12th grades. She has a heart to serve and enjoys assisting where needed.

  • sally rusco, NC blended Pre-K Aide

    Sally graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Creative Writing, where she met the dearest man, who is now her husband. Sally has spent much of her life around children and loves their joy of learning. In her spare time, she loves road trips, baking, astronomy, reading poetry, and especially enjoys time with her daughter, Penny.

  • Kerri smith, north campus blended kindergarten aide

  • Josh spears,    Lyceum  director

    Josh earned a BA in Theology at Hillsdale FWB College and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. Hobbies include carpentry, watching college football, reading World War II memoirs, and photography.

  • PEGGY STEWART, north campus  BLENDED pre-k aide

    Having home-schooled her five children, Peggy enjoys sharing in the educational journey of her two grandchildren who attend The Academy. In her leisure time, she and her husband, Earl, enjoy visiting other children and grandchildren in New York, San Francisco, Portland, and the Philippines.

  • judy swanson, North campus administrative assistant

    Judy has been involved in education for the past 28 years, homeschooling her five children from K-12th grades.  She has also enjoyed teaching co-op classes and substituting at The Academy where three of her five amazing grandchildren attend classes.  Judy is a lifelong Edmond resident, where she lives with her husband Gary.

  • ann taylor, north campus principal

    Ann graduated from Colorado University with a BS in Education and a minor in Science and has 35 hours towards her MA in Special Education. She is also certified as a Level 1 therapist in the National Institute of Learning Differences. Ann served as Operations Manager for the USO overseeing six stations throughout S. Korea while stationed there with her husband for two years.

  • alison thompson, South campus principal

    A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Music and English and teaching certification from the University of Oklahoma, Alison loves to hike, camp, and swim with her husband and four children.

  • rebecca wedel, Admissions DIRECTOR

    Rebecca earned a BA in Psychology from Texas A&M University and worked with special education students before moving to Norman and marrying her husband, Todd. They have two daughters.

  • todd wedel, academic dean & central CAMPUS principal

    Todd earned a BA in English and History from Oklahoma Baptist University and an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Oklahoma. A gifted curriculum developer, Todd has been a frequent presenter at ACCS conferences.

  • lois white, Central campus office manager

    Lois holds a Bachelors in Mathematics from Wheaton College, loves music, cooking, and decorating, and runs a grammar school lunch room like a fine banquet hall. She and her husband, Dan, have one daughter.

  • kristie whittington, south campus office manager

    When she is not greeting Grammar school students and families, Kristie has been a devoted first grade Sunday School teacher for the past 14 years. She considers herself a "foodie", loves to travel, and enjoys new adventures.


    Jennifer graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a BS in Mathematics and M.Ed. in Educational Administration before teaching high school for six years. She and her husband, Michael, have two children in the blended model. After spending the last seven years as a stay-at-home mom, Jennifer is excited to return to work as an aide at The Academy. Her hobbies include reading, church activities, and making up songs that drive her kids crazy.