The faculty of Gunnery Road Christian Academy is carefully selected to provide the students with the best possible educational opportunities. All faculty members are competent in their academic fields and are capable of maintaining a proper learning atmosphere in their classrooms. More importantly all faculty are born again Christians who love the Lord and are consecrated to serving Him through the ministry of teaching. They have the student’s best interest at heart and are anxious to “go the extra mile” to help each student achieve his or her potential. Faculty members are always willing to meet with parents to discuss the individual needs of their children.
Junior High & High School
In 1999 I became the first student to graduate from the Gunnery Road Christian Academy. After graduating from high school, I enrolled at Bob Jones University and earned my B.A. degree in Bible in 2003. The following summer I married Amber Howell and started working full time for Gunnery Road Baptist Church. I have taught the math and science courses at GRCA since 2004. My life’s verse is Romans 1:16 which says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” I have dedicated my life to the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ and am confident that He, through His infinite power, will bring salvation.
When I was a teenager, the Lord convinced me I was a sinner and that I needed Jesus Christ to save me. A few years later, God worked in my heart a desire to use my life to serve Him in dedicated ministry. God has led me to serve in different ways and in various places, and these changes have worked a few truths in my heart. First, I have learned that daily service is only possible by God’s grace, and often isn’t easy. Second, I have learned that the most satisfying life is one used to serve God every day with His help. I hope that as a teacher here, that God can use me to show others that living and serving Jesus Christ faithfully is the best life.
I’m Jane Bancroft, and in college I majored in English. It wasn’t until many years later, after I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and became committed to Christian education, that I actually put my training into use when I started teaching at G.R.C.A. At first I taught the elementary students. Some of those students have now graduated. I guess you could say I’ve been teaching at G.R.C.A. quite a little while. I currently teach junior high and high school English. The years have surely flown by, and I thank God for allowing me the joy and honor of not only teaching the students to use correct grammar and spelling, but also, more importantly, to whole-heartedly pursue a walk with God.
Fifth & Sixth Grade – Katie Vance
I am Katie Vance, and I have just begun my 10th year of teaching at Gunnery Road Christian Academy. I was actually a student at the Academy from my sophomore year till my senior year. I attended Bob Jones University and earned a Bachelor Degree in Women’s Ministries with a minor in Counseling. I wanted to get my Masters at Bob Jones in Counseling but did not want to enroll in their 2 full year G.A. program. So, I talked to the Pastor/Administrator of Gunnery Road (who happens to be my father) and requested a “deal”. If he would help fund my Masters degree at Bob Jones, then I would come back to the Academy and teach for at least 2 years. So I earned my Masters degree at Bob Jones University in Biblical Counseling in 2006, and then I came back to Florida and taught 5th and 6th grade.
I really do enjoy the working in this ministry. There is nothing like investing your life in people. I do not take lightly my ministry with the elementary students. I enjoy teaching them subjects, but I mostly enjoy teaching them about God. God affects every area of study and every area of life. My goal as a teacher is to point these students to Christ as their Savior and then Christ as their Friend. This is a great joy of mine.
Fourth Grade: Erik Howell
Third Grade: Scottie Haines
Second Grade: Cheryl Howell
I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. When I was six years old, while attending Daily Vacation Bible School I received the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior. while at Summer Camp at the age of 9, I dedicated my life to be a missionary. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University. My husband and I served the Lord together in Honduras, Central America for 25 years as missionaries. Upon the home going of my Husband I came back to the United States and started working at GRCA. I am thankful to God to be involved in Christian Education where I feel my life can be an influence for God in the lives of children.
First Grade: Brittany Kaighen
My name is Brittany Kaighen, my students call me “Miss Bri” (long “e” sound). I was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and lived in the general area till my freshman year of high school when my family moved to Sacramento, California to help with a church plant. I just recently moved from California to Florida to take this position as first grade teacher at GRCA this year.
In the summer of 2011, I received the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior while working at Northland Camp. Since then I have felt the Lord calling me to be a teacher and I graduated from Bob Jones University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.
I am thankful for the opportunity to see children grow in knowledge and learn new things; to see something “click” in their mind and for them to act on it and continue to use it. God has gifted me with the ability to teach and a love for young children. I want my students to know that Jesus loves them and wants to be their savior and friend. My prayer is that through my actions, my words, and my teaching they, and everyone, see Christ and that He is glorified.
Kindergarten: Rachel Ladygo
My name is Rachel Ladygo, and I graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities and Elementary Education in 2006. This is my seventh year teaching at Gunnery Road Christian Academy. I enjoy teaching kindergarten and first grade.
I enjoy teaching at GRCA because of the opportunity that I get, not only to educate my students in academics, but also to train them up in the way of the Lord.
I am Diane Vance, director of the Preschool program at GRCA. I am known as Miss Diane and have been with GRCA from its birth. I taught junior high the very first year of our school’s history and before that I taught at Emmanuel Baptist Christian School in Fort Myers. I have been teaching preschool children for the past 13 years.
My goal in educating children is to have children experience knowledge. I never want to just tell the facts but have them learn through the process of gaining knowledge. It is through the process that real knowledge is gained. The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. This fear/respect is the foundation from which all other knowledge is built upon. It is my testimony that the Bible is the very words of God and it is the foundation for all learning.
My name is Jackie Vance, and this is my sixth year teaching pre-school at GRCA. After graduating from GRCA in 2002, I continued my education at Bob Jones University where I received my degree in Early Childhood Education. God has placed a special love in my heart for teaching young children. I am thankful for the opportunity to teach children, not only their ABC’s, but also about their wonderful God who created them. I believe God has a special plan for each one of my students, and I am excited to see what He has for us this year! Matthew 19:14