Kingdom Country Academy

Kingdom Country Academy is a Hybrid-model Christian School for grades Pre K - 12th. 

ABOUT KCA

OUR MISSION

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 Find our Mission Statement, Purpose, Christian School Philosophy and Vision Statement here to decide if KCA is a good fit for your family. 

FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS

testimonials

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Don't take our word for it...check out what our students and parents say about the amazing things KCA has done for their families. 

KCA TESTIMONIALS

meet our team

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 The teachers, administrators and staff at KCA are united in their belief that ALL STUDENTS have the power to learn and succeed through Christ.  

TEACHER BIOS

GOVERNING BOARD

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We are continually blessed with God's Grace to work with a talented group of teachers, staff and governing board members.   Click below for more info about our Governing Board and links to Board Minutes.

BOARD MEMBERS

CURRICULUM

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At Kingdom Country Academy, our focus is on biblical teachings and Christian growth and encouragement.  Our goal is to draw all students into a relationship with Jesus Christ through love.

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COST/TUITION

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Cost and tuition is based on how many classes your child takes per semester.  There is a one time registration fee per family of $50 and an enrollment fee per semester, per student of $200.  

TUITION INFO

FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS

 

Mission Statement: 

At Kingdom Country Academy, our mission is to glorify God and edify families in Grayson and surrounding counties with a collaborative Christian school that provides a biblically-based, academically rigorous, and developmentally appropriate education for K-12th grade students.


 

Purpose: 

Our goal is to draw all into a relationship with Jesus Christ through love; encouraging Christian growth. KCA trains students for life, whether it be college, vocational, or other callings. KCA also strives to build friendships and a spirit of friendly competition through classroom and extracurricular activities. KCA is an evangelical ministry where we are able to use our God-given gifts and talents in a cooperative setting.​



 

Christian School Philosophy: 

God’s model for teaching and learning is found in Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (ESV). At the foundation of the Kingdom Country Academy (KCA) educational philosophy is the desire to offer our God-given gifts to serve the community to ensure a biblically based education. KCA will adhere to God’s inerrant word while daily interacting with all individuals involved in the school. As God’s plan clearly indicates that family is at the core of education, KCA exists to assist families in diligently teaching their children. Though not a replacement for the learning that occurs in families, KCA will come alongside parents and children to instruct, mentor, and encourage them in their individual educational progress beginning in preschool and traveling all the way through to the 12th grade.


 

KCA Vision Statement: 

Ephesians 3:14-19 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Christian families are swimming upstream in the cultural relativity of the 21st century and are in desperate need of institutions who are willing to come alongside them and help them to raise children who love God and serve Him wholeheartedly. Kingdom Country Academy will partner with families to instruct, inspire, and encourage their children to grow spiritually and academically. When KCA students in turn choose to invest in their community by raising godly families who authentically love and minister to those around them, God will be pleased and KCA’s vision will be fulfilled. In five to ten years from the opening of the school in August, 2015, KCA will be a thriving Pre-K-12th grade university model school that is known for its love for God and its servant’s heart that reaches out globally from the small communities of Elmont and Anna, Texas to international schools in such places as India, Africa, and Central America.

Ephesians 3:20-21  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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KCA TESTIMONIALS

KCA STUDENT:

 "In my everyday life, brain training has changed the way I think, walk and talk. Going into this school I was very intrigued about this class. Since the school year has started I have been noticing a huge difference in my coordination and in my mental acuity. Academically, my grades have improved as a result of my ability to focus and retain information. My teacher, Mrs. Cindy Stephens, has been working closely with me. As a teacher, she has zeroed in on my weakness and helped me slow down to think about how I learn. We have already seen improvement! Brain Training is one of the best classes I have ever been in." 

PARENT OF A HS STUDENT:

 "Finding the right educational fit for my son was a challenge. A friend from our homeschool co-op suggested I look into this new university model school in Van Alstyne. After attending a family information meeting, I visited with Karen and Cindy and realized that just as God meets me where I am, these teachers will meet my son where he is! Six weeks into the school year, I now have a confident, joyful son, who loves Jesus with his whole heart. It's as if God created KCA for the sole purpose of my son!" 

PARENT OF ELEMENTARY STUDENT:

 "I can't say enough positive things about Kingdom Country Academy. My daughter has improved immensely thanks to the teaching techniques, and above all their concern and attention for my daughter. The teachers are very spiritual and impart God's word in a way that my daughter has a deep understanding. The head of school and teachers here truly love what they do and it's all about serving the Lord and growing up the students to love Him as well.

The teachers and staff of Kingdom Country Academy work together to provide a God-honoring education for all of the children here." 

PARENT OF ELEMENTARY STUDENT:

 "I first saw the Brain Training curriculum at the Texas Homeschool Coalition conference a few years ago.  It looked awesome and was definitely a beneficial program for my daughter.  Being that it was our first year homeschooling, I didn't purchase it but made a mental note to look into a training and/or more information for the following school year.  Fast forward a year later, while doing research on area University Model schools, I came upon KCA opening a campus just down the road from us!  As I explored their website, I was excited to see the Brain Training being offered for my daughter’s age group.  No other school offered this curriculum.  We were at a place in our family where we felt it would benefit her to learn with others and had just completed a year of intense vision therapy.  As I read more about Brain Training, we felt God leading us to enroll her in KCA.  Our hope was that she could learn tools on how to help her focus and channel her sensory needs through the Brain Training taught each morning.  Now we see her thriving at KCA and have no doubt it’s in part due to beginning each day with Brain Training.  In December, we were pleasantly surprised to get a report from her eye doctor that she needed a new prescription because her eyes had IMPROVED. Much of Brain Training is very similar to what we have experienced in past occupational therapies and vision therapy exercises.  When asked by her eye doctor about exercises we were doing at home, I had to confess that we weren't doing much of their exercises but did tell her about the Brain Training being done at her school.  She was familiar with the program and felt that it was helping my daughter’s eyesight.  So, Brain Training has exceeded our hopes for our girl and we thank God we have found such a wonderful school for our children.  The teachers and staff are truly Christ's servants and work so hard!  They use their god given talents to love and guide our children in a wonderful learning environment.  KCA has been a huge blessing to our family!" 

TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

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KAREN LOVE

 

Karen Love has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Mathematics from Texas A&M Commerce. She is certified in Texas to teach 6-12th grade Mathematics, has her certification as a K-12th grade Special Education teacher and is certified as Head of School. She has taught in the public school system for over 15 years. Her last position was at Dowell Middle School in McKinney, where she coached and taught 6th, 7th, and  8th grade Pre-AP Algebra and Geometry. Her passion is engaging students and providing a fundamental understanding of Math and its importance in life. Mrs. Love uses rich academic language that widens vocabulary, which enables her students to excel in any Math course. Even though Mrs. Love enjoys
teaching Math, her real passion lies in building relationships with her students. Her humor and experience with students provides an enjoyable atmosphere with high academic expectations. One student had this to say about Mrs. Love: "She's no push over but we know deep down that she loves us  and we want to learn everything!  She makes it fun!  I never thought I would say, ‘I can't wait to get to Math class!’"​​​

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cindy stephens

 

Cindy Stephens has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish, a Master’s Degree in secondary education, and a minor in English as a second language.  She has experience teaching all levels of students from the very young to college level. For over 25 years, she and her husband, J., have home-schooled their 9 children with 8 graduating from Stephens Christian Academy. Her passions are relationships and learning; she loves to see the light bulb of understanding switch on when a student finally understands a concept clearly.

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liesl triplett

 

Liesl Triplett is married to John Triplett, and together they have a son and three daughters. They live in Anna and attend church at First Baptist Church in Melissa. While attending the University of North Texas, she earned a Bachelor of Science in education with a Kindergarten Endorsement, and a Master of Education degree. Through the years, Liesl has worn many hats. She has taught public Kindergarten for  Frisco ISD, preschool in “Mother’s Day Out” programs, served as Preschool Director at a church, operated an in-home daycare, and held various positions in her homeschool co-op. Currently, Liesl home-schools her daughters, teaches sewing classes, and is a seamstress at an upholstery shop in Van Alstyne.

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valerie pollock

 

Valerie Pollock has Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering and many years of experience in training and teaching. She has been teaching all levels of students from preschool to adults in both academic and artistic subjects from
college-preparatory math and science to one-stroke painting. She describes herself as a natural teacher; instructing dance in 6th grade, arts and crafts
since high school, Team Training during her years with Rockwell International, Cub Scout achievements and Boy Scout merit badges for NeTseO Trails Council, Sunday school classes from preschool through 8th grade, everything from preschool to high school biology and chemistry at Enrichment Classes, painting and knitting at the Creative Arts Center in Bonham, and generally anyone who dares to ask a question! In addition to the above-listed activities, three sons have kept her busy homeschooling for the past 17 years. Her most recent teaching assignment has been instructing developmental algebra at Grayson College since summer 2015 and instructing junior high and high school math and science courses at KCA. There is an indescribable joy in witnessing the “Aha!” moments in a student’s career – that is the drive behind this teacher.

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DEEJAY WHITING

 

DeeJay Whiting is currently studying at Texas Women’s University for a degree in general studies, concentrating in business and history, with an expected graduation of Spring, 2018. He is currently serving as the Student Minister at Elmont Baptist Church, where he works with students from 5th through the 12th grade. His passion for students stems from his own personal experience as a teenager and the influence that a student minister has had in his life, one that led to his salvation and baptism. In his free time, DeeJay enjoys playing basketball, giving music lessons, and posting Worship Wednesday videos with his wife on social media.

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amy yates

Amy Yates has a degree in English with a minor in history from the University of Arkansas.  Since graduation, she has worked at Texas Instruments in the technology industry and, most recently, she has been homeschooling her son and daughter for the last five years.  She plans to familiarize the students with world history so that they have a better comprehension of current events and how countries are interrelated geographically, politically, and culturally.

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Amy JEHLING

Amy attended Terrell Christian Academy in high school and it was there she found her love of sports and knew that one day, she wanted to teach and coach. She went on to graduate from Kaufman High School and then attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where she received her Bachelor's in Kinesiology with a Minor in English. She then began her career in education in the public school system and has 15 years experience as a teacher, coach, and athletic coordinator. She taught PE at the Elementary Level, Health, PE and Teen Leadership at the Middle School level, and English at the High School level. She has also coached volleyball, track, cross country and basketball at the middle and high school levels.


Amy and her husband have a son who attends KCA. Her husband is also a teacher and a coach. She loves KCA as a parent of a student and is grateful for the love and compassion they have for all of their students. As a KCA teacher, she hopes to contribute as much for her students as the teachers and staff have for her son. She is looking forward to a wonderful year of joy and growth for all students and staff. 

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APRIL PICKLE

 April Pickle has a bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. For the past 16 years, she has been homeschooling her children and teaching classes in homeschool co-ops. She has also worked as a lead teacher and coordinator for school-age children at a large child development center, she's volunteered as the nursery co-ordinator at her church, she has worked as a copy editor for a daily newspaper, and served as a newsletter editor for a legislative committee in Austin. April is also involved in an interdenominational community of Christian artists called The Rabbit Room, through which she pursues creative writing and falls in love with the best books ever written. She is an active member at Christ Church Plano, where she often serves as a discussion leader at Bible studies and occasionally speaks to women's groups, large and small. She married her husband, Brad, in 1990. They have four children, ages 11 to 25. 

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MAEGAN FLOOD

Maegan Flood is currently working on her Associates Degree in  Early Childhood Development at Collin College. She works as Children's Coordinator at First Anna Church and as the preschool teacher at KCA. She is called to children's ministry and has a heart for serving her community and building community around the world. She spends her free time  practicing a variety of musical instruments, gardening, acting on stage with Sherman Community Players, and traveling to exotic places such as India, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.

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JANET SCHAAB

Janet Schaab has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Technology and Policy from M.I.T.  Before homeschooling, she worked at Texas Instruments as a manufacturing engineer.  She has homeschooled for over 20 years and taught numerous Enrichment Classes, mostly in science and history.  Over the last six years, she has taught Apologia Physical Science, Chemistry, & Physics; plus World History/Geography at QUEST High School Co-op. Students who have taken these classes have gone on to do well in American History and sciences at Grayson College.  

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NORMA FUENTES

 Norma Fuentes was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Spanish is her first language. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University while working full time. She worked many years for XO Communications, Verizon, and McAfee before changing careers to work in education. She worked for Uplift Education in the Operations Department for 4 years before deciding to homeschool her daughters. Norma and her husband met in church and have been married for 23 years. They are currently licensed foster parents. For many years, Norma has taught in the children’s ministry at church and hosts a Bible study group in her home. Her desire is to expand each student’s understanding of the Spanish language, its people and culture, and to raise awareness of the importance of cultural diversity.  

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KIM VOGel

  Kim Vogel holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.  At age 16, Ms. Vogel was chosen to represent Grayson County at Texas Girls’ State which sparked a life-long  interest in government and history. 

Kim has twenty plus years of corporate experience in business development and marketing  with Texas Instruments and Raytheon where she interacted with congressional staffers and military officials. During her career travels to Washington, D.C.,  her love for U.S. history and political science deepened. After the birth of her third daughter, she decided to leave corporate America to focus on her family and has spent the most recent years substitute teaching, volunteering and homeschooling.  

Her desire is for students to gain a thorough understanding of the U.S. Constitution, while developing an appreciation for the liberty set forth by our founding fathers, so they may become well informed citizens and participate knowledgeably in our political process. 

GOVERNING BOARD

PRESIDENT

 Johnnie Garza

VICE PRESIDENT

Matt Wood

SECRETARY/TREASURER

 Elizabeth Wetzel 

head of school

Karen Love

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Cindy Stephens

MEMBERS

Emily Swistak,  Jerryd Wallace