2017-2018 Faculty / Staff

The BCA Faculty and Staff is dedicated to providing all students with a quality Christian education.

Administration

 

Headmaster - James Twardowski

Jim Twardowski joined the BCA administrative team as Headmaster on July 1, 2017, after his retirement from Sheldon ISD.  He brings 33 years of experience as a classroom teacher, coach, and administrator to BCA.  Mr. Twardowski’s administrative career began as an assistant principal at Horace Mann Junior High in 1997. Other administrative roles he has performed include junior school principal (Horace Mann), high school principal (C.E. King High School), director of athletics (Sheldon ISD), and administrative services (Sheldon ISD).  Prior to becoming an administrator, Mr. Twardowski taught and coached for 13 years at Blocker Middle School (Texas City), Texas City High School, and Ross S. Sterling High School.

Mr. Twardowski is a native of Highlands, TX and attended Goose Creek CISD schools, graduating from Ross S. Sterling High School in 1979. He holds an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University (Class of 1983) and a Master’s Degree in Educational Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake (1991).

“I feel extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve BCA, the students, and the families. Including Christian beliefs and principles into the educational process is what makes BCA a special place.  In order to maintain personal stability and endure the challenges which life brings, we need a strong faith in God, a strong personal character, and a great education.  BCA provides its students an environment to obtain all those qualities.”

Dean of Rhetoric - Dr. Claudiu Cimpean

Dean of Grammar/Logic - Andrea Case

College Liaison - Dr. Gary Holmes

Gary Holmes, Ed.D. has been the college liaison and chemistry/conceptual physics teacher for the past five years.  As the BCA college liaison, he works closely with students and parents as they prepare for career and college. In his classes, he emphasizes activity-based science instruction which allows his students to enjoy and experience the wonders of science while developing a strong science foundation.

Dr. Holmes has 41 years of educational experience including: Sunday school teacher; junior/senior high school science teacher, coach, and assistant principal, community college instructor, and university adjacent professor.  He is an avid birdwatcher and enjoys nature and outdoor activities.

“I enjoy learning about the magnificence of God’s Creation and teaching about all things science and nature related. It has been a blessing to teach science to the wonderful students at BCA and to assist our students in their college preparation and selection.”

   

Facilities Director - Nathan Gray

 

Grammar Staff

Pre-K4 - Summer Boucher

 

Pre-K4 - Misty Williams

Kinder - Teresa Peacock

Kinder - Kim Hendricks

Grade 1 - Katie Ormsby

Katie Ormsby is celebrating her fifth year in first grade at BCA. She is honored and proud to be at such an awesome school.  She loves serving the Lord and she loves teaching children; being able to do them both at the same time is a daily dream come true.

“I was looking for a school home that felt right - BCA has a family-like atmosphere and is a God-filled community of the faithful. You can’t get better than BCA! It’s the place to be!”

Grade 2/3 - Barbara Elliott

Mrs. Barbara Elliott was born in Oklahoma, but has lived in Texas for the past 29 yrs.  She is married and has three children; two sons (who have graduated from BCA) and a daughter who is currently a high school freshman.  She and her family are faithful members of Community Baptist Church in Crosby, Texas, where they actively serve the Lord as music ministers, Sunday school teachers, and praise band members. She graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with her education degree. She has taught in Private Christian Schools for 23 years, serving as both teacher and principal, and has been with Baytown Christian Academy the last six years as a 2nd grade teacher.

She loves the Lord and has a deep desire for each of her students to know Him and love Him also!  Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. 

 

Grade 2/3 - Tierra Kuykendall

Tierra Kuykendall Graduated from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi with a Bachelors degree in early childhood education. She has substituted for Brackettville ISD and Goose Creek CISD. She was also a personal tutor for 1 1/2 years. This is Ms. K.'s first year teaching and she is very excited to be apart of this wonderful school.

 

Grade 4/5 - Christopher McAnally

 

 

Grade 4/5 - Angela Norris

This is Mrs. Norris' first year teaching at BCA. She has taught or tutored in Goose Creek CISD for more than ten years. She has also served as children's minister at her church. 

Mrs. Norris is excited to be at a school where Christ is the focus and can't wait to see how God will use her in the lives of her students.

 

Music / Choir - Jami Derr

 

Art - Karah Hendricks

 

PE - David Walker

 

Secondary Staff

ELA / JH history - Julie Fantini-King

Ms. Julie Fantini-King has been with BCA since 2013, teaching primary English, but also social studies. During her eighteen years in education, she has taught English in both public and private schools, from 6th grade grammar to 11th grade Advanced Placement. She has also worked as a district English curriculum coordinator. She began her career as a high school English teacher, and after two years, became English Department Chair. She is also the Adviser for the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.

Latin / History - Amber Menefee

Amber Menefee taught two years in public school before coming to BCA in 2013.  She has a B.A. from Houston Baptist University in History and Biblical Languages.  She teaches AP World History, American History, and Latin to both junior high and high school and also organizes the yearbook. She is blessed to work with her husband of 5 years and has two precious cats.

“Teaching at BCA has allowed me the blessing and honor to watch my students grow and mature both mentally and spiritually over the course of several years.  In a world that is increasingly hostile to Christian values, BCA is a safe harbor where students can receive an excellent education in an environment that is wholly grounded in Christ.”

Math / Computer Technology - Tabitha Pena

Tabitha Pena has taught 6 years at BCA.  She has a BA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in mathematics and will complete her Masters in March.  She teaches high school Math, Money Matters, CTE, as well as working with the elementary to offer Elementary Technology.  She is also adviser to Student Council, Key Club, Senior Sponsor, and in charge of Computer Technology. 

"The best part about working at BCA is getting to truly know the students and watching them grow into honorable people who are going to achieve great things in life."

 

HS Math - Robert Himel

Social Studies - Mark Helzer

Mr. Helzer has taught history-related subjects in public and private schools for 32 years.  Happily married for nearly 38 years and the father of two lovely daughters, Mr. Helzer has also coached track and field, football, basketball, volleyball, and cross country.

Mr. Helzer's favorite chapter in the Bible is John 14.  His twin goals in the classroom are to help each student achieve success and to model Christ to every student.

Spanish - Kay Hill

ELA / Dual Credit English - Jan Martindale

 

Calculus - Dr. Wayne Miller

Bible / SAT Prep - Nathan Menefee

Nathan Menefee has been a teacher at BCA since August of 2011. He is primarily a Bible teacher and has taught Old Testament, New Testament, and Systematic Theology. He also teaches Speech and SAT Prep. Nathan graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Christianity and Biblical Languages. He is an ordained Baptist minister and volunteer police chaplain for the La Porte police department. Mr. Menefee is an 18 year member of Second Baptist Church of La Porte.

JH Math / HS Science - Linda Flynt

Linda Flynt was born in Baytown and lived most of her life in Cove, Texas. She is married to Gary Flynt and they have two sons who attend BCA.  They have attended Second Baptist Church in Baytown for 20+ years. While attending Lee College, she was a missionary for the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board.  She then went on to get a BS in Marine Biology from Texas A & M at Galveston “Sea Aggies”.  She worked as a consultant in EPA and TNRCC testing, Research and Development for ExxonMobil, taught three years at BCA, stayed home to begin raising two boys which included home schooling for seven years, then in 2015 came back to BCA to teach.  She has taught in Sunday school for College and Career as well as High School, children’s programs, and Cub Scouts with in the past 20 years. Linda leads her home school group in dissections to enrich their curriculum. She loves her students as they are her own children and has a passion for God and encourages them to be who God put them here to be, we ALL have a purpose.She loves science and math and enjoys watching for the “light bulb moment”. She teaches junior high math and high school sciences.  She is excited to lead her classes in the new science lab, it is beautiful!

She chose BCA because it allows her to teach any subject from the stand point of a Christian, which is a must for her children’s education.  BCA is small and allows for a good student to teacher ratio, it is also a big  family.  When one is down, we all help in picking them up.  We study hard, play hard, and love a lot!  

GO BULLDOGS!

 

JH Literature / Science - Mitch Viator

Mitch Viator, M.Ed. has been an educator for over 20 years as a teacher, coach, and an administrator. He has also been an advocate for special needs students for many years. He graduated from McNeese State University with a B. A. degree in Secondary Education, majoring in English Education and having minors in both Special Education as well as Health and Physical Education. In addition, he has a Masters' degree from Houston Baptist University in Educational Administration. His passion for education and athletics comes naturally, as his grandparents and his parents were all teachers, coaches, and administrators. As a high school basketball coach, he has enjoyed tremendous success with both girls' and boys' teams, and he is excited to bring his passion for education and sports to BCA!

JH Bible / Psychology - Pastor Marvin Rose

Pastor Rose, as he called by his students, has served as pastor at Baker Road Baptist Church for 23 years and has been affiliated with BCA since 1994.  He has three children who have attended BCA from K4 to Graduation.  He is in the final stage of completing his doctoral degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently teaches Bible, Psychology and computer classes. Baytown Christian Academy has left an indelible mark on Pastor Rose’s life and he counts it a great joy that he still has a part in touching the mind and reaching the heart of many students in an environment that is truly Christian.

“The administration, faculty, and staff at BCA are equipped and called to love and nurture the mind and spirit of every student.   BCA’s embrace of a Classical Christian Education sets it apart from any other public or private school in the greater Baytown area. I count it a great honor to be a part of such a fine academic and Spirit led institution.”

 

Auxiliary Staff

Lunch Coordinator / Office - Tresha Noel

Tresha Noel has been with BCA for 12 years.  After 14 years of homeschooling her children she enrolled her younger 2 children in BCA in 2006.  She serves as the Director of Food Service as well as the  Office Manager.  Her background in food service comes from 7 years of  children's summer camp ministry where she was the chief cook and bottle washer for 200 children and staff members.  She has been married to her husband Danny for 35 years and has 5 children and 3 grandsons.  

“After being a stay at home mom for over 20 years God blessed me with with this job.  I am so thankful for my time here and for the opportunity to work with the staff and students.”

Registrar / Attendance - Margie Vaughan

 

Finance - Carol Enderli

 

Finance - Helene Santana

Receptionist - Danielle Kellermann

Dean Secretary - Sandi Welch

Sandi Welch has been married for 22 years and has two beautiful children.  Her son graduated from BCA in 2015 and has completed two years at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Her daughter is a Sophomore at BCA and is a Varsity cheerleader.  She is beginning her 6th year at BCA but has taught in early childhood areas for the past 23 years.  She taught Pre K4 her first year here and then moved to Kindergarten.  This year, she has moved into the office as Assistant to the Deans. She is also the varsity cheer coach and has coached JH and varsity tennis.  

"I love being a part of the BCA family.  It is my desire to see our school grow closer to the Lord and closer to each other."

Cafeteria - Dana Curry

Cafeteria - Francis Sutton

 

Custodian - Marcos Garcia