Faculty / Staff of BCA

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.”

Academic Dean - Andrea Case

Andrea S. Case became a part of Baytown Christian Academy’s faculty in January of 1999 when she accepted a position as a second-grade teacher.  Mrs. Case’s teaching career, however, started with a summer teaching job in Houston, TX in June of 1981 upon her graduation from the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education—Major English and Minor French.  After teaching various grade levels and starting her own family, Mrs. Case returned to the classroom herself at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where she graduated in 1996 with a Master of Arts in Christian Education.  All in all, Mrs. Case has over 35 years of teaching experience in various classroom and administrative roles.  In her own words—“BCA is where my heart is—it is where God has placed me.  I am blessed to have spent the last 20 years of my career as an educator at BCA.  The first nine of those years I served as an elementary teacher of various grade levels, and over these last years, I have served in different administrative roles.  I fully endorse Christian education and strive to build meaningful relationships that impact students and their families for Christ.  BCA’s mission perfectly sums up my own educational philosophy:  Teaching the Mind; Reaching the Heart.”

Grammar Coordinator- Sandi Welch

Sandi Welch has been married for 25 years to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful children.  Her son graduated from BCA in 2015 and has completed two years at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is currently coaching Varsity football, as the defensive coordinator, and is the head varsity baseball coach at BCA, while still pursuing a degree in Education.  Her daughter graduated this year, as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2020, and is beginning her secondary education at Lee College in Baytown, where she will be working on a degree in Biology.  She was a Varsity cheerleader since her 7th-grade year and will be active in the cheerleading program this year, as the assistant coach.  She will also be the Grammar librarian on Fridays.  Mrs. Welch is beginning her 9th year at BCA but has taught in early childhood areas for the past 24 years.  She taught Pre K4 her first year here and then moved to Kindergarten for 4 years. She moved into the office as the Assistant to the Deans in 2018 and will be starting her new position as Grammar Director this fall. She was the Cheerleading Coach for 7 years and the Tennis coach for 4 years but has since resigned from those positions to focus on the new opportunity and new responsibilities as the Grammar Director.    

"I love being a part of the BCA family.  It is my desire to see children and families come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to know that I am a part of that, there is no greater joy. The fact that both of my children are giving back to the school that poured so much into their lives and helped mold and shape them into the beautiful young adults they are today makes this momma's heart so very proud.  It's an honor and a privilege to be here and be part of what God is doing in, and through, BCA.  I am proud to be a Bulldog!"

College Liaison - Dr. Gary Holmes

Gary Holmes, Ed.D. has been the college liaison and chemistry/conceptual physics teacher for the past six 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 42 years of educational experience including: Sunday school teacher; a junior/senior high school science teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, a community college instructor, and a 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.”

Athletic Director - Kevin Jones

Coach Jones came to BCA in 2018 with 30 years of teaching and coaching experience. He started his career in Pearland, Tx, and moved back home to finish 27 years in Goose Creek ISD as a Jr High and High School coach. Coach Jones is a native of Baytown where he graduated from Robert E Lee in 1985. He then attended Stephen F Austin and Sam Houston State where he graduated.

I am blessed to be able to work with athletics at BCA where we can implement Christian values into sports, I love all sports for both boys and girls. My favorite part of the job is watching our students compete with a good attitude and good sportsmanship. You win some and you lose some, but these personal characteristics that are learned will last a lifetime.

Facilities Director - Nathan Gray

Nathan Gray has been on staff at BCA since 2008. He has been married for twenty-five years. Nathan and Tracy have three girls.  Laci and Emily have graduated from BCA while Madi is currently a Freshman.  The Grays attend Old River Baptist Church.

 

 

"I love working and being a part of the BCA family."

 

Elementary Staff

 

Pre-K 3/4 - Mandy Harmon

I am so blessed and excited to be a part of the BCA family! I taught preschool at my last job for 11 years. My husband and I have been married for 14 years. We have a 14-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. I attend Faith Family Church where I serve as a greeter. My favorite scriptures are Matthew 6:25-27.

Pre-K 3/4 / Volunteer Coordinator / Yearbook Sponsor - Erica Pokluda

Erica Pokluda was born in Orangefield, TX, and moved to Baytown in 2001.  Prior to joining BCA in 2018 as a preschool teacher, Erica had 3 years of previous experience in early childhood education as a preschool teacher.  Erica also substituted at BCA in various Grammar grades during the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Erica was nominated and volunteered as the Volunteer Coordinator at BCA in 2017 and continues to fulfill this volunteer role.  Erica also assumed the role of Yearbook Sponsor in 2020 and continues to fulfill this role.

Erica spent nearly 20 years of her career working for major oil and gas companies such as Chevron, Shell, and General Electric (GE) – Oil & Gas (formerly Hydril), with experience in logistics, customer service, account management (sales), and project management.  Her last position in the oil and gas industry was with General Electric (GE) – Oil & Gas as a certified Lead Project Manager.  Erica has extensive training and/or certifications in customer service, leadership, Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt), project management, and internal auditing.  She has also been a mentor for foster children through United Way and has some training and experience in the medical field. 

Erica enjoys photography.  Erica has been married to her husband since 2009 and they have two children.  

“I am truly grateful for the experience and knowledge that I’ve gained throughout my career.  I started my career in early childhood education, moving into the oil and gas industry, and then circling back around into early childhood education.  I know God has a plan for me and lead me back to where I am today for a reason.  Children have always been my true passion!  I know the experience and knowledge that I have gained throughout my career has and will continue to help me in the classroom, as well as being able to provide additional support to BCA through my skill sets. This has truly been a blessing and I am loving every minute!  I am truly blessed!”  

Kinder - Ashton White

This is Ashton's second year teaching at BCA and feels truly blessed to be part of the BCA family. Ashton has five years of previous teaching experience in Goose Creek teaching third grade and as a LLI (Leveled Learning Intervention) Reading Specialist. She recently took time away from teaching to stay at home with her daughter, Brynn, who will be joining her at BCA in Pre-K 4. 

Ashton has a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education as well as a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Le Tourneau University. Go Yellowjackets! Ashton and her family attend Mercy Gate Church in Mont Belvieu and have been members since high school.

Ashton has been married to her husband Clint, since 2015. In her free time, she loves traveling somewhere beachy or just floating the Frio River with her family. 

Kinder - Kim Hendricks

Kim Hendricks has been a teacher at BCA since 2008. She has been married for thirty-two years.  Kim and David have four children.  All four have graduated from BCA.  They have one grandchild and two more on the way. She attends Second Baptist Baytown. 

"I love teaching kindergarten and I am blessed to be a part of the BCA family."

Romans 10:9-10

Grade 1 - Katie Ormsby

Katie Ormsby has been a teacher at BCA since 2013. 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 - Barbara Elliott

Mrs. Barbara Elliott was born in Oklahoma but has lived in Texas since 1988.  She is married and has three children; two sons (who have graduated from BCA) and a daughter who is currently in high school.  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 OSU Technical School with an Automotive degree and Southeastern Oklahoma State University with her education degree. She has been a Christian educator since 1993, serving as both teacher and principal, and has been with Baytown Christian Academy since 2012.

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 3 - Elizabeth Noble

My name is Libby Noble and I teach third grade at BCA. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my teacher’s certification for EC-6th grade. I have been teaching for 7+ years and my favorite subject to teach is English.

When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband Matthew and our two kids, Hunter and Hailey.
We are very active in our church, United City. We also enjoy road trips, hiking, and exploring new places.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Hebrews 6:19

 

Grade 4/5 - Ashayla Thomas

 

Grade 4/5 - Mackayla Thomas

Mackayla Thomas is a native of the Baytown area. She serves as a 4th/5th teacher, teaching History and Science at Baytown Christian Academy. She is a recent graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana earning a degree in Psychology and Mass Communication. She plans on continuing her education by pursuing her master's degree in Counseling. Her strong desire for ministry has been a burning passion of hers since a young age. A specific part of ministry that she believes that she is called to is youth ministry. She believes the youth of our generation is very important to the Kingdom of Heaven, which is why she wants to dedicate her life to making sure that they have a firm foundation in Christ. Mackayla is blessed for this opportunity to help cultivate and promote Christ-centered education in the Baytown area. 

 

"I am super blessed to serve alongside the growing BCA family. This is my first year teaching and I am honored to have the opportunity to help grow and shape the minds of this new generation. In reference to 1 Peter 2:9, I believe that the youth of this world are the Lord’s chosen people, which means that it is up to us to encourage and empower them to walk in the Lord’s Will during their time on this Earth. I am glad that I have the privilege to pursue my ministry here at Baytown Christian Academy. "

Grade 4/5 - Angela Norris

Angela Norris has been teaching at BCA since 2017. Before coming to BCA she taught and tutored in Goose Creek CISD. She has also served as a children's minister at her church. Mrs. Norris has been married for 20 years and has two children, Carli and Caden, that attend BCA.  Any free time she has is spent watching her kids play sports.   

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 - Sarah Rose

This is Sarah's second year teaching at BCA.  Sarah is a Baytown Christian Alumnus as she attended BCA from 1997-2011. She is very excited to be back at her school supporting the education and growth of the students. She is currently the Elementary and Middle School music teacher and she loves being able to use music as a tool to help students learn. 

Sarah graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Music and a minor in Family Studies. She then went on to work on her Master's Degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA and this degree is still in progress. She got her start in teaching at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts by teaching piano, guitar, and voice in 2016 and has been teaching music ever since. 

Sarah is also the Worship Leader at Baker Road Baptist Church where her father is the pastor. 

 

 

Orchestra/Choir - Clarence Frank

 

 

Art- Mara Payton

Mara Payton recently moved to Baytown from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned her B.A. in Visual Arts with a concentration in photography at SELU. She has been married for almost 3 years to her high school sweetheart, Jason. This is her 3rd year teaching and her first year at BCA. She is super excited to teach Art. In her spare time, Mara enjoys helping lead the children’s ministry alongside her husband at their church. She enjoys fishing, spending time at home with her two pups, and eating at her favorite restaurant, P.F. Chang’s! She loves the LSU tigers, especially nights out at Alex box stadium. 

 

“I am super excited to join the BCA Family! That is what it has been to me so far, a family. I have a passion for art and for teaching. I am very blessed to be able to incorporate both into a career for myself. I know that not everyone loves art, but I feel that anyone can learn to appreciate it. I hope to help my students build confidence through the work they create in and outside my classroom.”

 

PE- Misty Williams

Although Mrs. Misty Williams joined the teaching staff as the elementary PE teacher this school year, she is no stranger to Baytown Christian Academy.  She and her husband of 27 years, Mr. James Williams, have been directly involved with BCA as parents, volunteers, and/or teachers for 20 years and counting.  They have three wonderful children, two sons who have already gone through BCA's program and a daughter who currently attends as an elementary student.  Besides being involved at BCA, Mr. and Mrs. Williams have spent the last 20+ years of their lives working in the youth ministry at their home church, Dayton Christian Center.  Mrs. Williams loves to smile and share her love for Jesus through action and deed!  Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 17:22 -- "A joyful heart is a good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."   
 

 

Secondary Staff

JH / 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 homeschooling 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 within 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 standpoint 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!

 

History / JH Bible - Craig Gross

Mr. Gross began teaching at BCA in the 2022 Spring Semester. He has 20+ years of experience in education and has been the Family Pastor at Highlands First Assembly since 2017.  He and his wife Cindy have been married for 28 years.  They both have been involved in Christian education and children’s ministry.  Mr. Gross graduated from Rhema Bible College, and he has attended Southern New Hampshire University. He is currently attending Global University for his ordination classes.  

“I am really excited to be here at BCA.  I love being in the classroom helping students discover who they are in Christ Jesus and His amazing plan and purpose for each of them." 

 

JH Math - Sue Payne

Sue Payne, a teacher with 30+ years of experience in math instruction, joined the BCA family as a math teacher in October of 2021. She is married and has two children and three grandchildren.  She is an active member of Cedar Bayou Baptist Church. where she teaches preschoolers and leads the Girls' Mission Group. 

Bible/ SAT Prep & Speech - Nathan Menefee

Nathan Menefee has been a teacher at BCA since August of 2011. He teaches Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, and Church History as well as Speech and SAT Prep. Nathan graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Christianity and Biblical Languages and he received his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Dallas Baptist University.  He also serves as a volunteer police chaplain for the La Porte police department. 

Social Studies - Mark Helzer

Mr. Helzer has taught history-related subjects in public and private schools for over 30 years.  Happily married for 40 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/ Personal Finance/ Yearbook- Thelma Lyra

 

 

English - Stephanie Capps

Stephanie Capps was born and raised in Baytown and retired from GCCISD in 2019. She currently lives in League City, but her heart will always be in Baytown. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and earned my Master’s Degree at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She attends Clear Creek Community Church in League City, and I have one child who is about to graduate from college.

 

I am so grateful to be at BCA where I can continue my love of teaching and nourish my soul in such a warm and welcoming environment.

Dual Credit English - Sue Cannariato

Susan Cannariato, a veteran of 45 years in public schools, teaching all levels of English, from remedial sixth grade, regular, academic, honors, and Advanced Placement through college in several states (Lee College in Texas and Highlands College in Freeport, Illinois), has found a new home at Baytown Christian Academy and enjoys the Christian and collegial atmosphere as a member of the BCA family.

Teaching dual credit English through Lee College for the past ten years, she tries to guide her students to writing, reading and learning at their personal best.  In her Composition classes, she works with students to take their basic writing skills to a scholarly and academic level needed for success at the more rigorous college-level while being mindful that her students are still high schoolers. In Survey of English Literature, she encourages her students to hear voices from the past speaking to them while also finding commonalities with their own daily lives, as well as connections to their past readings here at BCA. 

She loves hearing of the success of her former students whether they are loving parents, teachers (including one here at BCA), doctors, lawyers, or, this year, an NFL quarterback coach. She looks for her Bulldogs to achieve their greatest potential while remaining servants of our Lord.


JH ELA- Peggy Ratliff

Mrs. Ratliff was born in Missouri but got to Texas as fast as she could!  She arrived in Texas at the age of 14 and has been here for 54 years!  She is a retired junior high English teacher from Goose Creek CISD.  Mrs. Ratliff has been married 35 years to the love of her life and has a fabulous son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in the Atascocita area. 

She came out of retirement to teach the awesome students of BCA.

HS Math - Jeanette Edmiston

Jeanette Edmiston has been teaching high school math at BCA since August of 2020 and has taught math for 42 years in total. She has been married for 37 years, has one daughter, and raises miniature dachshunds.

 

“I love teaching math and sharing my love of the Lord and mathematics with my students.”

Pre-Cal/Calculus - Toni Collett

This is Toni Collett's second year at BCA.  She is a transplant Texan who graduated from Crosby High School and went on to San Jac while she tried to figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. When her counselor asked her what she wanted to teach, she said math because she knew what it was like to not understand.  She graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics as well as her teacher certification.  Seven years later she decided to get her Masters in Education from the University of Houston. 

She was a public school teacher for 10 years then took a 15-year hiatus from teaching while working for her husband.  During the summer of 2019, she decided I wanted to teach again part-time and God led her to BCA.  Three weeks after arriving here she was diagnosed with breast cancer (she is now cancer-free).  "I tell everyone that I would have never made it through my treatments without the staff's, students', and parents' prayer and support.  I have since decided to go back to school and work on my Masters of Mathematics from Sam Houston State University."

She has been married to Joe for 10 years and they have two dogs.  She has a bucket list a mile long of places she wants to travel to once covid is over!!

 

Auxiliary Staff

Lunch Coordinator - LaNita Hildebrand

I am LaNita Hildebrand.  I have been happily married to Brad for 14 years!  We're the proud parents of twin 7th graders here at BCA.  Although my background is in nursing, after spending time on BCA campus as a parent volunteer and foodservice substitute, I was excited to accept the position of Director of Food Services in February 2019.  Cooking and crafting are my personal hobbies when I'm not spending time with my family on Lake Livingston or in Lovelady at our deer lease.

Secretary to the Academic Dean and Grammar Coordinator - LaShay Groendyke

 

Receptionist - Kristel Herring

Registrar / Attendance/ International Student Coordinator  - Margie Vaughan

 

Finance- Natalie Wilson

 

 

Extended Care- Grace Ann Bishop

Cafeteria - Francis Sutton

Custodian - Marcos Garcia