Loving Teachers & Dedicated Staff
For our teachers, this is not just a job – it’s a ministry! Our teachers are committed to loving your child and bonding with them through the teaching process. Our staff do what they do because they feel a special calling to work in a private Christian institution where they can talk freely about faith issues with their students.
Our teachers love for parents to get involved. We encourage you to volunteer for special events and attend fiield trips with your child. Ask your child’s teacher what else you can do to volunteer throughout the year!
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Parental involvement is the secret to the success of your child’s educational experience. We hope to have you as a parent join the NLCA team as we work together to build up your child. We have an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Ask how you can get involved!
I have studied Early Childhood Education at Indian River College and the University of Central Florida. Then I studied Christian Education at Southeastern Seminary, which is where I met my husband who is a Pastor and Chaplain.
I have two sons, one in the second grade and the other in the first grade.
As a family we enjoy going to the beach.
Philippians 1:9 and II Chronicles 7:14
When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband William, my 2 year old daughter Kendall, and my miniature dachshund Nemo. We reside in Nashville and attend First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount.
I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior when I was 10 years old and I continue to grow spiritually in my daily walk every day.
I am very excited about being your child's teacher.
I am excited to join the team at NLCA and teach 1st Graders. I was born and raised in Eden, NC. After moving to Fort Mill, SC, I met who is now my husband, Ken Passmore. We were truly high school sweet hearts. We have 2 children, Karson and Jordan, and they keep us busy with football and soccer.
My parents raised me to put my trust in God and treat others with respect. I was in church the first Sunday after I was born and asked Jesus into my heart at a very young age. It is my desire to grow in my walk with Christ daily.
Working with children is a passion of mine and I know that it is a calling that God has placed on my life. I look forward to getting to know all the NLCA kids, families, and staff.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, David, and two daughters, Kelly and Kasey. The ultimate in relaxation is swinging in a hammock reading a Karen Kingsbury novel or listening to Meredith Andrews’ songs of praise.
Stay up to date on news for second graders with the Second Grade Wiki.
The beginning of New Life Christian School is an exciting new chapter for me! I look forward to meeting you for the awesome adventure that God has in store! Please feel free to call me at: email@example.com to learn more about Second Grade!
My name is Keisha Ward. I was born and raised in New Hanover county, but my family has called Nash county home since April 1998. We have spent all 18 of those years living in the city of Rocky Mount fulfilling the great commission through our lives.
A little About ME…I Love…..
God - He is the reason why I am the person I am today.
The Bible - I am living proof of the transforming power of the Word of God.
My family - I enjoy hanging out with my three children and my mom and friends I consider family– talking, watching movies, going on trips with them, dragging them to any aquarium I can find. It really does not matter what we do when we are together!
Learning – I am a life long learner. God has given us so much to learn and love about this world. I enjoy discovering the gifts He gave us and using them to help other people.
Teaching – Not only do I love learning, I also love teaching and watching others discover the beauty of God, His love for them, who they are in Him and their purpose on this Earth.
Serving – Whether I am a part of a mission’s team, singing on the worship team, serving food, loving on children, or counseling someone, I love to give out to others what God has given me.
I am honored to join the New Life Christian Academy family in their commission to train up the next generation of Leaders for Christ in our community. I am excited to get to know each child and their families and look forward to serving you all this year. Go Warriors!!
Brooks Ann Gelo
Sixth Grade Homeroombrooksgelo@newlifeacademyrm.com
Sixth Grade Homeroom
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A little bit about me, Mrs. Wendy Groover. First and foremost I am a wife and mother. My husband is the love of my life and I know that we were brought together by a God who loves us and wants us to have someone to share in all we do. My children range in age from almost 20 to 12, and it is truly amazing how fast they grow up! I love hanging out with them, working around the house, and playing golf.
At age 18 I joined the US Army where I spent ten years. Funny thing is, ever since I was a little girl, even during my time in the military, I knew I wanted to teach. So now, after working as a teacher in the public school system of N.C. for seven years, it is time to take the next step. I did not grow up in a home that was particularly religious, and it was not until my early twenties that I came to know and understand the important role God plays in our lives, and I joined a church where I publicly accepted Christ as my Savior. I know the importance of raising our children through the Word of the Lord. I also know that God is at work here in Rocky Mount, and New Life Christian Academy is where He wants me to be. I am excited about this opportunity we have all been given, and I look forward to working with you and your children to help them not only attain academic success but to grow in the gospel as well.
Seventh Grade Homeroom
I have lived in two states throughout my life. I grew up in rural Ohio and received my Bachelor's degree from Ohio University in environmental geography. Later, I returned to school to earn my Early Childhood licensure from Ohio Dominican University. I moved to North Carolina 5 years ago to start my teaching career. Last summer, I married my wonderful wife, Kimberly and we will celebrate our first anniversary together August 18th.
I came to know Jesus as my savior 12 years ago and I am ready to serve and work for Him to the fullest.
Seventh Grade Homeroomkariegroninger@newlifeacademyrm.com
Eighth Grade Homeroom
As I grew older, I grew in my faith. I learned how to pray and seek God’s will as I began to make my own decisions. I grew up in public school and thrived there, but as I got older I became increasingly frustrated with the fact that I was so different from my non-Christian friends. I couldn’t seem to find ways to express the work that Christ had done in my life. I asked my mom if I could transfer to Christian school for high school, hoping to receive the foundation I needed to express my faith. I graduated from Faith Christian School in Rocky Mount, NC, understanding so much more about the truth of what Christ has done for me and about how to share this truth with others. Since high school, I have sought God’s will in many decisions I’ve faced. He doesn’t always make His will clear according to our timing or in the way we might expect, and therefore I have learned a lot about trusting God and living by faith. My relationship with Christ on a daily basis includes seeking His will by studying His word, spending time with Him in prayer, and seeking the counsel of brothers and sisters in the faith.
Christian education has been one of the most influential parts of my life in pushing me toward Christ. I consider my Christian education completely invaluable. This is why I desire to continue to be a part of Christian education and to hopefully give back to new students some of what I have received from great teachers I have had along the way. I do believe that God has worked these desires in my heart. Psalm 37:4 says that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us the desires of our hearts. The closer I feel to the Lord, the more I desire to be a part of Christian education. This is why I feel confident that the Lord is calling me to this position.
I believe that Christian education is important because it provides a basis for the shaping of each student’s worldview. Christian beliefs and convictions are far too often disconnected from the philosophical basis which determines one’s point of view. Christian education provides this basis for students to learn with the understanding that God is the basis of everything we learn, He created everything we can learn about, and even our ability to learn is by His grace.
Because of the impact that Christian education had on my life, I have wanted to be a part of it since I was in high school. I wasn’t really sure what this would look like. I didn’t know what my giftings were. I wasn’t sure I could see myself as a teacher. I was a cheerleader in my first year in college. This began a desire in my heart to coach cheerleading in a Christian school setting. A few years later, while attending Southeastern, God led me to a competitive cheer gym in town. I applied for a job and got hired as a coach. Having now coached for five years, I realize that this was absolutely God’s providence, considering how little experience I had. I have learned so much about the sport in the years that coached. I realize that I have a gift as a coach. My athletes respect me as their coach, and because of our relationship I am able to inspire and motivate them as well as teach them skills. Other coaches have commented to me that athletes tend to learn skills more quickly and thoroughly and to retain them better as a result of working with me as a coach.
Once God affirmed this desire to coach in a Christian school environment, He also showed me that I do, in fact, have a gift for teaching. I had coached swimming as well as cheerleading for many years when I reached the end of my undergraduate studies and began looking for ways to use my degree. I applied as a music instructor with an online contracting service. I was uncertain at first, but I have now been teaching private music lessons for five years. I began with three students and have had as many as 10 at one time. My retention rate for keeping my students is above the average of instructors who work with this contracting service. Many of these lessons were taught in a house which I rented before I got married with three other girls from my church. They have been witnesses to many of these lessons and have affirmed that I do, in fact, possess a gift for teaching. One of these housemates who had taught third grade for five years told me that she was impressed by my patience with students who are less naturally gifted in music or have more trouble focusing.
My gift for teaching has also been affirmed in my job at Rocky Mount Preparatory School. In my third trimester of pregnancy, I was moved to a new position in the school in order to keep me off my feet most of the day. I became the assistant to the Elementary E.C. Math teacher. Of all subjects, I never pictured myself teaching math or working with students with special needs, but I enjoyed it and found ways to help the students progress in their curriculum. The teacher under whom I was working, Mrs. Jan Brown, was impressed by my teaching ability and affirmed my gift in this area daily.
In the past two years, God has blessed me with the great joy of being a mother to my son, Samuel. I have learned so much about myself, about God, and about caring for another human being since my son was born. He has been the priority of my time for two years, but I am so thankful now for the opportunity to use my gift of teaching again. Our family is also excited for Samuel to experience new opportunities as he begins preschool and will be making new friends!
My present personal relationship with the Lord consists of walking with Him moment by moment. The Spirit is my comfort and my guide, reminding me of the work Christ has done by which I am adopted into the family of God. This truth guides my every thought, word, and action. Of course, there are struggles, and I am often tempted to worry, if not despair. God uses His church to build me up in these situations. I am thankful to be a part of the local body of Servant’s Heart Fellowship.
The Lord will continue to guide my steps, and I will continue to be thankful to Him for saving me and sustaining me. I am excited to see His purpose being accomplished as He works all things for good in my life.
Ninth Grade Homeroom
I was born and raised going to church with my family. Although, I did not live in a home that was absolutely Christ centered. I often went to church and youth events with friends, too. When I was 13, I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. I continued to grow and go to church, but as an adult I realized I needed more spiritually. After having my baby, Jackson, my husband and I recommitted ourselves to The Lord. I was determined our son would grow up in church, and I pray he will grow to love The Lord as I do.
I have been married to my husband, J.R, for 10 years and we have one child, Jackson, who is 20 months. I am a very devoted mother and wife and love to spend time with my family. I started teaching social studies in 2006 for Nash Rocky Mount Schools and then for a couple of years at Rocky Mount Prep. Just this last year, I decided I needed more in my daily teaching and that is when I joined New Life . I am excited to share and spread God's word daily. There is nothing greater than to see the eyes of children light up when they hear God's word. I am excited to be a part of New Life and to help the children learn and grow academically and spiritually.
All my life I wondered why God gave me such a “mixed” bag of talents. Now that I’m here at NLCA I know why. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to love all these children. Each one is a blessing in their own way.
I feel very blessed that I would be allowed to teach children about God’s artistic beauty in everything around us.
HIgh School Math & Eleventh Grade Homeroom
I know without a shadow of a doubt, that joining the New Life staff was a door open by God. To say I'm excited about this journey is an understatement! I am honored to put part of this staff and the high school team!
I grew up in Eden, NC with a very close knit family. We moved to Nash County when I was 19 and that is when I met my husband, Christopher. We quickly fell deeply in love and are celebrating 9 years of marriage. We were married 3 years when God blessed us with our miracle baby, Abygail. I have served in various ministry positions over the years, but currently I just celebrated my 5th year as the youth pastor at Gold Valley COGOP, my husband and I are junior camp directors at Camp Maranatha, and I serve on the state youth board for the Church of God of Prophecy.
I have been serving the Lord for as long as I can remember. God has led me through so many seasons of life. I don't know where I would be without Him! I truly have a passion and calling for youth ministry and I believe with all my heart that teaching at NLCA is just another step in that ministry!
High School English & Twelfth Grade Homeroom
I am a graduate of Northern Nash High School, Chowan College, and East Caroline University with a BS degree in Education. I have taught for thirty plus years in the public school system and am thrilled now to have the opportunity of work in a Christian environment.
I am married with one daughter, Sonnie Leigh, who is a junior in college. We have a family dog, a miniature dachshund, named Bella.
High School Sciences & Tenth Grade Homeroom
My name is Donna Mills, I was born and raised right here in Rocky Mount. I was raised attending church and also had the privilege to attend a local Christian school. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at the age of 12 and have been growing daily in my walk with Him. I am very excited to now be a part of a Christian school in a different role. I am looking forward to continuing to grow academically and spiritually as I lead your children.
I am married to my high school sweetheart Allen who is a pastor at a Baptist church here in Rocky Mount. God has blessed us with 4 wonderful children, Cameron, Jordan, Logan and Aubrey. I obtained an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in 2001. I worked as a Radiographer and supervisor of Diagnostic imaging for the past 15 years. I am very excited to be a part of NLCA and look forward to see what God has in store for us here.
Middle School/High School Computers, High School French
I was born in Bertie County, near Windsor, NC. I am a graduate of Chowan University and Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College. I have thirty-five years teaching experience in Christian education. My wife taught first grade for thirty-six years. My daughters, Ashley and Shelley, are also teachers.
I was blessed to have been born in a home with godly parents who were faithful servants of the Lord. They made sure that I was in church and that our home life was based on Christian principles.
I made a profession of faith in Christ when I was eleven years old in a summer revival meeting at my church. I was faithful in church attendance and active in my Sunday School group activities. However, I was not growing spiritually. In a revival meeting after I had graduated from high school, I was questioning my salvation and in that meeting God gave me assurance that I was born again and since that time I have never doubted my salvation. At that time, God changed my desires about the music I listened to and the need to be in the Word every day.
After having graduated from college, for five years God led me to be a part of the ministry of Falls Road Baptist Church School. Along with my wife, I served the Lord there for thirty-five years teaching science, health, physical education, computer, and Bible.