Phil Ellsworth

Phil Ellsworth

Director
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Janet Medina

Janet Medina

Administrator
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Susannah Carter

Susannah Carter

Kindergarten and Music
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Penny Charles

Penny Charles

1st-3rd Grade
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Beverly Beasley

Beverly Beasley

3rd-5th Grade
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B.A. in Business Management from Fort Hays State University. Certificate of Completion from Rhema Bible Training Center. Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University. Master of Divinity Equivalent from Oral Roberts University. Currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry at ORU. Grew up in a household that valued education – Mother taught in grade school for 19 years, both parents and all siblings college graduates. All three children attained or pursuing post-college degrees. Managed a retail mall store. Founded Grace Christian Fellowship Church in 1980 and still teaching weekly. Tutored math classes for home-educators and had a team at the State Math Olympics in 1998.

I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Arkansas State University with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. With almost 10 years of experience in public, private, and homeschool education, I know how important it is to find the right school for your child and am excited to share all the wonderful benefits that GCA has to offer you!

I graduated in May of 2013 from John Brown University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a Fine Arts Emphasis. Working with children is my passion and I have been involved with childcare from the age of 12. I love to incorporate a hands-on learning approach with sensory-rich lessons. Music is also a love of mine, and I seek to teach with music as much as possible. I am so excited to start my first year of teaching Kindergarten at GCA and am so thankful for this great opportunity to serve God by teaching children.

Music- I am so excited to be teaching Music in addition to Kindergarten here at GCA. I’ve had many experiences with music including singing in the KC Symphony Chorus and other choirs, acting in The Thorn production at Life Church, directing and performing in various Christian Youth Theater productions, taking piano and voice lessons through my college years, and performing in various concerts and recitals. While I have taught Piano and Voice lessons privately at Greenleaf Music and Arts Academy as well as out of my home, this is my first year teaching elementary school music classes. Music is a huge passion of mine and I am looking forward to a great year at GCA!

Mrs. Penny Charles has sixteen years of experience in education. Mrs. Charles began her career in education as a substitute teacher while attending Ottawa University. Penny graduated from Ottawa University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She worked as a Para Educator in Early Childhood Special Education and later under the reading specialist. She taught fourth grade at Olathe Christian School in addition to teaching music for home school enrichment. Mrs. Charles is very excited to be a part of the GCA ministry.

Mrs. Beverly Beazley graduated from UMKC with a degree in History and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has worked as a corporate trainer, home educated her three children, and, most recently worked in the field of Education for a local public school district. In addition, she has volunteered in Children’s and Student ministries for many years. She specializes in differentiated instruction and believes that all children are uniquely gifted and able to flourish in their God-given roles. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and Godly wisdom with the next generation.  She loves the Lord, children, and teaching, and is honored to now be a part of the GCA family.

Rachel Ledbetter

Rachel Ledbetter

Art and Drama
Brandon Chapman

Brandon Chapman

Physical Education

I come from a long line of artists. My mom was an art teacher for as long as I can remember, and my grandpa painted the scenery for old Hollywood movie sets. I graduated from Calvary Bible College in 2013 with a degree in Advanced Biblical Studies and Theatre Arts, and have since pursued my passion of finding beauty in truth and telling that story to others. One of my very favorite things is to work with young artists and teach them the technical skills they need in order to make their artwork match their message.

Mr. Brandon Chapman has extensive experience teaching both elementary and high school students over a span of fifteen years. Although he has taught or tutored in various subjects, his undergraduate degrees are in Biology and Chemistry. He is currently finishing a Master’s in Global Health and would like to start a business related to education and child development. The reason he came to GCA is because he visited in 2016 to share about music and culture from South Korea. Brandon taught in South Korea for two years and developed his classroom management, lesson planning, and intercultural competency during that time. In his classes Brandon hopes to engage students with developmentally appropriate activities to build their endurance and strength as well as demonstrate God’s amazing workmanship in the human body.

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