2019-2020 Staff

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Administration


Jim Mahon - Principal

Jim joined the United States Marine Corps in 2006. He served just over 4 years including two deployments to Iraq. While stationed in Jacksonville, NC, he met his lovely wife Courtney. They were married in 2009 and have four boys, Connor, Vale, Schafer, and Qade. Upon leaving the Marine Corps in 2010, Jim attended The Master’s University in Los Angeles, CA. In 2014, he received a BA in Biblical Languages. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Biblical Counseling. Jim serves as a deacon at Cornerstone Baptist Church and has volunteered as the AWANA Commander. Jim’s passion for the Lord, young people, discipleship, and proper education are evident in almost every conversation you have with him. His desire is to mold and shape young men and women through their education in order to give them the tools to do amazing things for the glory of God.
 

 

L*Joy Yodersmith - Principal's Assistant

L*Joy grew up near Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Wilmington, N.C., in 2001. She met her husband, Stephen, in 2004, and they have been enjoying being married since 2006. A passionate collector of experiences and knowledge, L*Joy has embraced different opportunities in education and profession with the consistent thread of eagerness to learn how to best help people. L*Joy is passionate about connecting people with God’s love, and encouraging them to strive for their full potential in Christ. L*Joy and Stephen have two totally cool kids, Canaan and Tobias, and have been a part of the Providence school family since 2017.

Grammar School Teachers


Amanda Nichols - Kindergarten

Amanda was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. Amanda began attending UNCW part- time during her junior year of high school. After high school, she was awarded a NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship to attend UNCW full-time where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2002. The next four years were spent teaching Kindergarten in Pender County. In 2003, while still teaching, she returned to UNCW where she earned her Masters of Science in Instructional Technology in December 2006. At the end of the 2006 school year, Amanda left teaching to focus on her thesis. During that time, she worked part-time as the Distance Learning Technician for Cape Fear Community College. After completing her Masters, she worked as a Senior Graphic Designer for 5 years where she developed international online training and took a lead role in developing one of the nation's first online dietetic internship programs.

In 2007, Amanda married Nic Nichols (yep, his real name) and in 2008 they welcomed their first child, Keller. In 2011, the family welcomed a double addition to their family with twins, Tucker and Iris. After the twins were born, Amanda became a full-time wife and mom. In 2013, they joined Providence as a founding family when Keller entered Kindergarten. Amanda served as the long term substitute teacher for the Spring 2017 semester in 2nd grade at Providence. The twins entered Kindergarten at Providence in 2017.

She and her family have been tremendously blessed to be students, parents, and now on staff as a teacher. Her passion is to see children find a love for learning that motivates them to keep digging, to see children discover the deep love God has for them, and to see them develop their own passion to pursue Christ and His will with all their heart, soul, and strength.
 

 

Kaitlyn McCrary - 1st Grade
Grammar Lead Teacher

Kaitlyn moved to Wilmington in 2000 from Bricktown, New Jersey. She attended a different type of "university model" school in high school - she was home schooled for core high school classes at home while being dual-enrolled at Cape Fear Community College, where she received her Associative Arts Degree in Elementary Education in 2006. Kaitlyn had worked with children at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club and at local elementary schools before taking a break from the education world to marry her best friend Michael in 2005, and have their first son Riley in 2006. Three years later their 3 year old son, Wyatt followed. Kaitlyn feels so blessed to have this opportunity to be influencing such young minds, and prays she would be an awesome example of Christ’s Love to all the Providence kids!


 

Meg Smith - 2nd Grade / Greek 1 / Latin 4

Mother of two strapping fellas, a little lady, and wife of a pastor/firefighter, Meg joyfully joins the families of PPA. Educated in both the private and homeschool sector, she believes that great education is birthed from involved mentors (parents and teachers) encouraging young ready minds. Meg is a graduate of Liberty University with a BS in Health Promotions and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a MDIV in Women’s Studies with Biblical Languages. Traveling abroad, she has lived in Venezuela and spent time serving in Argentina, Austria, Germany, several islands of the Caribbean; as well as disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina affecting New Orleans. Understanding that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, Meg hopes to ignite students with love for the Lord and a desire to take dominion over the vast world of knowledge He has given us.


 

Megan Sponseller - 3rd Grade / Latin 2 / Pre-Algebra

Megan was born and raised in Thompson, Ohio, a small town east of Cleveland. While in school she played piano, played volleyball and softball, and was active in the choir, art, and drama programs. She later attended Cedarville University where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Bible. After marrying her husband in 2003, the couple took a leap of faith and relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina. Within a short amount of time, the Lord lead them to Northside Baptist Church where they became active members. Since then, Megan has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th at two local Christian schools. She had also been actively involved in their preschool departments, served as a Summer Camp Program Director, and was formerly the Child and Family Ministry Director at The Bridge Presbyterian Church in Leland.
 

 

Thiago Bittencourt - 4th Grade / Greek 2 and 3

Thiago grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil until the age of 10. He and his family then moved to Connecticut, which is where he spent his teenage through college years. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2012 with a Bachelors in Physical Education and Health Education. After graduating, He worked as a P.E./Health teacher for 5 years. During that time he married his wife, Jessica. After their wedding, they moved to North Carolina. In 2015, Thiago felt God calling him to expand his education in the area of Biblical Studies. It was at that time that he began his studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has been working on his MDiv in Advanced Biblical Studies hopes to finish by 2020. In 2017, Thiago joined the Providence staff as the 4th grade teacher. He loves every moment of it and looks forward to coming into work every day!
 

 

Celeste Anderson - Math 6/5

Celeste spent her formative years in upstate New York and Washington and always had a love for Jesus and dolphins. After her freshman year at Northwest Nazarene College, she decided she really did want to pursue a career in Marine Biology. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University Galveston in 2003 while simultaneously advancing her passion for marine mammals with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. From there, she moved to the Florida Keys to oversee the stranding program for the Lower Keys. It was during this time, while also working as a veterinary assistant and a substitute teacher for Monroe County, that she met her husband. After getting married in 2008, she joined him in Wilmington, NC and has called it home ever since. Their three children are part of the Providence Preparatory family and love their time at school. Celeste most appreciates the teachers and staff's diligence in growing the children's hearts for Jesus as much as growing their minds in the knowledge of their curriculum. It is her hope that the children not only see the importance in knowing math, but that it is also God-created and with that He gave us the intelligence to invent the basic concepts then discover the connections between them. She counts it a privilege to have the opportunity to invest in these young minds and hearts.
 

 

Kristen Lindquist - 5th Grade

With great enthusiasm Kristen came out of early retirement to join the family of PPA in 2018. She graduated from UNCW with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and began teaching in Wilmington in 2009. After her first overseas short-term missions experience, she moved to Chicago and earned a Master's Certificate of Biblical Studies from the Moody Theological Seminary in hopes of entering the mission field full time. Little did she know that the mission field God was actually calling her to was that of wife, mother, and homemaker. In 2012 she married the (much older!) sibling of a former student and together they set sail on the adventure of law school. Upon her husband's graduation, they returned to Wilmington with two small tots in tow, and quickly added a mortgage, third tot, and a law practice to the mix. When she isn't wrangling toddlers, tackling laundry, or scrubbing pots, Kristen loves to be outside with her family.


Logic and Rhetoric School Teachers


Terri Rexroad - Logic School Team Teacher

Terri and her husband, Steve, have lived in Wilmington for a total of 26 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Education from Bob Jones University. She taught in several Christian schools for a period of thirteen years before leaving the traditional classroom to be a stay-at-home mom, eventually homeschooling their three children for a total of fifteen years. Believing that Christian education is an extension of the Christian home, Terri looks forward to teaching middle school subjects and to supporting the families who send their children to PPA. She recognizes the awesome privilege and responsibility of teaching subjects from a Biblical worldview and of assisting Christian families educate their children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord."
 

 

Allison Liederbach - Logic School Team Teacher
Latin 1 and 3 / Logic and Speech / Rhetoric and Debate

Allison has spent most of her life in beautiful Wilmington. She spent one year at Patrick Henry College before falling in love. After getting married and moving to Grove City, PA for her husband to graduate, she is happy to be back. She is working on finishing her degree through Liberty University as well as working toward getting a counseling certification. Allison was homeschooled all the way through graduation with a classical education. She enjoyed her focus on Literature, History, and Speech and Debate. Her goal in all her classes is to impart a love for the subjects that impacted her life. She also took Latin for a total of seven years. Since the first class it was always one of her favorite subjects in school and has been very useful in expanding her English vocabulary and in her personal studies of Italian. She taught various stages of Latin for a Classical Homeschool Co-Op, Trillium Cottage Academy, as well as tutoring for multiple levels. Allison is very excited to come along side Providence, its teachers and its parents and to teach the children of Providence to love learning.
 

 

Amber Bolen - Rhetoric School Team Teacher
Physical Science / Algebra 2

Amber grew up in Clinton, SC and attended college at Francis Marion University, where she received a B.S. in health physics and biology, with minors in math and chemistry. She worked for the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site for 6 years, where she met the love of her life, Henry. They moved to Alabama in 2014 to work in a commercial nuclear power plant for Southern Company. In 2016, they moved to Amarillo, TX where Amber worked as an nuclear emergency responder representing the state of Texas. They moved to Wilmington two weeks before the arrival of Hurricane Florence for Henry to start a new career with GE. After moving 5 times in 7 months, they settled in Porter’s Neck and felt God calling their family to Providence. Their family consists of 3 adult daughters (and 3 granddaughters) who live in SC, Megyn, who attends Providence, and Rachel. That’s a grand total of 8 girls ranging in age from 2 to 30!
 

 

Emily Broughton - Logic and Rhetoric School Team Teacher
Grammar and Writing / Literature / English

Emily was born and raised right here in Wilmington and hasn’t left since. She loves serving her city and has been involved with local and international ministries like First Fruits since high school. She met her husband, Tyler, through a summer job at his business, Pelican’s SnoBalls. Now, two years later, they are happily married and have a sweet puppy that constantly keeps them on their toes. Emily recently graduated from UNCW with her B.A. in English Education and is licensed to teach both middle grades English language arts and secondary English. It is with great anticipation and joy that she joins the PPA team. She feels extremely privileged to be a part of what the Lord is doing in the hearts and minds of the students and families at Providence.
 

 

Michael Dixon - History and Theology

Bio coming soon.
 

 

Wendy Mateos - Spanish / Math 5/4

Wendy has enjoyed teaching in the public school setting for 10 years. She taught in elementary schools and then later taught ESL in middle school. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and she has a master's degree in English as a Second Language for K-12. She is married to her amazing husband, Rafael, and they have two children. When she is not teaching, she enjoys taking family bike rides, singing and dancing, and traveling to new places with her family. Wendy is involved in the Spanish community and speaks fluently in Spanish, she has a passion to serve the latino population in Wilmington and is apart of local missions.


Enrichment Teachers


Mary Beth Alanis - Art

Mary Beth is thrilled to join the PPA families at the new art teacher for the 2019-2020 school year! She graduated with her B.A. in Mass Communication: Public Relations with a minor in Art History from Louisiana State University in 2003. Her love for the arts was put into practice with an internship at the Louisiana State Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism's Division of the Arts, volunteering at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and receiving continued instruction in oil painting. She married her husband, Clint, in 2007 and later they welcomed their first son into their family. The USMC brought their family to the Wilmington area the first time 2009, and their second little boy was born here in 2012. Military orders sent their family to Oslo, Norway in 2015. The overseas tour allowed them to travel all over western Europe for adventures and cultural experiences before returning to Wilmington in 2018. Mary Beth loves to share her love for creating art and art history with others! She finds joy in seeing children's minds come alive with creativity as they discover their artistic abilities and learn to think "outside the box." She sees God as our greatest artist and creator! She and her family attend Port City Church where she and Clint volunteer with the children's ministry. Mary Beth also volunteers with the USMC as a Command Team Advisor and is a member of Operation Hope Front Military Ministry. She enjoys painting and spending time with her family during her free time.


 

Katie DiPaola - Music and Choir

Katie moved to Wilmington in March, 2015 from Phoenix, Arizona. She was grateful to be raised in a Christian Elementary School, and now as a mother of a Kindergartener and 2nd grader, she values the opportunity to provide children with a strong, Christian education so they can be lights in our community! She graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor in Music Education in 2004. She taught K-8 general music, band, and choir in the public schools in Maryland for 3 years prior to starting her own family. Her husband is a pilot, which took them to Phoenix for 9 years. From 2007-2009 she taught toddler, two’s, and pre-K music & movement classes at a community center. From 2010-2014 she was a music teacher at an in-home preschool and taught 3-5 year-olds “Music for Little Mozarts.” She has been teaching piano for 15 years and currently teaches private students at her home. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of music and for the Lord with children! The Lord led them to PPA just weeks after arriving in Wilmington and they are excited to be part of the Providence family!
 

 

Nick Morris - Physical Education

Bio coming soon.