2017-2018 Staff

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Administration


Jim Mahon - Principal / Greek 2 Instructor

Jim joined the United States Marine Corp 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 volunteers 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.

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
Lower 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

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
Upper Grammar Lead Teacher

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

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!
 

 

Aljuane Weaver - 5th Grade

Originally from Los Angeles, Aljuane spent most of her life desiring two things. She wanted to help people as well as educate them. This she thought she would do as a physician, however, the Lord had other plans. In 2008, Aljuane was challenged with regards to her profession of faith in Christ. The next year consisted of a variety of ups and down, culminating in her conversion in 2010. Shortly after her conversion, Aljuane enrolled in several child development courses where she was encouraged by one professor to continue in the field. Yet, at the time, her desire to grow in the faith was more prevalent. After much prayer, Aljuane moved to Wilmington in 2011 where she gratuated in 2013, earning a BA in elementary education with a minor in psychology. After graduating college, Aljuane pursued work in the area of college ministry. She has enjoyed meeting, encouraging, and teaching young women about the Christian faith as well as the Word of God. In 2015 Aljuane joined the teaching staff at Providence. She currently teaches 5th grade and sees this year as a foundational stepping stone in ones transition into adulthood. She loves the opportunity provided by Providence to integrate a biblical worldview into her studies and application of specific subject areas. Furthermore, she is newly married to Mr. James Weaver as of this August (2016).


Logic School Teachers


Allison Liederbach - Logic School Team Teacher
6th Grade Homeroom
Logic and Speech
Latin 1, 2 & 3

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.

Terri Rexroad - Logic School Team Teacher
7th Grade Homeroom

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 (two college graduates and the last one a rising senior). 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."
 

 

Heather Endre - Algebra 1 / Geometry

Heather comes to Wilmington via New Jersey, Illinois, Alabama, Ohio and Taiwan. She has been married to her husband for 22 years and has two sons. She received her BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois. While there she competed as a varsity gymnast, earning several Big Ten Championships and athletic/scholar awards. After college, she worked for International Paper for a total of 12 years, first as an engineer, then as an engineering manager, guiding new college grads through the beginning years of their engineering career.

When her first son was born, she chose a higher calling and became a full time mom. After moving to Wilmington, she homeschooled her boys in the classical method and was a foundations teacher for Classical Conversations. Her husbands' job transferred them to Taiwan soon thereafter, and the family's international adventure began. Over the next 4 years, she utilized her educational background to tutor students in math, covering all levels from pre-algebra through calculus. Through working with those students, she found her gift of teaching math.

She is so blessed that God opened and closed the doors he did to direct her to Providence. She is excited to share her love of God and her love of math with the children at PPA. Hearing her students say, "That was easy!" and "Math is fun!" is music to her ears!
 

 

Daniel Gillespie - Greek 3 / Logic and Speech

Daniel has spent most of his life in Wilmington. He graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in Math Education and received his Masters of Divinity from The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.

After living in Los Angeles for six years, Daniel and his family moved back home for him to serve as the senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church where he has been since Easter of 2006. Daniel and his wife Lisa have four children: Jacob, Josiah, Ellie and Judah.

Daniel served on the Providence Board of Directors from 2012-2014. Daniel also served as the Physical Education teacher at Providence for the 2013-2014 school year.


Enrichment Teachers


Michael Critchfield - Physical Education

Michael Critchfield, a native of West Virginia, moved to Wilmington, NC in 2004 to marry the love of his life, Jill. Together they have two wonderful children: Bodin and Flynn. Michael began his career as a Personal Trainer in 2002 and specialized in Golf Fitness in 2004. He has many different Fitness Certifications including Fitness Therapy, Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Specialist in Personal Training. He is enrolled at Cape Fear Community College and enjoys learning. Michael is an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. As a former Pop Warner Assistant Football Coach, a Heads Up Certified football coach, and Cape Fear Optimist T-Ball Coach, Michael is well versed in leading a multitude of sports geared towards youth. He feels very blessed and excited to have the opportunity to serve the Lord by investing in educating the children of Providence Preparatory Academy.


 

Katie DiPaola - Music

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!
 

 

Kathryn Willett - Art

Kathryn Willett grew up in Columbia, Missouri and received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Missouri in 2012. She's had a knack for drawing since she was a child, and that served as a foundation for her work with other media. She knows firsthand the importance of having an artistic outlet and has enjoyed seeing her students have that same experience. She comes from a long line of teachers and was inspired by her dad and his remarkable influence on so many young lives. She was blessed to teach 4 th , 5 th , 7 th and 8 th grade art at a wonderful public school district south of St. Louis until her marriage brought her to North Carolina. Aside from art, she enjoys tutoring Title I Math and Reading Comprehension and teaching private cello lessons. She believes art and music are fundamental to student success in all areas as they cultivate confidence and positivity through the rewarding process of problem-solving and self-discipline. She is excited to join the PPA Team and looks forward to what the Lord has in store for this school year!