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PCA School System Appoints New Plano Campus Principal

After an extensive search and interview process, Dr. Chad Nichols has been named Upper School Principal of Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano Campus, within the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. PCA is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Effective November 15, Dr. Nichols transitioned from Interim Principal to the leadership and strategic oversight of the Plano Campus faculty and staff, operational efficiency, and ensuring students have a safe and productive environment fostering academic, social, and spiritual development.

In his endorsement of Dr. Nichols, PCA School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard said, “Dr. Chad Nichols brings a strong understanding of the Prestonwood Christian Academy traditions and academic excellence and is the biggest fan of our Lion students and teachers’ success. In addition, Dr. Nichols brings a wealth of experience as a Christian teacher and administrator to a position leading one of the nation’s most respected Christian academies.” 

“When the Upper School position opened in July, the Upper School faculty and staff provided feedback on the qualities and characteristics they would like to see in their next leader via a survey,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Shannon Cole. “Using the survey results and the prerequisites for a secondary principal position, we developed a professional profile as we began our broad search. The search committee screened all candidates for experience, certification, spiritual alignment, and expertise with Christian education. We are delighted that Dr. Nichols met all qualifications.”

Dr. Nichols’ professional experience of nearly three decades is characterized by dedication, enthusiasm, the pursuit of excellence, and a passion for education. He has been on staff at Prestonwood Christian Academy since 2016 and has served as Principal of PCA Online and as Upper School English and Mock Trial instructor. Before joining PCA, he taught English and Theatre at Pantego Christian Academy (2013–2016), was English Department Chair at Canyon Creek Christian Academy (2012–2013), served as a Theatre teacher at Ranchview High School (2011–2012), and taught English at First Baptist Academy (2000–2011). Nichols also served as an Adjunct Instructor of English at Tarrant County College (1999–2003) and Degree Plan Coordinator at Texas Wesleyan University (1996–2000).

Dr. Nichols earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership K–12 from Dallas Baptist University (2021), M.Ed. with an emphasis on English Language Arts (1999), and B.A. in English from Texas Wesleyan University (1995). In addition, he holds the Texas State Teacher Certification in Secondary English, Speech, and All-Level Theater, in addition to ACSI Teacher Certification and Principal Certification.

“I am so excited that God has allowed me to be the principal of the greatest Christian school I know, and I am humbled to work with such an outstanding faculty and staff to pour into the lives of students,” said Dr. Nichols. “I look forward to what God will do in and through Prestonwood Christian Academy in the days ahead.”

Dr. Nichols and his wife, Carol, attend Prestonwood Baptist Church and are members of “The Real Life” LifeGroup.

 

About the Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade with first graduating class of 2023), PCA Hybrid (a three-day in classroom/two-day at home program) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $154.6 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now accepting applications. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

"Unleashing Shalom" Airing on FamilyLife Today on Oct. 20-21
 

PCA's Dean of Spiritual Development, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston, is a special guest on FamilyLife Today speaking about his book, "Unleashing Shalom." The episode airs on October 20 – 21, 2022, across a nationwide radio network of 1000+ outlets, plus the most popular podcast platforms. Don't miss it!

PCA Parent Podcast "The Journey" Reaches Download Milestone!

PCA's weekly parent podcast called "The Journey" has hit 5,000 downloads since launching last year! PCA strives to partner with parents in equipping students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence, and model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, churches and communities for Christ. The Journey is just one easy way for parents to stay up-to-date on happenings around the PCA School System and gather parenting insights along the way.

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Prestonwood Christian Academy Announces New Guidance and College/Career Counseling Lead

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System appointed Mrs. Amber Beckles Guidance and College/Career Counseling Lead. Mrs. Beckles has been a technology teacher in the Plano Campus Upper School for the past 15 years and has served as the department head for five years. As Guidance and College/Career Counseling Lead, Mrs. Beckles will facilitate students' understanding of higher education's meaning and purpose and foster their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning.

"Prestonwood Christian Academy is committed to equipping our students for college and beyond," said Dr. Mike Goddard, PCA School System Superintendent. "PCA strives to establish students for life through a very intentional Kingdom education that equips them academically and spiritually. I am thrilled that Mrs. Beckles has accepted the Guidance and College/Career Counseling Lead role. In alignment with Kingdom education, Mrs. Beckles has been a strong partner with current and past students and parents for 15 years. I look forward to the deeper impact she will have on students on their path to glorify Christ in their educational and professional lives after PCA."  

Mrs. Beckles has brought a wealth of experience in the field of education since 2007 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Master of Arts degree in Human Relations, concentrating on Counseling, both from Liberty University. She served as an adjunct professor at Liberty University Online from 2009 through 2013. In addition to being the lead technology teacher at PCA, Mrs. Beckles created a technology curriculum, served as liaison to Upper School Administrators to better serve the student body spiritually, socially, academically, and mentally, and served as the Student Government sponsor for three years.

"There is nothing I love more than pouring and investing into the lives of our students and pointing them to Christ," said Mrs. Beckles. "I have had the privilege of watching them grow in confidence over the years and achieve their God-given potential. I look forward to continuing to create relationships and rapport with students and parents as we discuss and plan their post-PCA journey."

Mrs. Beckles has been married to Anthony, a 737 captain for a major airline, for 14 years. Mr. Beckles's aviation career brought the Beckles to Dallas/Fort Worth. The couple has one son, Trey, who is going into 4th Grade at PCA Plano.

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is comprised of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually worldwide. More than 2,500 students are enrolled at the system's campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA Hybrid (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) and PCA Online. In addition, St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with severe learning differences, and The King's Academy provides Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as one of the country's strongest Christian education programs, providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students' spiritual health in addition to their academic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA's rigorous Liberal Arts educational program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the Class of 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarships for academics, arts, and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA celebrated its 25th school year in 2021-22.

 

Mr. Rob Kelton accepts appointment to lead School System’s Learning Lab

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System announced that Mr. Rob Kelton has been appointed as Director of Specialized Learning. Mr. Kelton comes to PCA from Parish Episcopal School.

“Prestonwood Christian Academy is committed to equipping all students for college and beyond,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, PCA School System Superintendent. “PCA strives to establish students for life through a very intentional Kingdom education focus that equips them academically and spiritually. I am excited to add Mr. Rob Kelton to the excellent team at PCA. He is passionate about investing in the lives of students, especially those whom God has gifted with different learning abilities, and he fully embraces our vision of developing courageous Christian influencers who will impact the culture for Christ for generations to come.” 

Mr. Kelton brings nearly 30 years of experience to Prestonwood Christian Academy, most recently as Director of Learning Lab at Parish Episcopal School of Dallas. During his tenure at Parish, he developed the Learning Lab from 30 students, where now, they serve more than 120 students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and dyslexia. He also established a dyslexia program for students to receive remediation as class. Before his time at Parish Episcopal School, he was on staff at the Shelton School for 23 years, where he served as a teacher in the classroom for 13 years and was promoted to Testing Coordinator, administering cognitive, perceptual, attention, and academic tests for 10 years. 

Mr. Kelton earned his B.A. in Leadership at Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE, and holds a Primary Montessori Certification. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

Mr. Kelton began his position on July 5, 2022. “I am thrilled to join the PCA School System where I can partner with students, parents, teachers and administrators to build a successful team approach to empower each student to reach their highest potential,” said Kelton. “I’m excited to join this amazing Learning Lab team as we work to set a foundation of success for students’ time at PCA and beyond.”

Mr. Kelton and his wife, Aimee, currently attend Prestonwood Baptist Church. Before PBC, he served as a hallway captain for the Children’s Ministry and a 6th grade small group leader at Northwest Bible Church.

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,500 students are enrolled at the system’s campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA Hybrid (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with severe learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the Class of 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA celebrated its 25th school year in 2021-22.