Marti Wojcik, Kindergarten Teacher
Marti Wojcik graduated from William Penn University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in reading. Marti followed the Lord’s leading to be a nanny in New York and Michigan. She also lived in Arizona for a year teaching first, second, and third grades in a multi-age classroom.
She has had various teaching experiences including substitute teaching in New York, Iowa and Michigan. She has had a long-term sub positions in special education. She has also worked for Sylvan Learning Center as a tutor. For the past seven years, Marti has enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom with her three children. During this time at home, the Lord called her into children’s leadership at Bible Study Fellowship. She served in the children’s ministry at BSF for three years.
“I know, without a doubt, that God has called me to be here at JCA. I am more than excited to see what God will do at this school and through the students who attend here. I consider it an honor to work with the amazing staff that God has placed at JCA. I look forward to teaching the children academics while incorporating the love of Christ freely into every part of our day. What a blessing it is to be a part of Joshua Christian Academy.”
Kim Richman, 1st Grade Teacher
Kim Richman is the first grade teacher at JCA. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with honors (magma cum laude) in the top 4% of her class. Kim has also worked on her early childhood endorsement at Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa) and has just a 4 week class/teaching segment left to acquire this endorsement. She has subbed in the DM School District for the last two years. Prior to this, Kim has worked in the early childhood field as a teacher and caregiver of young children for over twenty years. Kim writes for The Mailbox Magazine and for other teaching trade magazines. Kim has also had some stories publishes in various Sunday School magazines and is working on trying to have some books published in the children’s market.
Her family attends church in Colfax at Hope Assembly where Kim is the Youth Ministry Leader. Kim has a passion for missions where she is very involved with her church in BGMC and Convoy of Hope ministries.
She is so excited about teaching at JCA where she can utilize her Biblical worldview in teaching her students in a natural way.
Andrea Terry, 2nd Grade Teacher
I finished out the last quarter of the 2014-2015 school year with the second grade, I was very impressed with what the Lord and His people were doing here at JCA.
My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside with them to maximize it.
Collaboration, cooperation, and open communication between home and school are keys to building a strong foundation for a successful school year.
Joy Root, 3rd Grade Teacher
I grew up on our family farm in Eastern Iowa. It was an especially fun place to grow up as I loved being outdoors, I loved animals and I loved working alongside my parents. After high school, I attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. During that time, I came to understand the truth of the gospel and I accepted Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as the payment for my sins. I also attended Bible college for a couple of years to help ground me in God’s Word.
I have taught 3rd grade, P.E. Kindergarten and aided or subbed in most grades over the course of my time at Grandview Park Baptist School in Des Moines. I home-schooled my three children for a few years as well. I married a wonderful man on September 4, 1982 and the Lord has blessed our home with three children, all of whom are married and involved in serving the Lord for which we are very thankful. We became grandparents to two new grandsons in 2014, and of course, we are enjoying that immensely!
I have been involved in many ministries at church over the years. Music ministries, children’s’ ministries, home Bible studies, evangelistic home Bible studies, and sports’ outreach programs are just a few of those activities.
I enjoy gardening, hiking, singing, cooking, spending time with my family and investing in the lives of children to help lay a solid foundation of Biblical truth in their lives that will help them live for the glory of God.
I am thankful for the opportunity to join the staff at JCA.
Nan Dunlap, 4th Grade Teacher
I am Mrs. Dunlap and I have taught for 30 years, usually in the fourth grade so you can see that is my favorite grade and age for students! I taught in Des Moines for most of my career in schools on the east and north side. I live in Des Moines. I attended Harding and North High and Drake University. I have a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Learning.
I have three grown children and four grandchildren. I enjoy reading and watching sports while I crochet. I love to play water volleyball when I am out of school. Having had polio as a baby I am not so good with land sports but am a fish in the water! There are many interesting things to do in Des Moines so I try to take advantage of them.
I am so happy to be teaching here at JCA! I was a volunteer last year and filled in for 8 weeks in the spring while a teacher had a baby and really enjoyed the students, families and staff. I am impressed with the level of academic expectations and look forward to helping the children learn more this year.
Julie Warning, 5th Grade Teacher
My name is Julie Waring, and I am thrilled to be teaching 5th grade at JCA! I received a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Studies from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. Following graduation I began teaching 5th grade for the North Kansas City School District where I remained until relocating to Iowa. Once in Iowa, I became the Worship Department Assistant at First Assembly, Des Moines and began work toward Iowa certification.
Subsequently, I completed the Middle School Generalist endorsement as well as hours toward a Masters in Literacy through Drake University. Over the past 8 years I served in short and long term assignments as a K-8 substitute teacher for Des Moines and Ankeny public schools while also beginning coursework toward licensure and ordination with the Assemblies of God through Iowa School of Ministry. My son and I attend New Hope Assembly of God in Urbandale and participate in a variety of activities including JBQ (Junior Bible Quiz), VBS, and choir.
My life’s aim is to love and serve the Lord with all that I am and by faith learn and choose to love others as I have been loved by Him. I am grateful to be grafted into this part of His Body and look forward to seeing all He will do in, through, and for us!
Jeanette Reyes, 7th, 8th, & 9th Grade English Teacher
Jeanette Reyes is the 5th and 6th grade teacher. Originally from Adams, Wisconsin, she moved to Ankeny to attend Faith Baptist Bible College. She received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education in 2011. After graduating, Jeanette was a substitute teacher for the Des Moines and Ankeny school districts. She was also a nanny for three children in Ankeny. Jeanette currently lives in Ankeny with her husband.
Rev. Brandon M. Spriggs, 6th Grade Teacher
Rev. Spriggs has worked in the field of education for the past 11 years. He started as a Before/After Care Coordinator. Later, he became a high school music teacher and special education assistant. Prior to working with Joshua Christian Academy, he taught kindergarten in West Des Moines.
In addition to teaching at JCA, he is the Youth Pastor and Minister of Music at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. He also tutors at the Oakridge YEWP project.
Laura Wright, 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Math Teacher
My name is Laura Wright. I am the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades math teacher. I grew up in the Des Moines area and graduated from Des Moines Christian School. I then went on to complete my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University. This will be my sixth year teaching, but my first year at Joshua Christian Academy. I have taught for the last five years at an international school in Chiang, Mai, Thailand. In Thailand I taught middle school subjects such as math, language arts, social studies and religious studies. I was also able to coach girls’ soccer and futsal for several years. It is a blessing to get to serve here at JCA!
Alice Boyd, Science and Social Studies
Alice Boyd is the Science and Social Studies Coordinator at JCA. She is a seasoned teacher, recently retired from 38 years in the Des Moines Public Schools. She spent her career at Cattell teaching 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grades. Mrs. Boyd graduated from East High and received her Bachelor of Science and Education Degree from Drake University.
Alice has been very involved in the community and has received numerous awards for her commitment and service. Some of these include:
• YWCA Woman of Achievement Award
• Martin Luther King State of Iowa Service Award
• Church Women United Human Rights Award 2008
• Outgoing Director of Young People’s Dept. for Baptist State Convention
• Musician for National Young People’s Dept. for Baptist Convention
• Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Mrs. Boyd is a lifetime member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church where she is involved in music ministry.