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JCA South

JCA South is the newest addition to our JCA family, opening in the Fall of 2022. It is located at 1000 Wade Street, across from Blank Park Zoo. We serve students in grades K-4 and grades 9-12. (Please see our other locations for grades 5-8.)

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Teachers & Staff

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Dean of Students

Zach Mleko

Zach grew up in the snow playland of upper Michigan and spent a lot of time playing in the snow with his three siblings. Zach earned his B.S. in Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute and his M.A. in Christian Apologetics through Liberty University.

He has spent the bulk of his employment experience serving his country in the Active Duty Air Force where he performed in Security Forces and Human Resources for twenty years. During his time in the Air Force, Zach was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and by God's grace, made it home after serving with honor.
Zach was also blessed to teach fifth grade at a small Christian school in Texas, and most recently, enjoyed a year and a half at Fareway's meat market. Zach and his wife Jamie are blessed with seven children and one grandchild.

"It has been my desire to teach Bible for a long time, and I could not be more excited for the opportunity to instruct high school students at JCA and operate as Dean of Students at JCA South! With the Lord's empowering and guidance, I am confident that the team we build and mission we embark on together will continue to succeed, all to the glory of Christ!"

K-1st Grade

Shelly Jerrett

God orchestrated every detail for me to join the JCA family and I give Him all the glory. I have a certificate of achievement in Cross Culture Studies and am finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Early Education with an endorsement in Special education.

I married my college sweetheart and together we have served on the mission field around the world and in our neighborhood as we raise our three children.

”Building relationships with our students and engaging in their everyday lives allows me to pour the love of Jesus into their hearts fervently praying for them to know the Lord personally and cultivating a fire that stirs them to serve Him with all their hearts. Together we shine our lights for His purpose and willing vessel each day.”

2nd-4th Grade

Coming Soon

Dr. Carolyn King is a student of the Word of God and is a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dr. King graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Drake University, a Master of Theology, and a Doctorate of Pastoral Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary, with the highest distinction. Dr. King is a Past Vice Youth Director of the Young People’s Department, for the Iowa M&E Baptist State Convention, the President Emeritus of the Congress of Christian Education, and an auxiliary to the Central District Baptist Association. Dr. King is an Adjunct Professor at Kingsway University and Theological Seminary. Dr. King is also a Certified Instructor for Faith Academy and Leona Sallis Christian Leadership Schools.

Dr. King is a 50-year member of the Former Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where she grew up. She currently serves as Associate Minister at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. King was appointed by Chief Bradshaw as Police Chaplain January 2011 to serve the Des Moines Police Department.

Dr. King is the mother of three children and has a grandson and 2 granddaughters. Dr. King’s favorite scripture is Lamentations 3:23 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions, they fail not, they are new every morning.”

Dr King is the recipient of numerous awards including The DMPD Outstanding Community Service Award; the President’s Award from the NAACP Des Moines Branch; The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2013 Achievement Award for commitment toward improving the quality of life in her community and the State, presented by the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans, State of Iowa, and many others.


Clint Luscombe

Mr.Luscombe is a two-time graduate of Iowa State University. He has a B.S. in Psychology and a Master of School Mathematics. He began his career by teaching both American History and World History. After adding a certification in Mathematics, he began teaching part-time at MATHNASIUM in West Des Moines. Mr. Luscombe has also coached numerous high school sports teams.

“I thank the Lord for the opportunity to teach at JCA. It is indeed a blessing to be here.”

Physical Education

Linda Morgan

Bio coming soon.

Lois Edwards

Mrs. Lois Edwards is from Des Moines, IA. She received her B.A. from Graceland University and her Master's from Drake University. She has previous experience as an educator in the DMPS district, as well as DMACC. Lois is blessed with a husband, three children and four grandchildren.

"I joined JCA to help children develop a love for Jesus Christ through a Christ-centered education!"


Samuel Thomas

Bio coming soon.

Nelissa Sachen

Nelissa grew up in the Dominican Republic where she received her Bachelor's in Civil Engineering and Master's in Education. Nelissa began her teaching career as a substitute teacher at Southeast Polk, and began teaching middle school Spanish shortly after. "I am blessed and excited about sharing faith and knowledge with the community at JCA!"

Nelissa believes family is the foundation of God's greatest plan, being a wife to her husband Joe and a mother to her two daughters, her life's greatest achievement.


Anne Sexton