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Dr. Jeremiah Johnston

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System and Prestonwood Baptist Church announced on April 24 that Dr. Jeremiah Johnston has joined their staff in a dual role with a goal to undergird a biblical worldview in all aspects of the school and church.

Dr. Johnston, one of the most recognized and brightest scholars in the church today, will serve as Associate Pastor of Apologetics & Cultural Engagement at Prestonwood Baptist Church and Dean of Spiritual Development at Prestonwood Christian Academy. He is president and founder of  Christian Thinkers Society, whose mission is to train and equip Christians to defend the core truth at the heart of the Christian faith.

“For over three years, my wife and I have prayed over how the Lord would lead our family and our ministry to be part of a local church, serve on the pastoral staff team and fully utilize our gifts, scholarship and the ministries of Christian Thinkers Society to enhance a school and local church collaboratively,” Dr. Johnston said. “We have sensed a very clear call to Prestonwood Church and Prestonwood Christian Academy System of Schools. We desire to add value to the culture of excellence and join the mission of Prestonwood Church and Schools, which is ‘excellence in all things and all things to the glory of God.’

“Audrey and I, along with our five children — including our triplet cowboys — are elated to be joining the Prestonwood family and community.”

Dr. Johnston is a New Testament Scholar called to equip Christians to love God with all their hearts and minds. Author and co-author of eleven books and Bible studies, Dr. Johnston is passionate about resourcing believers to give intellectually informed accounts for what they believe. As a theologian and culture expert, he has the unique ability to connect with people of all ages, making him an ideal fit for both Prestonwood Baptist Church and Prestonwood Christian Academy.

“We live in an ever-changing world and a culture that is constantly shifting — and not for the best, to be honest — and as believers we need to be firm in our foundation so that we may stand strong for truth in all areas of life,” said Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church. “The addition of Dr. Johnston and his expertise and spiritual gifting will help undergird what we instill at both the church and school.

“I truly believe this partnership will become a model for churches and schools as we seek to engage with our biblical worldview in an increasingly hostile and secular culture.”

Dr. Johnston will also provide professional development training for Prestonwood ministers, staff and key leaders -- focusing on trending questions, best practices in communicating faith in a post-Christian world, including the development of certificate programs and further education for pastors. He will work in tandem with the PCA team in creating events, training sessions, teaching series and conferences specific to cultural engagement and effectively communicating a Christian worldview.

Dr. Mike Goddard, Superintendent of Prestonwood Christian Academy School System, said the school seeks to equip students in their Christian worldview and to model Christ-like leadership.

“We look forward to Dr. Johnston’s role at PCA in expanding the equipping of our Biblical Worldview curriculum and integration at the local, national and international level.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,000 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 enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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Cutting the ribbon PCA leaders ceremoniously cut a ribbon celebrating the newly renovated space.

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) Plano celebrated the opening of a new working studio for Upper School students in film, broadcasting and photography to explore the art of storytelling through media communications. In the new studio, PCA students will become creators of meaningful messages instead of passive receivers of them.

PCA leaders ceremoniously cut a ribbon celebrating the newly renovated space. “When you have an opportunity like this studio opening, that provides students and staff to be on the forefront of communication, you are able to equip the next generation to be world class impactors,” said Prestonwood Christian Academy School System Superintendent, Dr. Michael Goddard. “We are so thankful for parents and sponsors who invest in the next generation where it matters most, like this media studio. Our students will be the next generation of influencers with a Biblical Worldview being their priority.”

The studio provides kinesthetic learning opportunity for Communication Arts programming available to more than 400 Upper School students. The studio includes acoustical tiles that also serve as backdrops for filming, four lighting areas which include backlights and color-changing LEDs, a green screen track, podcast station, TriCaster lighting console, and new paint and carpeting.

“As the Communication Arts Program continues to grow and expand offerings for students, it has been not only a dream but a real need for Prestonwood Christian Academy to build a studio for students in Film, Broadcasting and Photography,” said Mrs. Meg Parker-Wilson, Director of Communication Arts for the System. “We are humbled by and grateful for the donors who caught the vision for present and future Lions whose passions lie within these disciplines. Our mission is to inspire our students to be creators of meaningful messages not just passive receivers of them and now they can do this in ways they never could before!”

PCA’s Communication Arts curriculum is a difference factor which exists to train students to be intentional storytellers who think critically about their message, creatively engage their audience, and effectively use communication to transform the culture for Christ.

“Each of us has a unique story inspired by the greatest of all storytellers—God,” said Mrs. Parker-Wilson. “Based on this truth, curriculum and faculty aim to inspire and train students how to use various mediums of communication to transform the culture even beyond their primary education experience.”

“We want to thank our donors, the Harley and Strawbridge families, for helping us raise the funding needed to provide this state-of-the-art studio space,” said Dr. Goddard. “The PCA family always responds generously to make plans a reality in order to avoid incurring any long-term debt.”

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 enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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Fall 2021 Signing Day L to R: Lilly Hartnell, Maia Brown, Christian Bates, Trenton Shaw, Caroline Kniffen

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored five student athletes who signed Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level last week during National Signing Day.

“We are proud of these students for their commitment and dedication to their sports,” said PCA’s Athletic Director Chris Cunningham. “I look forward to all that God is going to continue to do in and through their lives at the next level.”

Christian Bates signed to play baseball at Henderson State University. Bates hit .286 as a junior at PCA, posted a .902 OPS, and he reached double digits in stolen bases with 10.

Maia Brown signed to play women’s soccer at the University of Arizona. Brown has played for six years in the U.S. Development Academy and the Elite Club National League (ECNL) for the Dallas Texans SC and FC Dallas. She was 2018-19 FC Dallas Team Captain and a 2021 Dallas Cup Finalist with FC Dallas. Brown played varsity soccer and track at Prestonwood during her freshman year and was a state regional qualifier in track in the 100m and 200m. Brown excels in academics as well! She is in the top 10 percent of class at PCA, is a College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholar, on the Principal’s Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society.

Lilly Hartnell, PCA Online student, committed to play women’s ice hockey at Saint Anselm College. Hartnell qualified and attended the National Championships four consecutive years and was a quarterfinalist twice. She played boys hockey in Florida until being selected for Nationally Ranked AAA girls hockey program in Pittsburgh. Hartnell was then selected to play for two other Nationally Ranked AAA programs: Dallas Stars Elite, her current team Belle Tire in Detroit, Michigan. She was one out of 75 girls selected for USA Hockey National Development Camp.

Caroline Kniffen has committed to play women’s soccer at Texas A&M University during her freshman year at PCA. She is graduating in December 2021 in order to attend Texas A&M as a freshman in January 2022. She plays at the US Soccer Girls Training Center (Dallas) and played youth soccer for Liverpool RASE Academy where she was ranked #1 in the country and won multiple National Titles. Her honors include: Top Performer at Id2 National Training Center, Arizona, 2018 MVP SRPL Regional Championships, 2018 Top Scorer SRPL Regional Championships, 2018 SRPL National Qualifier and Regional Champions, 2019 ECNL Conference Selection Program, 2019-2020 ECNL National Finalist and 2020-2021 1st Team All ECNL.

Trenton Shaw will play baseball at Oklahoma State University next year. In 2021, Shaw was named TAPPS All-State, All-District and All-Area. Shaw has participated in MLB Breakthrough Series three times, is a Perfect Game All-American and a High School Preseason All-America nominee. Currently ranked as a top 10 player in the state of Texas and top 50 in the United States, Shaw batted .523 as a junior with five home runs. He has posted three wins on the mound with 44 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched. 

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), 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 enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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National Merit Commended Matthew Bower and Benjamin Oommen are National Merit Commended Scholars.

Congratulations to two Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2021 National Merit competition. Matthew Bower and Benjamin Oommen were named National Merit Commended Scholars based on their results of the fall 2020 PSAT. In addition, Kimberly Beeman, Abram De Armas (Class of 2023) and Monica Spooner have been named College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Maia Brown, Sydney Brown, Rihana Nesru and Jackson Shuler are College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholars.

About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The College Board, which administers the PSAT and SAT among its activities, recognizes academic excellence through its National Recognition Programs. Students selected for this prestigious honor can cite it on their college and scholarship applications. In turn, colleges use the listing of this honor as a way of identifying students from underrepresented groups—i.e., ethnic minorities and/or those who attend school in rural areas or small towns—who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classwork.

"We are incredibly proud of these bright students who excel academically and are involved as leaders on our campus,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, Superintendent of PCA School System. “Each of these faith-filled Lions is able to articulate their biblical worldview in a culture of opposing ideas. These nine students represent Prestonwood Christian Academy well, and they showcase how a student can shine at a liberal arts school where faith is intentionally integrated with learning resulting in a distinctive environment and community."

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church and made up of six schools serving more than 2,000 students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. Schools include PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade), PCA Hybrid (Kindergarten through 2nd and 5th through 6th) and PCA OnlineSt. 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 scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are enrolling.

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National Merit Commended Matthew Bower and Benjamin Oommen are National Merit Commended Scholars.

Congratulations to two Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2021 National Merit competition. Matthew Bower and Benjamin Oommen were named National Merit Commended Scholars based on their results of the fall 2020 PSAT. In addition, Kimberly Beeman, Abram De Armas (Class of 2023) and Monica Spooner have been named College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Maia Brown, Sydney Brown, Rihanna Nesru and Jackson Shuler are College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholars.

About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The College Board, which administers the PSAT and SAT among its activities, recognizes academic excellence through its National Recognition Programs. Students selected for this prestigious honor can cite it on their college and scholarship applications. In turn, colleges use the listing of this honor as a way of identifying students from underrepresented groups—i.e., ethnic minorities and/or those who attend school in rural areas or small towns—who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classwork.

"We are incredibly proud of these bright students who excel academically and are involved as leaders on our campus,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, Superintendent of PCA School System. “Each of these faith-filled Lions is able to articulate their biblical worldview in a culture of opposing ideas. These nine students represent Prestonwood Christian Academy well, and they showcase how a student can shine at a liberal arts school where faith is intentionally integrated with learning resulting in a distinctive environment and community."

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church and made up of six schools serving more than 2,000 students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. Schools include PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade), PCA Hybrid (Kindergarten through 2nd and 5th through 6th) and PCA OnlineSt. 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 scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are enrolling.

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For 25 years, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) has been investing in the lives of its students by helping them intentionally build their lives on Kingdom foundations and a biblical worldview.

“As we reflect on 25 years of impact, let’s be reminded that God has orchestrated every step along the journey,” said Dr. Michael Goddard, superintendent of Prestonwood Christian Academy System of Schools. “From small beginnings to the new expansions, we continue to daily hear stories of Christ’s impact on the lives of our students, teachers, alumni and community. We are grounded in proud traditions and are roaring forward into God’s gift of future opportunities.”

Since its humble beginning in 1997 at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, PCA has expanded into a system of six schools serving more than 2,000 students in preschool through 12th grade: PCA Plano in Plano, Texas, St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, PCA North in Prosper, Texas, The King's Academy in South Dallas, Texas, PCA Hybrid and PCA Online. At each campus, students are offered an education that encourages spiritual growth, character building and academic excellence so they are equipped to live strong, empowered lives for Christ.

“The word ‘Christian’ in our name is not just a label. The mission of the church is the mission of the school: introduce Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to as many people as possible, using the most effective means,” said Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church. “Over the last 25 years, with the blessing and favor of God, Prestonwood Christian Academy has grown to become an unstoppable force for education and the gospel.”

Over its two-and-a-half decades of existence, Prestonwood Christian Academy has reached the following milestones:

  • Nearly 5,000 students, parents and guardians have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ.
  • More than 400 PCA 7th-12th grade students take part in mission trips each year through the “Minimester” program, and more than 800 7th-12th grade students, faculty and staff serve their local communities annually on Service Project Day
  • Since 2002, PCA graduates have been awarded more than $154 million in college scholarships.
  • $38 million in financial aid has been provided for students who otherwise would not be able to attend PCA through the Sponsor-A-Child tuition assistance program.
  • PCA has graduated more than 2,000 alumni, 15 of which are on staff in the PCA System of Schools. 

“At Prestonwood Christian Academy, learning will always be more than an education. It's an investment that is establishing students for life,” Dr. Michael Goddard said. “We greatly look forward to the next 25 years.”

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PCA Hybrid Middle Students

Yesterday as part of Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System’s 25th anniversary, PCA Hybrid officially opened the doors of its new school and welcomed 48 students in grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 5 and 6. Additional grades will be added as students advance. In addition, five new faculty and staff members have joined PCA Hybrid from both public and private schools in the area.

PCA Hybrid operates at the PCA Plano Campus and provides a unique design for families who desire additional flexibility in their schedules by offering a hybrid of Blended Learning and Project-Based Learning. These instructional platforms are incorporated within a three-day-a-week school classroom schedule and include a two-day-a-week “satellite classroom” learning design. The school model furthers PCA’s ability to expand Kingdom education and provide an additional high-quality Christ-centered educational model for the North Dallas community. 

“We are so thankful and excited about PCA Hybrid,” said new PCA Hybrid mom, Emily Ha. “Our boys had a great first day at school and can’t wait to go back. We loved having both homeschool and family time on our hybrid day. This is such an incredible opportunity to be more hands-on in our kids’ schooling, have more time with them while also attaining a Christian education!” 

Principal Bill Wendl brings a passion for Christian education and more than 37 years of experience to PCA Hybrid, most recently serving as the Middle School principal at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano from 2006 through 2019. 

“PCA Hybrid is designed for students and families who not only desire a Kingdom education, but also see the opportunity to leverage the flexibility of the hybrid schedule. In addition, they recognize the importance of a real-world application of knowledge,” said Wendl. “We encourage parents to evaluate all of their options and prayerfully consider the best opportunity for their child to grow academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.”

PCA Hybrid is an extension of Prestonwood Christian Academy School System which also consists of PCA Plano, PCA North in Prosper, PCA Online, St. Timothy Christian Academy and The King’s Academy. Prestonwood Christian Academy launched a new website in support of its transition to a system of schools. The school system launched a new website on Aug. 19 which features a homepage for the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System and allows users to navigate to any of the four PCA schools and two affiliate schools. PCA Hybrid continues to accept applications for the 2021-22 school year. Interested families should call 972-930-4009 to set up a tour.

Prestonwood Christian Academy School Systemis a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church and made up of six schools serving more than 2,000 students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. Schools include PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade), PCA Hybrid (Kindergarten through 2nd and 5th through 6th) 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 scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are enrolling.

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Dr. Clarence Williams Dr. Clarence Williams joins the PCA School System as Chief Vision Officer.

Dr. Clarence Williams has been named Chief Vision Officer, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System, a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church. Dr. Williams currently serves as the Executive Director of Support Services for the Frisco Independent School District. Effective July 1, Dr. Williams will assume leadership for the successful implementation of the PCA School System strategic plan and vision as well as oversight of  Academics, Campus Ministry, Biblical Worldview Institute, Communications, Co-curriculars and Campus Administrators. 

“Dr. Williams is an incredible educator with a history of effective leadership, problem-solving and cognitive agility. He is motivated by the challenge of equipping children with a quality and inspiring education in a rapidly changing world,” said PCA School System Superintendent, Dr. Michael Goddard. “That motivation undergirded by his love for the Lord will have a powerful influence on our students, faculty, staff and administration. I am thrilled to have him on our team!”

Dr. Williams’ professional experience of 27 years includes 10 years with Frisco ISD in various roles. He was recognized by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as Principal of the Year for personal excellence, outstanding leadership and commitment to student success. Dr. Williams is currently an Adjunct Professor for Texas A&M University-Commerce within the Educational Leadership department teaching doctoral level classes. Before entering administration, he spent 12 years investing in students in the classroom as a teacher and instructor.

Dr. Williams’ passion for education and continuous learning is evident in the certifications he holds and his active participation in key organizations. Dr. Williams holds certifications in Texas Superintendent EC-12, Texas Principal EC-12, Texas Teacher 8-12, Texas Principal Evaluation, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Mid-Management Certification, Texas Principal Evaluation Support System (TPESS) and Texas Teacher Evaluation Support System (TTESS). He is active in the Texas Association for Secondary School Principals, Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Texas Association of School Administrators, The Texas Association of School Business Officials, and assists the Dissertation Committee for doctoral students at Texas A&M University-Commerce of North Texas.

Dr. Williams earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership (2018), and his Ed.M. with an emphasis in training and development (1997) from Texas A&M University-Commerce and his B.S. in business administration from Northwestern State University (1982).  He is a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Prosper, Texas where he serves as Deacon Chairman.

“I am delighted to be joining Prestonwood Christian Academy as Chief Vision Officer. And grateful for the opportunity to serve in this role. I look forward to partnering with the team and parents in providing a Christ-centered education to students who are in pursuit of excellence, to be the best, fully committed to become tomorrow’s leaders. I am confident that we can make a significant impact for the Kingdom,” Dr. Williams commented.

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade adding a grade through the first graduating class of 2023), PCA Hybrid (starting in fall 2021) 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 $152 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are now enrolling for the system’s 25th school year in 2021-22. 

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Coach Ryan Mitchell

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) in Plano announced that Lovejoy High School’s Ryan Mitchell will take over as the Lady Lions Head Varsity Volleyball Coach. Coach Mitchell was recently named National Coach of the Year, State Coach of the Year (for the fifth time) and won a National Championship and his seventh State Championship in 11 years.

“Ryan Mitchell is not only one of the premier volleyball coaches in the nation, but one of the strongest Christian coaches I’ve ever known,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, Prestonwood Christian Academy Superintendent. “He lifts everyone he influences up to new levels of accomplishment. I’m thrilled to be able to call Ryan teammate once again.” 

Coach Mitchell comes to PCA from Lovejoy High School having won back-to-back State championships in 2019 and 2020 in which his team completed a perfect season at 26-0 in 2020 and won the PrepVolleyball National Championship. In 2020, Coach Mitchell won Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year honors along with AVCA Regional Coach of Year. 

From 2014 through 2017, Coach Mitchell was the Head Coach for Southlake Carroll where he amassed an 84% winning percentage and took his team to the Regional Tournament two times. Coach Mitchell opened up Lovejoy High School in 2006 and led the program to its first State championship in 2008 where he would go on to win five State championships in a row. Coach Mitchell's seven State Championships put him among the most elite high school coaches along with his overall record of 563-79. He has been named District Coach of the Year 12 times, Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year three times, NFHS National Coach of the Year, and Texas Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year twice. 

"Prestonwood Christian Academy Athletics has a storied tradition of excellence throughout all the programs and especially the history of the PCA Volleyball team and it's State Championships,” said Coach Mitchell. “I am thrilled to be a part of such a program and hope to make the Prestonwood Volleyball Team the premier volleyball program in the country. The goal to combine championship athletics with a Kingdom mindset is one that can ignite the passions in both the athletes and coaches in the volleyball program.  I am looking forward to the journey together!" 

Coach Mitchell started his head coaching career at Irving Nimitz in 2004 and also served five years as an assistant at Hebron. He played setter on the Dallas Baptist University volleyball team and spent one year as a student assistant at DBU before starting his career in 2001. In addition to his high school coaching, Mitchell works for Skyline Juniors Volleyball Club where he has been head coaching for 11 years. He and his wife Kaitlin live in Lucas with their four kids:  Reid (16), Eli (14), Tatum (5), Brock (3).

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade), PCA Hybrid (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. 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 $154.5 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are now enrolling for the system's 25th school year in 2021-22.

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PCA student athletes sign to compete at college From l to r: Summer Sexton, Roland Frank and Jaden Mathews

PRESTONWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HONORS THREE STUDENT ATHLETES DURING SIGNING DAY CELEBRATION

 

May 10, 2021 -- PLANO, TX — Today Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored three student athletes who signed Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level.

“We are so grateful for these students and all they poured into PCA and our athletics program,” said PCA’s Athletic Director Chris Cunningham. “I look forward to all that God is going to continue to do in and through their lives at the next level.”

Roland Frank will play basketball at Kansas Wesleyan this fall. Point guard for the Lions, Frank made a big impact in his first and only season at PCA. “Roland made an immediate impact as a new member of our team,” said Varsity Head Basketball Coach Jeff Clarkson. “He was an offensive threat, but his biggest impact was his toughness and unselfish mentality. Roland took 35 charges this season which shows his selfless mentality on the court. He gave his full effort and energy every day to help his team win.” Frank finished the season Second Team All-District and TAPPS Academic All State.

Jaden Mathews signed to run track at Lipscomb University. Mathews has been a member of the Lions All State relays, and this year was a member of the State Champion 4x200 relay. She was also State runner-up in the Long Jump, 4x400 relay, and bronze finalist 4x100 relay. “We are truly proud to witness Jaden blossom into such a mature, dedicated, and hardworking young lady,” said Varsity Track Head Coach Sheila Stoutmire. “She has always been a versatile athlete competing in Long Jump, Sprints, mid-distance, and long-distance events. Jaden has a servant’s heart, always giving, a team player, and a spiritual mentor. I have no doubt Jaden will continue to excel in her sport and academically at Lipscomb University. She has so much more room for development to grow and progress at Lipscomb and we pray all the best for Jaden!”

Summer Sexton will compete at Baylor University next year on the 2021-22 Songleaders Dance Team. Sexton has trained extensively in ballet, contemporary, and jazz and spent her high school years training in pom and other various genres. Sexton became a member of the PCA Pom team her sophomore year and quickly rose to a role of prominence as an excellent technician and performer. As a Junior she served as an officer and then was named Captain for her Senior year. She has won many awards for her solos throughout her three seasons on the team and has gone on to lead the team this year in some of PCA's highest award-winning routines. Sexton competed against almost 100 dancers to gain a spot on the Songleaders team. “Summer is an incredibly hard-working student who has been dancing from a very young age,” said Head Pom Coach Jennifer Amburn. “Baylor has won many outstanding contest awards this year for their jazz and pom routines, and we all know Summer will contribute even more to their ability to continue to be an award-winning team. Congratulations Summer from all of our PCA Pom team members, PCA school staff and students, and your family and friends. Best of luck at Baylor next year!”

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade), PCA Hybrid (starting in fall 2021) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. 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 $154.5 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are now enrolling for the system’s 25th school year in 2021-22.