Our Upper School Faculty

Williamsburg Christian Academy’s faculty and staff are a dedicated, innovative team of professionals that love kids and desire to make a positive impact for the sake of Jesus.  Together as a team, the WCA faculty and staff partner with parents to help all students reach their full potential.  Teachers are trained in the latest techniques through a vibrant faculty development program as a way to create exciting, dynamic, interactive learning communities where minds are stretched and challenged.  Faculty serve as mentors, role models, club sponsors, and coaches.  Alumni often comment how WCA teachers have impacted their lives far beyond the classrooms, even years after they leave campus. 

Johnny Graham

Head of Upper School

Johnny Graham’s career in education spans 21 years in both private secular and Christian education and administration at several schools in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland. Included among these is his most recent position as Head of School at Springdale Preparatory School in New Windsor, Maryland, a day and boarding school that he mainly helped found. He has held positions as an Associate Head of School, Athletic Director, AP History teacher and even as a varsity basketball coach through his career journey.


A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in History and African-American studies, Graham later received his Master's degree in Educational Leadership, and is currently working toward his Doctorate in Education in Organizational Leadership at the American College of Education.


Mr. Graham hails from Lemon Springs, North Carolina, an hour outside of Raleigh. He and his wife Kim have four boys: Christopher, 21, who is in the Army National Guard, Julian, 20, a college student who hopes to transfer to a college in Virginia, Jeffrey, 15, entering 9th grade and Ashton, 13, entering 8th grade. Jeffrey and Ashton are enrolled at WCA.

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  • Arts

    Linda Guntharp

    AP ART, AP STUDIO ART, AP PHOTOGRAPHY, STUDIO ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, ART FOUNDATIONS

    Linda Guntharp joined us in 2016 to teach K-8 Art and has taken the reins this year for Upper School Visual Arts. She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts, AAS Commercial and Computer Arts from TNCC, MBA from New York Institute of Technology and most recently an Interior Design degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Linda has worked professionally in the visual and performing arts for more than 25 years. Her teaching experiences include private lessons, studio workshops, and programs in both public and private schools. Linda’s most recent formal teaching experience was with Hampton Christian Academy where she taught 2nd through 12th-grade art and drama. Linda’s largest professional commercial accomplishment was completing over 20 murals as the lead artist on Busch Gardens ride “Escape from Pompeii”. Linda has been a volunteer and has served on the boards of York County School of the Arts and Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts for numerous years. She is a member of Tikvat Israel Messianic Congregation where she has previously served as drama director.


    Chelsea Meisinger

    MUSIC AND STRINGS

    Chelsea Meisinger instructs Strings, leads worship for our students in all grades. Chelsea is a native of the Hampton Roads area, having grown up in Newport News, VA. She attended Woodside High School where she participated in the orchestra and studied music theory. During her time there she performed at the Boston Pops Theatre and became Concertmaster of the orchestra. Chelsea graduated from The College of William & Mary where she completed her degrees in French & Francophone Studies and Elementary Education, with a focus in Teaching English as a Second Language. Chelsea began teaching in 2015 when she came to Williamsburg Christian Academy, after spending two years of practicum service at James River Elementary School in Williamsburg, VA. Chelsea enjoys singing, songwriting, playing instruments, leading worship, reading, and watching movies. She moved to Williamsburg in 2012 when she married her husband, David and together welcomed their first child, Cade, last fall! They also have two dogs, Maggie and Izzy. They attend and volunteer at Waters Edge Church regularly, where Chelsea also leads worship periodically.

  • Biblical Studies

    Donald Vas

    BIBLICAL STUDIES

    Donald Vas joined the WCA faculty in 2018, and is teaching numerous high school Biblical Studies courses. Mr. Vas grew up in Zimbabwe, and attended an excellent Catholic school. After graduating High School he was blessed with the opportunity to attend college at Liberty University. It was his initial intent to return home after college, but the Lord had other plans. Donald ended up in Williamsburg, and met his beautiful wife Kiri. Donald serves as a youth leader at Calvary Chapel in Williamsburg, and is looking forward to the opportunity at WCA as a teacher in Biblical Studies and English in the future.

     


  • English and Literature

    Susan Rodenburg

    HONORS ENGLISH, SENIOR ENGLISH

    Susan Rodenberg instructs many English courses in our Upper School and teaches several middle school courses as well. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in English and with minors in political science and music. She is currently working towards a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Regent University. Susan is a state-licensed teacher who has been teaching middle school English for the last few years at Berkeley Middle School. Her daughter, Emma, is a WCA alumnus and her son, Peter, is '2019 grad now at JMU. Susan is a published author and is excited to enhance student appreciation of literature and improve their writing skills!


    Dan Stec

    AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

    Dan Stec instructs AP English Language and Composition in the Upper School and is Director of the Spring Drama Production. Dan graduated from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin with a degree in Education and English and has spent over 11 years as a Christian school teacher. Dan lives in Williamsburg with his wife and their two young children. She is the worship leader at King of Glory Church where they are members. He is passionate about writing and will be developing these skills in our students.

     


  • Humanities

    Dan Stec

    AP US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS, GOVERNMENT

    Dan Stec instructs AP Government and Politics as well as Government in the Upper School and is Faculty Advisor the Upper School Student Council Association. Dan graduated from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin with a degree in Education and English and has spent over 11 years as a Christian school teacher. Dan lives in Williamsburg with his wife and their two young children. She is the worship leader at King of Glory Church where they are members. He is passionate about writing and will be developing these skills in our students.

     


  • Mathematics

    Philip Liberato

    PRE-CALCULUS, AP CALCULUS

    Philip Liberato is our instructor for both Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus courses. Philip graduated from Moravian College with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Virginia, as well as a Master's in Business Administration from Averett University. Early in my career, Mr. Liberato taught Chemistry and Physics as part of an exchange program with West Point High School, but moved on to a career working in the pulp and paper industry as a Technical Manager which afforded him the opportunity to travel and work around the world. Philip volunteers at his church (Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Point) and is also very involved with the Knights of Columbus.

     


    Alston Brown

    GEOMETRY, STATISTICS

    Alston Brown is a new Upper School Math and Science teacher at WCA for the 2019-2020 school year. Alston earned a BS in Biology from Roanoke College (Salem, VA), an MS in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), and a PhD in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). She is a Williamsburg native and comes from a family with many teachers. Dr. Brown always found opportunities to lecture and/or tutor during her academic career. She enjoys walking and taking pictures of her beagle (Janey), reading, and spending time with family and friends. Alston attends Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, where she will help lead the Pre-K/K Sunday School class this year. Dr. Brown is excited to join the WCA ministry and to help students get excited about STEM fields!

     


    Kristie Van Housen

    ALGEBRA 1, ALGEBRA II and TRIGONOMETRY

    Kristie Van Housen will be tackling two High School Classes this year, Algebra I and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Kristie grew up in Williamsburg and received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University. This is her third year teaching at WCA. Some of her hobbies include going to the beach, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She attends church services at Williamsburg Community Chapel.

     

     

  • Sciences

    Alston Brown

    AP BIOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

    Alston Brown is a new Upper School Science teacher at WCA for the 2019-2020 school year. Alston earned a BS in Biology from Roanoke College (Salem, VA), an MS in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), and a PhD in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). She is a Williamsburg native and comes from a family with many teachers. Dr. Brown always found opportunities to lecture and/or tutor during her academic career. She enjoys walking and taking pictures of her beagle (Janey), reading, and spending time with family and friends. Alston attends Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, where she will help lead the Pre-K/K Sunday School class this year. Dr. Brown is excited to join the WCA ministry and to help students get excited about STEM fields!

     


    Philip Liberato

    PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY

    Philip Liberato is new to WCA this year is our instructor for Physics and our Chemistry courses. Philip graduated from Moravian College with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Virginia, as well as a Master's in Business Administration from Averett University. Early in my career, Mr. Liberato taught Chemistry and Physics as part of an exchange program with West Point High School, but moved on to a career working in the pulp and paper industry as a Technical Manager which afforded him the opportunity to travel and work around the world. Philip volunteers at his church (Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Point) and is also very involved with the Knights of Columbus.

  • Languages

    Paul Veiga

    SPANISH

    Paul Veiga arrives to WCA to teach all of our Spanish classes with over 40 years of teaching experience. Mr. Veiga received his B.A from Mount St. Mary's University, before receiving a Masters in Education from Old Dominion University and a EDs at Regent University. He then when on to a lifetime career of teaching Spanish, Psychology, and History, before eventually serving as the headmaster and Commandant of the historic New York Military Academy. He also has experience as an ESL teacher, and operates his own tutoring company, Colonial Tutoring.  He has a son and daughter-in-law both in the Navy in the medical corps. He plans to attend St. Bede's Church once settled into the area.

     

     


    Crystal Florakis

    AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I

    Crystal joined the faculty of WCA in 2018. She is our lower school enrichment specialist, she also teaches the initial American Sign Language course.  Crystal graduated from Old Dominion University in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology, with a minor in Special Education. Crystal realized her passion was in special education and began teaching in the public school while she was working on her master's degree in special education from ODU. She left teaching after a few years to stay home and raise her family. Crystal returned to school last spring to finish up her master's degree at ODU and return to the field that she loves! She lives on a historical farm in Charles City with her husband and five children, four of whom currently attend WCA.