OUR PACK LEADERS.
With fifteen years of experience in education and a B.A. in Psychology, Mrs. Asbury joined RCA teaching second grade for the 2019-2020 school year. She is married to a 5th grade teacher and has two wonderful children. Mrs. Asbury attends Collierville United Methodist Church where she is actively involved in the Children’s Ministry department teaching Sunday School for 3rd grade. Her favorite Bible Verse is “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Phillippians 4:6
Kelly is proud to say she grew up in a military family, and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Crichton College. Kelly has 17 years of teaching experience, with 14 of those years in Collierville schools. While teaching in Collierville Schools, Kelly served as science committee chair, grade level chair, curriculum facilitator, and was awarded the honor of Teacher of the Year in 2012. Most recently, Kelly worked as a literacy coach for Millington schools. Kelly and her husband have three grown children. When school is not in session, Kelly can be found in the great outdoors camping, boating, walking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Eskew is from a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. She is certified in Gifted Education and Montessori. Mrs. Eskew received her National Board Certification in 2001 and renewed it in 2012. She has been teaching for 22 years. She is married to Eric and attends East Shelby Church of Christ.
7th Grade Bible / Biblical Foundations Wellness / Psychology / Girls Basketball Head Coach
Coach Garrard received his Bachelor of Health & Human Performance from the University of Memphis. He is currently pursuing a Master in Education from Union University. In addition to teaching middle and high school classes, Coach Garrard will also serve as our Head Girls Basketball coach. He has experience as both a player and a coach.
Flex Learning Specialist
Hailey Haynes graduated from Harding University in 2018 with a K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education Degree. She taught Kindergarten at RCA in the 2018-2019 school year and is now the Learning Differences Specialist for the FLEX program. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN and goes to Germantown Church of Christ. Hailey's favorite quote is "Everybody can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way." -George Evans.
History / Bible / Spiritual Life
A native of East Tennessee, Keith Hayworth moved to West Tennessee in the 1990s. Mr. Hayworth is a graduate of Carson-Newman University (B.A.) and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (M.A.). He has been teaching at RCA since 2000. He is currently finishing his dissertation in History at the University of Memphis. He lives with his wife, Vickie, in Hickory Valley, Tennessee where he is also a pastor.
Ms. Honeycutt has a Bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Tennessee at Martin. She is also certified to teach gifted students in the state of Tennessee in grades kindergarten through twelfth grades. She earned a Master's degree from The University of Memphis in Administration and Supervision. In fifth grade, she teaches Bible, science, social studies, vocabulary, and math. Ms. Honeycutt also teaches sixth grade science and social studies. She has a daughter that graduated from Rossville Christian Academy that is now attending college.
High School Science / Assistant Football
Kendall is a graduate of Delta State University. There, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology while playing offensive line for the Fighting Okra for five years. In his second year at RCA, Coach Hunter teaches Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Physics. He is the Assistant Head Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Mighty Rossville Wolves. Kendall is a proud husband and father who values the mental strength of our students today. His favorite Bible verse is John 15:15, "I no longer call you servants; instead, I call you friend."
History / Government / Economics
Kimberly Kochan has been a teacher and senior sponsor at RCA for 18 years. She specializes in History, Government, Economics, and AP. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education History and Government. She and her husband Michael have two girls who attend RCA. They are members of Hickory Withe First Baptist Church where she teaches the 4 year old class. One of her favorite Bible verses is Romans 12: 3-8, "According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one's faith, if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching." Besides teaching, some of her favorite things to do is crochet, travel and cooking.
Pre-Algebra / Algebra / Geometry
Kara Moody graduated from Delta State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, alongside an emphasis in both Math and Special Education. Utilizing this background to differentiate instruction, Mrs. Moody will be teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry. Mrs. Moody is beginning her fifth year of teaching, and is delighted to bring her love of Math to the classroom. She and her husband Jonathon have two children, and in her free time, she enjoys sports, especially baseball, and spending time with her church community.
Mrs. Murphey earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from The University of Southern Mississippi and has eleven years of teaching experience in both public and faith-based schools. She and her husband, Josh, have two children, Sadie and Jake, who also attend RCA. The Murpheys are involved at Living Hope Church in Piperton, and they enjoy serving with a local nonprofit to minister to families in Peru.
Elizabeth has been married to Brian for 25 years and they have two sons. She is a member of St. Patrick Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth has a master's degree in teaching from University of Memphis.
Mrs. Nelson has 14 years of experience as an educator, with over 10 years as a kindergarten teacher. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is certified K-8th. Mrs. Nelson served on the committee to create the Kindergarten Report Card and Assessment Guide for Collierville Schools. She also was a Kindergarten Science Curriculum Committee member helping to create the Scope and Sequence and Assessments for the district. Mrs. Nelson attends Collierville Baptist Church and has coached youth basketball for two years. She grew up in Fayette County and has two girls with her husband, Jedidiah. She loves basketball, running, going to the lake, reading, and family time. We are excited to have Mrs. Nelson join the Pack!
Middle/High School English / Theater Sponsor
Ralph Norwood graduated Christian Brothers University with a degree in Humanities with minors in English and Fine Arts. He has over 23 years of classroom experience as an instructor in English, art, history, and drama for Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, and RCA. He spent five years travelling the country as a consultant for an educational support corporation. Mr. Norwood has worn many hats at Rossville Christian Academy as English and art teacher, drama coach, and yearbook sponsor. He has been married for over thirty years to his wonderful wife, who is also a school teacher.
Elementary Library / Music / MS-HS Choir
Penny Ray graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelors degree in Music Education (K-12). She has also been certified in Levels I and II in the Orff music method. Penny is the elementary music teacher and the elementary librarian. She is also the upper school choir director and the STAR Testing Coordinator. Penny has been teaching at RCA for ten years. Penny has been a member of First Baptist Church in Fisherville for 18 years. She has been married for 21 years and has two beautiful girls. One is currently a student at RCA and the other recently graduated from RCA and is in college. Penny's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
P.E. / Head Boys Basketball
Kevin Rhyan is an alumni of RCA, class of 2005. He received his bachelors degree in Physical Education from Philander Smith College. Coach Rhyan teaches P.E. and is the Head Coach of the Varsity Boys Basketball team. He is going into his fifth year of teaching, with serving three years with the Shelby County School District. His passion is basketball and mentoring the youth. Coach Rhyan attends church at Devine Restoration Ministries in Moscow, TN.
Senior Kindergarten Teacher
Cara Russell is a kindergarten teacher at RCA. During her teaching career she has taught various grade levels ranging from Pre-K - 4th grade in several different states. Her true passion is kindergarten. Mrs. Russell grew up in Dearborn, Michigan. She attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she majored in Elementary Education. There Mrs. Russell received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Early Childhood. Mrs. Russell believes that all children are capable of GREAT things and it is her job to help guide them and make them realize it!
1st Grade Teacher
Sara Russell joined the RCA staff in 2015. She has been teaching 1st grade for 19 years. Mrs. Russell holds a bachelor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis. She loves reading and tries to instill that life long love of reading to her students. She is married and has two children who also attend RCA. Mrs. Russell attends Collierville United Methodist Church where she is actively involved in Stephen Ministry and youth group. She is thankful to teach at a school where they put God first. "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14
Spanish / Graphic Designer
Ms. Sanchez, a native Spanish speaker, was born and raised in Merida, Venezuela. She attended the Universidad de los Andes, and earned a degree in Graphic Design. After moving to Memphis six years ago, she attended the University of Memphis where she completed an intensive course in English for Internationals. This is her first year teaching Spanish at RCA, and she is very happy to be sharing the love that she has for her language and culture with her students. In her free time, Ms. Sanchez loves to cook Venezuelan food, exercise, and create graphics. She is thankful to teach at a school where they put God first. "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Carol is the Junior Kindergarten teacher. This is her third year at RCA. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Tennessee Tech Univ and has been teaching preschool for 28 years. Carol has been married to her husband Daron for 31 years and they have two sons Erik and Bret, and also the best dog on Earth named Scout. Carol loves shopping, sitting on the beach, and all sports but especially baseball. Carol loves working with 4 & 5 year olds and believes that each child has been sent to be in her class by the Lord for a purpose, and strives to discover each child’s unique story and prepare that child for Senior Kindergarten and for life.
11th & 12th grade English / SGA Sponsor / Cheerleading Coach
Mrs. Schwalb is beginning her fifth year as 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Rossville Christian Academy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Schwalb is assuming a new role as Director of Development. In this role, Mrs. Schwalb will work to promote RCA, form business partnerships, enrich the culture at RCA, and aid in student recruitment.
Life Science / Physical Science / STEM
Mrs. Sheffield comes to RCA with a Bachelors of Science in Education and an Associates Degree in Architecture Engineering Technology. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 30 years and has two wonderful children. Her passion for science is taken past the classroom to include working towards her 2nd Degree Black Belt in ATA martial arts and owning a fully operational equine facility that supports her and her family’s love of horses. In the classroom the love of science is taught using real-world applications as students strive for a strong Christian based understand of the world around them. Currently she teaches 7th grade science, physical science, and high school STEM.
Ms. Trudeau is from Southern California, where she graduated from California Baptist University. Her love for math and for making it engaging for students, coupled with her experience as a tutor and freshmen mentor, will be a wonderful addition to our faculty. Ms. Trudeau loves both playing and coaching soccer, and she enjoys being an active part of the school community.
Coach Kendrick Watkins graduated from Rossville Christian Academy in 2005. He was a multi-sport athlete and was a member of the 2005 State Championship Basketball team. Coach Watkins played college football and basketball at Coahoma Community College. For the past five years, Coach Watkins has served in multiple capacities in the educational field, including two years in Special Education. Coach Watkins has a variety of experience coaching including football assistant coach and offensive coordinator, and head girls basketball coach. He was the offensive coordinator for the 2017 West Tennessee All-Star Team and an assistant coach for the 2018 West Tennessee All-Star Game. As a head girls basketball coach, he led teams to win the Murray State Team Camp Runners-Up in 2018, West Carroll Christmas Tournament Champions in 2019, and Best of West Champions in 2019.
Elementary Art / STEM / Spanish
Meshell Williams has been teaching at RCA since 2003. She began teaching preschool, then second grade, and currently is teaching Elementary art, computer, and Spanish. Meshell earned her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis. She likes to read and hang out with her dachshund. Meshell attends church at Kirk Baptist Church, where she is in the choir and enjoys participating in summer mission trips.
Mrs. Wilson was raised in Rossville, TN and has always loved her hometown. She graduated from Union University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education with a minor in Professional Education. Mrs. Wilson is entering her third year of teaching, and is very excited to be teaching 6th grade at RCA. She loves math and engaging students in learning! Meredith recently married her high school sweetheart, Conner, and she loves tending to her flower farm, playing with her dog, and hanging out with family and friends.
High School Art / Creative Director
Feeling called to continue her teaching ministry, which began at First United Methodist Collierville, Holly Winchell is utilizing her Graphic Design degree from the University of Memphis to teach high school art. Additionally, since being at RCA, Mrs. Winchell has fused her graphic design and business background to start a screen-printing class. These classes have enabled Mrs. Winchell to establish strong relationships with her students as well as become junior class sponsor. Mrs. Winchell also serves RCA as the Creative Director, where she creates outstanding school campaigns with her graphic design experience and creative gifts.