Irving ISD Director of Special Education (Instruction), Dr. Shannon J. Cole, accepts appointment as Curriculum Director
Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System announced that after an extensive search, Dr. Shannon Cole has been appointed as Director of Curriculum effective January 2022.
“The curriculum and instruction at Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is designed to challenge and prepare students for achievement at all levels,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, Superintendent of PCA System of Schools. “PCA strives to establish students for life through a very intentional Kingdom education that equips them academically and spiritually in partnership with the family and church. I am excited to add Dr. Shannon Cole to the excellent leadership team at PCA. She is passionate about investing in the lives of students and fully embraces our vision of developing courageous Christian influencers who will impact the culture for Christ for generations to come.”
Dr. Cole brings a wealth of experience having been in the field of education since 2003 and attaining a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2006 and completing her doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership at Dallas Baptist University in 2015. Over the past 18 years, Dr. Cole has served at the elementary, collegiate and district levels in various capacities. In addition to various classroom instructor roles, Dr. Cole worked as Assistant Principal and Principal at Farine Elementary (Dual Language two-way campus in Irving ISD), Principal of Silver Lake Elementary (Dual Language campus in Grapevine Colleyville ISD), and adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University and Grand Canyon University. She most recently served as the Director of Professional Learning at Irving Independent School District prior to being named Director of Special Education (Instruction) in July 2020. Dr. Cole has received many awards and honors during her time in education including 2021 Irving ISD Game Changer Award, 2015 Dallas Baptist University Servant Leadership Award Nominee, Campus Teacher of the Year, and Irving ISD Teacher of the Month.
As a Christian educator, Dr. Cole is looking forward to joining the PCA School System leadership team. “It is an honor to join the PCA family and have the chance to work with such a distinguished group of educators whose whole focus is serving students, while preparing them to be salt and light in our world today,” said Dr. Cole. “I am grateful for the 25-year legacy of PCA and am excited to be a part of the continued excellence that will occur in the coming years, under the leadership of Dr. Goddard.”
Dr. Cole has been married to Greg for 31 years, and the couple have two sons, Alexander and Micah. The Coles are active members at Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church and made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at the system’s campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade), PCA Hybrid (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) 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 $153 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools continue to enroll for its 25th school year in 2021-22.
“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 Tyler, 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.”
On Aug. 19, 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 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 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.
More than 250 PCA School System teachers and staff took time to volunteer with community partners!
PCA School System faculty & staff spent a morning volunteering in the community with partners like Grace Bridge food pantry in Celina, Grace Bridge Resale in Frisco, Minnie’s Food Pantry, Metrocrest Services, Neighbors Serving Neighbors Food Pantry and more. It was a great pause in the busyness of getting ready for school in order to serve God in North Texas!