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Williams named PCA North Lower School Principal

Experienced leader brings passion for Kingdom Impact

June 29, 2022 — PLANO, TX  Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System has announced Kristan Williams as the new PCA North Lower School Principal.

Williams comes to PCA North from Frisco ISD’s Maus Middle School, where she has served as an assistant principal since 2018. She has 10-plus years of experience in education, serving in roles of teacher, team leader, instructional coach, curriculum writer and administrator.

“Kristan Williams is a dynamic leader full of energy and passion for Kingdom Impact,” PCA School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard said. “She brings to PCA North a strong Biblical Worldview, as well as a love for students and teachers.”

Williams has also been a longtime volunteer at Vacation Bible School, working exclusively with Pre-K to 2nd grade students.

“I am ecstatic about serving and working with students, parents and staff at the PCA North campus as the Lower School Principal,” Williams said. “I am truly honored to rub shoulders with such a high-capacity team of educational professionals who offer their best gifts and talents to share the Gospel and cultivate positive learning experiences.”

Prior to her role as Assistant Principal at Maus Middle School, Williams was a Science Instructional Coach and Teacher there for three years. She was also the school’s Campus Improvement Team Chairperson and National Junior Honor Society Sponsor.

Williams began her career as a Science and Math Lab teacher at Frisco ISD’s Vandeventer Middle School, and quickly became a Team Leader and Student Achievement Committee Chairperson.

At the district level, Williams was a curriculum writer for five years. She also served on the district’s Improvement Team and Diversity Task Force.  

Williams has Texas Principal, Texas Teacher Evaluation Support System Appraiser and Texas Superintendent certifications. She is a member of the Texas Association for Secondary School Principals, Texas Association of School Administrators and Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society.

Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Education from the University of North Texas (UNT). She is currently pursuing her doctorate from UNT.

Williams is in the process of transferring her church membership to Prestonwood Baptist Church and is excited to get started at PCA North on July 11.

“I look forward to continuing the work of building a loving community and culture where students are cared for as they develop a strong Biblical foundation, grow in their love for Jesus, and excel spiritually and academically,” Williams said.

 

About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,500 students are enrolled at the system’s campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 12th 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 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA celebrated its 25th school year in 2021-22.

English Named First PCA North Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach

Lions’ inaugural season set for 2022-23 school year

June 1, 2022 — PLANO, TX  Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System announced Jimmy English as the first PCA North Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach. He is set to begin his role Aug. 1 and the team gears up for its inaugural season in the 2022-23 school year.

English, who has 14 years of experience working in education, has served the last seven years as an assistant boys basketball coach at Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco. 

“We are very excited to have Jimmy English be the first leader of our girls basketball program,” PCA School System Chief Operations Officer Dr. Terry Rodgers said. “He has a good understanding of athletic programs and has leadership skills that will get us to where we want to be very soon. Great days are ahead on the PCA North girls’ basketball court!”

English was the Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach at Trenton High School for three years. He led the Tigers to a district title and the regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs. He received district coach of the year honors that year and all five of his starters were named to the all-district team. English began his coaching career as an assistant boys basketball coach at Mabank High School.

“It is difficult to put into words exactly how excited I am to get started working with the PCA North student-athletes,” English said. “Much time and prayer has gone into this decision to move from public education to Kingdom education. What excites me the most is that everything we build will be done with the intention of bringing honor to Jesus!”

English has experience in starting a hoops program, as he was a part of Lebanon Trail High School’s first staff in 2016.

“We will be very young in our first year with most of our players being freshmen, but I don’t plan on sitting around waiting until our girls are juniors or seniors to win district championships and make deep playoff runs,” English said.

In the classroom, English has always taught Chemistry. He will also do so at PCA North.

English is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

English received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Texas A&M University.

English and his wife, Kellie, have been married for nearly eight years. They have one son (Charlie) and one daughter (Emerson).

A meet and greet event with Coach English will be held at PCA North’s Student Ministry Building at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.

 

About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,500 students are enrolled at the system’s campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 12th 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 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA celebrated its 25th school year in 2021-22.

 

 

Jones Named First PCA North Baseball Head Coach

Lions’ inaugural season set for Spring of 2023

May 25, 2022 — PLANO, TX  Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) System of Schools announced Casey Jones as the first PCA North Baseball Head Coach. He is set to begin his role Aug. 1 and the program gears up for its inaugural season in the Spring of 2023.

Jones, who has worked 14 years in education as a baseball coach and teacher, served the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Centennial High School in Frisco.

“We are excited about a seasoned coach such as Casey Jones leading our new baseball program at PCA North,” PCA System of Schools Chief Operations Officer Dr. Terry Rodgers said. “He understands the needs of a successful program and understands student-athletes. He is a perfect fit for a ministry at the North campus. We look forward to seeing how God is going to use Coach Jones in the days ahead.”

Jones has also coached at Lovejoy High School, Nocona High School, Independence High School and Decatur High School. He was the head coach at Nocona High School, where he led the program to its first ever double-digit win season in over a decade. At Decatur, he was a part of multiple district titles and reached the regional semifinal round of the playoffs.

“I’m so excited to be the first PCA North Baseball Head Coach,” Jones said. “I can’t explain how much of an answer to prayer this is. I plan on using the game of baseball as a platform to help mold young Christian men into who God wants them to be and provide them opportunities to learn servant leadership in preparation to be good husbands and fathers. I also love the challenge of building something from the ground up.”

Jones has experience helping start a baseball program, as he was on Independence High School’s first staff in 2014. PCA North will practice on its Prosper campus but have home games around the North Dallas area.

“We will play to win from year one,” Jones said. “We will put a team on the field that competes every game and plays the game the right way. I want to help as many student-athletes as possible to achieve their dream of playing at the next level. My goal is to build PCA North into one of the premier baseball programs in the area.”

In the classroom, Jones taught U.S. History. He also served as an assistant football coach at all his stops.

Jones is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Jones played baseball for four years at Hardin-Simmons University, where he received a Bachelor of Behavioral Science. He was a two-time American Southwest Conference All-Academic Team selection and chairman of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jones and his wife, Katie, have been married for eight years. They have two sons (Walker and Ethan). The Jones have been members of Elmont Baptist Church in Van Alstyne, where Casey and Katie teach Sunday School classes.

A meet and greet event with Jones will be held at PCA North’s Student Ministry Building at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25.

 

About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,500 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 current Class of 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is celebrating its 25th school year in 2021-22.

 

Brazil Named PCA School System Senior Athletic Director

Veteran high school football coach and athletic coordinator
to lead Plano and North athletic departments

May 20, 2022 — PLANO, TX  Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) System of Schools announced Brian Brazil as Senior Athletic Director. He is set to begin his role leading the PCA Plano and PCA North athletic departments July 1.

Brazil has served as Hebron High School’s football head coach and athletic coordinator since the school opened in 1999. He led his team to more than 150 wins during that time, including the 2005 University Interscholastic League Class 4A state championship with a 16-0 record. As athletic coordinator, he oversaw nine team state titles and numerous individual state crowns.

Brazil’s accomplishments also include winning the 2014 Tom Landy Award, which recognizes a Texas high school football coach who exemplifies the Christian values that defined former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry on and off the field. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Lay Witnesses for Christ Coach of the Year Award. In addition, Brazil will be inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Hall of Honor in July.

“Brian Brazil is a man of deep faith and passion for Christian impact who is also a great leader, husband, dad and friend to many,” PCA System of Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Goddard said. “His skill set will help continue the upward trajectory of Prestonwood Christian Academy Plano and North athletic programs to become the best in the nation.”

Brazil went 152-97 and won five district titles Hebron High School. He was named state coach of the year in 2005 and won six district coach of the year honors. He helped countless student-athletes advance to play at the collegiate level, including 49 NCAA Division I players. Five of his former players have gone on to play in the National Football League (including current players Deatrich Wise Jr. of the New England Patriots, Jamal Adams of the Seattle Seahawks and Daniel Wise of the Washington Commanders). His former player Ian Cunningham is the Assistant General Manager of the Chicago Bears.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve as the PCA School System’s Senior Athletic Director,” Brazil said. “I’m ready to pour into the students-athletes and coaches. It’s about reaching athletes for the Lord and creating a positive environment. Everyone is a valuable piece to their program’s success, as well as the entire school system’s success.”

Prior to Hebron High School, he had assistant coaching stops at Lewisville High School (where he was a part of state title teams in 1993 and 1996), R.L. Turner High School and Shepton High School. In the classroom, he taught history.

Brazil is a member of THSCA (serving as President for the 2011-12 school year and on the Board of Directors from 2007-2010), North Texas Football Coaches Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and American Football Coaches Association. He is also on the Board of Directors for Coaches Outreach.

Brazil graduated from Texas Christian University, where he was an all-Southwest Conference offensive lineman, team captain and coached by Jim Wacker. After TCU, Brazil singed a free-agent contract with the Houston Oilers.

Brazil and his wife, Birdie, have been married for 32 years. They met at TCU through FCA. The Brazils have three adult children (daughters, Danielle and Gabrielle and son, David), one son-in-law (Tyler Mitchem, who is married to Danielle), one daughter-in-law (Lexie, who is married to David) and one granddaughter (Logan Mitchem). The Brazils have been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church since 2000.

 

About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,500 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 current Class of 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is celebrating its 25th school year in 2021-22.

PCA School System Announces Two New Hires on Development Team

Schreiner named Director of Development and 2009 graduate Erickson is new Director of Alumni Relations

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) System of Schools has announced the hiring of Marcus Schreiner as Director of Development and Veronica Erickson as Director of Alumni Relations.

Schreiner comes to PCA from Josh McDowell Ministry, where he served the last eight-plus years as Senior Director of Ministry Advancement and Public Relations. Erickson, who is a 2009 PCA graduate, has spent the last decade devoting her career to growing and expanding offices of major market law firms in Texas, Southern California and South Florida.

“We are so excited to have Marcus Schreiner and Veronica Erickson joining the Development team,” PCA System of Schools Chief Administration Officer Dr. Jon Lineberger said. “Marcus is an experienced fundraising leader with a strong track record of data-driven decisions and a focus on cultivating major gifts. We are equally as proud to have Veronica returning to her alma mater. She’s had a successful career being a phenomenal connector and encourager with a solid work ethic.”

Schreiner has managed the development program at Josh McDowell Ministry while providing leadership to a team of major and mid-level donor representatives. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his family (wife, Clayr, and two children, Sophie and Henry) are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where he serves a LifeGroup teacher.   

“I’m excited and humbled to serve as Director of Development at PCA,” Schreiner said. “I can think of no better mission than to help support the advancement of Kingdom Education. It will be an honor to play a role in helping students embrace Biblical truth and academic excellence through the stewardship of the PCA community.”

Erickson, who served as emcee at the recent Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award Banquet, also spent time on client development teams and managed strategic growth and revenue expansion projects. She has helped with social media campaigns and brand recognition for companies in London and Australia. Following PCA, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Communications from Southern Methodist University. Erickson and her husband, Braddock, recently moved back to the DFW area (with their two young sons) after he concluded 12 years as an active-duty U.S. Navy SEAL. They were active members in a Prestonwood Baptist Church plant, Rock Fellowship Miami. The Ericksons are now members of PBC again and are part of The Blend LifeGroup. 

“As a PCA Alum, I am both humbled and honored to step into the role of Director of Alumni Relations,” Erickson said. “My experience at Prestonwood Christian Academy laid the foundation for my college and post-grad life, career, marriage, parenthood, and all of life's joys and challenges. In this role, my hope and prayer is that God will bring glory to His name and strengthen our alumni community like never before. A Lion pride is a family; always has been and always will be!”

Schreiner is set to begin his role on May 31, while Erickson’s first day is scheduled for June 1.

 

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