“Great leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders.” Tom Peters
On January 7, I shared with the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System faculty and staff that four of our teammates were leaving to respond to a call on their lives to serve in different capacities. Chief Operating Officer John Klingstedt, Senior Director of Business Administration Susan Verheul, and Director of Technical Information Services Beth English all shared that they had made the decision to serve at an International School Group. Director of Projects Mary Carl Finkelstein accepted an opportunity in a corporate setting.
We are especially thankful for John’s leadership during his time as the interim Head of Schools as it was paramount to keeping PCA from mission drift. I was certainly saddened and surprised to hear of them leaving but could not question their response to God’s calling to a new venture. We know they all love Jesus and will be lights for the Kingdom in their new roles, but we also know they will be greatly missed. They deserve great thanks for their impact on so many and their legacy of faithful service.
With change comes challenges. With challenges come opportunity. With opportunity comes the chance to “Refine Excellence.”
With these personnel changes, comes our opportunities to excel. In evaluating where our excellence is today and where we can create an even more excellent experience for our students, teachers, and community, we have seen a chance to continue the forward momentum of Refining Excellence and Vision 2030.
As a school system we wanted to find ways to streamline leadership and find ways to optimize the levels of approvals so that we can do what needs to be done for students, staff, and the collective community more efficiently and effectively. We are implementing a distributed leadership model that will drive instructional improvement and improved student outcomes through the further development of high-quality teaching and a culture where all students, teachers and staff can thrive. This model also allows us to grow our internal PCA Leadership and provide a cost savings, as we distribute the leadership among very capable team members.
I am excited to present forward an opportunity to grow our leadership capacity within our teams as well as increase even stronger communication strands and effectiveness throughout the organization. We are announcing Jon Lineberger, Terry Rodgers, Shannon Cole and Laura Anson in new Chief roles. We will not be replacing John Klingstedt’s position, but distributing the leadership and responsibilities amongst the team.
We are also excited to introduce our newest team member, Laura Anson, who will be our new CFO and lead our Business Services team. She is a PCA parent, long time Prestonwood Baptist Church member and member of our Ambassador Board.
This means the primary changes in the realignment are as follows:
Clarence Williams Ed.D. will transition to the Deputy Superintendent of the PCA System and Schools.
Reporting to Dr. Williams are newly appointed:
Chief Administration Officer – Jon Lineberger Ed.D. (Currently Director of Major Gifts) Prior to joining the staff at PCA over seven years ago Dr. Lineberger served on the Board of Trustees at PCA and as an Assistant Vice President at Dallas Baptist University where he oversaw the operations of DBU North and continues to teach in the Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies at DBU. He earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in psychology and sociology from Houston Baptist University. Dr. Lineberger has been named to the Dallas Business Journal list of Forty Under 40, Collin County Business Press list of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, and Citizen of the Year by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. He has been married to Gina for 20 years. Together they have three children: Hailey, Lauren, and Luke who have all been enrolled at PCA since kindergarten.
Chief Operations Officer – Terry Rodgers Ed.D. (Currently Director of Co-Curricular Advancement). Dr. Rodgers has 27 years in education. Eight of those years were in the public-school sector – Lubbock ISD as a teacher and coach; Slaton ISD as an administrator; Lewisville ISD as an administrator. Dr. Rodgers has been on staff with PCA for the past 19 years serving as Middle/Upper School Principal; Upper School Principal; Director of Co-curricular Advancement. He has been married to Sally for 27 years. Together they have two children, Ryan (PCA ’18) and Sarah Grace (PCA ’21).
Chief Academic Officer – Shannon Cole Ed.D. (Currently of Curriculum & Instruction) Prior to her arrival at PCA Dr. Cole served as the Director of Special Education (Instruction) for the Irving Independent School District. She joined the staff in January to lead the successful implementation of curriculum and instruction for the PCA School System which is designed to challenge and prepare students for achievement at all levels which maintaining biblical integration. Dr. Cole’s professional experience of 18 years includes 15 years with Irving ISD in various roles such as classroom teacher (ESL and Special Education Inclusion and Instructional Specialist), assistant principal, principal, and Director of Professional Learning. She was also a principal in the Grapevine Colleyville I.S.D. Dr. Cole has received many awards and honors during her time in education including the 2021 Irving I.S.D. Game Changer Award, 2015 Dallas Baptist University Servant Leadership Award Nominee, Campus Teacher of the Year, and Irving I.S.D. Teacher of the Month. Dr. Cole is currently an Adjunct Professor for Grand Canyon University within the Department of Education Graduate Studies. She has been married to Greg for 31 years, and the couple have two sons, Alexander and Micah.
Chief Financial Officer – Laura Anson (Currently Executive Director KPMG & PCA Ambassador Board Member) Prior to joining PCA (starting soon) Mrs. Anson was on staff at KPMG, U.S. firm of the KPMG global organization of service firms providing audit, tax, and advisory service. For 22 years, most recently as Executive Director of Audit. She earned her BA in Accounting, Professional Program of Accounting at Texas A &M University, and her MS in Finance at Texas A&M University. Mrs. Anson is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant, Texas, a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She and her husband Neil has two children, Rebekah (PCA ’31) and Rachel (PCA ’30).
With the new realignment our educators are empowered to make effective decisions, move in sync and make improvements bound together by their commitment to our mission to develop Christ-like faith filled leaders of tomorrow.
Looking forward to celebrating our new opportunities ahead and thankful to God for His continued hand on His mission through Prestonwood Christian Academy.
Search for new PCA Plano football head coach underway
Jan. 11, 2022 — PLANO, TX — Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) System of Schools announced Chris Cunningham has been promoted to Senior Athletic Director of the PCA System of Schools, effective immediately.
Cunningham has served as PCA Plano’s football head coach since 2008 and athletic director since 2007. He will now oversee all PCA Plano and PCA North (Prosper) athletic programs. The search for a new football head coach is now underway.
“Chris Cunningham has a heart for Kingdom Impact and I could not think of anyone better to lead our athletic programs to the next level of excellence,” PCA System of Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Goddard said. “He has a passion for shaping student athletes into Faith Filled Lions, as well as building capacity in coaches to do the same. The future continues to be very bright in the Prestonwood Christian Academy System of Schools.”
Cunningham compiled a record of 129-44 over 14 seasons at PCA, including four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Division I state championships in 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017. PCA was a state runner-up twice. Cunningham guided his squad to the playoffs each of the past 13 seasons with minimally an area championship each time. A countless number of student athletes have gone on to play at the collegiate level, with J.R. Reed (Class of 2014) advancing to the National Football League (currently with the New York Giants).
“Words can’t express how grateful I am for the PCA football family and the chance to be a part of that as head coach for the past 14 years,” Cunningham said. “I’ve loved every minute and every experience God has brought us through together.”
Under his leadership as PCA Plano’s AD, the Lions captured 25 team state titles, including a school-record five during the 2015-16 school year (also boys basketball, baseball, girls golf and competitive cheerleading). Multiple individual gold medals were won in swimming and track and field events that same year.
“While I will greatly miss coaching, I look forward to the opportunity to focus my efforts on all that God is doing in PCA’s entire athletic program – at the Plano and North campuses,” Cunningham said. “I’m also excited about having more time to spend discipling and mentoring coaches on every level of every sport we offer. I can’t wait to see what this new expanded role holds for me and my own growth in God’s purpose for my life.”
Prior to PCA, Cunningham spent 22 years in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD as Colleyville Heritage High School’s athletic director and football head coach (11 seasons) and Grapevine High School’s defensive coordinator (eight seasons) and assistant coach. In the classroom, he taught mathematics.
Cunningham is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, North Texas Football Coaches Association, Texas Federation of Teachers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and American Football Coaches Association.
Cunningham has been married Dana for 35 years and they have three boys (Caleb, Joshua and Caden). Caleb and Joshua are PCA graduates, while Caden is a senior at PCA Plano. The Cunninghams are active members at Prestonwood Baptist Church.
About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System
Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is 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. PCA is celebrating its 25th school year in 2021-22.
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.
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