Mr. Greg Miller, LCA Administrator, is a long-time Christian educator. He attended Huntington College, graduating with a degree in secondary education. A former youth pastor, school teacher, and coach, he served as administrator for Heritage Christian School, Hammond, Indiana, in the early 1990′s. Greg his wife, Karen and their 3 children moved to Utah, and He and Karen have served as founding administrators for Layton Christian Academy, Layton, Utah, since 1994. Miller has been instrumental in leading the school from a student body of 100 in preschool through 6th grade, to a student body of over 600 in preschool through 12th grade.
Mrs. Karen Miller, long-time Christian educator, graduated from Huntington College in Huntington, Indiana. Since 1986 she has been active in a variety of positions in Christian schools and churches.
Coach Bobby Porter attended Tennessee Tech University on a basketball scholarship, where he majored in English. He then went on to play professional basketball in Venezuela and was on the 1981 USA team that toured Bosnia. He has been coaching high school basketball since then, winning 5 state championships in Ohio and 4 in Utah! Coach Porter has also won 12 region championships out of the 15 years he has been coaching at LCA. He has served on the Utah governor-appointed Minority Council and was president of the Utah High School basketball Coaches Association. Bobby is a Reverend and Youth Pastor of Second Baptist church and is married to Montenna (Arnold) Porter. They have two children who graduated from LCA and were athletic standouts: BJ Porter who graduated in 2007 and was all-state in football, basketball and track, and Jasmine Porter who was all-state in volleyball and basketball (94th in the country Hoopgurzl.com). Both of them were Standard Examiner all area MVPS! (BJ Basketball 2007 and Jasmine Volleyball 2010)! Has been with LCA since 2000
Mrs. Angie Justice has been teaching at Layton Christian Academy since 1998 and has taught kindergarten, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and middle school history. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Speech and Hearing Science, and went on to work for the Davis County school district’s Headstart program as an assistant speech therapist. In 2004, she received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, and she holds a level 2 Professional Educator’s license for grades K-8.
Ms. Oliver moved to Utah at the age of 13 when her parents were stationed at Hill Air Force Base. Her parents have since retired here. She often remembers driving past LCA as a teenager and wondering what it must be like to attend school there. She says she never thought, in a million years, that she would have the opportunity one day to be an integral part!
Ms. Oliver has been an educator for 17 years. She has also been in administration for 3 years. She attended college in California and graduated with two degrees – Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education (English) and a Bachelor of Arts degree. She will complete her master’s in Administration within a few months.
Ms. Oliver’s God-given gift has been the unique passion and love that she has for young people. She wants nothing more than to see them succeed. The keys to her success have been her love for others, good old hard work, and God’s unmerited favor. Her primary goal at LCA is to support the staff and meet the needs of our students and families.
The greatest joy of her life as a Christian has been serving God and serving others. Ms. Oliver has had the privilege of teaching in some of the finest schools in America, but she says there is no place like LCA and that she is so thankful to God for this amazing opportunity!
Mrs. Burt has been at LCA since 2009 and is our Main Office Manager. She has 6 children who have been enrolled at LCA since 2003 and two of whom have graduated from LCA. During her senior year of high school, Sheli joined the U.S. Navy, and after graduation went to bootcamp. She served for 8 years as a Medical Corpsman. During that time she also worked in the healthcare field as Director of Recreational Therapy at ManorCare, and served on the committee for Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walks. She took some time off to stay home with her children when they were young. When her children were old enough she decided to go back to work, but wanted to be where her kids were, so she pursued a job at LCA so she could be with them during the day. Sheli fell in love with it and jokes that it is perfect for her “gift of gab.” Sheli loves being a part of the LCA family.
Hannah has been with LCA since 2015 as a teacher and has taught both 2nd and 3rd grades. She is originally from Southern Missouri where she grew up in a pastor’s home. After graduating from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, she began an 8 year career in the Criminal Justice System where she served as a Victim Advocate for the Prosecutor’s Office in Johnson County, Indiana and then as Domestic Violence Coordinator for the City of West Jordan, Utah. Hannah is also very involved in music and serves as a worship leader at Christian Life Center.
In 2017, Hannah became the Admissions Director for LCA. In this position, she is able to combine her love for people with her heart for the nations by working with both domestic and international families at LCA. “I love being able to help families from start to finish in the admissions process at LCA and then see them plug in and connect and become a part of the family! We have such a special place and dynamic at LCA and I am so excited to share the vision and heart of who we are!”
Jared Miller was born in Indiana, but grew up in Layton, Utah. Jared went to LCA from Kindergarten through 12th grade. He graduated from LCA in 2007. He spent 2 years at Western Wyoming Community College and graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Business Administration in 2012. He Spent several years coaching at LCA including: Freshman Boys basketball in 2009-2011. He coached the Offensive Line in football to a State Championship game in 2011 and was the head baseball coach from 2012-2014.
Jenn graduated high school and went on to attend two-year bible college at River City School of ministry, where she earned a certificate in music, worship ministry and prophetic interpretation. Jenn later went on to attend and graduate as a pharmacy technician technical program. She is a Nationally certified Pharmacy Technician, licensed in Utah and California. Jenn worked in the pharmaceutical field for 14 years and recently decided to change her career path a few years ago. She loves the career choice that she has made to work here at LCA. To be a part of the lives of so many students from around the world is such a blessing every day. “I cannot express how much joy working with young people brings me.” Jenn is a wife and mother of a beautiful daughter, who also attends LCA and likes it very much. Has been with LCA since 2016.
Mrs. Seager has been teaching for 25+ years and has been at LCA since 2010. She teaches Middle School Math and serves as the Accounting Office Manager. Mrs. Seager has BS degree in Elementary Education and majored in Mathematics at Appalachian Bible College, Beckley, WV.
Crystal was born in Silsbee,TX graduated from Silsbee High School in 1998. She and her husband Steven married in 2003 and traveled with the Air Force. After retiring, the Powell’s settled in Utah with their three kids Kylie, Kyndall and Krystian. Crystal loves to read and hike with her family. She has been at LCA since June 2016 and enjoys all the new experiences and people that she gets to meet.
Mr. Tony Hembrock is a long-time educator of more than thirty years serving in both P-12 and higher education institutions. He served as a secondary science teacher, in both private and public schools, for seventeen years and as the high school principal for LCA from 2005-2015. Tony has also worked as an adjunct professor for several prominent Utah universities to include: Weber State University, Utah Valley University and the University of Utah. Tony and his family currently live in Marion, Indiana and he is employed fulltime with Indiana Wesleyan University. Tony has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Thomas Edison State College, a Master’s degree in Education from Weber State University, and an Administrative/Supervisory Certificate from Utah State University. Tony and his wife Gwen have been married for 27 years; they have three children and one grandchild. Tony is a military veteran, and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, the outdoors, and gardening.
Mrs. Arnold was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where her large Lutheran congregation provided many opportunities for participation in a wide variety of musical organizations. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following graduation from St. Olaf with a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance degree, she pursued a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah. After moving to Utah in 1976, she taught as an adjunct associate instructor of voice for both the University of Utah and Weber State University. She earned her Actor’s Equity card working for Pioneer Theater Company in Salt Lake.
In 2003, she took a job teaching a number of subjects for Layton Christian Academy, which was a dream job. But in 2005, with her two children approaching college age, she needed full-time work. She was led to apply for a position in the Special Education Alternate Route to Teacher Licensing program, and she spent the next 12 years teaching Special Education for the Davis School District. Every summer, she ran a summer school program approved by the Davis District to offer support for children from all over the district who were struggling in reading and/or math but who did not indicate a learning disability. Also, during her time at the district, she received a grant to pursue licensing in the Wilson Multi-sensory Language System, which is designed to address severe learning disabilities in children of otherwise normal academic potential in the area of reading.
Special Education once again proved that clearly, the Lord knew what he was doing, because it was a very satisfying and challenging 12 years. However, in July 2017, after summer school was over, Mrs. Arnold retired. But that fall, she began working for the district as a Special Education tester, going from school to school evaluating children for Special Education.
She is thrilled to be back with her first love in the world of teaching. She looks forward to working at Layton Christian Academy again.
Mrs. Cheryl Sligar was born and raised in Madera, CA. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior when she was nine years old, and has served Him ever since. She received her Associates of Science degree from Fresno City College and was certified in Accelerated Christian Education (ACE Program) in California in 1982. After moving to Utah she has taken continuing classes at Weber State and the University of Utah. She has taught preschool through high school in the private Christian sector for 18 years, and taught third grade here at LCA for eleven years before taking on the position of preschool director in 2010.
Evelyn Purdy Daley was one of LCA’s original students in 1994 as a 6th grader, and was a member of the first graduating class in 2001! She has since returned as a preschool teacher! Has been with LCA since 2014
Mrs. Miller is originally from Northern California but moved to Utah with her family when her husband was transferred to Hill Air Force Base. She has been married for 27 years, has three grown children and one adorable grandson.
Mrs. Miller spent most of her adult life homeschooling her children and taking care of her family.
Mrs. Miller graduated from Weber State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science. She graduated with top honors with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.
Mrs. Miller has been an educator for three years, teaching fifth grade and kindergarten.
In her spare time, Mrs. Miller loves the outdoors, reading and spending time with God. She takes part in four Bible studies, leading two. She attends Alpine Church and is actively involved with many activities there.
Mrs. Williams has been in the education field for six years, and teaching for four. She is currently continuing her education through Weber State University. Mrs. Williams is married and has one daughter, Gracie. When not working she enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors! She looks forward to a great school year!
Allie is returning to the school she graduated from and is thrilled to be going into her third year of teaching at Layton Christian Academy. She grew up in Ogden, Utah and attended Christian Heritage School for most of her education. Allie competed in soccer, volleyball and cheerleading during her high school years, as well as starred in multiple theatre productions and musicals. During her senior year at LCA, she realized she wanted to study to become a teacher, which led her to The Master’s College in Southern California.
Allie graduated from The Master’s College with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Teacher Education with a concentration in Communications and a minor in Bible. In May of 2017, she received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential by completing the Credential Program at The Master’s University. During her student teaching, she was a student teacher to first and fifth graders. The Lord provided two wonderful Master teachers for her to work with and learn from, and she was blessed by her Supervisor that was influential in developing her teaching strategies and knowledge of the classroom.
When Allie is not teaching Firsties, you could find her at Starbucks, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Harris holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education grades K-6. This year, she is launching into her teaching career as the second-grade teacher here at LCA, having previously worked at another school for five years. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Harris enjoys taking care of her family. She also enjoys mentoring young women to run the race with Jesus. For leisure time she enjoys reading, hiking, walking, and biking.
Miss Heather Sligar is an LCA alumna and has worked at LCA since she graduated in 2007. While at LCA she participated in volleyball, basketball, speech & debate, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State University in Elementary Education. Heather loves to travel and do missions work all across the world. The countries that she has visited include: Mexico, Belize, Jamaica, and South Africa. Her passion is to see that children grow in their faith in God, while getting a proper education. Miss Sligar has been with LCA since 2007.
Mrs. Fiske grew up in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. She attended Metropolitan State University and received a B.A. in Music Education. Mrs. Fiske then headed west and taught Elementary Music in Las Vegas, Nevada, for 15 years. Returning to Colorado to be with family, she taught in the Westminster Public School District.
Then came the blessing of homeschooling her daughter and doing some traveling as a family for international missions with YWAM. So much fun! After not having to “work” for a few years, Mrs. Fiske returned to the classroom as a substitute for a while. Having dipped her toe in the waters of the regular classroom, she’s excited to be a fifth-grade teacher!
Mrs. Fiske and her husband have been relocated to Utah from Denver by her husband’s company, which is working on the Salt Lake City airport. Her husband and daughter are both looking forward to many camping and fishing trips! Along with her two dogs, her daughter and herself enjoy taking walks together – as well as movie nights and game time together with Dad.
Mrs. Teri Vigil came to Utah via Missouri in 1995 to teach first grade. She has experienced many duties here including assisting with the coaching of JV girls basketball and volleyball, scorekeeping for basketball and volleyball, and working with development. She received her Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree from Weber State University in 2006.
Junior High and High School
Ms. Anne Lewis has taught high school Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, and Science Electives at LCA since 2003. She was raised in Roswell, NM (no, there were no UFO’s!), moved to Southern California during her high school years where she was awarded a national merit scholarship. She attended Cal State Fullerton and earned a BA in Chemistry. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1979 and moved to Utah in 1982 to take classes at the University of Utah in engineering and human resources. She then worked as an environmental chemist for 18 years, and as a lab director for the final seven years.
Ms. Lewis’ favorite vacation destinations are Yellowstone National Park, Seattle, and Maine. She enjoys knitting, photography, travel (Yellowstone National Park and Maine), junking (yard sales) and birds (she is known by her family as a “nature bunny”)! Ms. Lewis is a science nerd, having learned to treasure insects and physics, and LOVES teaching.
Mrs. Schrader hails from Lexington KY. She attended East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and graduated in 1997 with a degree in English, emphasis on literature, with a chemistry minor. In 2002 she received her Masters of Education, emphasis on curriculum and instruction, from the University of Phoenix, focusing her graduate work on an action research study on creating active readers. She also received her LCMS colloquy in 2003. Mrs. Schrader taught for 13 years at Concordia Preparatory School (formerly Salt Lake Lutheran high school). In 2006 she was named Rocky Mountain District teacher of the year, and in 2011 she presented at the RMD Professional Church Workers Conference “Making the High School Classroom a Kinesthetic Experience”. Mrs. Schrader began teaching at Layton Christian Academy in 2013. She is chair of the English department, Curriculum Coordinator, and was recently named Academic Advancement Coordinator. In 2016 Mrs. Schrader became an adjunct professor for Weber State University and concurrent enrollment site coordinator. At LCA she teaches English 1010 and 2010, AP Language and Composition, American literature, and theology, including apologetics, Case for Christ, Proverbs, and Five Love Languages. At LCA, Mrs. Schrader also leads professional development, J Term, and T212 (a quarterly spiritual retreat for the students). Mrs. Schrader’s three children also attend LCA in high school and middle school.
Dr. Mike Wills obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2005. His dissertation was “Extension of Spectral Scales to Unbounded Operators”. He earned his MSc in mathematics from California State-Northridge in 2000 and his BSc in mathematics from the University of Bath in 1994. He has taught for 19 years and has published some original research papers in the areas of convexity analysis and operator algebras. Over his teaching career, he has taught courses ranging from Algebra II to Complex Analysis. For most of his time at LCA, Mike has taught AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and Precalculus. In addition, he has taught Astronomy and concurrent enrollment. He is also a rugby coach. During J-term, he runs the billiards class. In his younger days, Mike played football, baseball, soccer, basketball, track, chess, and bridge. It must be admitted that in all of these activities, his enthusiasm exceeded his competence. Mike is a big fan of literature. Some of his favourite authors include W. Rudin, E. Kreyszig, W. Strauss, C. Akemann, N. Bourbaki, B. Simon, L.C. Evans, J. Ringrose, and V. Kadison. Mike greatly enjoys working at LCA helping students appreciate the beauty of mathematics and grow into ethical and humane adults. To paraphrase the great Paul Halmos: when Mike left high school, he wanted to be a mathematician. He still does. Mike has been with LCA since 2012.
Aaron Schrader graduated from Concordia University in Seward, NE in 1999 with a B.S. in secondary education and has served 15 years in Christian education full time as a teacher and a coach. He served for many years at Salt Lake Lutheran HS and also at Concordia Preparatory School teaching US history, US government, AP US history, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, World History, and World Geography and Cultures. He also coached baseball, cross country, and track and field. In 2016, Coach Schrader was named Head High School Girls Basketball Coach and in 2019, Head High School Boys D League Basketball Coach.. He was a National Merit Finalist in high school and Board of Regents Scholar while in college, and also excelled in intercollegiate track and field. Coach Schrader also has 3 children who attend LCA. Has been with LCA since 2013.
Mrs. Adinia Chavez has been teaching Spanish at LCA since 2003. She was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and her family moved to the United States when she was 18 years old. In high school she was on the drum line and basketball team. She has four children and three grandchildren; her grandchildren have attended LCA and her son Daniel graduated in 2007. Adinia has been teaching for over 20 years and has an associate’s degree in office administration. She has also taken classes at Ogden Weber Technology College.
Mrs. Chavez teaches high school and some elementary Spanish. She loves basketball, music, Italian food and traveling with her sisters. She currently resides in Roy and everyone who knows her sees her deep passion for teaching Spanish and for LCA! Has been with LCA since 2003.
Dr. Rey P. Roa strongly agrees with J.S. Bach when he said that, “The purpose and ultimate reason for all music is to glorify the Lord and to refresh one’s spirit.” His first piano teacher was his mother and he later pursued his piano studies at the CIC School of Music and at the University of the Philippines. Rey has an Education Administration degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Music. In 2009, he completed his Doctoral Degree in Music History and Theory.
Sean is on his third year at LCA. He loves all things involving Jesus and tech. It’s not uncommon to find Sean involved a lot of activities at the same time. His endless curiosity and wonder for life drive him to continue exploring. Sean earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services (with a counseling/addiction emphasis) from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is passionate about helping build students into leaders and calling them into greater things. Sean is married to his lovely wife, Alexandra. They are celebrating 5 years of marriage this year. Sean and Alex have a dog (Shiba Inu) named Bear that is their beloved “fur baby”.
Nathan Shaw is brand new to LCA. He actually attended the school when he was in Kindergarten in 2001, but a lot has changed since then. For example, he watched a lot of VHS movies in 2001. When he is not teaching, Mr. Shaw enjoys playing basketball, thinking that he’s a film critic, reading, and wandering around Target. He is also the youth pastor at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, so he can’t seem to escape teenagers.
Mr. Shaw received his Bachelor’s of History Teaching with a minor in Communication from Weber State University in 2017, and he has has a Level 1 Certification.
Ms. Becca Baldridge joined LCA in 2018 and teaches theatre and English. She grew up in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah, and was involved in a variety of performing arts groups in the community, as well in school. She attended Southern Utah University and majored in Theatre Arts Education and minored in English Education. While attending school, she worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival as a teaching artist and was a tutor for SUU’s Upward Bound summer program. Her passions include theatre, singing, and traveling. A few of her favorite travel experiences have been London, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Japan, and Hawaii. She enjoys teaching because she loves connecting with the students and helping them make connections with the larger world.
Mr. Jones is from Evanston, Wyoming. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Sports Science from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and also graduated with a Master of Education in Adult Education/Secondary Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
For the last three years, Mr. Jones has lived in Malad, Idaho, teaching Physical Education and Intro to Coaching. At LCA, Coach Jones serves as the Head Girls Basketball Coach and teaches Economics, Leadership, Government and Business Math.
Coach Jones has been in college and high school coaching for 12 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. He has been married for 17 years to his wife Gretchen. They have four daughters — Mia, 15; Preslie, 11; Payton, 5; and Justice, 10 months.
Mr. Kelly was born and raised in southern Indiana before heading north for college. He attended Bethel University in South Bend, Indiana, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education. While at Bethel, he played rugby and was a cheerleader. Immediately after he finished his student teaching at a local school, Graham was asked to stay on as a temporary replacement for a recently retired English teacher. Graham believes teaching is his calling and thoroughly enjoys working in the classroom. Outside the classroom, Graham is an outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, climbing, skiing, canoeing, fishing and generally experiencing the wonder of God’s creation.
Ms. Woodward graduated from Cal State University Long Beach with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. She also studied for a year in Florence, Italy, and has a special place in her heart for the Italian Renaissance. She has taught art for the past 16 years in California. When her children were young, she and her family lived here in Layton for a few years. Recently, she and her husband moved back to Utah and she became the art teacher at LCA. She and her husband have two grown children living in California. Both of them attended LCA and she knew she wanted to be part of the wonderful atmosphere here at LCA. Living in Utah has allowed her and her husband to enjoy one of their favorite pastimes, camping!
Jake graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and an endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
He is originally from Spokane, Washington, and is a very proud Northwesterner. Jake’s primary interests include soccer (Go Sounders!) and basketball (Go Zags!), as well as reading and language learning.
His wife, Rachel, is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and they met each other in 2013 in Springfield, Missouri, while attending Evangel. They’ve been married since 2017, and couldn’t be happier to be living together in the Salt Lake area, which they both love dearly.