Greg Miller is the founding Administrator for Layton Christian Academy in Layton, Utah. He moved to Utah to start the school’s elementary program (grades PK-6) in 1994. The school added one grade per year culminating in the first LCA graduating class in 2001. Since that time Layton Christian Academy has grown to be the largest evangelical school in the state of Utah. Despite being a parochial, private school, LCA has made a conscious effort to be diverse ethnically, social-economically, religiously, and academically. LCA serves an international student population and has had students from over 45 different countries attend the school.
Before coming to LCA, Greg was 8 years at Heritage Christian School in
Hammond, Indiana where he served in a variety of positions including administrator of the school.
In addition to serving as the Administrator of LCA, Greg currently serves or has
served on the following committees and organizations:
• Member Board of Trustees–Utah High School Activities Association (2007-2009)(2014-present)
• Chair-NCAA/High School Activities Task Force–National Council for Private School Accreditation
• Member Executive Committee–Utah High School Activities Association (2002-2007/2011-2014)
• Chair-Region 17 Board of Managers– Utah High School Activities Association (2002-2007/2011-2014)
• Member Commission on Discipleship– General Council of the Assemblies of God (2002-2006)
• Board of Christian Education Member– General Council of the Assemblies of God (2004-2007)
• Member Children’s Ministries Committee– General Council of the Assemblies of God (2003-
• Administrator of the Year–Utah High School Basketball Coaches Association (March 2006)
• President of the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (2003-2005/2007-2010)
• Vice President of the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (2002-2003/2006-2007)
• Secretary of the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (2000-2002)
• Member At Large Association of Christian Teachers and Schools Executive Board (2010-present)
Greg and his wife, Karen, have three children all of which are graduates of Layton Christian Academy, Jordan, Jared, and Alyssa. They have 3 grandchildren, one of whom attends LCA.
Karen Miller, long-time Christian educator, is originally from Ohio. Karen attended and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana in 1985, where she met her husband, Greg. In 1986, she began her career in Christian Education in Hammond, Indiana alongside Greg, where she taught a variety of classes from Preschool to High School.
In 1993, Greg and Karen moved to Layton, Utah to become Administrators at Layton Christian Academy where they have grown the school from Kindergarten only to Preschool-12th grade and over 400 students. Karen has served in a variety of roles at LCA during her time here and now serves as Assistant Administrator, overseeing many staff and programs.
Karen and Greg have 3 children, all of whom graduated from LCA and three grandchildren, one of whom attends LCA as well!
Bobby PorterDean of Students
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
Angie JusticeElementary Principal
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.
Jared MillerSecondary Principal
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.
Jeremy JonesAthletic Director & Head Women's Basketball Coach
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.
Mariah KatoaAssistant Athletic Director & Head Women's Volleyball Coach
Coach Mariah is a lifelong athlete. As a freshman in high school, she competed in the Junior Olympics in Dallas, Texas. She went on to become a 4 time letter winner for the Layton Lancers, Team MVP, All State selection as a sophomore, junior and senior as well as being highly recruited out of high school, with offers from PAC-12, Big 12, ACC and MWC. She signed as a junior with BYU and while an athlete there, she had the opportunity to play in both Brazil and Argentina.
Coach Mariah has coached alongside Art McCarty at Layton High, with those teams competing at the State Tournament. As Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at LCA, she has lead our team to 2nd place in the Region – then beating the undefeated number 1 seed, advancing to the State Tournament.
Paulo FrancoDirector of International Programs & Assistant Athletic Director
Paulo Franco is originally from Brazil but moved to US with his wife Gabriella in 2013. He has been married for 9 years and has two beautiful girls: Isabella and Ellena. He obtained his Bachelors in Physical Education from Universidade Catolica do Salvador (Highest Academic Equivalency in the United States) in 2009.
Paulo is a highly skilled Soccer Coach and Physical Trainer with advanced knowledge in physical education and soccer. A unique Soccer Coach whose work has impressed physical education and soccer professionals for 22 years. Experienced in developing exclusive training program customized particularly for soccer teams and soccer players, according to needs and practice schedules that has resulted in significant increase of performance and ability, resulting in better and more efficient players. Paulo Franco holds high licenses in UEFA and USSF federations.
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!”
Sheli BurtMain Office Manager
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.
Jenn MaloneInternational Liaison
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.
Tony HembrockAcademic Counselor
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.
Lexie MillerStudent Life Advisor
Lexie is an alumni of Layton Christian Academy, Class of 2009. While attending LCA for High School, her favorite about the school was small class sizes, being able to participate in many different activities and interacting with international students. She has been working at Layton Christian Academy for the past 6 years. Lexie loves the opportunity to interact with staff and students on a daily basis. She is currently working in the Counseling Department as the Student Life Advisor and loves helping the students become successful daily in the classroom and also discussing future plans for after high school.
Lexie is married to Jared Miller and together they have a 4 year old son, Elliot that attends Pre-School at Layton Christian Academy. They love that they are able to peak in on Elliot during school and also watch him interact with everyone at school events. The Miller family loves the family atmosphere that LCA has to offer and it is their home away from home.
Gretchen JonesAssistant to the Head of School
Gretchen is from Sterling, Oklahoma. She graduated with my Bachelors degree in Health and Sports Science in 2013 from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Currently, Gretchen is working as the Assistant to Mr. Miller as well as MS girls basketball and JV girls basketball coach. Gretchen has been married to Jeremy Jones for 18 years and have four daughters: Mia, Preslie, Payton and Justice
Early Childhood Education
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 DaleyPre-Kindergarten
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. 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 Haller1st Grade
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.
Kristina Miller2nd Grade
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.
Heather Sligar3rd Grade
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.
Cathy Nielson4th Grade
Mrs. Nielsen has been a life long learner, and believes learning takes place every day; many times in places and situations one may not expect. Mrs. Nielsen started her journey to earning a college degree at the University of Utah. She later attended Weber State University where she earned an Associate of Science degree in General Studies. After raising her three children, she decided it was time to finish what she had started so many years before. She attended Western Governor’s University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Nielsen taught 1st grade for several years in public schools before joining the elementary team at LCA in 2018 where she has taught 4th, 5th and 6th grades.
Mrs.Nielsen is extremely proud of her three grown kids and her husband, Jim. She says there is nothing better than spending time with the fam. Mrs. Nielsen and her husband have been able to travel to many countries over the past 15 years. They have traveled to England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, Costa Rica, Canada and China. She feels truly blessed to have been able to experience the cultures of the world and is thankful she can experience the diversity at LCA!
Teri Vigil6th Grade
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
Anne LewisScience Department Head
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.
Erinn Mousley SchraderEnglish Department Head
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 and Curriculum 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 English 9. At LCA, Mrs. Schrader also leads professional development, J Term, and T212 (a quarterly spiritual retreat for the students). Mrs. Schrader’s two children also attend LCA in high school and middle school.
Dr. Michael WillsMath Department Head
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 SchraderHistory Department Head
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 RoaMusic
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.
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.
Kevin LambertComputer Science
Coach Lambert is a lifelong runner and learner who graduated from Northwest Nazarene University where he ran Cross Country and Track and majored in ministry. He moved to Layton in 2015 and is currently the pastor of Rosewood Lane Church of the Nazarene. After enrolling his children in LCA he fell in love with the mission and atmosphere of the school. He began teaching part time in 2017, covering Bible, Computers and English while also coaching Cross Country. Since then he has dropped English to build a Computer Science curriculum using Weber State University’s curriculum. In addition to teaching Coach Lambert loves racing, playing video games, hiking, swimming and mountain biking.
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!
Matthew Atkinson grew up in Huntington Beach, California and attended the University of Southern California where he received a Dual-Bachelor’s degree in Economics & International Relations. Subsequently, he attended Pepperdine University and graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration degree. During his time at Pepperdine he studied abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and played for the Tsinghua University soccer team. Following his graduation from Pepperdine he spent four years as an instructor at Renmin University of China, where he taught business courses to Undergraduate, Masters, & Ph.D. students. Matthew is a world-traveler and has visited twenty-six countries on five continents. He is also a life-long Los Angeles Clippers fan and is optimistic that the 2020/2021 NBA season will end with the Clippers hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Varice TorresHealth and Culinary Arts
Varice Torres is a former graduate and Valedictorian of the first graduating class at LCA. She attended both Palm Beach Atlantic University and Weber State University. This is Varice’s 2nd year teaching at LCA and her 6th year as our Team LCA coordinator. She has 4 children that also attend LCA.
Gabriella FrancoGraphic Design
A marketing professional and Graphic Designer with over 10 years of experience, Gabriella Franco is originally from Brazil but moved to US with her husband Paulo in 2013. She has been married for 9 years and has two beautiful girls: Isabella and Ellena. She obtained her Bachelors degree from Universidade Estadual do Para (Highest Academic Equivalency in the United States) in 2010. She has extensive knowledge in strategic marketing planning, marketing communications, media and public relations, sales promotion and creative development. But for all those fields, Graphic Design is her passion!