Staff

Academy Administrator-Dan Beckwith


Academy Chaplain – Dale Peters


Kindergarten teacher – Christie Franz



1st/2nd grade teacher – Mrs. Carey Thomsen

This will be Carey’s 16th year of teaching.  She graduated from CMU in 2004 with her Elementary Education degree. She is currently working on her Master’s from Saginaw Valley State University.  Carey taught at Standish Elementary for 1 year, Ogemaw Hills Christian School for 3 1/2 years and then taught various homeschoolers for 7 years.   She has also done some long term subbing for various schools after graduation.   She was one of the original teachers when CCA opened.

She loves teaching lower elementary but has taught all grades 1st-8th.  Her favorite subjects to teach are Bible, Phonics, and Social Studies.  She is looking forward to a great year!

Carey has been married to her husband for 14 years and they have two boys.  She is very active at Calvary Baptist Church teaching junior church, helping in the nursery, playing flute in the orchestra and is the director for the Awana Cubbie program.



3rd/ 4th grade teacher – Laurel Tecmire

My name is Laurel Tecmire. I’ve been married to my husband Whit for 40 years. We have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two precious grandsons.

I was raised in a Christian family and came to know the Lord at a young age. At 11 years old I truly recognized MY sin and committed my life to serving the Lord.

I love my family and Sunday dinners with them. I also love gardening, reading, coffee, graph paper, organizing, decorating, garage sales, crafts and yellow.

I don’t remember a time in my life that I haven’t worked with children! They are my God given passion and I believe I was given the spiritual gift of teaching.  I have always taught somewhere, whether it was talking to my childhood friends in the neighborhood about Jesus, teaching youth group, women’s ministry’s, VBS, Day Camp, Sunday School or being a mentor at the Caring Pregnancy Center.

I had the honor of teaching Junior High Bible at Ogemaw Hills Christian School for three years before they closed. It was a dream come true.

More than even the academic side of teaching, I enjoy teaching critical thinking, reasoning, character and integrity. I am a teacher who encourages the question…. WHY?


5th – 8th Grade ELA/History/Science:

Nicole McGeathy

This will be Nicole’s 7th year of teaching. She graduated from Bob Jones University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education. 

Nicole taught at Ogemaw Hills Christian School for 5 years, where she has taught grades 2nd through 8th.

Nicole has been married to her husband for 15years and they have four boys. She is active at Calvary Baptist Church teaching junior church, helping in nursery and Awana.


5th-8th Grade Math – Sara Hughey