History and Leadership
Why start a classical Christian school?
For several decades, St. Stephen’s Church has operated Noah’s Ark, a pre-school and Kindergarten program serving many churches and communities throughout the Ohio Valley / Pittsburgh region. Noah’s Ark has educated thousands of students over the years, helping young children grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically.
In the spring of 2017, a group of church leaders and parents had a common vision to expand this work for older children. Over the past year, our research and prayer has led us to the following convictions:
Classical education has shown great promise for instilling both academic success and a lifelong love of learning (see the educational outcomes page)
Christian education is a form of discipleship – of the church passing on Christ-like thinking and living – that therefore serves not only students but also the wider Christian and non-Christian communities
The University Model is a very cost-effective and efficient way to educate children that enables parents to partner in the educational process
Who are the leaders of the school?
St. Stephen’s Classical Academy has been founded by a network of church leaders, educators, and parents committed to helping kids grow in a life of wisdom and joyful learning.
Director of the Academy and Teacher
Anna is delighted to work with the Academy’s board to provide an excellent classical Christian education. She holds undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Rhetorical Studies and a Masters in Administration and Supervision. She formerly worked as a fourth-grade teacher in Richmond, Virginia. Anna and her husband, Brendan, live in Sewickley with their three children.
First Grade Teacher
Kathy has 26 years of professional teaching experience ranging from pre-school to sixth grade. She has studied the teaching of writing extensively and especially loves to incorporate art in the classroom. Kathy lives in Bradfordwoods and has two sons.
Third Grade Teacher
Hannah graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She is also certified as a PA English as a second language specialist. After graduating from college Hannah traveled to Niger, West Africa where she taught at Sahel Academy for three years. Hannah leads worship at her local church and enjoys the outdoors every chance she can.