“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper and not harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

The Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy’s mission is to educate and develop children of Christ-like character who seek to fulfill God’s divine plan in their lives through hard work, perseverance, and the use of their spiritual gifts and talents.

 
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Nadia Reed

Hello my name is Nadia Reed and I’ve been with The Academy since the fall of 2002. I am passionate about educating students and instilling in them academic, social, and spiritual principles that will empower them to live out their purpose. I thank God for sending me to The Academy and using me as a vehicle to meet the needs of His children. Kindergarten through sixth grade is a very crucial point in a child’s academic foundation. During this time, the foundation will affect the continuation of their emotional and academic growth. By the time students reach upper elementary grades, they are expected to mature and show actions of responsibility. I want my students to know that with hard work and perseverance, they can accomplish the goals that are set for them. In teaching the students here at The Academy, we first assess the initial academic level of each student. This allows us to formulate our lessons in such a way that will challenge the student to grow, without being overwhelmed. We set forth attainable goals for each student in order for them to meet the standard objectives established by the State of Ohio. With small classroom sizes at GSFCA, we are able to meet the individual needs of the student. We adapt our teaching style to include the various learning styles of the students. We understand at times the student can feel frustrated or defeated when facing difficulty in different subject areas. We remind them, they are created fearfully and wonderfully in God’s image; and they can overcome the challenges they face because they can do all things through Christ whom strengthens them. The Academy helps to strengthen each child by allowing them to use his/her individual gifts and talents; and by integrating the word of God into all academia of math, science, social studies, and language arts. I am an educator that firmly believes in discipline. I want the students to know that they will be held accountable according to the expectations set forth at The Academy. I strive to help students understand that we live in accordance to rules/laws, and are held accountable to them. We have the Bible which states to us the “Laws of God” as well as our government which gives us the “laws of the land.” I want them to understand that I will lovingly dispense consequences when they break the school rules. I do this to help them build character and become good citizens so they will not break any “laws” and face more severe consequences later in life. By understanding the lifestyle of obedience, they will know how to develop their personal relationships with God, allowing them to live their lives according to His purpose.

Partnership with Parents

It is important for parents to realize that the staff of The Academy are simply “partnering” with them to continue the child’s education. The first part of education begins at home. From the parents, children learn how to talk, how to interact with others, and establish home study habits. In order to help in this partnership, it is important that parents examine the principles that we teach, the standards we have, and the expectations we require. In partnering with us, the parent is saying that they agree with the expectations given and are willing to help the student reach these expectations. Therefore, we ask that you reinforce the academic, behavioral, and spiritual principles at home that we implement in school. It is important that each parent work with their child on all their academic subjects each night to help practice the skills learned in class. Students need to see the unification between the parents and educators. God is not the author of confusion, and we do not promote disunity within The Academy. Instead, we ask that you partner with us knowing that we are doing our very best to help your child.

What I Want Students to Remember

I want my students to remember that I sincerely love them. I want them to remember me as a woman of God who loves to worship Him with all her heart. I want them to remember their experience at The Academy as a time of learning, growth, and excitement. I want them to remember that God loves them, has a plan for them, and they can follow that plan by responding in obedience to Him. I want them to remember to take advantage of every educational opportunity God opens for them to help fulfill that plan.

 
 

 

 

 
 


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Alexis Greene

Hi! I would like to introduce myself as the third and fourth grade teacher at The Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy. My name is Alexis Greene and I have taught for over 12 years. God has ordered my steps and I have been obedient, including walking through the doors of The Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy. God has placed me here not just to teach academics, but to minister to each child and his/her family. What a great God we serve!

My Classroom

As students enter my classroom, I make sure they feel welcomed with many bright colors, open space, hugs and smiles. Initially, I assess the students to cater to their academic needs. I realize everyone has unique learning styles; therefore, in the classroom, I attempt to reach each learning style to ensure success. If additional attention is needed, I make myself available.

What I want students to remember

I want my students to remember that math is fun and not intimidating. Put God 1st and everything else will fall into place. And most of all, God loves them no matter what.

What will my students learn?

My students will learn PROA:

  • Prioritize what's important.
  • Responsibility to God, authority figures, and themselves.
  • Organization keeps you healthy.
  • Accountability keeps your character in outstanding status.
 
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Monica Williams

Hello, I would like to introduce myself as the Kindergarten Teacher at The Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy. My name is Monica Williams and I have been teaching at The GSFCA since the reopening in 2002. Education and Christianity are both very important to me. I relay this to my students by modeling how important it is to have a relationship with God and education. In my classroom I provide a loving, caring, and safe environment for students to learn.

My Philosophy of Education

As an educator, I have taken a responsibility to meet all students where they are and to guide them through a successful academic school year. Through Christian teachings, love, and values, the students will begin to learn how essential these principles are to our lives.

My Classroom

Kindergarten is the most fundamental period in a child's life. Kindergarten abilities are building blocks for skills needed for future grades. Therefore, I have designed my classroom and expectations according to The Ohio State Standards and Benchmarks. I incorporate various learning and teaching strategies when I create lessons and activities. I begin the school year with modeling and guided practice. Once those skills have been taught and practiced in adequate time; I expect the students to perform the task independently. I allow time for assessments, reflection, and re-teaching of a skill, if necessary.

The classroom daily schedule is structured and followed rigorously. My goal is to have the students engaged and working to the best of their abilities. Parent involvement is also significant. I am available to parents through letters, conferences, weekly newsletters, and behavior charts in the students’ take home folders. I encourage and welcome parental support in any and all aspects which encourage the growth and well-being of children and their educational careers.

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday - 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone: 614.221.1518 Fax: 614.221.8470
Website: www.gsfchristianacademy.org
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The Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin or ancestry.