PCA Promotes Angie Gray to Chief Enrollment and Marketing Officer
and Hires Maria Bower as Director of Spiritual Development
Jan. 06, 2023 -- PLANO, TX —Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System announced that Mrs. Angie Gray has been named Chief Enrollment and Marketing Officer. In addition, PCA also announced that Mrs. Maria Bower has been appointed Director of Spiritual Development. Both appointments are effective on Jan. 9, 2023.
“As we continue to build the best private Christian school team in America, the increased impact of Angie Gray should come as no surprise to anyone who interacts with her,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, PCA School System Superintendent. “Angie brings a sense of calm and commitment in the admissions process and now will be an even stronger Christ-centered influence on our communication and admissions process from a systemic standpoint. She is one of the best in the industry. “
Gray’s professional experience of 21 years in education includes various roles including teacher, assistant principal and principal, all at National Blue Ribbon Schools. Gray has served for the past seven years at PCA as Senior Director of Admissions, overseeing enrollment at PCA Plano, North, Hybrid, and Online. In her new role, Gray will oversee the PCA School System’s enrollment, marketing, communications and event functions.
Gray earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration (1996) and BS in Interdisciplinary Studies (1993) from University of North Texas. She holds multiple certifications including Mid-Management Administrator, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.
“Serving at Prestonwood Christian Academy is the highlight of my professional life, and I am humbled and honored to take on an enhanced leadership role in the PCA School System,” said Gray. “I am excited to have a greater opportunity to make a positive impact for Christ and to contribute to the pursuit of excellence that is a difference factor at PCA.”
Gray and her husband of 22 years, Terry, have been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church for more than 15 years. Their children Madelyn (11th Grade) and Mason (8th Grade) have attended Prestonwood Christian Academy Plano since Kindergarten.
Mrs. Maria Bower will oversee the spiritual development of students in the PCA School System.
“Maria Bower has a true heart to serve,” said Goddard. “Her commitment to Christ and growing others to deeper faith is a perfect partnership for PCA. Her role as a parent, mentor, biblical counselor and Godly wife will help strengthen our parents, students and staff in their walk with Christ. Our spiritual development program is a distinguishing quality of what we do, and Maria will ensure we lead well in Christ first in the days and years ahead.”
“The LORD has given me great enthusiasm (joy of my soul) for the students, parents, and staff of PCA,” said Bower. “I look forward to joining my fellow like-minded staff members, who have immensely blessed our family over the years, in the sacred leadership responsibility of shepherding this generation…that have been so lovingly entrusted to us.”
Bower has been married to PCA Board Member, and fellow Navy Veteran, Mark for 22 years. They are the parents of Benjamin, who is a Junior at PCA, and Matthew, who is a PCA alumnus enrolled in Texas A&M’s engineering program. The Bowers are long-time and active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System is pleased to announce an unprecedented number of students who were honored for their academic success at the national level.
Twelve students earned recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Program recognition, while 10 more were honored by the College Board National Recognition Program.
“The National Merit Scholarship Program and College Board National Recognition Program awards are affirmation of our students’ academic talents and having a collective commitment to excellence in all things,” PCA School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard said. “We’re extremely proud of our students, as well as our teachers. Students are continuously prepared to go out and change the world for Christ.”
PCA Plano’s Benjamin Anderson, Richard Douglass, Ian Graham and Matthew Huang were named National Merit Semifinalists. They will receive scholarship application materials and their names will be sent to regionally accredited four-year U.S. colleges and universities. Less than one percent of all of the nation’s high school seniors qualified for this prestigious honor.
PCA Plano’s Kathryn Arnett, Bettina Devadoss, Sarah Landers, Isaac Mei, Sydney Nack, Vaughn Scott, Laurel Smurawa and London Yount were honored as National Merit Commended. In recognition of their outstanding academic ability and potential for success in college, these students will be sent a letter of commendation.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is based on the previous year’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. More than 1.5 million students across the country participate.
As for the College Board National Recognition Program awards, PCA Plano had students achieve distinction in three different categories.
Carolina Casusol, Jacqueline Dominguez, Arielle Iacovacci, Alexandra Pingsterhaus and Eunice Vera won the National Hispanic Recognition Award. Gerald McAdoo, Shalom Olowu, Selise Phillips and Nicholas Thomas were winners of the National African American Recognition Award. Erica Culbertson took home the National Indigenous Award.
The College Board National Recognition Program requires excellent academic achievements in school and scores on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 and AP Exams. Students can include these honors on their college and scholarship applications.
About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System
Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,500 students are enrolled at the system’s campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA Hybrid and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the Class of 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA celebrated its 25th school year in 2021-22.
After an extensive search and interview process, Dr. Chad Nichols has been named Upper School Principal of Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano Campus, within the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. PCA is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Effective November 15, Dr. Nichols transitioned from Interim Principal to the leadership and strategic oversight of the Plano Campus faculty and staff, operational efficiency, and ensuring students have a safe and productive environment fostering academic, social, and spiritual development.
In his endorsement of Dr. Nichols, PCA School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard said, “Dr. Chad Nichols brings a strong understanding of the Prestonwood Christian Academy traditions and academic excellence and is the biggest fan of our Lion students and teachers’ success. In addition, Dr. Nichols brings a wealth of experience as a Christian teacher and administrator to a position leading one of the nation’s most respected Christian academies.”
“When the Upper School position opened in July, the Upper School faculty and staff provided feedback on the qualities and characteristics they would like to see in their next leader via a survey,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Shannon Cole. “Using the survey results and the prerequisites for a secondary principal position, we developed a professional profile as we began our broad search. The search committee screened all candidates for experience, certification, spiritual alignment, and expertise with Christian education. We are delighted that Dr. Nichols met all qualifications.”
Dr. Nichols’ professional experience of nearly three decades is characterized by dedication, enthusiasm, the pursuit of excellence, and a passion for education. He has been on staff at Prestonwood Christian Academy since 2016 and has served as Principal of PCA Online and as Upper School English and Mock Trial instructor. Before joining PCA, he taught English and Theatre at Pantego Christian Academy (2013–2016), was English Department Chair at Canyon Creek Christian Academy (2012–2013), served as a Theatre teacher at Ranchview High School (2011–2012), and taught English at First Baptist Academy (2000–2011). Nichols also served as an Adjunct Instructor of English at Tarrant County College (1999–2003) and Degree Plan Coordinator at Texas Wesleyan University (1996–2000).
Dr. Nichols earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership K–12 from Dallas Baptist University (2021), M.Ed. with an emphasis on English Language Arts (1999), and B.A. in English from Texas Wesleyan University (1995). In addition, he holds the Texas State Teacher Certification in Secondary English, Speech, and All-Level Theater, in addition to ACSI Teacher Certification and Principal Certification.
“I am so excited that God has allowed me to be the principal of the greatest Christian school I know, and I am humbled to work with such an outstanding faculty and staff to pour into the lives of students,” said Dr. Nichols. “I look forward to what God will do in and through Prestonwood Christian Academy in the days ahead.”
Dr. Nichols and his wife, Carol, attend Prestonwood Baptist Church and are members of “The Real Life” LifeGroup.
About the Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System
Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade with first graduating class of 2023), PCA Hybrid (a three-day in classroom/two-day at home program) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $154.6 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now accepting applications. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.
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