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PCA's weekly parent podcast called "The Journey" has hit 5,000 downloads since launching last year! PCA strives to partner with parents in equipping students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence, and model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, churches and communities for Christ. The Journey is just one easy way for parents to stay up-to-date on happenings around the PCA School System and gather parenting insights along the way.

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Prestonwood Christian Academy Announces New Guidance and College/Career Counseling Lead

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System appointed Mrs. Amber Beckles Guidance and College/Career Counseling Lead. Mrs. Beckles has been a technology teacher in the Plano Campus Upper School for the past 15 years and has served as the department head for five years. As Guidance and College/Career Counseling Lead, Mrs. Beckles will facilitate students' understanding of higher education's meaning and purpose and foster their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning.

"Prestonwood Christian Academy is committed to equipping our students for college and beyond," said Dr. Mike Goddard, PCA School System Superintendent. "PCA strives to establish students for life through a very intentional Kingdom education that equips them academically and spiritually. I am thrilled that Mrs. Beckles has accepted the Guidance and College/Career Counseling Lead role. In alignment with Kingdom education, Mrs. Beckles has been a strong partner with current and past students and parents for 15 years. I look forward to the deeper impact she will have on students on their path to glorify Christ in their educational and professional lives after PCA."  

Mrs. Beckles has brought a wealth of experience in the field of education since 2007 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Master of Arts degree in Human Relations, concentrating on Counseling, both from Liberty University. She served as an adjunct professor at Liberty University Online from 2009 through 2013. In addition to being the lead technology teacher at PCA, Mrs. Beckles created a technology curriculum, served as liaison to Upper School Administrators to better serve the student body spiritually, socially, academically, and mentally, and served as the Student Government sponsor for three years.

"There is nothing I love more than pouring and investing into the lives of our students and pointing them to Christ," said Mrs. Beckles. "I have had the privilege of watching them grow in confidence over the years and achieve their God-given potential. I look forward to continuing to create relationships and rapport with students and parents as we discuss and plan their post-PCA journey."

Mrs. Beckles has been married to Anthony, a 737 captain for a major airline, for 14 years. Mr. Beckles's aviation career brought the Beckles to Dallas/Fort Worth. The couple has one son, Trey, who is going into 4th Grade at PCA Plano.

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is comprised of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually worldwide. 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 (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) and PCA Online. In addition, St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with severe learning differences, and The King's Academy provides Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as one of the country's strongest Christian education programs, providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students' spiritual health in addition to their academic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA's rigorous Liberal Arts educational program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the Class of 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarships for academics, arts, and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA celebrated its 25th school year in 2021-22.

 

Mr. Rob Kelton accepts appointment to lead School System’s Learning Lab

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System announced that Mr. Rob Kelton has been appointed as Director of Specialized Learning. Mr. Kelton comes to PCA from Parish Episcopal School.

“Prestonwood Christian Academy is committed to equipping all students for college and beyond,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, PCA School System Superintendent. “PCA strives to establish students for life through a very intentional Kingdom education focus that equips them academically and spiritually. I am excited to add Mr. Rob Kelton to the excellent team at PCA. He is passionate about investing in the lives of students, especially those whom God has gifted with different learning abilities, and he fully embraces our vision of developing courageous Christian influencers who will impact the culture for Christ for generations to come.” 

Mr. Kelton brings nearly 30 years of experience to Prestonwood Christian Academy, most recently as Director of Learning Lab at Parish Episcopal School of Dallas. During his tenure at Parish, he developed the Learning Lab from 30 students, where now, they serve more than 120 students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and dyslexia. He also established a dyslexia program for students to receive remediation as class. Before his time at Parish Episcopal School, he was on staff at the Shelton School for 23 years, where he served as a teacher in the classroom for 13 years and was promoted to Testing Coordinator, administering cognitive, perceptual, attention, and academic tests for 10 years. 

Mr. Kelton earned his B.A. in Leadership at Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE, and holds a Primary Montessori Certification. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

Mr. Kelton began his position on July 5, 2022. “I am thrilled to join the PCA School System where I can partner with students, parents, teachers and administrators to build a successful team approach to empower each student to reach their highest potential,” said Kelton. “I’m excited to join this amazing Learning Lab team as we work to set a foundation of success for students’ time at PCA and beyond.”

Mr. Kelton and his wife, Aimee, currently attend Prestonwood Baptist Church. Before PBC, he served as a hallway captain for the Children’s Ministry and a 6th grade small group leader at Northwest Bible Church.

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 (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with severe 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 scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA celebrated its 25th school year in 2021-22.

PCA School System Pays Tribute to Dr. Ron Moss

Plano campus’ welcome center named in his honor

July 28, 2022 – PLANO, Texas – From now on, each time someone enters through the Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) Plano campus doors, they will be inside the Dr. Ron Moss Welcome Center.

Dr. Moss and his wife, Deb, were in attendance for a celebration July 19 to make the naming of the beautifully appointed central open space adjoining the Middle School, Upper School and corridor leading to the Horner Training Center and the Dr. Larry Taylor Leadership Center official. Numerous family members, friends, PCA staff members, PCA students and PCA alumni were on hand to help honor Dr. Moss, who impacted countless lives in the PCA community for more than a decade.

“Dr. Ron Moss is an iconic figure at Prestonwood Christian Academy,” PCA School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Goddard said. “I’ve known Ron for more than 20 years and there has not been a single time I’ve heard anything but a life-changing impact he’s made on others after they engage with him. Ron is a true difference maker and this honor is beyond deserving. He loves Jesus and shows so many the love of Christ.”

Dr. Moss served as PCA’s Director of Guidance and College Placement, leading hundreds of students to universities and colleges across the nation. He would always notice, listen to and pray for students and fellow staff members alike. He retired in the summer of 2021, but continued to help out on a part-time basis during the 2021-22 school year.

PCA also recently held a tree dedication ceremony and named an endowment for Dr. Moss in recognition of his exemplary contributions in the field of education (nearly 50 years), influence in the lives of thousands of students and Christ-like character.

Dr. Moss spent 18 years at Southern Methodist University as Dean of Admission and Executive Director of Enrollment Services. He was at Rice University for 12 years as Director of Admission and began his career at Texas Christian University as Director of Freshmen Admission.

Dr. Moss also served as a speaker and author concerning the counseling and guidance profession and was a leader for countless professional associations, such as the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) and National Association of Christian College Admission Professionals (NACCAP). He was part of a design team that developed curriculum for a nationally-based certification program for college counselors employed in faith-based high schools.

His accolades include the NACAC Founders Award, NACCAP Lifetime Achievement Award and PTA Lifetime Membership Award. In his licensed ministry, he has served a number of churches in a variety of roles.

Dr. Moss received his doctorate from the University of North Texas, where he was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Student Award.

 

PCA Senior Athletic Director Brazil Inducted into THSCA Hall of Honor

July 18, 2022 — PLANO, TX — Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System Senior Athletic Director Brian Brazil was inducted to the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Hall of Honor on July 16 at a ceremony at Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Brazil, who began his role at PCA on July 1, served as Hebron High School’s football head coach and athletic coordinator since the school opened in 1999. He led his team to more than 150 wins during that time, including the 2005 University Interscholastic League Class 4A state championship with a 16-0 record. He was also a part of Lewisville High School’s state title teams in 1993 and 1996 as an assistant coach.

Brazil’s accomplishments also include winning THSCA’s 2014 Tom Landy Award, which recognizes a Texas high school football coach who exemplifies the Christian values that defined former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry on and off the field.

Brazil has helped countless student-athletes advance to play at the collegiate level, including 49 NCAA Division I players. Five of his former players have gone on to play in the National Football League (including current players Deatrich Wise Jr. of the New England Patriots, Jamal Adams of the Seattle Seahawks and Daniel Wise of the Washington Commanders). His former player Ian Cunningham is the Assistant General Manager of the Chicago Bears.

Brazil and his wife, Birdie, have been married for 32 years. They have three adult children (daughters, Danielle and Gabrielle and son, David), one son-in-law (Tyler Mitchem, who is married to Danielle), one daughter-in-law (Lexie, who is married to David) and one granddaughter (Logan Mitchem). The Brazils have been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church since 2000.