3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Eskew is from a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. She is certified in Gifted Education and Montessori. Mrs. Eskew received her National Board Certification in 2001 and renewed it in 2012. She has been teaching for 22 years. She is married to Eric and attends East Shelby Church of Christ.
Hailey Haynes graduated from Harding University in 2018 with a K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education Degree. She taught Kindergarten at RCA in the 2018-2019 school year and is now the Learning Differences Specialist for the FLEX program. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN and goes to Germantown Church of Christ. Hailey's favorite quote is "Everybody can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way." -George Evans.
History, Bible; Spiritual Life Teacher
A native of East Tennessee, Keith Hayworth moved to West Tennessee in the 1990s. Mr. Hayworth is a graduate of Carson-Newman University (B.A.) and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (M.A.). He has been teaching at RCA since 2000. He is currently finishing his dissertation in History at the University of Memphis. He lives with his wife, Vickie, in Hickory Valley, Tennessee where he is also a pastor.
5th Grade Teacher
Ms. Honeycutt has a Bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Tennessee at Martin. She is also certified to teach gifted students in the state of Tennessee in grades kindergarten through twelfth grades. She earned a Master's degree from The University of Memphis in Administration and Supervision. In fifth grade, she teaches Bible, science, social studies, vocabulary, and math. Ms. Honeycutt also teaches sixth grade science and social studies. She has a daughter that graduated from Rossville Christian Academy that is now attending college.
7th Bible, 7th Grade English, Wellness; Assistant Football
Kendall is a graduate of Delta State University. There, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology while playing offensive line for the Fighting Orka for five years. Kendall teaches Health & Wellness, 7th grade Bible, and 7th grade English in his second year at RCA. He is the Assistant Head Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Mighty Rossville Wolves. Kendall is a proud husband and father who values the mental strength of our students today. His favorite verse is John 15:15, "I no longer call you servants; instead, I call you friend."
Kimberly Kochan has been a teacher and senior sponsor at RCA for 18 years. She specializes in History, Government, Economics, and AP. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education History and Government. She and her husband Michael have two girls who attend RCA. They are members of Hickory Withe First Baptist Church where she teaches the 4 year old class. One of her favorite Bible verses is Romans 12: 3-8, "According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one's faith, if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching." Besides teaching, some of her favorite things to do is crochet, travel and cooking.
Brie Lawson was born and raised in CA. At the University of Arizona, she received her Bachelors of Science in Renewable Natural Resources majoring in Wildlife Sciences. After marrying her high school sweetheart and becoming a mother of two amazing kids, they moved to Mississippi in 2010. In 2012 Brie started her teaching career and is very blessed with what God has done for her. She came to RCA in 2017 as a math teacher. Brie is now teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Chemistry at RCA. With God’s hand, Brie brings science to life for students and encourages hands-on learning.
4th Grade Teacher
Elizabeth has been married to Brian for 25 years and they have two sons. She is a member of St. Patrick Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth has a master's degree in teaching from University of Memphis.
8th, 9th, and 10th grade English; Theater Sponsor
Ralph Norwood graduated Christian Brothers University with a degree in Humanities with minors in English and Fine Arts. He has over 23 years of classroom experience as an instructor in English, art, history, and drama for Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, and RCA. He spent five years travelling the county as a consultant for an educational support corporation. Mr. Norwood has worn many hats at Rossville Christian Academy as English and art teacher, drama coach, and yearbook sponsor. He has been married for over thirty years to his wonderful wife, who is also a school teacher.
ACT Prep/Psychology/Geography; Head Baseball Coach; Quiz Bowl Sponsor
Coach Porter earned his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Delta State and a Masters of Education from Union University. He enters his 23 year in teaching having taught Psychology, Biology, Marine Biology, Physical Science, Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Etymology, Geography, World History, P.E. and Old Testament. He currently coaches the Varsity Baseball team at RCA. Coach Porter has been married to Emily for 21 years and has 3 children, Maggie (17), Will (16) and Meredith (13). Coach Porter is an avid golfer and likes spending time reading and playing Scrabble. He is a member at Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church in Germantown.
Elementary Library/Music/MS-HS Choir
Penny Ray graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelors degree in Music Education (K-12). She has also been certified in Levels I and II in the Orff music method. Penny is the elementary music teacher and the elementary librarian. She is also the upper school choir director and the STAR Testing Coordinator. Penny has been teaching at RCA for ten years. Penny has been a member of First Baptist Church in Fisherville for 18 years. She has been married for 21 years and has two beautiful girls. One is currently a student at RCA and the other recently graduated from RCA and is in college. Penny's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
P.E.; Head Boys Basketball
Kevin Rhyan is an alumni of RCA, class of 2005. He received his bachelors degree in Physical Education from Philander Smith College. Coach Rhyan teaches P.E. and is the Head Coach of the Varsity Boys Basketball team. He is going into his fifth year of teaching, with serving three years with the Shelby County School District. His passion is basketball and mentoring the youth. Coach Rhyan attends church at Devine Restoration Ministries in Moscow, TN.
Senior Kindergarten Teacher
Cara Russell is a kindergarten teacher at RCA. During her teaching career she has taught various grade levels ranging from Pre-K - 4th grade in several different states. Her true passion is kindergarten. Mrs. Russell grew up in Dearborn, Michigan. She attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she majored in Elementary Education. There Mrs. Russell received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Early Childhood. Mrs. Russell believes that all children are capable of GREAT things and it is her job to help guide them and make them realize it!
1st Grade Teacher
Sara Russell joined the RCA staff in 2015. She has been teaching 1st grade for 19 years. Mrs. Russell holds a bachelor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis. She loves reading and tries to instill that life long love of reading to her students. She is married and has two children who also attend RCA. Mrs. Russell attends Collierville United Methodist Church where she is actively involved in Stephen Ministry and youth group.
She is thankful to teach at a school where they put God first. "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14
Spanish Teacher/Graphic Designer
Ms. Sanchez, a native Spanish speaker, was born and raised in Merida, Venezuela. She attended the Universidad de los Andes, and earned a degree in Graphic Design.
After moving to Memphis six years ago, she attended the University of Memphis where she completed an intensive course in English for Internationals. This is her first year teaching Spanish at RCA, and she is very happy to be sharing the love that she has for her language and culture with her students. In her free time, Ms. Sanchez loves to cook Venezuelan food, exercise, and create graphics.
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Carol is the Junior Kindergarten teacher. This is her third year at RCA. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Tennessee Tech Univ and has been teaching preschool for 28 years. Carol has been married to her husband Daron for 31 years and they have two sons Erik and Bret, and also the best dog on Earth named Scout. Carol loves shopping, sitting on the beach, and all sports but especially baseball. Carol loves working with 4 & 5 year olds and believes that each child has been sent to be in her class by the Lord for a purpose, and strives to discover each child’s unique story and prepare that child for Senior Kindergarten and for life.
11th & 12th grade English; SGA Sponsor; Cheerleading Coach
Mrs. Schwalb is beginning her fifth year as 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Rossville Christian Academy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Schwalb is assuming a new role as Director of Development. In this role, Mrs. Schwalb will work to promote RCA, form business partnerships, enrich the culture at RCA, and aid in student recruitment.
Physics/Phy. Science/7th Science/STEM
Mrs. Sheffield comes to RCA with a Bachelors of Science in Education and an Associates Degree in Architecture Engineering Technology. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 30 years and has two wonderful children. Her passion for science is taken past the classroom to include working towards her 2nd Degree Black Belt in ATA martial arts and owning a fully operational equine facility that supports her and her family’s love of horses. In the classroom the love of science is taught using real-world applications as students strive for a strong Christian based understand of the world around them. Currently she teaches 7th grade science, physical science, and high school STEM.
6th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Joy Sprague began teaching at RCA in 2007. She teaches sixth grade Bible, English, math, reading, and vocabulary. She also teaches fifth grade English and reading. Mrs. Sprague has a Master's Degree in education and has taught elementary school for twenty-eight years.
Bible Teacher; Head Girls Basketball Coach
Steve graduated from Crichton College in 1997 with a degree in Secondary Education, and has been in school or church education/ministry for 20+ years. This is Steve's 3rd year at Rossville as Bible teacher and varsity girls basketball coach, and 2nd year as Athletic Director. Steve, and his wife, Betsy, have been married for 21 years and have two children who both attend Rossville. As a life-long Memphian, Steve bleeds Tiger blue, enjoys rooting on the Grizzlies, and loves everything 901 - food, music, culture, diversity! His hobbies include any activity with the family and all things fitness related, especially CrossFit and F45! Steve's favorite Scripture verse and topic for class is discussing the great exchange described in II Corinthians 5:21, "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Elementary Art, Computer, and Spanish
Meshell Williams has been teaching at RCA since 2003. She began teaching preschool, then second grade, and currently is teaching Elementary art, computer, and Spanish. Meshell earned her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis. She likes to read and hang out with her dachshund. Meshell attends church at Kirk Baptist Church, where she is in the choir and enjoys participating in summer mission trips.
High School Art Teacher
2nd Grade Teacher
Alexa Windland graduated from Harding University in December of 2014 with a Bachelors Degree. This is her fourth year at RCA. Her first two years, she taught 4th grade but is now the 2nd grade teacher. Alexa married her high school sweet heart 2 years ago and has a one year old daughter. Alexa attends Sycamore View Church. She loves the beach and spending time with her family.