One day when my 7 year old daughter and I were on the road, we heard sirens from an ambulance. When I was looking for where the ambulance was coming from, I noticed my daughter was bowing down her head. I asked, "Are you scared?" She said, "No, I am praying. Teacher said, "when we hear ambulance passing by, that means someone is in trouble. We shall pray for the people involved." I thank PCA for instilling a passionate and caring spirit in my child.
Physical Education, Gr. 6 Homeroom
B.Sc., B.Ed. – University of Toronto
M. Arts – Providence University
Mrs. V. Aspinall: "Teaching at PCA is important to me because it's my home. I graduated from PCA and returned as a teacher to continue to be a part of the PCA family. The students are eager to learn which makes my job very enjoyable! Because both teachers and students have the same faith, we share each other’s goals and challenges. I am grateful for the privilege of sharing life with the PCA family!"
B.Sc. – University of Guelph
B.Ed. – University of Toronto
Mr. A. Atkinson: "Peoples Christian Academy has the immense privilege of being able to offer Christian education in today’s broken world. As parents, teachers and educators we must take advantage of this opportunity in order to bring about radical change and healing, not only personally, but also societally and globally. At PCA there are incredibly unique opportunities to build into and support students as they grow in their faith and develop their relationship with Jesus each day.
At PCA I can see the genuine love and care that the teaching, administration and support staff have for each student. They go above and beyond what is expected, inspired by the joy and hope that only He gives."
Music (Instrumental)/ English/ Social Studies
B. Music – University of Toronto
M. Music – University of Southern California
B. Ed. – York University
Mr. J. Craig: "In 1723, Johann Sebastian Bach reminded his students at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, that “the final aim of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” As a music teacher at Peoples Christian Academy, I have the great pleasure to be able to pass on Mr. Bach’s inspired words to the young students who attend this school. In over two decades of teaching music, it is here at PCA where I find this truth is realized to its fullest. It is for this reason that I am blessed to be able to teach at PCA and share the joy of making music, giving glory and honor to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ."
B.A., B.Ed. – University of Toronto
Ms. E. Flach: "Teaching at PCA is a joy to my heart. First of all because I find pleasure in inspiring students with creative ideas and teaching them artistic skills, which result in many beautiful pieces of art being produced. Most importantly, I love having the freedom to open their eyes to the wonders of the great Creator, whose marvelous works we celebrate through the arts. I further enjoy teaching the History of Western Art in order to give the students the ability to discern which direction society is going since "Art is the mirror of society"."
Math, Science, Gr. 7 Homeroom
B.Sc. - University of Toronto
B. of Ch. Ed. - Redeemer University
M.Sc. - Canisus College
Mr. G. Lee: "Teaching at PCA gives me opportunities to encourage students to see the Lord as master of all areas of their lives, present and future. They need to be diligent in all they do, in all areas of their lives, not for pleasing parents or teachers (who are people), nor for preparing to live more comfortable lives (for self), but for honouring the Lord now, and for preparing to honour Him better in the future."
Middle School Vice Principal / Guidance Counsellor
B.A. (Honours), B.Ed. - York University
Mrs. J. Lee: "I love that PCA exists to educate the whole person—body, mind and spirit with equal emphasis and excellence. There is a wonderful rapport of genuine respect and care shared between teachers and students. We are a tight-knit community with an environment where students can and want to learn. PCA students and alumni are living proof that it is possible to receive a premium, high quality academic education while growing in character and in faith."
Music (Vocal) / Band / Geography / Winds
B.Music, B.Ed. – Queens University
Miss G. Li: "Working at PCA has been a testament of God’s sovereign power. As a previous student of PCA, never in my wildest dreams, would I imagine teaching alongside my previous teachers. It has been such a blessing to serve alongside teachers that once taught me. PCA is a tight-knit community, where teachers strive to not only teach through Christian education, but also live it out. Students that come into PCA come from a variety of backgrounds. I have the privilege and honour to serve the youth of our school moulding and stretching them to be sent out as the men and women that God has created them to be."
English/Social Studies, Gr. 6 Homeroom
B.A. (Honours) - McMaster University
B.Ed. - Strathclyde University, Scotland
Mrs. V. Peart: "I have been teaching at PCA for 19 years. It has become a second home for me. My PCA family continues to be there for me through the joys and the sorrows of life. It is a place where you feel loved, encouraged, challenged and safe. There is nothing greater than teaching a concept in class, with passion, and seeing your students' eyes light up and the “light bulb” moments happen. It is truly a blessing to teach here and help our students academically, socially and most importantly spiritually. There have been many times when my students have taught me important lessons about life and our Lord, and for that I am truly grateful."
B.A. (Honours), B.Ed. – Queens University
Master of Theology – Tyndale University
Mrs. E. Philip: "Working at PCA is so important to me, because the lives of our young people are so precious and the task of raising Godly children in today's society is increasingly daunting. Most children will spend more waking hours a day at school than at home. It is so critical that we are entrusting our children during this time to people who love the Lord and who will faithfully impart to them Biblical truths and values. It is such a privilege to be part of a ministry that seeks to do just that.
I personally see the fruit of PCA's ministry as my own children come home from PCA with worship songs and Bible stories on their lips. I know that what they are learning at home is being daily reinforced in a loving, Christian environment that will provide a solid foundation for life."
Middle School Art
B.A., B.Ed. - University of Windsor
M.T.S. - Tyndale University
Mrs. R. Toy: "I’m excited to be teaching at PCA where my passion for God, the Arts, children and Christian community come together. As created beings, I believe that people are creative by nature since we were made in the image of God. It is my desire to enable the students of PCA to express their creativity, learn new skills, explore a variety of mediums, and enjoy personal accomplishment. I hope to instill in them a greater appreciation for visual arts and a closer walk with their Creator."
Mathematics, Social Science
B.Sc., B.Ed. – University of Toronto
M.Div. – Tyndale University
Mr. D. Westacott: "It is true that I absolutely love Mathematics, but my life-long passion is sharing life together with teens! PCA is a wonderful place to encourage, equip and empower teens as they pursue their future and the call of God in their lives. There are countless opportunities to “tell the next generation the marvellous things God has done.” I am overwhelmed each day by God’s faithfulness in bringing me back to PCA after being away for 23 years."
English / Media / Writers Craft / Literature / Social Studies
Middle School Chapel
B.A. - University of Toronto
B.Ed. - York University
Mr. M. Westacott: "As Christians, we need to go where God calls us; I feel truly blessed to have been called to teach at PCA. Teaching here allows me the opportunity to serve God by serving the next generation, to love the students as He first loved me. As a husband and a father of three (going on four), family means the world to me. That's really what the PCA community is: a family."
- Passionate and caring spirit
One day when my 7 year old daughter and I were on the road, we heard sirens from an ambulance. When I was looking for where the ambulance was coming from, I noticed my daughter was bowing down her head. I asked, "Are you scared?" She said, "No, I am praying. Teacher said, "when we hear ambulance passing by, that means someone is in trouble. We shall pray for the people involved." I thank PCA for instilling a passionate and caring spirit in my child.Carol L. (PCA parent)
- I have been a physical education teacher for about 15 year’s and I am sure I chose that career because of Miss Rose, my PE teacher at Peoples. She made physical education so much fun, which is what I always try to do for my students. Lori Leschisin, Class of 1978 Physical Education Teacher.Lori Leschisin
- It has been a privilege and honor to teach at PCA. Both the students and staff have given me so much support and love throughout my 17 years teaching at PCA. The PCA community supported me with love through the loss of my husband 6 years ago. The enthusiasm of the students for learning has been inspiring! I am grateful to be a part of the PCA community!Mrs. J. Paas
- I have been at PCA for almost 11 years. Middle is the transition from Junior to Senior School. The teachers in the Middle School are amazing, kind, caring and have a great sense of humour. It is a place where we can freely develop ourselves and find our passions. Sometimes, I even wanted to fail Middle School in order to stay there. Now I am in Senior School, but I always visit my Middle School teachers because they communicate with the students and care about them so much. They are more than teachers, they are my friends and my mentors. Middle School is almost like my family, my home, and a place where I can find happiness!Middle School Graduate
- At Peoples Christian Academy, elementary students are involved in Bible class and/or morning devotions. Not only do students learn about God’s Word and Biblical principles, they also have a time of prayer. Prayer requests are brought forth before the throne of God. Weekly chapels are held, songs are learned, Christian videos are shown, guest speakers are invited, principal/teacher/class led chapels where Biblical foundations are established take place. A community of spiritual caring takes place spontaneously where students may ask teachers to pray for their families, or teachers will pray for the needs of the students and families if these requests were known. I myself was a recipient of the prayer support provided by students and their families. I broke my wrist in January 2010. When the school learned about this incident, prayer support from the class devotions, family devotions, and individual student’s prayers all poured in. Parents/students would ask me how I was and it was not uncommon to hear parents tell me that they were praying for me during their family devotions. One parent told me her daughter prayed for me everyday. When my father went home to be with the Lord in 2000, again it was the students’ self-made condolence cards and their messages, Bible verses that brought comfort. A student once made a card for me and wrote “God loves you and may God bless you” He drew a picture of a big cross and smaller crosses. I followed up with this student because I knew he came from a non-Christian family. I asked if he knew Jesus and if he believed in Jesus. He answered affirmatively. He told me it was in grade one and he mentioned the teacher’s name, when he made the decision to believe in Jesus. Children are so receptive to God’s salvation. We have heard testimonies of students accepting the Lord in their elementary school years. Ultimately, bringing up a child is still the responsibility of parents. In a Christian school environment, teachers continue to work with parents in bringing up children who will revere and honour the Lord. - Mrs. Siu (Elementary School Teacher)One parent told me her daughter prayed for me everyday.