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2021-22 School Year Brings Over a Dozen New Faces to WC’s Faculty and Staff

In this season of growth and transition at Worthington Christian, lots of new (and some familiar!) faces have been added to the faculty and staff. Join us in welcoming the following individuals into our school community.

Meet Barbara Ashley

Barbara Ashley brings a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Sciences, a master’s degree in Education, and 14 years of experience in Christian education to WC’s faculty as a second-grade teacher this year. She and her husband Justin have two young daughters. In her words, “I am looking forward to continuing my love and passion of teaching second grade, my sweet spot. I love this age group and their passion for learning.”

Meet Unix Diza

Born in the Philippines, Unix Diza moved to the U.S. as a young boy with his family. He graduated from Cedarville University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Social Studies Education. After that, he taught for two years at Liberty Christian Academy and one year at Tree of Life. This year he is joining WC’s social studies faculty to teach eighth-grade history and history-based elective courses. He and his wife Caroline are expecting their first child this fall. He is looking forward to partnering with families at WC in Christian education.

Meet Laura Fitzpatrick

Laura Fitzpatrick has worked in WC’s Office of Advancement for the last three years as a Content Development Specialist. This year, she is also joining the Upper School faculty as a Spanish teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from Lee University and has five years of experience teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language at every grade level. Her most recent role in education was as a bilingual educational assistant at Columbus City Schools’ Columbus Global Academy, a school for middle and high school students new to the U.S. She and her husband Joshua have two young children. She is excited to continue her role in Advancement and go back into the classroom to share her love for language and culture with students.

Meet Jenny Harden

Jenny Harden will be spending Tuesdays at WC’s K-2 this year as a member of the school’s counseling team. She brings four years of experience as a third-grade teacher and 34 years of experience as a school counselor at Dublin City Schools. She holds an undergraduate degree from Miami University and a Master’s of Education from Xavier University. Jenny shares, “I am so thrilled to be able to teach and work with students using a Biblical foundation. Building life skills at a young age is always exciting! I’m excited to work as a team with other WC school counselors, too.”

Meet Amelia Hoffman

Amelia Hoffman holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Anderson University and taught eighth-grade language arts at Alexandria Junior High School for one year. This year, she is joining WC’s faculty as the sixth-grade language arts teacher. A native of Hilliard, she and her husband are expecting their first child this fall. In her words, “I am looking forward to combining my love for Christ with my love of language arts and having the opportunity to share both with my students.”

Meet Bill Holloway

After spending last year as a School Counseling Intern at WC, Bill Holloway will now serve as the Upper School Guidance Counselor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Dayton. He has years of experience in high-level involvement with youth ministries and missions. He and his wife Erin have three children. In his words, “I am excited about this new journey and truly feel that I am fulfilling my true calling, using my God-given talents and gifts.”

Meet Christy Kline

A native of California, Christy Kline holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Ohio Wesleyan. She and her husband Scott have four children (three now in college and one a junior at WC). After staying home to raise her four children, she began work at the Columbus Museum of Art as part of their studio staff. In 2018, she opened her own art studio and began working as a substitute teacher at WC. This year, she is joining the faculty as the K-2 art teacher. She looks forward to being able to use art as a way to connect students to God, our Creator. In her words, “It’s such a joy to be able to experience God through the pursuit of beauty and creativity.”

Meet Abbey Le Roy

Abbey Le Roy is joining the WC community as an educational aide this year. She brings with her a bachelor’s degree in Bible Teaching, a master’s degree in Theological Studies, as well as two years of teaching experience at a Christian school in Tennessee. She is currently pursuing dual graduate degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. She and her husband David have one son. In her words, “I attended Christian schools for all of my K-12 education, and I see the fruit of so many teachers’, coaches’, and staff members’ investment in my life. I want to be a part of sowing God’s Word into the next generation through Christian education.”

Meet Raechel Morrow (WC ’15)

Raechel Morrow graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in American History and English Literature. She has worked in Upper Arlington Schools’ aftercare program, taught one year at KIPP Columbus, and last year worked at WC as a long-term substitute teacher in sixth-grade English. This year, she will be teaching sixth-grade advanced math, grades 3-6 technology, and work as an educational aide at the Upper School with the intervention team. She is looking forward to continuing her work with the Lower School staff and intervention team this year.

Meet Marsha Olsen

Marsha Olsen is a professionally trained writer and educator who is passionate about teaching others the art of clear and effective communication. Her undergraduate training from Cedarville University included courses in professional and technical writing as well as secondary education. She completed a master’s in education at the University of Dayton where her research was focused on the nuanced reading challenges faced by secondary students across the curriculum. She has taught every grade in high school, taught in public, private and parochial settings, and taught many college writing and literature courses as well. On a teaching fellowship at Kent State, she completed all coursework and qualifying exams toward a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric. The last three years, she taught the College Credit Plus College Writing and Intro to Literature courses at WC for Mount Vernon Nazarene University. This year she is joining WC’s faculty as the twelfth-grade English teacher. She believes that writing is a skill – not unlike learning to drive and that students must write to learn to write well. Regardless of how skilled a student is at writing, room always exists for growth, and she is glad to be here to guide, coach, model, and encourage students as they put fingers to keyboard and pencil to paper. 

Meet Nikalena Patrick (WC ’17)

Nikalena Patrick is no stranger to Worthington Christian. After graduating from WC in 2017, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in English from Liberty University in the spring of 2021. She was able to complete student teaching experience last year in two of WC’s Kindergarten classrooms, and this year she is joining the faculty as a first-grade teacher. She and her husband Emerson met and started dating while students at WC, and just married in July of 2021. In her words, “I am looking forward to creating a fun and inviting classroom environment for my students, with Jesus and His truths at the center. I am so thankful Jesus led me back to WC to teach first grade and cannot wait to see all He has in store for this school.”

Meet Allison Thomas

After earning a B.S. in Elementary Education from Otterbein University, Allison Thomas taught grades three, four, and five in the Buckeye Valley school district for 12 years. In 2008, she completed a master’s of science degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. She and her husband David have two young sons. She is joining WC’s faculty as the fifth-grade math and Bible teacher. She is looking forward to “working with an amazing team of teachers.” In her words, “It’s exciting to be able to incorporate my love of Jesus into my love of teaching!”

Meet Nicki Walton

Nicki Walton earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Middle Childhood Education. She taught sixth-grade math and social studies for three years in Cincinnati, Ohio. This year, she will be teaching sixth-grade math and Bible at WC. She and her husband Ryan have four children. In her words, “Moving from [teaching at] a public school, I am most excited about being able to teach through a Biblical lens, pray with my students, and share my love for Jesus with my students.”

Meet Brigitte Wrobbel

Earlier this year, Brigitte Wrobbel joined WC’s leadership as the Director of Human Resources. She comes to WC with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Interpersonal Communications from The Ohio State University, and brings 25 years of experience in corporate human resources. She and her husband Rod have three children.

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