Dr. Timothy Orton
Dr. Timothy Orton, Headmaster
I am MCA because… My passion is to cultivate life-long learners who are wise, knowledgeable, and eloquent, and I can think of no better place to do that than at MCA. The path of wisdom suggests that a genuine education never takes place in the absence of meaningful relationships. It is my sincere desire that our students not only know their world better in the course of their education, but that they are also known as individuals made in God’s image. My goal at MCA is to facilitate the education of children across the entire spectrum of their being, from character and creativity to spiritual health and knowledge base.
- S. Lewis said that childhood is not something we grow out of but should grow into. After all, Jesus said we cannot enter His kingdom unless we become “like a child.” One of the reasons I love working with a school like MCA is the opportunity it presents me to be with children and reaffirm, as Lewis said in this parody, that “when I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grownup.” I am refreshed to be in a place where children are free to be children.
I have Master’s degrees from two seminaries, and a Doctorate from George Fox University. In the course of my career I have been involved in a wide range of educational opportunities, both as teacher and headmaster. I have been married to the love of my life for 43 years, and we have been blessed with two children and three grandchildren. I love Legos, fine art and music, and anything to do with ships and the sea.
Mrs. Chris Rubado
Mrs. Rubado continues to welcome families to MCA with her kind smile and generous hugs. Not only has God gifted her with organizational abilities to keep a school running smoothly, He also has given her a heart that expands each year as she learns and loves each and every student.
No one will ever quite know all that Mrs. Rubado accomplishes each year as the list seems never ending, but we do know that she goes the extra mile to make sure the needs of MCA are met. And she still saves time for her husband and their two sons – one Theology major – rugby player at Grand Canyon University and one attending Moody Bible College.
Mrs. VanDyke, Pre-School & Early Education Director
I am MCA because… I love that “Ah ha!” moment when a child is just figuring something out for the first time or has just discovered something new. The excitement and joy that they feel is something so rewarding to watch. From as far back as I can remember, my passion has always been working with children. I truly feel the Lord has called me to do just that. I plan to use this gift and passion to continue serving the families of Yamhill County at MCA and through children’s ministry at my church.
I also love to help people. I am the coordinator of two amazing programs of Hope on the Hill: The Pink Ribbon Event and The Tree of Hope. The Pink Ribbon Event is a breast cancer fundraiser that is near and dear to my heart. The Tree of Hope allows me to celebrate all I love about the Christmas season: the music, the lights, time with family, celebrating the birth of Jesus and truly blessing families!
My husband, Ben, and I have two amazing children, Bryce and Zoey.
Mrs. Seehawer, Pre-School
I am MCA because… I love helping students explore their creativity and leading their little hands through experiences. It expands their curiosity and you see that wonderment just take over. It reminds you how special it is to have a child’s imagination!
This is my fourth year at MCA as a Pre-School teacher and my first year as the Director of Pre-School. Teaching with a biblical core infused with tons of classroom fun are two key perks that come with being a Christian Pre-School teacher. The family atmosphere at MCA is one I have never experienced before and am truly blessed to be a part of this amazing group.
My husband and I have been married for 14 years and have three children. Both Joseph and Chloe attend MCA. We recently welcomed our third child into family last October. Her name is Ellanor. She is an English bulldog/black lab mix. Ellanor is chunky and full of furry love. As a family we enjoy movie nights, fishing, card games and spending weekends at the beach.
Miss Kim, Pre-School
I am MCA because… I love teaching kids! I love knowing that I have the chance to impact their lives just as much as each and every one of them impacts my own life. I have always had a heart and gift for working with kids and have in some form or another been working with them since I was very young. I have wanted to be a teacher for a very long time so when I was offered the position at MCA, I immediately accepted it!
I first came to MCA towards the end of the 2016-2017 school year working in the After School Care Program. Prior to that, I worked for about a year at a Pre-School and also served as a Sunday School teacher for third graders at Westwood Baptist Church in Olympia, Washington.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy shopping, coloring, and spending time with my friends and family. In the future, I plan to continue my education. I do my best every day to make learning as fun and adventurous as possible for each and every one of my students.
Mrs. Hessel, Pre-Kindergarten
I am MCA because… I love teaching Pre-K! The children are so eager and excited to explore and learn when something is presented to them. The excitement in a child when they have learned to write their name, letter, or number, always makes teaching rewarding. Curiosity, innocence and unpredictably with Pre-Schoolers truly makes each day an adventure. I love what I do and with that, I feel like I bring a rich learning environment through fun, patience, understanding and love for my Pre-School children.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University and I have been teaching at McMinnville Christian Academy since 2011.
I married my high school sweetheart and we have four amazing children, ranging in age from 21 years old to 10 years old. I enjoy reading, running and spending time with my family.
Mrs. Bennett, Kindergarten
I am MCA because… I love challenging the students that need the challenge and helping those that might be struggling.
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in middle school. Once I reached high school, the idea of teaching was even clearer to me. I had some teachers that made it hard for me to understand and relate to what they were teaching. I knew at that point that I wanted to be a teacher that would be willing to help those students that struggled. I love working with students in all levels of learning. I challenge myself to come up with different ways to help students. My goal is that all students will leave my classroom with a strong academic foundation. I will be making sure they can read, write, and do arithmetic for their grade level. I want all students to have the confidence they need to be successful.
I have lived in Willamina for 12 years. I have 4 children and many foster children. We have horses, goats, dogs and a cat that has 15 acres to wander! I love spending time with my family. One thing we love to do together is go camping and biking.
Mrs. Massey, 1st Grade
I am MCA because… My passion is showing love to children and teaching them to strive to be the best they can, academically, socially, and spiritually. I want them to know that God will always be with them. I have a passion for building up inquisitive, courageous, faith-driven, creative, and loving kids. MCA allows me the freedom to do just that.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s of Education from Linfield College. I have been teaching for more than 30 years in McMinnville schools. I have had the honor to be a part of MCA the past six years. I have been an administrator, the Pre-K teacher, and this year I am teaching first grade. I am extremely happy and feel very blessed to be working at MCA.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 49 years. We have two children and have been blessed with six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. I love baking, especially with my granddaughters. I also teach a cupcake decorating club for kindergarten through sixth grade each year. Other hobbies I enjoy are shopping, gardening, kayaking, walks on the beach, and taking trips with my husband.
Mrs. Davis, 2nd Grade
I am MCA because…I get to play and have fun with children each day! I have the opportunity to plant seeds of knowledge, give guidance, and nurture positive values. When I see the eyes of my students light up due to new understanding – it makes my day. Teaching is a very rewarding career! My hopes for the future are to continue teaching, and to take time to enjoy life and all of God’s blessings.
My journey of becoming a teacher began when I was ready to change careers from being a legal secretary. I attended Eastern Oregon University and earned my Bachelor of Science in 2008, then moved to the McMinnville area. I worked in various school districts as a substitute while attending Western Oregon University where I earned my MS in Education. I was hired as the second grade teacher at MCA in 2014.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy going for drives, frequenting restaurants, seeing new places, and being creative by building things, drawing, and crafting. I love spending time with my family and I take delight in playing with my pets. I also like to snuggle up with a good read or movie.
Mrs. Garlinghouse, 4th Grade
I am MCA because…it is my heart’s desire to help children grow to be more like Christ. It is a privilege to help equip students for their future by teaching them the Bible.
I grew up on an Apache reservation in New Mexico. My parents were Baptist missionaries and they believed strongly in Christian education. They began a Christian school that is still serving kids today! As I look back, I realize what a blessing it is to have been raised with a Biblical worldview and I want to pass that blessing onto others.
I’ve been married to the love of my life for more than 20 years. Together we are raising our six amazing children and serving in ministry. My husband, Dax, is currently pastoring at Baker Creek Community Church. Before God brought our family to MCA, I had been home schooling for about 15 years. I taught our children every grade and every subject. Those years were instrumental in preparing me and giving me a love of teaching. I am so happy and blessed to be a part of what God is doing at MCA.
Mrs. Jessica Flood, 5th/6th Grade
I am MCA because…I get to share my 19 years of teaching experience in a Christian school in California with 5th/6th graders in McMinnville, Oregon. I have taught Spanish and music in addition to my regular teaching curriculum, so I feel prepared for what God will bring into my classroom each year. I am also excited to be living in McMinnville to be near my two daughters who attend George Fox University.
Miss Johnson, Librarian & Music Teacher
I am MCA because… I have the privilege of speaking God’s truth to my students. I can build them up and direct their eyes to our Creator God.
I enjoy using my hobbies of music, art, and drama to write music and plays, and to create artistic opportunities that will enrich my students’ learning experiences. I also love to give sincere and practical encouragement to my students and their families. This goal of encouraging others by teaching about God and His world in a creative way is what I desire to characterize my life now, and in the future!
I grew up in a small town in the Midwest with my two brothers and two sisters. My father is a Pastor, and he and my Mom led our family in loving God, serving others, and enjoying the things God created: the ocean, forests, animals, music, laughter… and each other. After graduating from Multnomah University with my Bachelor’s Degree, I pursued teaching with the same foundations my parents gave me: loving God, serving others, and delighting in God’s creation. I have taught students in church settings, Christian camps, and in schools.
Mrs. Walczyk, Music Teacher
I am MCA because… I have the opportunity to share my love of music with students and to show them how much fun we can have when we play music together! I oversee the instrumental music program and will continue to grow the music offerings at MCA.
My teaching began in 1992 after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas. I served as Assistant Director of the Master’s Touch School of Music in Grapevine, Texas, and have operated the Master’s Touch School of Music from my home in McMinnville. Additionally, I have directed a gospel choir, founded a Civil-War era fife and drum corps, performed in orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands, rock bands and all manner of ensembles. I am fluent in multiple instruments, and play piano, flute and bass guitar.
My favorite hobby is watching movies with my family. My husband of 32 years is a Professor of Music at Western Oregon University. Together we travel the world to the premier performances of his music compositions. Our children, Gabriel and Sophia, have or are attending MCA.
Mrs. Anderson, Computers & Spanish
I am MCA because…of the children! How can you not love them? They are full of life and desire to be accepted and loved. So do adults! We aren’t much different (perhaps a little wiser, or at least we should be).
When I was in my teens, I did not want children. Little did I know that God had different plans for my life! Not only did He put that passion within my heart to have one, I am blessed to have four! But before I even knew I was going to have a child, God prompted me to home school. I obeyed and home schooled my children as well as taught in home school settings. I am hooked! I love teaching all ages because most students are like sponges and desire to learn and be productive. If a child does not have that passion, I try to ignite it!
I have a degree from George Fox University. I love exercising, reading, organizing, and hope to continue becoming a stronger teacher as I gain more experience. Of utmost importance to me is glorifying my heavenly Father through all that I do!
Miss Deb, After School Care Supervisor & Teaching Assistant
I am MCA because…God answered my prayers and like a puzzle piece that has found its place; He fit me in the right place at MCA. I arrived at the school two years ago as a grandparent and volunteer. Last year, I was offered a position as a teacher’s assistant. The position has developed into more than a job as my husband and I now belong to a loving church family at Baker Creek Community Church. I find the staff at MCA helpful and supportive as I have begun this new chapter in my life.
I am excited to be back again this year working with Mrs. Hessel and taking on the new challenge of supervising the kids in After School Care. There is nothing I enjoy more than to be able to bless others and to share joy with them. I am eager to learn and to find ways that better support the kids, families, and staff I work with at MCA.
I am happily married to my high school sweetheart. We have two adult children, and six others that choose to call me mom. In my off time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking with my husband and dog, and working on a variety of craft projects.