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Marilyn Dayton


Marilyn K. Dayton served as President of the Hampton Roads Association for Christian Schools in the coastal Virginia area. In addition, she has been a principal, assistant principal, and teacher at Hampton Christian Schools where she served as the Superintendent and Principal at the middle and high school levels. Before she became a dedicated proponent of the Christian school movement, she was an assistant principal, elementary teacher, middle school teacher, and teacher of gifted instruction in Newport News Public Schools. While employed by NNPS, Mrs. Dayton was selected as a Teacher of the Year in 1997.

A graduate of The George Washington University School of Education, Mrs. Dayton was awarded the Master of Education Administration degree and was endorsed as a school administrator by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Mrs. Dayton has over 30 years of experience in both the public school and private Christian school settings. She is a strong supporter of Christian schools and has completed over 20 years of experience as an educator and a leader of Christian schools. She has served on school accreditation teams for ACSI and AdvancED (SACS).

Together, Mr. and Mrs. Dayton founded Kingdom Productions, a youth and world missions outreach ministry and traveled extensively to the United Kingdom, Latin America, and China. Together they served on the CrossWalk Church planting team, and in 2012, Mrs. Dayton traveled to Israel with CrossWalk members to celebrate the biblical Feast of Tabernacles.
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Jacob Beamer


Jacob Beamer began working in our Bible Club 3 years ago and is now the Bunnies and Beavers teacher. He loves working with our youngest students as they develop and grow!
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Jennifer Harris


Jennifer Harris has worked with children in education for 9 years.  She homeschooled her own children using the A Beka method and has worked at GCA for two years. She graduated from Camden County College with a degree in Computer Sciences.
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Karen Padgett


Karen Padgett is a committed teacher with over 14 years of hands-on experience in both public and private schools. She has been at GCA for five years teaching elementary art, the Beaver class and the Chippie class. In addition to education, Karen has been involved in children’s ministry teaching Sunday school, Kids' Church, VBS, and AWANA. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Karen has been married to her husband, Mike, for over 35 years and is blessed with three daughters and three granddaughters.
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Tara Sagman


Tara Sagman, a Williamsburg native with 3 children, is in her second year at GCA and loves working with children. She has a degree from Kaplan University, has a background in coaching both softball and soccer, and was a Girl Scout troop leader for 3 years. Tara feels very fortunate and blessed to be a part of the Greenwood family. 
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Kristina Snethen


Kristina Snethen has a Bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and has taught in a Christian school environment since 2005. She is the daughter of a Chaplain and accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was twelve years old. She loves to challenge students to grow to their full potential, taking students to different levels and watching them develop. She believes teaching at a Christian school is not only about teaching children academic subjects, but also a responsibility to teach them God’s Word.
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Diana Peterson


Diana Peterson has been married to her husband, Scott, for 30 years, and they have two sons. She grew up in Kentucky and is a pastor’s daughter. She holds a degree from Liberty University and has 17 years teaching experience. Her experience includes 12 years as a Kindergarten teacher, as well as additional time teaching elementary and preschool. She has been at GCA for 8 years.
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Carolyn Colesar


Carolyn Colesar has a B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as the Kindergarten assistant at GCA. She has over 16 years of experience in education, including kindergarten assistant, special education assistant, and substitute teaching at the middle school level.  This is her seventh year at Greenwood Christian Academy. She is a military spouse with two grown children and is a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church.
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Marilyn Ryerse


Marilyn Ryerse has a passion for training the hearts and minds of young children. Her three years at GCA has continued her 20 year career as an educator and administrator. She earned her B.S. in Bible with an emphasis on Christian Education from Baptist Bible College in Summit, Pennsylvania. In 2004, she received her Master’s in Education from Regent University. She has taught 1st and 2nd grade, served as Curriculum Director at Williamsburg Christian Academy, and served as Preschool & Elementary Principal at Alliance Christian Academy. From 1987-2000, she also worked as a caseworker for Child Protective Services in Chenango County, New York and James City County, Virginia. Marilyn values children and is committed to ensuring her students are not only prepared to take the first steps in their long academic journey, but that they go forward with a knowledge of God and His steadfast love.
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Tori Morr


Tori Morr is an adopted only daughter of retirees who live in Williamsburg. She has lived in Williamsburg for a decade. Tori has an Elementary Education degree from Taylor University in Indiana and a Master's of Education from Regent University where she was an adjunct professor for several years. She is certified through the state of Virginia and has lifetime certification for teaching and administration through ACSI. She has taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th Grades. In her spare time she loves to sail, travel, and hunt for antiques.
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Samantha Welcher


Samantha Welcher received a B.S. in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990. She worked in public affairs and public relations for several years. Her career began to shift toward children when she was hired to work on special youth programs with the City of Newport News and the YMCA. In 2006, she began teaching at an accredited Christian school. As a result of teaching various grade levels from preschool through 8th grade, she has a broad knowledge of scope and sequence and curriculum design. She has served as a Sunday School teacher in her church and a board member with the Little League Baseball Association. She recieved her ACSI teacher certification in 2009.
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Stephanie Meitz


Stephanie Meitz joined the GCA family in February of 2015 as the PE and Technology teacher. She earned her Bachelors in History from Christopher Newport University, as well as coursework in the concentration of Early Childhood Development. For 24 years, she has worked with children and their families in various educational settings from preschool to 8th grade. Stephanie directed two area preschools where she met community needs by providing a safe and nurturing learning environment. She is a history buff who once worked at the Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation. She and her husband, Joel, have been married for 18 years with two daughters. They attend World Outreach Worship Center in Newport News where they are involved in ministry.
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Hannah Valle


Hannah Valle graduated with a Bachelor’s in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University. She has worked as a translator for Humanitarian Aid representatives from Spanish speaking countries. For the past 4 years, she has worked at GCA teaching Spanish, Music, PE and Bible Club.