In the Classroom
What do we offer?
Low Student to Teacher ratios
Widespread technology use by utilizing computers to familiarize and play educational games on websites such as Starfall, Funbrain, and PBS Kids. We also use educational videos from Discovery and National Geographic Kids.
Centers with hands-on learning experiences in Math, Language, and Science
One-on-one reading instruction to boost individual reading levels
We utilize the A BEKA curriculum as a base for all students and supplemental materials based on the individual needs of each child. This curriculum takes a Christian based approach. It has been thoroughly researched and tested for over 55 years in the classrooms at Pensacola Christian Academy.
Reading, Phonics, and math are emphasized most often in the a beka curriculum. We add supplemental materials to increase student achievement on an individual level. Low ratios provide an excellent opportunity for one-on-one instruction.
Kristen Thames is a graduate of UT and holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education, K-12. She has worked with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association, taught in the Maryville School System, and as a private piano and violin teacher.
This will be her THIRD year teaching first grade. Amanda has her Bachelors degree in early childhood education (birth-2nd grade) from the college of saint rose, located in Albany, ny. after graduating she moved to Knoxville in 2014.
in her free time she likes to spend time with family, hiking, and camping. She also loves to read and scrapbook.
Denise Nyenhuis teaches Art for K-5th grade. She has utilized multiple artists and techniques while teaching the children about different art mediums. She has submitted student artwork to The Dogwood Arts Festival.
Sydney Klett teaches Spanish for our K-5th grade. She is a current student teacher from UT and has experience working in all of the Pride and Joy classrooms.
has been teaching at PJCA for FIVE years. She has experience working with children from Kindergarten to High School. in 2009, she received her Bachelor's degree in Human Growth and Learning (Education K-6) from Tusculum College. She is currently teaching Kindergarten.
She loves to spend time with her family. She has four nephews and two nieces. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, and planning events.
Meet our Teachers
Miss Brittany Goins
This is miss Brittany's SECOND year teaching second and third grade at pride and joy. she has her BS in interdisciplinary studies, human development (k-6th) from Lincoln memorial university. she also holds a 7-12th grade history endorsement and HAS COMPLETED her master's degree in school counseling.
in her free time she likes spending time with her family. she also likes going out to the movies and eating out and loves all neon colors.
Amy Farina graduated from UT in December 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and has been working at Pride and Joy since 2008. She has a CDL license and does one of the after school bus runs. She is also the Assistant Director of the school.
Lauren Mynatt teaches Bible to our K-5th grade. She uses Bible versus, videos, and coloring sheets to explore God’s World. She is also a teacher in our Three Year Old Class.
Pride & Joy Children's Academy