From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to sincerely thank each and every teacher, parent, student, and everyone else from PCA who gave us and continues to give us support and prayer through this difficult time. I am so grateful to have placed my children in a school where such strong relationships are built. I can sleep well knowing that I have made the right decision having my children go to a school that not only gives an excellent education, but great long-lasting friendships, and a solid Christian foundation. I know that the faculty and friends that my children meet at PCA will all influence them in some way for the future, and I am not worried. PCA is like family to me, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you.
B.A. - Waterloo University
B. Ed. - York University
Miss J. Bahk: "I thank the Lord every day for the wonderful school where I can inspire young children to be the best as they can be in all aspects for the Glory of the Lord. I thank the Lord for a work place where I am encouraged and inspired by my colleagues. I thank the Lord for the school where the older students show Christ’s love by serving the younger students. For these reasons and lots more, it is important that I teach at PCA! "
HBA - University of Toronto
M. Teaching - Griffith University (Australia)
Mrs. D. Sun: "I am very grateful for the opportunity to teach at PCA. My schooling started at a Christian school and I value the lessons I learned and friendships I made there. It is important to me to value each student as a child of God while instilling the future generations with strong Christian morals."
B.A., B. Ed. - Tyndale University College & Seminary
Mrs. C. D'Eall: "Teaching at PCA feels like more than just a job. It is a calling God has placed on my life. It enables me to work with students in a Christian setting so that, not only am I teaching them the curriculum, I am teaching them about God’s love. I'm helping them on their paths to discover who they want to be as followers of Christ Jesus."
Junior School Vice Principal
B.A., B.Ed. - York University
Miss J. Guy: "I love my job! I have been teaching at PCA for over 20 years and now am the Vice Principal of the Junior Division. When I was in Grade 5, I was a student at PCA and I prayed to ask Jesus into my heart following a Chapel service. I will never forget the teacher who knelt beside me as I prayed to receive Christ as my Saviour. It was a moment I cherish. She later became a missionary in France and we still keep in touch. Today, it is a privilege for me to pray with students, parents and colleagues, and is one of the many reasons why PCA is a wonderful school and why I love my job."
B.A - University of Toronto
Mrs. P. Hui: "Teaching is like lighting up candles. Children have so much potential, and our job as educators is to inspire them to shine brightly. The Christian-based learning environment that PCA provides allows me to light up children’s candles, and to plant the seeds in children’s lives through daily interactions with them. It is a blessing to watch them grow under the umbrella of God’s love here at PCA."
B.Sc. (Honours) - University of Toronto
B.Ed. - York University
Mrs. T. Kalemkerian: "My motivation for teaching is that each child is unique, not only capable of learning, but also capable of succeeding. “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” (Romans 12:6) I strive to provide the right balance of structure, support, and freedom to encourage and inspire each child in the pursuit of their full potential and development (spiritually, academically, and socially). May each seed planted be used for His glory!"
French (JK-Gr. 5)
B.F.A., B.Ed. - York University
Miss H. Lee: "The staff that I work with daily at PCA are not only effective teachers, but are also genuine people with strong values. It is my joy and privilege to be part of a staff team that is dedicated to helping students see their own incredible worth, training them in the ways of righteousness, and equipping them to be godly citizens who can impart value to those in their scope of influence."
B.A. - University of Toronto
B.Ed. - York University
Ms. J. Lee: "I am grateful to be a part of the PCA family.
It is a privilege to work alongside people who are deeply committed to sharing the love of Christ in our world.
I love that I can share with my students how God has moved and placed Himself in every single thing that we are learning in class. It is such an honour to see God's daily handiwork in the lives of my students and their families. Truly, God is good!"
B.A. - University of Toronto
B.Ed. - Tyndale University
Diploma in Early Childhood Education - Seneca College
Mrs. J. Lee: "Working at PCA is very important to me because I get to work with the amazing teachers who are willing to support each other in God’s name. Also, I am grateful to have the opportunity of working with both Junior school and BASP students so that we can learn and grow together as a Christian community. Seeing those smiles of our students tells me how God is using our school to glorify Him. I am so blessed to have PCA in my life!"
JK/SK French, Music, Phys. Ed.; Gr. 10 English
B.A. (Honours) - York University
B.Ed. - University of Toronto
Miss L. Montgomery: "There is a beautiful verse in Psalm 145 that says: “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” As a teacher at PCA, I have the honour of telling the next generation about our amazing God every day at school. I love that I am able to share Christ’s love with the children and direct their hearts toward Him. I believe my role is to prepare and equip students to be leaders in the community who passionately serve God and follow His path of wisdom for life."
B. Applied Arts ECE - Ryerson University
B.Ed. - University of Toronto
Mrs. S. Shin: "Teaching at PCA now for over a decade has been one of my greatest joys and privileges. My own three children have called this school "home" and have benefited from the excellent love, care and discipleship of staff. I have many passions in life which include cooking, time with family and friends, traveling to places without the light of Christ and of course teaching.
Along with my husband, John, we view life on Earth a drill, as we prepare for a day when our Lord will come in all His glory."
Ms. K. Simmonds: "I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to teach at PCA and be part of such a strong and supportive community. Children are the future and I believe wholeheartedly that we must instill in them a sense of purpose, love and hope. The most important element of teaching children is providing a safe environment for them to grow and learn, an environment in which they feel free to develop and contribute to their own learning. PCA provides a learning environment intended to foster the development and growth of the whole person (body, spirit, and mind), equipping future generations to reach the whole world for Christ. I am privileged to be part of this amazing mission."
Music (JK - Gr. 5)
B.Music - University of Philippines
M.Music - Florida State University
B.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.D. - University of Toronto
Dr. B. Siu: "Being a music teacher for the JK to Grade 5 students, I have opportunities to instill in students the love of music through learning about the elements of music, singing, playing the recorder, concert performances, and encouraging students who can play other instruments to serve the Lord with their music talents. Singing in chapel is a highlight for the students and it is a blessing to teach the students songs that glorify our Lord."
B.A.- Saint Mary’s University
B.Ed. - Brock University
M.Ed. - University of Toronto
Mr. J. Spee: "Teaching is an awesome work and a privilege to witness a child grow academically while being nurtured in the Lord. Teaching at PCA provides an opportunity to provide a faith-centric education where Bible knowledge is integrated in all the branches of human learning, fostering a thorough academic training. In addition, human virtue is preserved where moral values are reinforced rather than challenged. This cannot be done within a secular educational system. A Christian school setting gives me that freedom."
B.CSE - Heritage College
B.Ed - Tyndale University
Mrs. W. Strickland: "I am so thankful to be teaching at PCA! It is wonderful to be teaching at a school where I am given the honour of sharing my love for God in all that I do. I love that I can show children on a daily basis what Jesus did in my life and how Jesus can change their lives too! I was a student at PCA and so was my husband. We also have our children enrolled in the school. It is important for our children to be in a place where we know teachers love them and love Jesus."
B.A., B. Ed. - York University
Mrs. H. Tang: "It has been such a joy returning to PCA as a teacher. Teaching at PCA is important to me because I get to continue the legacy which PCA has instilled within me when I was growing up as a student at PCA. I get the incredible privilege of teaching students about loving the Lord and it's been amazing to see how much these students teach me about my own faith."
Physical Education, Junior School
- Dear PCA,
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to sincerely thank each and every teacher, parent, student, and everyone else from PCA who gave us and continues to give us support and prayer through this difficult time. I am so grateful to have placed my children in a school where such strong relationships are built. I can sleep well knowing that I have made the right decision having my children go to a school that not only gives an excellent education, but great long-lasting friendships, and a solid Christian foundation. I know that the faculty and friends that my children meet at PCA will all influence them in some way for the future, and I am not worried. PCA is like family to me, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you.Sincerely, Kenneth Y. and Family
- We moved schools from Toronto to Markham on the great testimony from good friends who have children in PCA. We are so incredibly thankful that we did. PCA has been a daily blessing to our family. One of our children has graduated from ELC to JK, and we currently have another enrolled in ELC. Not only are the staff kind and caring (which is a hope you have in all daycares), the ELC supersede expectations by also coming alongside parents in the building up of children in the Lord. They do this with a spirit of accountability that you rarely see in any other academic institutions; the staff nurture and love, teach, correct, and encourage - and we are constantly amazed at the level of care they provide. PCA feels like an extension of our church family; we feel like that is the case because the of the culture of "living together as a church family" that comes from the leadership of the school.If you are considering PCA, know that your children will grow here: physically (my picky 3 year old eats so well here!), mentally (Montessori-like learning) emotionally and spiritually. Enrolling our children at PCA has been one of the best decisions we have ever made, and we would recommend it to any parent in a heartbeat.S. and L. Ho
- If I were to use one phrase to describe my experience at Peoples Christian Academy it would be "life changing"...At Peoples (PCA) I found out what true success really was: to love God and do His will. Ashleigh Ali, Class of 2003“life changing”
- 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
- PCA has been my home away from home for the last 14 years. Being in one place for so long during the most influential period of my life had a lot of impact on who I am. In Grade 1, my teacher read books to us from a series called Nate the Great. This is actually what sparked my great love for reading…just ask my teachers. My teacher not only inspired my love of literature, but she also led me to Christ. I believe in Christian education not only because I’ve gone through it, but because I see the difference having a Christian education makes. Growing up at PCA, I’ve heard Bible stories all my life and have memorized Bible verses since before I could understand them. Being older now, I’ve taught Sunday school at my church, and I’ve come to realize that church doesn’t teach children as much as PCA does. In Grade 6, we memorized a pamphlet titled “Share What You Believe” which was a basic guide to sharing what Christians believe, including Bible verses and references, and a prayer that we could teach to people who wished to become Christians. We also had to recite it in front of the class; Bible verses and all. This gave us a chance to actually practice sharing with one another. In various years of my PCA education, I have also had to write my testimony. This further helped me to learn how to share my faith with others. In Grade 10 and 11, my teacher taught us about apologetics (how to defend Christianity). This was material I had never been taught at church. I have church friends who cannot explain what they believe, much less attempt to defend it. Because of the teaching of all my Bible teachers, I have gained a firm foundation that I will take with me when I leave this year. As for the students, I met both of my best friends at PCA when we were in elementary school. The friendships I’ve built at PCA are ones that I will hopefully have for the rest of my life. By: Joanne L (Gr 12 student) April/2010PCA has been my home away from home