Stratford Classical Christian Academy

Headmaster

Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones is the Headmaster of SCCA, and teaches several courses in the Upper School. He earned a B.S. in Bible and a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Philadelphia Biblical University. Currently, he is pursuing a M.M. in Music History at Temple University. He is a founding member of Grace and Peace Community Church (PCA) in South Philadelphia, where he resides with his wife and five children. Mr. Jones has a classical piano studio in his home, and in addition to being an accomplished musician, he is an avid tennis player, die-hard Phillies fan, and fine food enthusiast.

Grammar School

Renee Hart
Renee Hart serves as Pre-School Teacher and Teaching Assistant, and is in her fifth year at SCCA. Some of her hobbies include crafting and baking. She has enjoyed trips to Niagara Falls and The Creation Museum. Miss Hart has one daughter, and attends Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Jeanette Luchs serves as Kindergarten Teacher and is in her ninth year at SCCA. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Nutritional Science, and has earned a Master’s Degree in Allied Health from the University of North Florida. She is married, and home-schooled her three children from Kindergarten through High School using classical Christian education materials. Mrs. Luchs is a member of Stratford Presbyterian Church.
Charity Dawson serves as the First Grade Teacher at SCCA, and also teaches upper school Latin. Now in her twelfth year at SCCA, she previously taught Latin at Veritas Academy, a classical Christian school in Lancaster County, PA. Miss Dawson has studied at Camden County College, Penn State University, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her language studies include travel abroad to study French at the Ecole France Langue in Nice, France, and to study Latin at the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, Italy. Miss Dawson is a member of Stratford Presbyterian Church.
Judy Bech is in her second year serving as the Second Grade Teacher at SCCA. She was born and raised in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. She earned her B.S. in Education from Temple Univer-sity, and her Masters of Education from Cabrini College. She has taught in a variety of Christian schools throughout Philadelphia and in High Point, North Carolina. Judy is an active member of Third Reformed Church (PCA) in Philadelphia, serving as the Vice-President of W.I.C., secretary of the Mis-sions Committee, a member of the Activities Committee, and in several other ways. She also works part-time at an area hospital, where she enjoys the variety that comes from serving in that environment. Judy currently lives in Philadelphia, where she is close to her family and church. She has two nephews who are the joy of her life! Any spare time she has is spent talking to dear friends who live far away, catching up with family, exercising, reading, or doing puzzles.
Eileen Hernandez is the Third Grade Teacher at SCCA. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechan-ical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in 1992, and eventually earned a spot as a Test Engineer for the US Navy in Philadelphia, PA. While expecting her second child she decided to leave her engineering career in order to raise her children at home. She home schooled all of her children using the Trivium methodology and curricula beginning with her oldest child until he transitioned to SCCA in the fifth grade. She has also taught Math, Science, and Spanish courses at the Christian Home Educators Co-op (CHEC) during this same home schooling period. Mrs. Hernandez attends Ashland Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Voorhees, NJ, and has five children.
Jennifer Walker is thrilled to be the Fourth-Fifth Grade Teacher at SCCA this year. She is a graduate of Cornell University, and holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Philadelphia Uni-versity. Prior to teaching at SCCA, she was a tenured teacher at Hopkins Middle School in Burlington Township, NJ. She and her husband Mike serve as youth leaders at Christ Community Church in Lindenwold, NJ, and have been married for 17 years. They have two children, Katelyn and Joshua, who are students at Stratford Classical Christian Academy.
Ross Kucks is the Sixth Grade Teacher at SCCA, and will be teaching Dialectic Omnibus and Drama as well. He earned a B.A. in English with a minor in French from Grove City College where he was involved in both music and drama productions. Here he also played drums for the chapel worship band, sang in the Touring Choir, and was involved in three theater productions. While studying at Grove City, he also led a bible study for juvenile delinquents at a nearby institution for several semesters, helped edit a literary magazine, and participated in the school’s orientation board for three semesters. During his summers, he worked as a counselor at a Christian camp in New Hampshire, which included two mission trips to Panama to lead youth camps there. He also traveled on a mission trip to Uganda and participated in a missions training program, street evangelism, and rural outreach. More recently he has traveled on a mission trip to Trinidad, volunteered as a counselor at a Young Life handicappedcamp, and worked with a homeless ministry in Philadelphia. He enjoys playing drums, writing, reading, camping, and hiking.
Lisa Hoffecker is the Grammar Art Teacher and a Teaching Assistant at SCCA this year. She is First Aid and CPR certified, and often serves as the stand in nurse. She takes joy in being the on-site “mom” to the students and is always willing to hand out hugs and a listening ear. She is also active in volun-teering to assist with the front office and in the organization and implementation of other school activi-ties. Before her time at SCCA, Mrs. Hoffecker home schooled her two children for seven years. As a home schooling parent, she has been involved in two co-ops, serving as part of the leadership team of one, and acting as the class coordinator of another, teaching classes in science, history, and art. She is married to Rev. James Hoffecker, and ismother to Hannah and Joy. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family playing games or going on day trips. She also sings with the church worship team, and in her extra time loves to be creatively active with knitting, crocheting, painting, and crafting.
Noelle Witthohn is the Grammar Music Teacher at SCCA. She is a graduate of Grove City College with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and is beginning her fifth year at SCCA. She has travelled to a number of countries, including a time when she visited Israel, Turkey, and Greece, all within 24 hours. Some of her hobbies include cooking and singing. Mrs. Witthohn is married and attends Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Starlett Jones serves as the Physical Education Teacher, and the Aftercare and Athletics Coordinator at SCCA. She is currently working on an Associates degree at the University of Phoenix, and has a daughter who attends SCCA. She has worshipped at the Lighthouse of Deliverance Gospel Church in Lindenwold, NJ for the past seven years, and regards Proverbs 1:5 as one of her favorite verses of Scripture: “A wise man will hear, and will increase in learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel.” She loves vacationing at Disney World, and is excited to serve at SCCA and be a part of building a legacy of Christian leaders.

Upper School

Laura Jones serves as the Upper School Art Teacher at SCCA. She earned a B.S. in Art and Mathe-matics from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She is a founding member of Grace and Peace Community Church in South Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband Jonathan, and their five children. She enjoys playing the violin, baking, and photography.
Chris Byrd teaches Music History and Music Theory in the Upper School at SCCA, where he has taught since 2008. He also directs the school’s choir program, which includes two extra-curricular choirs and His Kingdom’s Cantors, SCCA’s young men’s ensemble. He is a Magna Cum Laude grad- uate of The College of New Jersey, where he studied English and Music. At TCNJ, he sang in the Chorale, the college’s select choir which has published several acclaimed recordings. His music back-ground also includesstudy under James Jordan, an internationally acclaimed conductor and teacher at the Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, NJ. Mr. Byrd has counseled and led music for the past 9 years during the summers at the French Creek Bible Conference, where he now serves on the board. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Timothy Carroll is teaching string orchestra, beginning keyboard classes and select ensemble. Mr. Carroll is a graduate of Temple University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Violin Performance. He also spent 7 summers using his music ministry at the Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood, NJ. Mr. Carroll attends Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and ping pong.
Justin Keller serves as Dean of Academics and an Upper School Teacher at SCCA. He has a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Northwestern University, as well as a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL just outside of Chicago. Rev. Keller worked for ten years as a systems and business analyst before entering vocational ministry. He has pastored two churches, helped plant two others, worked in cross-cultural missions, and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Free Church of America. Before coming to SCCA, Rev. Keller taught New Testament and Logic at Veritas School in Richmond, VA. In addition to administrative responsibilities, he teaches Omnibus, Logic, Mock Trial and Senior Thesis at SCCA. He loves reading, playing and watching sports, visiting Civil War battlefields, and enjoying a good meal with family and friends. He and his wife are members of Mount Laurel Evangelical Free Church.
Matt Williams serves as Dean of Students and an Upper School Teacher at SCCA. He has five years of experience in administration and teaching in classical Christian schools, and has served the church for six years as a full-time Youth Director. He has a B.A. in Bible from Columbia Bible College (’92), and a M.A.R. (’95) and completed doctoral course work and exams from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation through Whitefield Theological Seminary on “The Apologetic Dimensions of the Book of Ecclesiastes.” At SCCA this year, he will be teaching Old Testament, Writing (Progymnasmata), Rhetoric, and Omnibus. He enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening, and playing basketball, tennis, and golf. He recently celebrated sixteen years of marriage with Chanda, and they have two daughters, Charis and Ana.
Chris Fischer is an Upper School Science Teacher at SCCA. This year he will teach a course in Ad-vanced Biology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ursinus College and a Master’s of Science degree in Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University. He has worked in both industrial and academic labs for more than seventeen years, with experience in protein chemistry, microbiology and molecular biology. Mr. Fischer is also an Adjunct Professor at Rowan College in Gloucester County where he has taught Microbiology for four years.
Mural Rao Rao is an Upper School Math, Science, and Theology Teacher at SCCA, and serves as the Chairman of SCCA’s Mathematics and Science Department. In his 10th year at SCCA, he earned his B.A. in Astronomy and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. When he is not teaching at SCCA, he teaches at Widener Univer-sity in Chester, PA as an Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. Mr. Rao is the father of five children, and is a member of Stratford Presbyterian Church.