River Hills Christian Academy's Head of School Shayla Floyd has a diverse history in the education field. After graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in elementary education, she dove into educating the children of south Texas. Floyd has been with RHCA since its beginning, when she served on a research committee. Though she felt apprehensive when selected as RHCA Head of School, she says that she has found great joy in following the Lord’s lead and in being submissive to what He has called her to do. When Floyd is not at RHCA, she enjoys running, cooking and participating in Bible studies, though she says that most of her time is spent at her two sons’ sporting activities, cheering them on. Reflecting on her passion for education, Floyd stated that she admired her high school agricultural teacher because of his love of teaching and dedication to his students. She puts this into place by encouraging the teachers at RHCA to not only train students in academics, but in daily relations with other students and in the Word of God. Her favorite teaching memory comes from her early days in education, when she worked with first graders who were learning to read. She enjoyed seeing their confidence grow. Floyd feels that the most important thing a student should learn is the Word of God. Realizing that the Bible is the basis for our lives, she feels that if students know His word and hold true to it, they will be able to live a life that brings God glory.
Brenda has been with RHCA since 2014 and has taught Kindergarten and Second Grade. She is a graduate of Texas A&I University. Her favorite part of working at RHCA is teaching children in the Trivium form from a Biblical worldview. She also likes the small classes, which allows her to get to know each child individually. Her hobbies include spending time with her family.
Juli has been with the Academy since 2014. Her favorite parts of working at RHCA are the students and the loving work environment. She calls it her "happy place!" She feels it is truly a joy to be at the Academy. She enjoys planting flowers, reading, and making photo books. Most of all she loves spending time with her grandchildren.
Donna came to RHCA as the Administrative Assistant in the summer of 2019 with a varied background. She has an Accounting Degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and is also a certified teacher. She feels that her experience in corporate offices, small businesses, and public school has prepared her for what she does for the Academy. Being able to watch the students learn about Jesus and watching them live up to the high expectations set for them makes her love her job! At home, she likes to be outside with her family and pets, and spoiling her granddaughter.
Stephany is a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and has been with the Academy since 2016. Her favorite part of working at RHCA is her love of children and that God's word is shared in every part of teaching! She loves spending time with her family, cheering on her sons, playing with her granddaughters, reading, listening to Christian music, going for walks in nature and admiring all of God's creation.
Erin graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha WI in 2013 with a degree in elementary education. She has worked at RHCA since 2018. Her hobbies include cooking dairy free dishes for herself and her husband, tending to her flowers and vegetables in her apartment patio garden, and traveling to new places. Her favorite thing about working at RHCA is teaching young children the foundations of the Christian faith & seeing the connections children make to God's Word through their experiences at school and home.
Ally began her teaching career with her own children, she continued assisting and teaching at various Christian education institutes until she came to the Academy after moving from Arizona in 2019. Having attained an Associate’s Degree, she is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in early childhood education, which will allow her to further her calling of teaching and training young children to live and learn as God intended them to. Craig is an athlete accomplished in marathon running, gymnastics, volleyball, and many recreational sports. Born in Florida and having lived in many different states throughout her life has given her the ability to embrace and understand those from broadly diverse backgrounds. Mrs. Craig has said that she cannot think of a career quite so wrought with challenging growth opportunities, matched only by the overwhelming rewards involved in instilling knowledge and Godliness in a child.
Pam received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Administration and worked in the health care industry. After starting a family, she became a stay-at-home mom. She decided to go back to school to get her teaching certification after subbing and realizing that teaching is what she should have majored in back in college. She truly loves teaching! She loves to see how first-graders develop in just one school year! She can see god's hand at work. She sees firsthand, as the Psalmist in 139:14 tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Her favorite thing about working at RHCA is that everything that we teach is brought back to God. He is a God of order and created us with curiosity to learn. The more we learn, the more we can see God's workmanship. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, bible studies, gardening, and watching movies. She has a wonderful husband, Chip, and together they have three terrific kids in college.
Jennie has been with RHCA since 2019. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education and from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a Master's Degree in History. When asked what her favorite part of working at RHCA, she said “I love the sense of community at RHCA. There is a tremendous amount of support from the parents, staff, and others within the school community. The dedication of RHCA to our students both academically and spiritually is inspiring and a joy to see daily. The students are eager to learn not only about their academics, but also about God's Word”. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and two kids. She loves reading (especially historical fiction), cooking and trying new recipes and traveling to new places.
Miss Gunn is our newest addition to RHCA. She came to us in 2020 and will be teaching choir and piano lessons. She was homeschooled and studied music in private piano lessons for eleven years. She loves watching children learn about and make music, as well as the collaboration between staff to provide a high quality Classical Christian education. Her hobbies include reading, playing the piano, time with animals, and sweet conversations over a cup of tea.