Upper School Faculty

The teachers at Back Creek work to equip each student with a Biblical worldview in every grade. Our staff provides students with opportunities to grow not only academically but train them for a life of service to God and their community. When our students enter higher education they are prepared socially, academically, and most importantly spiritually.

HeadofSchoolHead of School: 
Janet Ballard

16 years at BCCA. M. Ed. in Special Education at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Doctorate in Education in progress from Columbia International University.


Jonathan Branch

6 years at BCCA with 8 years teaching experience. BA and MA in Philosophy from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Lea Bowling: Humane Arts and Letters and Latin
Lea graduated from Thomas Edison State College in 2010 with a BA in English. She has spent 1 year at BCCA and has 5 year experience. She previously taught at Gehmans Mennonite School in Pennsylvania.

JonathanBranchJonathan Branch: Principal
Mr. Branch earned his BA in Philosophy and MA in Ethics and Applied Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He taught in the Adult High School and GED programs at Gaston College, worked as Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Philosophy at UNCC, and served as Editorial Assistant to William C. Gay in the publication of the Global Studies Encyclopedic Dictionary (Rodopi 2014). Mr. Branch has been at Back Creek since 2012.

JenniferHixsonJennifer Hixson: Humane Arts and Letters, History, and Writing
Mrs. Hixson has been teaching or tutoring middle school students since 1994. She graduated suma cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Middle Grade Education. She began her career in NC public schools, notably in Cabarrus County, before taking time to stay home with her three children. She has extensive experience in upper level Mathematics and English, and is thrilled to teach HAL and Algebra at a school that centers its teaching on the truth of Christ.

MattPierceMatt Pierce: Math and Physical Education
Mr. Pierce earned his degree in Physical Education and Health from Liberty University. He has been teaching at BCCA since the 2008-2009 school year. He enjoys teaching PE for grades TK-8, as well as teaching Math for 6th and 7th grades. Mr. Pierce has also been the boys’ basketball coach since arriving at Back Creek in 2008.

TommyProfile picture Rose: Science and Math
Third year at BCCA. Mr. Rose has been teaching or tutoring middle and high school students math, science, and Bible for 20 years.  He holds a B.S. from the University of South Carolina in Marine Science, a M.S. from the University of Alabama in Geology—Cum Laude, and M.A. in Counseling-Cum Laude from Capital Bible Seminary in Washington, D.C.  He has worked as a hydrogeologist in the environmental industry where he applied the principles of math and science to remediate hazardous waste sites.  Additionally, Mr. Rose serves as one of the pastors at Wellspring Church in South Charlotte.

 Elizabeth Rayes

Elizabeth Reyes is the Director of the Exceptional Student Education Program at Back Creek Christian Academy.  Elizabeth began her career teaching for years in several different public school systems before finding a new calling in private, Christian Education as a program director. She is currently pursing her Ph.D. in Special Education at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she has already earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. Elizabeth is also a wife and mother of a toddler, and resides in South Carolina just over the border.

Laura Marple
Third year at BCCA. BA  in Art at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

ESL, Algebra 1, Science:
Jeanie Choi
Four years experience. BA in Elementary Education from Wheaton College.

Bible and Athletic Director: 
Brian Cook
Nine years experience. BA in Education and Religion from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Music Director:
Larry Pauley
Fifth Year at BCCA with 39 years experience. BA and MA from Marshall University in West Virginia.

Student Services Program Director: 
Bridget Harrison
Six years at BCCA. Trained in Orton-Gillingham and Augustine systems for learning disabilities. 17 years in Special Services.