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Mike McGinnis

Assistant Pastor/School Administrator

Pastor Mike and Kim have a heart to reach this generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mike grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and has a love for the outdoors. After graduating from Rhema Bible Training College in 1993, he has served in churches, ministries and in a Bible college impacting children, youth and adult lives across the United States. Mike joined the team in August. (2015)


Davina Lockhart

Middle School Teacher

Mrs. Lockhart moved to Eureka Springs in 1997 from Edmond, Oklahoma. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Central Oklahoma. Previous to teaching at the Academy, Mrs. Lockhart taught Spanish in the Edmond Public Schools and 6th grade in the Eureka Springs Public School. She has been very active and supportive of the Academy of Excellence since 2004, when her youngest daughter, Ashlynn enrolled in the preschool and continued through completion of the 8th grade. Mrs Lockhart started teaching at the Academy after Ashlynn started high school in 2014.

Mrs. Lockhart and her husband, Roger have been married since 1985, and they have three daughters and two grandsons. Currently, she teaches middle school Spanish, History, and Language. Her favorite verse is James 2:26 – “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”


Gloria Taff

Middle School Teacher

Mrs. Taff grew up in Odessa, Texas and received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas A & M University. She taught for 4 years at Harvest Time Christian School in Ft. Smith, and spent one year as the Preschool Director at Children’s Cornerstone in Berryville before lending her talent to help start the Academy in 1993. Mrs. Taff has taught in children’s ministry in the church for many years, teaching from preschool age children up through junior high youth.She currently teaches middle school Bible, Science, and Math. She has been married to her husband, Jay, since 1985, and together they like to hike, canoe, travel, and garden.Ms. Gloria has three children, one in high school and two in college.Her favorite words to live by: The will of God will never take you where the grace of God can not keep you. Wherever you go, go with your whole heart.


Toni Hayden

1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Hayden was raised south of Berryville in the Moore community and is a fifth generation Carroll County native. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Arkansas Tech University, graduating magna cum laude.

Mrs. Hayden and her husband, Tom, have been married for 26 years and are the proud parents of Thomas, a 6th grade Academy student. The family operates a small hobby farm in Oak Grove.

Her favorite quote is from Thomas Jefferson. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”


Erin Kruzan

Kindergarten Teacher and Preschool Director

Mrs. Erin grew up in Central Illinois and got her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Spoon River College. Mrs. Erin has 8 years experience in early childhood education, where she was a Daycare Director, Teacher's Assistant in the Rushville School Ditrict, Early Headstart Nurturer and Family Services Worker.

One of Mrs. Erin's favorite quotes is, "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do."

Dwight L. Moody


Patty Sanders

Office Manager

Patty grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas and earned her education degree from the University of Arkansas. She began her teaching career in Huntsville and then in the Berryville Public School System. After 17 years of teaching math, literature, and reading at the Academy of Excellence, she recently assumed the position of office manager for both the church and school.

She and husband, James, have been married for more than 40 years. They have two children, Ty of Fayetteville and Jenna of Tulsa, OK.


Michelle Johnson

3rd & 4th Grade Assistant

Bio & Pic Coming Soon


Teresa Follmer

Pre-3 Teacher

Bio & Pic Coming Soon


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