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Learning Connections Faculty

Linda Brown
Director of Learning Connections

B.S. Education / B.A. Psychology, Millersville University 
M.Ed. Education, St. Francis University

Mrs. Brown is the Director of Learning Connections at ACA and has been on the faculty since 2005. She has undergraduate degrees in both education and psychology and a master's degree in education. In order to become better equipped to teach students with learning differences, she received specialized training through the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), the Spalding Foundation, and the Multi-Sensory Training Institute. For more than three decades, Mrs. Brown has been an educator and has served as a classroom teacher, an administrator, and an educational therapist. Her desire is to help students reach their God-given potential and to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. In June 2013, Mrs. Brown began coursework and a practicum in Neurofeedback (NFB) in order to receive the training and certification necessary to provide NFB in the school setting.

Email:  linda.brown@acalion.org

Deana Zaccaro
US/MS Learning Connections

B.A. Language Arts and Secondary Education, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Deana Zaccaro is a teacher in the high school/middle school Learning Connections classroom. She has been teaching at ACA since 2014. Mrs. Zaccaro has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and Language Arts from Palm Beach Atlantic University. A teacher since 2002, Mrs. Zaccaro has taught middle and high school in a variety of school settings. Mrs. Zaccaro believes that students succeed when they discover how they learn best and create personal techniques that aim for progress.

Email:  deana.zaccaro@acalion.org

Kristie Jones
US/MS Learning Connections

Email:  kristie.jones@acalion.org

Linda Mitchell
MS/LS Learning Connections

B.S. Chemistry, Furman University

Prior to joining the middle school faculty in 2006, Mrs. Mitchell completed graduate work in chemistry and education at five different universities and developed two US patents. She has spent over 20 years in the industry. She delights in bringing the awe and wonder of creation into the classroom. Mrs. Mitchell holds a certification in Montessori middle school. In her free time, she enjoys traveling across the country, camping, hiking, and spending time with her Yorkshire terriers.

Email:  linda.mitchell@acalion.org

Stacy Still
LS Learning Connections

Email:  stacy.still@acalion.org

Terri Frink
LS Learning Connections

B.A. Diversified Liberal Arts, University of San Diego 
M.Ed. Education and Human Development, George Washington University
NILD Discovery Program, Certified Therapist

Mrs. Frink holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Special Education. She was a classroom teacher for nine years and has worked in a variety of settings as a special educator. Terri joined the ACA faculty in 2007 and has since received additional training from the National Institute of Learning Development and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She serves the Lord and families at ACA as an educational therapist and tutor. Terri considers it a privilege and joy to work with children, helping them develop to be all that God has for them to be.

Email:  terri.frink@acalion.org

Kathy Gillikin
LS Learning Connections

B.S. Elementary Education Special Ed., University of Maryland
NILD Discovery Program, Certified Therapist 

Mrs. Gillikin is an adjunct faculty member serving as an Educational Therapist through Learning Connections. Her tenure at ACA started in 1999. She earned her B.S. in Special Education from the University of Maryland. She has served as a special education teacher for three years, a pre-Kindergarten teacher for two years, and a teacher’s assistant for three years. She takes joy in knowing that her students “are fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of God and designed to bring Him glory. She is trained as an Educational Therapist through the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). In her years as a therapist, she has seen her students make great academic strides and has enjoyed watching them become involved in the ACA community. All three of her adult children are ACA graduates.

Email:  kathy.gillikin@acalion.org

Faye Simmons
LS Learning Connections

B.A. Elementary Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mrs. Simmons is an Academic Support Tutor at ACA and has been on the faculty since 1995. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has over 20 years’ experience as a Lower School teacher. When she decided to end her time as a full-time teacher, she eagerly embraced the role of tutor. She feels that one-on-one tutoring allows her to use her creativity as she seeks ways to help students learn. Tutoring gives her the opportunity to encourage students while helping them to discover the ways that they learn best.

Email:  faye.simmons@acalion.org

Ruth Ann Somerville
US Learning Connections

B.A. English, Appalachian State University
Certificate in TESOL, Shenandoah University

Ruth Ann Somerville is the ESL teacher for international students at ACA, as well as a Learning Connections Program Teacher, primarily in the Upper School. She has a bachelor's degree in English and a graduate certificate in TESOL, and has been part of the ACA faculty since 2007. Raised in South Korea as the child of missionaries, Mrs. Somerville's background and training have uniquely prepared her to serve as an academic and cross-cultural mentor for international students. In addition, she provides Learning Connections Writing Lab services for middle and upper school students who need individual instruction and support in writing.

Email:  ruthann.somerville@acalion.org

Kim Waites
Neurofeedback

B.S. Early Childhood Special Education, Auburn University

Mrs. Waites is a lower school teacher assistant at ACA. Her credentials include a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education with five years of direct instructional experience. She also has worked in the school setting as a Reading Specialist. In June 2013, Mrs. Waites began coursework and a practicum in Neurofeedback in order to receive the training and BCIA certification necessary to provide NFB in the school setting. Her desire and focus is to help each individual child grow emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally to his or her fullest potential.

Email:  kim.waites@acalion.org

Connie Olson
LS/MS Learning Connections

B.S. Special Education (K-12), Florida State University
Learning Disabilities post graduate certification, Florida Atlantic University

Connie Olson firmly believes as it is written in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in Righteousness.” Mrs. Olson believes that it is essential to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical needs of students while demonstrating God’s love. Her partnership with ACA gives her the opportunity to encourage parents in these areas as well. Mrs. Olson earned her degree in special education from Florida State University. She also holds a post graduate certificate in learning disabilities from Florida Atlantic University, as well as certifications in the Wilson reading program, English as a second language, and arts integration.

Email:  connie.olson@acalion.org

Lori Wilhelmi
LS/MS Learning Connections

B.A. Education and French, Montreat College and Lenoir-Rhyne University

Mrs. Wilhelmi began her career as a public school teacher. She came to ACA in 2006 for the opportunity to integrate God’s word into every subject. Mrs. Wilhelmi is Orton-Gillingham and ESL (English as a Second Language) certified.

Email:  lori.wilhelmi@acalion.org