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Learning Connections Faculty

Mrs. Linda Brown, M.Ed. Director of Learning Connections

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.



Mrs. Linda Richardson, M.Ed.

Linda Richardson is the lead teacher in the high school/middle school Learning Connections classroom. She has been a staff member at ACA since 2008. She holds undergraduate degrees in both education and special education from the University of Minnesota; she earned her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in learning disabilities from Western Carolina University. Mrs. Richardson has been an educator for more than three decades, teaching students in resource rooms and modified classrooms at both the middle school and high school levels. Mrs. Richardson’s goal is to assist in unlocking the learning potential God has planted in each student. Her greatest joy comes when she sees a student’s self-esteem soar as that child successfully discovers and applies strategies to retain and use information.



Mrs. Deana Zaccaro, B.A.

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.



Mrs. Cecelia Clark, B.S.

Mrs. Clark is an adjunct faculty member at ACA, serving as a Multisensory Structured Education Instructor in Language and Math through Learning Connections. She has a B.S. in Laboratory Technology and a B.S. in Medical Technology. She has been a member of the ACA family since 1991 when she joined as a parent. She served as an Elementary Teaching Assistant for ten years, beginning in 1998, and began tutoring in the PASS program in 2008. She combined her love for students and words and science when she completed the national requirements of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and became a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) in 2011. She is a member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and is accredited at the Teaching Level by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). 



Mrs. Terri Frink, M.Ed.

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.



Mrs. Kathy Gillikin, B.S..

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.



Mrs. Faye Simmons, B.A.

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.



Mrs. Ruth Ann Somerville, B.A.

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.



Mrs. Kim Waites, B.S.

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.



Mrs. Maggie Holland, B.A.

Maggie Holland is a Learning Connections Classroom teacher. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Special Education from Carson-Newman College as well as a Tennessee teaching license in K-8 regular education and K-12 special education. After moving to Asheville in July 2012, she worked as an inclusion teacher at Asheville Middle School for two years and then came to ACA in 2014 as a fifth-grade teacher. Her dream job since high school has been to work with students in a resource setting. Her goal is to help students see God's love for them, recognize their unique areas of giftedness, and learn how to joyfully use their gifts for God's glory. Maggie is thrilled and grateful to be a part of the Learning Connections team.