Each child is uniquely created in God’s image, and each child has a unique learning journey. Growth doesn’t happen in a perfect straight-line, but with ups and downs. When students need additional support, THRIVE is a support for the whole child. Our purpose is to provide a proactive education to successfully prepare students for life’s challenges. When things get too heavy we have tools to help students continue to grow academically, spiritually, and personally.
Some of the ways we can help. . .
Give students individual mentoring and coaching with personal difficulties.
Partner with parents / caregivers to find strategies and solutions for their students to reach their full potential.
Provide academic accountability by problem-solving and goal-setting with students.
Coach students with organization and time management
Individual tutoring to provide learning support to help fill the gaps.
Assist teachers with appropriate accommodations to help all students be successful.
Transition students to a new grade level, bridge from elementary to middle school, and middle school to high school.
Educate all students about relevant topics such as conflict-resolution, dealing with bullying, personal safety, etc.
God works in our weaknesses and fears. He promises to us in 2 Corinthians 12:9; “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Learning to rely on God and allowing him to help through all our struggles in life will foster a life-long relationship with Jesus.
Thrive Program Team Members:
Holly Leach, Julie Schmitke, Kristen Kreutner, Diane Winningham, Janet Christy,
Heather Shaw, Gene Berge, Chrissy Nicolici, Gina Kikuta,
Debbie Ellis, Janet Scarth, and Janet Lines
Classes and Tutoring
Thrive Program Director:
Mrs. Janet Christy—holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Reading from Eastern Washington
University, and her Master’s in Education, specializing in Reading and Language Arts, from Seattle Pacific
University. Mrs. Christy has been a professional educator since 1990, including roles as a classroom teacher
and a master teacher for student teachers in a university teaching degree program. Mrs. Christy began teaching
at NCA in 2001, and then became the Director of Student Learning and Staff Development in 2011. She also
oversees our Literacy Program. Mrs. Christy’s children have both attended NCA.
Mrs. Debbie Ellis—earned her Masters of Education from the University of Washington. She taught for seven years in the public school system as a Special Education teacher and has had training in the Slingerland®
Multi-sensory Reading Approach. Mrs. Ellis joined the teaching staff at NCA in 2013 and both of her children have attended NCA.
Mrs. Janet Scarth—received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Oregon State University. After gaining some management experience, Janet went back to get her teaching credentials from the University of Washington. She joined NCA’s Thrive team in 2017 with a desire to impact more students educationally and with her love of Jesus.
Mrs. Janet Lines—holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Biblical truth from Calvary Bible College. She is certified in the Association of Christian Schools International and has a Child Development Associate Certificate. She joined the NCA team in 2016 and has a granddaughter who attends NCA.
Thrive Academic Tutoring Options
General Tutoring (available before and after school)
Extra support and accountability for regular classroom work/assignments and homework
Additional time and support for concepts taught in the classroom
Specialized Tutoring (available before, during and after school)
A higher level of support and accountability for learning
An intentional approach with multi-sensory techniques
Remedial instruction for gap areas in learning (tutoring goals to be established)
Support individual-based accommodations
Elementary and Middle School School Support
Math Lab (middle school)—This class is offered to supplement and support a student’s regular math course. Participants are encouraged to bring specific problems and concepts for which they need help and clarification. They are allowed to work on their math assignments and correct work from cumulative tests. The teacher for Math Lab will consult with the regular Math teachers, review concepts recently presented in the regular class and assist students to demonstrate those concepts. The instructor will also analyze basic skill weaknesses on the part the students and give them opportunities to strengthen deficiencies. This is not a study hall, but a supervised, directed, course aimed at mastery of grade-level material and skill acquisition.
Tutored Study Hall (middle school)—Students requiring a little extra help can enroll in the study hall in which the teacher will provide a little extra assistance and help students with their studies. The teacher will help check planners, monitor student achievement on RenWeb, oversee classroom modifications, help with homework, work in conjunction with the Director of Student Learning regarding areas in which students struggle, etc.
Reading and Math Buddies (Grades 1-2/5th Grade)—Gator Aides Reading/Math Buddies is part of the 5th-grade Leadership Program. Fifth-grade students volunteer to be a reading or math buddy for a 1st or 2nd-grade student. First and second-grade students have an opportunity for a little bit of extra practice with reading or math facts, as well as building a relationship with their older buddy. Reading/ Math Buddies happens before school on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 – 8:30 am.
Mrs. Chrissy Nicolici, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech Pathologist) began working alongside NCA in 2012 as the school’s Speech Pathologist. Mrs. Nicolici has a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, as well as a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She has prior experience as a speech therapist with Children’s Hospital. Currently Mrs. Nicolici serves as an independent contractor to NCA for students with Speech and Language supplemental needs.
Speech production and fluency
Social language skills
Cognitive – communication skills (ex: executive functions, attention, problem solving, sequencing, memory)