Mr. Harris is a 1989 graduate of Eastern University with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education (Math, History). In his career he has taught in South Philadelphia, served as a youth pastor for five years at Quakertown Bible Fellowship in Pennsylvania, as well as worked and lived in Sweden (Gävle and Falun) for eight years at the Internationella Engelska Skolan, a Swedish school with an English profile. He has two children at KCA, Emma, and Grace, and one graduate, Isaiah.
Barbara Mashtare is the Director of Admissions for KCA. She has lived in St. Mary's County since February 2010 when her family moved to Maryland from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Barbara has one KCA graduate and three current students. Most recently, she worked as the Assistant Director at Riversong Christian Learning Center for six years. When Barbara is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and serving in ministry with her husband. Barbara is honored and blessed to be a part of the school where she truly enjoys helping other families learn more about KCA.
Celeste began substitute teaching in 2009 and came on full-time as the school's Development Secretary in October 2011. She also serves as the school's Summer Camp Secretary and teaches a Spanish club for 4th Grade, as well as a devotional class for 6th grade girls. She came to KCA with a background in marketing and sales and has a B.A. in linguistics from UMBC. In her spare time, Celeste enjoys being an AWANA leader at Faith Bible Church in Mechanicsvsville. She has been a St. Mary's County resident for the past four years and is a devoted mom to Brandon Pullias.
Lisa received her BS from Virginia Tech in Family and Child Development with a Math and History concentration. She received her masters from Western Maryland College (McDaniel) in Curriculum Development and Assessment with Administration/Supervision classes. Lisa started volunteering at KCA teaching art, which later turned into a part time position. Mrs. B. returned to full time teaching in 2012. In addition to administration, she continues to teach Bible. She is happily married to Tom, and they have three wonderful children, Breana, Seth, and Torie, who are “lifers” from KCA.
Director of Development
Omar De La Torre
Omar De la Torre is a graduate of the Univesidad de Guadalajara in Mexico, holding a degree in Information Systems. Before coming to KCA, he served as a Support Technician, Computer Teacher and IT Help Desk coordinator; most recently at the Lincoln School, a Christian school with English and Spanish program. He is married to Sarah and has three children. They attend Ministerio de Amor en Cristo, where he serves as part of the worship team. He greatly enjoys his family and helping and serve the people around him.
Born and raised in St. Mary's Co., Blaine Somerville earned his Bachelors and Masters in Business at Morgan State University in Baltimore where he lived and worked for 9 years. He was previously the Asst. Director of the Honors Program at Morgan State University before returning home to Southern Maryland to teach at Great Mills High School. In addition to KCA, he teaches GED classes at the Detention Center and considers that a ministry. He enjoys coaching basketball and is married to Toyja Somerville since 1993 and has hosted many students in their home over the years.
Minna Hughes brings to KCA many years of nursing experience, both in her native country of Finland and in the United States. She holds a BSN degree in nursing and has most recently spent twenty years working in the local hospital, of which she is retired. After leaving Finland, she spent several years in London and Spain as a missionary to the Muslim world. Along with her husband Kevin, and daughter Aleena (attends KCA), they are members of Faith Bible Church in Mechanicsville. In her free time she enjoys handcrafts, baking and gardening.
Mrs. Sarah Patterson served as the Founding Administrator of KCA for thirty years. After retirement in 2009, she continues to serve as the Educational & Development Consultant. She holds a BS in Education & English from Radford University and an MA in Education from George Washington University. She has taught in Roanoke County, VA Public Schools, the Frank Knox School (SMCPS), CSM, St. Mary's College, LPCS/KCA, and the Calvert Christian School. She has also taught Curriculum Development at Mid-Atlantic Christian Schools Conferences. "It has been my great privilege to be a part of the Development of the Kings Christian Academy, Isaiah 40:31, TO GOD BE THE GLORY!" She is married to Michael Patterson, her children Stephen Patterson, Andrea Mikkola (David), and grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah A., and Rachel Mikkola.
Amy Colina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and has worked in MD, IL, LA, and MS; first on medical/surgical/telemetry/pediatric floors then emergency room. She has also taught Bible studies, Sunday School (adult), and VBS in LA for 11 years. Originally from St Mary's Co., She has lived all over the US while her husband was in the Air Force, but now has settled in MD. She is a member of Faith Bible Church and enjoys walking & playing with her puppy, reading, studying, and cooking and crafts.