OUR TEACHING FACULTY
Mt. Hope Christian Academy strives for the highest possible academic standards. All of our teaching staff are required to have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Education and have passed all state mandated testing. In addition, all of our faculty and staff have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a firm commitment to the Word of God.
Kindergarten
Mrs. Martha Cruise
BS in Elementary Education
Teaching Experience: 8 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mrs. Cruise was a recipient of a kidney transplant that has allowed her to be able to lead a happy, healthy life and serve God with renewed passion. 
First Grade
Mrs. Bethany Donelow
BS in Recreation & Tourism
MA in Elementary Education
Teaching Experience: 8 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mrs. Donelow loves to spend her evenings working out at C4.  However, she has a serious addiction to Chick-fil-A.  
Second Grade
Mrs. Heather Arbogast
BS in Elementary Education
Pursuing MA in Counseling
Teaching Experience: 2.5 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mrs. Arbogast loves to cook for her large, extended family!
Third Grade
Mrs. Jolysa Blankenship
BS in Elementary Education
MA in Reading
Teaching Experience: 5 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mrs. Blankenship has a SERIOUS passion for sports; it’s a family tradition! In fact, her family holds over 10 state titles in three different sports. She plans to use that passion to coach future MHCA Warriors.
 
 
 
 
Fourth Grade
Mrs. Kara Shuemake
BS in Education
MA in Reading
Teaching Experience: 11 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mrs. Shuemake loves to dance! She frequently invents super-cheesy dance moves (despite being terribly uncoordinated), much to the amusement of her family. 
 
 
 
Science (5th – 8th)
Reading (7th – 8th)
Mrs. Kristen Adkins
BS in Education
BS in Respiratory Care
Teaching Experience: 7 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mrs. Adkins married her high school sweetheart and they now have seven children! Mrs. Adkins started and ran a homeschool initiative for Fayette County.
 
Social Studies
(5th – 8th)
Bible (5th – 6th)
Mr. Chris Arbogast
BS in Social Studies
Teaching Experience: 2 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mr. Arbogast loves sports and recreation, but especially backpacking. He also plays drums and percussion for the I Heart Church worship team. 
English (5th – 8th)
Bible (7th – 8th)
Dr. Terry Farley
BS in Elementary Education
MA in Curriculum & Instruction
MA in Educational Administration
Honorary Doctorate in Christian Education 
Teaching Experience: 42 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Dr. Farley is a published, award-winning author. He loves movies, yard sales and Southern Gospel music. He also does stand-up comedy on the side. 
 
Math (5th – 8th)
Reading (5th – 6th)
Mrs. Nicole Colson
BS in Elementary Education
MA in Multi-Subject Gifted Education
Teaching Experience: 7 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mrs. Colson loves spending time with family, hiking, adventuring, reading and also enjoys game nights with friends. Despite her claims of not being a fan of running, she often finds herself in 5Ks. 
 
 
Liberty University
High School Facilitator
Mrs. Laura Schoolcraft
Regents Bachelor of Arts
Enrolled in Master’s Program in Teaching at Liberty University 
Certified through ACSI
Teaching Experience: 8 years
 
Interesting Fact:  Mrs. Schoolcraft absolutely loves working with kids and has spent many years actively serving in various children’s ministries.  She truly feels teaching is her calling and feels blessed to have the opportunity to invest in the next generation at MHCA!