Elective Teacher Bios.

Susan Ballew – Media Center Instructor

Mrs. Anna Kilbride – Music and Drama

Mrs. Kilbride has an amazing gift teaching the arts to kids of all ages.  She has been leading our students in music and drama for the last few years. Mrs. Kilbride is also on staff at CYT Atlanta.   Mrs. Kilbride and her husband have a one year old daughter.

Mrs. Demetra Stephens –  Technology

Mrs. Stephens earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Lamar University and a Masters of Art in Mathematics from Villanova University. She worked as a Software Test Engineer for 11 years with Lockheed Martin before relocating to Atlanta with her husband. Mrs. Stephens has three children that attended BCA. Since 2009, she has served in various roles at BCA.  Mrs. Stephens loves spending time with her family.

Mrs. Brandee Thurman – Art

A native Texan, Mrs. Brandee Thurman has a passion for education and a love for the arts. She continues to further her art education through the National Art of Education Association and the Art of Education. She is the mother of three and the proud (and very young) grandmother of two. Prior to joining the Bridgeway staff, she spent eight years teaching at a local art studio.

When she’s not in the classroom or holding a paintbrush, Mrs. Thurman enjoys snow skiing, gardening, hiking, and reading. She also loves teaching Awana and Sunday school. What she enjoys most about teaching at BCA is the family atmosphere. “It is wonderful to be able to share the love of the Lord with kids and to see their spiritual growth.”

Mr. Michael Watanabe – Band
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Mr. Iain Velez – Spanish (2nd – 5th)

Mr. Velez has been teaching Spanish at Bridgeway for 10 years. He earned a B.S. in Spanish and Business Administration from Houghton College in Houghton, NY, and is certified by the State of Georgia and ACSI. What he most enjoys about BCA is being able to use his gifts and sharing his faith freely, while making an impact for the Kingdom of God. “My students have taught me to be a better teacher, role model, and Christian example.”

Growing up in Bolivia, Mr. Velez had many different pets and animals, but now he only has one funny looking dog called Bossa. Mr. Velez played for the U17 Bolivian National soccer team and toured with a Christian rock band during college. Today, he’s just as happy as the worship leader for Bridgeway Church, and coaching both the girls and boys BCA soccer teams.

Mrs. Britni Theisen – Spanish (preschool – 1st)
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Mrs. Thiesen has a Bachelors degree in TXMD from Middle Tennessee State University with a minor in Spanish and Marketing. She has been teaching preschool Spanish at the North Point Community Church Weekday program for the past three years. Outside of the classroom she owns her own Interior Decorating business and enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband, Seth have been married for ten years and have two children, Henry age 7 and Genevie age 5, both are students at BCA! She is excited to teach the foundations of the Spanish language to our PreK-1st students as well as open their hearts and minds to Christ’s love for them and for people of all cultures and ethnicities!