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Dr. Andy Sheets Named Head of School at Providence Christian Academy

The Providence Christian Academy Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Andy Sheets has been named as the new Head of School at Providence Christian Academy.  Dr. Sheets currently serves as the Assistant Head of School for Upper School at PCA.  His appointment as Head of School will be effective on July 1, 2022.

“I am very pleased and excited to announce that the Providence Christian Academy Board of Trustees has named Dr. Andy Sheets as the new Head of School,” states Providence Christian Academy Board Chair, Julie Knox. “Dr. Sheets has been with PCA for nine years and we are confident that he will add an amazing new chapter to the life of PCA.  His record as a leader is outstanding and his experience as a successful administrator is significant.  We look forward to PCA continuing to grow and thrive through his leadership.”

Dr. Sheets moved to Middle Tennessee fifteen years ago from Ft. Myers, Florida.  He is a graduate of the University of South Florida, holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Florida Gulf Coast University, and Doctorate in Education from Carson Newman University.  Prior to joining PCA, his experience includes serving as the Dean of Students at Canterbury School, Head of School at Franklin Classical School, Assistant Division Head at Currey Ingram Academy, and serving as the Dean of the Middle School and Dean of the Upper School at Franklin Road Academy.  Andy and his wife Tabitha are the parents of four children, three currently attend PCA and one is a PCA graduate.

In accepting this appointment, Dr. Sheets states, “It is an incredible honor to be named the next Head of School at Providence Christian Academy.  From the very first moment I stepped on this campus, I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit here.  God continues to bless the transformational and eternal work being done on our campus through a team of fantastic school leaders, exceptional faculty and staff, and dedicated parents and families.  I am grateful to Dr. Bill Mott for his leadership for the past seven years, and the PCA Board of Trustees for the confidence they have expressed in me to lead PCA in this next chapter.  I look forward to working with our community as we continue to realize our mission of teaching students to seek God’s truth and equipping them with the tools for a lifetime of learning.  Together, we will impact generations for Christ.”

A special school-wide Chapel honoring the current Head of School, Dr. Bill Mott, will be held on May 25, 2022 at 8:00am in the James W. Frazee Gymnasium.  PCA families and supporters are invited to attend.  A reception honoring Dr. Mott will be held in the Given-Carter Library following Chapel. 

Dr. Mott has served as the Head of School for PCA since 2015.   During his time at PCA, Dr. Mott oversaw PCA joining the TSSAA, led the effort for the school to receive accreditation by SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools), the most highly recognized accrediting organization in the region, and led the formation of the Student Learning Services (SLS) program, an effort to provide academic support for many students.

Through God’s abundant blessing and Dr. Mott’s leadership, the school has increased in enrollment by more than 100%. With the dramatic growth in enrollment came the need for additional facilities.  In 2021, PCA celebrated the opening of the Allen Academic and Athletic Center.  The Allen Center houses 9th-12th grade Rhetoric School classes and includes 16 classrooms, 2 science labs, a Student Union, a new 1,200 seat gymnasium, locker rooms, a weight room, office spaces, meeting spaces, and storage.  In conjunction with the new building, several other campus improvements have been added. PCA has also recently purchased additional land intended to expand athletic facilities.

“It has been an honor and a blessing to serve as Head of School for the past seven years. I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement of the Board of Trustees, the faculty and staff and the many PCA families who make up this unique and wonderful community. I will count my time at PCA as one of the greatest experiences of my career. However, the opportunity to serve my church, where my wife and I have been an active for many years, was a calling I could not ignore. With Dr. Sheets serving as the next Head of School, the future is certainly bright for PCA.” states Dr. Mott.

PCA was founded in 1996 as an academically advanced, inter-denominational classical Christian school.  There are more than 695 students enrolled in Pre-K – 12th grade.  PCA’s mission is to teach students to seek God’s truth and to equip them with the tools for a lifetime of learning. The school is founded on three pillars that include: Christian Worldview, Classical Education and Parental Involvement. 

With parental involvement as one of the pillars of the school, parents are actively involved and engaged in classroom activities and school events. Families have an opportunity to participate in numerous classroom activities, special projects, field trips, chapel, prayer groups, service projects, school events, and more. 

Students and faculty cultivate a Christian Worldview through participating in weekly chapel, daily prayer, scripture memorization, advisory programming, student devotions, Bible classes, daily prayer at dismissal, and more.  All students are encouraged to serve the community through participating in service projects at every grade level. 

Classical Education at PCA includes the early years of school in the Grammar stage, focused on absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle school Logic stage, students learn how to think through arguments.  The high school years culminate in the Rhetoric stage with students learning to express what they believe and why they believe it. 

PCA is a non-profit classical Christian school that is founded on the sacrificial gifts of families and supporters.  It is these sacrifices that have played a critical role in the growth and development of the school. God’s ongoing provision through the generous gifts of His people will ensure that Providence Christian Academy continues teaching students to seek God’s truth and equipping them with the tools for a lifetime of learning for many years to come.

Providence Christian Academy is now accepting student applications for enrollment.  Due to the low student to teacher ratio, classes can fill quickly.  Families interested in learning more may call the PCA office at (615) 904-0902 or follow this link: PCA Admission Process