FACULTY AT OCA
Called to teach; building a community of faith and friendship.
Asst. Director Admissions, Drama
Ms. Bauer joins OCA with ten years of experience teaching and directing theatre at Morris Catholic high school in New Jersey. She has also served as the chairperson for the Fine & Performing Arts department, developing rigorous and dynamic arts curricula. She has helped hundreds of students to discover and cultivate their God-given talents and a love of the performing arts. She also has worked in secondary Catholic school admissions, recruitment, and development for the past five years. She earned her B.A. in Theatre and English from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her Masters in Dramatic Literature from New York University. She has an extensive background in the study and performance of Shakespeare’s classical verse and looks forward to bringing these works to life at OCA.
Latin, Humane Letters, History
Mr. Baus comes to OCA ready to share the message that Latin is alive and well. A graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts in both Classical Languages and Classics and Religious Studies, Mr. Baus is teaching Latin and Humane Letters at OCA. For the past three years, Mr. Baus has taught Latin to students ranging in age from preschool to high school at both Sacred Heart Catholic School and Pius X High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. While vacationing in Arkansas, Mr. Baus heard Mr. Rocha speak about OCA during a Mass and was inspired by the philosophy and mission of OCA. Now, he and his wife, Amanda are a part of the OCA journey.
History, Humane Letters, Philosophy, Advisory
Ms. DePauw has taught history, philosophy, theology, and english classes in private and charter high schools for over twenty years. She earned a B.A. in History and Theology and studied graduate philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. She has served on k-12 advisory boards at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, and the University of Michigan for European History, Near Eastern History, and Philosophy. She loves teaching high school students as a calling. This experience has proven invaluable in preparing her for teaching History, Philosophy, and Humane Letters at OCA.
Algebra II, Chemistry, Humane Letters, Oral Communications, World History II
Dr. Frazier and his wife relocated to NWA from Dallas and he began teaching Chemistry, Western Civilization II and Humane Letters for 9th and 11th graders in 2019. Frazier received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, his Masters in Liberal Arts from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of Dallas. In addition to these degrees, Frazier also has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Frazier’s varied interests and great diversity in his educational experience includes work as a forensic chemist, first-hand experience in archeological digs and being a published poet.
Humane Letters, Religion
Ms. Karp is a native of Northwest Arkansas. An avid reader from a young age, she has always been captivated by stories of human experience. After completing her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Central Arkansas, she set out to earn her master’s degree in education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She arrives at OCA happy to be returning home and excited to share her love of stories with her students.
Mrs. Mancia’s love and interest in Philosophy and Theology led her to pursue a degree at Franciscan University in Steubenville where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a minor in Theology in May of 2018. A bilingual speaker of Spanish and English, Mrs. Mancia has been instrumental in developing material for formation classes and retreats that she has given in area churches. At OCA, Mrs. Mancia will will be sharing her love of these two subjects as a teacher of Religion and Philosophy.
With 12 years of Mechanical Engineering experience and a Masters of Education degree in Education for teaching, learning, and leadership from Arkansas Tech University. Mrs. Marsh helped facilitate a grant from the University of Arkansas for the Physics department and lab at OCA. She will be working with graduate students to implement the curriculum for Physics as well as teaching in the Mathematics department at OCA.
Mrs. Mitchell holds MA degrees in Art Education, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and School Administration. Mitchell served as an Assistant Principal at Root Elementary in Fayetteville for five years. Mitchell and her husband, Jim, have been residents of Northwest Arkansas and members of St. Joseph Parish in Fayetteville for 25 years. They have three children that attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Fayetteville.
Algebra I, Geometry, Pre-Calculus
Mrs. Nguyen graduated from high school, college, and the Binh Duong Medical School in Vietnam before moving to NWA in 2000. She substituted for the Rogers Public School District in both high schools and middle schools. Nguyen also worked for the Migrant Program as a teacher assistant from January 2016 until May 2019. She has been a long term substitute teacher at Heritage High School teaching Algebra II and Algebra III. Nguyen holds a Math Teacher License through the APPEL, (Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensures Program.)
Humane Letters, Ancient History, Philosophy, and
John Rocha is a life-long educator with over 23 years of experience in the field of secondary Catholic education and administration. Rocha has spent his career both teaching and leading other faculty and professionals in the academic arena.
Latin, Philosophy, and Humane Letters
Mr. Shoulta joins the Northwest Arkansas community with his wife and children after teaching Latin, Philosophy, and Literature in Williamsburg, Virginia for two years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he received the 2018 Saint Thomas Aquinas Award for Distinction in Philosophy. Since graduation, he has created liberal education curricula, written and published literary articles, and translated poetry.
No matter the sport, Coach Cody Vaught is a team player. Voted Coach of the Year for three consecutive years (2014-16) while in West Fork and head All-Star Coach in 2016, Coach Vaught has proven in his 12 years of coaching his love of sports. Coach Vaught received a Master of Education degree in teaching and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Coach Vaught came to OCA to share his faith on and off the court and to be on the ground floor of a successful sports program.
Oral Communication, History
Brendan Wiley joins the OCA team from the Arkansas River Valley. Coach Wiley attended college at Arkansas Tech University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. Coach Wiley is an avid fan of sports, which drove him to pursue a career in teaching and coaching others. With a passion for helping and serving others, Brendan provides support in teaching History and Oral Communications while also serving as Head of Transportation. Coach Wiley has to come to Ozark Catholic Academy to lead and influence its students to grow in faith and character on and off the court.
"What I like most about teaching at OCA is how the concept of forming the whole person -- whether that formation is accomplished by balancing mind, body and spirit or whether that formation is accomplished by balancing arts, humanities and science -- permeates all of OCA. The integration of all the aspects of knowledge and the overlap of seemingly disparate fields helps reinforce student learning in a highly rewarding environment that promotes personal growth among the faculty as much as it does the students."
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