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FACULTY AT OCA

Called to teach; building a community of faith and friendship.

 

AMY BAUER

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.

LEVI BAUS

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.

MARY DEPAUW

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.

RAY FRAZIER

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.

KATIE KARP

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.

ANGIE MANCIA

Religion, Philosophy

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.

EMILY MARSH

Math, Physics

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.

KENDRA MCGAUGH

Counselor, (Academic, College Prep & Guidance), Digital Art

Mrs. McGaugh joined OCA as a full-time guidance counselor in 2019. She directs OCA's College Prep counseling program. McGaugh completed her master’s degree in School Guidance Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas in 2018 and received her B.A. in Education from John Brown University in 2015. She taught science at West Fork Middle School from 2017-18. Additionally, McGaugh received an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design in 2005 from Northwest Arkansas Community College. McGaugh and her husband, Jared, have two boys.

ELIZABETH MITCHELL

Art

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.

KIM NGUYEN

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.)

JOHN ROCHA

Humane Letters, Ancient History, Philosophy, and
Religion

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.

JONATHAN SHOULTA

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.

CODY VAUGHT

Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Admission

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.

BRENDAN WILEY

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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Tontitown, AR  72770

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