Lisa Williams


Lisa Williams came to CLCA in 2004 after working with another local private school. She served four years with CLCA as Principal and then moved to the Middle Tennessee area. …

Dan Takacs

8th-12th History

B.A. History, Mississippi State University Masters in Secondary Education, Mississippi State University Mr. Takacs is currently in his eighth year at CLCA where he teaches 8th-12th History.  Mr. Takacs also …

Jonathan Sours

7-12 Grade: Math

B.S. Mathematics Mississippi State University Masters in Business Administration, William Carey University Mr. Sours is beginning his fourth year of teaching high school and middle school mathematics.  He has several …

Danielle Barber

English Teacher

Danielle Barber teaches 8th-12th grade Language Arts at Cedar Lake and acts as the representative for the senior class, focusing on ACT and college preparation. She earned her bachelor’s degree …

Stephanie Hill

3rd Grade Teacher

  She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the great Mississippi State University and will soon be attending graduate school.  Ironically enough she was a student of Cedar Lake for eight …

Rhonda Hepler

6th Grade Teacher

Rhonda Hepler was born and raised in Hazlehurst, MS. She graduated from Belhaven University with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Remedial Reading. She has 13 …

Julie Applewhite

5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Applewhite has taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade at Cedar Lake. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree …

Diane Ross

Elementary and Preschool Library

Paige Zarate

History Teacher

Mrs. Paige Zarate teaches seventh grade History and Geography. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has additional …

Amy Johnson

Elementary and Preschool Music

Linda Bailey


Mrs. Linda Bailey teaches Kindergarten and this is her first year at Cedar Lake Christian Academy. She retired from the Jackson County School System in 2014, where she was employed …

Bill West

Science Teacher

Bill West was born on the high, wind-swept plains of Amarillo Texas. Mr. West was blessed to have two Christian parents who walked the walk of a true Christian and …

Laura Parker


Ms. Laura Pitalo Parker is a native of Biloxi and attended school in Ocean Springs (1st-12th). She began teaching kindergarten at CLCA in August of 2014. She earned a B.S. …

Dawn Takacs

Physical Education

Dawn Takacs obtained a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 2006. Upon graduation she married her husband, Dan, and they moved to Biloxi. There they found their home at …

Kathy Dunkin

2nd Grade Teacher

Kathy Kinsey Dunkin grew up on the Mississippi Gulf  Coast where she still resides with her husband,  David (Music and Media Pastor of Cedar Lake), and four children (Destiny, Brianna, …

Wendy Luscy

1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Luscy teaches 1st grade and has been a teacher at Cedar Lake Christian Academy since 2006.  She is a graduate of Tulane University and holds a Bachelor of Arts …

David Valenti


Erika Johnson

Elementary Art

Murphy Matheny

Senior Pastor

Murphy Matheny has been a part of the church staff of Cedar Lake for the past 20 years, serving the last 12 years as Lead Pastor.  He and his wife …