We asked the Mountain View community what they love about MVCA and the MVCA Difference. Here's what they had to say!
The Purtlebaugh Family
I don't even know where to start with my feelings. I guess the place to start is just GRATITUDE. Last year, we made the decision to change schools for my son beginning the 2022/2023 school year. It was hard. There were teachers we LOVED at his old school, and it's all we had ever known, but it just wasn't a match for our child. The school we picked this year wasn't where I thought I wanted him to go, initially. He was accepted at other private schools, and, initially, I tried to control the situation with what I thought was right for his learning style. But, something happened along the way, and God literally spoke to me and said, "Nope. You're gonna let ME direct traffic for once." I turned it over to Him. What I had done wasn't working for our family, and, guess what? God showed off. I met Dr. Minta Hardman and instantly felt connected and peaceful. She said, "We want him here." We want him here. Powerful words for a mama who wasn't sure if her different learner was wanted in other classrooms. We want him here. We took a leap of faith, literally. Sign him up! Then, I met Sarah Wasanyi and Ms. Harner. Ms. Harner did his testing prior to starting the year. Mrs. Wasanyi would be his 3rd grade teacher for core subjects. "We want him here." It echoed. "There is a difference here. It's the MVCA difference." "You'll see." Then, I met Miss Pam who made my son a special cup for his milk, and Mrs. Luci Walker who had nothing but positive and encouraging words for him. I found out Kimberly Dawn would be his art teacher, and she quickly met (him) where he was and supported him (he is not an art fan!). I met Tammi Lynne Cooke who would be his "Labrary" (Library and Computer) teacher, and I was nervous because my son had almost no desk top computer skills. She said, "It's OK. We've got this." We met Coach Gibby (Jamin Gibson) at basketball camp and he and (my son) worked through challenges and formed a special relationship. Mrs. Rachael Mengel worked hard all year to keep me in line, and he trusted her to care for him when he needed to call Mama or be picked up early. Thomas Sederstrom greeted him every single day at drop-off (even if we surpassed the 1-hr parking limit 🤪). Off he went...a 3rd grader at Mt. View Christian Academy.....and, oh, did he soar!!! My son has never had any grade less than an A at the end of any school year since Kindergarten in his previous schools. He has also never gotten a classroom or other award for his academic or other efforts. He has been crushed each year when he didn't receive an award or even acknowledgement. He felt...overlooked. Today, he wasn't overlooked. He was honored. He worked so hard, and each time his name was called, he literally couldn't believe it. He said, "How am I getting these awards?" His teacher, sitting in front of us who overheard him said, "We see you. We know how hard you are working." "We see you."
"We want you." "There is a difference here."
"You'll see." So, here we are.... 3rd Grade Library Award, 3rd Grade Techno Savy (Computer Award),
Academic Excellence Award in ALL subjects for no grade less than an A all year, 3rd Grade Most Christlike Character Award., They see him! They want him! There is a difference! I see now! Thank you, Mt. View Christian Academy, for changing our lives. I can't wait to see whose lives change next year. Let go, let God. Trust Him in all you do.
Calista van der Vyver
MVCA puts its students first, no matter what. They accepted me as a student when I was going through a difficult time, and welcomed me with open arms. Never have I been to a school where the staff would go to such lengths to create a community that was genuinely invested in the care, safety, and passions of their student body. I have great respect for those who put in so much time, effort, and sacrifice to support this wonderful school.
As a family who had chosen home education, we were looking for opportunities for our daughter for supplementary classes, connections, friends, sports, and other enriching opportunities. We were welcomed into the MVCA family and afforded the opportunity for our daughter to cheer, go on a local mission trip and a camp, and participate in the life of the MVCA community where she made meaningful connections and was encouraged in her spiritual journey and development of her natural abilities. The staff's heart for mentorship, caring and discipleship shines through.
MVCA offered me a Christian education, lifelong friends, and friends that have become family. At MVCA I was not just a number, but a student that was prayed with, prayed for, encouraged, and pushed to be the best version of myself I could be. MVCA made a difference in my life by keeping God at the center kindergarten through my senior year of high school. Because of this, I now have my own faith that I am confident taking with me in my personal and professional life.
MVCA was opened as a ministry for the Church. As an alumni looking back I clearly see it’s number one goal which is the same five words posted when you walk through the doors of the Church building of CCMV, “One More Soul, for Christ.” The faculty of MVCA may have worked to teach me general education throughout high school, but I preach the gospel today because they seek souls and helped lead me to Christ as I now share in the same goal of one more soul, for Christ.
My family came to MVCA for the reading program. We stayed because of the difference I saw in the students' attitudes. We first discovered the school because I searched for a program to teach my son how to read. Decoding letter patterns and sounds, spelling, grammar, and reading comprehension are vital in the learn-to-read process. I wanted more than simply straight whole-word memorizing. MVCA prepared my son for the world after high school. He learned to think for himself, build the confidence to make goals and work toward achieving each goal. The teachers at MVCA go beyond presenting the information and provide instructions enabling the students to understand, apply, evaluate, and create using the lesson information. A year after my son graduated, I was blessed to join the MVCA staff and am honored to work with the students to build reading skills, and math thinkers by creating lesson plans that prepare them to meet the world outside of school.
We love hearing from our Mountain View community about how THEY have seen the MVCA Difference. If you'd like to share your story, please tell us what made you "Fall In Love With Mountain View"!