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    BCA Student of the Month

    Name: Excellent

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    Favorite Bible Character: Moses

    When I grow up, I want to be a: Firefighter

    As a non-profit school, over 94% of our funding is from individuals, churches and concerned organizations.

  • Staff

    Tari HarrisTari C. Harris – Head of School

    Ms. Harris is a Christian educator who brings educational leadership that fosters and promotes achievement where spiritual growth, creativity, motivation and integrity drive success. As Head of School, Ms. Harris is in charge of all the operations of Binghampton Christian Academy including the Golightly Residential Homes and the Afterschool Enrichment Program. Her training includes: Masters in Educational Leadership, Union University; Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction; Teacher Licensure at Rhodes College, and B.S. from Christian Brothers University in Psychology. In addition, she has been trained and equipped in making disciples through DownLine Ministries. Therefore, Ms. Harris has a local, national and global impact on others to encourage Biblical standards of discipleship. Ms. Harris spent over 10 years in the public school system as a teacher, assistant principal and professional development compliance coach. She has received additional urban education training through the Memphis Leadership Fellows Program at the University of Memphis.

    “I believe that as staff collaborates on helping students to develop a Biblical worldview and as academic success is achieved, our future world will produce caring and productive citizens who are reflective of Christian principles.”

    Each teacher and staff member of Binghampton Christian Academy is here because they feel incredibly led to be a part of the ministry of the school. They appreciate the calling to impart Christ’s love to each child in our care. They are much more than intellectual resources and academic leaders, they are personal and spiritual role models and mentors for each child. Traditionally, the parents’ survey reveals each year that these one-on-one teacher-student relationships not only change the lives of those directly involved, but also impact and demonstrate Godliness to the students and their families. They are committed to the mission and vision of the school and voice that commitment in the declaration of the school each morning with the students further contributing to the culture of accountability and collectivity.


    Annie BechtelAnnie Bechtel – Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Bechtel is BCA’s Administrative Assistant. She earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Memphis. As a former teacher, Mrs. Bechtel taught 7th grade language arts and social studies for Shelby County Schools. She also has experience working as an administrative assistant for a church. Mrs. Bechtel enjoys spending time with her two daughters, being outdoors and running.


    Shelley AlleyShelley Alley – Development Director

    Mrs. Alley comes to BCA with more than 13 years of experience in marketing and communications. She is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, TN where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with an emphasis in public relations and advertising. Most recently she was the Chief Development Officer at the Mid-South Food Bank where she volunteered for seven years before joining their staff. Prior to entering the non-profit sector, Mrs. Alley was the Marketing Communications Manager at Cummins Mid-South for nine years. While there, she earned her Six Sigma Green Belt certification and worked to increase company efficiency and cost saving measures as well as completed community impact projects. At Cummins Mid-South, she also headed up Corporate Responsibility initiatives and was responsible for corporate giving and community involvement for 16 branch locations across six states. Mrs. Alley comes from a family of educators and is excited to continue their legacy using her own passion for connecting supporters to the mission of BCA.


    Candice LucasCandice Lucas – Instructional Coach

    Candice Lucas comes to BCA with 17 years of teaching experience. During her tenure with Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, she taught mathematics to middle and high school students. She was also an Instructional Lead Teacher, Parent Counselor, and mentor to new teachers. She received her Associates of Science in Electrical Engineering from State Technical Institute of Memphis, her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from LeMoyne-Owen College, and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Freed-Hardeman University. Mrs. Lucas has worked with the Youth Ministry of her former church, Gtr. Mt. Moriah, for many years. She organized several youth conferences and activities for the parents of the church. She was also a Sunday School teacher in the Adult division. She is currently an active member of The Life Church, where she serves on the Connection Team and as a Money Coach. Mrs. Lucas is also the curriculum writer and Spiritual Leader for the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Education Youth Encampment. She is excited to join the BCA family. She sees this as a unique opportunity to teach the “whole” child.


    Delois Crutchfield Delois Crutchfield – Pre-K/Boy’s Dorm Parent

    Mrs. Crutchfield loves being one of the first people God uses to introduce our youngest students to phonics, numbers, life skills and especially to Jesus Christ. Born on Tillman Street, she rejoices in her work in Binghampton as the Preschool teacher. Mrs. Crutchfield accepted Christ at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she completed an A.A. in early childhood development. She has spent the last 12 years as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at Georgia Baptist Children’s Home as a houseparent and foster parent along with her husband Travis. She and Travis are the parents of four children: an enlisted man, Jeremy; Tiffany, a college senior; Christina, a college junior, and recent BCA graduate Michah, who is now a high school freshman.


    Tonya JohnsonTonya Johnson – Kindergarten

    As a wife and mother of two, Mrs. Johnson believes that just as the Bible says God has given to every man a measure of faith, He has given every child the ability to learn. She feels it’s her God-given assignment to nurture the ability God has already placed in each of them. As she seeks Him daily, He will give her what to say, how to say it, when to say it, and who to say it to. She daily encourages the children to not only believe in God, but to believe in themselves.


    Larketta BedfordLarketta Bedford – 2nd Grade

    Ms. Bedford uses all types of methods to engage her students to learn including song, dance, rap, and drama. To her, every child is unique with talents and gifts that she strives to bring out. She says that every day in the classroom is a true joy and blessing from God. She has taught Early Childhood Experience for 17 years in Day Care, Head Start, Montessori and Day School. Additionally, she was a Volunteer Probation/Truant Officer and has 9 years of experience in the Memphis City School system as a teacher. She has her Certificate in Biblical Studies from Crichton College and a B.S. in Elementary Education.


    Porshia LiphfordPorshia Liphford – 3rd Grade

    Ms. Liphford came to Binghampton Christian Academy in 2009 after teaching at another school. She says, “this has been an awesome experience working with a God-filled faculty and loving students.” A graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Ms. Liphford comes from a family filled with educators. Her mother has been an educator for over 30 years and encouraged Ms. Liphford to follow in her footsteps. Ms. Liphford hopes to inspire her students so that learning will not cease at the classroom door, and that the lessons they learn will make their lives fruitful and help them choose the right path wherever they go. Ms. Liphford tries different methods to fit the needs of each student. In addition to preparing lessons that challenge her students, she makes sure she keeps abreast of the latest educational findings so she can help to ensure the success of each child she encounters. In her free time, Ms. Liphford enjoys reading, shopping, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


    Hannah Suffridge – 4th Grade



    Doris ThorntonDoris Thornton – Middle School Science/5th Grade Homeroom

    Miss Doris is the only faculty member that has been with the school from almost the beginning – 1995. Her love for her children in her class is evident. She moved here to teach at the school from Hamilton, OH. Because of her, children transition into better students. Miss Thornton encourages parents to be more involved with their children’s homework and school activities. In addition to her work at the school, she also assists parents of our Sudanese children with English as a second language. As the parents learn English, they are better able to assist their children with their school work. She is an avid reader and loves music. Both of these interests are on display in her classroom. Like all of our staff, she thinks of her work at the school as her ministry. She has her B.S. in Elementary Education from Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee. Additionally, she is certified by the Association of Christian Schools International.


    Mrs. Marquita Carter – Middle School Language Arts/6th Grade Homeroom

    Mrs. Carter is a devoted wife and a mother of one son. She was born and raised in Clarksdale, MS. In 2004, Mrs. Carter transitioned to Memphis, TN where she attended LeMoyne Owen College. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2008. She continued her education at Union University where she received her Master’s degree in Education. Mrs. Carter has worked in a Middle School setting for six years. She has a passion for molding young minds into bright futures. To be an outstanding teacher, one first must teach in the “fear of the Lord” as it alone is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom (Prov. 1:7, 9:10). She believes that teaching should be driven by a passion to provide help for students no matter what it calls for. Being the Language Arts teacher at a Christian school, Mrs. Carter pushes all of her students to be successful in life as well as in Christ.


     Mr. T. Ray Greer – Middle School History/7th Grade Homeroom



    Travis CrutchfieldTravis Crutchfield – Spiritual Life Instructor/Middle School Math/8th Grade Homeroom/Boy’s Dorm Parent

    As an ordained minister, Mr. Crutchfield leads the spiritual development of the staff and students. He will also serve as the Director of the Boarding Program. He and his wife, Delois, have partnered in ministry. They spent 10 years as house-parents for 52 children and their families at Georgia Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries. His educational experiences includes University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, B.S. Social Work; Masters Studies at University of Georgia; Social Work, Athens, Georgia; Georgia Baptist College and Seminary; Senoia, Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina; Regents University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Ed. Leadership. Mr. Crutchfield is a teacher at heart and has enjoyed teaching students in Grades 3 through 12. He served as Chief Administrator at Fayette Christian School, Fayetteville, Georgia and at Clinton Christian School, Suitland, Maryland. According to Mr. Crutchfield, “I am most grateful for the souls that have been added to the Kingdom and for the young lives that are impacted by Jesus,” during his tenure in education. His chief priority since coming to know Christ is to make Him known to others.


    Rachael JacksonRachael L. Jackson – Golightly Girl’s Dorm Parent

    Ms. Jackson is a graduate of Victory University (formerly Crichton College) earning a degree in Psychology with a minor in Education. She is a strong believer in integrating faith and learning to equip our children to be positive leaders. In addition, she believes this is a call on her life and is grateful to be a part of a ministry where she can impart Christ’s love to each child. Ms. Jackson has worked as a preschool teacher for over 10 years, in group homes with children and adults with developmental disabilities, at risk youth and in the health care field as well. She has volunteered as a Team Member at Breath of Life Christian Center teaching children biblical principles and learning. Ms. Jackson enjoys mentoring children of all ages and engage in positive mentorship for young girls and is passionate about teaching them the love of God, spiritually, emotionally and physically.