MVCA announces the appointment of three new key positions to the school’s leadership team related to academics and athletics. We continue to experience steady enrollment growth and are preparing to undertake a capital campaign for new and bigger facilities. As the school grows, these new positions will help us be even more effective at its mission of delivering a Christ-centered education preparing students to love God fully and discover their place in his world.
Elementary Assistant Principal. Mrs. Stephanie Napier, MVCA 4th grade teacher, has been named as the new elementary assistant principal. In this role, Mrs. Napier will help oversee the daily operations of the elementary program, although she will focus for now on classroom and instructional support, curriculum and assessment, and teacher professional development. For the foreseeable future, she will also continue teaching in her 4th grade classroom.
“I desire to stir within the lives of students a passion for learning accompanied by an authentic love for Jesus” (Assistant Principal Stephanie Napier).
Mrs. Napier served as a special-needs classroom aid for two years before coming to MVCA, where she is in her 9th year of teaching. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Trinity Baptist College and is pursuing a graduate degree in family and marriage counseling. She is married to Philip, who is the pastor of Breezy Hill Baptist Church in Graniteville. They have 2 children, both enrolled at MVCA: Kensley, 5K, and Tripp, age 3.
In October, with strong parental support and involvement, MVCA launched a school athletics program. Dr. Bryan Easley, who came to MVCA as the Head of School this past August, said, “It’s remarkable that during the time of COVID when many schools had their doors closed and students were struggling to stay engaged, MVCA families wanted to grow and start something new. And we were able to safely and carefully do that. I’m amazed at how our sports program has become an inspiration and rallying point in a difficult time. Even though the schedules have been very limited, the spirit of community has never been higher!” A strong, positive culture and opportunities in athletics is key to MVCA’s future as strong school.
Athletic Director. Mr. Nolan Meyer has been named as the school’s very first athletic director. Coach Meyer will oversee the vision, growth, and development of athletics as a key component in MVCA’s mission. Coach Meyer attended Erskine College on a basketball scholarship and completed a bachelor’s degree at USC-Aiken in Exercise and Sports Science. He currently also serves as the Director of Sports Ministry at Midland Valley Community Church of the Nazarene (MVCN) where he has been on staff since 2017. Nolan and his wife, Brooke, are the parents of 1-year old daughter, Emerson. Brooke and Nolan met in the youth group at MVCN in 2007.
“I’ve seen MVCA recently grow so much in culture, faith, and enrollment. I am excited to take on the role as Athletic Director and further encourage young athletes in their faith and confidence while competing in private school athletics” (AD Coach Nolan Meyer).
Coach Meyer will continue to oversee the MVCN Sports Ministry. The church’s Sports Ministry is an important, long-term partner for MVCA in that it provides significant opportunity for all elementary students to participate in organized sports right on campus as well as helping many prospective families be introduced to MVCA on a weekly basis. This partnership is key to helping both the school and the sports program experience significant growth.
Assistant Athletic Director. Mrs. Amy O’Hair named as Assistant Athletic Director. Because of the size and demands of MVCN Sports and the vision for MVCA Athletics, Mrs. O’Hair, MVCA Middle School teacher, will serve alongside of Coach Meyer to provide administrative and logistical support for the athletic program. Mrs. O’Hair has a strong athletic background, in addition to her teaching qualifications. As a high school athlete, she competed at the state level in softball, basketball, and tennis. She played softball collegiately for 4 years at Southern Nazarene University before serving two years as assistant softball coach there at SNU. Amy earned a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry at SNU. She has been involved in MVCN Sports Ministry for 12 years and has been teaching at MVCA in a variety of positions for the last 9 years.
Amy and her husband, Mike (youth pastor at Midland Valley Community Church), have 2 children: Peighton, a junior at Fox Creek High School, and Garrison, 7th-grader at LBC Middle School. Mrs. O’Hair will continue teaching middle school science, history, and art in addition to her new role as assistant AD.
“I am passionate about giving our student-athletes the opportunity to achieve beyond their vision of capability” (Assistant AD Amy O’Hair).
MVCA looks forward to continued enrollment growth and expanding opportunities for all of our students, whether it be in athletics, arts, or various other activities that encourage them to be curious, discover, and passionately use their gifts for the wellbeing of the world around them. Adding to our already strong team of qualified teachers and support staff will allow us to offer even more for our students and families.