Dan Giddens has served as Summit Christian Academy’s superintendent since 2006, and he is on the pastoral staff of The Assembly at Broken Arrow. Mr. Giddens came to Summit after a long and successful career with Tulsa Public Schools as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He is a graduate of Northeastern State University, holding both a Bachelor of Science in education and a master’s in administration.
DEAN OF ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION
Mrs. Gradel is joining our Summit staff full time as the Dean of Academic Development and Innovation after serving a year as a consultant. Mrs. Gradel comes to Summit after a successful 33-year career in public education. She has been recognized for her innovative instruction by MIT, Stanford University, the Henry Ford and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Mrs. Gradel was the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and a Finalist for the National Teacher of the Year in 2019. She is a graduate of West Virginia University, holding both a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and physical education and a master’s degree in education.
EARLY LEARNING CENTER DIRECTOR
Kelsey Pyzalski serves as the director of Summit Early Learning Center. She has been a part of our staff since 2005. Mrs. Pyzalski began as an assistant teacher, moved into a lead teacher position, and in 2019 became the ELC Director. She works closely with Dr. Kelly to provide vision and oversight to our growing Early Childhood Education program.
Dr. Lori Kelly
EARLY LEARNING CENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Dr. Lori Kelly has served as Summit Christian Academy’s elementary principal since 2019. She is also the executive director of Summit's Early Learning Center, where she's served Summit since 2017. Her bachelor’s degree from Ashford University is in organizational management with a focus on early childhood. She received her master’s degree in education from Northeaster State University and her Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma in instructional leadership and academic curriculum.
Rosie Ashworth joined our leadership team in 2019 as the assistant elementary principal and now serves as our intermediate school principal. Mrs. Ashworth came to Summit after 10 years in public schools as a mathematics teacher and coach. She is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University, holding a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in educational leadership.
Kevin White has served at Summit Christian Academy since 2014 as the secondary principal. Mr. White came to Summit after 16 years in public schools, including nine years as an administrator. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University, holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in educational leadership.
LEAD PASTOR / BOARD CHAIRMAN
Pastor Ron Woods is the lead pastor of our home church, The Assembly at Broken Arrow. He serves as the chairman of Summit's school board and provides leadership for SCA's vision and culture. Pastor Ron is a graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in ministerial leadership from Southeastern University.
EXECUTIVE PASTOR / COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Pastor Jason Berry is part of a team of executive pastors at The Assembly. He serves as a liason between church and school ministiries, providing support in the areas of technology, communications, and fundraising. Pastor Jason has a degree in education from the University of Missouri and is a credentialed minister. He has been a part of The Assembly and Summit family since 2000.