As a team of educators, we are passionate about implementing discovery-based, multi-sensory methods of learning to teach to each child's individual learning style. We are committed to meeting best practice standards for teaching each core subject and providing curriculum that exceeds state requirements to allow students to both acquire AND apply the knowledge presented to them. We strive, above all, to help students realize their aptitude for excellence and to come to know through our lives and our partnership with each family the "love that surpasses knowledge" and the "peace of God, which transcends all understanding, and guards their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
My name is Jamie Scharich, and I am excited to be spending the next few months with you. Our family is transitioning from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Point Mugu, California with the Navy. My husband, Brian, is a Sr. Chief and has new job starting the end of May. Jameson, who is in Kindergarten, and I will continue west after the school year has ended.
I am an Oklahoma Christian graduate (2004) with my degree in elementary education. I graduated with my master’s in administration from the University of Central Oklahoma (2010). I have taught kindergarten through 8th grade and have held various roles and leadership positions throughout my 16 years of education. Along with being a teacher, I have been a curriculum instructor with McGraw Hill, Director of a Boys and Girls Club and a Title I reading and math specialist.
My favorite verse is John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubles and do not be afraid.”
Kelly Binkley is a Kindergarten Teacher at CVCA and has been teaching at CVCA since 2018. Kelly graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Teaching Professionalism and is state certified in Early Childhood. She is a member at the Mayfair Church of Christ in OKC and lives in Edmond with her husband Ben. Kelly loves working with children and learns from them every day! Her current favorite bible verse is “The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
1st Grade Teacher
My name is Jennifer Onderek and I teach 1st grade here at CVCA. I am originally from Texas but went to college in Oklahoma. First, attending Western Oklahoma State Junior College where I played softball and then I continued my education at Oklahoma State University where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. My husband Josh and I have been married for 16 years and we have two children. Jackson (12) and Addison (10). We have lived in Yukon for 3 years and we love it. We are members of the South Yukon Church of Christ and this will be my third year to teach at CVCA. I teach 1st grade now but In previous years I have taught second grade and worked in Special Education. I love to hangout with my family outdoors, painting and running. We love all sports and are kept really busy with our kids activities. My teaching philosophy is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment for all children and I will do everything I can to help your child learn. I look forward to teaching every year and meeting new faces! I have been truly blessed to work here at Canadian Valley Christian Academy!
Favorite Bible Verse:
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2nd Grade Teacher
Adeline has a BSE in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Christian, MA degree in Special Education from the University of New Mexico and MEd in School Administration from University of Central Oklahoma.
She taught for a year at Albuquerque Christian School, and 33 years with the public schools of Yukon, Albuquerque, El Reno and Putnam City. She has worked with students in grades 1st through 8th, as well as working in after school programs and summer schools.
In her extra time she enjoy reading, crafts, camping, watching their grandchildren participate in sports, and just spending time with their three children and their families.
We are very fortunate to have friends who are willing to volunteer their time and abilities helping our students grow in their learning experience. Each week, Ardith Shaeffer comes and spends 30 minutes with each class teaching the value of music. We are looking forward to this part of our education curriculum to grow as our students grow.
Julia Wilhite is a retired teacher with 42 years of teaching experience. She was born, raised and educated in Puerto Rico. She holds a teaching degree from the University of Puerto Rico and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Among many other awards and accolades, Mrs. Wilhite was the 2002-2003 Yukon School District Teacher of the Year and Oklahoma Teacher of the Year runner-up.
A consummate learner, an avid reader, and a world traveler, Mrs. Wilhite loves God, life, family, country and people. She is involved in many church, family, and community activities. She is involved with the South Yukon Church of Christ’s Prison Ministry and she is a translator for the Ecuador Mission field team. She is, also, a member of CVCA school board. She is a member of Beta Beta, a local chapter of Gamma State and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society for women educators. Mrs. Wilhite is a member of NAMI Oklahoma (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and she is a presenter and trainer for their Family-to-Family Education program. She was also involved with the organization’s Parents and Teachers as Allies program as a trainer and presenter. In her spare time, Mrs. Wilhite loves to be with her five grandchildren and her family.