Cleveland Christian Academy celebrates fourth year
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Cleveland Christian Academy is in its fourth year providing quality, wholesome instruction in the arts. According to Christana Tucker, assistant director, the teachers’ pursuit of excellence encourages their students to aim high for themselves. Students, from left, include Samantha Saez, Kiersten Ben-Judah, Mikaela Burger, Alayna Itson, Lucy Duncan and Sara-Allison Dukes.
Cleveland Christian Academy is in its fourth year providing quality, wholesome instruction in the arts. According to Christana Tucker, assistant director, the teachers’ pursuit of excellence encourages their students to aim high for themselves. Students, from left, include Samantha Saez, Kiersten Ben-Judah, Mikaela Burger, Alayna Itson, Lucy Duncan and Sara-Allison Dukes.
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Cleveland Christian Academy is in its fourth year providing quality, wholesome instruction in the arts, and the teachers make all the difference. Most of the instructors share one commonality with their arts pupils, as they are also students — many at Lee University. The teachers’ pursuit of excellence encourages their students to aim high for themselves.

Two of the instructors for the 2012-13 school year, Christina Alexandersen of White, Ga., and Morgan Griesemer of Chattanooga are moving on to exciting futures. Each has valued the opportunity to use their talent to speak into the lives of young people in our community, while earning income to meet college expenses.

During her time with the academy, Alexandersen was a dance instructor and assistant director. She is also an anthropology major at Lee University, studying to prepare to take the Christian arts — primarily dance — oversees as a mission field. “This summer I will have the opportunity to do outreach in Switzerland, Germany and Italy using the arts as a ministry tool,” she explained. “Next fall I will be moving to London for 11 months to study dance with Springs Dance Company.”

She said she hopes to “explore how we can be inspired by them, but also see what I can do as a Christian artist to help make the Christian arts more prominent over there.”

According to Christana Tucker, assistant director, her beautiful style, great work ethic, level of training and sweet spirit inspired her students at Cleveland Academy of the Arts, and are sure to impress everywhere she takes her talent. When Alexandersen returns from Europe, she will have one year left to complete her degree at Lee, and hopes to return to teaching at the Academy.

Griesemer is another great example of the academy’s quality instructors, Tucker said. She is graduating this month with a degree in biochemistry, and will go to medical school in Memphis. While finishing out her last month in the undergraduate program, she continues to play violin at her church, Abba’s House in Hixson. She said, “Teaching is a wonderful way to share the gift of music, and I hope that my students’ confidence levels in every area of their lives have improved as a result of learning to play the violin. We have so much fun in lessons, and I will miss it this year.” Griesemer’s excellence as a student and a teacher has improved the lives of her students and will bless the lives of many others as a physician.

The Cleveland Academy of Arts offers quality instruction in many different arts genres. Private and group lessons will resume in the fall. This summer, the academy will offer the “Artstravaganza!,” a chance for school-age students to experience a wide range of artistic pursuits. Students will do rotations through group lessons in art, chorus, movement, rhythm, piano, and guitar. Students will be grouped into bands and present examples of the various arts at a mini-show for parents at the end of the week.

This opportunity will be offered July 8-12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Students may call 339-3028 for costs and registration information.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to try on different arts for size, and see which one might fit, while having a great time,” explained Tucker. Students learning guitar, dance, violin, piano, and drums presented their talents in “The Big Adventure,” a spring showcase on May 11 at Living Word Church. Their performances were enjoyed by parents, grandparents and community members. All these opportunities, and other instruction in arts will be available at the academy in the fall.