Our mission is to promote Christian principles in an effort to develop Ambassadors for Christ who are READY, RESPECTFUL, and RESPONSIBLE. We desire to be a bridge that links the secure, familiar world of home with the challenging experience of school. We endeavor to provide a warm Christian environment where children can continue to grow and develop.
Highland Park Christian Academy (HPCA) aspires to partner with parents to create an environment where students develop a relationship with God to better understand their identity in Christ. HPCA seeks Christian educators who will equip students to grow in their God-given talents through engaging instruction and creative activities, to become the Ambassadors God is calling for, in their community and throughout the world.
Highland Park Christian Academy works diligently to instill in its Ambassadors the responsibility and privilege of being an Ambassador for Christ Jesus. They are taught early on to be Ready for each day’s challenge and to actively participate in the plan of God for their lives; to be Respectful to others and themselves, and to reverence God; and, to be Responsible for their actions.
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Minister Niesha M. Wright was appointed to lead the Highland Park Christian Academy, as Interim Principal by the Board of Directors in the spring of 2015. In June of 2016, Ms. Wright was officially named Principal of the academy. Principal Wright is a certified educator and has enjoyed the field of education for over 18 years. She started her teaching career with the academy in 2007 as an upper elementary classroom teacher and later joined the middle school instructional team in 2010. Ms. Wright was instrumental in facilitating the academy’s transition to middle school by leading the department as the Instructional Team Leader. She helped develop the middle school curriculum and also served as the Mathematics Teacher. Before HPCA, Principal Wright was a public school teacher in both the District of Columbia and Prince George's County. Minister Wright received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV; a Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree from American University in Washington, DC; an Educational Leadership certification in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Maryland. She is currently working on a Master’s of Arts degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She looks forward to what the Lord has in store for her as she humbly leads and serve Highland Park Christian Academy.
Dr. Michelle Banks joined Highland Park Christian Academy in 2018 as the Assistant Principal. She has 27 years of educational experience serving in Christian and public schools. Dr. Banks has also served as a social studies department chair in Prince George’s County Public schools where she was equipped by administration to step into leadership positions within the county. In 2018, Dr. Banks ended her public-school career and was called to fully dedicate her leadership skills to Christian schools. Born and raised in Prince George’s County, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and a Master of Education degree from the University of Maryland. In 2020 she received her Doctorate in Christian Educational Leadership from Regent University. Dr. Banks strives to do the will of God daily and looks forward to what God has in store for her as she assists in the leadership of Highland Park Christian Academy.
Mrs. Tucker is a dedicated long-time faculty member of HPCA. Having been in service, as an educator, since 2005, Mrs. Tucker has enjoyed providing quality, creative, and meaningful instruction to our youngest Ambassadors. Tonya Tucker currently serves as Preschool Coordinator as well as Office of Child Care Liaison. She is committed to keeping our Preschool staff abreast of best practices in the field of early childhood education so that our preschool ambassadors are fully prepared and ready for the rigors of school.
Ms. Jennings joined the Highland Park Christian Academy family in 2015 as a fourth grade teacher and later became a fifth grade teacher. She currently serves as Middle School Coordinator, inclusive of grades 5-8, as well as teaches literature and bible. Ms. Jennings has enjoyed an extensive career in education with 37 years of service and experience, in public, charter, and private schools. Margaret is highly committed and dedicated to leading our oldest ambassadors into a future where they are Ready, Respectful, and Responsible.