Jr. High

NWACA Junior High consists of seventh and eighth grades.

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Mrs. Armstrong

Mrs. Armstrong teaches 8th grade History, 7/8 Keyboarding, and K-6 Physical Education. She is over the Yearbook, Advises the Upper School Student Council, and C-Coaches 4-6 Basketball. This is Mrs. Armstrong’s 3rd year with Responsive Education, and her 3rd year teaching. Previously, she worked in Higher Education and The University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas Community College for almost 14 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arkansas, Masters of Arts in Human Resource Management from Webster University and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Mrs. Armstrong is certified in the areas of K-6 Elementary Education, 4-8 History, and K-12 Physical Education and Health. In December, Mrs. Armstrong and her husband, Ben, celebrated 17 years of marriage. Together they have one son Michael, who started Fourth Grade with NWACA and a daughter Rylie, who started Kindergarten with NWACA. Outside of school, Mrs. Armstrong enjoys hiking, playing soccer on a women’s team, biking and attending her kid’s extracurricular activities.

Contact: rarmstrong@responsiveed.com

Mrs. Meeks

Mrs. Meeks teaches pre-algebra and Algebra I at NWA Classical Academy in Bentonville, Arkansas. This is Mrs. Meeks’ third year teaching for Responsive Education, and her 4th year teaching. She has privately tutored students in K-6, pre-algebra and Algebra I. She has been a market analyst for a commercial real estate company in Portland, Oregon where she published quarterly reports for the company in which she was employed. For 12 years Mrs. Meeks wrote technical manuals for web-interfaced systems that were developed for the State of Texas and the State of Oklahoma, as well as, trained state workers who trained the staff to utilize the various systems designed for their agencies. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from University of North Texas. Mrs. Meeks is certified to teach 1st -8th grades in Arkansas and Texas, and is an Arkansas Qualified Teacher of Mathematics. She spends her spare time with her husband of 14 years, her son, who attends NWACA, and their dogs (Barley, Clover & Pepper) and seven laying hens. Reading, travelling and cooking are a few of her favorite past times.

Contact: cmeeks@responsiveed.com

Ms. Hamer

I attended Oral Roberts University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education. I taught elementary, junior high and high school in two Oklahoma school districts, Camden Public Schools and at Old High Middle School in Bentonville. This is my sixth year teaching at the Classical Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, baking, and playing piano.

Contact: jhamer@responsiveed.com

Mrs. Barthel

This is my 3rd year teaching at NWACA, as well as my 3rd year as a teacher. I have a passion for science but an even greater passion for my students! I have a Bachelors degree in education covering all subjects K-6 as well 7th and 8th Science. I am currently working on my Masters and Ed.S. in Counseling and love being able to utilize the things I am continuing to learn in my classroom now.


Contact: bbarthel@responsiveed.com

Mrs. Patterson, History


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Dr. Hayden

Overall, I love literature and languages. I double-majored in my undergraduate degree, studying English and Classical Studies, at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. This gave me an excellent grounding in periodic literature, as well as Latin and Greek. I earned a PhD in English at the University of Arkansas, where my specialization was in medieval literature and languages. More specifically, I studied Old English literature and medieval monasticism for my PhD, and wrote a dissertation on theology and exile in Old English texts.


I taught for five years at the university level while working on my doctorate, teaching classes in both literature and composition, and I'm excited to be teaching here, where there is a love for cultivating academic strength and wisdom.


My wife, Kathryn, is currently working on her PhD too, studying rice, and when we're not too exhausted, in our spare time we enjoy cooking, baking, and playing with our sweet Calico cat, Adair.

Mrs. Possehl , Latin


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