Middle School at the NWA Classical Academy consists of fifth and sixth grades. Middle school years involve significant transitions for students developmentally both physically and mentally. Our teachers are aware of the need to guide middle schoolers through these years in ways that teach them the necessary skills to prepare them to enter our upper school. Students will make significant progress in the area of responsibility as they continue to learn to be increasingly accountable for their decisions and actions. Our middle school offers a continuation of the content areas students have studied in Kindergarten through fourth grade with an increased level of difficulty in all areas especially in the Latin and Greek roots curriculum as students are prepared to take Latin I in the seventh grade. NWA Classical Academy middle schoolers learn Latin and Greek Roots as well as English Grammar from their homeroom teacher and travel to classes outside of their homeroom teacher's main academic area be it Math, Science, Literature and Composition, or History. Our program continues to offer Computer Lab, Art, Music, and Physical Education specials to students with added music opportunities including Classical Guitar and Orchestra which students can elect to take in lieu of the standard music class. NWA Classical Academy Middle School teachers are committed to supporting fifth and sixth graders through all of the changes they are undergoing, coaching them towards increased independence so that the students are ready for upper school as they leave the grammar stage of Classical Education and enter the Logic stage.
Mrs. Yeager teaches 5th grade Literature and Composition. This will be her fourth year teaching 5th grade. This is her second year at the Classical Academy, where she will also be the head volleyball coach. She previously taught 4th and 5th grade Literacy and Social Studies in Pea Ridge. Mrs. Yeager graduated with a Bachelors degree from the education program at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She has been married for 3 years and is a cat mom. She enjoys reading fiction and doing yoga.
Ms. Walsh teaches 5th grade History and Grammar. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Harding University. This is her 3rd year teaching at NWACA. Ms. Walsh is licensed to teach 5-12th grade social studies and 4-8th grade English Language Arts. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.
Mrs. McCue teaches 5th and 6th grade science. This is her third year with Responsive Education and her sixth year teaching. Before coming to Arkansas, she taught 8th grade science in Southwest Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in middle level education from Grove City College. Mrs. McCue has been married to her husband Matthew for four years. Last summer, they welcomed their first child - Anne Elyse - into the world. Outside of school, Mrs. McCue enjoys reading, exploring new places, hiking, and attending sporting events.
Mrs. Havens, 6th Grade Grammar and Science
Mrs. Havens graduated in 2016 from the University of Arkansas with her Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies. She is currently working on her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Southern Arkansas University in Elementary Education. She is married to her husband, Edward, and they live with their cat, Socks. Together they enjoy hiking on the local trails, cooking new recipes, and playing fetch with their cute cat. One of her biggest dreams is to travel to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Mrs. Wehling, 6th Grade Literature
Mrs. Wehling teaches 6th grade Literature and Composition. She has taught English and Literature for eight years. This is her first year here at the Classical Academy. Mrs. Wehling has taught Literature in a private school in Michigan, in an online Classical school and in the Arkansas public schools. Mrs. Wehling grew up in Michigan and she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in English and is certified to teach 6-12 grade Literature, Composition and English. She and her husband have been married for 30 years and have three wonderful children and, recently, their first new grandbaby! Outside of teaching, Mrs. Wehling is involved in singing and choir directing, gardening, biking, hiking and traveling up north.
I was born and raised in San Diego, California and moved to Arkansas in 2008. I am married to my wonderful husband Thomas and we have a fur baby (cat) named Simon. I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Education in May 2014, from Henderson State University. With my bachelors, I obtained an educators license in Middle School Mathematics and Science. I come to Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy with 5 years of teaching experience in a variety of math and science classrooms.