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. Kaitlyn Walsh has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arkansas and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Harding University. This will be her 2nd year teaching at NWACA. Ms. Walsh is licensed to teach 5-12th grade social studies and 5-9th grade English Language Arts. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.
5th Grade Math
Mrs. Milan graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education in secondary history. She later added an elementary certification as well as Master's Degree in Reading (prek-12) and a Master's in Special Education (1-12)- all from Arkansas State University. She is certified as an Orton Gillingham instructor Dyslexia remediation through San Diego State. She has been teaching in Arkansas Public Schools for 25 years. Most recently, she was at Bentonville High School as a special education teacher. She has previously taught 5th and 6th grade math as well as 3rd grade. She is married with two children both freshman.- college and high school. She enjoys musical theater, gardening and eating out. Her favorite food is Sushi!
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.
Ms. Sabogal joined the staff at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy as a special education aide in January 2016. In the fall of 2017, she began teaching 6th grade math and science. During her time at Taylor University, a private liberal arts college in Indiana, Ms. Sabogal experienced a well-rounded education first hand and consequently highly values the distinct combination of classical and character education offered at our school. Her education coupled with various professional experiences in business have served as an untraditional yet valuable launching pad into teaching. In high school Ms. Sabogal scored a coveted 5 on the AP Spanish exam and later received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in 3.5 years with marketing and spanish majors. Both of the Sabogal children attend NWACA. Ms. Sabogal has enjoyed a variety of hobbies over the years including playing the flute, coaching gymnastics, ballroom/latin dancing and more recently training ninja obstacles.
Mr. Koretoff teaches 6th grade and runs the 5th-8th grade Lego Robotics Club at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. This is Mr. Koretoff's sixth year teaching with Responsive Education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary History Education with a minor in Philosophy and Religion from College of the Ozarks. Mr. Koretoff is certified in the areas of 4-8 Social Studies and 9-12 Social Studies. In December, Mr. Koretoff and his wife, Rebekah, will celebrate 5 years of marriage. Together they have two sons, Christopher and Josiah and a third child due in January 2020. Outside of school, Mr. Koretoff enjoys building computers and spending time with his family.
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.