NWACA offers an array of specials to encourage a well-rounded student. Providing the opportunity for arts, foreign language, and physical education is a critical component to classical education.
High School Art Program
Mr. Lemming's students have earned multiple departmental fine arts scholarships at institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (ranked #6 in the world for Fine Arts Universities) and the School of Art at the University of Arkansas. In 2019 a senior at in our program won the Grand Prize for Visual Arts from the Thea Foundation worth $8000 in total scholarships. In the 2019 Young Arkansas Artists Competition, one of our students took home the Mid Southern Watercolor Award against competitors across the state.
The following link is to Mr. Lemming's Artsonia page which contains the student artwork of NWACA upper school: https://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=157429
Director of Athletics & High School Physical Education
Coach Weller teaches 7th-12th Physical Education and Health as well as 7th grade Career Development. Coach Weller grew up on a farm in central Kansas and is proud to bring his life lessons taught on the farm to public teaching. Coach Weller brings to the table 3 years of teaching experience and 8 years of coaching experience. He currently is the head coach of the NWACA Cross Country Team, Track & Field Team, and Bentonville Wrestling Club Team. Coach Weller is certified through AAA to coach basketball, xc & track, wrestling, golf. Prior to teaching at NWACA he was the Finance and Administrative chair at Straub International in Salina, KS. Coach Weller has his degree in Ag Business Management and Marketing with an emphasis in Economics from the University of Arkansas. He is currently studying to get his Physical Training certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mr Weller enjoys anything outdoors, especially fishing, hiking, and athletic sports. He is married to his wife Jessica, and father of Willow. Coach Weller loves NWACA, and considers the school to be his second home!
K-6 Physical Education
Mr. Darin Wallace teaches K-6 PE and is the coach for basketball and tennis here at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. He attended high school at Hot Springs Lakeside and was awarded All-State in Basketball and Tennis, won a state championship in basketball, and also played in the 2000 Arkansas All-Star Basketball Game. After high school he earned an academic scholarship to college and received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2005. Mr. Wallace is now a highly qualified teacher in PE with a license to teach PE and Math in Arkansas and holds the AAA/NFHS AIC Basketball and Tennis Coach’s endorsement. Mr. Wallace has recently enrolled at University of Arkansas into the Masters of Education program for Physical Education. His hobbies and interests include attending Fellowship Bible Church, basketball, football, golf, tennis, rock climbing and kayaking. Outside of school, Coach Wallace enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with his family. He has been married to Doreen Wallace and their two boys, Liam and Kai Wallace, attend Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy.
K-6 Physical Education
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.
Mrs. Dingler teaches music K - 8. This is Mrs. Dingler’s 5th year at NWACA and her 17th year of teaching. Previously, she has taught in the Pulaski County School District, the Fort Smith School District and at the University of Arkansas. In addition, she has several years experience in teaching private and class piano. Mrs. Dingler received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University where her performance areas were piano, voice and flute. She received her Master’s in Music Education from The University of Arkansas where her performance areas were piano and voice. She is certified in the area of vocal music, grades K - 6. Mrs. Dingler and her husband Tom have been married for 30 years and have two grown sons, Drew and Logan. Outside of school, Mrs. Dingler enjoys spending time at Table Rock Lake on her boat, pulling wakeboarders and surfers, and also attending Razorback sporting events.
Mr. Clay Little has been the K-8 art instructor at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy since its founding in 2013. He has a B.F.A in Studio Art from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Little worked in the museum field as a Senior Preparator for 8 years at institutions in both Oklahoma and Arkansas, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Together with his wife, Lacy Little, they have two sons, Everest and Elliott. Outside of school, Mr. Little enjoys rock climbing, listening to podcasts, rooting for the OKC Thunder, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Arnold teaches K - 3rd Spanish as well as providing English as a Second Language services and working in Afterschool Care. He grew up in Pensacola, Florida and has recently moved to Northwest Arkansas this August (2019). He attended Harding University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible (2016). He spent his last year in South America in Concepción, Chile, where he was an English tutor in a Spanish context. This is his first year at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy as well as his first year of teaching. Outside of school, Mr. Arnold enjoys reading, listening to music, spending time with his family in Florida, and travelling around the world.
Mr. Thames teaches music for 7th-12th grades. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from John Brown University (Voice Principal; 2010), and recently graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Music Education (Voice Principal; 2017). Through professional, amateur, and academic efforts, Mr. Thames has acquired several years of broad and diverse music performance and education experience, working with music and artists from all around the world. He is excited to spend his first year of teaching with the students, teachers, and staff of Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. He and his wife, Emily, recently moved back to Northwest Arkansas and are expecting their first child in October of 2018. He enjoys a good cup of coffee, listening to music, reading, cooking, and playing with his cats, Icarus and Milton.
Mr. Robert Lemming teaches high school art and art history at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. Lemming is a Tulsa native who moved to Northwest Arkansas as a teenager. He studied painting and printmaking at Henderson State University and finished his BA degree with a sculpture emphasis at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville in 2011. His work has been featured in several solo and group shows in venues such as the Historic Arkansas Museum, 21c Museum Hotel, sUgAr Gallery, ASU Beebe and LaLaLand Gallery. He also collaborated with Adam Crosson to create the outdoor sculpture 18 Verticals, 70 Horizontals on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville in 2012. Lemming resides in Madison County Arkansas. Lemming previously worked as a Preparator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has acted as an exhibition consultant at various venues throughout the region including the Hillside Auditorium at the University of Arkansas.
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Mrs. Claypool teaches library and computer to K-6th grade. In the Fall of 2002 she attended Colorado Mesa University on a soccer scholarship and in the Summer of 2007 Mrs.Claypool received her Practical Nursing License. She spent several years after graduation volunteering overseas as a primary health care provider. She has worked and lived in many countries around the world including Thailand, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Indonesia and Australia. This is Mrs. Claypool's first year at The Classical Academy, transitioning her family from a private classical christian university model. She has been actively involved in her children's education and is a huge advocate of the classical approach. She has been married for almost 12 years to her husband Justin and together they have two children that attend The Classical Academy, a fifth grade daughter and a first grade son. They moved to Bentonville two years ago from their hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado and on the weekends you will find her cheering on her beloved Denver Broncos and exploring all the wonderful outdoor activities Northwest Arkansas has to offer.