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Meet Our Administration

Preschool Principal

Laurie Dixon

I come from Greenville, NC, but I consider myself a Chocowinity/Beaufort County transplant since I married my husband, Tavner, over 30 years ago. I attended Pitt Community College and East Carolina University, taking classes in Administrative Technology and Exercise Sport Science.

I have been teaching in Christian education for over 23 years, and this year marks my fourteenth year at Unity Christian Academy. I find great joy in witnessing children learn to love Jesus and showing them how much Jesus loves them.

I actively attend Union Chapel FWB Church in Chocowinity and serve in the music and children’s programs. Together with my husband, Tavner, we have two adult children, Holden and Jared, both graduates of Unity Christian Academy.

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K-12 Principal

Mandi Stone

Hello everyone! My name is Mandi Stone, and I am honored to serve as the k-12 Principal at UCA. I was born and raised in Chocowinity, NC. As an elder's kid, I spent a considerable amount of time with our Haw Branch church family in Sunday school, youth group, and church events at 1501 Haw Branch Rd. I am also a farmer’s daughter, so I learned first-hand the value of hard work and how to rely on the Lord during life's storms.

I graduated from North Carolina State University as a Teaching Fellow and earned a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades Education. During my time at NC State, I actively participated in Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF), as a member of their student leadership and worship teams. It was at CCF that I met my wonderful husband Cody. We were married at Haw Branch, and we will celebrate 10 years of marriage this June!

After teaching at Chocowinity Middle School for four years, I began teaching at UCA in the 2018-2019 school year. Currently in my 6th year at UCA and celebrating my 10th year in education, I find joy in reading the classics, engaging in enriching conversation with my students, mentoring teachers, helping families, playing basketball with my students, and coaching volleyball. My husband and I are active members of Haw Branch Church of Christ, where he serves as a deacon and we both serve on the worship team. We are blessed with two children, Zoey (7) and Russell (4), who both attend UCA.

Reflecting on my life, I see God's guiding hand leading me to where I am today. UCA is more than a school to me; it is my home away from home. I am humbled and honored to dedicate my energy and efforts to our staff, students, and families as we all travel together in this journey of faith.


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K-12 Assistant Principal

Whitley Craft

Hi all! I’m Whitley Craft, and I have the pleasure of serving as the Assistant Principal of Unity Christian Academy. With the desire to dedicate my life to ministry, I pursued my Bachelor’s in Biblical Exposition at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, located in Elizabeth City, NC (which is also my hometown). It was there that I met my husband, Joey Craft, and we will celebrate 7 years together in August. One of our greatest joys in life is our one-year-old daughter, Holland.

Beyond my role at UCA, my focus revolves around Haw Branch Church of Christ, where my husband serves as the youth minister and I help to lead worship during our Sunday services. Together, our aim is to deepen our community’s love and desire for Christ.

I’ve been on staff at Unity Christian Academy for seven years and am wholeheartedly committed to its mission of producing Authentic Christian leaders. Every day, I wake up with enthusiasm to work here, cherishing the opportunity to minister to families, students, and staff, guiding them to Jesus in every aspect of life.

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Office Administrator

Ashley Carlson

Mrs. Carlson is from Chocowinity, NC! She attended East Carolina University and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. She taught for nine years before accepting the position of Office Administrator. She attends Haw Branch Church of Christ. Her husband, Nathan, is the worship leader at Haw Branch and a Health Physicist for ECU. Together, they have three children: Noah, Lucas, and Oaklyn Kate who will all be attending UCA this year as well! 

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Athletic Director

Joey Craft

My name is Joey Craft and I was born and raised in Plymouth, NC. In following my passion for leading youth to Christ, I attended Mid-Atlantic Christian University where I earned my degree in Youth & Family Ministry. Since May 2016, I've been serving as the youth minister at Haw Branch Church of Christ, alongside my wife, Mrs. Craft. Our one-year-old, Holland, is destined to become a little warrior in just a couple of years.

In addition to ministry, I have a passion for athletics and I’m honored to serve as the Athletic Director here at UCA. Our athletics program is growing quickly and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for it.


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