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Meet Our Administrative Team

This is our 2023-2024 Administration Team! We are so grateful to have some of the best staff on our team.


Preschool Principal

Laurie Dixon

Mrs. Dixon comes from Greenville, NC, but considers herself a Chocowinity/Beaufort County transplant since marrying her husband, Tavner, over 30 years ago. She attended Pitt Community College, and East Carolina University taking classes in Administrative Technology and Exercise Sport Science before the LORD placed on her heart to transition into Christian education. Mrs. Dixon has taught in Christian education for over 23 years with this year being her fourteenth year at Unity Christian Academy. She enjoys experiencing the joy of children learning to love Jesus, and showing them how much Jesus loves them. She attends Union Chapel FWB Church in Chocowinity, and is actively serving in the music and children’s programs. Together, with her husband, Tavner they have two adult children who both are graduates of Unity Christian Academy, Holden and Jared. For all things preschool, please contact Mrs. Dixon.



Lower School Principal

Brandy Powell

Mrs. Powell is a Beaufort County native growing up on the north side of the river and settling down to start a family on the south side in Chocowinity. She attended East Carolina, graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. This is her 3rd year at UCA and her 13th year in education. Mrs. Powell enjoys making memorable experiences for her staff and students

and coaching cheer. She attends Haw Branch Church of Christ and serves on the worship team. Mrs. Powell is married to her husband, Josh, and together they have one child, Anna Lee. Mrs. Powell is here to help with all of your K-6th needs.



Upper School Principal

Mandi Stone

Mrs. Stone was born and raised in Chocowinity, NC and attended NC State, graduating with her

Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades Education. This is her 6th year at UCA and her 10th year in the classroom. Mrs. Stone enjoys reading the classics, discussing literature with her students, mentoring teachers, and coaching volleyball. She attends Haw Branch Church of Christ and serves on the worship team. Mrs. Stone is married to her husband, Cody, and together they have two children, Zoey and Russell. If you have any questions regarding 7th-12th grade, please contact Mrs. Stone!


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Director of Operations

Kim Connell

Mrs. Connell is a lifetime resident of Chocowinity, NC. She has worked at Unity Christian Academy

since the beginning of its formation. She attends Haw Branch Church of Christ and is married to

Bobby Connell. One of her favorite things are her dogs! This year, you will find her at the front

desk greeting you all, as well as operating bussing, after school, and our summer programs!



Director of Operations

Whitley Craft

Mrs. Craft comes from Elizabeth City, NC where she attended Mid-Atlantic Christian University and achieved her Bachelors of Science in Biblical Exposition. This is her eighth year at UCA. She excels in marketing and design, along with discovering truth and wisdom from classical literature. She attends Haw Branch Church of Christ and is married to the youth minister, Joey Craft. Together they have a one year old, Holland. Mrs. Craft is over the media and marketing of our school, as well as whole school communications. She is the voice behind all of your email and text updates!


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