Meet Our Team


Meet Our Team

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Mrs. Nelson proudly serves as Principal of Carefree Christian Academy. She's a graduate of Grand Canyon University, with over 20 year's experience in leadership, education, and business. Mrs. Nelson is known for maintaining CCA's high standards of excellence, safety, and success. She loves spending time with her husband and daughter, reading mystery books, and helping CCA students flourish and grow!

Mrs. Nelson also serves as a CCA instructor, currently teaching:

  • Bible

  • Geometry

  • Dual-Enrollment College Course Facilitator

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Gary Bacskay

Mr. Bacskay proudly serves as Assistant Principal of Carefree Christian Academy. He was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona, and has been one of Arizona's finest Christian school instructors for the last 5 years. He's passionate about coaching high school football, track, and sharing stories of his military career in the US Army. Mr. Bacskay is known for his engaging teaching style, high standards of excellence, and caring attitude for his students. When he's not leading PE drills or classroom discussions, Mr. Bacskay enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons.

Mr. Bacskay currently teaches:

  • History

  • Physical Education

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Mr. Crawford has a passion for changing youth lives through the arts. He is a talented Theater Teaching Artist, with over 5 years of extensive experience in theater arts, theater education, and working with youth. He brings energy, fun, and top talent to our teaching team and his many talents include teaching Science! Mr. Crawford’s dramatic presentations create memorable science experiments and lessons. When he’s not studying STEM or writing and directing productions, Mr. Crawford enjoys fitness activities, coffee shop explorations, spending time with his lovely wife, and singing in the car.

Mr. Crawford currently teaches:

  • English

  • Drama/Theater Arts 



Mrs. Mendenhall is known for her hands-on teaching style and artistic flair. Skilled in both education and fine arts, she's taught students art, sign language, career and life/home economics skills for over 20 years. Mrs. Mendenhall oversees CCA's Fine Arts program and works with students to complete projects in a variety of media types. She also brings in guest art teachers from the local community and Sonoran Art League. When she's not teaching or creating artwork of her own, Mrs. Mendenhall enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, creating culinary artistic masterpieces, and growing her collection of vintage sewing machines.

Mrs. Mendenhall currently teaches:

  • Science

  • Art



Mrs. Davies is passionate about performing arts, and has over 10 years of training in dance/theater/vocal performance. Her goal is to use dance not just for entertainment, but to teach life skills, confidence and body awareness. She has performed with the Walt Disney Company and is currently apprenticing under an award-winning New York choreographer. She also teaches dance and musical theater at Bender Performing Arts. In her free time, Mrs. Davies loves to perform at Dream City Church where she also choreographs, and she enjoys crafting, cooking shows and considers herself a foodie.

Mrs. Davies currently teaches:

  • Dance

  • Musical Theater



Sensei Jason’s passion for martial arts started when he was very young. His teaching style focuses on discipline, respect for self and others, and physical fitness to build strong self-confidence in all his students. Sensei Jason has studied Shotokan karate and Chinese Kenpo, and currently teaches and practices Toushikan karate and Shin Do Ryu. He holds a 1st degree black belt in Toushikan and continues his studies and training with ActivStars Shihon Kraig Hollingworth in Shin Do Ryu. Sensei Jason is also a proud instructor with ActivStars.

Sensei Jason practices martial arts daily, along with his 3 children who are each on their own paths to obtaining black belts. His ultimate goal as an instructor is to reach out to the next generation to build lifelong skills.


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Mrs. Johns currently teaches:

  • Pre-Algebra and Geometry

  • Algebra


Jessica Wells

Ms. Wells currently teaches:

  • Vocal