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Stay up to date with the latest information and event announcements for Riverstone United Christian Academy!

Important Info & Upcoming Events

RUCA welcomes Mr. Palermo as our Graphic Design teacher this year. Mr. Chris Palermo has 30 years of professional experience as a graphic designer, working primarily in the financial sector.
Exodus 35:30-35 is a favorite passage; where the Spirit enables artists & craftsmen with skills and abilities, confirming God is the ultimate Creator.
Mr. Palermo enjoys cycling, cooking, travel, photography, reading, art and filling up sketchbooks.
One of his goals is to help students understand the similarities and differences between the fine arts and graphic arts, and the career opportunities available.
He and his wife, Mary, have two grown children, a daughter in Greenville, South Carolina and a son in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He can often be found in a bookstore, library or local coffee shop.
So excited to have you on staff, Mr. Palermo!

Mr. White is excited to join the RUCA faculty as an instructor of Logic & Reasoning. In addition to teaching, Mr. White also currently serves as the lead pastor of West Chester Church of the Nazarene, where he has served for the last 6 years. Since answering God’s call on his life at the age of 16, he has loved experiencing a variety of roles in ministry such as being a youth pastor, worship leader, and lead pastor. Mr. White received his Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Eastern Nazarene College. He’s also attended Southern Nazarene University, the Honor Academy, and Nazarene Bible College. He was ordained in 2013. Mr. White loves to read and draw and is a big sci-fi fan. He also enjoys singing and playing guitar. Mr. White has been married to wife, Hillary for 16 years and they have 3 children, 2 of whom currently attend RUCA.

Happy to have you on staff, Mr. White! Looking forward to a great year!



Mr. Tony Carrell is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education/ Social Studies with an emphasis in American History and a Master of Arts degree in American History from East Stroudsburg. He taught American History for thirty years in public middle school.
Mr. Carrell feels the hand of God has been at the center of his life, leading him to a life of helping children and teaching about the history of our country. He also feels the hand of God in his personal life as he is blessed to be a husband and father to two children.
Mr. Carrell loves sharing his knowledge of our country’s history with the younger generation and this is what has led him to Riverstone. He is looking forward to enthusiastically sharing his love of history, civics and geography with the students and families of Riverstone and sees this opportunity as a true blessing.
Welcome to the Riverstone family, Mr. Carrell!


Mrs. Jeanette Fox joins Riverstone as a science teacher. Mrs. Fox desires to live a life that glorifies God and encourages others to grow in relationship with Him. She is passionate about empowering growth and learning by fostering motivation, creating connections, and building relationships. She is often inspired by biblical passages found in Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Romans 4:17, and Ephesians. Mrs. Fox holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a focus on social and cultural studies (Messiah College, 1997), a B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics (WCUPA, 2011), and a Master of Public Health (WCUPA, 2013).

After formerly working in pharmaceuticals and running a small business, she has been a licensed registered dietitian-nutritionist for almost a decade where she has applied biology and chemistry in patient care, diet counseling, and food prep. She also taught food science at the WCUPA dietetic program. Starting in 2018, Mrs. Fox completed doctoral work at Liberty University towards a Ph.D. in organizational leadership with a dissertation focused on empowering leadership styles, trust, vulnerability, creativity, and innovation. She has been educating and mentoring adults and youth in various capacities for over thirty years and recently taught high school chemistry after sensing a call back to K-12 education.

Her hobbies include writing, music, gardening, food, drawing, painting, and photography. She and her husband attend and serve at Providence Church along with their 3 sons.


We are excited to announce the addition of RUCA’s newest hire! Mrs. Nagy is a graduate of Penn State University. She has a degree in Individual and Family Studies with major emphases in Child Development and Home Economics Education. She taught Family and Consumer Science in public middle school and high school for 12 years.

The desire to have God at the center of their children’s education led Susan and her husband Bill to homeschooling where she taught and supervised the K-12 education of their children.

Love of sharing the Lord is at the heart of Mrs. Nagy’s many years of service in developing and leading children’s programs and working with young people in the church setting. Mrs. Nagy sees the opportunity to teach Family and Consumer Science and Culinary Arts at Riverstone United as a blessing from the Lord and looks forward to working together with these terrific young people!

Featured Podcast:

Weighing the Options: Public School vs. Private

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Please subscribe to the podcast. Chris and Christine Stigall are parents to three teenagers. Chris is a talk show host who’s made a career covering politics. Christine is a former public school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. They watched their kids and community decline during covid school closures. They knew it was time to speak up and make a change. On the first episode of Making the Leap, Chris and Christine discuss their decision to send their daughter to a private Christian school, while keeping their two sons in public school. They walk listeners through their entire decision-making process, and bring on the academic dean of a private Christian school in West Chester, Pennsylvania. They discuss how it felt to call that school for the first time. They address the pro’s and con’s of both public and private school options. And finally, Chris and Christine share why they would choose Christian education for all three of their children if they could do it all over again. Learn more at Herzogfoundation.com.

We are Hiring!

Do you have experience in the fields of biology or chemistry? Are you an avid history buff? Does speaking a foreign language come naturally to you?  Riverstone United Christian Academy is looking for individuals who would like to apply their knowledge of these subjects in the classroom on a part-time basis with our high school students. We are growing and would like to add dedicated, knowledgeable believers to our team at a competitive compensation rate. Consider the difference you can make by adding your voice to the education of young people in Chester County eager to learn how faith and education intersect.


We are excited to announce the newest addition to the Riverstone Staff!  Mrs. Kelly Clemmer joined our team this month and will be teaching Art.

Mrs. Clemmer has a passion for educating children in a variety of subjects.  She has a B.A. in Psychology from Immaculata University, where she also received her Teaching Certification at the Graduate Level.  Over the past six years, she has taught Art at the Elementary, Middle, and College Levels; Mathematics at the Middle School Level; and Mathematics, Science, and Bible at the Fourth Grade Level.  She and her husband met while swing dancing, and then taught classes together for a few years before having two beautiful children.  She spends most of her time raising and educating her young kids, but also enjoys gardening, cooking, going on walks and hikes, and having play dates with her little ones.  Mrs. Clemmer believes that education happens at every age, at every moment, and leads to a rich life, glorifying God and enjoying His kingdom!


Mr. Dan Wallin has worked with young people for 40 years as a youth pastor and as a teacher in both Christian and public schools. He has a B.A. in Religious Education from Clarks Summit University and an M.A. in Mathematics Education from Widener University. Mr. Wallin has also coached more than 100 teams in baseball, basketball and soccer as well as math and academic competition teams. His math students won more than three dozen individual and team county and state championships. He has 5 sons and 12 grandkids. In his free time, Mr. Wallin enjoys taking care of his dad, wrestling with his grandsons and playing pickleball.

EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT, Ms. Jenna Jurgielewicz

Ms. Jenna Jurgielewicz is a private piano and vocal instructor who has owned her own studio for the past 10 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from West Chester University, with a focus on piano pedagogy and choral teaching. Her greatest passion is mentoring students as they pursue Jesus and the gifts and talents He has given them. Jenna is excited to be teaching at Riverstone this year and looks forward to working with this wonderful group of students!


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There’s Still Time for You to Make This Exciting Decision for Your Child.

Monday Visits, We look forward to it!
Where: 430 Hannum Ave, West Chester PA 19380

Come to see our school and let your children meet us. We are offering tours every Monday between the hours of 10AM and 2PM. Email us to schedule your appointment today.

School Days, Arrival & Dismissal

Our school day begins at 8:00am and ends at 2:40pm. Parents may drop off their students in the lower parking lot as early as 7:45 am and pick up between 2:40 – 3:00 pm.

You’re Invited to Our Open House! 

Monday, August 16th @ 6:30-8:30 PM
430 Hannum Ave, West Chester PA 19380

Meet our Principal, Robbie Martin, and Academic Dean, Eileen Roche. Now enrolling grades 6-10.

School Uniforms 

Why a school uniform?  Here at RUCA, we want to build confidence and promote a positive learning environment without distractions from learning or teaching.  Our uniform promotes unity and allow the students to show pride in their school…

Read our full post HERE for school uniform information.

You’re Invited to Our Open House! 

Monday, August 2nd @ 6:30-8:30 PM
430 Hannum Ave, West Chester PA 19380

Meet our Principal, Robbie Martin, and Academic Dean, Eileen Roche. Now enrolling grades 6-10.

We chose Liberty University’s Ember K-12 Curriculum as the foundation for Riverstone United Christian Academy. Just as embers in a fire, glow, mesmerize and ignite raw material, we believe our teacher’s will ignite enthusiasm for learning with Liberty’s Ember K-12 Curriculum.

You’re Invited to Our Open House! 

Monday, July 19th @ 6:30-8:30 PM
430 Hannum Ave, West Chester PA 19380

Meet our Principal, Robbie Martin, and Academic Dean, Eileen Roche. Now enrolling grades 6-10.

You’re Invited to Our Open House! 

Monday, June 28th @ 6:30-8:30 PM
430 Hannum Ave, West Chester PA 19380

Meet our Principal, Robbie Martin, and Academic Dean, Eileen Roche. Now enrolling grades 6-10.


Monday, June 14th @ 7PM
Meeting ID: 393-186-4331 | Passcode: 637637

Want to learn more about our school? Join us on Zoom and talk with our Principal, Robbie Martin, and Academic Dean, Eileen Roche. We’ve got many exciting updates to share. Now enrolling grades 6-10.


We are excited to share that Mr. Christian Neral will be joining the Riverstone Team as our English Language Arts and Computer Science teacher.  After graduating from Eastern University in St. David’s, PA, he and his wife, Molly, moved to Utah where Mr. Neral taught English and Computer Science for 5 years while earning his Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Utah.  Out of a desire to enrich his perspective on education,  Mr. Neral and his wife moved to the United Kingdom where he has been teaching computer science at a secondary school in central London.  Mr. Neral’s faith in Jesus Christ, his knowledge of best practices in education, and his enthusiasm for teaching exemplify the professional qualities of our faculty and we are thrilled to announce that he will be joining the Riverstone family!


We are pleased to announce that Riverstone United Christian Academy will be opening this fall at 430 Hannum Avenue in West Chester, PA.  Providence Church has invited us to use their newly renovated location as our launch site for the 2021-2022 school year.  Students will have an opportunity to learn in an environment that fosters creativity and community.  Bright spaces that open to lively outdoor surroundings combined with a technology-rich setting are sure to engage the hearts and minds of our students.