Mrs. Cheryl Couch has been named as the Associate Vice President of Distance Learning at Barclay College. She spent her earlier years in Mustang, OK, but later moved to Attica, KS, where she met her husband, Mike, of 28 years. She has taught Elementary Education at a variety of schools, including the Derby Public schools and Roundtree Christian Academy, on the campus of Maude Carpenter Children’s Home.
For the past three years, Cheryl has been the Early Childhood Coordinator and Instructor at Barton Community College. She earned a master degree at Wichita State University in Early Childhood Special Education. Cheryl said, “Early Childhood Special Education is my passion and has meant the world to help families.” Through answered prayers and Cheryl’s knowledge of education, her youngest daughter, Amanda, had special needs, but is now in several honor programs at Pitt State University.
Cheryl’s Husband, Mike, is the Superintendent of schools for the Haviland school district. Cheryl’s middle daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Dan Bloom, have recently relocated here from Minnesota. He is the construction manager of the Shooting Star Wind Farm south of Mullinville. They have a three month old daughter, Evey, whom Mike & Cheryl are delighted is now in Kansas with them, and Melanie stays home with her. Her oldest daughter and son-in-law, Chanda & Jared Bollman, reside in Wakita, OK where she is the Farmer’s Grain elevator manager and he is a farmer and rancher.
Barclay College is proud to introduce you to its newest faculty member and looks forward to strengthening the teacher education degree program with state accreditation in the near future.
Barclay College is now offering a Graduate Scholar Award to any student who meets entrance requirements to the MATL-Professional Studies program. The award will reduce the cost from $3,375 per semester to $2,300 per semester. Total tuition cost for the program is now $9,200.
To receive the award, you must complete an application form and be accepted into the program. So long as you are enrolled for a minimum of 9 hours, you will receive an award letter. We look forward to helping each of our students individually achieve their Master Degree. Apply now to see if you qualify to receive the Graduate Award Scholarship!
Jim Le Shana, PhD, is the new Vice President of Academics and Director of the MA in Transformational Leadership – Professional Studies at Barclay College. Jim brings a rich background of work in academia to Barclay College. He earned his undergraduate degree from George Fox University and four graduate degrees: MA in Theology and Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary; MDiv from Azusa Pacific University; and MA and PhD in History from the University of California, Riverside.
He is one of the founders and the current chairman of the Friends Center, the seminary experience for Friends leaders at the Graduate School of Theology of Azusa Pacific University. He also serves on the Council of Church Leaders for APU, the Board of Trustees of George Fox University, and is an adjunct professor at APU and at A.W. Tozer Seminary in Redding, California.
Jim served as a pastor for 30 years at Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California. By God’s grace, he has helped to launch a variety of new churches; developed, led and multiplied many effective outreach ministries and groups; successfully raised money for major building campaigns, missions, and new initiatives; trained hundreds of pastors and church leaders in California and various mission fields; and helped churches move from positions of stagnation or decline to growth and vitality.
Jim has been married to Jeanine for almost 30 years. They have 4 children and a dog named Peanut. He is a Lakers fan.
Courtney Gillaspy of Medina High School in Medina, Texas agreed to join the 2012 Bears Volleyball team. Gillaspy was a three sport athlete in high school including volleyball, softball and basketball. She is a 5’6″ defensive specialist that helped lead her high school volleyball team to three co-district championships during her tenure at Medina High.
Head Coach Shari Bryan commented, ” Courtney’s athleticism will allow her to cover the court very well. We are excited to see her contributions both on and off the court.”
Gillaspy is the daughter of Brian and Marcie Gillaspy. She plans to major in either Business Administration or Sports and Recreation Leadership.