Teacher Profiles

Ca'Linda Williams - Child Care Coordinator / Teacher

 Mrs. Ca'Linda Williams is highly dedicated and motivated towards providing excellence within our Child Care Program. Mrs. Williams has vast experience as a Special Education Classroom Assistant for the Chicago Public School System, Early Childhood Teacher for a Private Academy, and was the Preschool Director of Emmanuel Christian School. Her main goal for students is that they acquire leadership skills of positive independent thinking and decision making. On a daily basis, Mrs. Williams reinforces the importance of being productive citizens in society, exploring the world including various cultures, and how reading is truly fundamental!

Beth Nelson - Spanish Education

 Mrs. Nelson brings a vast experience towards educating our children in Spanish Education. In 1990 – 1991, Mrs. Nelson attended La Universidad de Granda in Granada, Spain as part of a study abroad program and has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Spanish.  She assists our students in the development of the language (speaking, writing, listening, and reading), international cultural and linguistic knowledge, and critical thinking through the analytic study of literature.


Terrance Smith - Director of Oakdale Christian Academy Concert Choir

Mr. Smith started singing in his local youth choir at the tender age of three and embraced his gift of musical leadership at the age of nine. While working tirelessly in his local church, Mr. Smith sang in and directed his schools’ choirs from the third grade continuing throughout high school. At this time, Mr. Smith joined the internationally renowned group Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago. With this choir he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with world-renowned artists R. Kelly, Yolanda Adams, Mavis Staples, and Jennifer Hudson. He traveled to Israel as part of The World Assembly of Choirs under the leadership of Walt Whitman. In his effort to reach the nations, Mr. Smith has also traveled to Africa to teach music and spread the Gospel. Upon joining the Oakdale Covenant Church, Mr. Smith immediately became involved with the music and youth ministries. In 2007, he became a staff member of the Oakdale Christian Academy, and in 2010, Mr. Smith formed the Oakdale Christian Academy Choir. He is currently a music student at North Park University, Chicago.