History and Leadership

Why start a classical Christian program?


In the spring of 2017, a group of church leaders, parents, and educators developed a common vision for a new program in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Our research and prayer has led us to the following convictions:


Classical education has shown great promise for instilling both academic success and a lifelong love of learning (see the educational outcomes page)


Christian education is a form of discipleship – of the church passing on Christ-like thinking and living – that therefore serves not only students but also the wider Christian and non-Christian communities


The University Model is a very cost-effective and efficient way to educate children that enables parents to partner in the educational process


Who are the leaders of the school?


Watermark Classical Academy has been founded by a network of church leaders, educators, and parents committed to helping kids grow in a life of wisdom and joyful learning.


Anna Conley


Instruction Head of School, Second Grade Teacher

Anna is delighted to work with the Academy’s board to provide an excellent classical Christian education. She holds undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Rhetorical Studies and a Masters in Administration and Supervision. She formerly worked as a fourth-grade teacher in Richmond, Virginia. Anna and her husband, Brendan, live in Sewickley with their three children.

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Caleb Vits

Administrative Head of School, Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher

Caleb graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Business and Communication Studies. He spent five years teaching in children's ministry and five years in higher education. Caleb lives in Sewickley with his wife Michelle, who directs the Children's Ministries at St. Stephen's Church - and teaches Latin at WCA!

Kathy Boehmig 

First Grade Teacher


Kathy has 26 years of professional teaching experience ranging from pre-school to sixth grade. She has studied the teaching of writing extensively and especially loves to incorporate art in the classroom.  Kathy lives in Bradfordwoods and has two sons.   


Hannah Knox

Third Grade Teacher


Hannah graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She is also certified as a PA English as a second language specialist. After graduating from college Hannah traveled to Niger, West Africa where she taught at Sahel Academy for three years. Hannah leads worship at her local church and enjoys the outdoors every chance she can. 

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Rachel Sadd

Kindergarten Teacher


Rachel graduated from Greater Works Academy in Monroeville and attended Geneva College where she received a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education.  Rachel taught Kindergarten in a classroom setting and then gained more experience as she homeschooled her four daughters.  Rachel lives with her husband and their four girls in Sewickley where they enjoy being outside and exploring God’s beautiful world together.