London Christian Academy

85 Charles Street
London, ON N6H 1H1
P: (519) 473-3332
F: (519) 473-9843

Mrs. Sonya van der Velde

Grade 4

Sonya has been a lifelong resident of London. Growing up in a Christian home, she has always felt the hand of God leading her into the teaching field. "I was one of those people who just knew from a young age what I was called to do," says Sonya. While growing up, Sonya was actively involved in activities involving children, from babysitting to Sunday school and VBS teaching to volunteering as a teacher's assistant. Once finished high school, Sonya went on to earn her honours degree from UWO and then complete a year at Althouse College for her Ontario Teaching Certificate.

Sonya was blessed to begin her teaching career straight out of Althouse with a grade four classroom position at London Christian Elementary School in 1992. Taking time to begin and raise a family of three children, Sonya returned to the classroom a number of years later as her youngest son was old enough to begin school. God provided a Kindergarten teaching position at Faith Community Christian School, which Sonya taught for 5 years. Sonya then accepted the principal role at the same school for two years, relying on God's strength and wisdom to lead her in guiding her staff and students. Although she had some teaching time in various classrooms (gr 1-8) to help provide preptime for teachers, Sonya longed to return to a classroom of her own, missing the special bond with students.

Sonya is very grateful to God for all that He has taught her in her years in education and for bringing her to LCA. She looks forward to being part of the fellowship here.


13 years teaching experience

2 years in a principal role

OTC, B. of ed, Honours BA in French and English, CPR