picture of the word teach it describes our preschool teachers

Our preschool teachers and staff are dedicated to your children and to AECA. They have a love for the Lord that enables them to share that love with your children as they interact on a daily basis. Teaching is in their heart. Serving our families and students is their mission. Our preschool teachers know they are imparting God’s Word into the next generation of leaders, doctors, teachers, ministers, missionaries and more.

Agapé Embassy Christian Academy – School Administrator
Deborah L. Mills

Deborah L. Mills is the Administrator for Agapé Embassy Christian Academy (AECA).  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University, bringing strong leadership and interpersonal skills which will be an asset to creating dynamic interaction in her relationships with teachers, children and parents. Prior to becoming the Administrator of AECA, Mrs. Mills held numerous positions of leadership and administration including office manager for Steve Angeline Sales, Chief Administrative Officer for the Time to Fly Foundation, Elementary and Middle School Music Teacher at Agape Christian Academy where she was responsible for the development of the Music Curriculum and served as a staff member for before and after care.

She also served as the Program Administrator for the Middle School After School Program (RARE) for the City of Alexandria where she managed the incorporation of additional curriculum, technology to support computer literacy, academic achievement, critical thinking, and other developmental skills; as well as engaged in parent and community partnerships. She also served as the Parent and Student Workshop Creator and Facilitator for the City of Alexandria.

She is also a Certified Executive and Life Coach (Coaching and Positive Psychology - CAPP Institute); Certified Life Coach (Radical Life Coach Institute); CPR Certified, MAT Certified and served as the Music Minister at Agapé Embassy Ministries for over 20 years. She is an author of 7 books and projects of which one became a best - selling title. Mrs. Mills and her husband reside in Fairfax County.

Agapé Embassy Christian Academy - Lead Teacher
D. Denise Barksdale

Denise is a teacher at Agapé Embassy Christian Academy who brings more than three decades of experience working with preschoolers and school-age children. She enjoys teaching and learning alongside students guiding and encouraging them to develop and share their gifts, talents and abilities for the kingdom of God. She believes knowledge is both power and freedom and the correct application of knowledge is divine wisdom.

Denise has served in the Children’s Ministry of Agapé Embassy Ministries for all twenty-eight years of its existence. Additionally, she has been a full-time administrative employee with Agapé Embassy Ministries since 2007. She is responsible for interfacing with church members and the public, responding to inquiries, and clerical tasks that support daily operations. Denise has performed various job functions and duties that has helped bring Agapé Embassy Christian Academy from inception to fruition.

Prior to working with Agapé, Denise was employed with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) where she held a variety of positions such as a SACC supervisor, SACC teacher, school bus driver supervisor and driver. She worked as a preschool teacher prior to working for FCPS. She maintained American Heart CPR and First Aid Instructor status from 1994 until 2019. She has also taught the National Safety Council’s Safe Sitter course.

Denise can be described in three words: dedicated, trustworthy, and considerate. Using effective, strategic and focused communication skills, she considers it a privilege to be an intricate part of the foundational level of children forming a relationship with God. She has worked simultaneously part-time as a Front-End Assistant Manager for a local grocery store. She attributes her twelve-year successful tenure to rendering stellar customer support and leadership development. When time permits, her favorite pastimes include reading, relaxing and sitting in the warmth of the sun.