Our History

Before moving to Donna, Texas, the Curling family served as medical missionaries in Mexico. After Mary Jane Curling was diagnosed with cancer, the family decided to move to the border of the United States so she could be closer to American hospitals and receive regular cancer treatments. While residing in America, God clearly showed them the need to leave medical missions and enter the world of education--specifically, to start a Christian school for Christian families that focused on discipling young people. Local families and fellow missionaries began requesting her help in teaching and educating their children. Just like Paul answered the Macedonian Call, and filled in the gap for the church of Macedonia, the Curlings also answered “the call” and filled in the educational gap for Christian families. Thus, Macedonian Christian Academy (MCA) was established in the Curlings' home in 1987. This ministry has completely relied on Christ for its favor and success. We have enjoyed serving families in the Rio Grande Valley for more than 20 years. MCA stands firm to meeting the need of Christian families and furthering the kingdom in the individual lives of each student.

Our Mission

Macedonian Christian Academy exists to exalt Christ, make disciples, and build families.

Our desire is to glorify Christ by discipling families and their children.  We strive to help make God an all-consuming reality.  The goal is to collectively realize that God has a sovereign purpose for each of His redeemed children.  We are created to enjoy God and His plan for our life.  We endeavor to see graduates who lead a life that is worthy of the gospel and marked by a Biblical worldview.  At MCA, we believe the chief goal and purpose of all things, including education, is to love God and love our neighbor.  True education is literally impossible without such a transcendent goal and purpose.

Doctrinal Statement

Santiago Curling: MCA Administrator

“I can’t believe that God allows me to do this every day!” This is often my reaction when I think about how privileged I am to work at MCA. When I was thirteen years old, I put my trust in Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as the payment for my sin.  Soon after that, I decided to live in any way that God directed. I did not want to turn 30 and realize that I had squandered my life. Even at a young age, I knew that the only life worth living is one that makes much of God.
Today, I minister in education because God has given me a passion for discipling young people. A child’s school years are the best time to deal with heart issues that determine the kind of adult he or she will become. As an administrator and teacher, I get to work with young people every day.  What a privilege! While serving at MCA, I know that I have learned more than my students.  God continues to change the hearts and lives of both students and staff. I thank God that He allows me to do this every day!

Meet the Staff

Eunice Blaha
Serving since 2014
Fifth grade teacher 

Naomi Blaha
Serving since 2014
School secretary-North Campus

Juan Curling
Serving since 2005
Director of Develomment

Rachel Curling
Serving since 2005
Voice and violin teacher/ Elementary choir

Santiago Curling
Serving since 1998
Principal/HS Basketball coach/HS Bible

Trinette Curling
Serving since 1999
Pre-Algebra/Algebra 1/Algebra 2

Yesenia De Luna
Serving since 2013
K3-K5 teacher aid

Melinda Drescher
Serving since 2010
4th Grade teacher 

Shelby Enriquez
Serving since 1998
English, Literature and Spanish

Isamar Espinoza
Serving since 2016
Teacher Aid

Millie Flores
Serving since 2014
K3/K4 Teacher

Marisol Garza
Serving since 2014
3rd Grade teacher

Tyler Gjeltema
Serving since 2015
Athletics Director/Elementary, Jr. High, High School P.E./Soccer coach

Kim Laiklam
Serving since 2016
2nd Grade

Iris Lara
Serving since 2003
Elementary Principal

Yoli Marshall
Serving since 2012
6th grade homeroom teacher 

Ilonka Mateo
Serving since 2009
Development Office/ Academic Coordinator

Andrew Medina
Serving since 2015
Jr High and High School Volleyball coach/Jr. High Girls Basketball Coach

Lydia Medina
Serving since 2002
Administrative Assistant/7th grade homeroom teacher/Math 7

Linda Mendoza
Serving since 2012
8th grade homeroom teacher/Choir/English

Sarai Mendoza
Serving since 2016
10th grade homeroom teacher/Computers/Finances/Yearbook/English

Vernisha Murray
Serving since 2012
Music and Band director

Andrea Payne
Serving since 2011
Junior High and High School Science

Carter Payne
Serving since 2011
Director of Finances/Geometry

Veronica Rodriguez
Serving since 2015
K5 teacher

Corinne Schmidt
Serving since 2016
Jr. High/High School P.E teacher/Cross Country coach

Stephanie Stokes
Serving since 2015
9th grade homeroom teacher/HS History & Geography

Veronica Vazquez
Serving since 2011
1st Grade teacher 

Yessenia Vazquez
Serving since 2015
South Campus receptionist

Emily Wade
Serving since 2006
Missionary/ 11th and 12th homeroom teacher/ Literature

Crystal Wilkinson
Serving since 2016
North Campus receptionist

Darrell Wilkinson
Serving since 2016
Maintenance/Jr High and High School Bible

Juan Curling: Director of Development

I was born in Mexico but moved to the U.S. border when I was five years old.

My parents had been church planters in Mexico and medical missionaries in Honduras. In 1987 they founded Macedonian Christian Academy, a Christian school on the border of Texas and Mexico.


I attended MCA for 10 years and graduated in 1997.  That fall, I began my education at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. After I finished my first year of college, my brother Santiago and I returned home to find our mother bed-ridden.   We were shocked and heartbroken to see that cancer had gone into overdrive throughout her body.  My mother passed away on October 3, 1998. When Santiago and I took over the ministries of Missionary Evangelism, we were only 21 and 19 years old. Santiago took care of the educational side of the ministry, and I was in charge of the summer missions programs.


The following spring, I returned to Bob Jones University to continue my education. I met my wife, Rachel, in 2000. We were married on December 13, 2002, and I graduated in May, 2004.  We moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 2005, and have been serving under Missionary Evangelism, Inc. since then.


I consider myself fortunate to work with the families and staff of Macedonian Christian Academy. It is hard to believe that God would allow me to be a part of this ministry. I realize that, apart from Him, I am incapable of accomplishing the goals set for me at MCA. I pray that, through God’s strength, I can help build His kingdom and accomplish His good work.

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Contact MCA

South Campus

401 N. Val Verde Rd.

Donna, TX 78537

North Campus

135 E. State HWY 495

Alamo, TX 78516


P.O. Box 206

Alamo, TX 78516

Tax ID# 742957358


School Office office@mcalions.com

Academic Advisor academics@mcalions.com

Athletic Department athletics@mcalions.com

Finance Department finance@mcalions.


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