Meet Your Administration
Nick Sweeney, Superintendent
Nick Sweeney is the Superintendent of Gateway Christian Schools in Kitsap County, Washington. He has served as a teacher and administrator in private Christian Schools for 37 years. A native of Seattle, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from George Fox University, and a Master of Educational Administration Degree from Seattle University.
During his career, he has implemented groundbreaking programs in his schools. He established one of the first special education programs in a private school while in Southern California. Additionally, he has integrated student service opportunities into the extracurricular programs of his schools. These programs have included overseas service trips to countries like Ukraine, Guatemala, Honduras and Puerto Rico. As well, his schools have supported many service projects closer to home.
Mr. Sweeney’s development of international student programs in has significantly enhanced the school’s climate. With these programs, he has been able to expand the scope of education to help local students consider people in other parts of the country and world and what they can learn from those cultures. He believes it is an effective way to build multicultural understanding into the overall education of his students. It also affords the international students a chance to learn about Jesus Christ in an academic environment.
Three years ago, under Mr. Sweeney’s leadership, the school’s academic program incorporated an exciting new component: Arrowsmith Cognitive Development Program. Arrowsmith gives students with cognitive development issues a chance to develop skills and succeed in the regular school program.
Donna Beaver, Eagles Elementary Principal
Andy Alford, Crosspoint Secondary Principal
Andy has been involved in Christian Education since he finished his Bachelor of Science degree from The King’s College in New York. Early on in his life, Andy knew he was called to serve God in a Christian school and has been doing so his entire life. He received his Master’s degree in Education from Washington State University and then taught mathematics and later became the Middle School Principal at a school in Florida. From there, Andy went to serve the Lord as the Assistant High School Principal and then the High School Principal at a Christian school outside of Philadelphia for a total of eighteen years. The Lord then brought Andy to Crosspoint to serve Him as the Secondary Principal.
Andy is originally from upstate New York where grew up, went to college and began serving at a Christian school in Schenectady. The Lord has blessed Andy with two sons. Michael, his oldest, is beginning his college career studying in a University close to Philadelphia where he is studying Mechanical Engineering and Music. Andy’s younger son, Ryan, is currently looking forward to finishing High School and then seeing what the Lord has planned for him. Andy is attending Gateway Fellowship Church and continues to rely on his life verse Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Melissa Fraiser, Crosspoint Elementary Principal
Since the days of playing school in her childhood basement, Melissa Fraser has been a teacher at heart. Her years at Washington State University led her into business and sales, taking her all the way to Sydney, Australia. She met her husband a few weeks before moving and eventually quit her job to come home and marry him. She quickly determined that teaching was where the Lord wanted her. Melissa returned to school for her Master’s in Education through the University of Phoenix and completed her student teaching at Crosspoint. After teaching 6th grade there for a couple of years, she stayed at home to raise her children, Jack and Maggie. This year marked her return back to Crosspoint! She is currently working toward her principal certification through Western Washington University.
Melissa is originally from Longview, WA and has spent time living around the globe. Her family recently returned from three years in Yokosuka, Japan. Often you will catch her speaking Japanese to her students in the hallway! Her love of travel and appreciation of different cultures is evident in her life. She and Jason have been married for 14 years and enjoy spending time in Maine each year visiting Jason’s family. They hope to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail when Jack and Maggie are in middle school. It’s a 2,100 mile trail from Georgia to Maine that will take four months to hike. Students will be able to mail them packages along the way! She looks to 1 John 4:4 as she manages life, “The One who is in you is greater than what you are going through.”