Meet Our Team

Get to know the heart and soul of Dream Center Academy through the dedicated individuals who drive our mission forward every day.

Our Staff

We are leaders, teachers, students, and friends. We believe God has a plan for our lives. We have a purpose. Our purpose is to live, love, and give. We will live out our purpose. We are Dreamers, Believers, Achievers. We are The Academy!

Roxann Jimison, Executive Director

Roxann Jimison

Executive Director

Roxann Jimison is a retired educator from Gaston County Schools where she had a highly successful 31-year career as a teacher, literacy specialist, assistant principal, and principal within the school system. Upon retiring from GCS in June 2017, Roxann became the director of the Dream Center Academy, led the opening of its doors to their first class of students in July 2017, and has guided its growth over the years. Her goal is to see DCA continue to be a flourishing out-of-school-time program in Gaston County that supports generations of students in reaching their full potential.

“One of the core values we teach our students at the Academy is – Share Your Talents. God gave me a talent for working with children. Having the opportunity to use that talent to pour into the lives of our students as they grow to achieve their dreams is an amazing opportunity.” ~ RJ

Akyra Pannell, High School Director

Akyra Pannell

High School Director

Learning is a continuum. Part of being an effective educator is maintaining a growth mindset and understanding that we are all lifelong learners. Each individual has unique and valuable knowledge to contribute to our world. At Dream Center Academy, we focus on nurturing a culture of respect and collaboration in every interaction. We embrace diversity and strive to create an environment where each student feels heard, valued and is able to connect with others around them. I am thankful for the day-to-day interactions with our students and the opportunity to be a part of this amazing, growing community. Team work makes the DREAM work!

Ana Ocfemia, Middle School Director

Ana Ocfemia

Middle School Director

As the Middle School Director, I have the pleasure of getting to know and build partnerships with our Dream Center parents and students. I am grateful for the opportunity to build relationships with our students in this new capacity. I am excited to have the opportunity to watch Dream Center students grow and fulfill their capacity and dreams. Our goal is to strengthen our families, and in partnership with our parents, no matter what obstacles are presented in life, together, we will raise productive citizens and students of tomorrow.

Kathy Risch, Financial Assistant

Kathy Risch

Financial Assistant

Angela Bradshaw, Community Outreach

Angela Bradshaw

Community Outreach

Aman Seltun, Social Worker

Aman Seltun

Social Worker

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Since becoming a DCA student in 6th grade, I have grown so much academically and socially. I have gotten to experience things that an ordinary High School student has never even thought of, including going on service projects, job -shadowing experiences, and even getting to fly a plane! Which was AMAZING! I was even allowed to bring along a DCA teacher. That same teacher has allowed me to work in the Middle School program as a 7th-grade intern. It has been a blast working with these students and being able to build a relationship with each of them. It’s thanks to DCA and the support of people like you that I get to do all of these things! Thank you for believing in me. You are changing the trajectory of my life!

— Valentina