Art Teacher (3D Art, Ceramics, MS Art)
PCA Plano - Upper School / Middle School
Tina Nivens graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. in Fashion Design. She began her career working in the fashion industry as well as graphic design. Her educational career began 21 years ago as a K-Twelfth Grade visual arts teacher at a school in Garland, Texas where she taught over 600 children and teens. With Tina as its fine arts director, the school built a championship visual arts program. During her time at PCA, Tina has been involved in writing curriculum, teaching AP, drawing, ceramics and Photoshop. She has led the department to win six consecutive district TAPPS championships and three consecutive state TAPPS championships. Her personal artwork has evolved over the years from drawing and painting to clay, mixed media and more recently an enthusiasm for encaustic work. She is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and the Potters Council. She has been involved in SOFA summer art camps and her own summer art program, Clay Creations. Her passion is to nurture students with a drive for creativity and visual arts and encourage them to pursue excellence in their personal work in order to impact the culture through the unique worldview found in Christ. She also has served in her local church as a pastor’s wife and leader in AWANA and children’s ministry.
Art Teacher (Drawing, Painting, AP)
PCA Plano - Upper School
Mallory Goerk is a 2009 PCA Alumna. Graduating from the University of North Texas with two Bachelors of Fine Arts in drawing/painting and watercolor in 2014, she went on to receive a fellowship from the University of Florida for a master’s degree in sculpture. She was an instructor of record for two years at the university teaching sculpture courses where students investigated the fundamentals of sculpture through art and design. Throughout the past eight years, Mallory has exhibited her artworks in Dallas, Fort Worth, and in Gainesville, Florida. She married a fellow sculptor in the program, David Goerk, in December of 2016 and inherited a tabby cat. Both Mallory and her husband love to build, make, and paint anything and everything. They are members at Watermark Community Church. During all her years of schooling, the Lord fervently pursued her and called her into true obedience. She is excited to join the PCA team once more, but on the side where her job is now to lift up the great Creator and to encourage, challenge, and prepare all students for the life up ahead.
PCA Plano - Lower / Middle School
Carolina Balma has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University with a concentration in Art Education. She spent her first ten years teaching in Plano and McKinney, Texas and joined the PCA Fine Arts team in 2015. Carolina’s love for art started from her childhood when drawing and coloring were more than just a pastime, it was already a passion. “I used to spend hours coloring and imagining my pictures coming to life. I would look at professional art and just dream of one day being able to create something so beautiful as the pieces I would see in books and magazines.” She has learned over the years that art is not just for the natural born gifted child. She believes art requires more than just imagination or talent; it requires practicing skills, patience and passion. Mrs. Balma’s favorite thing about being an art teacher is getting to teach the foundational elements and principles of art. She loves watching what each student will create with the skills they learn. She cherishes seeing student growth in the appreciation of art and art making. She believes that God is the ultimate creator and divine artist, and He created everything with a purpose, with beauty and majesty. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, watercolor and ceramics.
Becky Locklin M.Ed.
PCA Plano - Lower / Middle School
Becky Locklin obtained a Bachelor of Science in Advertising with a minor in Fine Arts from Texas Woman's University. She earned her Masters of Education Degree from Abilene Christian University while having her own art studio, which gave her the opportunity to instruct in a small group setting. After graduation, she taught in the Dallas Independent School District teaching pre-kindergarten through Fifth Grade art. While at DISD she led several of her students to be recognized in academic art competitions, with one of her students being recognized in the Texas Girls’ State Fair by the Women’s Museum. She currently lives in Southlake with her husband Paul, and two daughters, Riley and Shelby. She enjoys reading, painting, shopping and going to the beach with her family. They are involved in their church, Gateway in Southlake, where they teach Sunday school to preschoolers. Becky joined PCA's art faculty in 2012.