At Calvary Christian Academy, we value the impact teachers and volunteers can have on our children. We recognize the importance of role models in children’s lives. Staff members and volunteers at our Academy are expected to express a sincere commitment to Jesus Christ. They must be in good standing, and regularly attend a Bible-believing church. We view their personal character, qualities, gifts and abilities as a silent teaching witness to our students. CCA offers a program beginning in Preschool continuing to Junior Kindergarten through grade 8. CCA offers both Junior and Senior Kindergarten on a part-time basis (3 days per week) or an extended program (5 days per week).


Patricia Mitchell – RECE

Patricia Mitchell is a Registered Early Childhood Educator.  She returned to college in 2011 as a mature student to follow her passion for working with young children.  She has worked for Carleton Place Child Care as a supply Preschool Teacher and spent the last 4 years in Kindergarten classes for the Upper Canada District School Board.

Patricia is married with 3 “mostly” grown children. Her love of children led her to volunteer for various Children’s Ministries, GEMS Girls club, DVBS and Junior Youth, at her home church.

Patricia believes all children are gift from God and have God talents, abilities to help them fulfil the purpose he has for them.  She believes that the work of a child is their play.  Through pretend play and natural exploration of their surroundings they will learn to socialize, communicate with others, recognize numbers and early math skills, and explore and make sense of the world around them. Patricia considers it a privilege to teach the little ones, to watch and encourage them as they grow in relationships, knowledge and abilities.   She is very excited to be joining the team at Apple Seeds Preschool and looks forward to working with the children, families and fellow staff members!


Valerie Chamberlain

Valerie brings years of experience with children to CCA. She has been actively involved in children’s ministries including Sunday School, children’s Bible club, and summer camp programs for over 20 years. She is married to Andrew Chamberlain, teacher at CCA, and their three daughters attend CCA.

Valerie graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Office Administration in 1997 and obtained her Grade 8 Piano and Level 2 Music Theory from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in 2016.

Many years of her life were spent working in the family greenhouse business, which has given her a love for gardening and all the beautiful things that God has created. One of her greatest enjoyments is music and she spends many hours at the piano and is aspiring to learn to play the violin. She also enjoys reading, cross-country skiing, and spending time with her family.

She sincerely believes in God’s special purpose for each child’s life. She wants to encourage and build up the children in her care to achieve, learn, and discover their potential and understand His great love for them and how they can show His love to others.

Kindergarten – Vice Principal

Christine Martel

Christine received her diploma in Early Childhood Education in 1991 from Algonquin College, She has been actively working with Preschool and Kindergarten children and their families for over 25 years. She is a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educators. Christine has also completed both Grade 8 piano and Grade Two theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  She was Calvary Christian Academy’s first teacher when the school opened its doors in 1997.  Teaching this age group has always been one of Christine’s passions. She finds their energy and enthusiasm inspiring. She considers positive early learning experiences with school to be important for young children as it influences their development and their future. Even in Kindergarten we value attitude, effort and character over aptitude, ability and talent.

At Calvary Christian Academy, Christianity is interwoven throughout the fabric of each child’s learning experience. The Kindergarten program offers a safe learning environment while nurturing the whole child. Christine considers regular communication with family to be one of paramount importance. As it benefits each child individually, home and school are encouraged to collaborate closely together.  Numerous opportunities to celebrate each child’s strengths are provided. They are also equipped with tools to achieve their maximum potential. Parents can be comforted in knowing that their child is valued.

Christine has always believed strongly in Christian education.  Her own son and daughter have graduated from post secondary education but years ago they attended Calvary Christian Academy from Kindergarten to Grade Eight.sports. She has been a devoted mother to her family for the last 13 years, while providing some home daycare, volunteering in the community and teaching Sunday School at her church. Kim enjoys being active and participates in yoga, hockey, skiing, walking and gardening. She loves working and playing with children and cherishes every moment with the CCA kids.


Kelley Mayhew

Kelley Mayhew received her diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2001 from Algonquin College.  She is a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educators.  This is Kelley’s first year team teaching in the Kindergarten classroom at Calvary Christian Academy. Kelley has had a short-term contract in the Apple Seeds Preschool program at CCA and has had the opportunity to supply teach in the Kindergarten classroom at CCA so she is familiar with the school and its philosophies. Kelley spent the first 7 years of her career as an ECE at KRP Family Centre in a full day Kindergarten program that had a partnership with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. She then took some time off to raise her daughter and son. For the past four years she has been on the occasional teaching list for the Upper Canada District School Board in the Full Day Kindergarten Programs. She has a passion for teaching this age group. She enjoys being there to support the children and their families in what is for many, their first school experience.  Kelley enjoys building the children’s character and empathy towards others.  She is very excited to be a part of Calvary Christian Academy’s faculty and share her love of the Lord and her love of learning with the Kindergarten children.

Grade 1 and Leader of Athletics

Laura Barkley

Laura is super excited to be part of the Calvary Christian Academy staff. She graduated from Lakehead University with a BA in Sociology and a BEd in Primary/Junior. Laura has enjoyed serving God as a youth director at Bethel Church in Kingston and more recently as Camping Coordinator at Camp IAWAH. She enjoys bringing her camping experience into the classroom. Before joining the CCA team she supply taught for the Upper Canada District School Board as well as the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. She enjoys traveling, both coaching and playing many different sports, as well as scrapbooking. She looks forward to being part of her students journey in education as well as creating a loving, Christ-centered classroom.

Grade 2

Kim ValaVala

Kim Vala has an Honours Degree in Urban Geography from McMaster University. After university, she worked for the Ministry of Environment before leaving to raise her family. Her three children keep her extremely busy as they are all very active in sports. She has been a devoted mother to her family for the last 13 years, while providing some home daycare, volunteering in the community and teaching Sunday School at her church. Kim enjoys being active and participates in yoga, hockey, skiing, walking and gardening. She loves working and playing with children and cherishes every moment with the CCA kids.

Grade 3

Jessica Hamelinhamelin

Jessica graduated with a BA in Sociology with a background in Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston. She went on to achieve her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University College in Canterbury, England. Jess has worked in schools in England, as well as many Public and Catholic schools in the Beckwith area, but found CCA to be the only school which embodies everything she loves about education. She is deeply committed to CCA’s philosophy of well-rounded education. From “day one” children are immersed in literacy in her classroom because it is the cornerstone to success. She provides a safe classroom environment that allows each child to gain the confidence needed to learn from mistakes and be independent thinkers. Jess is passionate about celebrating each student as a unique individual and feels it’s important for each to embrace their own strengths and weaknesses to meet their full potential.

Grade 4

Ainslee Macdonald

This is Ainslee’s first-year teaching at Calvary Christian Academy.  As a 2008 graduate from the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education program she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry from Trent University and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers and has taught for both the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.  For the past several years, she has been actively involved as a teacher/leader at her church in both Sunday School and Summer Camp Ministries.

Ainslee grew up in Merrickville and met her husband at their current church.   Family is a major focus for her.  Ainslee and her husband, Aaron, have three children that attend CCA.  In 2008, Ainslee was drawn towards Calvary Christian Academy as an occasional teacher and realized there was something unique about the environment, the staff, and the students.  After having that initial experience, CCA increasingly appealed to her for furthering her teaching aspirations.  Additionally, this God-centred, character focused, academically-thriving school would also be the prime choice for her children’s Christian education.

As a teacher at CCA, Ainslee is looking forward to growing stronger relationships with students as she encourages them to achieve high academic standards while maintaining a strong Biblical foundation.  She will emphasize the importance of a daily relationship with Jesus Christ as her students are educated.

Grade 5/6

Suzanne Reid

Suzanne Reid is in her twelveth year teaching at CCA. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours, majoring in Child Psychology. In 1992, she graduated from York University with her Bachelor of Education degree. From 1992-1997, Susanne taught in the Upper Canada District School Board (previously known as Lanark County Board) teaching children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7/8. She stayed home full-time raising her three children until the fall of 2004 when she began her teaching career at CCA.Suzanne loves being a teacher, surrounded by children, and using the gifts/talents that God has given her. Seeing the children grow and improve in many different ways is a joy to her. Her love of sports and being active is evident in her teaching and how she presents herself to her class. Suzanne is passionate about CCA and how the school not only teaches the child excellent academics but how it molds the character of the child. The idea of an extended family comes to her mind when she thinks about CCA. It is not only a building, but a family where children came be loved, cared for, and nurtured in God’s abundant grace.

Grade 6/7

Andy ChamberlainChamberlain

Andrew has been teaching at Calvary Christian Academy since 2010. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA in Biology and went on to complete his Bachelor of Education there as well. He has enjoyed occasional teaching with the Renfrew County Public and Catholic School Boards in the past, and been involved with children’s camp ministries and Sunday School for over ten years. He is a father of a young family, enjoys rural life, reading, and the outdoors. Andrew is pleased to be teaching at the grade five level, and enjoys their energy and enthusiasm for learning. He recognizes the importance of the individual and the many different ways, and speeds, at which children learn. He looks forward to leading students as they continue to gain knowledge and develop their skills in a Christ-focused setting and will encourage their natural tendency to explore and discover!

Grade 8

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Coralie Gardiner has been teaching at CCA since 2010, and has a long history with the school, all of her children having completed K-8 here.  She has seen God work in young hearts and lives at CCA for many years and is excited to be contributing in her current role as Grade 8 teacher.

Coralie graduated from McGill in 1992 with her B.Ed. in ESL.    Originally she taught in a Hull high school and a Quebec business college before taking time off to raise her family.   Since coming to CCA she has shared her passion for language, literature, learning in general, and most of all, our Lord.

French Teacher

Sandy MacFarlane

Sandy MacFarlane, a former French teacher at CCA returns to teach French to grades 1 – 8.
Although her degree is in Physical Education and Psychology, she was born and raised in Montreal and was immersed in the French Canadian culture at an early age. As a result, she entered her elementary years already bilingual. Her passion for teaching also developed at this time. With this passion, coupled with her love for the french language, she aims to equip and prepare her students for high school and beyond.

French Teacher

Chantal Nguyen

Chantal Nguyen has been involved at CCA since 2016. She has provided educational support in high school (CCHS), and has occasionally supplied from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Mrs. Nguyen has homeschooled her two children who now attend CCA and CCHS. She has a Master Degree in Social Work with a specialty in counseling and has a bachelor degree in Social Work. She worked in hospital settings and for many years, Mrs. Nguyen practiced as a psychotherapist. She also taught at La Cite Collegial in the Social Work Services program. Her work experience as well as her teaching experience has given her the resources and the abilities to take on her new role at CCA.

Mrs. Nguyen is bilingual and French is her first language. She was born and raised in Quebec City and has completed all her studies in French. She is very excited to be working as an educational support teacher to both the Preschool and Kindergarten children.  She will also be the Kindergarten French teacher. Mrs. Nguyen LOVES The Lord. She desires to obey Him and to walk in His ways. Her wish is that her love for Jesus Christ shines through her and hopes to be a powerful testimony for the students.

Social Studies Teacher

Allison Weldon

Bio coming…

High School Teacher and Program Developer

Nathan Rice

Nathan has been teaching at CCA since 2009. He graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Science from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. Nathan and his wife currently live in Ottawa.

He enjoys finding new ways to connect with his students and bring life to the learning environment. He particularly enjoys sharing his love of music and athletics with his students. Nathan continues to be inspired by the community of CCA and thoroughly enjoys the family-like atmosphere. Looking ahead, Nathan is excited to see how God will continue to bless CCA in the future.

High School Teacher and Academic Advisor

Kathryn ChapmanChapman

Kathryn has been teaching at CCA since 2007. She received her Bachelor of Arts (major: History, minors: English, World Religions) from Carleton University. She went onto receive her Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University in 1997, and has been teaching ever since. Before coming to CCA, Kathryn taught in both the Renfrew and Upper Canada District School Boards. Within her first year at CCA, Kathryn transferred her own children so they could be part of the school’s amazing program. She found that one of the many appeals of CCA, as a teacher and a parent, is that children are loved for all they are and all they will someday be. Children at CCA are encouraged to be the person that God created them to be and to explore the gifts and abilities that he bestowed upon them. Character education happens constantly at CCA as the school endeavours always to teach the whole child. Kathryn appreciates the many “out-of-the-box” learning opportunities that CCA is famous for. School life should be chalk full of amazing memories – that definitely happens at Calvary Christian Academy.

High School Teacher

Diana Rolston

After 15 years of running a successful homebuilding business with her husband Stephen, Diana felt the call to begin homeschooling her three children (grades 2 through 12). She is an active member and conference speaker of RVHEA (Rideau Valley Home Educators’ Association) and OCHEC (Ontario Christian Home Educators’ Connection). Wanting to educate herself more, she studied a Masters of Science in Teaching part-time through State University of New York and became a member of the Ontario College of Teachers in 2013. She has continued her studies in Special Education and is a NILD (National Institute of Learning Development) Educational Therapist, which helps her create effective learning environments for all students.

Diana is dedicated to helping youth discover their God-given passions, gifts, talents and strengths and develop these for His glory. She is excited to be working part time at CCHS  as she home educates her twin sons in their final year of high school. Her older son is following his passion of Outdoor Leadership as he enters his second year at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC.

Music Teacher

Tabitha Bilton

Tabitha Bilton received her Bachelor of Music and Theology from Heritage Bible College in Cambridge, ON. She has four children from ages 3-18 and has spent most of her time being a stay-at-home mom, including homeschooling for 4 years!  Tabitha has been involved in various leadership roles both at church and camp – leading children’s programs, youth groups, and worship teams.  She has taught music and movement classes for preschoolers; she also teaches private music lessons.  Tabitha loves using her musical ability to praise the Lord and loves seeing young people share in this experience.  

Currently her two youngest attend Apple Seeds Preschool and CCHS.  Tabitha is excited about the music program at CCA (Instrumental band is a highlight of her week!), but she also loves being the resource teacher.  She finds great joy in helping students grow, learn, and become more confident in who Jesus has made them to be.  Tabitha is excited to be a part of what God is doing at CCA.

Piano Teacher

Bethany Cousins

Bethany has been playing the piano since she was four and began teaching piano at the age of twelve. She received her Teacher’s License, as a teenager, from The Royal Conservatory and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in General Studies & Recreation Management, with a Minor in Music. She has played on worship teams for many years and even played the pipe organ in local churches during her high school years.
Growing up a ‘country girl’ in New Brunswick, Bethany then went to University in Indiana, eventually moved to Ottawa in 2005, and moved to Carleton Place just this past fall. She and her husband Scott have two boys who now attend CCA as well.
She loves to share her deep passion for music and let her love for God shine through all she does, especially when teaching children as they begin to discover the life changing world of music. Bethany believes, as research has shown, that teaching children music at a young age has phenomenal benefits. Whether they stay with it for years to come, become a professional musician or just love it for a little while as a kid, it’s an experience that will impact their lives forever.

Guitar Teacher

Randy Gardiner

bio coming…

Educational Assistant

Sharon Connor

Bio coming

Office Manager

Trish Irwin-Kitt

With a degree in Communication Studies, many years of experience in the business world and 16 years of involvement at CCA, Trish brings a wealth of experience to the CCA office. She loves the busy-ness of the office and the constant challenge to her multi-tasking skills. Trish’s three children are CCA graduates. She and her husband consider CCA to have been instrumental in the lives of their children, building and nurturing their faith through the years. When not in the office, Trish enjoys spending time outdoors and marvels at God’s creative beauty. Running, cycling, skiing, kayaking and swimming are among her favourite pastimes. She also loves word games such as crosswords and Scrabble!


Tom Bourne


Tom Bourne is in his eighth year of principal at CCA. He brings education and ministry experience to CCA. He has a strong education background, graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education and a Master’s of Education. His love for God flows into every area of his life, and is evident by his involvement in church, camp and youth ministries over the past 15 years. Tom is an enthusiastic, energetic man who is excited to bring his gifts and talents to a school that is committed to “developing minds, building character, and nurturing faith”. Having all 5 of their children in CCA, spanning from grade 2 to grade 11, Tom and his wife Sylvia have a sincere desire to see the school thrive and are committed to seeing CCA continue to pursue excellence. Tom enjoys being a part of the wonderful CCA family and staff. CCA is a huge blessing to his family – thank you!

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