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, as well as a high school (CCHS) up to grade 12. CCA offers both Junior and Senior Kindergarten on a part-time basis (3 days per week) or an extended program (5 days per week).
Christel Pryce – RECE
Christel Pryce graduated from Algonquin College in 1992 with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in daycare centres and schools and ran her own home daycare for 26 years.
Christel is involved at her church with Sunday school and as a worship leader and pianist. She has served as director of the Cubbies program and leader of the Moms and Tots group.
She believes the foundation of learning begins at home with mom and dad and in the Preschool room. Together with parents and the Lord Jesus as our cornerstone, she teaches children the foundational learning principles through play in the various learning centers. This involves sensory experiences, science, letters and numbers and creativity through art, drama and music. Children learn socialization skills by learning how to cooperate with others, share, converse with others, independence and the feelings of inclusion and belonging.
She looks forward to working with you and your child.
Brittany Beckwith recently graduated from Carleton University with a Child Studies degree. She has had 8 years of experience with children working in a daycare center, school classroom, Sunday school teacher as well as being a nanny for the past 4 years. She has volunteered at Galilee Bible Camp for many years as a counsellor for overnight and day camps. Brittany has a desire to help children grow into their best potential selves. She is currently
working towards being an elementary school teacher by gaining experience in the preschool classroom, as well as observing other teachers lesson styles and talents to help teach children. Over the years, Brittany has noticed that each child develops and learns at different paces. She would like to be able to adapt a teaching style that meets the needs of each individual student by making sure all children are being included in the process. Brittany has a big heart for the preschool students and with God’s help she is hoping to one day do her B Ed and work with primary students.
Kindergarten – Vice Principal
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.
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. Kelley began at CCA with a short-term contract in the Apple Seeds Preschool program, taught kindergarten and now teaches in the primary grades. 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 children.
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 was a devoted stay-at-home mother to her family for 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.
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.
Ainslee began teaching at Calvary Christian Academy in 2017. 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 enjoys growing stronger relationships with students as she encourages them to achieve high academic standards while maintaining a strong Biblical foundation. She emphasizes the importance of a daily relationship with Jesus Christ as her students are educated.
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!
Suzanne Reid began teaching at CCA in 2004. 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 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 can be loved, cared for and nurtured in God’s abundant grace.
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.
David began working part-time at CCA in 2017, supplying for primary and intermediate, but predominantly working with the 8th Grade. During this time he was completing an apprenticeship program at Algonquin College for General Carpentry, from which he graduated at the top of his class in April 2018. He wrote his license in May of that year, and began working full-time at CCA in September.
For over a decade, David has been serving as a Sunday school and youth group teacher in multiple church groups. These experiences have been essential to his understanding of leadership, communication, relationship, and the scriptures. Prior to this, he worked with CAS in the GTA in their mentorship program, spending time with pre-teens at home and away. While living in the GTA, he also worked as a counselor in Halton-Hills Day Camps conducting Science, Art and Eco camps.
He firmly believes a Christian education is essential, unifying all subjects of study under a consistent and logical worldview. David’s main interests are in Bible, Physics, Mathematics and Video/Photography. Along side working at CCA, he is co-owner of a media company based out of Perth, specializing in small business, real estate and wedding video. He and his wife, Rebekah, live in Perth with their two girls, Jane and Colette.
Sandy MacFarlane teaches 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.
Social Studies Teacher
Bio coming…I think
High School Teacher and Academic Advisor
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 on to 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
Spencer Healey joined CCA in February 2019. After high school, Spencer had the growing sense that he needed more tools to make sense of Scripture. Specifically, he was motivated by the question, “If all Christians have the same book, why are there so many interpretations?” In seeking to address this question, Spencer completed his B.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology at Tyndale University (2015). He has also received two Master’s degrees from Wheaton College: an M.A. in History of Christianity (2017) and an M.A. in New Testament Exegesis (2018). He is interested in the intersection of faith and science, the study of the historical Jesus, and the nature of belief and doubt. In the future, Spencer plans to complete a New Testament PhD with a focus on determining what sources (if any) the New Testament writers might have used while composing their documents.
In his spare time, Spencer enjoys watching and playing sports (especially hockey and waterskiing), dabbling in computer programing, and reading or watching anything involving Sherlock Holmes. He and his wife, Beth, are expecting their first child in April.
Tabitha Bilton received her Bachelor of Music and Theology from Heritage Bible College in Cambridge, ON. She has four children from ages 4-19 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 CCA 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.
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.
Sharon is currently employed at Calvary Christian Academy as an Educational Assistant. Before coming to the school, she spent 9 years away from the workforce, home educating her three children, who now attend CCA and CCHS.
During her time at home, she was very involved with her homeschooling community, organizing events, co-ops, etc. Sharon has a love for the arts and encouraging young people to worship God with their talents and abilities. She volunteered alongside Northumberland Youth Unlimited for 3 years as music director for their musical theatre program, Created to Create. Sharon and her husband Jim have always been very invested in their church community in areas of youth, worship, and home groups.
Before taking time off for her kids, Sharon worked for eight years with Christian Horizons as a Personal Support Worker. She studied music and biblical studies at Northwest Bible College in Edmonton (now Vanguard) and spent a year with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Denver.
She loves the outdoors: hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening, etc. She also enjoys being creative any chance she gets!
With a degree in Communication Studies, many years of experience in the business world and 17 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 has been principal at CCA since 2010. 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 3 to grade 12, 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!