Our Staff

Sherri McFadden

Middle School Math Teacher

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Mrs. McFadden holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology along with her Elementary Certification and a Master's Degree in Special Education and well as Sp. Ed. Certification. "I am here to be the Lord's servant and do His will. I love teaching and leading children and people to the truth. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him."

Elisabeth Blair

Fifth and Sixth Grade

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Linda Filteau


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Mrs. Filteau obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a concentration in French from Annhurst College, Woodstock, CT in 1975. From 1989 to 1995, she taught a class in introductory French to junior high students at St. James School in Danielson, CT. With the opening of CCA in 1999, she began teaching Kindergarten and later moved to the junior high grades. In 2005, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Christian Education (MSCE) Magna Cum Laude from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania. Philosophy of Christian Education: “Christian education” simply put is the process of training and nurturing a student to grow in Christ-like character and academic abilities for the glory of God and for service to others. Since the primary responsibility for training a child rests with parents, a Christian school should serve as an extension of the family in that God-given task. The foundation of a truly “Christian” education is the infallible authority of the Bible as the source of all truth and the filter through which all subject matter is processed (I John 4:1). A Christian curriculum delivered through a staff of born again believers is at the core of a successful Christian school. The goal of Christian education is life change. Only when a student accepts Christ as Savior and yields to His Lordship can he realize his own unique potential (Phil. 1:10). As a result of instilling Biblical values, stimulating critical thinking skills, and developing Christian character traits, a child will be equipped to serve God faithfully throughout their lives in the home, church and community. The desired end result of Christian education is a disciple with a Christian worldview (Psalm 24:1) who is well prepared for faithful service (2 Tim. 2:15).

Karen Vasconcelos


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Mrs. Vasconcelos started volunteering at CCA in 2013 and joined us full time in 2014. She is a graduate of CCRI with an Associate’s Degree in Mental Health followed by a Bachelor’s Degree from RIC, (cum laude) in Social work. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching integrated kindergarten classrooms. She also has experience educating families as a Behavior Therapist within the Autistic community. Teacher Statement: Students do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. You can easily teach kids to count, but I believe teaching them “what” counts is best. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”- William Butler Yeats. As Christian educators, we need to be vigilant and take great heed to ensure these children experience the love of God and God’s light shining through them in all situations. This will instill a peaceable and Christ-like character. My main focus is as Psalms 32:8 states, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

Monica Cannistraci

First and Second Grade

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Mrs. Cannistraci is a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in music. She has several years of experience teaching in Christian schools at various levels as well as in administration. She has also taught private music lessons for many years, as well as homeschooling my own children for several years. Teacher Statement: My personal goals as an educator in a Christian school are as follows: to train and encourage children to develop Christ-like character; to train the children to accomplish their academic goals with excellence; and to foster an atmosphere where the students encourage each other academically and spiritually.

Carol Zachara

Third and Fourth Grade

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Mrs. Zachara came to CCA in 2001 as a volunteer classroom aide. Since that time, she has gained valuable experience through teaching grades Kindergarten through fourth grade over the last several years. She passed the Massachusetts test which is the equivalent of an Associates’ Degree. She also has benefited by regular attendance at many ACSI seminars and other educator and staff development training sessions over the years, including reading and writing workshops. Teacher Statement: Since taking on the role of classroom teacher in 2005, I have enjoyed working with all the children, experiencing their inquisitive minds, and the wonder of their discoveries. Every day is a new adventure. I feel very privileged to work with these children. Being able to teach about the Lord every day is a true advantage.

Nikki Boss

Drama/Creative Writing Teacher

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Mrs. Boss received her AA in General Studies with high honors from CCRI and a BA in English (minor in Education), graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Nichols College in 2014. She is currently pursing a Master's Degree in Fine Arts through Vermont College of Fine Arts (creative writing). Teacher Statement: Teaching is a calling. To work for God in this manner is an honor and a privilege. Teaching public school taught me that where I need to be is spreading the Word and training up soldiers for the kingdom. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 "We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain." Hebrews 6:19

David Frost

Middle School History

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Mr. Frost joined CCA staff in 2015. His educational background includes a BS in History with a concentration in Education from Southern CT State University, a Ministerial certificate from East Texas Bible College, and an Associate Degree from Middlesex Community college from a mental health worker curriculum. He is working towards a Master's Degree in Christian Education from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He also teaches private music lessons after school. Teacher Statement: I believe that education should include equipping people with content and skills, as well as a sense of calling and personal responsibility to seek out how to use one's gifts to serve God, His people, and the greater community. An important part of the process is to communicate a vision that learning should have a self-directed and lifelong element that God can use to add meaning and purpose to your life. "Without vision the people perish." Proverbs 29:18

Renee Gagnon

Secretary/Art & Computer Teacher

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Mrs. Gagnon joined our staff at CCA in 2014 as Art Teacher. She has continued to use her skills for the school including teaching computers to the junior high students and supporting us as the secretary. Mrs. Gagnon is working towards her BS in Computer Information Systems. Teacher Statement: God is the ultimate artist and Creator of all! He creates with all the vivid colors and is the inspiration to our creativity. Students learn that creativity and talents are a gift from God and we are called to use those gift to glorify him and to communicate God to others. Our artwork should reflect Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is praiseworthy--think about such things."