Our Staff

Karen Vasconcelos

Kindergarten

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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.”

Valentina Zaytseva

1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

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Ms. Zaytseva holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education along with a B.S. in Psychology from RIC. "My personal philosophy is to have a positive, godly impact on children's lives and their futures. First, to show them that He is the way, the truth and the life and to inspire them to live Christ-centered lives. Second, to encourage them to open their hearts to learning, believing that with God anything is possible."

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.

Jennifer Kallgren

5th and 6th Grade

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Mrs. Kallgren obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Education from New England Bible College and also minored in Missions. She has substitute taught in Charlton, MA, taught in homeschool groups and served her church leading VBS, Awana, youth groups, Sunday School and kids clubs. "Throughout scripture we are taught to train up our children in the Lord in all things. Christian Education is so important because we are able to teach our students how God has a hand in all things. He wants to be part of our everyday lives. He wants a relationship with us, not just a Sunday morning relationship. It fills me with great joy to be able to teach that to my students and to see them learn create and discover all the amazing things God has created for them to explore.

Renee Gagnon

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."

Linda Filteau

Principal/Middle School Math

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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).