Rebecca Nelms teaches morning K4 and afternoon PE at Calvary Classical School. She also coordinates the child care program. Born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, she recently married Vince, who is in the Navy. Rebecca enjoys being active by playing sports or walking her dog Bella. She also enjoys baking, reading, crafting, and decorating her newlywed apartment. Rebecca’s joy is to teach children of all ages. She looks forward to this coming school year back at CCS.
Linda Sawanowich is the K5 teacher and Director of Instruction at Calvary Classical School. She has been employed at Calvary Classical School since the school opened its doors in 1995. Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Linda received her degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University. She appreciates her position as Director of Instruction which allows her to serve teachers and students at all levels with a goal of strengthening our classical approach and optimizing our time of learning but considers herself blessed exceedingly to spend her mornings in a class of kindergartners where questions and discovery abound. She enjoys her collection of animals and discussions about the goodness of God. She is married to Joe, a human services specialist with the City of Newport News.
Lauren Mingee is the first grade teacher at Calvary Classical School. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2005 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in management. She has taught K4 and K5 at Calvary Classical School. Her two sons, a second grader and a fifth grader, attend CCS. Mrs. Mingee desires to instill in her students a love for God as well as a love for learning.
Emily Crosby is the second grade teacher at Calvary Classical School. She is a 2010 graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Since then, Mrs. Crosby has taught preschool, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade. Mrs. Crosby also has five children, and two of them will be attending CCS this year. She and her family attend Lifepointe Christian Church.
Sara Winant is the third grade teacher at Calvary Classical School. She previously taught sixth grade at CCS for three years. She hails from Northern VA and graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Education and Socialization and also earned her Masters in Teaching in K-6 Education. Previously, she taught middle school science in the Newport News School system for four years. Sara has been involved in youth development and leadership and particularly enjoys the middle-school age students, but is excited for the switch to third grade. “All of history points to God – whether by successes or failures of the peoples, God’s sovereignty is over all of history.” Sara has a passion for the Gospel, for students, and for learning. Sara and her husband, Matt, have been married for 5 years and are members of By Grace Community Church, and are expecting their first child in January of 2018.
Joanna Arcieri is the fourth grade teacher for Calvary Classical School. She is from Charlotte, NC, and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. Her internship and teaching experiences have included kindergarten, second grade, and fifth grade. Joanna and her husband are members at Coastal Community Church where they serve together in the music and small group ministries. She is passionate about teaching her students to rejoice in the Gospel as they continue to learn and marvel over our great Creator and His spectacular creation.
Amanda Barnett teaches fifth & sixth grade at Calvary Classical School. She has gained educational experience in a variety of ways, as a Montessori classroom assistant, a special education paraprofessional, a 1st and 5th grade teacher, elementary language arts tutor, and a homeschool mom. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and History from Texas State University. Her two children also attend CCS; Parker is in 5th grade, and Viola is in 1st. Mrs. Barnett’s approach to teaching can be summed up in this quote from Charlotte Mason (an early 20th century education reformer): “Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education.”
Jane Grant is the music teacher at Calvary Classical School. She graduated from Calvin College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Music. Mrs. Grant served on the original school board in 1995 and has been teaching at CCS since 2002. When asked what she wants her students to take away from her class, she responded, “I want the students to love music of all eras and types. It’s fun to see their delight in music that is 200 years old as well as a folk song written in the 2000s.”
Whitney Ledesma is the art teacher for Calvary Classical School. She grew up in Upstate NY, and graduated from C3 College in Sydney, Australia with a 3-year degree in Visual Arts and Ministry. She has worked with children in a variety of contexts, including private tutoring and art teaching. Whitney is excited about helping people of all ages find their place in the kingdom of God, form cross-cultural relationships, and learn creative ways to worship. She and her husband attend Peninsula Community Chapel.
Esther Snodgrass is the Latin teacher at Calvary Classical School. She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Classical Liberal Arts with an emphasis in music from Patrick Henry College in 2016. Her teaching experience ranges from serving as a private tutor for three years, teaching piano lessons and interning at Providence Academy in Leesburg, VA, to teaching horse riding lessons at multiple stables. She is excited to share her enthusiasm for Latin with students and to be part of a school that classically trains its students. She and her husband hail from Northern Virginia.