Sabrina Cerny is the K4 teacher at Calvary Classical School. Born and
raised in upstate New York, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in
accounting from Syracuse University. This is her first year of teaching. Her children are enjoying their time in 1st and 2nd grade at CCS. She is an active member of Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church, where she currently teaches SundaySchool.
Lauren Mingee is the K5 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 first grader and a fourth grader, attend CCS. Mrs. Mingee desires to instill in her students a love for God as well as a love for learning.
Brooke Hayes is the first grade teacher at Calvary Classical School. Born and raised in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, she earned her degree in Elementary Education at Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Hayes has taught kindergarten and third grade, been a substitute teacher, an elementary school librarian, and a home school mom. She enjoys the enthusiasm and kindness of first graders. Her husband is a dentist with the US Air Force and they have four children who attend CCS. Mrs. Hayes loves spending time with her family, gardening, outdoor activities, board games, movie nights, and reading great books. Mrs. Hayes and her family attend Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Wendy Vallee is the second grade teacher at Calvary Classical School. Wendy holds a degree in special education from Presbyterian College. Her experience ranges from pre-school to third grade, including five years as the lead teacher for three third grade classes at the Geneva School in Florida (a classical, Christian school), special education in the Newport News School system, and our beloved second grade teacher. Wendy and her husband, Brent, are members of By Grace Community Church.
Michelle Paxton is the third grade teacher. Born and reared in Hampton, VA, she received her B.A. in literature with a minor in speech communication from Christopher Newport University and has been teaching at CCS since 2000. One of Mrs. Paxton’s favorite quotes about classical education is from John Milton Gregory, the author of The Seven Laws of Teaching –“Teaching is arousing and using the pupil’s mind to grasp the desired thought or to master the desired art. True teaching is not that which gives knowledge, but that which stimulates pupils to gain it.”
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.
Charity Yu is the fifth grade teacher for Calvary Classical School. She graduated from University of New Mexico with a Bachelors in Special Education. She taught in the public school system in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for two years. The first year she taught in an Autism Specific Program and the second year she taught a Middle School special education math class. She moved to Hampton, Virginia in January 2016 after her husband was stationed at Langley Air Force Base. Charity loves to teach about God, encouraging students to draw proof of theological beliefs straight from the Scriptures. She is also passionate about students owning and using information for themselves. Charity and her husband attend Hampton Roads Christian Fellowship.
Sara Winant is the sixth grade teacher at Calvary Classical School. She graduated from Christopher Newport University. She hails from Northern Virginia and has a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Education and Socialization and K-6 Education. Previously, she taught 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. Quotes “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, are members of By Grace Community Church.
Amanda Barnett is the seventh grade teacher 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 4th grade, and Viola is in K5. 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.”
Margie Payne is the seventh grade math teacher at Calvary Classical School. She attended California University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Payne has ten years of teaching experience in North Carolina prior to teaching at CCS. She enjoys gardening, number puzzles, crafting, and spending time with her family. Her husband is an engineer at Canon and their two children attend CCS.
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.”
Josh Hrinda is the PE teacher for Calvary Classical School. Josh was born and raised in Yorktown, VA. He is in the graduating class of 2017 from Liberty University with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Josh plans to start working on his Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary in pursuit of pastoral ministries. He also serves his church as the youth minister in the meantime.
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.
Regina Goehring is the Latin teacher for Calvary Classical School.