Elementary School- Grades K-6th 

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Ambitious Academics

Our elementary school provides an encouraging environment where students can blossom into eager learners.  RCCA uses a mixture of the BJU Press & A Beka curriculum. Class schedules include core subject classes, enrichment classes, daily Bible class, and weekly chapel. Students are held to high expectations, with compassionate teachers guiding them to reach their goals. 

Individualized Learning

   With small class sizes and teacher-student ratio, our students are able to receive a more thorough education. We utilize a variety of educational strategies to be sure that all learning styles are addressed.  Our teachers are able to provide the individual support that the students need in order to reach new goals and prepare them for the future of their academic career.

Faith Focus

   Faith is integrated into all of our learning here at RCCA.  With daily Bible class, scripture memorization, and weekly Chapel services, our elementary students benefit from an environment that encourages spiritual growth.  Additionally, we aim to teach our students the importance of doing good for others through service projects and community outreach. 

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Elementary Teachers

Melanie Hovancik

First Grade

Mrs Hovancik is married to Rich and they have three children.  She earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland and worked as an early elementary classroom teacher for the Rochester Central School District for several years.  She served as the Assistant Director at Tutor Time (Vestal), and taught in multiple elementary classrooms for the Braided Cord Cooperative (Vestal).

Mrs Hovancik has a love for teaching reading and literacy.  With her experience in early elementary classroom management, multi-level teaching, and a desire and heart to be an instrument of Jesus Christ in children's lives, she is an wonderful member of the teaching team at RCCA.  The Hovancik family attends Grace Point Church in Vestal, NY.


Second Grade

RCCA is currently interviewing candidates for this position. 

Stacy Ernst

Third Grade

Mrs. Stacy Ernst graduated from Elmira College and brings 20 years of experience in teaching elementary and middle school and K-12 music. Mrs. Ernst taught at Corning Christian Academy and area home school educational cooperatives. She also served as the Children's Ministry Coordinator at Calvary Tabernacle Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Ernst and their three children are very involved in their local church, CalTab in Vestal, NY. Mrs. Ernst has spent many years directing musical theaters/dramas.  All three Ernst kids attend RCCA.

Jill Smith

Fourth Grade

Mrs Smith grew up here at RCCA. She attended RCCA for PreK through 12th grades.  She went on to Pensacola Christian College in Florida, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Music and History Education. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Mrs Smith has taught many subjects and grade levels at RCCA.  Mrs. Smith and her husband have 3 children. She feels "blessed to have their children attend RCCA where they know the Bible is being taught to them on a daily basis."

Mr. and Mrs. Smith attend First Baptist Church of Newark Valley and are very active in serving in music ministry at church.  They love to garden, tend chickens, and can their own produce, as well as fish as often as they can.

Kathleen White

Fifth Grade

Mrs White has been a 5th and 6th grade teacher at RCCA since 2004, and prior to joining the staff, she was a home-school mom for 13 years. On December 4, 1980, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and her life was changed forever. All three of Mrs. White's children are graduates of RCCA.  She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 34 years. Mr. and Mrs. White attend Grace Point Church in Vestal, where she directs the VBS and the Wednesday night GPKids Program. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, reading, writing, scrapbooking and traveling.

Lisabeth Colton

Sixth Grade

Mrs. Colton graduated from Concordia University with a Master of Education in Curriculum Design & Instruction and Mathematics.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Secondary Math Education from Faith Baptist Bible College and SUNY Cortland.  Mrs. Colton has been serving as Assistant to the Registrar and Faculty at Davis College. She has coordinated the Davis College "Teacher Prep Emphasis Program" in collaboration with SUNY Oswego.  


Mrs. Colton has taught college courses in Mathematics, Mathematics for Elementary, Philosophy of Education, Child Development, and Applied Research and Statistics. She brings with her many years of experience in Learning Management System applications and distance learning. Her authentic passion for Christian community in her classrooms is a gift and blessing to her students. 


Prior to her time at Davis College, Mrs. Colton taught 5th grade at Faith Christian School in Sterling, VA. 


Mrs. Colton has been married to Dr. Charles Colton for 34 years and they have three grown children.