Faculty, Staff & Volunteers

RCCA has experienced faculty, dedicated staff, and faithful volunteers
who are dedicated to the mission of Ross Corners.

Administration

School Administrator

  • MS Non-Profit Administration & Social Work, University of Kansas

  • BS Social Work, Kansas State University

 

Mrs. Chase brings over 25 years of Christian ministry and educational leadership, and carries a contagious enthusiasm and authentic passion for Christian worldview education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Administration and Social Work from the University of Kansas.  Mrs. Chase served as the Director of the Braided Cord Cooperative, which provides educational opportunities and community for home school families in the Greater Binghamton, NY region. Mrs. Chase has taught as an adjunct professor at Davis College in Johnson City, NY, and served on the Board of Trustees at Davis College. She previously worked as a professional counselor for the Christian Counseling Center in Johnson City, NY and served as the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Wichita, KS.  Mrs. Chase has traveled nationally to speak at Christian education conventions, women’s conferences, marriage retreats, fundraising banquets, Christian colleges and churches. 

Mrs Chase has been married to her husband, David, for 26 years. They are active members of Gracepoint Church in Vestal, NY.  The Chase's three daughters attend RCCA, and their oldest daughter graduated from RCCA.  Mrs. Chase's favorite things are: God's Word, laughter, a really good book, basketball, and leading others in encouragement to find their passions and gifts from God - to discover ways they can be the very best in all that they endeavor - on this side of heaven - especially while parenting and teaching children. 

Mrs. Tammy Buck

Executive Assistant to the School Administrator

Mrs. Tammy Buck spent many years working as the Assistant Director and Treasurer of the Braided Cord Cooperative.  Mr. and  Mrs. Buck and their three children attend Calvary's Love Church in Johnson City, NY.  Her organizational and leadership skills are an incredible blessing to RCCA.  Her experience in finance and serving as treasurer in Christian ministries and non-profit organizations are wonderful assets in the RCCA school office.  Mrs. Buck's three children attend RCCA.   

Mrs. Debbie Vavra

Secretary

Mrs. Vavra came to RCCA from Zion Lutheran School, where she served as church and school secretary for nearly a decade. She loves children and working as a secretary in a Christian school environment. Her granddaughter attends RCCA.

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Faculty

Stacy Ernst

3rd Grade and K-6th and High School Music Choir Teacher

  • BS, Elementary Education and Theater

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.

Robyn Estrella

6th Grade Teacher & Special Education

MS Education; Specialization- Inclusive Child Education, LeMoyne College

BS Houghton College

Mrs. Robyn Estrella is a 1994 RCCA alumni and is so excited to be a RCCA Ram again! Mrs. Estrella graduated from Houghton College and completed her Masters Degree in Inclusive Education at LeMoyne College. She holds two NYS Permanent Teaching Certifications. They are in General Education grades 1-6 and Students with Disabilities in grades 1-6. God has provided a 14 year path of teaching experiences that has included kindergarten through twelfth grades in various subjects. Compassion for students and their families is the driving force at the core of Mrs. Estrella's drive to enter the classroom each day.  After school she loves riding horses, drawing many things and spending priceless time with her family and friends. 

LuAnne Ferrill

7th-12th Social Studies, Government & Economics; Speech; 11th Grade Class Advisor

​BS Social Studies & Secondary Education, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Mrs. LuAnne Ferrill and her husband Mitch have been married for 32 years.  They are the parents of son, Will (architecture student) and daughter, Anne (RCCA Class of 2019).  

Mrs. Ferrill studied Secondary Education/Social Studies at Lock Haven State College, Binghamton University, and Penn State University.  Her teaching career began at North Schuylkill High School where she taught Social Studies for two years.  She moved back to the local area and worked at IBM for 15 years as a technical writer and editor of manuals and online documentation for an IBM software product.  As part of this job, Mrs. Ferrill both designed and taught courses related to this software.  After a few years as a stay-at-home-mom, Mrs. Ferrill resumed her career at Chestnut Rehabilitation Services, where she where she worked with clients to determine job skills, write resumes, and develop career possibilities.

Mrs. Ferrill currently teaches Sunday School in her local church, and also served as a Youth Group leader.  She is a member of Community Independent Bible Church in Little Meadows, PA.

Terri Hanbury

Athletic Director, PreK-12 P.E. Teacher; Health

​BA Physical Education, Cedarville College

 

Mrs. Terri Hanbury is the PreK-12th P.E. and Health teacher and also serves as the Athletic Director. She is responsible for scheduling games, contacting the referee assignor, communication with opposing teams, organizing athletic fundraisers, game preparation and clean up, tournament preparation, and ordering and collecting uniforms. She attends all NYPENN league meetings and events, and serves as the NYPENN league secretary.

Melanie Hovancik

1st Grade

BS Elementary Education, SUNY Cortland

 

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.

Ashley Lane

PreK4 Teacher

BRE Counseling Concentration, Davis College

Miss Ashley Lane is a graduate of Davis College. She worked with ages birth to 6th grade at Abide in the Vine Childcare Center in Owego, NY. Miss Lane served as a substitute teacher RCCA and Candor Elementary School. She has taught 5th and 6th grade at North Spencer Christian Academy in Spencer, NY. During the summers, Miss Lane teaches Art at the Spencer Van-Etten Summer Enrichment Camp. One of Miss Lane’s favorite parts of being in the classroom are the “light bulb” moments, when a student finally gets a concept, idea, or a stroke of inspiration!

Christine Lane

7th-12th Engish and Literature; Senior Class Adviser

​BA English & Elementary Education, Houghton College

Mrs. Lane joined the RCCA faculty in 2002 as a sixth grade teacher. This was a return to full-time teaching for her, as she had taken several years away from teaching to be at home with her children. Her prior teaching experience included a year at Northstar Christian Academy in Rochester, NY and two years at Christian Central Academy in Williamsville, NY. After moving back to this area in 1989, Mrs. Lane taught Junior High English and Spanish at RCCA. During the years that she was at home with her children, Mrs. Lane served as a substitute teacher at RCCA and volunteered at Zion Lutheran School in Owego, NY. After her return to RCCA in 2002, she taught sixth grade for four years before moving to her current role as 7th-12th grade English teacher.

Mrs. Lane and her husband, Stephen, have three children who are all graduates of RCCA. They are active members of Straits Corners Baptist Church in Candor, NY. She is passionate about her faith, family, and sharing her love of the written word every day in the classroom.

Miss Leah

Pre-K Teacher Aide and After School Care Coordinator

Denise Maassen

Middle School Math; German I, II; Spanish I, II, III; 7th/8th Grades Class Advisor

​MS Education Administration, Bob Jones University

BA German, Bob Jones University

Miss Maassen grew up in the Owego, New York area and attended Tioga Center Baptist Church. The Lord led her to Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she received her BA and MS degrees.

After college, Miss Maassen taught at West Side Christian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida for three years before God led her back to New York to take care of her mother. She taught at Tioga Center Christian School and was considered it a privilege to serve in her home church. During these thirty plus years, Miss Maassen was also caregiver for both parents in their latter years.

When Tioga Center Christian School closed in 2012, the Lord directed Miss Maassen to Ross Corners Christian Academy, where she has joyfully taught for 8 years.

Jill MacFadden

RCCA Substitute Teacher

Leslie Meyers

High School Math Teacher & School Guidance Counselor

MS Education / Curriculum Development, SUNY Cortland

MA Counseling, Clarks Summit University

BS Education / Math, SUNY Cortland

 

Mrs. Meyers lives in Binghamton and has two grown sons, a daughter in law, and one grand baby. Her husband, Mark, is also an educator (public school ESL teacher).  Mrs Meyers holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Math) from SUNY Cortland, a Master of Science in Education (Curriculum Development) from SUNY Cortland, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Clark Summit University.  Mrs. Meyers brings decades of teaching experience K-12 in mathematics and reading.  Since 2008, she has also served as an educational advocate for Parents Instructing Challenged Children (PICC) with NYS LEAH.  Mrs. Meyers has worked with students in special education, and has experience teaching students in gifted programs.  She works part time in private practice as a Biblical Counselor with Foundations Christian Counseling in Johnson City, NY.  Mr and Mrs Meyers attend Grace Point Church in Vestal, NY.  Mrs Meyers is very excited to be on the teaching team at RCCA. 

April Middaugh

K-8th Music Instruction

MA Church Music, Pensacola Christian College

BS Music Education, Bob Jones University 

 

Mrs April Middaugh is a 1994 graduate of RCCA and is excited to be on the teaching team at her Alma mater. Mrs Middaugh graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Master of Arts Degree in Church Music and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Bob Jones University.  For two decades, she has taught elementary, junior high, and high school music at North Spencer Christian Academy and at Harvest Christian Academy in Barrigada, Guam.  She also offers private piano music instruction.  Mrs Middaugh and her husband are the parents to one amazing 2 year old son, who will one day be a Ross Corners Ram, too!    

Kathy Platz

7th-12th Grade Science, 9th Grade Class Advisor

​MS Occupational Therapy, Boston University

BA Chemistry/Science, Gordon College

Mrs. Kathy Platz has been teaching multiple grades for the last 18 years. Prior to that, she worked as an Occupational Therapist. She also spent 12 years working as a Research Technician at Boston University Medical School. She ha also taught at Clear Vision Connection  (Vestal) in the high school science department. She has been a pastor's wife for 24 years.  She has a passion for learning and teaching science from a biblical worldview.  

Sandra Rising

Kindergarten

​BS in Elementary Education & Bible, Clarks Summit University

Mrs. Rising has been a teacher at Ross Corners Christian Academy since 2002. She graduated from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Bible. She is married to Pastor David Rising of Bethel Baptist Church in Vestal, NY. Mr. and Mrs Rising have three grown children.

When she was in kindergarten, Mrs. Rising came to know Jesus as her personal Savior. She enjoys teaching in a school where she can teach beginning reading and teach God's Word.

She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, crocheting, exercising and serving in her local church.

Mariah Smales

K-12 Art Teacher

AMC Pastoral Ministry, Elim Bible Institute & College

AAS Applied Biblical Theology, Elim Bible Institute & College

 

Miss Mariah Smales lives in Binghamton and has been teaching art for elementary through high school students for the past 2 years. She has taught adult art classes, too!  She is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute & College with an Applied Ministry Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and Associates Degree in Biblical Theology.  Miss Smales also spent most of 2018 as a short term missionary/teacher in Asia.  

 

She brings an enthusiasm for seeing children and teens grow creatively and spiritually through the expression of art.  Miss Smales' parents and brother are also teachers!  Teaching runs in the Smales' family.