Jr. High & High School- Grades 7th-12th
Equipping and Empowering Students to Change the World
Preparation for the Future
At RCCA, our Jr. High & High School program provides rigorous academics that prepare students for both college and career. With small class sizes and a low teacher-student ratio, we are able to provide an education that is both challenging and motivating to our students. Our graduates consistently indicate that their education at RCCA was essential in their personal development and preparation for success after graduation.
We aim to provide a well-rounded educational experience for our high school students. In addition to core classes and electives, high schoolers have the option of taking part in various clubs, organizations, and athletic programs. Our teachers implement a variety of strategies to be sure that all students, no matter their learning style, are able to master the high-level academics.
With Bible class, scripture memorization, and weekly Chapel, our Jr. High & High schoolers learn in an environment that facilitates spiritual growth. RCCA students graduate with a strong knowledge of God’s Word, starting their adult lives with a foundation of solid truth. Rich in community involvement and service, our high school program focuses on developing a generation of leaders who will make a difference for Christ in their neighborhoods.
Jr. High & High School Teachers
Mrs. LuAnne Ferrill
7th-12th History, Debate Speech, Senior 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.
Mrs. Christine Lane
7th-12th English, Creative Writing, Student Council Advisor
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.
Mrs. Alyssa Leonard
Pre-K-12th Physical Education, Health, Music
BS Human Development & Minor in Music, Binghamton University
MEd, Liberty University
EdD (in process), Liberty University
Mrs Leonard graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Human Development and a Minor in Music. She earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University, and is projected to complete her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction in May 2022 from Liberty University. She taught with VIPKid International, and as a K-12 substitute at RCCA and in the Montrose Area and Vestal Central school districts. She served as the RCCA Jr/Sr high Choir Director in 2005-2006, and continues to provide piano accompaniment for choirs, soloists, churches and other events.
Mrs Leonard has been an avid runner for 15+ years and loves sports. She is a graduate of RCCA and currently serves as the RCCA PTA President and on the School Board of Directors. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard are members at First Baptist Church, Johnson City, NY where Mrs Leonard serves on the worship team and in the children's ministries. They have three sons.
Miss Denise Maassen
Middle School Math, Spanish I-III, 8th Grade 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 the last 10 years.
Mrs. 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. Kathy Platz
7th- 12th Grade Science, 10th 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. She and her husband, Jerry, are active members at Grace Point Church in Vestal, NY.
Miss Mariah Smales
K-12th Grade 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 3 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.
Miss Marie Sorenson
ESL Teacher & Coordinator
JD Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, MA
MA Intercultural studies, Biola University, LaMirada, CA
BA Political Science, Messiah College, Grantham , PA
Miss Marie Sorensen coordinates the ESL Department at RCCA. She is also the ESL Program Coordinator for Literacy Volunteers for in Broome & Tioga Counties. She has worked as an adjunct professor at Binghamton University, Utica College and was Associate professor for Namseoul University, Seonghwan, Chungham, Korea. She holds a Juris Doctorate in Law (concentration International students), Masters of Arts in Intercultural Students and BA in Political Science. She also taught at Zion Lutheran School in Owego, NY.
Mr. Zachary Willis
7th-12th Grade Bible Teacher
BRE, Pastoral Concentration, Davis College
Mr. Zach Willis holds a Bachelor of Religious Education from Davis College and serves as he Associate Pastor at Faith Christian Church in Kirkwood, NY. He played intercollegiate Soccer and Basketball and served as team captain multiple years. Mr. Willis assists with weekly chapel. His heart and passion for discipleship and teaching God's Word is a blessing to our high school students at RCCA!
Andrew & Nancy Crane
General Business and Life Skills
Andrew & Nancy’s desire to serve and encourage young people as they prepare to move into life brought them to RCCA. Andrews 36 years with BAE Systems in a supervisors role, along with 20 years of Naval Reserve Service give him much perspective on careers and life. Nancy’s career after homeschooling their daughters included working for small businesses in bookkeeping and marketing, along with teaching business classes at RCCA from 2001 to 2005. Both of them now serve with Kingdom Air Corps in Alaska during the summer, Andrew as work team coordinator and Nancy as treasurer.
Andrew and Nancy have two daughters who are both graduates of RCCA. They attend South Apalachin Baptist Church and are active in children’s ministries and missions.