Elementary

Hannah Miller

Third Grade

B.S. in Elementary & Special Education, California University of Pennsylvania

When asked why she has chosen to teach at CLA, Mrs. Miller said, “Childhood is a formative time, and having a Christ-centered education trains our littlest ones to be disciples of Jesus.  I teach at CLA because this is where God has called me to be, and because I love sharing the truth of God’s Word to kiddos!

Favorite verse: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

Amanda Tornatore

Middle School Language Arts, Technology & Library Science

B.A. English Language & Literature, Smith College

M.A.T. Secondary English Education: English Language and Literature, Smith College


Favorite Scripture:  “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6

 

Miss Isabella Andrade

Second Grade

B.S. in Music Education, Lancaster Bible College

B.S.  in Early Childhood Education, Western Connecticut State University, In Progress


When asked why she has chosen to teach at CLA, Miss Andrade said, “I love the environment at CLA, from the first moment I walked in to apply to work for the summer camp. I have made some of my greatest friendships there. It truly is a Christ-centered school. You can feel everyone’s heart and their love for the students and families, but especially their love for Christ shines through in every moment.”


Favorite Scripture: “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Kristy Pfeiffer

Kindergarten, Team Leader Preschool-Second Grade

B.A. in early Childhood Education, Fayetteville State University

ACSI Certified, Education & Bible Studies through 2025


When asked why she has chosen to work at CLA, Mrs. Pfeiffer said, “I believe that the entire process of Christian education is a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God. It is to develop the Christian mind in him and to train him in Godly living, so that he can fulfill God’s purpose for his life personally and vocationally. After teaching in the public schools, I decided that I was only doing half my job. I was teaching and presenting a role model for the students but I was not able to develop the Christian mind.  I chose to work at Christian Life Academy so I could help my students discover Jesus, love Him and impact others with the knowledge of Him.  After all, this is God’s purpose for all His children.”

Favorite Scripture: “Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” 2 timothy 1:13

 

Carina Stefanko

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Mrs. Stefanko grew up in Danbury and has attended Brookfield First Assembly of God since she was a child.  She has been married to her husband for 39 years and has 3 grown children, Christopher, Emily , and Elizabeth—who have blessed her with 7 wonderful grandchildren! Mrs. Stefanko was a stay-at-home mother for 17 years before she began working at CLA in 2002. She has worked in K4, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, and now Kindergarten for the past 6 years. She loves working with children and encouraging their own creativity. She has volunteered at First Assembly with the Missionettes girls’ ministries, the youth group, Vacation Bible School, and Children’s Church.  Mrs. Stefanko says she loves “the opportunity to pour God’s love into our students,” and considers CLA to be a mission field for the community.

 

Cheryl Mitchell

Fourth & Fifth Grade

Mrs. Cheryl Mitchell has been an educator for more than thirty years, teaching elementary, middle, and high school level students.  When asked why she has chosen to teach at CLA, Mrs. Mitchell said, “Christian Life Academy afforded me the opportunity to give my students the benefit of my experience.  I believe Christian education is important because we are called to train young people to be a light in a dark world, and we should give them the tools to be not just professionals, but Christ-like professionals!


Favorite Scripture:  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Romans 12: 1-2