Middle School

Silvia Picon

Middle School Math

B.S. in Computer Science, Cornell University


When asked why she chose to teach at CLA, Mrs. Picon said, “God put His great love in my heart for this school.  I believe in Christian education, because teachers and students together can discover, by the study of any subject in the classroom, God’s incredible love for us, because His Love is displayed in every aspect of His creation. Christian Education provides freedom to use God’s Word to renew the mind and transform people,  community and even the environment as those involved learn to worship the Creator and respect the creation we are commanded to steward.”


Favorite Scripture:  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23:6

 

 

Amanda Tornatore

Middle School Language Arts, Technology & Library Science

B.A. English Language & Literature, Smith College

Masters of Arts in Teaching, 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

 

Craig O’Neil

Middle School Science, Middle School Team Leader

B.S., Biology and State of CT Secondary Education, Southern Connecticut State University

Professional Teaching Certificate, Central Connecticut State University

M.S.,  Technology Education (pending thesis) with Vo-Tech Administration


When asked why he has chosen to work at CLA, Mr. O’Neil said, “The more I learned about science the more convinced I became that this world could ONLY have come about by God’s handiwork, which erased any doubt in my mind about his existence. This required a response on my part – accepting his free gift of salvation through Jesus for my sins and gladly serving him wholeheartedly with my life as an act of worship. CLA is an amazing little school where real education takes place every day, and to God’s glory. It is an honor and pleasure to serve my Lord and Savior at CLA with the gifts, talents and skills he has supplied me for this purpose. I cherish being able to openly show kids who God is through science and I don’t go to work at CLA: A man who finds a job he loves never has to work a day in his life! (Mark Twain)


Favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord… Jeremiah 29:11 – 14

Mary Duncan

Middle School History Teacher

B.A. Elementary Education, University of Valley Forge


When asked why she has chosen to teach at CLA, Mrs. Duncan said, “After I graduated, I knew I wanted to teach in a Christian school because I wanted to the freedom to teach a Christian worldview.  I strongly support a Christian education because apart from God there is no wisdom. Now more then ever, it important to lay down a foundation of Biblical truths for our students to build on.”


Favortie Scripture: “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:18-19