Kristy Pfeiffer

Kristy Pfeiffer

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Pfeiffer grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She attended both Colorado State University and Fayetteville State University where she received a B.S. in early childhood education and her teacher certification. She believes that education never ends and has over 40 credits of graduate work and continuing education classes. She joined the Christian Life Academy family in 2012. Married for 30 years, Mrs. Pfeiffer and her husband have two children, a cat, and a dog. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking her dog, playing tennis, brain games, and spending time with her family and friends. She worships at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, where she teaches Sunday School, co-leads a community group, and has been involved in missions for many years. Mrs. Pfeiffer says that, at CLA, “God’s love can be seen and heard and felt within the halls and walls of this special place.”

Carina Stefanko

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.

Carolyn Faurote

Carolyn Faurote

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Faurote was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Central New Jersey and Chappaqua, New York. She has a B.A. in Psychology with a Child Development focus from Susquehanna University, a minor in Computer Science, and many continuing education credits in education. Before becoming a teacher, Mrs. Faurote worked as a Systems Analyst. She has taught at Christian Life Academy since 2002, and all of her children graduated from CLA. She has 4 children, 2 grandchildren, a dog, and a horse. In her free time, Mrs. Faurote enjoys horse care and riding, hiking, biking, and water sports. She loves to share her love of animals and the outdoors with people, and often uses her horse, Zip, as a ministry. She worships at First Assembly of God Church in Brookfield.

Dotsy Torres

Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Torres grew up in Scarsdale, New York and Virginia before moving to Connecticut. She is married with 4 children. She has a B.S. in Child Studies and a CT Head Teacher Certificate. Prior to discovering her gift for teaching children, she worked in a law firm for 10 years. She has taught at Christian Life Academy since 2004. Mrs. Torres worships at First Assembly of God Church in Brookfield, where she coordinated the  Children’s Ministries program. She is also involved with the Young Lives Program in Danbury, and participates in mission trips.  Mrs. Torres has sent all of her children to CLA and loves that CLA trains children both academically and spiritually.

Cynthia Henke

Third Grade Teacher

I grew up in northern Colorado and moved to New York during High School.  I attended Mercy College for my Bachelor’s program and Long Island University for my Graduate program. 
My husband and I have been married 22 years.  We have four children, all of whom are attending Brookfield High School.  My absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with my nearly adult children – they are wildly amusing!! I love to read and make it a discipline to write something every day.  I enjoy being out in nature and hiking.
Prior to children, I worked at IBM in Corporate Treasury.  When my children were young, I began working in Church’s children’s ministry and rediscovered a love of teaching.  I also worked at Walnut Hill Community church as Program Coordinator, planning services and events, for 5 year.
We attend Walnut Hill Community Church (Bethel Campus). We have worshiped there for 9 years. My favorite part of church working is teaching God’s word!  I’ve taught in both women’s ministry and in our children’s ministry program.
I love being part of CLA because of the great foundation which is being laid in the lives of our students.  It is a blessing to be able to provide not only academic knowledge, but also to share my faith with them on a daily basis.  With my own children in the public high school, I see the hurdles that young people face in terms of walking out their faith.  I know that that the education and spiritual growth the students receive at CLA will be a great asset as they move forward into high school. 

Nicole Mitchell

Fourth Grade Teacher

Ms. Mitchell is new to CLA and Connecticut this year. She moved from New York to Danbury, with her three boys, who also attend CLA. She loves the positive impact CLA is having in her boys’ lives! Teaching is definitely something that runs in Ms. Mitchell’s family. All of her aunts, as well as her mother are teachers. Her mother founded and ran the Corona Christian Academy in Queens, NY for over twenty years. Ms. Mitchell has taught everything from Preschool to High School, and enjoys working with children and helping them find the joy in learning. She is our current fourth grade teacher, and is excited to share her love for Christ and learning with her students. When she isn’t in the classroom, Ms. Mitchell and her boys like to travel.

Cheryl Mitchell

Fifth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Cheryl Mitchell recently moved from New York to Danbury. She is wife to Pastor Monte Mitchell, founder and senior pastor of the Corona Baptist Church. They have been married for forty six years and have four grown children and five grandchildren. Mrs. Mitchell was educated in her country of origin, Trinidad. She has been an educator for over thirty years, and was also the founder and administrator of the Corona Christian Academy in Queens, New York.

Mrs. Mitchell has a natural love of working with young people. She has taught every age group up to high school. She has tried several times to retire, but her love of teaching always bring her back to the classroom. She is looking forward to her new experience at CLA teaching fifth grade.