Mrs. Sonya Hughes
She loves the verses found in Isaiah 43:1-2 KJV: “...Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” What beautiful assurance from the God who owns the universe that we are His beloved, He knows us by name! So, whenever we are afraid or anxious, we are reminded that God is on the throne, He is in control, we can run to Him, we are His and we can trust Him with our life, our children, our marriage, our all.
After God, her greatest joy comes from being with her family and friends! In the summer Sonya loves to entertain with them at their pool, go camping, BBQ, and go to the beach. In winter she loves to work at school and in their health food store, read, and have family movie nights! She thanks God for all her blessings.
Mrs. Caitlin Swim
Mrs. Francien Zijlstra
Mrs. Heather Wood
Grade 1 Teacher
Heather has had the privilege of teaching children, not only the academics, but truths from God’s Word for many years. Heather sees the challenges alongside seeing the rewards to see development in her students to be more like Christ.
Miss Kassidy Vanderlaan
Grade 2 Teacher
Kassidy attended a Christian School in her elementary years and experienced the impact a nurturing Christian education experience can have. Since pursuing her degree in Christian School Education, she has seen the Lord be faithful in moving not only her own life but in the lives of the students & families of CCA.
She is thankful for the opportunity that she has been entrusted with to share the love of our Creator with the younger generation of the Church.
Kassidy's favourite Bible Verse is 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10. It reminds her that God is always in control, and His strength & grace is always sufficient for each of us, especially in our weakness.
She enjoys exploring new cafes, going on walks, and playing board games with friends and family.
Mrs. Heidi Whiteside
Grade 3-4 Teacher
Heidi is our grade 3/4 teacher. She graduated from Faith Way Baptist College of Canada in 1993, with her Bachelor of Religious Education.
Christian education takes on a greater meaning for her more now than ever before. Our children need to be grounded in the Word of God so that when they head out into the “world” they will be equipped and have a firm foundation built strong and steadfast.
When she is not busy doing housework you will find her in her craft room sewing or card making. Nehemiah 8:10, “The joy of the Lord is my strength…” has been her life verse.
Miss Linda Dopson
Grade 4-5 Teacher
Linda’s favourite Bible passage is Psalm 139. It reminds her of God’s three “omni’s”: omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience. To Linda, Psalm 139 is full of important truths – and loves to bring life to the Word in the classroom.
Mrs. Julie McLean
Grade 6 Teacher
Mrs. Angela Wellard
Grades 7-8 Teacher
Angela received her Bachelor of Science in Education and began her teaching career in Ontario. Upon her arrival in Nova Scotia, she became part of the CCA family teaching grades 7/8.
Her favourite pastime is spending time with her husband and their 2 boys. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, nature, singing, baking, and a good laugh.
Classroom motto: "Be kind to everyone, because everyone is having a tough time."
"My desire as a teacher is not only to inspire learning but to remind each student how precious they are to God. There is no greater truth."
Ms. Courtney Erskine
Grades 9-10 Homeroom
Courtney is the Grade 9/10 homeroom teacher. She also teaches English and History to Grades 9-12, among other social sciences. She has a BA in History and English Literature from Mount Allison University, from which she graduated in 2013.
Courtney has a passion for the written word, and there is little that brings her more joy than connecting a reader to the perfect book. She loves to read (especially historical fiction), sing, bake, and spend time around horses.
Her favourite Bible verses are found in Matthew 6: 25-34, which remind her not to worry about tomorrow, and instead to trust God and His plan for her life, even when it’s hard.
Mr. Colin Murphy
Grades 11-12 Homeroom
His favourite Biblical character is Nehemiah because of the wisdom, courage, and organizational skills Nehemiah demonstrated in the rebuilding of the walls surrounding Jerusalem.
Colin’s favourite Bible verses are Psalm 8:1, 3-4, “O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, You who have set Your glory above the heavens! When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?”
Mr. Glenn Erskine
High School Bible & Electives
Glenn enjoys sports, especially NFL Football, as well as reading mystery/crime novels.
Mrs. Deanna Campbell
Deanna is one of our resource teachers for our Indigenous students at Colchester Christian Academy. She has a BA in English and has a Bed from St. Francis Xavier University, from which she graduated in 2006.
Deanna is a mother to three beautiful daughters and loves spending time with family and loved ones. She is passionate about teaching and seeing her students grow and become confident in whom the Lord has created them to be. She loves travelling, meeting new people, singing, and her favourite place to be is at an ocean beach.
Her favourite scriptures are Ephesians 3:14-21 and Psalm 146:8-10. They speak of the unfailing, incredible love of the Lord that Deanna experiences in her relationship with Jesus.
Mrs. Melissa Stone
She loves camping and spending quality time with family and friends!
Mrs. Elsie Fillmore
Elsie is one of CCA’s Resource Teachers funded by Jordan’s Principle. She graduated from Cornerstone University with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Elsie believes that sending her kids to CCA is a huge gift knowing her children learn about God’s world and His love. She also realizes what a gift it is to now be a part of the team and community here at CCA where she can now share God’s love with her students.
Elsie’s favorite verse is Romans 8:28 which says, ““And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for ithose who are called according to his purpose.” Things will not always be perfect, according to our plans, but they will be even better because we trust a loving God and His plan is always for our best (good).
Elsie loves being with her family enjoying camping, biking, swimming, hiking, and any other adventures they encounter. She also loves flowers, gardening, and crafting.
Mrs. Charity Miller