Students and teacher doing exercise

Meet Our Faculty

We encourage you to get to know our future-building faculty members.

Each of our faculty members has the passion and a keen sense of divine calling to hone children according to faith in biblical principles. They serve as the models in what they teach and have passed through the rigorous employment process which Cape Christian Academy implements.

John Spriggs

Mr. Spriggs has been the school Administrator at CCA since 2008. Before that, he taught Mathematics and Computers at Cape Christian Academy. He is excited about the growth here at school, especially the spiritual growth seen in each of the children. His favorite Bible verse is James 4:8 which says “Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.” The Spriggs family attends Cape Island Baptist Church.

BA, Mathematics- Concentration in Computers
BA, Psychology
The King’s College, NY

Director, Early Learning Center
Mrs. Ruth Rosenberg
In addition to being the Director of our Early Learning Center, Mrs. Rosenberg also works as a Director for our summer camp program and teaches several high school classes. She considers it a blessing and a joy to see her children grow and develop in both their faith and their knowledge of the world around them. “The students at CCA are awesome and their desire to learn is contagious.” In her free time, she is busy with her church and loves traveling with family and friends. The Rosenberg family attends Cape Island Baptist Church.

BS, Elementary Education, Mathematics Concentration
Kutztown University

Pre-Kindergarten 3-year-old Teacher, Early Learning Center
Mrs. Jessica Quirk
Mrs. Jessica Quirk, our new toddler room teacher,  is married with two young sons (pictured with her), students at CCA. She strongly believes that sharing the love of Jesus with young children is the foundation for the rest of their lives.  She is currently attending school and pursuing early education.  Her favorite verse is Matthew  19:14 “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them. For the kingdom  belongs to such as these.”

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) in progress

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Early Learning Center
Mrs. Jeurentha Harris
Ms. J has been teaching early childhood education since 1999. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Management and a certification in Child Development. Ms. J loves teaching and helping others. She regularly assists others with the food pantry at Angel Visit Baptist Church of Wildwood. Her favorite Bible scripture is Psalm 23.

BS, Business
University of Phoenix
Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

Kindergarten, Early Learning Center
Mrs. Stephane Springer
This is Mrs. Springer’s second year teaching our Kindergarten class. She loves teaching them God’s word and getting to know her students. Kindergarten is filled with lots of hands on learning and fun activities. She is also a Sunday School teacher at Calvary Chapel in Erma. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

BA, Elementary Education, Eastern University (May, 2023)

1st and 2nd Grade
Miss Rhoda Piccirilli
A veteran teacher at CCA of 18 years, Miss Piccirilli is also an equestrian riding instructor at a local farm. She enjoys exercising at the gym or taking long walks on the beach. She also loves playing miniature golf with her five-year-old nephew. At school, she is grateful for the freedom to teach the Bible and to be able to incorporate biblical instruction through all the disciplines. Her favorite scripture is Romans 5:8 which outlines God’s plan for salvation, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” She attends Central Bible Church in Wildwood.

BS Equine Studies, Salem College
NJ Teaching Certificate (K-6)

3rd and 4th grade
Mrs. Gina Cook
Mrs. Gina Cook is a wife and mother of two beautiful young women. She was born in Philadelphia, but has been a resident of Cape May County since the age of two. She graduated from Rowan University with bachelors degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology. Mrs. Cook and her husband Chris are members of the First United Methodist Church in Cape May Court House. As a child, Mrs. Cook attended a Catholic school. but In her early twenties gained a more full understanding and knowledge of the necessity of being born again. She has been on a journey with the Lord ever since. Mrs. Cook’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 27:4, – One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
BA, Elementary Education, Rowan university
BA, Psychology, Rowan university

2nd & 4th Grade Reading and Math
Mrs. Helen Hanna

BA, Elementary Education
BA, Literary Studies
Stockton University

5th Grade and 6th Grade

Mrs. Rhonda Harrison

With degrees in Bible and Elementary Education, Rhonda loves to watch her students transition from childhood to adolescence. As a teacher, she is always looking for ways to apply biblical values to each subject that is taught. Prior to teaching at CCA, she home-schooled her five children for 17 years through 8th grade when they transferred to Cape Christian Academy. In her free time, she enjoys playing games and sharing a meal with family and friends as well as listening to Christian music. Regarding a favorite scripture, Mrs. Harrison said, “All God’s word is so amazing.” The Harrisons attend Maranatha Church.

BA, Elementary Education
BA, Bible
Northeastern Bible College

Jr High & High School History and Literature

Mr. Garrett Caldwell

Mr. Caldwell comes to Cape Christian Academy with 20 years of private teaching experience in NJ.  He was born in US to Canadian parents and lived first half of life in Canada. He played bass guitar in a band during high school years.  He played for the Canadian Olympic Soccer Team, and professionally for Colchester United in England. One look at Mr. Caldwell’s classroom will show that he is an avid history lover. His favorite quote is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

BA, History, York University
MA, History, Seton Hall University

High School Chemistry, STEM, Art, Music and Health

Mrs. Rachael Abbott

BS, Molecular Biology, Stockton University

High School Bible
Pastor George DeVol

Pastor DeVol is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Cape May Court House. He loves helping people understand the Bible and how it applies to their life. His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2:5-11 which says “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Masters, Bible
Philadelphia Biblical University (Cairn University)

Extended Care
Miss Crystal Purfield

Miss Purfield loves the scriptures and incorporating them into her class and classroom activities. She enjoys watching students develop their reading and math skills and in their relationship with Jesus Christ. She loves reading a good book and her Bible in her spare time. Miss Purfield attends Covenant Presbyterian Church in Erma.

BS, Early Childhood and Special Ed, Eastern University
MEd, Special Education, Eastern University

Mrs. Debbie Devitt

Mrs. Devitt brings 28 years of library experience to Cape Christian Academy. Originally she came on board to organize the school library,
and stayed on to become the school librarian. She loves making reading come alive to young children. In her free time, Mrs. Devitt enjoys
participating in a ladies Bible study, gardening and buying books. She and her husband Tom are members of First Baptist Church in Cape May
Court House. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

School Nurse
Mrs. Gail Pavlik

Mrs. Pavlik loves being the school nurse for Cape Christian Academy. She recently retired from Ridgefield Connecticut Public School District after 17 years as a school nurse for the middle school student population. Gail’s nursing background includes pediatric nursing for St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Long Island, N.Y. and fifteen years working in the operating room as a CNOR (Certified Nurse-Operating Room). Upon retirement from school nursing, she wanted to continue to work part-time in the school nursing field and is very thankful that she discovered that CCA needed part-time nursing services. Mrs. Pavlik also is a substitute teacher for our Early Learning Center.
ADN, Norwalk Community College   BSN, Nursing, Western Connecticut University

School Secretary
Mrs. Jeanine Chambers

Part of the CCA family since her children were kindergarten students, she enjoys her important role in the school office. She and her husband have a cabin in Maine which they visit each summer. She also loves camping, collecting bells and nutcrackers, and annual visits to see the Nutcracker ballet each Christmas. Her favorite Bible verses are Psalm 116:1-2 which provide great comfort, “I love the Lord for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.” The Chambers attend Court House Methodist Church.

Development Secretary
Kathie Arena
For nearly 10 years, Mrs. Arena has enjoyed assisting the school in various capacities, dedicating much of that time to promoting CCA and working in the school office. For the last several years, she has taught several junior high and high school classes. With a background in long-term care, marketing, and freelance writing, Mrs. Arena brings a diverse knowledge base of experiences to her position. Originally, she pursued a degree in Anthropology/Archaeology before switching majors. Married, with one son, she is an active member of the Lighthouse Church. In her free time, she enjoys walking her yellow lab, Indy, and reading. Her favorite verse is 2 Timothy 1:7.
BS, Liberal Studies/Psychology, West Chester University.  K-12 Teaching Certificate, State of NJ

Board President
Tom Devitt

Board Member
Melissa Warren

Board Member
Lisa Burkhead

Board Member
James Quirk

Board Member
Jeff Lindsay