Faculty and Staff"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
M. Wade Ortego
Head of School
Wade Ortego received his B.S. in business from Bryan College in Dayton, TN and received his M.Ed. from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. Mr. Ortego has a passion to assist families in the education of their children within a Biblical worldview and his desire is to create an educational community that places Christ in His ordained place as author of all wisdom and knowledge. Mr. Ortego most recently served as Headmaster of a classical Christian school in Wichita, Kansas. He is committed to the classical Christian model of education and enjoys introducing families to its benefits. He and his wife, Rachel, have three boys, Matthew, Elijah, and Jedidiah.
Dean of Students
Shawn Roberts joined Classical Christian Academy as Associate Headmaster in 2009 having served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years. His passion is fueled by his purpose statement:“I must continually inspire future leaders to pursue excellence in order to achieve their maximum design potential.” Mr. Roberts and his wife have three children– one is a CCA student and two are graduates. Mr. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Sciences from the University of Idaho.
Julie Hill has an Office Administration Diploma from ITT Technical Institute, an Associates Degree in Office Administration, and a Bible Certificate from Trinity Bible College in North Dakota. She started her career working for Boeing in Everett, Washington. She later moved to Idaho, and for 12 years owned and operated a preschool in Rathdrum. Julie has been married for 29 years and has 4 children.
Director of Communications and Advancement
Shannon Garcia received a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Arts from Lewis-Clark State College, where her emphasis was Marketing. She has worked in marketing in the medical and insurance fields, as well as doing freelance writing. Shannon has three sons who all attend CCA.
Laura Bosse has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and was an accountant for several years before resigning to stay home and raise her five children. Since she and her husband Fred moved to Idaho in 2004, 3 of their sons have graduated from CCA, and 1 currently attends. She has been our business manager since the summer of 2012.
Corrine Hossley has been involved with organizing various children and family ministries for over 12 years, including AWANA, VBS, Bible Camps, and church functions. She has also worked for Compass International, a non-profit Christian organization for the last 14 years. She has helped her husband, Ben, run and operate his local small business in Hayden, Idaho, since they were married in 2007. They have 3 children who will be attending CCA.
Pre-Kindergarten and K+
Bonnie Posey has over 30 years’ experience in child care, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten education. Mrs. Posey completed two years of Christian Education at Pentecostal Bible College in Livermore, California. Mrs. Posey is active in various ministries including child evangelism, as a Sunday school teacher, worship leader and children’s pastor. Mrs. Posey has been married to David for 44 years, has 3 children and 13 grandchildren.
Christina Hoefling has been an involved parent at CCA, since 2011 and worked at CCA since 2014. She has two children currently attending CCA, and one future student. She is pursuing her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Her passion for making a positive difference in the lives of children is her driving focus, and will continues to be her motivation in the coming years.
Mindy Alden has spent the last 20 years in education – as a teacher, camp director, curriculum specialist, substitute, and a mentor to younger teachers. This will be her 15th year in the classroom.
Mindy graduated form Northwest University in 2000 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and two minors in history and biblical studies.
Mindy and her two kids, Caleb and Catelyn attend Heart of the City Church and are very active in their church body.
Joni Thurman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She has taught for 17 years and eleven of those years were spent teaching first grade at CCA. Throughout her career, she has taught Title 1, first grade, and fifth grade.
Joni is married and has two children. Her son is a CCA alum and her daughter recently graduated. Joni loves teaching and working with children of all ages, but is very excited to return to first grade at CCA.
Clara Greensides is an Idaho native, born and raised in Coeur d’Alene with her three older siblings. She was homeschooled and spent a lot of time playing outside, reading books, and writing stories. She also played many sports, with a focus on volleyball during high school in a Christian school league. After high school, she pursued a degree in Early Childhood Development and Education. Teaching is something that she feels called to by God, and she is excited to begin this year. Clara was blessed to be able to help out in a first grade classroom and substitute taught last fall at Logos School, and she also attended their Summer Teacher Training this past July
Hannah Roberts graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She joined the CCA faculty in the fall of 2003 when she began teaching 2nd grade. Mrs. Roberts continues to provide a classroom environment where students are encouraged to apply themselves in their studies while maintaining joy in the learning process. She has a nurturing personality that ministers to her students. Mrs. Roberts is the mother of four children who are all currently enrolled in Classical Christian Academy.
3rd Grade and Robotics
Deanna Finley has an Associate’s degree in English from Spokane Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in History Education from Eastern Washington University, and a Masters in Financial Business from Keller University (and she loves long division).
Mrs. Finley has worked at CCA since 2011 as a PE teacher, office staff, 8th grade history teacher, Robotics coach, and Cross Country coach. She loves to help students find their personal talents through encouragement and support and see them develop a love of learning.
Heather Paget began teaching at Classical Christian Academy in 1997. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Eastern Washington University with a major in Reading and a minor in Mathematics.
In January 2004 Mrs. Paget stepped away from the classroom for a time to have children. Later, she came back part-time to teach Latin for several years. She is now back in the fourth grade classroom and is an experienced and effective teacher in classical education.
Stephanie Davis is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She is highly praised for her organizational skills, energetic approach to teaching, and love for students. In addition, Miss Davis possesses a strong desire to serve the Lord through her teaching. She has been teaching since 2010. One of her greatest desires is to provide a learning environment where students will develop a love of discovery and learning.
Mark Sallade obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Meinrad, in Southern Indiana. He later obtained his teaching certification through the University of Idaho. Mr. Sallade began working for Classical Christian Academy in the fall of 2005 as the 6th grade teacher. One of Mr. Sallade’s biggest strengths is his ability to connect with each of his students. He not only provides a quality education but also seeks to minister to the hearts of his students.
Jennifer Sorensen began teaching at Classical Christian Academy in 2003. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in English. She received her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Reading and Literacy in 2014. Mrs. Sorensen taught 3rd grade for 12 years. She now teaches at the secondary level. She has four boys– 2 are currently students at CCA, and 2 are CCA graduates.
Literature and Rhetoric
Jenna Bailey joined the Classical Christian Academy family in August 2008. Mrs. Bailey’s Bachelor of Science degree in English was obtained from the University of Great Falls, Montana, with a minor in History. Mrs. Bailey has taught History, Literature, and Rhetoric during her time with CCA. She is the mother of 2 children, both of whom attend Classical Christian Academy. Mrs. Bailey’s passion for quality education and her love of history and literature endear her to the hearts of her students.
Bible and Drama
Phil Thompson joined the Classical Christian Academy family in the fall of 2010. Mr. Thompson obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Drama from Westmont College. He continued his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary where he obtained his Master of Divinity degree in Theology.
Mr. Thompson has been a pastor for 25 years and has a passion for youth. His passion is to show the providence of God throughout history by searching God’s word and applying it to life circumstances.
Literature, Latin and Greek
Matthew Chastain graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Classics with an emphasis in History. Mr. Chastain joined Classical Christian Academy in the fall of 2010. He has experience in classical Christian education as a graduate of Mars Hill Academy. In addition to History, Mr. Chastain’s passion is in teaching Greek and Latin. He also has an extensive background in theatre. Mr. Chastain has a genuine desire and ability to integrate subjects and to enrich the education of his students.
Sheb Varghese is currently completing his Phd in Theological Ethics from the University of Aberdeen. He has a M.A. in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and he received his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Northwest University. Mr. Varghese has taught at both the Logic and Rhetoric levels as well as the Collegiate level. Mr. Varghese and his wife have three young children.
Dr. Nicole Leonhard
Calculus and Trigonometry
Dr. Nicole Leonhard and her husband, Thomas, are both from the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Leonhard graduated with a BA in Math/Computer Science from Western Washington University. During that time she found that she was blessed with a talent and passion for teaching college level math, as well as mentoring students.
After moving to Liberty Lake and being a stay at home Mom for a couple years, God called her and her family to go to Houston, TX to pursue her PhD in Mathematics. Last May, she and her family were very excited to relocate back to the Spokane/CDA area.
Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Humanities
Laura Woelfle graduated from Metro State College of Denver in 2011 with her Bachelors in English and a license in Elementary Education. She taught 5th grade in Colorado for 5 years. Two of those years, she taught all subjects. In her third year, she was asked to teach Math and History and was blessed with success in teaching math.
Laura, her husband, and their three children recently moved to Post Falls. They are grateful and excited about all God is doing in their lives and his provision in leading them to Idaho.
Algebra II and Geometry
Angela Inouye has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Zoology with a Chemistry minor from University of Idaho. She homeschooled her children for 8 years and has spent the past 6 years substitute teaching and tutoring.
Mrs. Inouye and her husband, Cory, have been married 21 years and have 2 adult children. Her other true passion is helping students discover new things about themselves and seeing their excitement when they master something they previously didn’t think possible.
Pam Manson has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with special emphasis in Sports Medicine. She is a nationally certified Athletic Trainer and is also registered in the state of Idaho. She started working at CCA in 2006 as the Administrative Assistant, then stepped away to spend time with her younger children. She is married with 3 children, 3 stepchildren, and 4 grand children. Mrs. Manson is active in her church including Sunday school and Children’s Church teacher. Her heart’s desire is “telling to the generations to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.” (Psalm 78:4).
Rachel Ortego is an educator with 15 years of experience, most recently teaching Latin in a classical Christian school. She also teaches piano, loves to sing, and enjoys spending time with her family and reading historical fiction.
She has been married to her husband Wade for 21 years. They have three boys, Matthew, Elijah, and Jedidiah, who all attend CCA.