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Meet Our Staff

If you take a moment and read through "Our Staff," you will quickly learn that not only does our staff strive to be a Godly example every day to our students, but they are also an extensively educated, trained and experienced group of people representing a varied group of Christian churches.  We are truly blessed! 


School Administration

Ms. Wendy Engert
School Administrator
Ms. Engert earned her Associate degree from NCCC in Liberal Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education from Roberts Wesleyan College.  She has faithfully been serving here at CAWNY since 1988.  

Elementary School Faculty

Mrs. Isatou N'dow
We are so pleased to be welcoming Mrs. N'dow to CAWNY!  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University at Buffalo.  
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Mrs. Jessica Jones
2nd/3rd Grade
We are so excited to welcome Mrs. Jones to CAWNY! 
Mrs. Jones earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Buffalo State College.  
Mrs. Naomi Kasprzak
4th/5th Grade Teacher
     Mrs. Kasprzak homeschooled her five children for thirteen years before beginning as a substitute teacher here at CAWNY.  After earning her degree, God led her to accept a full-time teaching position here with our Kindergarten/First Grade class in the Fall of 2020.

Middle/High School Faculty

Pastor Salvatore Ciffa 
High School Bible,
All Gym Classes and
Boys Basketball Coach
Pastor Ciffa received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Houghton College and then his Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Canisius College.  Since 2011, he has been the Youth Pastor at Bethesda Church.
Mr. Ciffa is also currently serving the Lord at a school other than our own: he is the Elementary Gym Teacher at St. John Lutheran School.  (He is also the Quarterback Coach at Kenmore West.)
Mr. Doug Doores
 Middle & High School Science, High School Math 
Mr. Doores received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.  He began his career working with NASA on the Space Shuttle program and then worked as a Systems Engineer with General Motors.  
Mr. Arthur Evans
Middle School and High School History Teacher
Mr. Evans earned his Bachelor of Arts from Hiran College in Ohio.  He taught at Christian Heritage School in Tyler, Texas from 1980 to 1987.  He was on the faculty at Charles Finney High School from 1991 to 1993 and Covenant Academy from 1993 to 2008.  (He served as principal at Covenant from 1989 to 1991.)  
                                Mrs. Tammy Farrington
                                  Middle and High School English 
and Special Education Resource
Mrs. Farrington earned her Bachelor of Science at Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania.  She received her Master's degree in Special Education in 2016 and is fully certified by New York State in Special Education.  She previously taught at Christian Heritage School.  She joined our staff in 2010.  
Mr. Michael Stephenson
Middle School Courses, High School Math
and Middle School Bible
Mr. Stephenson earned his Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Lancaster Bible College in 1983. He has served Christ for over 30 years as a Youth Pastor and Pastor. He also taught Middle School Bible and Math for five years at Covenant Academy.
Mrs. Marcela Willmore
Middle School/High School Spanish, 
High School Yearbook/Marketing Course,
Athletic Director and Volleyball Coach
Mrs. Willmore earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology.   
In addition to teaching electives, she assists the administrator with our technology needs, such as Google Classroom.  In her spare time, she is Co-President of CAWNY’s PTO.  She also co-coaches Girls Volleyball.
Mrs. Woodward
High School Health
Accounts Payable
Volleyball Coach
Mrs. Woodward earned her Bachelor of Science degree from UMASS Amherst. In addition to teaching Health, she is Co-President of CAWNY’s PTO, she co-coaches Girls Volleyball, and she is working in CAWNY's business office.

Specialty Faculty

Mrs. Patricia Poeller
International Student Administrator
(Principal Designated School Officer for our International Student Program)
She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Daemen College and did her graduate work at the State University of Buffalo.  She has also completed studies through Bob Jones University in Greensville, South Carolina.
In the past, she has been administrator and teacher at Faith Christian School in Lockport and Dodge Elementary in Williamsville.  She was also director of Faith Christian Home School and has held teaching positions at Amherst Christian Academy and Starpoint Elementary.  Mrs. Poeller was actively involved in the research and development committee during the early years CAWNY.  She also served as our main Administrator for many years and now serves on our School Board.

Non-Faculty Staff

Mrs. Stephanie Gifford
Office Secretary
With her warm smile and kind disposition, Mrs. Gifford is a wonderful asset to our Main Office.
Mrs. Gifford has had many children educated at CAWNY through the years.  She currently has a daughter in high school and a grand-daughter in elementary school.  
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Mrs. Marilyn Gonzalez
Business Office - Accounts Receivable
We are so excited to welcome Mrs. Gonzalez to the Business Office!  Mrs. Gonzalez received her degree from Medaille University in Buffalo.  
Mrs. Sansone
Our school is well-maintained by a dedicated volunteer staff Without their assistance, our school couldn't have the professional appearance we value so much.
Our special events and fundraisers are organized by volunteer members of our PTO and what a great job they do!  Thank you especially to Mrs. Susan Woodward, Mrs. Marcela, Willmore, Mrs. Brianna Sansone, Mrs. Farrington, Mrs. Snider, Mrs. Holmes and all of our volunteers!
Our school could not have the sports programs that we enjoy here at CAWNY without our volunteer coaches.
May God bless them richly for their willingness to make CAWNY the best experience possible for our students!