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School Board

Mr. Richard Meyers, President
Mrs. Patricia Poeller
Mr. Michael Woodward


School Administration

Mrs. Cindy Lichtenberger
School Administrator
Mrs. Lichtenberger (Mrs. L to all of us) earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College and her Master's degree in Reading from Canisius College.  She joined the Academy staff in 1993.  She became Principal in 2005 and was promoted to School Administrator in 2019.  She lives in Lockport with her husband, Joey and they attend Evangel Assembly of God.

Elementary School Faculty

Mrs. Naomi Kasprzak
Mrs. Pamela Motyka
Kindergarten/First Grade Teachers
We are so excited to welcome Mrs. Kasprzak and Mrs. Motyka to CAWNY!
Biographies will be posted soon.
Ms. Wendy Engert
2nd/3rd Grade
(Head Teacher, K to 5th Grade)
Ms. Engert earned her Associate degree from NCCC in Liberal Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education from Roberts Wesleyan College.  She joined the Academy staff in 1998.  She resides in Gasport and attends First Baptist Church in Medina.
Mrs. Christina Poeller
4th/5th Grade
Mrs. Poeller earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College.  She lives with her husband (a graduate of the Academy) and their three children, who are all students at CAWNY.  They attend Grace Bible Church in Newfane, where she has taught Jr. Church for ten years.

Middle/High School Faculty

Mr. Anthony Adamo
8th Grade Pre-Algebra,
High School Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and
Computer Coding and Animation
Mr. Adamo has earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Buffalo State College and has an A.A.S. in Horticulture from NCCC.  He has served in his church's Sunday School, teaching 5th to 8th Grade.  He has also served in Youth Group and now facilitates the newly-formed College Ministry at Bethesda Full Gospel Tabernacle where he attends church.
Dr. Joy Clancy
Middle School Science, English and Spanish
High School Biology and Earth Science
Dr. Clancy joined the staff in 2011.  She earned her Bachelor of Science at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in 2003.  (She is also a licensed dental hygienist and worked as such in Pennsylvania before returning to Western New York and joining CAWNY's staff.)
While on staff at the Academy, she went on to earn her Doctorate in Educational Law in 2014.  She lives with her husband and their three children in Lockport.  Dr. Clancy and her family attend Evangel Assembly of God.
Mr. Doug Doores
High School Consumers Math, Personal Finance
High School Chemistry and Physics
Please note:  Mr. Doores is taking a one-year sabbatical during the 2020-21 School Year.  
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.  He currently lives in Pendleton with his wife, Amy, and attends Evangel Assembly of God.
Mr. Doores is also our Soccer Coach.
Mr. Arthur Evans
Middle School History,
High School U.S. History, World History, Government,
Economics and Geography
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 until it closed in 2008.  He served as principal at Covenant from 1989 to 1991.  He currently lives on Grand Island with his wife and they attend New Covenant Tabernacle.
Mrs. Tammy Farrington
History 6, Math 6/7 and English 6/7
and Special Education Resource Teacher
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.  She lives in Tonawanda with her husband and son.  They attend Calvary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Kali Morrow
Middle School and High School English,
American Literature, British Literature, ESL and Art
(Head Teacher, 6th - 12th Grade)
Mrs. Morrow has an Associate degree in Art in Pre-Elementary Education and a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Creative Writing and Literature from SUNY Empire State College.  She has worked with children in the community for the last twenty-five (25) years as a substitute teacher and a dance instructor.  She joined CAWNY full-time in 2016.  
Mrs. Morrow and her family attend Bethesda Full Gospel in Tonawanda.
Mrs. Morrow is also our Cheerleading Coach.

Specialty Faculty

Mrs. Patricia Poeller
International Student Administrator
(Principal Designated School Officer for our International Student Program)
Mrs. Poeller has extensive experience in formal and Christian education.  Her goal is educational excellence and the development of Christian character in the students at CAWNY.  She serves as our International Student Administrator and is the Principal Designated School Officer for our International Student Program.  Mrs. Poeller also serves on our School Board.
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 of the school.
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.
She resides in Lockport with her husband, Jay.  Their two sons and their daughter are CAWNY graduates.  Their family attends The Chapel at Lockport.
Mrs. Cheryl Anderson
Special Education Aide to Special Needs Student
(through the Niagara/Wheatfield School District)
Mrs. Anderson received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo in 1994.  She has worked for the North Tonawanda and Sweet Home School Districts.  Mrs. Anderson also has sixteen (16) years experience working with children and families.  She lives in North Tonawanda with her husband and daughter.  They attend Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church.
"Mrs. Daisy Lynn"
Gym Teacher to Elementary Students,
and Middle School Girls
Our gym teacher has been working in a school setting for over 10 years.  She started as a kitchen aid in LaSalle Preparatory School in 2008 and worked her way up to being head cook of a kitchen at Catholic Academy of Niagara.  During that time, she received her child care certification through NYS OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services).  In 2011, she began volunteering at The Baptist School in Tonawanda.  During the first four years at The Baptist School, she attending online training courses in Elementary Education through Pensacola University.  In 2012, she joined the staff at The Baptist School as 1st and 2nd Grade teacher and held that position until the school dissolved in 2017.  She is currently pursuing an associate degree in Human Services at Erie Community College. 
She and her family attend Lighthouse Baptist Church in North Tonawanda where she teaches Sunday School to K - 2nd Grade girls.  She also leads the Wednesday night kids' ministry for K - 6th Grade with her husband.
Mrs. Marcela Willmore
Gym Teacher to High School Girls
and Computer Program Tech
Mrs. Willmore earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology from Liberty University in 2002.
Currently, Mrs. Willmore divides her work schedule between her responsibilities at CAWNY and performing Administrative Assistant duties for a wellness consultant. 
At CAWNY, she teaches gym to our High School Girls as well as co-coaches our Girls Volleyball team.  She also assists Mrs. L (our administrator) when and where she is needed.  In her spare time, she is Co-President of CAWNY’s PTO.
Mrs. Willmore lives in Buffalo with her husband and two children.  Both of her children attend CAWNY and the family attends The Tonawanda Church of Christ.
Pastor Salvatore Ciffa 
Middle and High School Bible,
Gym for Middle School Boys
and High School Boys
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.)
He lives in Tonawanda with his wife and two children.

Non-Faculty Staff

Mrs. Michelle Carey
Office Secretary
She has been working in the school's office for many years.  Her smile and kind demeanor are a true asset to our Main Office.
Mrs. Carey has two children who attend CAWNY.  She lives in Buffalo with her husband and children.  Her family attends Renovation Church in Buffalo.
Mrs. Sandy Meyers
Business Administrator
Mrs. Meyers received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993.  After raising her children, she worked for the Newfane Central School District as their District Clerk, working directly with the Board of Education.  In 2009, she joined CAWNY as Bookkeeper and in 2019, was promoted to Business Administrator.  She also runs the school's Snack Store and updates our website.  She resides in Barker with her family.  (Her sons are graduates of CAWNY.)  Mrs. Meyers and her family attend The Chapel at Lockport.
Our school is well-maintained by a dedicated volunteer staff, which includes Mr. Joey Lichtenberger and Mrs. Shelly Bailey.  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 and Mrs. Brianna Sansone.
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!