Faculty and Staff

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Faculty and Staff 2017-11-13T10:26:34+00:00

Covenant Love Community School’s staff and faculty are the heart of our school.  Each teacher has a passion for teaching, encouraging, and mentoring students.  Thanks to our low student-teacher ratio, our teachers can develop meaningful relationships with their students.  They engage every student by accommodating different learning styles and encouraging cross-disciplinary learning.  Through the example set by our faculty and staff, students learn how to integrate their Christian faith into all areas of life.

Pam Bateman
Pam BatemanPrincipal
Pam came to CLCS as a student teacher in 1978, and the school became a life-long calling. In her 30+ years at the school, Pam has served in all areas: teacher training, classroom instruction, tutoring, administration, and curriculum & policy development. She entered the role of assistant principal in 1996 and later became principal in 1999. Pam loves working with the extremely committed group of people at CLCS. She is a visionary with a passion for children, families, and education. Pam and her husband have three adult children, all of whom attended CLCS. She is an avid reader and as such, is passionate about building a dynamic and engaging school library filled with exciting resources.
Dorene Sorensen
Dorene SorensenScience 5th/6th, Administrative Assistant
Dorene has been our 5th and 6th grade science teacher since 2013, and has begun working in the office as well. Dorene attended SUNY Cortland where she obtained her degree in Elementary Education. She has been married for over 25 years and has three sons, one of whom currently attends CLCS and another who is an alumnae. Dorene and her husband have been foster / adoptive parents since 2000. Their family is also very involved in Scouting, where Dorene has served as a Scout leader since 2009, and been a science instructor for the Cub Scout Day Camp since 2010. She joined our staff after seeing the wonderful work God is doing through CLCS to help children like her sons learn and grow. Dorene enjoys reading mysteries and English literature, crafting with any type of paper or fiber, and gardening.
Hildy Epp
Hildy EppOffice Manager, Librarian and School Nurse
Hildy joined our staff in 2014 after being an enthusiastic parent volunteer for several years. She serves as our office manager, librarian, and school nurse. Hildy is grateful for the Christ-centered, loving atmosphere of spiritual and academic growth that characterizes CLCS. Her educational background includes a B.S.N. in nursing at the University of Colorado and an M.S.N. as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas. Hildy has two children, one who is a graduate of CLCS and another who is currently enrolled. She enjoys ministry with her husband, who pastors the First Ithaca Chinese Christian Church, and being with her children and dogs.
Larry Cleek
Larry Cleek7th/8th Grade Homeroom, Pastor
Larry is the head pastor of Covenant Love Community Church as well as the 7/8 homeroom teacher. He currently teaches Bible, U.S. history, life and physical science, and health. As a teacher with over 25 years of experience at all age levels, he enjoys the freedom to teach from a Biblical worldview and to share the life of God in every subject area. Larry received his B.S. from Creighton College in Memphis, TN prior to attending Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Larry and his wife have four adult children, all graduates of CLCS, and one granddaughter. In his spare time Larry enjoys calligraphy, reading, woodworking, and camping.
Tonika Jones
Tonika JonesSpanish PreK - 8, 7th/8th support
Tonika teaches Spanish to our students at all grade levels. Known for her enthusiastic and energetic teaching style, she has helped instill a deep love and appreciation of foreign language and culture into our students. She also provides support in the 7/8 classrooms. Tonika graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Language. She served at SUNY Cortland as a residence hall director and as the interim coordinator of multicultural affairs for three years. She also assisted adults with developmental disabilities at the Franziska Racker Center and was an ESL tutor. Tonika greatly appreciates how life at CLCS centers around Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit. In addition to teaching, Tonika enjoys crafting, worshiping, singing, and spending time with people who are precious to her.
Mary Johnson
Mary JohnsonMath 6th and 8th, Bookkeeper
Mary currently teaches math for grades 6 and 8 as well as serving as the school’s bookkeeper. She was a volunteer math teacher for many years and had a prior stint as the school bookkeeper. Mary graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. Mary and her husband have four children, all of whom attended CLCS. Mary’s pastimes include hiking, bicycling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Andréa Lamb
Andréa LambPrimary A
Andréa is our Primary A classroom teacher. She joined us part-time as 5th & 6th grade science teacher in 2006, and began teaching PreK and Kindergarten students full-time in 2009. She loves working with young children and encouraging their sense of wonder as they explore God’s marvelous creation. Andréa graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Cortland with a B.S. in Education. When her children were young, before teaching at CLCS, she spent six-years running a lively home day care. Andréa and her husband have been married for 20 years and have three children; two graduated from CLCS and one is currently a student. Outside of the classroom Andréa gives flute lessons, plays in a local flute choir and enjoys reading and gardening.
Carol Becker
Carol Becker Primary B
Carol is our Primary B classroom teacher. She joined our staff in 2008. Prior to working at CLCS, she educated her five children at home for 17 years and served as the Christian Education coordinator for her church. Carol is a graduate of Cornell University. She loves spending time with children and is grateful to see the Lord at work in the students’ lives. Carol and her husband have five adult children. When she is not teaching, Carol enjoys quilting, reading, bicycling, and walking outdoors.
Anita Wasson
Anita Wasson3rd/4th Grade
Anita is our classroom teacher for grades 3 and 4. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. In addition, she holds a NYS permanent teaching certificate, and is an active member of the Dryden Teachers Center. Anita loves the school’s family atmosphere, in which she has the freedom to pray, worship, and talk about the Lord with her students and colleagues. Anita is married and resides in Endwell, NY. She has two adult children. She also has one grandchild who is currently attending CLCS. Anita is passionate about international folk dancing, and she also enjoys bicycling, swimming, running, walking, and reading.
Gail Felker
Gail Felker7th/8th Grade English Language Arts, 7th Grade Math
Gail is our 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts and 7th grade math teacher. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and a MA in Christian Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. A pastor’s wife and mother of four adult children, Gail comes to us this year with extensive experience in Christ-centered education and ministry. Gail home educated her own children from Kindergarten through grade twelve, published a Vacation Bible School curriculum and was a regular contributor for Homeschooling Today magazine. We are excited to have her join our teaching staff! Gail absolutely loves teaching at CLCS. Gail and her husband reside in Ithaca where her husband pastors Christ Chapel. In her leisure time Gail enjoys sewing and gardening.
Andrea Phelps
Andrea Phelps5th/6th Grade Homeroom & Technology
Andrea is our homeroom teacher for the 5th and 6th Grade classroom and our school’s Technology teacher for grades 3 through 6. Andrea has been an active parent volunteer in multiple capacities at CLCS since 2008, officially joining our full-time staff in 2012. She is an alumni of CLC School (class of 1998). She received her M.S. in Educational Technology from SUNY Cortland and is certified in Childhood Education grades 1-6. Both of her daughters currently attend CLCS. In her leisure time Andrea enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her daughters.
Cora Hunter
Cora Hunter
Mark Stupke
Mark StupkePhysical Education 3rd-6th, Business and Property Manager
Mark teaches Physical Education to grades 3 through 6. He is the school’s financial overseer as well as the church’s business and property manager. He joined the church staff in 1988, with eight years of prior experience in accounting. He loves the interaction between staff and volunteers, who are working together to help parents educate their children. Mark and his wife have three grown children who are CLCS alumni and eight grandchildren, three of whom attend CLCS. He enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, and spending time with his family.
Kathy Mead
Kathy MeadArt PreK-8, Primary B Support
Kathy is our art teach for PreK through 8th grade. She has taught art at CLCS since 1995. She loves the school’s joyful family atmosphere, the enthusiastic students and staff, and the chance to work with creative children. Kathy has a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Mount Holyoke College. She and her husband have three adult children, all of whom are graduates of CLCS. Kathy spends her leisure time painting, gardening, sewing, camping, and reading.
Joe Salzano
Joe SalzanoMusic 3rd-8th
Joe is our music instructor for 3rd through 8th grade and also offers private lessons to interested students. As a volunteer with CLCS since 2009, Joe loves how Jesus is the center at the school and His work at the cross is honored. Since 1977, he has worked as a professional musician and music teacher. He currently works in Cornell University’s music department and serves as a local worship leader in a variety of settings. In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, working in his plant nursery, and watching shows like Star Trek.
Anjie Brown
Anjie BrownClassroom Aide, Afterschool Director
Anjanette (Anjie) Alexander-Brown joined the CLCS staff this year, as a Classroom Aide in the Primary A classroom, and as the Afterschool Director. Anjie earned a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Wesleyan College and was pursuing a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Virginia, before relocating to New York. Anjie has taught Kindergarten, first, second and third grade, as well as homeschooling her own three children; Cory Alexander, II (20), Lala Brown (7), and Aiden Brown (5). She enjoys watching her oldest son, now a sophomore at Old Dominion University, play baseball (“Go Monarchs!”). Anjie loves to serve the Lord through prayer groups and other church and community events, and is a devoted mom to her children.
Reva Kathan
Reva KathanClassroom Aide
Barb Phelps
Barb PhelpsAssistant Administrator
Barb has been involved with the school since 1978, initially as a parent volunteer in her children’s classrooms and later teaching Art and Science. In 1989 she joined the staff, and has worked ever since in various administrative roles as well as teaching Math courses as needed. She received training as a biblical counselor and utilizes those skills as she serves at CLCS. She has a strong desire to support students, faculty, staff, and parents. She is married and has four adult children, all of whom are CLCS graduates. Three of her eleven grandchildren are enrolled at CLCS. Barb and her husband are active foster parents and currently have four siblings in their care. During her spare time, she is the team leader with Cornell Companions Pet Visitation program at Cayuga Medical Center.
Ian Bateman
Ian Bateman9th Grade Teacher, Primary Grades PE Teacher