Who We Are
Katie Ruth – Grade 1
At age 21, Mrs. Ruth invited Christ into her life and proclaimed Him as her Lord and Savior. A little more than a year later, she met Andrew, the man who would become her husband, while he was on leave from the Navy. They married in 2005 and have three children.
Mrs. Ruth has a Bachelor of Arts in English and an Master of Science in Literacy Education. She has taught children ages birth through eighteen in public school, private school, homeschool, and daycare settings. Her background includes classical training in piano and voice and has dabbled in basic guitar. She has studied French and Latin and practiced the arts of dance and martial arts. Her absolute favorite pastime is reading, reading, reading. Greek mythology has been of particular delight since age sixteen. She plans to teach herself logic and drawing and continue her way through the Great Books of our culture. She adores anything and everything by C.S. Lewis; she has thoroughly enjoyed studying his books on the Medieval era. Literature and history are by far her favorite subjects!
“The devil is fighting with God and the battlefield is the human heart.” Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Brandi Churnetski – Kindergarten, Bible (Explorers 1 & 2)
Pre-K/K teacher Brandi Churnetski enjoys working with this age group because of their constant “ah-ha!” moments, energy, curiosity, and transparency. After receiving her degree in Bible and Communications with an Elementary Education minor, she went on to teach for over 15 years in various PreK and elementary level classrooms, several of which were in classical settings. She believes that every child is a gift and teaching all subjects to the glory of God is what drives the best education.
“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” – The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” – C.S Lewis
Elizabeth Painter – PreK, Art, Music
Elizabeth Painter received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. She taught middle school and high school art in Churchville, NY for ten years, before leaving her position to move to California.
A former military spouse, Ms. Painter has lived in San Diego, Hawaii, and Tennessee. She had the privilege of staying home for ten years to raise her three children Molly, Truman, and Virginia. After moving back to NY, she taught at Greece Arcadia High School for three years before joining the faculty at Rochester Classical Academy.
Raised by parents who are artists and musicians and have a deep love for the Lord, Ms. Painter had a rich upbringing with a strong knowledge and foundation in Christ. She imparts this love and reverence not only to her own children, but to her students as well. Ms. Painter is privileged to use her knowledge, training, and gifts to teach music and fine art, as well as Kindergarten at RCA.
Linnea Landin Burr - Music (all grades)
Abbey Gebel - 2nd Grade Math and Reading
Abbey Gebel is a Buffalo native, who graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education, Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, and a Master of Science in Reading. After spending the first fourteen years of her career as a private school reading specialist, she left the classroom to homeschool her five children. Now, after four years of teaching everything from Nursery School to Seventh Grade and, by the Lord’s providence, growing to love Classical Education, she is returning to her classroom roots while continuing to homeschool her three eldest children.
Mrs. Gebel rejoices over “A-ha!” moments, is a steadfast advocate for her students, teaches children to understand and be confident in themselves as learners, and embraces creative problem-solving. She integrates learning across the curriculum whenever possible and is not likely to pass up a teachable moment.
Mrs. Gebel is a musician, artist, collector of hobbies, and follower of Christ. Recognizing that all things work together for our good and God’s glory, she is delighted to open this chapter of God’s story at RCA.
Daniel David Black
Daniel David Black is Assistant Professor of Vocal Music & Conducting and Director of Choral Activities at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. Prior to joining the faculty at Houghton, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Lakeland University in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. His background also includes teaching at Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY), Villa Maria College (Buffalo, NY), Nardin Academy (Buffalo, NY), and Immaculata Academy (Hamburg, NY). He also has extensive experience as a professional church musician.
Dr. Black holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), a Master of Music from Houghton College (Houghton, NY), and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). He and his family attend Grace Road Church and he volunteers with the children’s ministry.
Katie Walter attended college at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, CA. She was the Grammar teacher and music instructor with Veritas Hall School in Westlake Village, CA. She has also worked at ESL Federal Credit Union in Rochester, NY, and Wells Fargo Bank in Simi Valley, CA. She resides in Rochester, NY with her husband, Eric, and their two children. They attend Grace Church PCA, where she volunteers with music.
John Baehr joined the board of Rochester Classical Academy shortly after its inception. He and his wife have been in Rochester since 2015. Mr. Baehr brings a long history of Christian education, both as a student throughout his school years and as a prior board member on two Christian school boards. He and his wife have four children and three grandchildren. Mr. Baehr is a retired teacher and his wife is a physician in Rochester. They attend Grace Road Church in Rochester.
Mary Delmastro has taught art history at several local colleges for over ten years, including Brockport, RIT, and Finger Lakes Community College, where she is currently an Assistant Professor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Arts in Art History through Syracuse University’s program of Renaissance art in Florence, Italy. She also regularly teaches at the Memorial Art Gallery, developing courses for the Creative Workshops and giving lectures for the Docent Education Program. She, her husband, and their two young children attend The Well.