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Four CCA Teachers Named 2015 Golden Halo Award Finalists

Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida reveals finalists in its 9th annual teacher award ceremony.

March 25, 2015 – Classical Christian Academy is happy to announce four of its teachers were named finalists in the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida’s ninth annual Golden Halo teacher awards. CCA’s four finalists are:

Elementary Category: Evelyn Strasbaugh, Kindergaten Tabitha Dillehay, Fifth Grade

Middle School Category: Vicki Watson, Upper School math and Spanish

High School Category: Amy DeFrance, Upper School math, grammar, spelling, English, study skills, speech, personal finance and Biblical World View


Mrs. Evelyn Strasbaugh with her students.



Mrs. Tabitha Dillehay with her fifth grade students.



Mrs. Vicki Watson with some of her Upper School students.



Mrs. DeFrance with Upper School students.


“I’ve always known we have really great teachers. It’s wonderful to see some of them get recognized outside of our school,” said Amy Davis, CCA principal, founder and CEO. “I believe our teachers are answering a calling to teach and minister with their life’s work. They are extraordinary.”

The Chamber accepts nominations from students attending Christian schools in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. This year, they received 43 nominations. The Chamber selects 12 finalists; four in each of the high school, middle school and elementary school divisions.

Sue Fowler, from the Chamber explained, “We use a combination of things to help us choose the finalists. We review the students’ nomination forms; the teacher’s application where they answer questions like how they feel they share their faith with their kids; and then the pre-visits where a retired teacher evaluates how the teachers and students respond to each other, what the energy is like in the room. It’s a tough decision for us to make.”

The winners will be named at the Chamber’s ninth annual Golden Halo awards ceremony on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the St. Leos Parish Life Center in Bonita Springs. The guest speaker is Mike Reese, Theology Department Head at Bishop Verot High School. For more information visit: http://hischamber.org/golden-halo-awards/.

CCA will order a group of tickets. If CCA families are interested in attending the award ceremony, contact Cindy Ward at cward@discovercca.org.

About the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida The Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida began in 1997. More than 200 members come together to network, develop their businesses and give God the glory. For more information, visit www.hischamber.org.

About Classical Christian Academy Classical Christian Academy is the premier hybrid school in Southwest Florida. CCA offers families an academically rigorous and Christ-centered K-12 education option that blends the best aspects of private and home schooling. Classical Christian Academy is a registered 501c(3) organization. For more information, visit www.discovercca.org and like CCA on www.facebook.com/DiscoverCCA.

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