Jeanene began Calvary Christian Academy in 2004 in conjunction with her daughter, Melanie, at the urging of their pastor at the time, Rex Furman, who later served as an international missions director. She serves as co-director, preK teacher, music leader, bookkeeper, business manager, chief gardener and janitor, and anything else that needs to be done.
Melanie Lorey, Co-Director & Teacher:
Melanie, Jeanene's daughter, studied Marine Science at Hawaii Loa College at Kaneohe, Hawaii. She then went on to earn her A.A. in Early Childhood Education, and an A.A. in Business and School Administration from Shoreline Community College in 1996. After receiving her certifications, she also pursued additional training in Special Needs Education. As well as serving in internships at Shoreline Community College Preschool, special education camps, and Native American reservation schools, she worked for twelve years at CRISTA Ministries King's Preschool and Childcare Center in various positions as an assistant teacher, supervisor, lead pre-K teacher, special program director, and all-school celebration (included music, movement, puppetry & storytelling).
Melanie is the single mom of a daughter, Crista Joy, who graduated from Inglemoor High School in 2013 and now attends Shoreline Community College. In 2004, Melanie joined her mother in opening Calvary Christian Academy and it has become her passion. She has been an active participant in her church using her gifts of teaching, music, and drama in the VBS programs, Children's Church classes, AWANA, and worship team. Melanie models the love of Christ with her students! She co-directs the Academy, oversees curriculum and teaches Prekindergarten through 4th graders, directs music and shares in all the business and maintenance.
Jeanene and Melanie bring a combined 66+ years of classroom teaching experience at preschool through college instruction. Students served at CCA have ranged from preschool to 4th grade; some students have special needs such as Asperger's/autism, ADHD, reading/math disabilities to highly gifted. Individualized instruction is guaranteed to meet the needs of each child.