Get to Know Our Faculty!
Pastor Mark Leckie
The Lord has called me to be principal to promote His kingdom through the field of education. I enjoy seeing growth in the students as we provide them a Christ-centered, Biblical worldview. It is an amazing opportunity to see spiritual growth in children, even at a young age, and prepare them to face a changing world, while living out their faith. I have my Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio.
I enjoy time with the Lord, chewing on His word. I consider myself a growing student of the Lord. I have attended Calvary Chapel of the Finger Lakes since 1979 when the fellowship was meeting in a small grange hall in Pumpkin Hook, NY. I met my wife Lynn at a home Bible study, and we were married in 1981. We have 5 girls, Hannah, Jessica, Laura, Keri, and Tami. Through the years I have served various capacities at the church including secretary/treasurer. I enjoy time in Biblical Studies, hockey, soccer, horticulture, and cooking.
Seventh and Eighth Grades
I surrendered my life to Christ in 1992. Since that time, by God’s grace, He has enabled me to walk closer and closer with Him, and learn His ways. I am blessed to serve Him as husband, father, teacher and member of the body of Christ. I really enjoy teaching young people and watching them grow in their relationship with Christ. It is the ultimate challenge for me. I love to explore with them how the majesty and glory of God is demonstrated in every facet of life. My Hobbies include spending time at my parents cottage with my wife and 3 boys, sports, and reading.
I am a New York State certified teacher, I have a masters degree in Elementary Education from Nazareth College, and a BA in business management from St. John Fisher. I have 17 years experience teaching, including 2nd grade in public school, as well as here at Calvary Chapel I have taught various grades and subjects.
Fifth and Sixth Grades
I love being with children and seeing them grow. I love when their eyes light up as they grasp a new concept.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Masters Degree in Literacy. I have taught for 2 years in 3rd grade, 2 years in 1st grade, and 1 year in pre-school. I also have experience as a substitute teacher for one year.
I would describe my walk with the Lord as a continual learning process. He is my rock and guides me along the way. I love singing and worshiping Him. He is so worthy! There is always something I can learn.
In my spare time I love reading, watching movies, spending time with family and friends, and any activities that involve being outdoors!
Third and Fourth Grades
I feel like teaching is a calling that Lord has placed on my life, and have felt that calling since I was 4 years old. I feel that teaching is the best way to serve the Lord with the gifts that He has given me. I love watching kids grow in knowledge and understanding, as well as socially and in academic skills. I love seeing them grow in their relationship with Jesus most of all.
I have known the Lord since going to VBS as a child. I did not walk with Him closely until 1983 when I came to Calvary Chapel. He has been my strength, my guide, my heart and my companion ever since.
I have a Bachelors degree in Education from SUNY Geneseo. I taught Special Education for 30 years for grades K-12 at Wayne Finger Lakes Boces. And for the last 4 years I have been here at Calvary Chapel Academy teaching different grades and subjects.
First and Second Grades
I took Jesus as my Savior at the tender age of nine. Through the years He has been my joy, comfort, and guide. When I went though a fiery trial with cancer, I could feel His love. My youngest child was healed by His touch. He is my song in the night. There is no greater joy than sitting at the feet of Jesus, I will rejoice when I see Him face to face.
I love teaching children how to read. Their joy and discovering for themselves what the words on the pages mean is wonderful! I enjoy their enthusiasm when they want to share what they have learned.
I attended Anderson College, in Anderson Indiana learning about Elementary Education, I was a home school educator for 12 years, for two of my children who are also college graduates. I have continued my education with online seminars over the years. While I was home school Mom I taught various subject in 2 different home school groups. I enjoyed a season of being an early education assistant and a Sunday school teacher for eight years. I have been a second grade teacher here at Calvary Chapel Academy for 9 years.
Teaching is a joy to me because I get the privilege of watching children learn new concepts, grow and develop spiritually, socially and academically. I have over 20 years of experience teaching in various positions in early childhood setting including pre-school and UPK programs, I spent two years teaching Kindergarten prior to 4 years in a substitute teaching position. I have my early childhood education degree from Finger Lakes Community College, Bachelor of Science from SUNY Brockport, master of Education from Grand Canyon University. My family is a large part of who I spend my spare time with, We love camping together in the summertime, as well as my church family and attending church functions,
The Lord has brought me on a journey from raising my own children to reaching out and teaching other children in many different ways. I am only able to do this by his guidance and continual surrendering to His will; He is my guidance each and every day as I pray and ask him to order my steps. His love and grace is crucial to my everyday walk with the Lord, As we all fall short. I thank Him for his wisdom, patience, and guidance, with each day He allows me to teach His children; and I am grateful to be called by Him to this ministry.
Administrative Assistant Yearbook Club
My walk with the Lord can be described as an amazing journey. I can tell you that I have no idea where I would be without Jesus as my Lord and Savior. My relationship with Jesus has been an ever changing one, with mountains and valleys, but with one thing always being consistent and that being Jesus. He is never changing, always the same, and an ever present help in times of trouble. I have been married for 6 years to my best friend, we have both grown much closer to each other and to Jesus over the years, but without Jesus we would have nothing. We have two beautiful boys, one of which goes to Calvary Chapel Academy, and the other is almost 2. We enjoy hiking together, playing board games, and enjoying our time together as a family. I enjoy making crafts like jewelry and knitting.
I started at Calvary Chapel Academy as a volunteer 3 years ago and the Lord quickly pulled my heart to leave my 7 year job as a nursing assistant to serve Him and his little lambs full time as the school nurse and Administrative Assistant. I graduated high school and had received my CNA license and worked as such until coming here to the school. In this position I have learned that we need the Lords leading and guiding in all things. When we see his glory through these little lambs lives it is absolutely beautiful and it makes everything worth it.
Pastor Steve Popen
I am currently the Youth Pastor at Calvary Chapel Finger Lakes in Farmington, NY. While in attendance at the University of Mississippi, I served in a collegiate ministry active in evangelism and worship both stateside and with some short-stint missions to Romania and Hungary. In 1996, as a recent graduate with a degree in Anthropology and Archeology the Lord led me back to my home town, where I married my wife Jen and began serving and teaching the teens at Calvary Chapel of Rochester. In the fall of 2003, The Lord led us to CC Finger Lakes where I taught High and Middle School and Creation Science from a young earth/universe perspective at the Calvary Chapel Academy.
My walk with the Lord has been a constant surrendering to Him daily and being blessed in all circumstances. I enjoy teaching because it always challenges me to be a better person and to always keep Jesus as my focus. My experience teaching has been while raising my 4 children, and homeschooling each one of them for preschool before sending them to Calvary Chapel Academy. I have had experience as a substitute teacher in different grades as well as Art class and have loved every moment of it.
In our spare time we enjoy spending time as a family. hiking, biking, bowling, and cooking or baking with my children. We all enjoy going on long walks together.
I enjoy teaching my native language because it is God’s calling and done completely by His grace. I would describe my walk with the Lord as complete submission to Him as my Father in heaven, being constantly washed by the blood of my Lord and Savior Jesus. I am humbled by his mercies, with determination to love my God with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength that He gives me, so that His love can overflow to all others and His light can shine.
I graduated High School and continued my education at Everest College as a medical assistant. I taught for 3 and a half years at Corinthian College in Anaheim, California teaching medical insurance and billing and coding.
I am blessed to be with the children, of which I have two, of fellow believers. Watching them grow and learn academically and spiritually is a joy, Especially after having attended catholic/public school myself. I grow with the children and learn lessons from them and in turn have so many families to pray for. Over the years I have been a substitute teacher, a 7th grade math teacher and the school librarian.I attended R.L. Thomas High school in Webster NY, and college at SUNY Morrisville where I earned my Degree in Applied Science in Horse Husbandry and animal science. My hobbies include farming, with our horses and our chickens. Reading, cooking, puzzles, and spending time with my friends and family.
My walk with the Lord is not just a part of my life, but my whole life! I don’t consider having to breath and the same goes with talking to and hearing from Jesus. He has given my life purpose. And I’m thankful for that and all the blessings and saints surrounding me. He has kept me through the storms.
My walk with Jesus is a humbling one. The older I get, the more I rely upon His love and grace to sustain me. The Lord gives me purpose and motivation in life to serve Him in my day-to-day. There’s no other place I’d rather be. I’m blessed to impart God’s truth of His word to young minds. His wisdom and knowledge applies to all aspects of their lives. And I desire them to know how much God loves them, and to help them understand this, and to do this at their level. What a privilege!
I attended Cazenovia College where I got my AAS in Equine Studies focusing on stable and farm management. I also attended SUNY Canton and received my AAS in Veterinary Science Technology. And also Roberts Weslian College and got my BA in Management of Human Resources. I have been the Calvary Chapel Academy Physical Education teacher for two years. I also teach the local hunter safety course, and have home schooled my 3 children for the last 24 years. I participate in leading a group at Calvary Chapel’s VBS as a group leader since 2008.
Drama Club/Introduction to Audio Productions
My teaching experience includes a menagerie of positions including Elementary, Middle, and High School level English, Latin and Drama. Also workshop and apprentice programs in all aspects of theater and audio productions at our radio station here at Calvary Chapel, WZXV 99.7. I enjoy teaching because pouring into kids of ANY age fulfills a great desire put in me by the Lord to train up the next generation for Jesus.
I would describe my walk with the Lord as a child with his Father, I look to Him for everything, I want to please Him in all things, and more than anything, want to be just like Him!
Hobbies include; building, writing, reading and some golf in there every once in a while.
I had had much experience in many different aspects of Calvary Chapel Academy over the years. As a teacher I taught 5th grade for 2 years and 1st grade for 1 year. I had home schooled our own children in different seasons of their education, currently I have our 10th grade daughter at home. I have my Bachelors in Science degree, Art Education degree, I attended Buffalo State College, and our own School Of Ministry. I would describe my relationship with Jesus as my #1 relationship!
It is the highlight of our day when the kids come into the cafe for lunch! I love the buzz of their conversations, and seeing their smiling faces. It is such a blessing to serve the Lord and serving his little Lambs. My biggest hobby is running for Jesus! Participating in marathons and races for the Lord is my favorite thing to do.