Our Team

Our Story

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cape Cod Christian Academy, a nonprofit University Model® school, was formed to meet the need of families seeking a different educational option for their children, especially after students had been forced to suddenly shift to remote learning. Through the remote-learning process, many parents recognized the benefits of homeschooling, including being able to: have more time for imparting their faith and values, provide a safe environment, and cater the curriculum to the child's interests and needs. Homeschooling allows flexibility and creativity. Parents can tailor their child's education to meet the child's individual needs, but planning a curriculum can be daunting. Cape Cod Christian Academy supports parents by providing the curriculum, lesson planning, and teaching support that parents need to be confident in their choice to be an integral part of their child(ren)'s education. Cape Cod Christian Academy began accepting its first students in the summer of 2020, and it received its 501(c)(3) determination on September 8, 2020. Cape Cod Christian Academy officially became a private school in August of 2023, and is under the oversight of a board of directors.

Dr. Tracy L. Waters-Founder & Head of School

Dr. Waters taught at the elementary and middle school levels for over 15 years before she transitioned into school administration. She earned her bachelor's degree in science and information technology, her master's degree in education, and her doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on curriculum. Her dissertation focus was on changes in teaching practices with the Next Generation Science Standards. She is a SEPT alumna of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is certified as both a K-8 teacher and a K-12 administrator.

Educational disparity is a concern close to Dr. Waters' heart. She moved to Central America to do short-term mission work and teach English and computer skills in economically challenged regions, and ended up living in Costa Rica for over six years. During that time, she also learned Spanish, taught English and science in a private school, and became the Academic Director of a K-12 International Baccalaureate school. 

An Alabama native, Dr. Waters spent summers on the Cape since 2014, and did her 500-hour school administration internship through Nauset Public Schools. She moved to the Cape full time in 2019, and founded Cape Cod Christian Academy in 2020. When she is not teaching, she loves reading, being outdoors, traveling with her husband, Buster, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. 

Mrs. Rachel Sullivan- Teacher (Kindergarten-1st Grade)

Mrs. Sullivan knew in high school that she wanted to be a teacher. She chose the four-year education pathway at the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, then studied elementary education at Wheelock College. 

Mrs. Sullivan is a mom of two boys. She has always loved being outdoors and keeping active. Mrs. Sullivan is also a photographer. With her strong attention to detail and creativity, she also assists with our marketing. 

Mrs. Lauren Thonus- Co-Teacher (Kindergarten-1st Grade)

Mrs. Thonus has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UMass Boston, where she focused on child and adolescent development. She is also a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society. She has homeschooled since 2020 teaching her children in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th grade. She has two children, a son in 3rd grade at CCCA and a daughter in 9th grade at TCA.  

Mrs. Thonus is the president of the Lower Cape Figure Skating Association Executive Board, volunteers with the Friends of Chatham Waterways, and was the childcare coordinator at her church. She is a horseback riding instructor and has taught students of all ages to learn natural communication with horses. She has ridden all her life and has won awards in Dressage including a national Silver Medal. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Thonus enjoys spending time with her family, especially while camping or at the beach. You can also find her at the skating rink and taking care of her two horses, Fenway and McFly, in her backyard.

Mrs. Sarah Bridgwood-Teacher (2nd Grade)

Mrs. Bridgwood has her bachelor’s degree in history from Gordon College. She has her Massachusetts teaching certification in social science, along with her Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement. Mrs. Bridgwood worked as a substitute teacher for public and private schools before she became a classroom teacher for a private school for 5 years. Mrs. Bridgwood has been with Cape Cod Christian Academy since 2020. 

When Mrs. Bridgwood is not in the classroom, she loves traveling, decorating, music, and her growing number of grandchildren!

Mrs. Rachel Thackston Dodge Teacher (3rd-4th Grades)

Mrs. Dodge has her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Bridgewater State University, along with her Massachusetts licensure in elementary education for grades 1-6. She taught in the Barnstable Public School system for over fifteen years. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Dodge also wrote curriculum for Grade 6 Social Studies, served as a mentor, and was given the award of “exemplar” teacher by her supervisor in 2016.

Mrs. Dodge is an active member of her church, where she teaches Sunday School to grades K-2. When not in the classroom, Mrs. Dodge enjoys reading, knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Mrs. Rheanna Hastings- Teacher (5th-7th Grades)

Mrs. Hastings has her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from The College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota. Her main coursework was in biology and psychology. After earning her teacher's license, she was a substitute teacher in the Minnesota public schools for five years before homeschooling her own children. As a homeschooling parent, she taught grades 5-8. 

Mrs. Hastings founded the Parent Community Coalition of Cape Cod and is very involved in her church and community. When she's not in the classroom, Mrs. Hastings enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, volunteering, scrapbooking, reading, and sailing. 

Ms. Molly Hayman- Art

Ms. Molly Hayman graduated college with a degree in Fine Art from Northern VA Community College.  She then moved to Montreal, Canada to further her studies in Fashion Design at College LaSalle, where she studied graphic design.  After graduating, she landed a job doing graphic design for a small business. This opened the door for her to be able to work freelance graphic design for an array of different local businesses needing print and/or marketing materials. She enjoys using her skills for missions, and made an annual calendar to help raise funds for an African mission trip each year. Miss Molly has also designed some marketing materials for Cape Cod Christian Academy. Miss Molly has been passionate about art and performing arts since a very young age, and continues to understand the value of creativity in our daily lives.

Señora Allison Ramos- Spanish

Allison Ramos, M.A. has been working in education for over 20 years and has held a variety of roles including classroom teacher, academic advisor, director, and dean.  She has a B.A. in English Literature from Colgate University and an M.A. in Higher Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  In 2021, she founded Las Puertas College Coaching, which specializes in coaching first generation students on the path to college. 

Señora Ramos and her family have an immense love for travel and learning about other languages and cultures.  They speak Spanish at home, and Spanish is her husband and daughter’s first language.  Señora Ramos is thrilled to be able to share her love of Spanish and Latin American culture with CCCA students through music, conversation, writing, and crafts.

Mrs. Sam Govoni-Roderick- Musical Theater

Miss Sam graduated from Covenant Bible College, and also holds an associates degree in science. She also studied Shakespeare at The Boston Conservatory. 

Miss Sam has been involved in theater for most of her life. She started acting on stage when she was 9, and has never stopped. She’s currently the President of the Board Of Directors at The Academy Playhouse in Orleans, where she has taught various performance classes. She has directed many successful shows, in recent years she has focused on directing full scale children’s productions here on Cape Cod. Those include Charlotte’s Web, Frozen, Snow White, Winnie The Pooh, and Sleepy Hollow. Miss Sam loves sharing her passion of musical theater with her students. Watching them build their confidence through a creative outlet is the most inspiring aspect of her work. 

Miss Sam is the mom of a 2nd grade CCCA student. She enjoys acting with her daughter and spending time with their pets. She’s overjoyed to be able to teach musical theater at Cape Cod Christian Academy.

Mrs. Antoinette Turner- Music 

Mrs. Turner (Mrs.T) is delighted to be back at CCCA and looks forward to working with the students! She is graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with years of music, teaching, ministry, education and engineering experience. She has a deep love for Jesus and people, and she loves equipping students in the language of music, in using their talents, and in developing depth of understanding in Scripture, team skills, confidence, grace, and more. 


For over 30 years, Mrs. T. has taught theory, foundations, and general music, ensembles, and worship at the pre-K-12th grade levels in a school setting, and privately for even longer. A believer in the value of whole-language music, Mrs. Turner teaches comprehensively and plays and teaches most instruments, including piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, drums, violin, cello, recorder, guitar, and voice. She also writes and arranges music. Mrs. T. is a mom of two, and a "Nonni" to four grandsons