Mr. David Gray | Sixth Grade Principle Teacher

I thoroughly enjoy teaching math and science at RCCA.  What an awesome opportunity to engage with great students on the quest to gain the necessary tools for success in an environment that fosters lifelong learning through the Classical Model.


I have been engaged in teaching, training and educating in every professional position I have held.  After graduating the University of Maryland (GO TERPS!) in 1991 with a B.A. in Government and Politics, I entered the US Air Force, where I served five years as a Special Agent performing VIP physical security for foreign diplomatic dignitaries.  Through the next 15 years I worked in the financial services, banking and land management industries; mainly in operations management.  Throughout all of those times, I sought every opportunity to be involved with the transfer of knowledge and information to other employees, through both formal training and informal coaching and mentoring.  I most recently earned my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2012.


I have a passion for all of the subjects across the curriculum, but, not surprisingly, I find mathematics, science, economics, finance and history to be the ones I enjoy teaching the most.  As a firm believer in the Classical Model, I can’t help but enjoy grammar, science, literature and Latin as critical components of a holistic approach to education.


If you’re looking for the best education for your children, look no further!  RCCA is it!

Mr. Buddy Ballard | Sixth Grade History Teacher

Buddy Ballard has taught at RCCA for four years, and greatly enjoys teaching history, literature and the Bible. He works to pass his love of reading to all of his students. He and his wife of 39 years, Karen, have five children and four grandchildren. He was a career officer in the United States Army for 32 years, and has earned the following degrees: B.A., Political Science, University of Alabama; M.S., Logistics Management, Florida Institute of Technology, and M.A., National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Mrs. Margrett Harrison | Sixth Grade Grammar & Composition Teacher

Margrett Harrison has a love for learning and watching her students’ knowledge increase. She has lived in Fayetteville for eleven years and is a mother of two children who attend RCCA. Margrett has taught at RCCA for five years, ranging from K-5 to fourth grade. She has loved each and every grade she has taught! Her favorite subjects to teach are Bible, History, and English.   Her teaching techniques include using songs, chants, and playing games to learn and reinforce lessons taught.


Mrs. Jennifer Powell | Sixth Grade Literature Teacher

Jennifer Powell believes that teaching is both a ministry and a privilege.  She has a passion for teaching literature and enjoys developing a love for reading in each of her students.  Jennifer has taught at Renaissance for eight years and has a B.A. from Pembroke University.   In addition, she served for eight years in the United States Air Force and is married to a career Airman.   Jennifer has two young men attending Renaissance Academy and a daughter attending the Preschool.


Miss McKendree Slater | Latin Teacher