Elementary Teachers

Mrs. Amanda Coombs, Kindergarten Teacher
Years at HCA: 6+ months
2019 Coombs

 - Scituate High School
 - Rhode Island College BA,Elementary Education
Previous Employment 
 - Preschool Aide, Holden Christian Academy, 6 months
 - Military Spouse (world traveler) and stay at home mom
 - Happily married to David Coombs 
 - One son
Three of my favorite things to do (in addition to promoting the Kingdom of God)
 - Spend time with family & friends
 - Travel with my family
 - Crafting and baking
This year I am excited about 
 - Getting to know my students and watching them grow
 - The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 re-enactment
 - Seeing my son in school everyday


Susan CaronAssistant Principal, First Grade Teacher2019 Caron
Years at HCA: 25

- North Brookfield High School
- North Adams State College BS, ECH Education
Previous Employment
- Teacher, Barre Christian Preschool, 7 Years
- Married 39 years to Andy Caron
- Three daughters
- Four grandchildren
Three of my favorite things to do
- Spending time with family & friends
- Bible Journaling
- Watching re-runs of Fixer Upper & Downton Abbey
This year I’m excited about
- Helping my students to get to know God better & love Him more
- Seeing our Food for Life book published
- Re-enacting the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893

Life verse: Psalm 63:3-4a

Mrs. Kaylyn Penza, Second Grade Teacher 
Years at HCA: I just began my 1st Year
2019 Penza
 - Neenah High School
 - University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point BS, Communicative Disorders with
teaching Intent
 - My handsome husband, Mike
 - Four delightful daughters, all who go to school here at HCA
Three of my favorite things to do (in addition to promoting the Kingdom of God)
 - Spend time with family & friends
 - Gardening
 - Shopping, especially at thrift stores and yard sales
This year I am excited about
 - Seeing my 2nd graders use the gifts God gave them in creative ways.
 - Building Bug Houses (for pollinators)!
 - Being able to talk about how Jesus cares about every part of our lives!


Ms. Denise Rennie (formerly Reed), Third Grade Teacher, 
After School Program Leader
Years at HCA- 18th year

 - Woburn High School
 - Lesley University, BS Elementary Education, Certified in grades 1-6
 - Graduate work - Lesley University- Special Education, Worcester State -Reading, Cambridge College -ESL
Previous Employment
 - Southborough Public School -Kindergarten Aide for Autistic community for 1 year
 - Barre Public School RTI -grades K-5 -1/2 year
 - Worcester Public School -5th grade teacher math/science -1/2 year
 - Holden Christian Academy - 4th grade teacher for 17 years
 - Bureau of Institutional Schools- Gaebler Children's Center, Met State, Somerville Hospital
 - Salem Hospital -Special Education teacher ages 7-21 for 5 years
 - 2 children ages 23 & 26  - both attended & graduated from HCA
Three of my favorite things to do (in addition to promoting the Kingdom of God)
 - Spending time with family and friends.  I am blessed with many friends and even still have the same 9 friends from elementary school,  51 years and counting!
 - Singing
 - Listening to books on CD's and Podcasts 
This year I am excited about 
 - SO grateful to be back "home" at HCA...to have the freedom to share God's love and to help students learn intentionally, in a loving and safe environment
 - Having the opportunity to make life-long relationships
 - The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 re-enactment


Kristen Heenan, Fourth Grade Teacher,
SpEd Director2019 Heenan
Years at HCA- 3

- Wachusett High School Diploma/ Preschool Teacher licensure program
- Quinsigamond Community College AS in Early Childhood Development
- Worcester Technical Institute Certificate in Art and Photography
- Liberty University BS, Elementary Education
- Liberty University Masters in Education with a specialty in Special Needs and Social Development
- ABA Certification through Marlborough High school
Former Employment
- The Nurtury In Holden
- Bright Horizons
- KinderCare
- Marlborough High School
- Algonquin High School
- Happily married to John Heenan
- Kids: Andrew, 20; Joshua, 26; Joseph, 24
Three of my favorite things to do
- Spend time with family & friends
- Scrapbooking
- Anything social
This year I am excited about 
- Cooking with my students and publishing our cookbook
- The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 re-enactment
- Teaching and learning with students and the staff

Current Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 91:4- He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.