OUR LEADERS OF THE PACK.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
I have been married to Jana Jonakin Blanchard for 12 years. We are blessed with two incredible children. Our daughter Belle is in the 6th grade and our son Tripp is in the 4th grade at Tara Oaks Elementary School where Jana serves as the school counselor. Prior to working at Tara Oaks, Jana was a high school counselor for 10 years at Collierville High School. Both of our families come from a long line of educators. I graduated from a small Christian high school and played basketball at a small Christian college. My wife played softball at Union University in Jackson, TN. We both greatly respect Christian education and recognize its importance in furthering the kingdom of God. I am enthusiastic and eager to begin working with you to support all students and to see RCA grow to its full potential!
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Rachael Burnett joined RCA as the Dean of Academics in 2017. As both RCA alumnus and former RCA teacher, Mrs. Burnett is grateful for the privilege to serve in this capacity, helping to shape the next generation to be thoughtful citizens, innovative, hardworking leaders, and most significantly, gospel-centered people.
Mrs. Burnett attended Mississippi State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. She then began her career in education and obtained a Master of Arts in Education from Union University. Having taught in several schools, both independent and public, and at various grade levels, Mrs. Burnett loves being at Rossville investing in the people that make RCA the wonderfully unique place it is. Working together with our leadership team, faculty, staff, students, and parents, Mrs. Burnett aims to bolster a culture of academic excellence and spiritual depth in which each student is prepared to live successfully and with eternal impact when he or she graduates.
She and her husband, Paul (also an RCA alum), have been married for ten years and have two children. In addition to her passion for education, Mrs. Burnett enjoys reading and cheering for her MSU Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.
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DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY
Christina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Grades 1-8. She taught 2nd and 3rd grades for 12 years then transitioned into teaching computer classes and providing tech support. She is currently on her 26th year in education. Christina has been married for 26 years to Craig and has a 21 year old daughter who attends the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She enjoys working out in her free time and leading the RCA Pack Adventures High School Group to Europe each year during Spring Break. Her favorite verse is Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
ELEMENTARY OFFICE ASSISTANT
Jennifer joined RCA in August of 2010. She is our Elementary Office Assistant and Varsity Softball Coach. Jennifer has also taught Elementary PE since 2010. Jennifer has been married to Troy for 20 years and they have a daughter, Annie Clare, that is in the 8th grade here at RCA. Annie Clare has attended RCA since Pre-K. Jennifer and her family are members of First Baptist Church Hickory Withe. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, swimming, and anything outdoors.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Mrs. Schwalb is beginning her fifth year as 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Rossville Christian Academy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Schwalb is assuming a new role as Director of Development. In this role, Mrs. Schwalb will work to promote RCA, form business partnerships, enrich the culture at RCA, and aid in student recruitment.