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 finishing the 5th grade and our son Tripp is finishing the 3rd 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 returned to RCA in May 2017 to begin serving as the Director of Middle and High School Education. For the 2018-19 school year, she will be serving as the Director of Education for elementary, middle, and high school. As both RCA alumnus and former RCA teacher, Mrs. Burnett is grateful for the privilege to help guide and serve RCA for the sake of shaping the next generation to be thoughtful citizens, intelligent, innovative, and hardworking leaders, and most significantly, gospel-centered people.
Mrs. Burnett attended Mississippi State University where she earned her 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 in middle and high school, Mrs. Burnett is excited to be back at Rossville investing in the faculty, staff, and students that make RCA the wonderfully unique place it is. Working together with our leadership team, teachers, 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, have been married for nine 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.
DEAN OF STUDENTS
Head Football Coach
Teran Conley joined the RCA family in March 2018. He is the Head Coach of the middle school and varsity football teams. Also, Coach Conley is the Dean of Students for junior kindergarten through 12th grade. Coach Conley believes that joining RCA was a God-ordained move. He states, “My spiritual father always told me to go where I am planted, and I believe RCA is exactly where God has planted me to help grow his Kingdom.” Coach Conley’s discipline philosophy comes from Proverbs 22:6 which states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” When enforcing RCA’s discipline policies, Coach Conley makes it a priority to teach students alternative solutions to avoid breaking the rules. As the Dean of Students, Coach Conley strives to make sure that even in correction, students feel the love of God.
Coach Conley graduated from The University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He was a member of a fraternity (Alpha Phi Alpha) because he thrives in brotherhood and teamwork. Coach Conley went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education, concentrating in School Supervision, Administration, and Leadership from Cambridge College. His first job in education was with the former Memphis City School system at Hamilton High School, serving as an In-School Suspension coordinator. Later, he was promoted to Behavioral Specialist. Next, Coach Conley served at First Assembly Christian School before joining RCA.
Coach Conley is married and a father of five. He has four girls and one boy. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching suspense movies, rooting for his beloved Atlanta Falcons, and turning off life responsibilities while drinking a milkshake.
“Love is a lot of things, it varies, but one thing it is not is unsure.” — Maya Angelou