Principal Bio

Jeanier Howard

 Jeanier Howard was born on the island of Antigua in the West indies. She migrated to the Island of St. Croix, USVI. in her teen years. She attended Oakwood College,  transferred to University of Cincinnati, where  earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Science( BS), and a Masters in Special Education from the the University (MEd). She has two adult children who  reside here in Cincinnati, Ohio.. Jeanier has a passion for christian  education, especially at the foundation level. She believes that education is empowerment and all children deserve an opportunity to received that solid foundation. Jeanier has over fifteen years of experience in the classroom as a multi-grade teacher for grades K-8. She has served as head teacher, and fourteen  years as  Principal/Administrator . She has worked for East Caribbean Conference, Allegheny west Conference, Fletcher Academy/ in the capacity as Principal for Captain Gilmer Christian School, grades K-8 for nine years. Ms. Howard has returned to the Ohio Conference to take the position as Principal at Clifton Christian Academy. Ms. Howard is passionate about Christian Education and strongly believes that this is God's calling for her life's work. 

Teacher Bios


Mrs. Edward's Bio


Mrs. Edwards has been our kindergarten and first grade teacher for the past eight years. She graduated from Union Institute & University with a BA in Early Childhood Studies in 2007 and is passionate about teaching. Her family is extremely supportive and both her children have attended Clifton Christian Academy. One of her many strengths is the ability to translate lesson plans into fun and memorable learning experiences. Identifying student needs and collaborating with support staff is also a priority for her. She believes in quickly and accurately addressing students’ needs whether it relates to an advanced child, or a student needing enrichment. She attributes her success to Clifton Christian Academy’s shared belief that smaller class sizes and individualization is key to teaching 21st century learners. 

Elizabeth Crider


I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was a graduate of the Cleveland Public School District. Within a year of graduation, a friend shared a book with me entitled, Bible Readings for the Home . It was through those pages that I found Jesus and fell in love with Him. I wanted to learn more so I attended an eight week Evangelistic Campaign and took Bible Studies. I surrendered my life to the Lord and was baptized.

As a new teacher, I realized that my call to the teaching profession was quite unique. At six years old that I knew that I was going to become a teacher. Every day after school (during grades K-3), I could hardly wait to arrive home so that I could “teach” my dolls everything that I had learned that day. Early in my Christian experience I understood “the call” to teaching. I realized that it was the Holy Spirit who called me to the classroom. So, in preparation for service, I attended Oakwood College for two years, then completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Cleveland State University. Some years later, I earned a Master’s Degree from Kent State University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in the teaching of Reading and Writing.

My educational philosophy is that all children can learn given high quality instruction, patient, loving support, and time. That is what I intend to give to each of my students at Clifton Christian Academy. 

A number of years following my college graduation, Ernest Crider and I were married. We have a son, Edward who is married to his wife, Aleta. Together they have two children, Joshua (11 years) and Caleb (7 years). And, I am their proud “Papa”- the name that Joshua gave me when he was a year old. So today, I happily remain their Papa.

I enjoy reading, weight lifting, walking, and being in nature. 

I am delighted that God has given me the opportunity to serve Him, my students, and their parents in this area of the Ohio Conference.

Leona Bange

   Mrs. Leona Bange has been teaching in Adventist education for thirteen years. She holds an Associate of Science in Nursing from Southern Adventist University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a religion minor from Southwestern Adventist University. Leona has taught in the Columbia and Lake Unions and has experience in both small and Junior Academy settings. She has a passion for music and music education. Mrs. Bange loves to help students learn music, play instruments, and sing for Jesus! She has four adult daughters, a loving husband, Joseph, and two fluffy dogs. She is new to CCA but not to the Ohio Conference. Mrs. Bange has worked in this conference for many years as principal and as a classroom teacher. She specifically served as a teacher in grades 6-12, taught upper grade mathematics, science, and music. Mrs. Bange is a communicator, a hard worker, and is not afraid to get her hands dirty. She loves children and will go the extra mile for a child. She comes highly recommended as a teacher who loves the Lord and works well with parents and coworkers. Mrs. Bange is excited to continue her ministry at CCA and looks forward to meeting and greeting all. Please join us and welcome Mrs. Bange to our staff here at CCA. We had a rough road in our search for a teacher; however, we believe that the Lord has led us to a fantastic teacher that will bring a high level of excellence to CCA for a long time.