Administration

Sean O’Connor

Sean O’Connor

RCCA Administrator

Mr. Sean O‘Connor is the Principal and Administrator at Risen Christ Christian Academy. He has served as the Principal since 2012. Sean has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University Nebraska, Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University, and has completed the Colloquy Program at Concordia University Chicago. He previously taught middle school at RCCA and prior to that he taught at schools in Illinois and Massachusetts. He is the Director of the Contemporary Worship Team at Risen Christ Lutheran Church. In his free time, Sean is heavily involved in Fine Arts, is on the Fine Arts Board of the SC Independent Schools Association, and is an actor vocalist and percussionist. Sean is married to his wife Christina, and they have three children.

Theresa Morgan

Theresa Morgan

Secretary

Theresa Morgan is the Secretary at Risen Christ. She attended business school, then began working for Sears Roebuck in PA as an accounting supervisor where she served for 23 years. Sears re-organized and Theresa retired early to begin employment for Luzerene County, PA Transportation Department as the supervisor of scheduling. She retired again in 2005 and moved to SC where she accepted the position at RCCA as office secretary. Theresa was widowed in 2011 and enjoys spending time with her 3 grandchildren, her church and a social club of relocated PA retirees.

Child Development Center

Melissa Watson

Melissa Watson

CDC Assistant Director
Sue Rhia

Sue Rhia

CDC Assistant Director

Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Leslie Gore

Leslie Gore

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Leslie Gore is the Kindergarten teacher at Risen Christ. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood from Coastal Carolina University. She has extensive experience teaching a wide variety of ages, including the twos, threes, transitional fours, Child Development to Kindergarten. Previous experience also includes Children‘s Director for Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Gore lives in Myrtle Beach with her husband, Kenny, and their 2 dogs. They have two daughters. Their oldest, Alyssa, is 23 and owns a wedding and event planning company in Charleston, SC. Their youngest daughter, Lana, is 22 and works for the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, which is associated with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. She strongly believes that God’s provision is one of the greatest gifts that we are given.

Anna Coggeshall

Anna Coggeshall

1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Anna Coggeshall is the 1st grade teacher at Risen Christ. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017 and is just a few classes away from finishing her Masters in Elementary Education. She is excited to teach and inspire young minds at Risen Christ. Ms. Coggeshall enjoys spending time with her two-year-old daughter, who also keeps her busy!

Lisa Casterline

Lisa Casterline

2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Casterline is the 2nd grade teacher at Risen Christ. She is a high progress teacher; using many different tools and assessments to understand students’ different learning styles and personalities, teaching in a variety of ways, and encouraging higher order thinking to focus on curriculum goals for their success. Mrs. Casterline has over 20 years of experience in teaching. She obtained her Bachelor of Science, Elementary and Early Childhood Education in 1997 from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. She received her Reading Recovery Certificate in August of 2001 from Western Maryland University and her Masters degree in Reading Education in August of 2005. She is also a National Board certified teacher, earning the prestigious National Board Certification in Reading Language Arts-Early, Middle Childhood. Mrs. Casterline believes sharing the love of Jesus; as a basis for instruction, responsible choices, and life’s work should be at the forefront of academics. She is so pleased that at Risen Christ, students are immersed in this message and will become better learners and leaders because of their love and belief in Christ. When not teaching, Mrs. Casterline enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Sona Handl

Sona Handl

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Sona Handl is the 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Risen Christ. She has been teaching at RCCA since 2007. She graduated from the University of Constantine The Philosopher in 1996 in Slovakia. She taught in Slovakia for two years before coming to the US. She loves being a teacher, and considers her classroom students her own kids. She is hoping to make a difference in their lives so that one day they can provide a positive impact on the world. Sona has two children. In her free time she likes to read a good book, watch movies and spend time with her family- particularly cooking and shopping with her daughter.

Becky Bane

Becky Bane

5th & 6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Becky Bane is the 5th and 6th grade teacher at RCCA. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a B.A. in English and also attended Nene University College in Northampton, England. After graduation, she taught Adult Education with the Horry County Literacy Council and also worked with the Horry and Greenville County Library Systems. In Greenville, she was the assistant to the Youth Services director for the public library. While employed at GCLS, she organized programs for children of all ages and grades at the library and public schools. She also began a research project on literacy, the imagination and the connection between the two, which led her to develop a literacy program. She eventually published a book about the program she started and also wrote an article for a national library journal which featured this program. After many years in the library system, she began working part-time teaching preschool, reading comprehension and after school exploratory programs.

Duane Solyom

Duane Solyom

7th & 8th Grade Teacher

Mr. Duane Solyom shares in teaching 7th and 8th grade at Risen Christ. He moved to Myrtle Beach from Aurora, Illinois. Mr. Solyom was an Administrator/Manager of Sony Corporation of America for over ten years. He then because a 5th grade teacher at Indian Prairie Community School, followed by 26 years as a Middle School teacher/Director/Coach at Aurora East School. In his free time, he is passionate about music and is a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist.

Lynn Andrews

Lynn Andrews

7th & 8th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Lynn Andrews is RCCA’s new 7th and 8 grade teacher, sharing teaching duties with Mr. Solyom. She teaches English Language Arts, Religion and Social Studies in the mornings. Mrs. Andrews is originally from upstate NY where she taught high school English for four and a half years. She and her family relocated to the Myrtle Beach areas three years ago to be closer to her parents. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from St. Bonaventure University and her Masters in Teaching from SUNY Empire. Prior to transitioning into teaching, she worked as a Project Manager and Software Installation Manager for WebMD. Mrs. Andrews lives in Little River and enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and their three children. Mrs. Andrews is thrilled to resume her teaching career within the growing RCCA family!

Robert Casterline

Robert Casterline

High School Teacher

Mr. Robert Casterline is the High School teacher at Risen Christ. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Dual Major: Economics & Marketing) from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He obtained teacher certification through the State of South Carolina Department of Education in 2008 and taught for over 6 years at H.E. McCracken Middle School/High School in Bluffton, SC. Mr. Casterline is passionate about technology and during his time teaching, he initiated the first Gateway to Technology Program. He created and implemented a variety of daily hands on lessons based on product development including: design & modeling, automation & robotics and energy & environment.