About Our Principal
Mrs. Cora E. Burrell, M-Ed
Welcome to the 2023/2024 School Year!
Mrs. Burrell was appointed to lead Sinai Christian Academy as Principal by the School Board of Directors in the spring of 2016, following more than 25 years as an educator serving students and teachers on the elementary, middle and high; and collegiate levels. Mrs. Burrell’s philosophy about teaching is simple, “If you cannot reach them, you cannot teach them.” She agrees with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” What she meant was you are not going to reach some students academically until you first reach them on the “human to human” level. Sometimes the subject matter in the classrooms cannot compete with the “drama” in their lives. The main ingredient missing in a lot of classrooms today is a
“connection with students.”
Mrs. Burrell views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students. She believes partnerships with parents, guardians, caretakers, business and community partners are essential to enriching the experience at Sinai Christian Academy. Most importantly, she passionately believes that educating students in a Christ-centered environment will prepare them to become Disciples of Christ, determined to live their ordained purpose in life.
Mrs. Burrell is a principal who enjoys teaching elementary students online to help improve their academic readiness skills in the areas of math and language arts. She is a wife, mother of 4 adult children and she has 15 grandchildren. As a principal, she discovered that teaching informs her work and keeps her relevant in the field. She noted that it gives her the opportunity to develop deeper empathy for teachers and helps her better understand the challenges in the classroom. In addition, she shares that it helps her excel at building productive relationships with students and addressing their individual educational needs
Mrs. Burrell is a certified All-Levels Principal with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, a Master of Education Degree in Educational Management from Strayer University in Atlanta, Georgia; and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University.
As a Christian Educator, she looks forward to what the Lord has in store for her each day as she humbly serves SCA. Her favorite scripture can be found in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This scripture has fortified and encouraged Mrs. Burrell and motivates her daily to pursue all that God has destined for her.