Departmentss : K 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th MS | Special Admin All


  • Alexandra

    Alexandra Savage

    Bachelors’ degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University; experience includes a critical thinking and creative arts class for K-5, after school program director, special area teacher, and middle school girls cheerleading coach.

  • amy

    Amy Cline

    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Florida State University. Holds endorsements in ESOL and reading; three years teaching experience.

  • Susan

    Susan Dodgion, Transitional Kindergarten

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Rollins College; Florida Professional Certificate in Early Childhood Education through High School; forty-sixth year of  teaching experience including St. James, Weekday School and Lake Highland Preparatory School.  Sixteenth year at The Christ School.

1st Grade

  • Christi

    Christi Schwalk

    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, University of Central Florida; currently working on Master’s degree in Education in Early Literacy; Florida Professional Certificate, Pre-K – Primary Ed., ESOL endorsed; former business coordinator and receptionist at The Christ School; eleven years teaching experience.

  • Jennifer Raspallo

    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Masters degree in Elementary Education from John Carroll University, ESOL endorsed. 18 years of teaching experience.

  • Thea Nelson

    Bachelor of Arts in Education (Concentration in Child Development), California State University Stanislaus. Experience in teaching first grade and preschool.

2nd Grade

  • Karen

    Karen Fatizzi

    Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Montevallo; Professional Certification Nursery-Sixth Grade; eleven years teaching experience in elementary grades.

  • Lucretia

    Lucretia McCall

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, University of Central Florida; Professional Teaching Certificate 1st-6th, ELL endorsed. Taught in Orange County Public Schools for over 13 years, serving as a teacher in both 2nd and 3rd grades.

  • Staci

    Staci Kelly

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education,  University of Central Florida; Professional Teaching Certificate  1st-6th, ELL endorsed.   12 years teaching experience.   Nominated as the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.

3rd Grade

  • Caroline Knuth

    Bachelor of Science from The University of North Florida. Professional Teaching Certificate; experience includes second and third grade level. Taught in both Orange County and Pinellas County Schools. TCS alumna, Class of 2003.

  • Shay

    Shay Roberts

    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary/Special Education, Samford University; experience includes instructional aid, classroom teacher, and varsity soccer coach, five years experience in Christian schools.

4th Grade

  • Lydia Roper

    Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Anthropology from FSU.  Master’s degree in Education from UCF.  Six years teaching experience in Orange County Public Schools.  First year at TCS.

  • marie

    Marie DiBiase

    Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida;  experience teaching in public schools in the Jacksonville area.  Served as an assistant director at Huntington Learning Center

5th Grade

  • Angie

    Angie Harrison

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Indiana State University; Professional Teaching Certificate, 1st-6th grades. Fourteen years teaching experience in Christian education.

  • Jenny

    Jenny Forbes

    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Flagler College; ESOL certified; six years teaching experience.

Middle School

  • Justin Nelson, 7th & 8th Grade Science

    Bachelor of Arts, Sports Medicine, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania.  Experience teaching Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Sports Medicine, Health and PE in a Christian environment.  Five-time Teacher Appreciation Award winner.

  • Laura

    Laura Kerlek, 6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, University of South Florida;  Florida professional certification in Elementary Education/grades 1-6 and ESOL; seventeen years teaching experience.

  • Mark Davis, 7th & 8th Grade Biblical Worldview

    Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary; Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication, and Nonprofit Leadership, Murray State University. Certified Nonprofit Professional; Acton University Alumnus. Experience includes educational ministry with Pathway Learning, cross-cultural missions, and classroom teaching.
  • Mary

    Mary Crimmins, 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies

    Master of Education, Rollins College; Bachelor of Science, Liberal Studies with emphasis in Education and History, University of Central Florida; twice listed in Who’s Who of America’s Teachers by former students, Upper School Teacher of the Year, PCCA, 1998-99, Florida Professional Certification in Social Science, 6-12; Florida Reading Endorsement pending; nineteen years teaching experience.

  • Nicole

    Nicole Kleinsteuber, Math and Science

    Master of Education, Literacy Specialization, University of Florida; Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Florida; National Board Certified Teacher; ESO: certified; Teacher of the Year 2005-2006; eight years teaching experience.

  • Terra Townsend - 6th Grade Biblical Worldview, 6th & 7th Grade Latin

    Bachelor of Art in Philosophy, Bachelor of Art in History, Chatham University, Master’s in Art of Teaching, pending; Ordained Children’s Minister, fifteen years teaching experience.

  • TJ Ross, 7th and 8th Grade Math

    Bachelor of Science in Education, Kent State University; Florida Teacher Certification: Math 5th – 9th Grade; experience teaching 7th grade Honors Pre-Algebra, 8th grade Pre-Algebra, 6th Grade Mathematics,  6th grade American History, 8th grade World History, and Middle school computers.

  • Tracy

    Tracy Sheldon, 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts

    Master of Liberal Studies specializing in Victorian Literature and Art, Rollins College; Bachelor of Humanities with a minor in English, Rollins College. Florida Teacher Certification: English 6-12 and Social Sciences 6-12; 3 years experience teaching 6th grade Advanced and Gifted Language Arts.

Special Area Faculty

  • Ashley Deluca, Art

    Bachelor of Arts in Art History, University of South Florida. Experience includes 5 years teaching preschool and one year teaching art.

  • Durell Sykes, P.E. Teacher/Coach

    Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, Warner University. Durell played professional basketball on the Panama National Pre-selection team and in a Costa Rican League. Seven years coaching experience, in addition to three years teaching experience in physical education in Orange County Public Schools.

  • Gina

    Gina Wiborg, Girls' Coach

    Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health, Flagler College; National Certified Aerobics Instructor; fourteen years teaching experience.

  • Hayes Schardt, Library Media Specialist

    Bachelor of Arts in English, Clemson University; Master of Library and Information Studies, Florida State University; Certification as a K-12 School Library Media Specialist, K-6 Elementary Education, and 6-12 English teacher; experience as a classroom teacher and Media Specialist.

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Sweet, Music

    Master of Music, The University of Mississippi; Bachelor of Music Education, The University of Mississippi; former singer for The Voices of Liberty, Epcot Center; 7 1/2 years experience teaching music education in schools, and 25 plus years directing church choirs, show choirs and teaching private piano and voice.

  • Meredith

    Meredith Gibbs, COMPASS Instructor TK-6

    Bachelor of Arts in Exceptional Education K-12 and Early Childhood Education, University of Central Florida; Experience in ESE.


  • Aaron Farrant, Head of School

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology, focused on children and adolescent development. Master’s degrees in Religion and Religious Education from Liberty University. Aaron also holds a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and is currently on track to complete his Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

  • Alissa

    Alissa Plaisance, Student Support Specialist

    Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida;  Elementary and Autism Spectrum Disorders Certification from the University of Central Florida.  Experience includes working in professional development for educators and families with a focus on Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology and Behavior Management. Experienced classroom teacher for students with disabilities.

  • Amanda

    Amanda Gordon, Curriculum Specialist

    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Central College, Pella, Iowa. Extensive experience teaching in both elementary and middle school. Nominated for Howard Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2013-2015, and Bridgewater Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2008.

  • Amber

    Amber Lail, Director of Academics and Student Programs

    Master of Arts, Educational Leadership, Barry University; Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, University of Central Florida; Early Childhood certification, Rollins College; experience as a Lower School Principal and classroom teacher.

  • Angela

    Angela V. Harrison, Development Specialist

    Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art Studies, University of Florida.  Director of Special Events and Constituent Relations at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School for 7 years.  Former Event Manager for BidPal supporting a variety of local non-profits with their fundraising efforts. More than 11 years experience in Advancement in independent schools.

  • Bill

    Bill Herlong, Director of Business Operations

    Master in Business Administration, J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University, Bachelor of Arts with a major in Geography, University of Florida. Past owner of an industrial real estate business in Orange County; licensed boat Captain.

  • Diane Eakins, Administrative Assistant

    Associates Degree, Genesee Community College, Genesee County, New York. 17 years experience Teacher Assistant at The Weekday School and The Christ School.

  • Gretchen

    Gretchen Miller Basso, Marketing and Communications Specialist

    Bachelor of Science, Marketing, State University of New York College at Oswego; Bachelor of Arts, Art History, University of Central Florida; Public Relations Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for 11 years. Director of Program Marketing for the Art & History Museums – Maitland for 3 years.

  • Jim

    Jim Vais, Director of Athletics and Student Conduct

    Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, Pennsylvania State University

  • Joanne

    Joanne Fleming, Director of Admission

    Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with a minor in Communications, University of Central Florida; one of the founders of The Christ School.

  • Margaret Peebles, Bookkepper

    Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Austin College.  Change Management/Human Performance Consultant with Accenture; Alternative Investment Communication Specialist with Merrill Lynch; Office Manager of a law firm.

  • Susan Clauss, Facilities Coordinator

    20 years experience as an Administrative Professional with additional experience in Office Management.

  • Theresa Opsahl, Executive Assistant to the Head of School

    Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Human Resources from Florida Southern College, twenty years experience in office and human resource management.