Faculty & Administration

Administration
Aaron FarrantHead of School

Aaron Farrant
Head of School

afarrant@thechristschool.org

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Aaron Farrant

Head of School

Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University. Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University. Master’s degrees in Religion and Religious Education, Liberty University. Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus on children and adolescent development, Liberty University. Aaron is an ordained minister who served as a pastor in Atlanta. He also spent time in the business world. He started his own company, worked in sales, as a project manager, and in contract negotiations. He has been in education for over a decade. Aaron began as a teacher, teaching personal finance and investing before moving into administration at one of the premier Christian schools in the Atlanta area. He is a soccer coach with more than a decade of experience at the high school level, college club level, and now, at the U5 and U6 level with his own two little boys.

Theresa Opsahl Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Theresa Opsahl
Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Bill HerlongDirector of Business Operations

Bill Herlong
Director of Business Operations

bherlong@thechristschool.org

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Bill Herlong

Director of Business Operations

Master in Business Administration, Georgia State University. Bachelor of Arts with a major in Geography, University of Florida. Bill’s experience includes being a business owner and boat Captain.

Amber LailDirector of Academics and Student Programs

Amber Lail
Director of Academics and Student Programs

alail@thechristschool.org

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Amber Lail

Director of Academics and Student Programs

Bio: Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Barry University. Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, University of Central Florida. Early Childhood certification, Rollins College. Amber’s experience includes serving as a Lower School Principal and as a classroom teacher.

Joanne FlemingDirector of Admission

Joanne Fleming
Director of Admission

jfleming@thechristschool.org

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Joanne Fleming

Director of Admission

Bio: Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with a minor in Communications, University of Central Florida. Joanne has over 20 years experience in private school administration and classroom management. Joanne is a founder of The Christ School.

Jim VaisDirector of Athletics and Student Conduct

Jim Vais
Director of Athletics and Student Conduct

jvais@thechristschool.org

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Jim Vais

Director of Athletics and Student Conduct

Bio: Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, Pennsylvania State University. Jim’s experience includes playing college baseball, coaching little league baseball, youth soccer swimming, and basketball. Jim also has 20 years experience in event operations media management.

Angela V. HarrisonDevelopment Specialist

Angela V. Harrison
Development Specialist

avharrison@thechristschool.org

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Angela V. Harrison

Development Specialist

Bio: Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art Studies, University of Florida. Angela’s experience includes serving as Director of Special Events and Constituent Relations in private school Advancement.

Gretchen Miller BassoMarketing and Communications Specialist

Gretchen Miller Basso
Marketing and Communications Specialist

gbasso@thechristschool.org

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Gretchen Miller Basso

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Bio: Bachelor of Science in Marketing, State University of New York College at Oswego. Bachelor of Art in Art History, University of Central Florida. Gretchen’s experience includes serving as Director of Public Relations and Director of Marketing in the Orlando Arts community.

Alissa PlaisanceStudent Support Specialist

Alissa Plaisance
Student Support Specialist

aplaisance@thechristschool.org

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Alissa Plaisance

Student Support Specialist

Bio: Bachelor and Master of Arts in Exceptional Education, University of Central Florida. Elementary and Autism Spectrum Disorders Certification, University of Central Florida. Alissa’s experience includes working in professional development for educators and families with a focus on Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology and Behavior Management. She also served as a classroom teacher for students with disabilities.

Amanda GordonCurriculum Specialist

Amanda Gordon
Curriculum Specialist

agordon@thechristschool.org

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Amanda Gordon

Student Support Specialist

Bio: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Central College, Pella, Iowa. Amanda’s experience includes teaching in elementary and middle school. Amanda was nominated as Teacher of the Year from 2013 to 2015, and was selected Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Susan ClaussFacilities Coordinator

Susan Clauss
Facilities Coordinator

Donna MacNichol Clinician

Donna MacNichol
Clinician

Dave Armstrong After School Academies and REACH Coordinator

Dave Armstrong
After School Academies and REACH Coordinator

Lea Augustin Bookkeeper

Lea Augustin
Bookkeeper

Diane Eakins Administrative Assistant

Diane Eakins
Administrative Assistant

Aline Gressel Receptionist

Aline Gressel
Receptionist

Vicki Taulbee Receptionist

Vicki Taulbee
Receptionist

Kindergarten
Alexandra Savage Kindergarten

Alexandra Savage
Kindergarten

Elizabeth Grady  Kindergarten

Elizabeth Grady
Kindergarten

Thea Nelson Kindergarten

Thea Nelson
Kindergarten

Susan Dodgion  Transitional Kindergarten

Susan Dodgion
Transitional Kindergarten

Audrey Marshall Kindergarten Assistant

Audrey Marshall
Kindergarten Assistant

First Grade
Christi Schwalk 1st Grade

Christi Schwalk
1st Grade

Jennifer Raspallo 1st Grade

Jennifer Raspallo
1st Grade

Betty Perez 1st Grade Assistant

Betty Perez
1st Grade Assistant

Second Grade
Karen Fatizzi 2nd Grade

Karen Fatizzi
2nd Grade

Lucretia McCall2nd Grade

Lucretia McCall
2nd Grade

Staci Kelly 2nd Grade

Staci Kelly
2nd Grade

Third Grade
Caroline Knuth 3rd Grade

Caroline Knuth
3rd Grade

Shay Roberts 3rd Grade

Shay Roberts
3rd Grade

Fourth Grade
Brad Haywood 4th Grade

Brad Haywood
4th Grade

Lee Combs4th Grade

Lee Combs
4th Grade

Fifth Grade
Jenny Forbes 5th Grade

Jenny Forbes
5th Grade

Marie DiBiase 5th Grade

Marie DiBiase
5th Grade

Middle School
Justin Nelson7th & 8th Grade Science

Justin Nelson
7th & 8th Grade Science

Mark Davis7th & 8th Grade Biblical Worldview

Mark Davis
7th & 8th Grade Biblical Worldview

Mary Crimmins7th and 8th Grade Social Studies

Mary Crimmins
7th and 8th Grade Social Studies

Nicole KleinsteuberMath and Science

Nicole Kleinsteuber
Math and Science

Terra Townsend 6th Grade Bible, Social Studies, Latin and Personal Finance

Terra Townsend
6th Grade Bible, Social Studies, Latin and Personal Finance

TJ Ross7th and 8th Grade Math

TJ Ross
7th and 8th Grade Math

Tracy Sheldon7th and 8th Grade Language Arts

Tracy Sheldon
7th and 8th Grade Language Arts

Special Area
Gina WiborgGirls' Coach

Gina Wiborg
Girls' Coach

Hayes SchardtLibrary Media Specialist

Hayes Schardt
Library Media Specialist

Jennifer SweetMusic

Jennifer Sweet
Music

Meredith GibbsCOMPASS Instructor TK-6

Meredith Gibbs
COMPASS Instructor TK-6

Christina Liu, STEAM

Christina Liu,
STEAM

Oz Martin PE Teacher

Oz Martin
PE Teacher

Student Support
Jennie Farrant  Student Support

Jennie Farrant
Student Support

Mary Ann Berlin  Student Support

Mary Ann Berlin
Student Support

Leah Lerma  Enrichment

Leah Lerma
Enrichment

Jasmine Simmons  Student Support

Jasmine Simmons
Student Support

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