Faculty & Administration

Aaron FarrantHead of School

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.
Bill HerlongDirector of Business Operations

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.
Amber LailDirector of Academics and Student Programs

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.
Joanne FlemingDirector of Admission

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.
Jim VaisDirector of Athletics and Student Conduct

Jim Vais
Director of Athletics and Student Conduct

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, Pennsylvania State University
Angela V. HarrisonDevelopment Specialist

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.
Gretchen Miller BassoMarketing and Communications Specialist

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.
Alissa PlaisanceStudent Support Specialist

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 GordonCurriculum Specialist

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.
Alexandra SavageKindergarden

Alexandra Savage
Kindergarden

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 Cline Kindergarden

Amy Cline
Kindergarden

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

Susan Dodgion
Kindergarden

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.
Christi Schwalk 1st Grade

Christi Schwalk
1st Grade

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 1st Grade

Jennifer Raspallo
1st Grade

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 1st Grade

Thea Nelson
1st Grade

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Concentration in Child Development), California State University Stanislaus. Experience in teaching first grade and preschool.
Karen Fatizzi 2nd Grade

Karen Fatizzi
2nd Grade

Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Montevallo; Professional Certification Nursery-Sixth Grade; eleven years teaching experience in elementary grades.
Lucretia McCall2nd Grade

Lucretia McCall
2nd Grade

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 Kelly 2nd Grade

Staci Kelly
2nd Grade

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.
Caroline Knuth 3rd Grade

Caroline Knuth
3rd Grade

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 Roberts 3rd Grade

Shay Roberts
3rd Grade

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.
Lydia Roper 4th Grade

Lydia Roper
4th Grade

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 DiBiase 4th Grade

Marie DiBiase
4th Grade

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
Angie Harrison 5th Grade

Angie Harrison
5th Grade

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Indiana State University; Professional Teaching Certificate, 1st-6th grades. Fourteen years teaching experience in Christian education.
Jenny Forbes 5th Grade

Jenny Forbes
5th Grade

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Flagler College; ESOL certified; six years teaching experience.
Justin Nelson7th & 8th Grade Science

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 Kerlek6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

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 Davis7th & 8th Grade Biblical Worldview

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 Crimmins7th and 8th Grade Social Studies

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 KleinsteuberMath and Science

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 Townsend6th Grade Biblical Worldview, 6th & 7th Grade Latin

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 Ross7th and 8th Grade Math

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 Sheldon7th and 8th Grade Language Arts

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.
Ashley DelucaArt

Ashley Deluca
Art

Gina WiborgGirls' Coach

Gina Wiborg
Girls' Coach

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

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 SweetMusic

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 GibbsCOMPASS Instructor TK-6

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.
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