Meet Our Faculty


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Alexis Martin

Alexis Martin

Kindergarten
I believe that I was called at an early age to serve as an educator.  I can remember from childhood, how I loved the feeling of helping someone learn something new.  I know now that this is my calling from the Lord, and what a blessing it is to me to come to a job that I love each day. It is humbling to know the impact I have on these children on a spiritual, emotional,  and academic level.  Teaching truly is a gift!
Years In Education 11
Years At CCS 10
Degree Bachelor's in Physical Education - University of South Florida
Favorite Verse Philipians 4:13
Annika Lewis

Annika Lewis

Preschool
I am in education because this is where the Lord led me!  Starting a family took me out of the business world and opened the door to teaching.
Years In Education 8
Years At CCS 8
Degree Bachelor's in Business Administration - Bucknell University
Favorite Verse Philipians 4:13
Candace Rydell

Candace Rydell

4th Grade
Years in Education 23
Degree Bachelor of Science from University of Florida, Master of Exceptional Education from USF, Certified SLD and Elementary Education
Favorite Verse James 1:19
Carol Minks

Carol Minks

Educational Services Director/Think Tank
My passion is teaching students to think about his/her learning. When a child’s eyes light up with understanding, I feel accomplished; especially when the comprehension includes Biblical truth that will help shape the character of the child.
Years In Education 22
Years At CCS 3
Degree Bachelor's in Bible - PBU
Favorite Verse Isaiah 41:10
Christine Rowland

Christine Rowland

6th Grade

Mrs. Rowland graduated from Southeastern University with a BA in Elementary Education and will be teaching 6th grade Language Arts at CCS. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in kindergarten through 9th grade. Her love for literature and language arts prompted her to enroll in summer symposiums that focused on this area, and she has spent the past 14 years teaching middle school language arts. Mrs. Rowland has been married for 30 years and has 3 children who all graduated from a Christian school very similar to Cambridge. She has also been blessed with 3 beautiful granddaughters. Her family recently located to the Tampa area from Orlando, and she knows that God has placed her here at Cambridge. Many of her students pursue careers in education and writing. A few of them have gone on to become published authors, and she has had the privilege of helping edit one of their books. She hopes to continue inspiring young minds for many more years.

Her favorite quote is from William Butler Yeats, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” She says,

Many years ago God lit a passion within me to become a teacher, and I am privileged to continue God’s calling on my life here at Cambridge.

Years in Education 25
Degree Bachelor's in Elementary Education - Southeastern University
Cindy Gerrard

Cindy Gerrard

3rd Grade
I love that teaching allows me the gift of having close relationships with students and families and the freedom to teach about God.
Years In Education 43
Years At CCS 30
Degree Bachelor's in Elementary Education - Morehead State University
Favorite Verse Colossian 2:2-3
Cindy Nelms

Cindy Nelms

2nd Grade
I love being a teacher, especially at Cambridge Christian. It’s exciting to be a part of  the student’s spiritual and academic growth. I have been blessed to see many of the younger children I have taught grow up to be strong Christian men and women.
Years In Education 16
Years At CCS 16
Degree Bachelor's - University of South Florida
Favorite Verse Proverbs 3:5-6
Erica Cortner

Erica Cortner

4th Grade

Mrs. Cortner received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science Education from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Education from Mercy College in New York. Mrs. Cortner also received training at Columbia Teacher’s College and has seven years of classroom teaching experience. She has three children who attend Cambridge Christian School – Chase, Olivia, and William.

Years in Education 7
Degree Master of Education - Mercy College
Heather Agee

Heather Agee

5th Grade

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.  I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!

Years In Education 8
Years At CCS 2
Degree Master's in Education - University of Florida
Hilda Waid

Hilda Waid

Enrichment
I love my job because I love seeing the look on a child’s face when they struggle with something and then they finally get to that point of understanding. It makes everything we do worthwhile.  
Years In Education 25
Years At CCS 22
Favorite Verse Jeremiah 29:11
Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott

Pre-K Assistant
Janelle Morgan

Janelle Morgan

6th Grade
It is truly a blessing to work in a profession that gives me the daily ability to shape bodies, minds and spirits to impact the world.
Years In Education 6
Years At CCS 2
Degree Bachelor's in Psychology - Florida State University
Janice Fisher

Janice Fisher

4th Grade
In middle school, I always loved helping kids in my neighborhood with their homework. When I had a baby sitting job, I would plan some sort of activity related to stories. In high school, I volunteered at a school for children with special needs. By senior year, I realized God was calling me to help educate children. I am still energized today when I am able to assist children toward success!
Years In Education 32
Years At CCS 13
Degree Bachelor's Elementary Education/K-6 Special Eduication - Clearwater Christian College
Favorite Verse Psalm 84:11
Julinda Gallogly

Julinda Gallogly

Physical Education Assistant
Kathy Harrison

Kathy Harrison

Kindergarten Assistant
Kathy Larson

Kathy Larson

1st Grade
I love children and this is what the Lord has called me to do.
Years In Education 15
Years At CCS 13
Degree Bachelor's in Elementary Education - Concordia University
Favorite Verse Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Kimberly Purvis

Kimberly Purvis

Pre-Kindergarten
I love my job!! I get to spend my day with the most honest and fun loving people on earth- 4 year olds.  My job includes dancing, reading, painting hands and feet for art, playing with blocks, creating slimy science projects, snack time, playground, and nap. It is a humbling and wonderful job where you get to teach children to write their names and learn to read.  But it is most fulfilling to teach them God’s word and how much our great big God loves and cares about them.
Years In Education 10
Years At CCS 5
Degree Bachelor's - Baylor University
Favorite Verse Ephesians 1
Laura Fabian

Laura Fabian

Preschool

Mrs. Fabian has been part of the Cambridge Christian faculty for six years and has had children here for 13 years.

Degree Bachelor of Science in Communication from USF
Favorite Verse Joshua 1:9
Lori Gartner

Lori Gartner

NILD Educational Therapist

Mrs. Gartner’s undergraduate degree is from Bryan College in Dayton,Tennessee in Elementary Education. She then went on to receive further training to be a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist through the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). For the last 18 years, she has served in a variety of roles—classroom teacher, educational therapist, and administration. She has two married children, one here in Florida and another in Virginia, and her youngest will be a senior at Liberty University this school year. She just celebrated the birth of a granddaughter and says,

I am excited to be joining the Cambridge Christian team, which will allow me to continue my journey as an educational therapist!

Year in Education 18
Degree Bachelor's - Bryan College
Lori Swigart

Lori Swigart

2nd Grade
I’m in education because I have a love for art and music and education is a wonderful way to combine the two.  I also have a desire to work with children and have felt called to teach them the gospel.
Years In Education 11
Years At CCS 7
Degree Bachelor's - Pensacola Christian College
Favorite Verse Psalms 46:1
Mandy Cromer

Mandy Cromer

NILD Therapist/Think Tank
Years In Education 6
Years At CCS 2
Degree Master's in Education - University Of South Florida
Mandy Matthews

Mandy Matthews

Technology
I am blessed to have the honor of teaching at CCS. My goal is to share the gifts God has given me with my students.
Years In Education 25
Years At CCS 16
Degree in Information Technology Education - Manchester University, UK
Favorite Verse Philippians 4:13
Marie Miller

Marie Miller

5th Grade
I’m in education because I love working with kids.  I love it when they are learning something new, and we get to see things click into place.  I love being involved in Kingdom Education so we can share Christ with our students daily!
Years In Education 10
Years At CCS 10
Degree Master's in Education - University of Tampa
Favorite Verse Isaiah 41:10
Meagan Morgan

Meagan Morgan

1st Grade
What a joy it is to love, encourage, and teach students about the world around them through a biblical perspective, especially since our culture is teaching something completely contrary.  As a student at Cambridge for 15 years of my life, my teachers shared this gift with me and I love having the privilege to now share it with my students. One of the greatest rewards of being an educator is helping to build my students’ confidence and then watching what the Lord does through them.
Degree Bachelor's in Elementary Education, FSU
Years in Education 9
Years at CCS 6
Favorite Verse Isaiah 41:10
Merrie Smith

Merrie Smith

Spanish
I am in education to help students come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way and to help them excel academically.
Years In Education 17
Years At CCS 3
Degree Master's in Christian Education - Soutwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Favorite Verse Zephaniah 3:17
Michelle Uzzillia

Michelle Uzzillia

Kindergarten
Years in Education 14
Degree Master of Special Education
Favorite Verse Deuteronomy 32:2
Sharon Jordan

Sharon Jordan

Music
I feel like God has given me a gift and a desire to serve Him by shaping the minds and lives of my students both academically and spiritually.
Years In Education 25
Years At CCS 3
Degree Bachelor's English Education - Clearwater Christian College
Favorite Verse Philippians 4:6-7
Sharon Lutz

Sharon Lutz

Art
I love art, children and Christ, not always in that order!
Years In Education 6
Years At CCS 6
Degree Bachelor's - The University of Michigan, School of Art
Favorite Verse Romans 12:12
Shaun Stimson

Shaun Stimson

Band
Years In Education 3
Years At CCS 3
Degree Bachelor's in Music Education - Clearwater Christian College
Vicki Van Ost

Vicki Van Ost

3rd Grade
I am in education because I had teachers growing up who influenced my life in many positive ways. I hope to influence the students who cross my path in the same way. To be able to teach in a school whose heartbeat is to teach about loving Jesus Christ? Priceless! There is no better place to teach!
Years In Education 30
Years At CCS 29
Degree Bachelor's - West Chester University
Favorite Verse Isaiah 41:10
William Steinle

William Steinle

Physical Education