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Shawn Minks, M. Ed.
Head of School
Shawn Minks, M. Ed.

Head of School

Mr. Shawn Minks joined Cambridge Christian School after serving for six years as Headmaster at Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, FL. He arrived at Foundation in the summer of 2007 after serving for two years as the Upper School Principal at Bridgeway Christian Academy in Alpharetta, GA. This followed three years at the same school as Middle School Principal. Before migrating to Bridgeway, Mr. Minks was the Dean of Students for five years for grades 7-12 at Warner Christian Academy in Daytona Beach, FL. In addition to his administrative duties there, Mr. Minks taught Health, Bible, and Leadership classes to middle and high school students.

Furthermore, he coached the high school varsity girls’ basketball and tennis teams and coordinated all chapel programs. Prior to becoming the Dean of Students, Mr. Minks taught sixth grade (in the elementary) for four years at the same school. While doing this, he also implemented and supervised an intramural athletics program for the upper elementary students.

Mr. Minks received his Masters in Educational Administration from Columbia International University in 2001. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and Bible from Northwestern College in 1993. Mr. Minks holds a Lifetime ACSI All Levels Principal Certificate. He sits Executive Committee of Christian Schools of Florida and has served on five accreditation teams to other schools.

Mr. Minks is happily married to his wife of 27 years, Carol, who is also on staff at Cambridge. Mr. and Mrs. Minks have three children. Tal is a graduate of UCF, Tiana attends Florida Southern, and Tate is an 11th grader at CCS.

Liana Turk, CPA
Business Administrator
Liana Turk, CPA

Business Administrator

Mrs. Turk has been with CCS for 9 years and has worked in the business office as the Payroll and Benefits Coordinator and at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Tax Process Specialist.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Florida and recently attained her CPA license. She has been married to her husband, Robert for 5 years and loves Cambridge because of the “close family environment and the wonderful people I get to work with every day.”

Mark Butler, M. Ed.
Director of Athletics
Mark Butler, M. Ed.

Director of Athletics

Mark Butler has over 30 years of serving in Christian Education as a teacher, coach, principal and Director of Athletics. Mr. Butler holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and a masters degree in secondary education. Mr. Butler has vast knowledge of the Florida High School Athletic Association, serving on the FHSAA AD advisory committee, section 3 appeals committee and as chairman of the representative assembly. Mr. Butler is a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and has valuable experience in all aspects of building high quality championship programs. Mr. Butler has served as Director of Athletics in larger schools with over 3000 students and smaller schools as well and understands how to tailor the athletic experience for the student-athlete, no matter the size of the program. Mr. Butler is married to his loving wife Karen and his son, Jordan, is studying at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Butler’s focus is on using athletics to make “Every Athlete A Disciple”!

 

Austin Temperley, Ph. D.
Upper School Principal
Austin Temperley, Ph. D.

Upper School Principal

It is my great pleasure to join the Lancer community!  My heartbeat is to glorify God and serve Him forever.  To that end God has called me to carry out that task through education.  I received my bachelor’s from the University of Northern Iowa in Social Science Education.  I pursued my master’s and doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida and Temple University, respectively.  I have ten years in Christian education both as a teacher and secondary principal, and the last six were spent in public education as a teacher and elementary principal.

My personal verse for the 2020-2021 school year is Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Our job as Christians is to move forward, press on, and grow in our faith. Our job as Christian educators is to help our students press on in their faith and biblical worldview. I will lead with this conviction that we must press on in our faith, work, responsibilities, and become more like Christ every day.

I’ve been married to the love of my life, Sarah, since 2003.  We have four children, Jack-rising 9th grade, Lydia-rising 7th grade, Holly-rising 5th grade, and Bethany-rising 4th grade.  We love to get outside, hike in national parks, spend time in God’s Word, and eat at Chick-Fil-A!  We are excited to be a part of God’s movement at Cambridge Christian School and trusting God for great things to happen this school year.  I cannot wait to meet everyone and begin the journey of serving as the Upper School Principal.

Nathan Stark, M. Ed.
Upper School Assistant Principal, HBI Coordinator
Nathan Stark, M. Ed.

Upper School Assistant Principal, HBI Coordinator

I am excited to join the Lancer family and become part of a community that prioritizes Christ and strives for excellence in all they do. I received my bachelor’s degree and master's in Educational Leadership from Florida State University. However, don’t worry Gator fans, my wife went to University of Florida, so I appreciate both institutions. My career in education began in 2007 at Farnell Middle School here in Hillsborough County. I remained there for 11 years and taught various Social Studies courses, while also serving as a team leader and PLC coordinator. I sought additional leadership and professional experiences at Sligh Middle Magnet and Wilson Middle school, while completing the Future Leaders Academy and master trainer programs.

My amazing wife Julie and I have been married for 12 years. We have 2 girls who currently attend the Lower School and both have been Lancers since they were in diapers. Anabella will be moving into 2nd grade and Ellie will being starting Kindergarten next year.  We welcomed our third daughter, Abigail, into the world back in December and I feel fortunate and blessed to be a father of 3 girls!!! Outside of school you can find me involved with music at my church or in the great outdoors.

Melody Shiver, M. Ed.
Director of Guidance and College Placement
Melody Shiver, M. Ed.

Director of Guidance and College Placement

Mrs. Shiver is a graduate from Samford University from where she obtained her BS in Business Management & Marketing. She went on to the University of Scranton to pursue her Masters in Educational Leadership and just recently completed the High School College Placement Counselor Certification with NACCAP at Anderson University. She has over nine years experience in Guidance & College Placement. Mrs. Shiver has been married to her husband, Brent, for 14 years and together they have two sons, Asa and Kade. Asa will be going to third grade and Kade will be in first grade.

Tracy Moss, M. Ed.
Lower School and Early Childhood Principal
Tracy Moss, M. Ed.

Lower School and Early Childhood Principal

Mrs. Moss is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. For the past 18 years, she has taught grades first, second, and fourth. She has also worked as an Intern Supervisor for The University of Tampa. On a personal note, Mrs. Moss has been happily married to her husband, Evan, for over 18 years. Their two children also attend Cambridge.

Cara Lile, Ph. D.
Lower School Assistant Principal and HBI Coordinator
Cara Lile, Ph. D.

Lower School Assistant Principal and HBI Coordinator

Dr. Cara D. Lile, a Kentucky native, is a veteran educator with 19 years of experience in both public and private schools.  She most recently served as the Principal at CornerStone Preparatory School in Madisonville, Kentucky.  Dr. Lile holds a B.S. in Learning and Behavior Disorders, an M.A. in Elementary Education, an M.A. in Education Administration, and an Ed.D. in Education Administration.  She is passionate about implementing innovative and “out-of-the-box” methods that foster a learning environment that leads to success for all students.

Dr. Lile is married to Jeremy, a Green Beret stationed at MacDill Airforce Base, and they have five children, Kelsey, Emma, Pate, Lucie, and Cooper.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats!

Marty Hillier
Director of Marketing and Communications
Marty Hillier

Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms. Hillier has been working at CCS for over 14 years. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Mass Communications and a major in Advertising and was in sales and sales management for over 10 years before joining our team. She is mother to two boys, Ethan and Tyler.  Ethan is currently a junior at Cambridge, and Tyler '14, is studying law at Stetson. Both boys are "lifers," starting Cambridge in K-3. Ms. Hillier loves CCS because of the strong foundation it offers students. “It is the perfect combination of rigorous academics and faith in action. It allows your student to be involved, lead, and be mentored by an incredibly talented and godly faculty and staff. On top of that, it’s a wonderful place to work. CCS has been a blessing to our family in so many ways.”

Lisa Brennan Abbazia
Director of Admissions
Lisa Brennan Abbazia

Director of Admissions

Lisa has worked at CCS for ten years and graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A in Mass Communications. She worked in sales at USF and has been a parent here for 14 years. Her son Ethan graduated from Cambridge Christian and is a junior in college. She loves Cambridge because of the close atmosphere and the opportunity she has to introduce others to Cambridge. “The best part of my job is meeting new families and welcoming them to be part of Cambridge Christian School.”

Rick Shears
Director of Operations
Rick Shears

Director of Operations

Mr. Shears has been working at CCS for 10 years and has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Mott Community College. He is a retired Detective from the City of Tampa Police Department and has been married to his wife, Shelley, for 33 years. They have two children, Tabatha and Erik ‘08 and two grandchildren. Mr. Shears loves Cambridge because this is where he accepted the Lord into his life. He says, “This school will always have a special place in my heart.  I feel God’s presence every day that I am here.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to disciple your children.”

Elizabeth Myers
Director of Annual Fund and Alumni
Elizabeth Myers

Director of Annual Fund and Alumni

Heather Agee
Lower School Teacher
Heather Agee

Lower School Teacher

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!

Amanda Hart
Kindergarten
Amanda Hart

Kindergarten

Danielle Escayg
Preschool Assistant
Danielle Escayg

Preschool Assistant

Loletta Burke
Little Lambs
Loletta Burke

Little Lambs

Genesis Cantres
Little Lambs
Genesis Cantres

Little Lambs

Mary Saville
Upper School, Technology and Science
Mary Saville

Upper School, Technology and Science

Edith Martinez
Lower School Teacher
Edith Martinez

Lower School Teacher

Chalmaine Ollivierre
Little Lambs/Extended Day
Chalmaine Ollivierre

Little Lambs/Extended Day

Cheryl Pevitt
Upper School Math Teacher
Cheryl Pevitt

Upper School Math Teacher

Josh Callahan
Upper School Bible Department Head
Josh Callahan

Upper School Bible Department Head

Honoria Nadeau
Upper School Teacher
Honoria Nadeau

Upper School Teacher

Liana Serrano
Upper School, World Language
Liana Serrano

Upper School, World Language

Ken LaBrant, Ph. D.
Upper School World Language Department Head
Ken LaBrant, Ph. D.

Upper School World Language Department Head

Juan Garcia
Upper School Teacher
Juan Garcia

Upper School Teacher

Shelley Resler
Upper School, History
Shelley Resler

Upper School, History

Alexis Bello
Lower School, Little Lambs
Alexis Bello

Lower School, Little Lambs

Rixie Burroughs
Lower School Teacher
Rixie Burroughs

Lower School Teacher

Kellie Bryant
Lower School Teacher
Kellie Bryant

Lower School Teacher

Isabel Burdge
Upper School, English
Isabel Burdge

Upper School, English

Caroline Conner
Lower School Teacher
Caroline Conner

Lower School Teacher

Shane Ganga
Upper School, Math
Shane Ganga

Upper School, Math

Callie Harris
Lower School Teacher
Callie Harris

Lower School Teacher

Alyssa Hart
Upper School, Classroom Aid
Alyssa Hart

Upper School, Classroom Aid

Rewa Chisholm, Ph. D.
Lower School Teacher
Rewa Chisholm, Ph. D.

Lower School Teacher

Elizabeth Schneegold
Lower School Teacher
Elizabeth Schneegold

Lower School Teacher

Natasha Munoz
Lower School Teacher
Natasha Munoz

Lower School Teacher

Sarah Price
Lower School Teacher
Sarah Price

Lower School Teacher

Sandy Diaz
Lower School Administrative Assistant
Sandy Diaz

Lower School Administrative Assistant

John Peter
Print Media Manager
John Peter

Print Media Manager

Darleen Block
Print Shop Administrative Assistant
Darleen Block

Print Shop Administrative Assistant

Anne Burdge
Fine Arts Coordinator
Anne Burdge

Fine Arts Coordinator

Rolanda Sirmons
Assistant Admissions Director
Rolanda Sirmons

Assistant Admissions Director

Syera Schaffer
Extended Day Supervisor
Syera Schaffer

Extended Day Supervisor

Veronica Maldonado
Front Desk Receptionist/Admin Assistant
Veronica Maldonado

Front Desk Receptionist/Admin Assistant

Kevin Shifferd
Maintenance
Kevin Shifferd

Maintenance

Luis Solano
Maintenance/Bus Driver
Luis Solano

Maintenance/Bus Driver

Tom Slagter
Bus Driver
Tom Slagter

Bus Driver

Walt Jacobus
Athletic Assistant
Walt Jacobus

Athletic Assistant

Wesley Burnham
IT Assistant
Wesley Burnham

IT Assistant

Kimberly Dostal
After Hours Receptionist
Kimberly Dostal

After Hours Receptionist

Wendy Shell
Campus Store Manager
Wendy Shell

Campus Store Manager

Brandi Cook
Food Service
Brandi Cook

Food Service

Francis Ancrile
Food Service
Francis Ancrile

Food Service

Javier Ocasio
Food Service
Javier Ocasio

Food Service

Rhonda Valido
Upper School Receptionist
Rhonda Valido

Upper School Receptionist

Celeste Sloat
NILD Therapist
Celeste Sloat

NILD Therapist

Peggy Moore
NILD
Peggy Moore

NILD

Kevin Hickinbotham, M. Ed., CAA
Assistant Athletic Director
Kevin Hickinbotham, M. Ed., CAA

Assistant Athletic Director

Stephen Piercefield
Athletic Assistant
Stephen Piercefield

Athletic Assistant

Darianne Altieri
School Nurse
Darianne Altieri

School Nurse

Paz Isabel Leiton
Lower School Administrative Assistant
Paz Isabel Leiton

Lower School Administrative Assistant

Melissa Merchant
Upper School Administrative Assistant
Melissa Merchant

Upper School Administrative Assistant

Annelise LaRussa
Think Tank
Annelise LaRussa

Think Tank

Emily Binder
Lower School Teacher
Emily Binder

Lower School Teacher

Stephen Campbell, MAT
Upper School, History Department Head
Stephen Campbell, MAT

Upper School, History Department Head

Master's in Social Science Education - University of Central Florida
Erica Cortner
Lower School Teacher
Erica Cortner

Lower School Teacher

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.

Master of Education - Mercy College
Holly Curbow
Prekindergarten Teacher
Holly Curbow

Prekindergarten Teacher

Amy Dayton
Upper School, Art
Amy Dayton

Upper School, Art

Jane Elliott
Pre-K Assistant
Jane Elliott

Pre-K Assistant

Julinda Gallogly
Physical Education Assistant
Julinda Gallogly

Physical Education Assistant

Evin Graham
Upper School Teacher
Evin Graham

Upper School Teacher

Kathy Harrison
Kindergarten Assistant
Kathy Harrison

Kindergarten Assistant

Janet Holk
Upper School Bible Teacher
Janet Holk

Upper School Bible Teacher

Rebekah Cain
AP Statistics, Algebra 1 and Geometry Honors
Rebekah Cain

AP Statistics, Algebra 1 and Geometry Honors

Emilia Ivy
Preschool Teacher
Emilia Ivy

Preschool Teacher

Sharon Jordan
Lower School Music Teacher
Sharon Jordan

Lower School Music Teacher

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.

Bachelor's English Education - Clearwater Christian College
Jenni Layman
Upper School, PE
Jenni Layman

Upper School, PE

I am in education because I felt and still feel the Lord has called me into this field.  I love teaching and mentoring kids and watching them grow and develop into the people God intends for them to be.  It is a special privilege and honor to be a small part of my students' lives.

Bachelor of Science, USF
Annika Lewis
Preschool Teacher
Annika Lewis

Preschool Teacher

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.

Bachelor's in Business Administration - Bucknell University
Sharon Lutz
Lower School Art Teacher
Sharon Lutz

Lower School Art Teacher

I love art, children and Christ, not always in that order!

Bachelor's - The University of Michigan, School of Art
Alexis Martin
Lower School Teacher
Alexis Martin

Lower School Teacher

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!

Bachelor's in Physical Education - University of South Florida
Marie Miller, M. Ed.
Lower School Teacher
Marie Miller, M. Ed.

Lower School Teacher

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!

Master's in Education - University of Tampa
Carol Minks
Educational Services Director
Carol Minks

Educational Services Director

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.

Bachelor's in Bible - PBU
Cindy Nelms
Lower School Teacher
Cindy Nelms

Lower School Teacher

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.

Bachelor's - University of South Florida
Lisa Peake, M. Ed.
Chemistry, Upper School
Lisa Peake, M. Ed.

Chemistry, Upper School

Kimberly Phinney, M. Ed.
Upper School English Department Head
Kimberly Phinney, M. Ed.

Upper School English Department Head

Mrs. Phinney has been teaching English and journalism for nine years in the public school system as a five-star educator. She is passionate about the arts and has a Secondary English Education degree cum laude from The University of South Florida. Currently, she is working on her M.Ed in English from Liberty University. She is a professional fine-art and family photographer and loves capturing God's masterpieces with her lens. She and her husband are high school sweethearts and have been married for ten years. They have three rescued pit bull terriers: Grace, Caesar, and Harper Lee.

I look forward to growing with the CCS family, both as a teacher and as a woman of faith. As a teacher, I believe in the power of building respectful, nurturing relationships with my students and their families, and I believe in serving the whole student. We are on the same team, and together we can accomplish God's best for our lives.

Bachelor's in Secondary Education, USF
Kimberly Purvis
Prekindergarten Teacher
Kimberly Purvis

Prekindergarten Teacher

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.

Bachelor's - Baylor University
Lori Raffa
Upper School, Math
Lori Raffa

Upper School, Math

Mrs. Raffa will be teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 1 Honors and Geometry in the Upper School this year. She received her M.Ed. from the University of South Florida and her BA from the University of Florida. This will be her 24th year of teaching. She has taught middle and high school, public and private schools in Tampa and rural Idaho. She has three adult daughters, three grandchildren and loves the outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking. She is excited and feels blessed to be teaching at Cambridge Christian School this year.

Master's in Education, USF
Melissa Rawls
Upper School, Choir Director
Melissa Rawls

Upper School, Choir Director

Chris Resa
Upper School Bible Teacher
Chris Resa

Upper School Bible Teacher

My passion is to share God's word with young adults. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve at a school that allows me to share His teachings and inspire future leaders.

Bachelor's in Physical Education - Auburn University
Pam Ruiz
Assistant to the Head of School
Pam Ruiz

Assistant to the Head of School

Mrs. Ruiz has been working at CCS for over 19 years as an Executive Assistant and in various other responsibilities throughout campus including Summer Camp Director. She has three children, Nathan, Sarah ’09 and Aaron '15. She also has a grandchild, Zane. Mrs. Ruiz loves Cambridge because her children have learned so much academically and spiritually. She says, “The faculty invests their knowledge and time into your child. This school is truly unique. Our sacrifices have been rewarded in the confidence we see in our children. The values we teach at home have been reinforced at school on a daily basis.”

Lisa Saviola, M. Ed.
Upper School, Science and Middle School Coordinator
Lisa Saviola, M. Ed.

Upper School, Science and Middle School Coordinator

I am in education because this is where I know God has called me to serve Him.  There is nothing that compares to the moment when a child looks at you and says, "you helped me."  Whether it is helping a child learn to read, helping a child learn how to think creatively, or helping a child realize that he/she is special in the eyes of God, being a part of a child's life is the closest I feel I will ever come to experiencing the true satisfaction that comes from knowing you are serving God exactly as He desires.

Master's in Elementary Education - Nova Southeastern University
Chris Schmidt
STEM Director/Upper School Teacher
Chris Schmidt

STEM Director/Upper School Teacher

Jasmin Solano
Lower School Spanish Teacher
Jasmin Solano

Lower School Spanish Teacher

Jamie Staudinger
Upper School English Teacher
Jamie Staudinger

Upper School English Teacher

Kylie Steed
Upper School, English
Kylie Steed

Upper School, English

The Lord directed my path to education.  I knew I needed to be doing something where a strong opportunity for ministry and service was present; God had given me a heart for youth.  Admittedly, I have always been a nerd to the core, who loves to learn, read, and write.  Thus… teaching!

Bachelor's In English - Miami University of Ohio
William Steinle
Lower School PE Teacher
William Steinle

Lower School PE Teacher

Grant Stone
I.T. Administrator
Grant Stone

I.T. Administrator

Lori Swigart
Lower School Teacher
Lori Swigart

Lower School Teacher

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.

Bachelor's - Pensacola Christian College
Teresa Vath
Upper School, Drama
Teresa Vath

Upper School, Drama

I am a teacher because that’s what God has called me to do. As I teach Drama and English, He gives me the amazing opportunity every day to educate, guide, and shape the minds and lives of middle and upper school students. It is a blessing to use my gifts, talents and experience to make a difference in students’ lives . . . to teach them the importance of Christ in every aspect of their lives and to model the rewards of working for “an audience of One."

Bachelor's in English - Sacred Heart University
Hilda Waid
Enrichment, Science Lab Assistant and Library Media Specialist
Hilda Waid

Enrichment, Science Lab Assistant and Library Media Specialist

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.  

Dave Watson
Upper School, History
Dave Watson

Upper School, History

It is a joy and a privilege to teach from a Christian perspective to so many wonderful students, to get to know my students’ families, and to work with so many extraordinary colleagues.

Master's in Library Science - University of South Florida
Judy Watson
Registrar
Judy Watson

Registrar

Bachelor's in Computer Science - Saginaw Valley State University
Brian Willeke
Upper School, Math and Science
Brian Willeke

Upper School, Math and Science

Mr. Willeke has been teaching for 10 years in Hillsborough County schools, and has volunteered with the middle school children of his church for over 20 years.  He has taken students on mission trips to feed the homeless in Chicago, South Carolina and Washington DC.  He has also served on mission trips to Italy and Fiji. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he received a BA in History, and is an avid Bulls football fan.

Mr. Willeke will also be the Offensive Coordinator for the CCS Middle School Football Team where he hopes to develop players who will not only be leaders, but followers of God.

Bachelor of Arts in History from USF