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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.”

Ed Jones, MBA
Director of Development
Ed Jones, MBA

Director of Development

Ed Jones joins the Lancer family after serving for six years at William Jessup University, a Christ-centered liberal arts university in Northern California. As the Director of Strategic Giving, Ed launched the school's very first Legacy Society for the acquisition and stewardship of planned gifts. During his tenure, Ed cultivated generosity by developing strong relationships with donors, pastors, and community stakeholders. He was also regularly called upon as a guest speaker at local churches and often was the master of ceremonies for various school events. Previous to WJU, Ed worked for 12 years in business development in the banking and lending industry. Seven of those years were spent working with banking institutions that specifically served Christian ministries. Ed came to faith in Jesus Christ when he was 15 years old. Shortly thereafter, he began attending and graduated from a local Christian School in Northern California. He eventually returned and taught there for seven years. After going into the business world, he was asked to serve on the board for over 10 years and has a deep commitment and passion for Christian education.

Ed received his Master of Business Administration degree from William Jessup University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from California State University, Sacramento. Ed also has received a Diploma in Theology from INSTE Bible College and is a licensed pastor.

Ed has been happily married to his wife Christy for 26 years. They have two sons. Ephraim is 16 years old and will be a junior at CCS. Elisha is 14 years old and will be attending CCS as a freshman.

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

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

Upper School Principal

It is my great pleasure to be part of 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
Nathan Stark, M. Ed.

Upper School Assistant Principal

I am excited to be part of the Lancer family and 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 13 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 3rd grade and Ellie will be in first grade. We welcomed our third daughter, Abigail, into the world last year 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 ten years experience in Guidance & College Placement. Mrs. Shiver has been married to her husband, Brent, for 15 years and together they have two sons, Asa and Kade who attend lower school at CCS.

Tracy Moss, M. Ed.
Lower School Principal
Tracy Moss, M. Ed.

Lower School 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 19 years. Their two children also attend Cambridge.

Marty Premer
Director of Marketing and Communications
Marty Premer

Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms. Hillier has been working at CCS for over 15 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 senior at Cambridge, and Tyler '14, is a graduate of law school from Stetson University, currently working as an Assistant State Attorney. 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.”

Elizabeth Myers
Director of Annual Fund and Alumni
Elizabeth Myers

Director of Annual Fund and Alumni

Rick Shears
Director of Operations
Rick Shears

Director of Operations

Mr. Shears has been working at CCS for 11 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.”

Annelise LaRussa, M. Ed.
Think Tank
Annelise LaRussa, M. Ed.

Think Tank

Caroline Conner, M. Ed., MC
Lower School Teacher
Caroline Conner, M. Ed., MC

Lower School Teacher

Callie Harris
Lower School Teacher
Callie Harris

Lower School Teacher

Sarah Price, M. Ed.
Lower School Teacher
Sarah Price, M. Ed.

Lower School Teacher

Alyssa Hart
Upper School Permanent Substitute
Alyssa Hart

Upper School Permanent Substitute

Paz Isabel Leiton
Lower School Administrative Assistant
Paz Isabel Leiton

Lower School Administrative Assistant

Gabriela Apostolatos
Upper School Administrative Assistant
Gabriela Apostolatos

Upper School Administrative Assistant

Susan Burton
Upper School Teacher
Susan Burton

Upper School Teacher

Wendy Wilson, M.S. Biochemistry, M.S.M.
Upper School Teacher
Wendy Wilson, M.S. Biochemistry, M.S.M.

Upper School Teacher

Kelly Campbell, MDiv-ICP
Upper School Teacher
Kelly Campbell, MDiv-ICP

Upper School Teacher

Stephanie Jardim, M. Ed.
Upper School Teacher
Stephanie Jardim, M. Ed.

Upper School Teacher

Hubert Toney, Jr., Ph.D.
Band Director
Hubert Toney, Jr., Ph.D.

Band Director

Sandra Watford, M.A.T.
Upper School Teacher
Sandra Watford, M.A.T.

Upper School Teacher

Nazarena Kerkebe-Lama
Lower School PE Teacher
Nazarena Kerkebe-Lama

Lower School PE Teacher

Jennifer Thomas, MA
Upper School Math Department Head
Jennifer Thomas, MA

Upper School Math Department Head

Tiesha Watson
Upper School Science Teacher/STEM Coordinator
Tiesha Watson

Upper School Science Teacher/STEM Coordinator

Marines Villaviccencio
Little Lambs Director
Marines Villaviccencio

Little Lambs Director

Heather Agee, M. Ed.
Lower School Teacher
Heather Agee, M. Ed.

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!

Geeta Nancoo
Little Lambs
Geeta Nancoo

Little Lambs

Whitney Weigel
Upper School Receptionist
Whitney Weigel

Upper School Receptionist

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

Lower School Teacher

Luis Ramos
Maintenance
Luis Ramos

Maintenance

Roberto Morales
Maintenance
Roberto Morales

Maintenance

Sam Shoup
Maintenance
Sam Shoup

Maintenance

Melissa Lenardos
Print Shop Assistant
Melissa Lenardos

Print Shop Assistant

Cynthia Mendoza
Upper School After Care Supervisor
Cynthia Mendoza

Upper School After Care Supervisor

Dana Dudeck-Hartley
Human Resource Coordinator
Dana Dudeck-Hartley

Human Resource Coordinator

Ivonne Snow
Bookkeeper/AR Supervisor
Ivonne Snow

Bookkeeper/AR Supervisor

Renee Panatex
Accounting Coordinator
Renee Panatex

Accounting Coordinator

Brenda Burroughs
School Nurse
Brenda Burroughs

School Nurse

Edith Martinez
Lower School Teacher
Edith Martinez

Lower School Teacher

Cheryl Pevitt, M. Ed.
Upper School Math Teacher
Cheryl Pevitt, M. Ed.

Upper School Math Teacher

Jean Casimo
PreK4 Assistant
Jean Casimo

PreK4 Assistant

Josh Callahan, MA
Upper School Bible Department Head
Josh Callahan, MA

Upper School Bible Department Head

Stephanie Compton, M.Ed., NBCT
Upper School Teacher
Stephanie Compton, M.Ed., NBCT

Upper School Teacher

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

Assistant Athletic Director

Stephen Piercefield
Athletic Assistant
Stephen Piercefield

Athletic Assistant

Liana Serrano
Upper School World Language Teacher
Liana Serrano

Upper School World Language Teacher

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

Upper School World Language Department Head

Juan Garcia, Th. M.
Upper School Teacher
Juan Garcia, Th. M.

Upper School Teacher

Shelley Resler, M. Ed.
Upper School History Teacher
Shelley Resler, M. Ed.

Upper School History Teacher

Kimberly Cox
Little Lambs
Kimberly Cox

Little Lambs

Ashlee Gramatica
NILD Teacher
Ashlee Gramatica

NILD Teacher

Tara Johnson
Early Childhood Teacher
Tara Johnson

Early Childhood Teacher

Kelly Johnston
PK3 Assistant
Kelly Johnston

PK3 Assistant

Vanessa Mejia-Pinales
Accounts Receivable
Vanessa Mejia-Pinales

Accounts Receivable

Sean McBride
Front Desk Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Sean McBride

Front Desk Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Ashley McBride
Lower School Computer Teacher
Ashley McBride

Lower School Computer Teacher

Tiana Minks
Upper School Yearbook
Tiana Minks

Upper School Yearbook

Christi Moore
Upper School Science
Christi Moore

Upper School Science

Sandy Diaz
Lower School Administrative Assistant
Sandy Diaz

Lower School Administrative Assistant

Meagan Morgan
NILD
Meagan Morgan

NILD

Melissa Nelms
Permanent Lower School Substitute
Melissa Nelms

Permanent Lower School Substitute

John Peter
Print Media Manager
John Peter

Print Media Manager

Abigail Orlando, M.Ed.
Lower School Teacher
Abigail Orlando, M.Ed.

Lower School Teacher

Rolanda Sirmons
Assistant Admissions Director
Rolanda Sirmons

Assistant Admissions Director

Christina Reiss
Upper School English Teacher
Christina Reiss

Upper School English Teacher

Kevin Shifferd
Maintenance
Kevin Shifferd

Maintenance

Luis Solano
Maintenance/Bus Driver
Luis Solano

Maintenance/Bus Driver

Tom Slagter
Bus Driver
Tom Slagter

Bus Driver

Karen Robinson
Food Service Manager
Karen Robinson

Food Service Manager

Walt Jacobus
Athletic Assistant
Walt Jacobus

Athletic Assistant

Wesley Burnham
IT Assistant
Wesley Burnham

IT Assistant

Wendy Shell
Campus Store Manager
Wendy Shell

Campus Store Manager

Brandi Cook
Food Service
Brandi Cook

Food Service

Elizabeth Schneegold
Lower School Teacher
Elizabeth Schneegold

Lower School Teacher

Amanda Hart
Early Childhood Teacher
Amanda Hart

Early Childhood Teacher

Javier Ocasio
Food Service
Javier Ocasio

Food Service

Loletta Burke
Little Lambs
Loletta Burke

Little Lambs

Kellie Bryant
Lower School Teacher
Kellie Bryant

Lower School Teacher

Natasha Munoz
Lower School Teacher
Natasha Munoz

Lower School Teacher

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, MCE
Lower School Teacher
Erica Cortner, MCE

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
Amy Dayton
Upper School, Art
Amy Dayton

Upper School, Art

Jane Elliott
Pre Kindergarten Assistant
Jane Elliott

Pre Kindergarten Assistant

Julinda Gallogly
Lower School Physical Education Assistant
Julinda Gallogly

Lower School Physical Education Assistant

Emilia Ivy
Early Childhood Teacher
Emilia Ivy

Early Childhood 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
Early Childhood Teacher
Annika Lewis

Early Childhood 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
Kindergarten
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!

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.
Upper School Chemistry Teacher
Lisa Peake, M. Ed.

Upper School Chemistry Teacher

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
Melissa Rawls
Upper School Choir Director
Melissa Rawls

Upper School Choir Director

Pam Cameron
Executive Assistant to Head of School
Pam Cameron

Executive Assistant to Head of School

Mrs. Cameron has been working at CCS for over 20 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 three grandchildren, Zane, Bryden and Elijah. Mrs. Cameron 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.”

Carl Smith
Broadcasting Coordinator
Carl Smith

Broadcasting Coordinator

My goal as an educator is to help students develop their leadership skills to impact others now and in the future.

Health and Physical Education - Alcorn State University
Jasmin Solano
Lower School Spanish Teacher
Jasmin Solano

Lower School Spanish 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
Director of Instruction Technology
Grant Stone

Director of Instruction Technology

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
Fine Arts Department Head
Teresa Vath

Fine Arts Department Head

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, MA, MLS
Upper School History Department Head
Dave Watson, MA, MLS

Upper School History Department Head

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
Upper School Registrar
Judy Watson

Upper School Registrar

Bachelor's in Computer Science - Saginaw Valley State University