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Angel Pauline Honaker

Mathematics Teacher • Middle

Angel Pauline Honaker

Mathematics Teacher • Middle

Birthplace:  Evansville, IN

  • With teaching experience at both public schools and private schools, I have grown to find my purpose in life as a partner with parents to mentor students as a whole person.  I enjoy the Christian environment better than the secular environment as the parents, students, and I share similar Biblical values and can work together to maneuver through this stage of life called adolescence with God by our side.  God has gifted me with a talent and love for math, so I usually find myself teaching in a math classroom.
  • I am married to Eric Honaker.  We have 7 children:  Erica, Isaac, Sarah, Ruth Ann, Hannah, Mary-Beth, and Rebecca.
  • In my spare time I can be found engaged in a Sudoku puzzle, basking in the sun on the beach, or watching a parade at Disney World. 

Education:

  • B.A. Elementary Education, magna cum laude 
  • M.A. School Administration, summa cum laude
  • College and University:
    • Bachelor Degree in elementary education with middle school endorsements from Oakland City University, Indiana
    • Master or Arts Degree in teaching with certification for school administration from Oakland City University, Indiana  
    • 40 hours training in Orton Gillingham 
    • TESOL certified
    • SREB High School Math certified

         

Experience Prior to St. Paul: 

  • Oasis Christian Academy, middle school math teacher, Winter Haven, FL
  • Greenwood Christian Academy, middle school and high school math teacher, Greenwood, IN
  • YMCA, preschool teacher, Bloomington, IN
  • Park Avenue Christian School, middle school math and social studies teacher, Nashville, TN
  • Masonville Elementary School, grade 5 classroom teacher, Owensboro, KY
  • Hobart Middle School, middle school math and science teacher, Hobart, IN
  • Thurston Elementary School, grade 4 classroom teacher, Owensboro, KY
  • Barton Township Elementary School, grade 2 classroom teacher, Mackey, IN

Tiffanie Brown

6 - 8 Grade Teacher • Middle

Tiffanie Brown

6 - 8 Grade Teacher • Middle

Birthplace: New Orleans, LA

  • I am married to my wonderful husband of 20 years. I have three amazing sons, who attend or have attended SPLS. 
  • I enjoy studying the Word of God, eating New Orleans cuisine, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

Education: 

  • Bachelors in Business Management from Oral Roberts University (2001); 
  • Masters in Education from Nova Southeastern University (2011); 
  • Florida Standards Dana Center Training, Response to Intervention, College Board ACT Training, Reading Coach Training, Nature and Needs of the Middle School Learner, Teaching of Reading, and Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Experience prior to serving at SPLS: 

  • Assistant Pastor at local church
  • Principal at Christian K-8 school
  • Reading Coach, Reading Interventionist
  • Title 1 Facilitator
  • Academic Dean High School
  • Attendance Dean High School
  • 9-12 Reading and English Teacher
  • 5th grade teacher all subjects

Jason Benjamin Harris

Grade 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Jason Benjamin Harris

Grade 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Birthplace: Radford, Virginia

  • God has provided me with the opportunities and knowledge needed to educate children. As a Science teacher in a Christian school, I am able to show the relationship between believing that God is our creator and how science explains the world around us. So much of what students learn about science enhances our understanding that the universe was created perfectly by God.
  • Married to Lilly since 2002 with two children.
  • I am a Clemson Tigers fan and enjoy swimming, science fiction, collecting comic book art, watching football, spending time with the family, vacationing in Sanibel and writing haikus about the above. I have never refused barbecue or ice cream.
  • Education: 
  • Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University
  • Completed ACE (Alternative Certification Education) to obtain teaching certificate; 
  • Certified in Middle School Science (5-9), Elementary Education (K-6), Physical Education (K-12);  ESOL endorsement; completed ESE training

Experience prior to serving at SPLS: 

  • 13 years at Purcell Elementary, as a 3rd & 4th grade teacher and PE teacher

Nicole Kneser

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Nicole Kneser

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Birthplace:  Schaumburg, Illinois

  • The wonderful thing about teaching in a Christian school is that I get to incorporate the faith into all aspects of the day, whether I am teaching Christian studies, literature, or history. There is always a faith connection, and being able to share that faith with students is a huge privilege.  
  • I have been married since 2007. My husband and I have three children, all of whom attend St. Paul Lutheran School.
  • I coach my childrens’ baseball and basketball teams, and in the off-season I enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with family. 

Education: 

  • B.A. in Elementary Education from Concordia University, Texas (2005)
  • M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in reading from Concordia University, Wisconsin (2010)  
  • Lutheran Teacher Certificate
  • Florida Department of Education English, Florida Department of Education Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum, Texas Educator Certificate ECE-Grade 4, Texas Educator Certificate Grades 4-8 Generalist

Experience prior to serving at SPLS:

  • I feel very blessed that God led me to St. Paul Lutheran School right out of college, where I have taught middle school language arts since 2005.

Deena R Porter

Grade 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Deena R Porter

Grade 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Birthplace: Coral Gables, Florida

  • Jesus Christ guides and influences my teaching on a daily basis. Through Him I demonstrate grace to my students, just as our Lord offers us salvation through grace. I look to the scriptures as the true authority in my life and my classroom. 
  • My husband Andrew is completing a PhD in Educational Leadership and teaches German at the IB school in Bartow. Eldest son, Luke is majoring in International & Global Studies at UCF and is in the Air Force ROTC program. Benjamin will be heading off to Summerlin Military Academy for high school. 
  • I enjoy reading many different genres, waking up at the beach, lighting candles of every scent imaginable,binging Netflix, vacationing with family in the mountains of North Carolina, and caring for my menagerie of 15 Society Finches, 2 parakeets, 2 Dogs, 3 Aquariums, 1 Bearded Dragon, 1 Crested Gecko, 1 Hamster and  1 Russian Tortoise. 
  • Education:
  • Masters in Education from the University of Florida
  • Reading Specialization from the University of Florida. More than 15 years spent administering diagnostic assessments, analyzing, and teaching students/adults to read. 

Experience prior to serving at SPLS:

  • 1998-2007: District Manager/Director of Education at the Sylvan Learning Center
  • 2007-2009: Operations Officer/Master Trainer at YoungBiz Florida (company that sold products and trained organizations on financial literacy for teens)
  • 2008-2018: Teacher at St Joseph’s Academy
    • 6th-8th Grade Math
    • 6th-8th Grade Science (including County and State fairs)
    • 6th-8th Grade Study Skills
    • 6th Grade Language Arts
    • 8th Grade Business
    • Elementary Science Labs
    • Elementary Reading Remediation
    • Elementary Enrichment

Daniel C Bates

Music & Band Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Daniel C Bates

Music & Band Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Birthplace: Lakeland, Fl

  • I love being able to share my faith with students and help guide them toward a life of service to God. Leading them by example in how to use music for God’s glory is a blessing I don’t take for granted!
  • My wife, Denise, is also an educator. We have two sons who attend SPLS.
  • Hobbies/Interests/Talents: 
  • Talents and interests related to music include sharing my music at church, and performing with small ensembles for paid gigs. I also enjoy making music with family at gatherings and for personal entertainment.  
  • Other hobbies include archery, knifemaking, reading, and occasionally video games. 
  • Since having children, my most common pastimes include answering questions and changing diapers, however my favorite pastimes include sleeping for longer than 6 hours and bingeing netflix. 

Education: 

  • Masters of Arts in Teaching, Bachelor of Music Performance
  • Both degrees from Florida Southern College
  • Music Adjudicator Training: Florida Bandmasters Association

Experience prior to serving at SPLS: 

  • SPLS is my first full-time position. I have been here since 2012.

Amanda Girau-Perez

Spanish Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Amanda Girau-Perez

Spanish Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • It is a blessing being a Christian educator at SPLS because I can share with my students my faith in God with freedom and even include the Bible in my teaching whenever it is relevant. 
  • I am the proud mother of three boys.
  • I enjoy singing, playing the flute, and watercolor painting.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree University of Puerto Rico with a major in Elementary Education K-3

Experience prior to serving at SPLS: 

  • Spanish Teacher at Clarksville Academy, TN.
  • Temporary Spanish Teacher at Northern Valley Regional High in NJ.
  • Learning coach at Huntington Learning Center.
  • Four years of homeschool teacher for two of my sons.  

Lori Lee Joerz

Resource and Learning Strategies • Middle

Lori Lee Joerz

Resource and Learning Strategies • Middle

Birthplace:   Patchogue, NY

  • Loving nothing more than working with students, I currently serve as the Learning Strategies Instructor here at SPLS. It is my great joy to also lead a Christian Studies class.  I strive to see everyone through Jesus’ eyes and hope to build all of my students up to find and use the gifts that God has equipped them with.
  • My family and I relocated to Florida in 2014. My husband, Jeff is a Stationary Engineer/HVAC at Lakeland Regional Health(LRH).
  • Going to the beach and spending time with family are my favorite things to do.  I love to crochet, read, and collect antique tea cups.

Education:   

  • Bachelor of Arts Concordia College, Bronxville, NY May 19, 1989
  • Commissioned Minister of Religion
  • Master of Arts State University at Stony Brook, Stony Brook NY 
  • Certification Florida Department of Education ESE K-12
  • Certification New York State Education Department N, K, and Grades 1-6 Permanent

Experience prior to serving at SPLS:

  • I grew up and served on Long Island in NY. I have been blessed to serve in the Lutheran School ministry for 30 years.  I have been a middle school teacher, a preschool teacher, an administrator, as well as serving my alma mater as the Director of Church and Alumni Relations.  
  • Concordia College, Bronxville, NY
  • Director of Church and Alumni Relations 2012-2014
  • Residence Councilor 2012-2014
  • Trinity Lutheran School, Hicksville, NY
  • Principal 2010-2012   
  • Middle School Religion Teacher 2009 – 2010
  • Emanuel Lutheran School, Patchogue, NY
  • Principal 2000 – 2009
  • Assistant Principal/Grade 6 Teacher 1999-2000
  • Preschool Teacher and Summer Care Director 1995-1999
  • Summer Program and Substitute Teacher 1994-1995
  • Little Lambs Bible Center, Ridgewood, NY
  • Preschool Teacher 1992
  • Suffolk Lutheran School, St. James, NY
  • Sixth grade teacher 1989-1992

Sherry Loveridge

Art Teacher • Elementary, Middle

Sherry Loveridge

Art Teacher • Elementary, Middle

Birthplace: Tecumseh, Michigan

  • God led me to SPLS. I was a stay at home mom after 10 years teaching in public schools, looking for a preschool for my son. God knows what is best for you as it was a perfect fit. To be able to celebrate Jesus and teach is the best gift of all and fills my heart every day!
  • I am raising one son.
  • I love the beach; painting; mixed media; cooking; volunteering; and experiencing different cultures 
  • Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts Education – Eastern Michigan University in K-12 art education
  • Continuing education for Adobe Photoshop; Illustrator: InDesign

Experience prior to serving at SPLS: 

  • 10 years art teacher in Polk County Schools

Wendy Petterson

Media Specialist • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Wendy Petterson

Media Specialist • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Karyn Scarpa

Physical Education Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Karyn Scarpa

Physical Education Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • St. Paul has played a large role in my Christian growth after moving to central Florida from Canada. I have been blessed by a huge family of believers.  My belief in Lutheran schools as a leader in Christian education brought me to St. Paul first as our church and then as my daughters’ school and finally as my career choice.  Sharing my days and beliefs in Jesus as our savior and teaching children to care for their bodies has been very fulfilling.
  • I have three daughters. All attended St. Paul and GJHS and are college graduates.
  • I enjoy barefoot waterskiing, dog training, paddleboarding, home remodeling, Airbnb hosting, property managing, traveling Canada/Australia, and watching my daughter play professional soccer.

Education:

  • BPHE, Bachelor of Physical & Health Education, Queen’s University
  • Bachelor of Arts (English major), credits toward MBA, Florida Southern College
  • NCCP, Basketball  NCCP, Waterskiing, St. John’s Ambulance Certification, Level 3 Water Ski Coach, State of Florida Coaching Certificate

Experience prior to serving at SPLS:

  • Vanguard School, Lake Wales, Florida

Ken Sherman

Minister of Music • Middle

Ken Sherman

Minister of Music • Middle

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