Faculty


Administration and Support Staff  
Administrator Pastor David Nichols
Assistant to the Administrator/Elementary Supervisor Mrs. Denise Smith
Athletic Director Pastor DJ Willis
School Secretary Mrs. LeAnne Fuller
Records Secretary/Registrar Mrs. Sharon Long
School Receptionists Mrs. Donna Lark/Mrs. Melissa Ackerson
Librarian Mrs. Pam Kravitz
Before School Care Mrs. Christine Sutton
Extended School Day Mrs. Brenda Molzan/Mrs. Melissa Ackerson
Band/Music Lesson Coordinator Mrs. Donna Lark
Maintenance/Custodial Mr. Henry VanPetten/Mr. David Mengel


Elementary Faculty  
PK-3 Mrs. Susie Perez
K-4 Mrs. Lori Buker
K-5 Mrs. Robin de la Rosa
Kindergarten Enrichment Mrs. Susan Nichols/Mrs. Lori Buker
1st Grade Mrs. Michelle Newhard
2nd Grade Mrs. Debbie Frazier
3rd Grade Miss Elizabeth Campos
4th Grade Mrs. Peggy Taylor
5th Grade Mrs. Corrine Pemberton/Mr. Scott Long
6th Grade Mr. Tom Frazier
Physical Education Mr. Scott Long
Elementary Spanish Miss Elizabeth Campos
Elementary Music, Choir, Band, Strings Miss Sarah Peterson
Elementary Computers Mrs. Denise Smith
Elementary Art Ms. Mary Brookes


Secondary Faculty  
High School Bible Pastor Rick Avriett
History/Geography/Government/Economics/Speech Mrs. Linda Galster
Science/Computers Mr. Keith Newhard
Jr. High English/Anatomy Mrs. Corrine Pemberton
High School Mathematics Mr. Jim Peifer
Jr. High Math/Geometry/Probability/Statistics Mrs. Brenda Sango
High School English/Secondary Choir Mrs. Maresa Shelburne
General Business, Yearbook Mrs. Krista Mengel
Art Ms. Mary Brookes
Band/Strings/Handbells Miss Sarah Peterson
Spanish Mrs. Susie Perez
Physical Education Mr. Scott Long


Athletics  
Girls Volleyball Coach Mr. Scott Long
Boys Soccer Coach Pastor Rick Avriett
Girls Basketball Coach Mr. Scott Long
JV Boys Basketball Coach Pastor Dave Nichols
Boys Basketball Coach Pastor DJ Willis
Golf Coach Pastor DJ Willis


School Board  
Pastor Dr. David Peterson
Administrator Pastor Dave Nichols
Chairman Mr. Richard de la Rosa
Secretary Mrs. Denise Smith
Member Mr. Ken Buker
Member Mr. Bryan Branham
Member Mrs. Vivian Coates
Member Mr. Bruce Galster
Member Mr. Brent Pemberton
Member Mr. Richard Shelburne


Faculty Biographies


Mrs. Brookes was born in Greenville, South Carolina while her parent were students at Bob Jones University. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and attended John R. Rice’s church. Mrs. Brookes trusted in Christ as her Savior at 5 years old.

She attended El Centro College for her art training and graduated from Florida Bible College. She has taught 24 years. She also teaches private lessons. She and her husband, Bob, have been in the ministry for 40 years. They recently moved to Tampa, FL where Mr. Brookes now teaches at Florida Bible College. They are blessed with two adult daughters, Jamie and Joy, both of who have their masters degrees from Liberty University. Mrs. Brookes also has two grandchildren.

Mrs. Brookes is so thankful she can teach visual arts to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ to reflect the beauty and order found in the Master Designer. Her most important goal in the classroom is that her students will realize her passion for the Lord, the love she has for them and to encourage them to do artwork for the Lord. “And whatsoever ye do, do heartily, as to the Lord…” (Colossians 3:23).


Mrs. Buker was born in Miami, Florida where she lived for most of her childhood, although there were a few years her family lived in Texas and Israel while her parents were missionaries. While she was raised in a Godly family, she didn’t fully understand how to be saved until a Sunday School teacher in Dallas took the time to explain the Gospel, and Mrs. Buker accepted Jesus as her Savior.

Mrs. Buker attended Miami Christian College where she earned her BS degree in Psychology/Counseling. Over the years, she’s worked in counseling, accounting and teaching.

She and her husband Kenneth have two children, KC and Emily, who both graduated from LOLCS and are currently pursuing their college degrees.

Mrs. Buker has taught K-4 at LOLCS since 2002 and is thankful for the privilege of being able to have a positive impact on the lives of the little ones in her care. She understands that children who are in a loving and nurturing environment will flourish emotionally as well as academically. She is dedicated to insuring that each day her students are surrounded with love and encouragement, as well as discovering that learning is fun.


Robin de la Rosa was born and raised in Ft. Wayne, IN, where she attended a Christian School from elementary through high school. She accepted Christ as her savior in Sunday school at the age of six. Robin is married and has three daughters who have all attended LOLCS since K4; her oldest is now attending Pensacola Christian College.

Robin has been teaching at LOLCS since 2006. She holds a CDA as well as a Christian Child Development Education Credential. Robin has a dedication to quality in early childhood development. She strives to preserve the integrity of faith-based teaching in our program.


Debbie Frazier was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Tampa Bay Bible College in 1983. Debbie has taught first and second grades in Christian school for 15 years and homeschooled her own daughters for 3 years (grades 3-7).

Debbie and her husband, Tom, both began teaching at LOLCS in 2007. They have two daughters, Katie and Vickie – both graduated from LOLCS and are now in college. She enjoys reading, playing the upright bass to accompany her husband and using puppets in her teaching ministry.


Tom Frazier was born and raised in Pinellas County, Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Bible College in Hollywood, Florida, in 1978. Tom taught 5th grade for 15 years at Suncoast Christian School in Clearwater, Florida. During his time at Suncoast Christian School, he also pastored Tampa Shores Baptist Church in Oldsmar for nine years. After pastoring at Calvary Bible Church in Inverness for four years, Tom joined the staff at Land O’ Lakes Christian School in 2007 as a sixth grade teacher.

Tom and Debbie Frazier have two daughters, Katie and Vickie – both graduated from LOLCS and are now in college. He and Debbie love reading, music, and their teaching ministries.


Mrs. Linda Galster, teaches the social science classes in the junior and senior high as well as creative arts, life management, and speech classes. She and her husband Bruce are “native Floridians”. Mrs. Galster has lived in Land O’ Lakes all her life and even attended Sanders Elementary.

Mrs. Galster has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in social science education from the University of South Florida. She previously taught at Land O’ Lakes High and Pine View Middle School before “retiring” to raise her boys Joshua and Jacob. While at Pine View she earned certification to teach gifted education classes and did so for several years. She has taught full time at LOLCS for 13 years. Mrs. Galster loves being able to teach from a Godly perspective and show her student’s God’s plan throughout history. She also has a passion for the fine arts program at Land O’Lakes Christian School and enjoys working with the students in many areas of speech and drama.


Michelle Newhard grew up in Denver, CO and trusted Christ as her Savior at age 14. After receiving a B.A. in Christian Education from Colorado Bible College, she taught 4th grade and kindergarten at a Christian school in Colorado for 4 years. She married her husband, Keith, in 1983 and they served as missionary teachers with New Tribes Mission in Papua New Guinea from 1988-1992.

Michelle first began teaching First grade at Land O'Lakes Christian School in 2000. Michelle & Keith have two grown sons, Erik and Jesse, who graduated from LOLCS and are now attending college.


Mr. Keith Newhard trusted Christ as his Savior as a teenager. He graduated from Florida Bible college with a B.A. in Biblical Education and minors in Theology and Christian Education. While teaching at a Christian school in Colorado, he met and married Mrs. Newhard. Shortly after that, they went into full time missions work in Papua New Guinea under New Tribes Mission. Their ministry there included teaching at a Christian school in the Hamtai tribe and in the missionary children’s school. The Lord blessed with two boys who are now in college. After 25 years of teaching, Mr. Newhard still enjoys working with children on the academic and spiritual levels.


Mrs. Susan Nichols grew up in a Christian home and attended Christian schools from elementary through high school. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Pensacola Christian College. The Nichols have 6 children enrolled in and/or graduates of Land O’ Lakes Christian School. Mrs. Nichols also has a “Staff Credential” from the Florida Department of Children and Families. Mrs. Nichols developed the Kindergarten Enrichment program in 2006 and has been teaching at LOLCS since then.


Mr. Jim Peifer was called to service as a Math teacher at Land O’ Lakes Christian School in 2005. This is his 43rd year teaching secondary mathematics--with twelve of those years being in Christian School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Belmont University and spent a year studying Math Education at Middle Tennessee State University Graduate School. He and his wife, Withers, have six grown children and six grandchildren.


Mrs. Pemberton is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College. She has worked at LOLCS since 2001. Currently she teaches 5th grade part of the day, junior high language arts, and a anatomy class.

Mrs. Pemberton is married and has four teen age sons. Tim and Luke graduated from LOLCS and are now attending college. Twins Mark and Andrew attend LOLCS and enjoy music and sports.


Ms. Sarah Peterson graduated from Clearwater Christian College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with proficiency in both cello and piano. She has been teaching music at Christian schools in Florida, Hawaii, and California since 2007. She currently teaches handbells, band, string orchestra, elementary general music classes, preschool music, and private lessons (strings, piano). In high school, Ms. Peterson played in the Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra and was selected to be a part of the Eleventh and Twelfth All State Orchestra. Ms. Peterson has won many awards including the Joyce Walsh Junior Disability Award and the Instrumental Commencement Competition in cello solo at Clearwater Christian College. She also has prepared music groups and soloists for state level competitions in the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and Southern Californian Association of Christian Schools. She is a member of the Florida Music Educators’ Association.


Brenda Sango has been teaching at Land O’Lakes Christian School since 2006. Her responsibilities include teaching seventh grade math, pre-algebra, geometry, and statistics.

Mrs. Sango attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned a bachelor’s degree in statistics and a master’s degree in mathematics education. Throughout her teaching career Mrs. Sango has taught all levels of mathematics from junior high math through pre-calculus, and has headed a program for gifted elementary students.

She and her husband, Jason, have two grown children, Jared and Janelle, who are graduates of Land O’Lakes Christian School.


Maresa Shelburne teaches language arts, choir, and piano in Land O’ Lakes Christian School and is the primary pianist for First Baptist Church of Land O’ Lakes where her husband Richard is the Music Pastor. She graduated from a Christian high school and has a B.A. degree from Bob Jones University in Music with an English minor. Her three sons, Zachary, Spencer, and Andrew all graduated from LOLCS: Zachary is Music Pastor at Westside Baptist Church in Augusta, GA; Spencer travels as a musician with the Will Galkin Evangelistic Team; and Andrew is a sophomore at PCC studying youth ministry. Mrs. Shelburne’s hobbies include reading, playing Scrabble, and shopping.


Denise Smith, Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Mrs. Smith accepted Christ at age 11 while at a Christian youth summer camp. Work on a college degree in Business Administration and Management was interrupted by marriage, children, and a corporate move to central Pasco County in the early 1980’s. In 1992, she was asked by First Baptist to add a 4-year old class to the educational program in place at Land O Lakes Christian School. She continues to pursue administrative and academic credentials in order to assist in the administration of the school and in maintaining the schools state and national accreditations. Her hobbies and interests are varied, but time with family and active outdoor pursuits dominate her free time.


Peggy Taylor, who was born and raised in Pennsylvania, has been an elementary school teacher for 25 years. She received her education at Trinity College and D.C Teachers College in Washington, D.C., and at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. Peggy has three grown children, Billy, Alicia, and Melissa, a daughter-in-law Stephanie and a son-in-law Caleb.

In addition to teaching elementary aged students, Peggy has certification and experience as a Director and teacher of pre-school aged students.


Pastor DJ Willis was born in Fort McClellan Alabama, on June 5, 1989. He has lived all across the United States due to his father being transferred to various military bases across the country. He was raised in a godly home and was "born again" on September 12, 2002. During his later teen years, DJ began to struggle in his Christian life. But at the age of nineteen, through various circumstances, he surrendered his life to serve the Lord in full time ministry.

DJ attended Baptist College of Ministry in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree for Bible and Music. During his college career he worked full time in teen ministry and also traveled for about two years for Minute Men Evangelistic ministries under Dr. Jim Van Gelderen and Evangelist Bobby Bosler.

At college, DJ met his future wife, Amanda Ackeret, and they were married on November 23, 2013. They had their first child, Emmalee Marie Willis on October 26th, 2014.

DJ Willis, starting as Youth Pastor for First Baptist Church in October of 2013, is also currently Athletic Director and teaching Junior High Bible at LOLCS.