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/Receptionist Mrs. LeAnne Fuller
Records Secretary/Registrar Mrs. Sharon Long
Extended School Day Mrs. Ackerson
Librarian Mrs. Pam Kravitz
Before School Care Mrs. Christine Sutton
Music Lesson Coordinator Mrs. Donna Lark
Maintenance/Custodial Mr. Henry VanPetten


Elementary Faculty  
PK-3 Mrs. Susie Perez
K-4 Mrs. Lori Buker
K-5 Mrs. Robin de la Rosa
Kindergarten Enrichment Mrs. Susan Nichols
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 Miss Sarah Peterson
Elementary Computers Mrs. Denise Smith


Secondary Faculty  
High School Bible Pastor Rick Avriett
History/Geography/Government/Economics/Creative Arts Mrs. Linda Galster
Yearbook Mrs. Krista Mengel
Science Mr. Keith Newhard
Anatomy Mrs. Corrine Pemberton
High School Mathematics Mr. Jim Peifer
Jr. High Math/Pre-Algebra/Geometry/Probability/Statistics Mrs. Brenda Sango
High School English/Choir Mrs. Maresa Shelburne
Jr. High English Mrs. Corrine Pemberton
Jr. High Bible/Computers/Physics Mr. Keith Newhard
Spanish Mrs. Susie Perez
Business Elective Mrs. Krista Mengel
Physical Education Mr. Scott Long


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


School Board  
Pastor Dr. David Peterson
Administrator Pastor Dave Nichols
Chairman Mr. Rick de la Rosa
Secretary Mrs. Denise Smith
Member Mr. Ken Buker
Member Mr. Bryan Branham
Member Mr. T.R. Campbell
Member Mrs. Vivian Coates
Member Mr. Brent Pemberton
Member Mr. Jeff Weigt


Faculty Biographies


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.


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, are attending Christian colleges, and are actively involved in music ministry themselves.


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.