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FACULTY AND STAFF

We are extremely proud of our

teaching and administrative staff:

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

Rita A. O’Leary ~ Principal/Administrator

Mrs. O’Leary begins her twelfth year at the helm of LCS.  With over 35 years of administrative experience, she brings a wealth of wisdom and a no-nonsense approach to this exceptional educational environment.  Under her tutelage the school has been fully accredited since its early stages.  Mrs. O’Leary feels blessed to be part of the ever evolving growth of LCS.  She enjoys the madness of Heat basketball and FSU football.  Go Noles!  Mrs. O’Leary holds an M.Ed from FAU and resides in Deerfield Beach with her husband of 33 years.  She has three grown children that includes a set of twins. The newest love of her life is her first grandchild, Leo Alexander.  It is with tremendous pride and deep love that she welcomes you to Lighthouse Christian School.

 

Lisa Webel ~ Assistant Principal/Administrator

In addition to her Middle School teaching duties, Lisa will lead the troops on days that Mrs. O’Leary is not on campus.  She will also assist with any student issues as well as parent or staff concerns.  Mrs. Webel is a master’s level educator with over twenty years of experience.  Well respected by the staff, they are confident that Lisa’s expertise and heart for education will prove invaluable.

 

Lilian Holder ~ Administrative Coordinator

Lilian is the friendly voice as well as the master of organization for LCS.  Mrs. Holder is quick to offer assistance to anyone who needs it, especially when they are navigating the online registration and tuition management process.  Lilian holds a BA degree in psychology from FAU and resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and daughter Kassie.

 

Faculty and Staff

Elementary School

 

K ~ Deborah Post

We warmly welcome back Deborah Post to our Kindergarten Team.  Debby joined us after many years of experience teaching the primary grades in Christian schools.  Mrs. Post quickly became a valuable part of our teaching staff.  Debby is a graduate of FSU and resides in Deerfield Beach with her husband.

 

K ~ Mary Kate Macek

Mary Kate will once again instruct a Kindergarten class.  The children always enjoy Ms. Macek’s joyful spirit and true love for them.  Mary Kate is also an avid volleyball player and coach.  She is a graduate of Florida State University and resides in Lighthouse Point

 

1 ~ Rachel Therrell

We are delighted that Mrs. Therrell will instruct one section of our first graders.  Mrs. Therrell is a Pink Church native who has been involved in LCS since its inception.  Rachel can always be found supporting church events and committees and is once again leading Cherub Choir.  Mrs. Therrell holds a BS from UCF and resides in Deerfield Beach with her husband Brian and three beautiful daughters.

 

1 ~ Hunter Price

Hunter returns for her fifth year and will instruct the second group of first graders.  Ms. Price works diligently in preparing her students in all aspects of their education.  Hunter holds a BS degree from UCF.  She grew up and lives in the area and is delighted to teach in her hometown community.

 

2 ~ Kathleen Heffling

Kathleen returns to our primary team where she will instruct second grade.  Kathleen has a wealth of experience and a wonderful sense of humor with her charges.  She holds a BS degree from the University of Florida.  When she isn’t in her classroom, you will find Mrs. Heffling on the tennis courts in town.  Kathleen resides in Lighthouse Point with her husband and children.

 

3 ~ Rhiannon Miller

We joyfully welcome back Rhiannon to our stellar staff as a third grade teacher.  Mrs. Miller taught third grade for three years before taking time off to raise a family.  She began subbing for us and was quickly hooked again on teaching, especially here at LCS.  Rhiannon holds a BA in Elementary Education from FAU.  She resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and three daughters.

 

4 ~ Jenny Putzig

Jenny returns to our staff and will instruct grade four.  Jenny’s experience is in intermediate level elementary education and she take on the role of team leader for this age group.  Mrs. Putzig is always figuring out ways to improve procedures and implement new ideas.  Jenny is also the co-director for the Drama Club.  She is a graduate of FAU and resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and two children.

 

5 ~ Jessika James

Jessika took on her own class mid-year last school year and is excited to loop with them to see their continued growth.  Jessika is a delightful addition to the faculty and is always looking for ways to make her classroom a warm and exciting place to learn.  Jessika is a graduate of FAU and resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and little boy, Mason.

 

Navigators 1-8 ~ Meg Phillips

Meg’s love of teaching shines through everything she tackles during the year. Mrs. Phillips instructs the Navigator Learning Center where she assists all grade levels in Math and Reading. This calm oasis of a classroom allows students to receive small group instruction at their own level and pace. Meg holds a Master’s Degree in Varying Exceptionalities from FAU.  She serves on the Child Study team and helps to evaluate new enrollees. Meg resides on Lighthouse Point with her husband and children.

 

Middle School Team:

 

Elizabeth Fisher

Liz will instruct Literature and English as well as lead our Drama Club to the stage for its 8th major production.  Mrs. Fisher continued to hone her Fine Arts skills as an instructor for our  Kids Summer Camp.  Liz is known for her patience and kindness to all she encounters.  She holds a BA from FAU and resides in Deerfield Beach with her daughter.

 

Angela Staples

Mrs. Staples is well known at LCS as the “resident scientist” for our middle school students.  Her love of Science radiates in every class she instructs.  Angela will also teach advanced math and facilitate the accelerated math students in Florida Virtual School.  Mrs. Staples will host STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Club) as an after school enrichment.  She holds a degree in biology from Virginia Wesleyan College.  Mrs. Staples resides in Lighthouse Point with her husband and three children.

 

Rita Floyd-Vester

Mrs. Floyd-Vester takes on the challenge of a 6th grade homeroom and Math instruction for grade 6,  Math for grades 7 and 8 and 7th grade Literature.  Rita is also an award winning inventor of the FlatBox lunchbox.  Mrs. Floyd-Vester holds a BS from FAU and resides in Coconut Creek with her husband and children.

 

Lisa Webel

Mrs. Webel has joined the Middle School Team and will instruct Social Studies and Bible for grades 6-8.  She is so excited to continue with her new found love of Middle school students as Lisa can always be counted on to find a new way to make a concept stick.  Lisa holds an M.Ed and will also serve as the Assistant Administrator.  Mrs. Webel resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and two children.

 

ENRICHMENTS

Media Specialist/Library ~ Jennifer Moschette

Jennifer will continue in her position as our Media Specialist and Reading Counts guru!  Jen is completely enamored with the written word and is always exploring new ways to make it come alive.  Her attention to detail and creative mind make this enrichment program exciting for our elementary students. Jen will also take on the task of keyboarding instruction for certain grades. Mrs. Moschette is the mother of four and resides with her husband and children in Lighthouse Point.

 

P.E. / Athletic Director ~ Patrick Hanley

We welcome back Patrick who will be on board full time taking on the challenges of Athletic Director, P.E. Coach, and Science Lab 1-5.  Patrick is a strong believer in good health and nutrition.  He is an FSU graduate and recently completed his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at FAU.  We know Pat will welcome parent involvement with the sports teams and the financial support of our program. Coach Pat resides in Ft. Lauderdale.

 

Music ~ Anthony Alfano

We welcome back Mr. A who will continue as a full time staff member as we continue to expand the Fine Arts.  Anthony will instruct music, instrument ensemble, choir and the Youth Praise Band. Anthony will also help to involve the students in some Sunday services throughout the year. Anthony holds a BS degree in Elementary Education from FAU.  Mr. Alfano will also privately instruct both guitar and percussion. He resides in Ft. Lauderdale with his wife and two daughters.

 

Art ~ Shelby Giannola

Shelby will continue to instruct all levels of Art instruction as she provides an exceptional art talent for our wonderful program.  Shelby will also hold after school art clubs throughout the year.  Ms. Giannola has a background in Art History and now will couple that with a degree in Elementary Education.  Shelby will continue to put on her coaching hat during the week to assist Coach Pat with the larger PE classes.  Shelby resides in Pompano Beach.

 

Clippers ~ Lisa Maloney

Lisa will instruct Clippers, a pull out Reading and Math program for academically talented students in grades 1-5.  This teacher- referred program will help enhance higher- level comprehension and writing skills as well as enhance higher- level math acuity.   Lisa holds a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University and taught Gifted Education in the Ohio system for many years.  She resides in Lighthouse Point with her husband and two children.

 

Spanish ~ Wendy Wick

Fondly known as Miss Wendy from ISP, Mrs. Wick will continue to instruct Spanish for grades K-8. Wendy is bilingual and fluent in both written and spoken Spanish.  She holds a director’s credential and continues her education in the Honors program at Broward College.  Mrs. Wick resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and son.

 

French - Alex Malfanti

Alex returns to instruct Middle School French as well as assist in the Navigator Learning Center.  She also is the mastermind and editor-in-chief of our annual yearbook publication.  Alex is a certified teacher who received her credentials in Paris, France.  She resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and children.

 

 

TEACHER ASSISTANTS:

Cindy Irvin ~ Cindy returns for her 9th year as a teacher assistant. This year her talents return to the Kindergarten team.  Cindy is a versatile and flexible staff member and can fill any role as needed and required.  She is a master at organization and keeps student and teacher supplies in perfect order.  She resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and daughter.

 

Julia Lockwood ~ Proving her versatility and love for LCS, we are delighted to welcome back Julia as a teaching assistant.  Julia is a graduate of FAU and is working on an advanced degree to earn her teaching credential.  Julia is a kind and compassionate instructor who always has the students’ best interests at heart.  Julia resides in Deerfield Beach.

 

Alexis Oliveros - After School Care ~ Alexis joins us as our After School Care coordinator.  She is also a PK teacher at ISP and therefore is patient, caring and outgoing.  Alexis was a regular sub for our after school care program and we are delighted that she has joined us full time.

our philosophy

Academic excellence is the focus.
LCS believes that to achieve academically, it is important to develop the skills and character of its students individually.

In addition, it is the goal
of teachers and staff to encourage the whole child by infusing Christian values
into an individually tailored curriculum. 

Maintaining a low student/teacher ratio is the key to deciphering and
meeting each student’s educational needs.