Staff

Dr. Bethany McKee-Alexander

Dr. Bethany McKee-Alexander

Head of School

College:

  • BA Music Education University of Florida
  • MA Choral Music University of Florida
  • Doctorate Educational Leadership/Cultural Foundations UNC-Greensboro

Start Date:

2014

Kyle McKenzie

Kyle McKenzie

Assistant Head of School

College:

  • Bachelor's Elementary/Middle School Ed. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Elementary/Middle School Teaching License (WI, IL, FL)
  • Master's Educational Leadership Concordia University-Chicago
  • Type 75 Certification

Start Date:

2014

Love about GCS?:

Family centered community and the ability to educate students in academics, social skills, and faith development

Roxie Foster

Roxie Foster

School Secretary

Start Date:

1993

Love about GCS?:

My favorite part of Grace is watching the children as they grow with us.

Debbie Bruni

Debbie Bruni

Admissions Director & Events Coordinator

College:

  • AA Mental Health Counseling Lassell College

Start Date:

1991

Love about GCS?:

My children and grandson attended Grace and I started out as a parent volunteer, then was asked to work part time and then full time in the office. My favorite part of Grace is the loving and nurturing environment and "family" atmosphere.

Kristin Dean

Kristin Dean

Advancement Director

College:

  • BS Degree Education Major in Early Childhood Education Georgia Southern University

Start Date:

2015

Love about GCS?:

Grace provides a postive nuturing enviorment for both our students and facility.

Robin Booth

Robin Booth

K3 Teacher

College:

  • AA Central Florida College
  • State Certified Childcare/Emergening Literacy

Start Date:

2008

Love about GCS?:

I love the family feel that comes with being part of Grace Christian School. In addition, our family are members of Christ the King Anglican Church, just making that family feeling even bigger!

Pam Feaster

Pam Feaster

Teacher Assistant

College:

  • Early Childhood Specialty Certification

Start Date:

1996

Love about GCS?:

Pam loves Grace school because of the Christ centered love that she feels each & every day that she enters her classroom

Stacey Gibson

Stacey Gibson

K4 Teacher

College:

  • BS Telecommunications

Start Date:

1998

Love about GCS?:

Love teaching children to love God, themselves , and others. It’s a family here, we love and respect each other and all have the common good of Grace in our hearts.

Priscilla Estes

Priscilla Estes

Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Priscilla Estes is a native of Ocala and attended Grace when she was in kindergarten. She is married to Robert Estes and they have two children who attended Grace Christian School. She started "working" at Grace as a parent volunteer, then as a substitute teacher, and in 2005 she was hired as a teacher assistant. Priscilla worked in 2nd grade for seven years and moved to K-4 in 2012. She feels very blessed to be a part of the Grace family.

Christina Harper

Christina Harper

Kindergarten Teacher

College:

  • BA Elementary Education Southern Florida University
  • MA Elementary Education University of North Florida

Start Date:

2015

Love about GCS?:

She is an alumnae of Grace school and is so happy that God granted her the opportunity to return to her elementary school. She feels very blessed to be a part of the Grace family again!

Kelsey Atkins

Kelsey Atkins

Support Staff

College:

  • AA International Business College

Start Date:

2014

Love about GCS?:

My favorite part is the feeling that we're one big family. I came to Grace as a volunteer when my daughter was in Kindergarten and by the next year I was a full-time staff member.

Stephanie Salmon

Stephanie Salmon

Teacher Assistant

Start Date:

2011

Love about GCS?:

I started as a parent and volunteer, then was blessed with an opporunity to be a teacher assistant. I love being part of this community.

Kathy Franklin

Kathy Franklin

1st Grade Teacher

College:

  • BA Elementary Education St. Leo University
  • Gifted Endorsement, ESE certified

Start Date:

2001

Love about GCS?:

The freedom to share my faith with my students and work alongside such wonderful teachers and staff.

Mary Fulkerson

Mary Fulkerson

Teacher Assistant

College:

  • Early Childhood Certificate

Start Date:

2005

Sarah Curran

Sarah Curran

College:

  • BS in Elementary Education, Southeastern University.
  • Certified in Elementary Education K-6 with ESOL endorsement

Start Date:

2017

Love about GCS?:

Grace has its own atmosphere of teachers who are truly seeking the glory of God and fulfilling their calling by working here. I find it inspiring to be part of such an amazing group of people who care about the students, about each other, and about aiming for excellence each day. I feel like I have found a place where I belong and am accepted for myself and the gifts I bring, and that is a feeling like no other.

Tamika Singleton

Tamika Singleton

College:

  • BA Early Childhood and Elementary Education Grand Canyon University

Start Date:

2017

Love about GCS?:

The love of Christ brought me to Grace

Emily Butler

Emily Butler

College:

  • Elementary Education K-6, Physical Education K-12 Jacksonville University

Start Date:

2018

Love about GCS?:

I love seeing my niece every day 🙂 Faculty welcomed me like family & parents welcomed me with open arms and hearts -- The spirit is truly alive in this school , and Grace is exactly what you feel every time you come here

Ashley Hinkle

Ashley Hinkle

3rd Grade Teacher

College:

  • BA Elementary Education West Virginia University Florida Teaching Certificate

Start Date:

2015

Love about GCS:

Family atmosphere and the ability to worship with her students

Cheryl Arnold

Cheryl Arnold

4th/5th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher

College:

  • BA Elementary Education West Virginia University Florida Teaching Certificate
  • BA History, Trinity College Deerfield, IL
  • Elementary Education certification, endorsements in language arts and social studies

Start Date:

2015

Love about GCS:

When I was moving from Chicago to Ocala, I knew I wanted to continue teaching in a Christian school. I found Grace while searching on the internet, and it was my first choice after reading that Grace is committed to helping children achieve their full academic and spiritual potential in a nurturing environment. When I read about morning courtyard, fruit of the Spirit, and the commitment to differentiated curriculum, along with the many other wonderful offerings at Grace, I knew that this was where I wanted to teach. I quickly fell in love with the warm, family atmosphere and am so happy to be part of the Grace family.

Gretchen McCarthy

Gretchen McCarthy

College:

  • BA Elementary Education, 5-9 Science, ESOL St. Leo University

Start Date:

2007, 2018

Love about GCS:

My favorite part about being a member of the GCS faculty is the family-like, christian atmosphere that each person contributes to. It is what brought me back to Grace. Both my children and myself were missing that and I am over-joyed for my family to feel the love and support while being held to a standard of academic excellence.

Melissa Leon

Melissa Leon

College:

  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction BS in Psychology and endorsed in ESL Professional license in K-6 and Math 6-9

Start Date:

2018

Love about GCS:

From the moment I stepped onto the school grounds of Grace I felt like part of the family. My own children have felt like they are home after just a few weeks of school here. I am so proud to be a part of the grace family and teach 3rd grade and coach volleyball this year.

Tammy Adcock

Tammy Adcock

Math Teacher

College:

  • BA Business & Accounting St. Leo University
  • MA Curriculum & Instuction University of Phoenix

Start Date:

2003

Love about GCS?:

My favorite part of Grace is the relationships I form with my students and families. They become a part of my life and I love seeing them and keeping up with them long after they leave.

Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly

Language Arts Teacher

College:

  • BA Education-English LaMoyne University
  • Certified in Secondary English

Start Date:

2000

Love about GCS?:

What I love most about my job watching my students flourish over a three year period. And my colleagues are my second family!

Cheryl Young

Cheryl Young

Language Arts

College:

  • BA Elementary Education University of Florida Elementary Certification

Start Date:

2004

Love about GCS?:

The Family friendly environment and loving people I encounter.

Taneika Grimes

Taneika Grimes

Start Date:

2018

Bryan Pyle

Bryan Pyle

College:

  • BA Biology & Chemistry University of Deleware
  • MA Science Education University of Deleware
  • MA Divinity Trinity School of Ministry

Start Date:

2017

Love about GCS?:

Loves the mission of Academic Excellence in a Christ-centered environment

Nadine Wood

Nadine Wood

After-care/Extended Care Program Manager

Nadine has been an assistant teaching at various grade levels since beginning at Grace Christian School in 2004. In addition to working in the classroom, she designs and edits the school yearbook. Both positions have been extremely rewarding and she feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to be part of the close-knit, family atmosphere at Grace! Nadine is currently pursuing her degree in early childhood education. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters (both GCS alumni), working on home improvement projects, and painting.

Nina Canfield

Nina Canfield

Spanish Teacher

College:

  • BS Psychology St. Leo University

Start Date:

2001

Love about GCS?:

What I like most about Grace is the love and care that everyone shows for each other and being able to help the students at a personal level. Relationships

Robert Ramirez

Robert Ramirez

Physical Education Teacher

College:

  • BA St. Leo University

Start Date:

2000

Love about GCS?:

I felt God's calling to be here at Grace.

Ryan Owens

Ryan Owens

Technology Coordinator / Computer Teacher

College:

  • BA in Elementary Education, Warner University
  • MA in Educational Leadership, University of West Florida

Start Date:

2007

Love about GCS?:

The opportunity to serve God, students, and our families in a loving, Christ-Centered environment. Both of my children go to school here and feel very much the same way.

Luke Ferguson

Luke Ferguson

Chorus Teacher

College:

  • BS Music Theory/Compostion Covenant College
  • MA Divinity Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Start Date:

2014

Love about GCS?:

I appreciate Grace's atmosphere of family where kids are loved and my staff and administration are so supportive

Jack Covell

Jack Covell

College:

  • BA Music Education William Patterson University
  • MA Gifted Education Nova Southeaster University

Start Date:

2017

Love about GCS?:

All of the my band students, affectionately known as the Banditos

Ninette Clauss

Ninette Clauss

College:

  • BS Elementary Education Florida State University

Start Date:

2017

Love about GCS?:

My favorite thing about Grace is truly the family atmosphere. All the staff and students know each other personally and treat each other so well! I came to Grace as a former public school teacher, then stay at home mom. I LOVE being at a private school.

Nakia Frazier

Nakia Frazier

College:

  • MA Graphic Design and Mass Communication Florida International University

Start Date:

2016

Love about GCS?:

"Connected, embraced, praying family as one. We uplift, support and encourage each other as a team. The holy spirit and the light of Jesus Christ drawed me to this beautful & marvelous school."

Scott Evans

Scott Evans

Christian Education

College:

  • BA in Science-Recreation University of Tennessee-Chatanooga
  • MA in Christian Education Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Start Date:

2018

Love about GCS?:

Family atmosphere