Staff

Thomas Gerds

Head of School

Meredith Garner

Advancement Director

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.

Kelsey Atkins

Kelsey Atkins

Business Manager

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.

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.

Nadine Evans

Nadine Evans

Preschool Assistant and After-care/Extended Care Program Manager

Christina Leard

Christina Leard

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!

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.

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.

Cheryl Young

Cheryl Young

1st grade teacher

College:

  • BA Elementary Education University of Florida Elementary Certification

Start Date:

2004

Love about GCS?:

The Family friendly environment and loving people I encounter.

Carol Cameron

Kindergarten

Lauren Tuzzolino

Carol Cameron's K5 Assistant

Ashley Hinkle

Ashley Hinkle

3rd Grade Teacher

College:

  • MA in Elementary Education from West Virginia University
  • Florida Teaching Certificate

      Start Date:

      2015

      Love about GCS:

      Family atmosphere and the ability to worship with her students

Austin Yates

Austin Yates

4th/5th Math and Science Teacher

College:

  • BS Interdisciplinary Studies, MA Educational Leadership
    University of Central Florida

Start Date:

2020

Love about GCS:

I love having the opportunity to learn and grow alongside my students in a faith-based environment focused on academic excellence.

Mallory Strong

4th & 5th Grade Language Arts

Arianna Pray

Andrew Touchton

Andrew Touchton

Social Studies Teacher

College:

  • University of South Florida/ BA in Mass Communications TV Broadcast Productions/ Minor in Film Studies

Start Date:

2019

Love about GCS:

What I love about GCS is the camaraderie between students & staff. Everyone shares a common love for Christ & a love for one another as Children of God. That firm spiritual foundation relieves the stress of school life & allows us to focus on deeper things.

Christy Benway

Middle School Math

Cassie McKenzie

Middle School Science

Daniel Donnan

Language Arts Teacher

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.

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 Southeastern University

Start Date:

2017

Love about GCS?:

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

Ninette Clauss

Ninette Clauss

Librarian

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.