Gerald Altman, MS Science
Mr. Altman began his career as a Licensed Minister for Youth and Children. He served 8 years in the Pastoral field in many different capacities throughout the years. After pursuing a career in Financial Advisory he returned to education and joined Seacoast Christian Academy in 2016. His degree is a Bachelors of Arts in Pastoral Ministries with a Minor in Bible.
Samuel Armstrong, HS History/Bible
Samuel Armstrong has been teaching at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2005. He brings to the high school a wealth of experience in both teaching and ministry. Mr. Armstrong has served over 35 years as a Pastor in six churches. He has attended the University of Memphis, Evangel University, and Central Bible College. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible. Mr. Armstrong teaches Bible in the context of discipleship and living our life on the uncompromising authority of God’s Word. He has a unique approach to illustrating history to young people. He believes that history is not completely understood unless students see the “God Connection” throughout history.
His classes (Grades 9-12) include Bible, U.S. History, World History, World Cultural Geography, Economics, and American Government. Mr. Armstrong also coordinates several of the major school field trips each year.
Mr. Armstrong enjoys sports (Yankee games), concerts, movies, and Orlando Theme Parks. He and his wife, Judy have been married for over 42 years and have one daughter, Samantha. They both are teachers at SCA Elementary. He and his family have a passion to see students excel academically and be transformed by the power of the Gospel. Mr. Armstrong believes in God’s purpose and destiny for each student. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Sherry Barton, MS Bible/Art
Sherry Barton started at SCA in 2004 as the Art resource teacher for all class levels. She worked in the private sector for 20 years as Creative Director and Director of Product Development for US based companies that operated throughout Southeast Asia, India, and the Pacific Rim countries. One of her responsibilities was establishing creative departments and standards for manufacturing giftware products by training artists in many varied aspects of manufacturing throughout these regions. Her family is in Jacksonville and South Carolina. She currently attends Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Her hobbies include anything ocean related from boating to beachcombing, gardening, painting, cooking, and traveling to as many different places as possible.
Her Favorite quote: “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” John Ruskin
Her Classroom Creed: “Don’t let your best be killed by good enough!”
Donna Brooke, MS Math
Donna Brooke has been a teacher at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2005. She has taught middle school math, science, Study Skills, Bible and Psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southeastern University in 1993. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant and in Accounting. She has also served in various capacities of Christian ministry and education: a youth pastor 1983-1989; Christian higher education student life from 1989-2001; and Christian secondary education 2002 – present.
Mrs. Brooke is married with one daughter and two grandchildren. As a teacher, Mrs. Brooke’s desire is that all her students would recognize the gifts and call they have been given by God. A framed quote given to her by a friend many years ago has been the foundation of her trust in God’s faithfulness. It simply reads, God gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him.
Elton Brooke, Principal/Director of Guidance
Elton Brooke has been the Principal/Director of Guidance at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2004. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (Church Ministries) from Southeastern University in 1991; a Master of Arts in Education (Counseling) from Argosy University in 1995; and a Doctor of Education (Organizational Leadership) from Argosy University in 2002. For the past 30 years, he has served in various capacities of Christian ministry and education: a youth pastor 1983-1989; Christian higher education student life and administration 1989-2001; and Christian secondary education 2001 – present.
Dr. Brooke has a passion to see students grow and mature into people who follow Christ while being a positive influence in society. Dr. Brooke enjoys playing golf and chess, reading, walking, and working on small woodworking projects. He has been married for 38 years to Donna, and they have 1 daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandsons. His life verse is: He has told you, O man, what is good: And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
Azalia Figueroa, Spanish Teacher
B.A. in Spanish, Montclair State University
B.A. in Broadcasting, Montclair State University
Master’s in Education, Grand Canyon University
Certified Translator, Montclair State University
Ms. Figueroa has been teaching since 2009. She currently teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 at our Seacoast High School campus. Ms. Figueroa also teaches grades K – 2 in our elementary. Her vast amount of knowledge in the Spanish language, culture, and traditions are conducive to her lesson plan activities for our students.
Denise Guzzardi, Arts Director and Primary Dance Instructor
Ms. Guzzardi is the Arts Director and primary dance instructor for Seacoast Christian Academy. She has been with Seacoast for three years. Students receive professional dance training utilizing their gifts and talents to glorify the Lord in excellence. Ms. Guzzardi grew up in a dance studio, as her parents were both dancers and studio owners. She has one daughter and one son-in-law. Her professional performing career includes Broadway, TV, Film and stage. She has trained hundreds of students who have succeeded into prestigious dance companies in NYC, CA and all over the world. Ms. Guzzardi introduced and created a dance program/curricular to a mega church with 10K members and global televised services. Along with the church, she expanded curriculum into the school system/Worship/Arts program; delivered program lectures at conferences attended by leaders worldwide.
Ms. Guzzardi loves helping students reach their level of excellence through the arts and dance. Of the many gifts He has given, three of the most beautiful are the gifts of music, dance and drama. Romans 6:13 says, “Use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God”. We are committed to our students and feel called to develop each student to the best of their potential.
Korey Harrington, MS History and American Sign Language
Korey Harrington started teaching middle school history and American Sign Language at Sea Coast Academy in 2016. Ms. Harrington graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Early and Adolescent Development and Family Dynamics and received her MS from Concordia University in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Social Studies. She brings a wealth of experience to this position; she has worked and taught at Penn State, taught life skills to the deaf and blind at Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and taught social studies in two charter schools in Jacksonville. Some of her duties at Penn State included being a liaison for a Federal program for the state of Pennsylvania, serving on state and national committees, developing and evaluating reporting materials, as well as developing and teaching curriculum to supervisors and paraprofessionals.
Ms. Harrington’s hobbies include reading, fashion and walking the beach. She has a love of cats and owns four rescues. Her love of cats started early-her first word was “kitty.”
She loves watching her students grow to appreciate learning and develop the skills to become responsible citizens. “When someone is taught the joy of learning, it becomes a lifelong process that never stops, a process that creates a logical individual. That is the challenge and joy of teaching.” Marva Collins
Scott Looker, AP English
Scott Looker has been the high school English teacher as Seacoast Christian Academy since 2007. In addition to teaching all of the English classes, he has also taught Speech, Debate, Creative Writing, and Advanced Placement courses. He graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1999 and, three years later, earned a Masters in Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary.
Mr. Looker is married with four children, two of which attend Seacoast. He is priest-in-residence at Church of the Messiah, a parish in the Charismatic Episcopal Church and has published several works including a variety of articles, a, diocesan Confirmation curriculum, and a textbook for American Literature currently being used in the eleventh grade English class.
Once every three years, when he has some free time, he enjoys coaching crew with the Jacksonville Rowing Club. When asked what he wanted prospective parents to know about Seacoast Christian Academy, Mr. Looker replied, “The best compliment I’ve received since being here came when my own daughter was complaining about writing essays in my class. An alumni who happened to have returned to campus (they never really leave, you know) looked at her and said, ‘You be quiet. Mr. Looker knows how to teach writing. My essays in college are a breeze because I had him teach me how to write.” His favorite passage from Scripture comes from Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Chelsie Mulholland, HS English
Chelsie Mulholland [pronounced: mu-haul-lin(d)] has been a teacher at Seacoast since 2015. Mrs. Mulholland graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013 with a degree in English Secondary Education. She teaches most of the English classes at SCA including English I and II, American Literature, and British Literature, as well as SAT Prep (a course for college–bound eleventh grade students), and Yearbook.
Mrs. Mulholland has been married to her high school sweetheart since 2013. They have no children but do have a cat. She and her husband love to travel and explore lighthouses, a hobby made easier by her husband’s service in the US Navy. They make regular trips back to North Carolina where both grew up. Mrs. Mulholland loves all sweets, especially Oreos!
Mrs. Mulholland chose to become a teacher because she loves to see children, especially teens, make connections between what they read in class and their own lives. To watch a student who “hates” to read get excited about reading is the best feeling in the world. Her goal in class is to use English, reading, and grammar to raise her students into Christian adults that can make share their faith and opinions in effective ways.
Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
Meghin Stumne, HS Science
Meghin Stumne has been teaching at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2016. Prior to coming to Seacoast, Mrs. Stumne worked in the education department at SeaWorld San Antonio, the St. Louis Zoo, the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. She has earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
Mrs. Stumne’s ultimate goal in her classroom is to encourage students to find value in the natural world and embrace science not as a contradiction to God, but as evidence of a Mighty Creator. She believes that science is best learned through hands on experiences. Therefore, she provides many classroom experiments, projects, dissections and field trips.
Mrs. Stumne is most passionate about youth ministry, conservation and music. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, mentoring students, and going to concerts.
Kristina Payne, Computer Teacher
Kristina Payne is a recent addition to the Seacoast family. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science. She then went on to get her Cosmetology license. After working six years at an extremely successful salon in Columbus, Ohio, Kristina wanted a change of scenery. She packed up, sold her house, and moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2010, where one of her sisters already resided. As soon as she moved to Jacksonville, she met her husband, Nick. Nick and Kristina have been married for almost five years. She is blessed to have a son that is almost 4, a step-daughter that is 12, and a step-son that is 14.
Mrs. Payne enjoys working with students of all ages so that they may learn and enjoy the fundamentals of the computer and its’ programs. Mrs. Payne enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Her hobbies include doing various remodeling projects around the house. “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalm 25:1-2)
Michelle Thomas, HS Math
Michelle Thomas has been a high school math teacher at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2016. Her teaching career began in 2007 and includes teaching math at Bentonville High School in Bentonville, AR and at Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin, IL.
Miss Thomas completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Spanish in 2000. She then worked for 6 years as an actuarial analyst (mathematician). In 2005, she began her Master’s Degree in Education during which she earned her math teaching certificate. She finished her Master’s Degree in 2010.
Miss Thomas first heard the gospel when she was 16 years old. That day she confessed that she was a sinner, believed that Jesus died on the cross for her sins and that God raised him from the dead. However, it wasn’t until she joined a bible study when she was 21 years old that she realized that she needed to put God first in all areas of her life. Since then, she has sought to live for God. Miss Thomas is grateful that God makes all those who follow him into new creations.
Miss Thomas enjoys being outside, watching cartoons and reading Christian fiction. She also enjoys traveling. She has been to Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Miss Thomas’ favorite part of teaching is watching her students grow both in their academic ability and their character. It is a joy to see students grow in their perseverance and choose to do what is right even when it is difficult.
Dan White, Bible/P.E.
Dan White has been teaching at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2013. He teaches Bible and P.E. . Dan has been in ministry for 21 years, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. He has been a Pastor for over 14 years.
Dan has been married for 21 years to his beautiful wife Paula, together they have 3 boys. His hobbies are spending time with family, movies and sports.
Dan says “The thing I love most about Seacoast is the loving and peaceful atmosphere of the campus and staff. We have a unique opportunity to instruct our scholars with a great education and lead them with the knowledge of Christ openly. To see these young men and women grow and see God in their lives excites me every day I come to the school.”
Joette Whittingham, Administrator
Joette Whittingham is the current School Administrator. She joined the Seacoast Family in 2014 as the high school math teacher and National Honors Society Sponsor in 2015. Ms. Whittingham was promoted to Administrator in 2016. A native of Virginia, Ms. Whittingham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Joette has always desired to be a teacher, and after 17 years in the engineering field, she decided to make the switch and has not looked back. She received her State of Florida Department of Education Professional Educator’s Certificate in 2013.
Ms. Whittingham, or Ms. Whitt as she is lovingly known, has one son who is a member of the Class of 2017 from Seacoast Christian Academy. They are members of Bethel Baptist Institution Church located in beautiful, downtown Jacksonville. She enjoys crafts, mentoring her students, and spending time with family.
Ms. Whittingham’s dedication to Seacoast shows that she truly has the heart of a teacher. She believes in each scholar and encourages them in the gift that God has given them. Understanding that each is different and a blessing in their own way is why Jeremiah 29:11 is her favorite Scripture, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
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