“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

— Isaiah 40:31

Administration

  • Aaron Chipman

    High School Teacher; Assistant Dean of Students

    Mr. Chipman is married to his wife Elisa who also works at WCA and an elementary teacher. He enjoys playing basketball, reading, and he is a fighting Illini fan.

  • Amy Price

    Academic Advisor

    Mrs. Price enjoys reading books, traveling, watching football games and spending time with her family.

  • Coming Soon!

    Campus Pastor

    Pastor Josh and his wife Rachel have been married for 10 years. Their 8 year old son Zeke loves 3rd grade at Warner Christian Academy.

  • Dr. Stephen Birch

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Steve and his wife Brenda have 3 married sons and 8 grandchildren. Pastor enjoys basketball and running.

  • Gary Gunkle

    Middle/High School Principal

    Mr. Gunkle is married to Sandra and together they have 2 daughters named Nicole (31) and Kelli (26). He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching international soccer and visiting the Disney Theme Park in Orlando, FL.

  • Judy Howell

    Church Secretary

    WCA Years: 13 years Daytona State College White Chapel Church of God I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware.  I moved to Florida with my family in 1970.  I finished up my senior year at Mainland High School and attended Daytona State majoring in computer science.  I worked as a computer programmer in various … Continue reading “Judy Howell”

  • Kevin “Hat” McFarland

    Maintenance Supervisor

    Mr. McFarland (aka Hat) has spent 13 years honeymooning with his wife, Lisa. He is a father to Alaina (26) and enjoys pool, cycling, puzzles, costume, prop design and construction.

  • Leah Braun

    Director of Special Services

    Mrs. Braun (WCA ’04) and her husband Barry have 3 children (Caden, Brynne and Huxley). She enjoys traveling, Florida Gator football and spending time with family and friends.

  • Linda D. Hampton

    Preschool Director

    Mrs. Hampton has been married over 30 years and has 2 children. She is the chairperson of the Board for Daytona State College Early Education Apprenticeship Program. Mrs. Hampton also serves at the Calvary Christian Center in music and Women’s Ministries.

  • Mark W. Tress

    Superintendent

    Mr. Tress and his wife Jeanie have been married for 34 years. They have 2 daughters, Sandra age 30 and Shannon age 27. They are huge Philadelphia sports fans. Go Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers!

  • Nealy Walton

    Elementary Principal

    Mrs. Walton loves being a part of the WCA family! This year she enters her new role of Elementary Principal and is so excited to be serving the K-6 grade students.

  • Ryan Williams

    Athletic Director

    Mr. Williams really enjoys using his Sports Management degree and being a part of the Warner famly. He also loves the nonstop nature of the athletic program, and enjoys mentoring and interacting with the students Mr Williams also makes spending time with his wife and sons a big priority.

  • Stacey Parsons

    Assistant to Superintendent;
    Marketing & Development Director

    Mrs. Parsons has a marketing degree with a radio & television minor. She and her husband Mark have been married for 20 years. They have 2 beautiful children and are active members of First Baptist Church of Daytona.

  • Tammy Young

    Assistant Athletic Director

    Mrs. Young is a graduate of WCA ’92, as is her husband, Brandon ’91. They have 3 boys who attend WCA: Zachary is in 9th grade and Dylan and Dalton are both in the 5th grade. She came to us after a 22 year employment as Physician Practice Manager at Halifax Health Behavioral Services.

  • Jared Opalka

    IT Supervisor

    WCA-2 years Philadelphia Biblical University, B.S. Rock Church Mr. Opalka has been married to his wife Shannon since April 2012. He loves drumming, mountain biking, running and yard work.

Teachers

  • Debbie Lively

    Kindergarten

    WCA First Year, Other Years: 2 Southeastern University, B.S. Reading Education, MEd in progress Sent Church Sanford, Florida I am very excited to join WCA, my family and I have lived in Volusia County since 2005. I am married (13 years) to an AMAZING man, Josh who is also a part of the Warner Family, … Continue reading “Debbie Lively”

  • Katie Castles

    Kindergarten

    WCA Years: First Year, Other Years: 8 University of South Florida, B.S. My current church is Life Church.  I am looking forward to finding one in the area once I move! 🙂 Ms.  Castles is very excited about joining the WCA family!  Ms. Castles loves to fish, read, and spend time with her dog, Bo. … Continue reading “Katie Castles”

  • Karla Guest

    Grade 1

    Mrs. Guest and her husband Jim have 1 child named Meredith Reed (WCA ’03). She enjoys spending time with Ethan her grandson, crafting, collecting miniatures, shopping, family genealogies and date night with her husband.

  • Voilet Bartley

    Grade 1

    Mrs. Barley who is a pianist and sings on the worship team is also from Canada. She is the music director for Vacation Bible School and is a Sunday school teacher for grades 4-6.

  • Cherith Tipton

    Grade 2

    WCA Years: 1st year Johnson University, B.S. Oasis Church Ms. Tipton is a Tennessee native who adores the ocean and warm weather. After 8 years of her parents living in Daytona, she finally decided to come here to join them. She loves beach time with family and relaxing with a good show on Netflix on … Continue reading “Cherith Tipton”

  • Debbie Adams

    Grade 2 & Elementary Department Head

    Miss Adams loves working with her class. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling and reading. Miss Adams is an avid Orlando Magic basketball and Indiana University Hoosier fan.

  • Elisa Chipman

    Grade 3

    Mrs. Chipman has been married to her husband Aaron for 18 years. They have 2 cats named Elijah and Ginger. She enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family.

  • Rebecca Mayhew

    Grade 3

    Mrs. Mayhew is married to her husband Bruce. Her favorite pastimes include reading, tennis, playing piano, shopping, interior decorating, cookouts with friends and going out to dinner with her “hubby.”

  • Patty Lewis

    Grade 4

    Mrs. Lewis and her husband John have 4 children together named Danielle (WCA ’10), Alicia (WCA ’13), Ryanne (11th) and Kristen (8th). She enjoys reading, crafting, spending time at the beach with family and watching her children’s sporting events.

  • Mari Gaeta

    Grade 4

    WCA Years: First year Johnson University, B.S. Florida and Southeastern University Cornerstone Christian, Deltona I am a mother to four children who are all students at Warner. My husband is a minister at Cornerstone Christian in Deltona. I enjoy vacationing with my family, swimming, and reading.

  • Amy Stark

    Grade 5

    Ms. Stark has 2 children named Stephen and Madelyn who attend WCA. She enjoys serving in the First Baptist Church children’s ministry and spending time with her family.

  • Josh Lively

    Grade 5

    WCA First Year, Other Years: 2 Southeastern B.S. Liberty University M.A.T.S Sent Church I am married to an amazing woman and have three wonderful children. I am a bi-vocational pastor who loves teaching others about Jesus’ love for them. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, or watching movies.

  • Mary Greer

    Art Teacher

    WCA – 31 years; Other 5 years Bob Jones University, B.S. Lifepoint Community Church, Deland Mrs. Greer and husband, Darren have two daughters who have graduated from WCA, Kaley (’05) and Abby (‘07).  She enjoys art, tennis, the beach, motorcycling and the Cleveland Browns.

  • Arthur Rose

    Elementary Physical Education

    Coach Rose is a senior pastor of New Heights Community Church. His wife Melody teaches in the public school system. They have 2 grandchildren and 3 children named Billy, Carol and Nicole. He likes spending time with his family, golfing and sports.

  • Barbara Towne

    Elementary Administrative Assistant

    WCA Years: 20, Other Years: Holyoke Community College Christ Community Church, Daytona Beach I have been happily married for 37 years. Have 3 wonderful daughters and 4 grandchildren. We love spending time with our children and their families.

  • Derald Harrington

    Elementary Music Teacher

    WCA First Year, Other Years: 6 Northern Michigan University, BME College Park Baptist Church I am originally from Michigan but have been in Florida for 18 years. My wife, Stephanie, is a native Floridian and together we have two children, Karah and Gabriel. After teaching band and choir for six years, I spent sixteen years … Continue reading “Derald Harrington”

  • Lina Rodriguez

    Teacher Aide

    Coming Soon!

  • Nancy Hamilton

    Elementary Secretary

    WCA Years: 1, Other Years: Community College CrossWalk Church I have been married to my awesome husband 39 years; I have two incredible sons, two sweet daughter-in-laws, and four precious granddaughters who are the light of my life. I love to travel, explore and create new adventures.

  • Stacey McKnight

    Teacher Aide

    Mrs. McKnight who graduated from WCA has been happily married for 8 years and has 3 children who attend WCA. She loves spending time with family and going to the beach.

  • Michelle Herman

    Grade 6

    Mrs. Herman (WCA ’00) is married to her husband Greg (WCA ’00) and together they have 1 son named Austin. She enjoys spending time with her family. Go Gators!

  • Lisa Corbin

    Grade 6

    Mrs. Corbin is married to her husband Kenny who graduated from WCA in 1991. Together they have four children named Elizabeth, Arianna, Haley and Gianna. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Nathan Rodriguez

    Middle School Teacher

    Mr. Rodriguez has worked in youth ministry for 7 years. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a minor in Judaic Studies. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, surfing and spending time with his wife Delaney.

  • Tracey Elliott

    Middle School Teacher

    Coming Soon!

  • Aaron Chipman

    High School Teacher; Assistant Dean of Students

    Mr. Chipman is married to his wife Elisa who also works at WCA and an elementary teacher. He enjoys playing basketball, reading, and he is a fighting Illini fan.

  • Cheryl Heatherington

    High School Teacher

    Coming Soon!

  • Kim Elliott

    High School Teacher

    Mrs. Elliott teaches alongside her husband, Steve. They enjoy reading, traveling and teaching together.

  • Kim Griffith

    High School Teacher

    Miss Griffith enjoys the beach, scuba diving, reading and her cat named Gidget.

  • Mary Pedersen

    High School Teacher

    Mrs. Pedersen has 3 children named Jason, Jennifer and Drew (WCA ’95). She also has 2 grandchildren named Ezekial and Jacob who both live in Hawaii. She enjoys reading, sewing and traveling.

  • Rebecca Johnston

    High School Teacher

    Mrs. Johnston has completed course work for her PhD in Education from Capella University. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and now resides in Port Orange with her husband.

  • Steve Elliott

    High School Teacher

    Mr. Elliott is married to Kim who also teaches at WCA. He enjoys reading, summer cruises, movies and “date night” with Kim.

  • April Kelley

    Academic Secretary

    Awaiting Content

  • Ashleigh Manke

    Middle School Teacher; Volleyball Coach

    WCA Years:  First Year King University, B.S. White Chapel Church of God I graduated from Warner in 2012 and went on to pursue volleyball in college. I was accepted to Virginia Intermont in Bristol, VA. After two years I transferred to King University in Bristol, TN. I continued my volleyball career there as an outside/ … Continue reading “Ashleigh Manke”

  • Cindee Moyer

    Middle School Teacher

    WCA Years: First Year Bloomsburg University, B.S.N. Misericordia University, M.S.N. Ed. Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church Mrs. Moyer enjoys computers, bicycling, salt-water fishing, and working at the Halifax Urban Ministry.

  • Elisabet Calderon

    Campus Spanish Teacher

    Mrs. Calderon and her husband Manuel have 2 children named Isaac and Misael. She enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.

  • Kathy Wheeler

    Secondary Receptionist; Summer Camp Director

    WCA Years: 5 Years College of Charleston, B.S. Crossroads Christian Ms. Wheeler has a daughter in the 5th grade at WCA. She is head counselor for the WCA summer camp. She enjoys the beach, good food and time with her family.

  • Sonya Shearer

    Band Director

    Mrs. Shearer is married to Lyle who is an elementary PE teacher in Ormond. They have 1 daughter named Kierra who attends DSC. She enjoys spending time with family, music, sports and serving God.

  • Wendell Raulerson

    Co-Band Director

    Mr. Raulerson has his degree in music performance with an emphasis in Jazz studies. He enjoys playing music, studying theology and youth discipleship. 2015 WCA Teacher of the Year!

Special Services Faculty & Staff

  • Aaron Green

    Virtual Center Teacher

    Coming Soon!

  • Allison Duff

    Virtual Center Teacher

    Mrs. Duff enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with her husband and their 2 daughters.

  • Catherine Bevenger

    Discovery Therapist

    Mrs. Bevenger and her husband have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Her passion is empowering students with special needs to realize their God-given talents and abilities.

  • Darlene Woodruff

    Discovery Therapist

    Mrs. Woodruff is married to her husband Eric and together they enjoy worship, fellowship, ministry opportunities, outdoor activities and ballroom dancing.

  • Terry Pridgen

    Discovery Therapist

    Mrs. Pridgen and her husband Mitch are very busy with their church and family. Her 2 daughters Stephanie and Sarah (WCA ’07) are both married and both of them have 2 children each named Noah (Stephanie), Levi (Stephanie), Norah (Sarah) and Micah (Sarah).

  • Tim LaFavor

    Virtual Center Teacher & Summer School

    Mr. LaFavor is married to his wife Laurie who is a secretary at Cobb & Cobb Law Firm. He enjoys carpentry and fishing.

  • Victoria Katz

    Discovery Therapist

    WCA Years: 2, Other Years: 2 University of South Carolina, B.S. First Baptist Church of Daytona Mrs. Katz is married to her husband Mason and together they have a son named Landon who is in the 3rd grade at WCA. She teaches in the children’s ministry at her church and has taught in the public … Continue reading “Victoria Katz”

WCA Campus Staff

  • Adrian Thomas

    IT Staff

    WCA First Year, Other 12 years Stetson University, B.A. White Chapel Church I have been a freelance writer for 12 years and received my degree in Sports Management.   I was born in England but grew up in Daytona. I am passionate about cinema, reading, and NBA basketball. Catching up with friends and family is what … Continue reading “Adrian Thomas”

  • Aimee Sloane

    Accounting Specialist

    Coming Soon!

  • Andrea Domeij

    Cafeteria Co-Supervisor

    Coming Soon.

  • Connie Van Ness

    Account Specialist

    Coming Soon.

  • Dallas Doughney

    Aftercare Coordinator

    Coming Soon!

  • Donna Pepe

    Cafeteria Co-Supervisor

    WCA Years: 1 , Other Years: 5 Daytona State, very close to finishing AA New Heights and Tomoka Christian I have been married for 22 wonderful years and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

  • John Neisius

    Maintenance Staff

    Coming Soon.

  • Julie Swartz

    Marketing & Development Assistant

    WCA – First Year Northern Illinois University, Bachelors in Elementary Education Indiana University, Masters in Philanthropic Studies Tomoka Christian Church This is my first year at WCA and I am honored to be a part of the Warner family.  I have an incredible husband named Jeff and two wonderful sons, Caden and Landen, who both … Continue reading “Julie Swartz”

  • Kay Roberts

    Cafeteria Staff; Aftercare Staff

    WCA Years: 10, Other Years: East Carolina University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine – Medical Technology United Methodist Ormond Beach I originally come from Raleigh, North Carolina. I am an only child and the mother of two grown boys and one grandson.

  • Misty Lewis

    Thrift Store Manager

    WCA Years:  10 Daytona State College White Chapel Church Misty has served in the ministry of White Chapel and Warner Christian Academy for 10 years. She is now the Thrift Store Manager.  Misty has two sons that attend Warner, Mason (15) and Tucker (7). Misty enjoys a variety of Ministries, photography, crafts and time spent … Continue reading “Misty Lewis”

  • Jackie Andrasco

    HR/Payroll Administrator

    WCA: 11 years Daytona State College, B.S Tomoka Christian Church Jackie is a graduate of WCA. Her and husband, Mike have 4 children, 3 of which are also graduates of WCA. Jackie enjoys spending time with family, reading, crafting and decorating.

  • Paulo Botelho

    Maintenance Staff

    Coming Soon.

  • Tiffany McFarran

    K5-12 Registrar

    WCA Years: First Year Daytona State College, Judah Bible College Vertical Life Church, Daytona Beach Tiffany and her husband Jason have been married for 23 years and have 6 children, three are Warner alumni and three are current WCA students. For the last 10 years, Tiffany has served as Co-Pastor and Worship Pastor, with her … Continue reading “Tiffany McFarran”

Sonya Shearer

Band Director
WCA Years: 18, Other Years: 7

Tennessee Temple University, B.S.

Tomoka Christian Church

Mrs. Shearer is married to Lyle who is an elementary PE teacher in Ormond. They have 1 daughter named Kierra who attends DSC. She enjoys spending time with family, music, sports and serving God.

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