08 Aug Welcome New Faculty & Staff
Abby Adams, P.E. Teacher and Varsity Volleyball Coach — A recent graduate from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Ms. Adams will conduct physical education classes for lower school and middle school girls. She comes to South Florida originally from Indiana.
Lindsay Bruce, High School Science Teacher — Dr. Bruce has spent the last 11 years teaching at the collegiate, high school, and middle school levels. Her most recent position was as a biology teacher at Northeast High School. She did her undergraduate work at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and her graduate work at Florida Atlantic University, where she studied the links between oxidative stress, aging, and neurodegenerative diseases. Lindsay is married to her childhood sweetheart, Josh, and they have two boys who are looking forward to another great year at WA.
Katie Durica, Middle School Art Teacher — Mrs. Durica comes from Trinity Lutheran where she spent the past seven years designing and teaching their art curriculum for Kindergarten through eighth grade. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and spent time as a textile designer for the hospitality and furniture industry. Mrs. Durica will also teach High School Art 1.
Stephen Farmer, High School Math Teacher — Mr. Farmer comes from American Heritage School where he taught math for four years, however, he has taught in the Christian school community for over twenty years. Mr. Farmer graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s in business administration and is married with two children.
Cheryl Farrar, Second Grade Teacher — With over 25 years of experience, Mrs. Farrar comes from Whitefield Academy in Smyrna, Georgia. She also worked in the public sector, as academy director, lead teacher, and consultant at a public charter school. Her teaching experience includes kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Mrs. Farrar holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Messiah College. She and her husband have four daughters. Their oldest will be a freshman at Liberty University this year.
Max Fisch, Middle School Math Teacher and Varsity Football Coach — Coach Fisch comes from Parkridge Christian Academy where he served as Athletic Director and taught Algebra 1 and Geometry. Prior to that, Coach Fisch served as a Head Varsity Football Coach at Highlands Christian Academy. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and is currently a graduate student at Liberty University.
Ernie Gonzalez, P.E. Teacher and Head Baseball Coach — Coach Gonzalez holds a master’s in educational leadership from Barry University and has over 12 years of experience in the school system. Additionally, Coach Gonzalez brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion not only to the classroom but also to the baseball field. He is eager to join the WA family and make a difference both on and off the field in the lives of our students through God’s grace. He joins WA from Miami with his wife Laurie, daughter Alyssa, son Julian, and newborn Justin.
Deanna Landis, High School English Teacher — Mrs. Landis comes from Coconut Creek High School where she spent the past three years teaching English and Debate. Prior to that, she spent time teaching middle school Language Arts and Critical Thinking. Mrs. Landis earned her bachelor’s in legal studies from Barry University, her master’s in business ethics from New England College, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education Curriculum and Instruction. She has three children. Her oldest will be a freshman at Flagler College this year.
April Moss, Middle School English Teacher — Mrs. Moss comes from Lehrman Community Day School in Miami Beach where she was the lead fifth-grade teacher for many years. Originally from Kentucky, Mrs. Moss graduated with a bachelor’s from Evangel University in Missouri. She also has a master’s from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Mrs. Moss was a public school K12 teacher for years and has experience in teaching in both public and private schools. She has certification in English, French, and gifted education. She is also excited to be a first-year WA parent of an incoming sixth-grader.
Meredith Nardone, Kindergarten Teacher — After earning her bachelor’s in elementary education from Florida Atlantic University, Mrs. Nardone received a master’s degree in K-12 Reading from Barry University. She is also certified with ESOL, ESE, and Gifted endorsements in Florida. In the past five years, she taught kindergarten, first grade, and third grade in public schools, as well as teaching Chinese students online from her home. Mrs. Nardone is married with two children, Quentin and Evelyn.
Victoria Noel, Assistant Athletic Trainer — Ms. Noel comes from the Sports Medicine Department at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where she served as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Victoria received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s in injury and sport biomechanics from Barry University. She is a member of Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale and lives in Pompano Beach.
Tracey Omslaer, High School Guidance Counselor — Originally from Florida, Mrs. Omslaer has a bachelor’s in human resource management from the University of Miami and a master’s in guidance and counseling from Florida Atlantic University. Mrs. Omslaer worked as a High School Guidance Counselor and Certified Exceptional Student Education Professional for ten years. She also worked in the field of mental health counseling with at-risk youth in foster care, and she is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has two children. Mrs. Omslaer has a passion for mentoring and guiding students to excel and use all of the gifts God has equipped them with to glorify Him.
Allison Petersen, Curriculum Specialist — Mrs. Petersen has 12 years of experience in Christian school education. Most recently, she launched an instructional coaching program to support teachers through personalized professional development at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek, Georgia. Mrs. Petersen has training in Understanding by Design, The Impact Cycle Instructional Coaching, and research-based and brain-based instructional methods. She has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Georgia. She is passionate about empowering educators to grow continually and often presents at educational conferences on leadership and instructional coaching. She and her husband have two boys: Cooper (8) and Chance (5).