The fall semester is underway, and Florida College faculty and staff are beginning the work of the new academic year. The Florida College family is pleased to welcome 14 new full-time employees filling vacant roles for the 2016-2017 school year:
Martin Adams (A.A. ’81) earned a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts in strategic public relations from George Washington University. He has held numerous management positions with the Federal Aviation Administration, and his experience in major program oversight and national aviation policy development with its associated messaging will serve Florida College well as he works as a campaign manager.
Lushanya Barth (B.A. ’12) worked in the office of admissions and retention services as a telecounselor for two years and as a camp friend for two years during her time at Florida College. She also served as a resident assistant for two years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2012 and brings a great deal of customer service experience from her professional work in the last four years to her new position as the assistant manager of the Florida College Bookstore.
April Behle (B.S. ’11) is a native of St. Charles, Missouri, and a Florida College graduate. Since graduation, she has gained four years of experience in education, including three years in preschool and one year teaching first grade. Behle is joining the faculty at Florida College Academy as a fifth-grade teacher.
Adam Booher is a graduate of Lipscomb University and completed the M.M. in piano performance at Florida State University in May 2016. His talent and dedication have earned numerous awards and honors, including in competition. Most recently, he was finalist at the FSU Bach Competitive Festival and winner of Florida’s MTNA Steinway Young Artist Competition. He has gained teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University since 2014. Booher will serve Florida College as a member of the music faculty.
Sarah Brown was raised in Connecticut and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She moved to the Tampa Bay area this summer with her husband and two children and wanted both of her sons to attend Florida College Academy. She is also joining Florida College Academy as a Kindergarten assistant.
William Copes has completed extensive education, including an international baccalaureate at Ecole Internationale de Geneve, Switzerland, a bachelor’s degree in history and french at Illinois State University, and a doctorate degree in chiropractic health sciences at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was in practice as a chiropractor for 20 years in Pontiac, Illinois, and taught weekly public health classes for nine years. Copes will serve among the middle school faculty at Florida College Academy.
Jeannie Chandler (A.A. ’92) grew up in Temple Terrace and earned her associate degree at Florida College. She went on to the University of South Florida for a year and then completed her B.S. in nursing from the University of Florida in 1996. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) and has worked as a nurse in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, before moving back to Temple Terrace when her husband, Todd Chandler (A.A. ’93), accepted a faculty position in Florida College’s mathematics and science department. She will serve as a nurse at Florida College.
Dr. Jonathan Chilcote (A.A. ’02) taught as an adjunct professor at Florida College in 2009-2011, following completion of his M.A. in history from Western Kentucky University. Since 2011, he has been pursuing doctoral work at the University of Kentucky. Chilcote returns to Florida College with solid teaching experience, both on our campus and as a teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky, and strong recommendations based on his outstanding work in his graduate studies. He is joining the Florida College faculty as a professor of history.
Lynnden Flad (B.S. ’15), a native of Bakersfield, California, is a 2015 graduate of Florida College with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. During her time at Florida College, Flad served as an officer on Kappa Omicron and three years as a Camp Friend for the office of admissions and retention services, visiting camps in the Southeast and on the West Coast. Since graduating, she has been working as a customer service liaison for ConnectWise in the Tampa Bay area. She will serve the office of admissions and retention services as an admissions counselor.
Jennifer Goad (B.S. ’15) grew up in Noel, Missouri, and graduated from Florida College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After two years of work in the business world, Goad decided she wanted to pursue a career in education. She is very excited to be part of the Florida College Academy family as a pre-Kindergarten aide.
Shanna Greenlee (A.A. ’99) was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She began her first four years of teaching at Carrollwood Elementary School in Tampa, Florida, and she taught four years of middle and high school remedial reading in Merritt Island, Florida. Greenlee is joining the faculty at Florida College Academy as a third-grade teacher.
Kasee Metzger grew up in Brandon, Florida, and she is an experienced Kindergarten teacher from the local school district. Kasee has chosen not only to be a part of the Florida College Academy as a Kindergarten teacher, but also to enroll two of her children in the school.
Robin Owen (’75) worked for Florida College as an assistant in the athletic department from 1999 until 2005, when she and her late husband, David, moved to southern California. For a number of years, she was a self-employed business owner, and for the past nine years, she worked as an office assistant for Biard & Crockett Plumbing Service in Orange, California. Owen will serve the Florida College family as an administrative assistant in the office of the president.
Jared Saltz (B.A. ’09) graduated from Florida College and continued his education with a master’s degree in Bible from Amridge University and a master’s degree in philosophy from Hebrew Union College. He is currently studying in the doctoral program at Hebrew Union College. He will bring outstanding teaching experience as well as extensive knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and its Greco-Roman context to the biblical studies department. Along with his academic credentials, Saltz has consistently taught and been an active member within local congregations in Florida, Alabama and Ohio. He is joining the faculty as a professor in the biblical studies department.