Faculty & Staff



H. Frank Lay

Head of School

M.S. Therapeutic Recreation,

Georgia State University

M.S. Administrative Supervision,

University of West Florida


Kace Browning
Director of Joppa Campus

Administrator 8th-12th Grade

B.S. Early Childhood and Elementary Education, University of South Alabama

David King

Director of Spiritual Formation, Finance and Personnel

Administrator 5th-7th Grade

M.S. Accounting,

American Military University

M.A. Christian Education,

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 

Kara Lay

Administrator 1st-4th Grade

Scholarship Specialist

B.S. Education,

Florida Southern College

Nancy Lay

Director of Genesis Campus

Administrator K3-K5
B.S. Physical Education, 

Troy State University
​Certifications in Reading and English


Joseph Nieves

Athletic Director

Boy's Varsity Basketball Coach

B.S. Education,

Liberty University

Faculty and Staff

Genesis Campus


Chandler Peacher

K3 Teacher

B.A. Informal Education,

University of West Florida


Tracy Caraway

K4 Teacher

State of Florida Prekindergarten



Traci Peaden

K4 Teacher

A.A. Certified Medical Assistant, Pensacola Junior College


Mallory James

K5 Teacher

M.A. Early American Studies,

University of West Florida


Rachel Scott

K5 Teacher

B.S. Early Childhood Education,

Pensacola Christian College


Kristy Miller

K5 Teacher

B.S. Child Development,

Southeastern Louisiana University


Linda Ruffner

K3 Aide

M.S. Early Childhood Education


Katie Johnson

K4 Aide

M.A. Teaching,

Biola University

Joppa Campus


Marissa Bohner

1st Grade Teacher

B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Teaching & Learning,

University of West Florida

Sara Carlisle

1st Grade Teacher

Rebecca Smith

1st Grade Teacher


Cathy Fair

2nd Grade Teacher

M.S. Elementary Education,

Florida State University


Rachel Floyd

2nd Grade Teacher

B.S. Music,

Campbellsville University


Mary Frame

2nd Grade Teacher

B.A. Education Studies,

Ashford University


Destiny Whittaker

3rd Grade Teacher

M.S. Elementary Education, 

Pensacola Christian College


Shari Maupin

3rd Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

Pensacola Christian College


Tom Oglesby

4th Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

University of Akron


Matt Brennan

Upper School Bible Teacher

Master of Divinity,

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Emily Stimer

5th Grade Teacher

B.S. Early Childhood Education,

Pensacola Christian College

Bobby Petty

5th Grade Teacher

Brianna Jones-Day

1st-6th Grade Music Teacher

B.A. Voice and Music Education,

Dayspring Bible College

Lauren Barrow

1st-5th Grade Physical Education

B.S. Instructional Technology,

University of West Florida


Iris Harper

6th Grade & Upper School Chorus Teacher

B.A. Music,

Florida State University


Alonna Hitchcock

Yearbook, Newspaper, Soccer

B.A. English,

University of West Florida

Magan Watson

1st-5th Grade Physical Education Teacher

Cross Country Coach

Ashley Bonine

Upper School Teacher

Aleisha Roberts

Upper School Teacher

Mike Dimick Jr.

Upper School Teacher

Girl's Basketball and Volleyball Coach

Support Staff

Jefferey Bond



Janet Branch

In-Classroom Support

B.A. Special/Elementary Education

University of West Florida


Debra Stickle

In-Classroom Support

B.S. Elem. Ed. & M.Ed. Leadership

University of West Florida

Megan King

Office Manager, Joppa Campus

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies in Music and Government,

Liberty University 


Baleigh Perritt

Office Manager, Genesis Campus

Jim Vechery

Director of Operations & Future Planning

Tonya Pitts

Scholarship & Athletics Administrative Assistant

Dr. Bob Metty

General Counsel & Director of Compliance

L.L.M. Tax Law,

University of Alabama

Employment at L.E.A.D. Academy

If you are interested in applying for a position, please fill out one of the following applications and we will keep it on file for when we need to fill a position.  Please submit it at 7121 Chumuckla Hwy or to contact@leadacademylions.com

Annual Training Requirement

All instructional personnel and administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete annual training on these standards of ethical conduct.

Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators

All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees or administrators should be made to: 

Robert J. Metty, Esq. Director of Compliance and General Counsel to the Board

Phone: 850/686-1600 Email: bob.metty@leadacademylions.com 

Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators and/or administrators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services. Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in and on our website at: www.leadacademylions.com