Faculty & Staff

With over 60 faculty and staff on 2 campuses, L.E.A.D. Academy has been blessed with some of the best.



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

Administrator 5th-7th Grade

Upper School P.E. Teacher

M.S. Accounting,

American Military University

M.A. Christian Education,

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 


Kara Lay

Administrator 1st-4th Grade

Scholarship Coordinator

Admissions Testing

Middle School Girls' Basketball Coach

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

April Enfinger

Business Manager and Financials

Scott Harold

Director of Operations and Safety

Faculty and Staff

Genesis Campus (K3-K5)

Desiré Holcomb

K3 Teacher

Associate in Arts,

Eastern Florida State College

Kathy Collins

K3 Teacher


Tracy Caraway

K4 Teacher

State of Florida Prekindergarten



Traci Peaden

K4 Teacher

A.A. Certified Medical Assistant, Pensacola Junior College


Rachel Scott

K5 Teacher

B.S. Early Childhood Education,

Pensacola Christian College

Kristy Miller

K5 Teacher

B.S. Child Development,

Southeastern Louisiana University


Mallory James

K5 Teacher

M.A. Early American Studies,

University of West Florida


Lindsey Gulsby

K5 Teacher

Kalei Stephens

K5 Teacher

Ella Brown

K4 Teacher

Morgan Merritt

K3 Aide


Maria English

K4 Aide

Joppa Campus (1st-12th)


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

Emma Hamilton

1st Grade Teacher

M.S. Elementary Education,

Pensacola Christian College


Rachel Floyd

2nd Grade Teacher

B.S. Music,

Campbellsville University


Mary Frame

2nd Grade Teacher

B.A. Education Studies,

Ashford University


Cathy Fair

2nd Grade Teacher

M.S. Elementary Education,

Florida State University

Destiny Whittaker

3rd Grade Teacher

M.S. Elementary Education, 

Pensacola Christian College

Kimberly Duarte

3rd Grade Teacher

M.S. Elementary Education, 

Pensacola Christian College


Shari Maupin

3rd Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

Pensacola Christian College

Samantha Davis

4th Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

University of Akron

Jordan Davis

4th Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

University of Akron


Tom Oglesby

4th Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

University of Akron


Lauren Barrow

1st-5th Grade Physical Education

MS Boys' Basketball Coach

B.S. Instructional Technology,

University of West Florida


Brianna Jones-Day

1st-6th Grade Music Teacher

B.A. Voice and Music Education,

Dayspring Bible College


Emily Stimer

Logic Language Arts/Latin Teacher

B.S. Early Childhood Education,

Pensacola Christian College

Magan Watson

1st-5th Grade Physical Education Teacher

Cross Country Coach

Heather Torralba

Logic History Teacher

Marc Vallianos

Logic Math Teacher

Aleisha Roberts

Logic Science Teacher

Girls' Volleyball Coach

Alisha Nims

Logic Math Teacher

Girls' Weightlifting


Iris Harper

Logic Bible Teacher

Upper School Fine Arts

B.A. Music,

Florida State University


Matt Brennan

Upper School Bible Teacher

Master of Divinity,

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Ashley Bonine

Rhetoric Math Teacher

Computer Lab

Mitch Lambeth

Rhetoric Science Teacher

FFA Adviser

Jeff Price

Rhetoric HistoryTeacher

Varsity Baseball Coach

Martha Clark

Rhetoric Language Arts Teacher

Hunter Dillashaw

Rhetoric Science Teacher

B.A. Criminal Justice

University of West Florida

Support Staff


Janet Branch

In-Classroom Support

B.A. Special/Elementary Education

University of West Florida


Jefferey Bond



Katie Johnson

Curriculum Coordinator, Genesis Campus

Music Teacher, Genesis Campus


Megan King

Admin.Assistant to Head of School

Admissions Coordinator

B.S. Int. Studies in Music and Government

Liberty University 

Sophia Freeman

Office Manager (5th-12th grade)

Athletic Secretary

Dr. Bob Metty

General Counsel & Director of Compliance

L.L.M. Tax Law,

University of Alabama

Martha Pipkin



Linda Ruffner

In-Class Support (Genesis Campus)

M.S. Early Childhood Education

Terri Mashack

Office Manager, Genesis Campus

Jason Miller

P.E. Teacher, Genesis Campus

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Tonya Pitts

Office Manager (1st-4th grade)

Scholarship Administrative Assistant


Debra Stickle

In-Classroom Support

ACSI Accreditation Team

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

University of West Florida

Dr. Beth Summerlin

Guidance Counselor

Doctor of Education, Ed.D.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Science Education, M.S. Ed.

Hannibal LaGrange University

B.A. Education

University of North Florida

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