Faculty & Staff

Our complete team is listed below.


H. Frank Lay

Head of School

M.S. Therapeutic Recreation,

Georgia State University

M.S. Administrative Supervision,

University of West Florida

Kace Browning
Administrator Upper School (Joppa)

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

Nancy Lay

Administrator Lower School (Berryhill)
B.S. Physical Education, 

Troy State University
​Certifications in Reading and English

Melanie Perritt

Administrator 3rd-6th Grade (Joppa)

​Marketing and Development Director

M.S. Educational Leadership K-12,

University of West Florida​

Faculty and Staff

Grammar School

Tracy Caraway

K4 Teacher

State of Florida Prekindergarten


Traci Peaden

K4 Teacher

A.A. Certified Medical Assistant, Pensacola Junior College

Rachel Devine

K4 Teacher

B.S. Early Childhood Education,

Pensacola Christian College

Katie Johnson

K4 Aide

M.A. Teaching,

Biola University

Chandler Peacher

K4 Aide

B.A. Informal Education,

University of West Florida

Marissa Bohner

Kindergarten Teacher

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

University of West Florida

Mallory James

Kindergarten Teacher

M.A. Early American Studies,

University of West Florida

Paige Jones

Kindergarten Teacher

A. A. Nursing,

Pensacola State College

Kristy Miller

Kindergarten Teacher

B.S. Child Development,

Southeastern Louisiana University

Rebecca Carey

1st Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

University of West Florida

Katie Cook

1st Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

Grand Canyon University

Candace Nall

1st Grade Teacher

B.S. Business Administration,

University of West Florida

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

Caitlin Artrip

K5-2nd Physical Education, Upper School Drama

B.F.A. Musical Theater,

University of West Florida

Christine Damery

3rd Grade Teacher

M.S. Elementary Education, 

Baptist Bible College

Shari Maupin

3rd Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

Pensacola Christian College

Matt Brennan

4th Grade Teacher

Master of Divinity,

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Tom Oglesby

4th Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education,

University of Akron

Kimberly Carden

5th Grade Teacher

B.S. Healthcare Administration,

University of West Florida

Debra Stickle

5th Grade Teacher

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

University of West Florida

Emily Stimer

5th Grade Teacher

B.S. Early Childhood Education,

Pensacola Christian College

Iris Harper

6th Grade & Upper School Chorus Teacher

B.A. Music,

Florida State University

Lauren Barrow

3rd-6th Grade Physical Education

B.S. Instructional Technology,

University of West Florida

Brianna Jones-Day

K4-6th Grade Music Teacher

B.A. Voice and Music Education,

Dayspring Bible College

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Karen Barnes

Latin & Spanish Teacher; FFA Advisor

B.S. Animal Science,

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Alonna Hitchcock

Bible, English & Literature Teacher

Yearbook, Newspaper, Soccer

B.A. English, University of West Florida

Kristi Metty

English Teacher

B.S. Print Journalism,

University of West Florida

Megan Guidry

Algebra I, Geometry, & Algebra II Teacher

B.S. Chemical Engineering,

Georgia Institute of Technology

Mitch Lambeth

FFA Advisor, LUOA Coordinator

B.S. Cultural Anthropology,

University of West Florida

Joseph Nieves

7th Grade Math Teacher

7th-12th Physical Education Teacher 

Basketball Coach

B.S. Education,

Liberty University

Spencer Seymour

History, Science & Bible Teacher

B.A. Communications,

University of West Florida

Office Personnel

Megan King

Office Manager, Berryhill Campus

Baleigh Perritt

Receptionist, Berryhill Campus

Liz Javier

Office Manager, Joppa Campus

M.S. Ed Education (ESOL concentration),

Fort Hays State University

Casey Pierce

Receptionist, Joppa Campus

Support Staff

Dr. Bob Metty

General Counsel & Director of Compliance

L.L.M. Tax Law,

University of Alabama

Kara Lay

Extended Day Coordinator

Scholarship Specialist

B.S. Education,

Florida Southern College

Janet Branch

In-Classroom Support

B.A. Special/Elementary Education

University of West Florida

David King

Director of Finance and Personnel

M.S. Accounting,

American Military University

Jefferey Bond


Sherie Leavitt

In-Classroom Support

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

University of West Florida

Extended Day Staff

Maria Conger

Laura Cook

Hannah Hampton

Ashtyn Kaunitz

Linda Ruffner

Merrie Weekley

Ashley Wezkiewicz

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

Non-Discriminatory Policy

L.E.A.D. Academy Classical School admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnicity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students and the school. L.E.A.D. Academy Classical School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnicity in the administration of its policies, admissions, tuition assistance programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs.

 LEAD Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.


Joppa Campus


7121 Chumuckla Hwy

Berryhill Campus


4106 Berryhill Rd.



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