Walt Weller, Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Weller is our newest addition to the IRCS Administration Team, for the past 26 years he has been a part of the Pinellas County School system. He graduated from Clearwater Central Catholic High School in 1980, and graduated from the University of South Florida in 1987 earning his B.S. in Social Science Education. In 1995, he completed his M.S. in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. Throughout his career, Walt has been a Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director, the Director of Extracurricular Student Activities, Assistant Principal and most recently Principal at Seminole High School.
Walt has been married to Karen for 23 years and they have four children.
Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal
Mr. Banse has served at IRCS since 2001. He has seven years of teaching experience and more than 23 years of experience as a principal, all in Christian schools. He has a B.S. from Grace College in Secondary Speech and English Education, a B.A. from Upper Iowa University in Elementary Education, and an M.A. in Christian School Administration from Grace Theological Seminary. He serves on the ACSI National Executive Board. Mr. Banse also coaches the IRCS Bowling Teams. He and his wife Cindi have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Dee Bates, MS/HS Guidance Counselor
Dee Bates received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University. In 2004, she received an M.A. in Education/Guidance Counseling from the University of South Florida. She started teaching at IRCS in 1985, and has been the IRCS Guidance Counselor since 2002. Dee also serves as a Florida Terra Nova Trainer for the Association of Christian Schools International. She and her husband, Ric, have three children and four grandchildren.
Coach Phil Farver, MS/HS Athletic Director
Coach Farver has been at IRCS since 1992. He graduated from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown with a B.S. in Secondary Education/PE/Bible. As Athletic Director, he oversees about 40 sports teams, with close to 50 coaches working on scheduling, budgeting, purchasing, transportation and development of the entire program. He is Head Coach of the girls’ basketball and softball programs. He is the author of “Five Smooth Stones” and speaks in chapel during the school year. He is the president of the Bay Conference, which includes 10 local schools, and serves on different committees for the FHSAA on a regular basis. Coach Farver and his wife Rhonda, the IRCS Vocal Deptartment Head, have two children who graduated from IRCS.
Joe Frost, MS/HS Dean of Students
Mr. Frost is the Dean of Students at Indian Rocks Christian School. He has served at IRCS since 1994. His wife, Sharon, teaches fourth grade at Indian Rocks, and all four of their children attend IRCS. He is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College and completed his M.A. at the University of South Florida. Besides being the Dean of Students, he coaches the varsity boys’ basketball team.
Timothy M. Rhine, Elementary Principal/Advancement Director
Mr. Rhine has served at IRCS since 2003, as a middle school teacher, guidance counselor and now in his dual roles as Elementary Principal of K5 through Grade 5 and Advancement Director. Mr. Rhine organizes and implements the fundraising initiatives of IRCS.
He has a B.S. in Bible and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Philadelphia Biblical University. With his State of Pennsylvania Teacher's Certificate, he was a middle school teacher at Plumstead Christian School from 1985 to 1991, and a principal at Salem Christian School from 1991 to 2003. He has been married to June-Marie Rhine, who currently teaches high school English and is the IRCS yearbook advisor, for 24 years. They have two children, Nate and Joel, both graduates of Indian Rocks Christian School.
Nancy Prather, Preschool Principal
Mrs. Prather has served at IRCS since its beginnings in 1984. She is presently serving as preschool principal and ensures that our preschool classes are warm, caring and Christ-centered. She completed her B.A. in Elementary Education at USF and her M.S. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. After earning her Florida State Teaching Certification in 1969, she began her teaching career in Elementary public school in Tampa, Florida. She then moved on to teach and gain experience in preschool education. She began working for Indian Rocks Christian School as the Preschool Coordinator. Her other roles during her career with IRCS have included Kindergarten teacher, Registrar, Elementary Principal and Curriculum Coordinator. She and her husband, Nathan, have two daughters and four grandsons.
Dave Parmerlee, Principal, VERITAS Academy
Mr. Parmerlee has served at Indian Rocks since 2006. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education with an emphasis in Mathematics and Science at Cedarville University. He earned his Master of Educational Leadership at the University of South Florida and is currently writing his dissertation for his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Florida. Mr. Parmerlee and his beautiful wife Jessica have a happy little daughter named Lyla whose is affectionately known as “Bean.” He enjoys golfing and being with his family.