As we dive into a new and exciting 2016-17 school year, we are grateful to be welcoming three new faces aboard our team of experienced and caring staff members.
We believe it’s crucial that your students are surrounded by role models who mirror Christ-like behavior and hold to strong academic and moral values. Meet our new staff members and learn about the role they’ll play in your student’s life this year!
Meet Our New Director of Teaching and Learning
David Parmerlee is our new Director of Teaching and Learning, and he is committed to the
improvement of learning opportunities for students through instructional leadership. His role involves assisting the IRCS faculty in the development and delivery of biblically-based learning standards; coordinating curriculum development and alignment; and conducting instructional reviews of both staff and student development.
Previously, he taught middle school and high school mathematics at IRCS for eight years. The past two years, he was the administrator at IRCS’s University Model program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education, specializing in mathematics, and a master’s degree in educational leadership. Currently, he is working on his dissertation as a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida.
Parmerlee believes the most important skill he can bring to his role is the ability to be a good listener, as he desires to listen to the faculty and be able to provide them with the support they need to further God’s Kingdom in their work at IRCS as educational professionals.
In his free time, he enjoys serving others, spending time with his wife and two children, and golfing.
Meet Our New Learning Support Specialist
Elina Wheeler will be joining us this year as a Learning Support Specialist. She’ll work alongside teachers, encouraging and helping students to reach their specific learning goals. She’s excited to be working full-time for what was formerly a part-time role.
Wheeler brings much experience into her new position. Prior to joining our IRCS family, she spent six years as the kindergarten and first grade teacher for First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks’ Veritas Academy. Before that, she spent a decade teaching for Pinellas County Schools at High Point Elementary.
She says her biggest goal for this school year is to support teachers and students by utilizing her Professional Development certification, which allows her to administer assessments, interpret data, and implement learning goals for students in an effort to help them achieve academic success.
She believes the most important skill she can posses in the role of learning support is the ability to carefully observe her students to better assess their academic needs.
When she isn’t investing in your students during the school day, she loves spending time outdoors with her husband, son, and two dogs.
Meet Our New School Counselor
Stephanie Vogel is our new School Counselor, working with students in kindergarten through eighth
grade and focusing on the areas of student achievement, academic improvement, and analyzing how to best maintain overall high student achievement rates. She’ll also serve as a counseling resource for students and their families, as well as teachers seeking professional development training.
Mrs. Vogel, who holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision, began her educational career in 1997 when she began teaching for Pinellas County Schools. Since that time, she’s gained experience through her roles as an acting administrator, PTA president, technology instructor, data manager, a technology trainer for teachers, and more.
She says one of her biggest goals for this school year is to get to know her students and their families well to better create goals for each child that will engage their teachers and parents in the process as well. She says the most important skill she can have in her role is to maintain a continuous desire for improvement and making sure that God stays in the center of all she does. This is in a brand new role here at IRCS, and we look forward with great anticipation to see how it’ll be used to reach our academic and spiritual goals.
When she isn’t working, she loves staying active and enjoys spending time traveling with her family.
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