Indian Rocks Christian School Administration
Walt Weller: Superintendent of Schools
Walter Weller joined the IRCS Administrative Team as Superintendent of Schools in July 2013. Prior to that, he served in the Pinellas County School System as a teacher, coach, school administrator, and county level administrator for 26 years. In his last position with Pinellas County, he served as the Principal of Seminole High School. He is a graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School, the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Social Science Education and Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
Walter’s passion is for every child to realize and utilize their God given abilities in a way that honors God. Walter is drawn to activities and events that help students grow in knowledge and in faith. Walter and his wife Karen have been married since 1990 and have four children: Noah, Samuel (IRCS graduate, class of 2015), and two who currently attend IRCS, Solomon and Chloe.
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 28 years of experience as a Christian School principal. 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 Florida Regional Council of the Association of Christian Schools International. He has also served on a number of accrediting teams for ACSI. He and his wife Cindi have been married for 40 years. They have two adult children and their four grandchildren all attend IRCS.
Timothy M. Rhine: Elementary Principal/Advancement Director
Mr. Rhine has served at IRCS since 2003, as a middle school teacher, guidance counselor and now as Elementary Principal. He has a B.S. in Bible and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Philadelphia Biblical University. He also has a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. Previous to coming to IRCS, 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 wife, June-Marie Rhine, teaches middle school English, Bible, and Geography at IRCS. They have two children who graduated of IRCS, Nate (class of 2008) and Joel (class of 2011).
Rob Starner: Preschool Principal
Mr. Starner returns to IRCS as Preschool Director this year. He previously served as at IRCS from 1992-2003 as Guidance Counselor and then Elementary Principal. Most recently, he served as Head of School at Grace Christian Academy in Bainbridge, Georgia. Rob has a B.A. in Psychology from Clearwater Christian College and a M.S. in Counselor Education from the University of Southern Maine. Rob and his wife Joella have six children, including two who previously graduated from IRCS, Kara (class of 1999) and Kevin (class of 2002).
Dee Bates: Guidance Director
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. She and her husband, Ric, have three children, Melissa (IRCS class of 2002 and Elementary Art teacher at IRCS), Ty (IRCS class of 2010), and Brianna (IRCS class of 2012). They also have four grandchildren, who all attend IRCS.
Coach Phil Farver: MS/HS Athletic Director
Coach Farver has been at IRCS since 1992. He graduated from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin 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 the author of “Five Smooth Stones” and speaks in chapel during the school year. He serves on different committees for the FHSAA on a regular basis. Coach Farver and his wife Rhonda, the IRCS Vocal Department Head, have two children who graduated from IRCS, Kindal (class of 2008) and Blake (class of 2010).
Joe Frost: MS/HS Dean of Students
Mr. Frost is the IRCS Dean of Students for Middle and High School. He has been with Indian Rocks since 1994. After graduating from Clearwater Christian College with degrees in Business Administration and History Education, he completed his Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Joe taught 6th grade for 13 years before joining the administrative team of Indian Rocks. For over 20 years he coached the varsity basketball team at IRCS. His wife, Sharon is a 6th grade teacher at Indian Rocks. They have four children. Two have graduated from IRCS, Christian (class of 2015), Autumn (class of 2016) and two who currently attend IRCS, Somer and Tyler. Joe is also one of the teachers of the Foundation Sunday School Class at First Baptist of Indian Rocks.
Stephanie Vogel: Director of Teaching & Learning K-12
Stephanie Vogel began her career in education in 1997 working for Pinellas County Schools. She has experience as a Classroom Teacher, Title I Facilitator, Technology Instructor, Test Coordinator, Acting Administrator, & Elementary & Middle School Counselor. She received her Bachelors in Education in 1997 from U.S.F. and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Supervision from U.S.F. in 2001. She has been at IRCS since 2013. She has been married to her husband Rick for over twenty years. She has four children who all attend IRCS, ranging from Preschool to High School.
Janette Ferguson: Director of Enrollment/Marketing
Janette has served at IRCS since 2011. Beginning as the Elementary Spanish teacher and then transferring to Enrollment and Marketing in 2014. She received a B. A. in Marketing from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She and her husband Tim have been married since 1989 and have three children who attended IRCS from Preschool through 12th grade, Tyler (class of 2012), Ryan (class of 2014) and Ashley (class of 2019). She has a passion to share the vision and mission of IRCS having experienced it first hand as a parent.
Julie Cavonis: Director of Enrollment
Julie Cavonis joined IRCS in 2014. She has a career background in Banking and Finance Customer Relations and has served IRCS as a volunteer since 2001. Julie also directs our Parent Ambassador Program and has a passion for getting parents connected and involved at IRCS. She has been married to husband, Paul since 1991 and they have three children who have all attended IRCS from Kindergarten through 12th grade; Michael (IRCS class of 2014), Emily (IRCS class of 2017) and Katherine (IRCS class of 2020).