Meet our Staff!!!
Paula Chambers, Director/Extended Day Coordinator
Family is very important to me. I have three beautiful daughters that I love very much. We spend lots of time together doing all kinds of things like going swimming, going out or staying in to watch a movie and we really love game night. I also like music and reading.
After living near ACP for many years, God allowed their sign to catch my eye. I enrolled my daughter and was able to see the love that was poured into my child. I was a new stay-at-home mom and because of my child’s experience at ACP, God put the desire in my heart to impact little ones with the love of Jesus Christ.
My goal as Director is to ensure that ACP provides a safe learning environment with quality care for its students and their families for many years to come. As Extended Day Coordinator my goal for the children is to provide them with experiences that extend beyond the classroom to create an even greater love of learning and help lay the foundation for their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
I have worked at ACP for 13 years in many capacities. I've been a Subsitute Teacher, an Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher and my current position of Financial and Administrative Assistant and Extended Day Coordinator. I have an A S degree in Early Childhood Development, Education and Management from Tallahassee Community College, as well as a Staff Credential and a Florida Director's Credential.
Jennifer Kennedy, Financial and Administrative Assistant
My husband and I were married in 2015 and together we have seven children. We have college aged all the way to a kindergartner! When we are not busy with their extracurricular activities, we enjoy trying new restaurants, taking little ones to the beaches to hunt for shark's teeth and vacationing in the mountains. I enjoy gardening, reading, baking and DIY projects with my husband.
I hold an Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Management and plan to pursue my Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education in the near future. I began my career at ACP right after high school for a short time and returned when my children began attending our school. I have worked at ACP as a substitute, a VPK assistant and lead VPK teacher. When changes in our school began to take place, I felt God pushing me into a new direction. My current position is ACP's Financial and Administrative Assistant. As I start this new season in my career, I know this is exactly where God wants me to be. I am excited to continue being a part of ACP in this new role.
Kim Pruitt, Lead VPK Teacher 4B
I have been married to my husband David for 30 years. We first met as seniors in college while attending FSU. We have two amazing grown children. My daughter Alaina and Son-in Law Jacob are stationed in Germany with the Air Force. Jacob is working and also completing his B.S. and Alaina is working and pursuing her Masters degree. My son Sean is a senior at University of Florida pursing a degree in Advertising with a Business Concentration. Some of my favorite things to do outside work are taking walks outside with my pup, decorating and spending time at the pool and beach.
ACP has a special place in my heart. I was led here when looking for a sweet part-time preschool for my own children. I spent the first few years as a parent and a PTF Board member. An opportunity soon presented itself for me to be able to substitute and I fell in love with working with the children. Shortly after the next year started, a teacher moved and I was asked if I was interested in taking her spot. I jumped at the chance. I was an assistant for two years then decided to pursue my CDA and teach fours and have been here every since.
I would like the children in my classroom to feel confidence in themselves to know that they can learn anything. However, my greatest hope for them is that they will feel safe and loved in my classroom and that they will come to know that God created them unique and special and that He will love them always and forever.
I have been at ACP for 22 years now. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fashion Merchandising and a Florida Childcare Professional Certification.
Krista Willer Assistant VPK Teacher 4C
I have been married to my husband Jared for 12 years. He is a Chief Warrent Officer in the Navy. We have two children; Collins Grace and Braydon. I love spending time with my famity, traveling to Pennsylvania to see my family and Ohio to my in-laws. I love every type of animal. I have 2 dogs, a cat and a hamster. I also love my flower gardens.
God opened my heart to go back to where my first baby went to VPK. I love everything ACP stands for. God knew I needed the family of co-workers and children in my life and I get to pour my love for Him in the children's lives.
I want each child to know they can achieve anything, they can learn anything and they are loved in our classroom and they feel safe. I want them to especially walk away with a love for God, and to know He is always there and they are loved by HIm.
Vicky English, Lead VPK Teacher 4C
My husband Bill and I have been married for 25 years and have 2 children. Danny is attending Trinity Baptist College and Amanda is a freshman at Covenant College. I like to read, travel and spend time with my family.
I started as a room mom and volunteer in my daughter’s 3 year old class at ACP. This is where I realized how much I enjoyed helping with children and being in the classroom.
I want each child to know Jesus loves them and how special they are. I want them to be independent and have the ability to do things on their own. When leaving ACP, I want them to be prepared for a successful year in Kindergarten.
This is my 16th year teaching at ACP. I was a substitute and Assistant teacher before becoming a lead teacher. I have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Development, Education and Management.
Paula Surrency, Lead VPK Teacher 4D
I have two teenage girls, ages 17 and 14, and have been married for 19 years. I love spending my time with family and friends; taking vacation trips and working with the children’s ministry at my church.
God brought me to ACP through my own children coming to school here. An opportunity opened for me to work at ACP and I realized how much of a blessing it was and how much I loved working with children. I hope to accomplish making each child feel loved, happy and safe while they are in my care.
I have been working at ACP for 15 years and hold a Florida Childcare Professional Certification.
Corey Ellison, Assistant VPK Teacher 4D
My family and I love all things Disney, water and Florida Gators.
My oldest attended ACP for VPK and we fell in love with the school. A couple of years later I was asked to come back and substitute while my two-year old attended. Our love only grew for the school and staff after seeing what happens here from the inside. It was the place I wanted to be. When a full-time position opened, my heart knew this is where God wanted not only my family, but me as well.
I want each child to excel academically and to love learning, however, the number one thing I want them to walk away with is a knowledge of Christ's love for them and to know that with Him ALL things are possible.
Kim Spradley, Lead VPK Teacher 4A
I have been married to my husband, Robert, for 31 years. I have three lovely daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and two active grandsons. I enjoy family time, being involved in my church and art.
I have always enjoyed working with children, even as a teenager. Once I had an opportunity to work at a preschool, I found great fulfillment. I believe God has given me a heart for children and families. He equips me to be in this position with creativity and patience.
First and foremost, I hope to assure the children in my care that God loves them and has a special plan just for them. I will work diligently to provide learning experiences to help them develop in every area. I hope to make a difference in their lives through warm relationships.
I have been working at ACP for 10 years. I have over 13 years of experience in preschool education, hold a Florida Child Care Professional Certificate as well as a Florida Director's Credential and and an Associates of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Judy Lawrence, Lead Teacher 3's,
My wonderful family includes my daughter, Stephanie, and son-in-law, Shannon; my son Dave and daughter-in-law Rhonda and two grandchildren, Samantha and Phoenix. I love up-cycling furniture with my sister, Donna, and all kinds of art including stained glass and making jewelry.
My brother was born when I was thirteen. That's when I knew I loved babies. I had a licensed home day care in Yuma, Arizona, after being blessed with my own two beautiful children. My love to work with children grew and I went on to work at two elementary schools in Arizona and South Carolina. Finally, Jesus led me to The Church at Argyle where I found ACP and had the opportunity to continue watching children blossom and grow and being able to love and guide them with God's love.
I have had numerous trainings on child growth and development throughout the years. I hope to help the children develop with love and care, to express Jesus' love for them so they can carry that through their own lives, and to show them that by love and caring for others that love comes back to them.
Niya Chambers, Lead Teacher 2's/Extended Day Teacher
I have a very close-knit family. My parents are very kind and caring. I also have two sisters. They are my best friends and most of my free time is spent with them. When I am not spending time with them, I am most likely somewhere reading or watching my favorite movie. (Beauty and the Beast)
My sister attended this school when she was 4 and my mother volunteered. After my sister graduated, my mother continued to volunteer and became part of the staff. When I was in the 7th grade, I was home schooled and came to the school everyday with my mom and I saw how God shined through the people that worked here and knew that one day I wanted to be a part of that.
I hope that the students that come are able to take some of the things that they learn and memories that they make with them in life for a long time and use them to grow into kind and caring children of God.
I have a diploma from Virginia College in Pastry Arts and am working towards my Florida Childcare Provider Credential.
Samantha Lawrence, Assistant VPK Teacher 4A
Scrapbooking, music, diamond painting, reading, writing and organization are some of my outside interests. I am blessed to have a family that supports me in the goals I set for my life. I also have a cat named Sasha who is always willing to give me plenty of cuddles when I return home.
When I was in high school, my plan was to take band. My plans ended up changing and I began looking for a new path. Remembering how children gravitated to me, I decided to take Early Childhood Education. After my first year, I was in love and wanted to further my childcare knowledge and teach the children .
I hope to accomplish showing the children how much they are loved by God and their teachers. I hope to show them the extraordinary things God has made in this world; including how amazingly he has made each one of them. I hope to watch them grow and learn new skills. I love seeing the smiles that come to the children's faces when they realize what they have accomplished.
I have a high school diploma and a Florida Childcare Professional Certification.
Noah Thomas, Music and Chapel Teacher
I am married to a wonderful man named Paul and I have two teenage girls. Kayla is 18 years old and in her 2nd year of college at FSCJ and Arnessa is 16 years old and an 11th grader at Lighthouse Christian School. I love to read and I enjoy watching movies.
Ths is my third year teaching Chapel and Music
I pray that the children learn from me that God is so awesome and that he loves all of us. I want them to know that it is okay to be silly sometimes and God loves that too. I also want them to grow to be bold enough to tell someone else about Jesus so that they might be saved.
I have 3 years of experience in the military as a corpsman and I am the Children's Ministry Director at The Church at Argyle.