Faculty

Gerald Altman, MS Science

Mr. Altman began his career as a Licensed Minister for Youth and Children. He served 8 years in the Pastoral field in many different capacities throughout the years. After pursuing a career in Financial Advisory he returned to education and joined Seacoast Christian Academy in 2016. His degree is a Bachelors of Arts in Pastoral Ministries with a Minor in Bible.

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Barton, MS Bible/Art

Sherry Barton started at SCA in 2004 as the Art resource teacher for all class levels. She worked in the private sector for 20 years as Creative Director and Director of Product Development for US based companies that operated throughout Southeast Asia, India, and the Pacific Rim countries. One of her responsibilities was establishing creative departments and standards for manufacturing giftware products by training artists in many varied aspects of manufacturing throughout these regions. Her family is in Jacksonville and South Carolina. She currently attends Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Her hobbies include anything ocean related from boating to beachcombing, gardening, painting, cooking, and traveling to as many different places as possible.

Her Favorite quote: “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” John Ruskin

Her Classroom Creed: “Don’t let your best be killed by good enough!”

 

Elton Brooke, Principal/Director of Guidance

Elton Brooke has been the Principal/Director of Guidance at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2004. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (Church Ministries) from Southeastern University in 1991; a Master of Arts in Education (Counseling) from Argosy University in 1995; and a Doctor of Education (Organizational Leadership) from Argosy University in 2002. For the past 30 years, he has served in various capacities of Christian ministry and education: a youth pastor 1983-1989; Christian higher education student life and administration 1989-2001; and Christian secondary education 2001 – present.

Dr. Brooke has a passion to see students grow and mature into people who follow Christ while being a positive influence in society. Dr. Brooke enjoys playing golf and chess, reading, walking, and working on small woodworking projects. He has been married for 38 years to Donna, and they have 1 daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandsons. His life verse is: He has told you, O man, what is good: And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).

 

 

Missy Cole, Dance Instructor

Missy attended Jacksonville University on a dance scholarship and was the Head Coach of the University of North Florida Dance Team from 2002 to September of 2013. Missy has choreographed numerous solos and group routines for ROAR Finalists, pageants and competitions. Her award-winning choreography has received many 1st place and top awards. In addition to choreography, Missy is skilled in effective talent development and training. She is highly motivated with solid experience managing all levels of dance entertainment and events. Her dynamic, innovative choreography & instructional credits include:

NFL Jacksonville Jaguars: ROAR, choreography •· AFL Jacksonville Sharks: Attack Dance Team, choreography •· Semi-Pro Football Jacksonville Knights: Lady Knights, Head Coach •· University of North Florida Dance Team, Head Coach •· Studio: Citydance 514, Owner/Artistic Director •· Flagler College: choreography •· FOCUS Dance Project, Founder/Artistic Director •· Pine Forest School of the Arts, Dance Instructor •· Cathedral Arts Program, choreography •· Church of Jacksonville, choreography •· Boleros Dance Center, Dance Instructor •· Jacksonville Christian Arts Center, choreography •· First Coast Center of the Arts, choreography 

Missy is currently a Board Member for Professional Cheerleaders Alumni, Inc. serving as the program Director for Dance and Cheer Clinics.

 

Azalia Figueroa, Spanish Teacher

B.A. in Spanish, Montclair State University

B.A. in Broadcasting, Montclair State University

Master’s in Education, Grand Canyon University

Certified Translator, Montclair State University

Ms. Figueroa has been teaching since 2009.  She currently teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 at our Seacoast High School campus.  Ms. Figueroa also teaches grades K – 2 in our elementary.  Her vast amount of knowledge in the Spanish language, culture, and traditions are conducive to her lesson plan activities for our students.

 

Scott Looker, AP English

Scott Looker began teaching at Seacoast Christian Academy in 2007 when he started as the High School English teacher. In 2015, he became the full-time pastor of his local parish and remained part-time faculty at SCA teaching Advanced Placement English classes. In addition to this classes he has also taught Speech, debate, Creative Writing, Introduction to Bible, and the Life of Christ. He graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1999 and, three years later, earned a Masters in Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary.

Mr. Looker is married with five children, the oldest of which graduated from Seacoast in 2013. He is Senior Pastor at Church of the Messiah, a parish in the Charismatic Episcopal Church and has published several works including a variety of articles, a diocesan Confirmation Curriculum, and a textbook for American.

When asked what he wanted prospective parents to know about Seacoast Christian Academy, Mr. Looker replied, “The best compliment I’ve received since being here came when my own daughter was complaining about writing essays in my class. An alumni who happened to have returned to campus (they never really leave, you know) looked at her and said, ‘You be quiet. Mr. Looker knows how to teach writing. My essays in college are a breeze because I had him teach me how to write.” His favorite passage from Scripture comes from Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

 

Heather Mariotti, Director of Enrollment

Mrs. Mariotti started working for SCA and/or affiliates in 2000. She brings to the school an abundance of experience and certifications in office management, computers, software and accounting.

Mrs. Mariotti hobbies include creating things with her hands, clay, fondant, leather jewelry and online gaming. As a military child, she has lived in many different places and traveled to other countries. She is married with 3 sons (and a daughter in law). Ask her about her African Grey Parrot, Reno.

Favorite quote: I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself.   By D.H. Lawrence.

Always pick yourself up, wipe off the dirt and carry on.  Do not let life’s little obstacles slow you down. The obstacles are lessons in your life’s journey. God has a plan for you.

Heather says “ I have witnessed the power of prayer and seen what having pure Faith in  God can do.”  Never think that Gods delays are Gods denials. Hold on! Hold fast! Hold out!

 

Cindy Martin, MS Math

Mrs. Cindy Martin has been part of the Seacoast family since 2017. She is a Navy Veteran and an experienced business professional with expertise in process improvement and training & development programs. After studying Nuclear Engineering in the Navy, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Liberty University. Mrs. Martin has always felt called to be a teacher and finally made the career change in 2014. Prior to teaching at the K-12 level, she was a Small Business Program Coordinator, where she taught adult Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management courses.

Mrs. Martin is motivated to impact young lives through education with a passion for connecting math concepts learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios and solutions. She and her husband have one daughter, who currently attends Seacoast’s Preschool. In her spare time, Mrs. Martin loves to bake and spend time with family.

 

 

 

Michelle Maso, Arts Director/Director of Social Media

Mrs. Michelle Maso has been dancing and performing since the age of 8. Her love of dance and music has taken her to many places mentoring dancers and performers. She loves just about every style of dance (except Country 2-step!) Her top 3 favorites are Ballet, Contemporary and Bachata. She has also professionally trained in ballroom and latin dances and enjoys teaching people of all ages.

Mrs. Maso has been part of the Seacoast family since 2013 where she has served alongside her husband, Pastor James Maso. James and Michelle have been married 14 years and have 5 children all attending Seacoast. They both serve as the Associate and Youth Pastors for Sanctuary, House of the Lord church located on campus at Seacoast.

Before becoming the Arts Director, Mrs. Maso was an accomplished business woman in the real estate industry. Prior to leaving Corporate America she was a Senior Analyst with direct reports for a nationwide bank. While there, she developed processes from the ground up spanning across more than 13 departments. She is well versed in content creation, process improvement, training and managing several teams.

Mrs. Maso believes every child should be given the opportunity to discover their passions early in life. After realizing Corporate America wasn’t for her she hopes to encourage a love for the arts in her students that will carry them as far as they want to go. As she often quotes; “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

 

Michelle Thomas, HS Math

Michelle Thomas has been a high school math teacher at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2016.  Her teaching career began in 2007 and includes teaching math at Bentonville High School in Bentonville, AR and at Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin, IL.

Miss Thomas completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Spanish in 2000.  She then worked for 6 years as an actuarial analyst (mathematician).  In 2005, she began her Master’s Degree in Education during which she earned her math teaching certificate.  She finished her Master’s Degree in 2010.

Miss Thomas first heard the gospel when she was 16 years old.  That day she confessed that she was a sinner, believed that Jesus died on the cross for her sins and that God raised him from the dead.  However, it wasn’t until she joined a bible study when she was 21 years old that she realized that she needed to put God first in all areas of her life.  Since then, she has sought to live for God.  Miss Thomas is grateful that God makes all those who follow him into new creations.

Miss Thomas enjoys being outside, watching cartoons and reading Christian fiction.  She also enjoys traveling.  She has been to Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Miss Thomas’ favorite part of teaching is watching her students grow both in their academic ability and their character.  It is a joy to see students grow in their perseverance and choose to do what is right even when it is difficult.

 

Dan White, Athletic Director/Bible

Dan White has been teaching at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2013. He teaches Bible and P.E. . Dan has been in ministry for 21 years, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. He has been a Pastor for over 14 years.

Dan has been married for 21 years to his beautiful wife Paula, together they have 3 boys. His hobbies are spending time with family, movies and sports.

Dan says “The thing I love most about Seacoast is the loving and peaceful atmosphere of the campus and staff. We have a unique opportunity to instruct our scholars with a great education and lead them with the knowledge of Christ openly. To see these young men and women grow and see God in their lives excites me every day I come to the school.”

 

 

Joette Whittingham, Head of School

Joette Whittingham is the current School Administrator.  She joined the Seacoast Family in 2014 as the high school math teacher and National Honors Society Sponsor in 2015.  Ms. Whittingham was promoted to Administrator in 2016.  A native of Virginia, Ms. Whittingham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  Joette has always desired to be a teacher, and after 17 years in the engineering field, she decided to make the switch and has not looked back.  She received her State of Florida Department of Education Professional Educator’s Certificate in 2013.

Ms. Whittingham, or Ms. Whitt as she is lovingly known, has one son who is a member of the Class of 2017 from Seacoast Christian Academy.  They are members of Bethel Baptist Institution Church located in beautiful, downtown Jacksonville.  She enjoys crafts, mentoring her students, and spending time with family.

Ms. Whittingham’s dedication to Seacoast shows that she truly has the heart of a teacher.  She believes in each scholar and encourages them in the gift that God has given them.  Understanding that each is different and a blessing in their own way is why Psalms 16:8 is her favorite scripture, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.”

Learn more about Seacoast Christian Academy

Interested in learning more about employment opportunities at Seacoast Christian Academy? We invite you to submit a resume to the Administrator, Ms. Whittingham,  at jwhitt@seacoastchristianacademy.com. We look forward to hearing from you!