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).
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!”
Amanda Manzanilla, Elementary Principal
Amanda Manzanilla is the Seacoast Christian Academy Elementary Principal. In 2003, she
earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama
and earned her Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration from Florida
State University, summa cum laude. Mrs. Manzanilla has taught and lead in many facets of
education including Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida schools, OSHA for private industry, and
substance abuse for the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts. In this role she was an annual
speaker at the state conference on effectively teaching adult learners, and wrote the curriculum
on Life Skills for the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office.
Mrs. Manzanilla has spent her entire life living near the water, and cannot even imagine the
sadness a land locked city must elicit! She enjoys spending time with her husband and two
children boating, beaching, and soaking up every drop of sun. She carries the advice received
from her father as she lives out her passion and drive in her professional endeavors — Our children
are how we change the world. They carry with them our greatest strengths, and unfortunately also our weaknesses.
Psalm 127: 3-5 “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like
arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.”
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.
Jeff Wainright,Director of Food Service/Head Chef
Jeff Wainright or “Chef Jeff” as we like to call him has been part of the Seacoast Family since 2016. He is a professionally trained chef and has experience in various types of cuisine as well as restaurants that range from quick service to fine dining. Chef Jeff developed his love for cooking by watching and helping out with his mother and grandmother in the kitchen. Both woman have had a huge impact on the development of his style and type of cooking to this day. After studying at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Chef Jeff earned his Associates Degree in Food Science. Chef Jeff has worked in the foodservice industry for 8 years and is passionate about all things food related.
Chef Jeff has always had a passion for teaching students about food as well as the science behind it and is excited to be the instructor of the Culinary Arts Program at Seacoast. Prior to becoming the Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Jeff worked as Line Cook, Waiter, Prep Cook, Manager, to name a few. The experience he has in the food service industry, he will be able to teach them about every aspect of food that any student could possibly want to know.
Chef Jeff’s hobbies include singing, painting, cake decorating, and studying the bible. He is married with 1 son, Oliver who is his pride and joy. Ask to see pictures, we’re sure he has some! He is currently in the process of getting is Bachelor’s Degree in Food Nutrition so that he may expand his knowledge in the Nutrition aspect of the Foodservice industry. A few quotes that are favorites of his is are;
“Cooking well doesn’t meant cooking fancy” -Julia Childs
“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” -Ernestine Ulmer
“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love” – Julia Childs
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.
SEACOAST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
2017-2019Overall record of 28-20 2018-2019 Most wins in School History 18-9
State Champion Runner-Ups- Florida Christian Athletic League
Regional Championship- Florida Christian Athletic League
3rd Place District 2A
3 players named to All-District Team Class 2A
Multiple players with scholarship opportunities D3-NAIA-JUCOCoa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!