Welcome to Parkway
Christian Academy!

Do we focus on academics or discipleship? The answer is a resounding YES! We believe that academics and faith are inextricably tied together. They are not separate or mutually exclusive objectives. Parkway students receive training in both. It is all part of our commitment to offer an excellent education with a biblical worldview.

The biggest influences in shaping a worldview are the home, the church, the school, and culture. We believe this generation of students is at risk like never before. It can be extremely difficult to hold a worldview as truth when society at large sees it as false. Our children are growing up in a culture that is increasingly hostile to anything Christian.

Our role at Parkway is to walk alongside and support both the family and the church in seeking spiritual transformation for our students. Knowledge and application of truth takes practical reinforcement and consistent training and support.

We believe that focusing on Christ and teaching with a biblical worldview sets us apart and makes our school distinctive. We teach that all truth comes from God and that Jesus is truth. We believe that this truth manifests itself in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom (education) and morality and ethics (life principles). We do not just integrate a biblical worldview into Bible classes or chapel. We strive to integrate it into everything that we do. All learning leads to God, reveals His nature and offers opportunities for us to respond to Him.

Academic excellence and discipleship is what defines Parkway Christian Academy. Please contact our admissions office to learn more about how Parkway could be a great fit for your student and your family.

Parkway Christian Academy has been used of God to train thousands of boys and girls in the Lakeland area for over 40 years. Parkway Christian Academy began as Temple Christian School in 1974 under the leadership of Dr. Cham McMillen. The name Temple Christian School was changed to Highlands Christian Academy under the leadership of Pastor John Richardson. In 2018, Pastor Peter Grant officially changed the name of Highlands Christian Academy to Parkway Christian Academy.

Throughout the years, Parkway graduates have distinguished themselves throughout the community. PCA is seeking accreditation with NACSAA (North America Christian School Accrediting Agency) and is currently seeking membership with SSACS (Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools) and AACS (American Association of Christian Schools). Parkway is primarily college preparatory in its academic emphasis.

The ultimate goal of Parkway Christian Academy is to educate boys and girls from a biblical worldview while pursuing academic excellence for the glory of God. We aim to develop Christian boys and girls into mature disciples of Jesus; capable of and dedicated to accomplishing His will for their lives. We believe that includes an assurance of their personal salvation by faith, maintaining academic excellence, and learning to live a disciplined life of conviction and responsibility. We desire to work with parents in bringing their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Parkway Christian Academy seeks to educate boys and girls from a biblical worldview with the Bible at the center of all we that we teach. We believe that the needs of the total person can only be met by synchronizing our philosophy with that of the Bible. Our vision is to provide an outstanding spiritual and academic environment where, working with families, students will be prepared to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

  1. We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures in the original autographs and that these writings are inerrant and supreme and final in all matters of doctrine and life.
  2. We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in Jesus Christ’s deity and humanity, His conception by the Holy Spirit, His virgin birth, His bodily resurrection, and His personal, visible return with power and great glory.
  3. We believe that man being created by a direct act of God was a righteous, free, moral being; that he sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death not only for himself, but also for the entire human race, with the result that we are all sinful by nature.
  4. We believe that Jesus Christ, by His substitutionary death on the cross, made salvation possible for all who will receive Him as their only Savior; that these, who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, will never perish; and that it is utterly impossible for anyone to be saved except by Jesus Christ.
  5. We believe that the universal, invisible church is composed of all believers; that the local, visible church is a congregation of baptized believers in a particular locality associated for worship, fellowship, service, and the observance of the ordinances; that this local church is independent and the only authority over it is that of Christ and the Word of God.
  6. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate, sexual activity be engaged in, outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.

Our Foundation

Parkway Christian Academy offers a more than 40 -year history of demonstrating strength and success in the classroom; preparing the next generation of students to change the world.

Our focus is on the whole student as we prepare him or her academically, spiritually, and emotionally to be fully engaged and abundantly equipped to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

Our dedicated faculty, facilities, and extra-curricular offerings provide every student with the opportunity to explore and develop their God-given gifts and talents.

Students are provided the opportunities to live out their faith as they participate in community outreach events, small groups, mentoring programs, chapel, and leadership opportunities.

Our Community

As a pre-kindergarten – 12th grade campus, our students are part of a community that builds intentional relationships and provides academic programming that is aligned across all grade levels.  Our students represent several churches in the Lakeland area and come from all of our surrounding communities.  A large percentage of our families receive financial support.

Our Programs

Our vigorous academic programs have consistently resulted in state and exam scores that culminate in a graduation rate of 100%.  We are seeking membership with the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS), SSACS (Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools), and seeking accreditation with NACSAA (North American Christian School Accrediting Agency).  A wide variety of extra-curricular activities offer students the opportunity to participate in band, choir, and drama.

Our Leadership

Rachel Guiel joins the family of Parkway Christian Academy in her 20th year of educational experience. She holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bob Jones University and is currently pursuing a master’s of science degree in educational leadership.

Rachel has served on the leadership team of Christian schools in Atlanta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. She taught English and freshman nursing fundamentals in a medical university in Shanghai, China. She taught remedial math and science classes to foreign exchange students in Saipan. She has had a wide variety of experiences in Christian education including teaching middle and upper high school science classes, teaching high school Spanish, coaching volleyball, basketball, and softball, serving as fine arts director and serving as supervisor of student behavior.

Rachel and her husband Scott are so thankful to have had the opportunity to travel to more than 25 countries and provinces around the world serving as short term missionaries and on short term mission trips. They and their two daughters are excited to be a part of Parkway Ministries.


Rachel Guiel


B.S. Nursing: Bob Jones University; M.S. Educational Leadership: Bob Jones University (Diploma expected December, 2021)

Amy Lewis

Kindergarten Supervisor: VPK, K4, K5

B.S. Elementary Education: Landmark Baptist College; V.P.K. Lead Teacher Staff Credential

Xochitl Abbott

Academic Supervisor: 7th – 12th Grades


Sharon Page

 Lead Teacher: VPK, K4

B.A. Elementary Education: Southeastern University; Early Childhood Certificate; ESOL Certification

Vicki Boyette

Aide: VPK, K4

Amy Lewis

Teacher: K5

B.S. Elementary Education: Landmark Baptist College; V.P.K. Lead Teacher Staff Credential

Jessica Piazza

Teacher: 1st Grade

B.S.  Elementary Education: Pensacola Christian College

Sara Giles

Teacher: 2nd Grade

B.S.  Early Childhood Education: University of South FL; ESOL Certification

Arielle Pagod

Teacher: 3rd Grade

A.A.A.  Childhood Ministry: Bob Jones University; V.P.K. Director Credential

Elisa Killough

4th Grade Teacher: Handwriting, History, Spelling

B.S.  Elementary Education: Bob Jones University

Linda Lewis

5th Grade Teacher: English, Science

M.A.  Elementary Education: Union College; B.S. Elementary Education: Eastern Kentucky University

Shelbie Effler

6th Grade Teacher: Athletic Director, Math, P.E.

B.S. Sports Management: Bob Jones University

Karen Shumaker

Teacher: 7th Grade Learning Center

B.A. Religious Education: Clark’s Summit University

Robert Shumaker

Teacher: Literature, 8th Grade Learning Center

B.A.  Theology: Clark’s Summit University

Sherree Ebersole

Teacher: 8th Grade Learning Center

B.A. English Education: University of South Florida

Xochitl Abbott

Teacher: 9th Grade Learning Center

Menette Siasoyco

Volunteer Teacher: Math, 10th-12th Grade Learning Center

B.S. Physical Therapy: Velez College of the Philippines; B.S. Elementary Education: Medina College of the Philippines

Brad Brown

Teacher: Computer, IT Specialist

Linda Norman

Teacher: Art

Dawn Robinson

Teacher: Art, Elementary Spanish, Library, STEM

Gabriella Yat

Teacher: Beginning Band, Chorus, Music


Michael Battle

Financial Administrator

B.A. Youth Ministries: Pensacola Christian College; Master of Divinity: Pensacola Theological Seminary

Janey Edwards

Registrar, Photography, Media Specialist

Certificate of Biblical Studies: Millar College of the Bible of Canada; Certificate of Photography: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology of Canada

Danyle Brown

Administrative Assistant

Natalie Grant

 School Nurse

Sandy Mize

Cafeteria Manager

Ricky Pagod


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