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Our History

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 (K5-12th Grade) is fully accredited with NCPSA (National Council for Private School Accreditation), and is a member of SSACS (Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools) and AACS (American Association of Christian Schools). The PCA VPK/K4 Program is fully accredited through NACSAA (North America Christian School Accrediting Agency) and has received Gold Seal Accreditation from the Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation.

PCA is primarily college preparatory in its academic emphasis.

Our Statement of Faith

  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 Purpose

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.

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

What is the most important thing in the world to you? That is such a thought provoking question. Many of us might answer, “My relationships matter most–with God and my family.” I’ll bet that somewhere near the top of that list of what matters most is your desire to know that your children have accepted Christ and that they are prepared for all that life and this world has to offer them. At Parkway, we have those priorities as well.

Our mission is to glorify God, disciple students and pursue excellence in education with the Bible as our foundation and Jesus Christ as our focus. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of leaders to impact the world for Christ. Our calling is to be a light that shines in the darkness; a premier institution increasingly recognized as a model and benchmark of relevant 21st century Christian education, transforming lives and reaching the world for Christ.

At Parkway, we don’t separate or compartmentalize a faith – based educational process. Our model is to integrate it fully; through academics and discipleship, education and ministry, knowledge and faith. It permeates everything we do; every subject, class, team, club and activity. If Parkway were just a great school with Christian teachers, great academics, and great extracurricular opportunities, that, in and of itself would be a good thing. However, Parkway is so much more than that. It is a place where all of that comes together in one integrated and intentional way.

Our people make us distinctive. Our faculty and staff are committed, sacrificial, servants who love, care for and develop relationships with your children. Our approach to discipleship also makes us distinctive. We mentor students by modeling the Christian lifestyle, building relationships and cultivating character inside and outside of the classroom. Academic excellence and discipleship are what Parkway Christian Academy is all about.
Please contact our Admissions department at (863) 646-5031 or at to learn more about how Parkway could be a great fit for your student and your family!


Rachel Guiel

Lead Principal

B.S. Nursing: Bob Jones University

M.S. Educational Leadership: Bob Jones University (In progress)

Amy Lewis

Kindergarten Principal, VPK Director

B.A. Elementary Education: Landmark Baptist College

V.P.K. Lead Teacher Staff Credential

M.S. Educational Leadership: Bob Jones University (In Progress)

Xochitl Abbott

Learning Center Academic Supervisor, Elementary Spanish, Spanish 1 & 2

Elementary Faculty

Jovita Evans


VPK Lead Teacher Certification


Sharon Page


B.A. Early Childhood and Elementary Education: Southeastern University

V.P.K. Lead Teacher Staff Credential 

ESOL Certification 

Vicki Boyette

VPK Teacher’s Aide

VPK Teacher’s Aide Certification

Brittany Gamble

VPK Teacher’s Aide

VPK Teacher Aide Certification, CDA (In Progress)

Bailey Eade


B.S. Elementary Education: Warner University

M.A. Reading: Grand Canyon University

Caroline Nipper


B.S. Psychology: Southeastern University

Lorraine Brunkhorst

1st Grade

B.S. Elementary Education: University of South Florida

ESOL endorsement

Jessica Piazza

1st Grade

B.S.  Elementary Education: Pensacola Christian College

Cora Merrill

2nd Grade

B.S. Elementary Education: University of Central Florida

Reading Endorsement; ESOL Certified 

Arielle Pagod

3rd Grade

A.A.A.  Childhood Ministry: Bob Jones University

V.P.K. Director Credential

B.S. Professional and Educational Studies: Bob Jones University (In Progress)

Elisa Killough

4th Grade

B.S.  Elementary Education: Bob Jones University

Carrie Lacey

5th Grade

B.S. Elementary Education: University of Central Florida

Reading Endorsement; ESOL Certified 

M.Ed Teaching and Learning: Bob Jones University (In Progress) 

Bri Sutton

5th Grade

A.A. Liberal Arts: Polk State College

B.S. Criminal Justice: Polk State College (In Progress)

Dawn Robinson

Art, Elementary Spanish, Library, STEM

STEM Certification; STEM Teacher Summit 2020

Middle & High School Faculty

Justin Conn


B.A. History; Bob Jones University

M.Ed Teaching and Learning: Bob Jones University (In Progress)

Shelbie Effler

Athletic Director, P.E.

B.S. Sports Management: Bob Jones University

Luke Evans


A.A. General Studies: Florida State College of Jacksonville

B.S. Exercise Science: University of North Florida (In Progress)

Mark Evans

7th-12th Bible, School Counselor

A.A. General Education: Cleveland Community College

B.C.E. Secondary Education: Veritas Baptist College

M.M. Bible and Theology: Veritas Baptist College

M.A. Biblical Counseling: Luther Rice College and Seminary (In Progress)

Ed.D. Community and Care Counseling with Traumatology Cognate: Liberty University (In Progress)

Linda Norman


Randy Padgett


B.S. Math Education with General Studies: Bob Jones University

Heather Paquette

English, Literature, ESOL

B.S. English Education: Bob Jones University

TESOL Intermediate Endorsement

M.Ed Literacy: Southeastern University (In Progress)

Kay Payne

String Lessons

B.A. Music Education; Florida Southern College (In Progress)

String Studies Proficiency

Wesley Strobel

Learning Center 1, 6th Bible

Bachelor of Theology: Frontline Bible Institute

Menette Siasoyco

Learning Center 2

B.S. Physical Therapy: Velez College of the Philippines

B.S. Elementary Education: Medina College of the Philippines

Emily Strickland

Music, Recorder, Speech, Dramatic Productions

B.F.A. Musical Theatre: Samford University

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Liberty University (In Progress)


Michael Battle

Financial Administrator

B.A. Youth Ministries: Pensacola Christian College

Master of Divinity: Pensacola Theological Seminary

Quickbooks Certified

Danyle Brown

Administrative Assistant

Janey Edwards

Photography, Media Specialist

Certificate of Biblical Studies: Millar College of the Bible of Canada

Certificate of Photography: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology of Canada

Natalie Grant

 School Nurse

L.P.N. Macon State University

B.S.N.; Bob Jones University (In Progress)

Sandy Mize

Cafeteria Manager

Food Manager Certification

Ricky Pagod


Austin Redman

Financial Administrative Assistant

B.A. Accounting: Pensacola Christian College

Vania Reed

School Nurse: R.N.

B.S.N. University of Florida

Jeff Shuler

Facilities Director

Heather Smith

Student Services Secretary

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