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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 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 members of the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS), SSACS (Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools), and accredited 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.


Scott Jenkins

Head of School

B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology: Wright State University

Ph.D. in Cancer Biology: Wake Forest University

Amy Lewis

Lower School Principal

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 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)

Chasity Cedeno


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 McLaughlin

1st Grade

B.S.  Elementary Education: Pensacola Christian College

Kierstin Halbesma

2nd Grade

Cora Merrill

2nd Grade

B.S. Elementary Education: University of Central Florida

Reading Endorsement; ESOL Certified 

Carrie Lacey

3rd Grade

B.S. Elementary Education: University of Central Florida

Reading Endorsement; ESOL Certified 

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

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

Jessica Kreeger

4th Grade

Amy Thompson

5th Grade

Bri Sutton

6th Grade

A.A. Liberal Arts: Polk State College

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

Emily Clements


Dawn Robinson

Library, STEM

STEM Certification; STEM Teacher Summit 2020

Middle & High School Faculty

Mark Deckard


B.S. Sports Management: Bob Jones University

Shelbie Effler

Athletic Director, P.E.

B.S. Sports Management: Bob Jones University

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)

Anthony Garcia

Assistant Athletic Director, P.E.

Katherine Knisley

Music, Speech

Clarissa Montoya

Learning Center 1

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)

Heidi Pillion


Wesley Strobel


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)


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

Marissa Garcia

 Admissions Director

B.S. Organizational Leadership: Southeastern University

Sandy Mize

Cafeteria Manager

Food Manager Certification

Ricky Pagod


Austin Redman

Account Technician

B.A. Accounting: Pensacola Christian College

Jeff Shuler

Facilities Director

Heather Smith

Student Services Secretary

B.S. Elementary Education: Clearwater Christian College

Anja Strobel

 Health & Wellness Coordinator

Accreditation & Ethics

Parkway Christian Academy (K5-12th Grade) is fully accredited through:

Parkway Christian Academy is a member of:

Parkway Christian Academy VPK/K4 Program is fully accredited through:

Parkway Christian Academy VPK/K4 Program has received Gold Seal Accreditation from the Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation:

In compliance with Senate Bill 1712, the Ethics in Education Act, sections 1002.421 and 1006.061, please be informed that:

  • All employees have a duty to report actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. The law provides immunity from liability if you report. You have a duty to comply with all child protective investigations. The statewide toll-free abuse hotline number is 1-800-96ABUSE.
  • The process to report misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student is to immediately notify in writing or personal communication (in person or via telephone, 863-646-5031) one of the following contacts:
    • Dr. Scott Jenkins, Head of School
    • Pastor Peter Grant, Chair of the PCA Advisory Board

Failure by employees to report cases of abuse or misconduct carry a penalty up to and including termination.

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