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CSF staff and Executive Committee members are credentialed and professional educators experienced in school leadership and accreditation protocols.

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Staff

Executive Director

Dana James

  • Executive Director, Christian Schools of Florida (2015–Present)
  • Head of School, Seven Rivers Christian School (2010–Present)
  • Adjunct Professor, College of Central Florida (2012–Present)
  • Head of School, Westminster Christian Academy, Watkinsville, GA (1996–2010)
  • Mathematics Instructor, Coach, Oconee County High School, Watkinsville, GA (1981–1996)
  • Van Lunen Fellow (2008–2009)
  • Post-Graduate Work, Educational Leadership, University of Georgia (1998–1999)
  • MSED Mathematics Education, University of Georgia (1988)
  • BSED Mathematics Education, University of Georgia (1981)

Chief Executive Director

Ken Wackes

  • Missionary, West Papua, Indonesia, 1964–1969
  • Headmaster, Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale, 1973–2005
  • Associate Minister, Coral Ridge Presb Church, Fort Lauderdale, 1973–2005
  • Adjunct Professor, Knox Theological Seminary, Christian Education, 1995–2000
  • Teacher, Seven Rivers Christian School, Lecanto, History, World Religions, 2005–2014
  • Executive Director, Christian Schools of Florida, 2005–2015
  • Chief Executive Director, Christian Schools of Florida, 2015–2017
  • President of the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools (FAANS) four terms, 1990–2000

Director of Accreditation

Susan Taylor

  • CSF Director of Accreditation (2014-2017)
  • CSF Director of Professional Development (2008-2017)
  • School Head, Providence Christian School (1994-2008)
  • MA Educational Leadership, Covenant College (1994-97)
  • MS English/German Teacher, Providence Christian School (1985-95)
  • MA German/Minor English, Villanova University (1974-75)
  • Middle School German Teacher, Lower Moreland, PA (1976-78)
  • Senior HS German Teacher, Berwick, PA (1973-74)
  • Teacher Certification, Bloomsburg State University ((1972-73)
  • BA German/English minor, Dickinson College (1972)

As the Director of Professional Development, Sue began work with web developer/designer Adam Khan of Engaging.net to digitize functions of the Master Inservice Program recognized by the Florida Department of Education. With approved applications from CSF schools, this program provides for staff re-certifcation through in-service.

In 2009 under the leadership of Executive Director Ken Wackes, CSF began to digitize its accreditation protocol. Over the next few years, Sue joined Ken in his efforts to continue development of that program online.

Both CSF programs now provide training for schools in accreditation protocols, for teams in conducting peer reviews, and for school in-service coordinators in applying for staff inservice.

Sue continues to work with Adam on both functionality and design of the website.

Director of Professional Development

Susan Taylor

  • CSF Director of Accreditation (2014-2017)
  • CSF Director of Professional Development (2008-2017)
  • School Head, Providence Christian School (1994-2008)
  • MA Educational Leadership, Covenant College (1994-97)
  • MS English/German Teacher, Providence Christian School (1985-95)
  • MA German/Minor English, Villanova University (1974-75)
  • Middle School German Teacher, Lower Moreland, PA (1976-78)
  • Senior HS German Teacher, Berwick, PA (1973-74)
  • Teacher Certification, Bloomsburg State University ((1972-73)
  • BA German/English minor, Dickinson College (1972)

As the Director of Professional Development, Sue began work with web developer/designer Adam Khan of Engaging.net to digitize functions of the Master Inservice Program recognized by the Florida Department of Education. With approved applications from CSF schools, this program provides for staff re-certifcation through in-service.

In 2009 under the leadership of Executive Director Ken Wackes, CSF began to digitize its accreditation protocol. Over the next few years, Sue joined Ken in his efforts to continue development of that program online.

Both CSF programs now provide training for schools in accreditation protocols, for teams in conducting peer reviews, and for school in-service coordinators in applying for staff inservice.

Sue continues to work with Adam on both functionality and design of the website.

Director of Teacher Certification

Elizabeth Wilson

  • CSF Director of Teacher Certification and Executive Board Member, 2010–present
  • Director, Maitland Community Preschool, 2008–present
  • Preschool Teacher, Methodist School for Early Education, Winter Park, FL, 2001–2008
  • Second Grade Teacher, Lake Silver Elementary, Orlando, FL, 1991–1994
  • First Grade Teacher, Talbot Elementary School, Gainesville, FL, 1987–1991
  • BA and MA degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from University of Florida, 1987

Director of Early Childhood

Beth Travis

  • Early Childhood Teacher, Granada Day School, Coral Gables, FL, 1990–1994
  • Director for Granada Day School, 1994–2011
  • M.Ed, Educational Leadership, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, 1998
  • CSF Secretary, 2005–2011
  • Early Childhood Director for CSF, 2012–

Director of Legislative Affairs

LuAnne Schendel

  • Director of Legislative Affairs for Christian Schools of Florida, 2013–2017
  • Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Florida Association of Academic NonPublic Schools, 2013–2017
  • Elementary Principal, Bradenton Christian School, Bradenton, FL, 2013–2016
  • President, Christian Schools of Florida, 2009–2013
  • Head of School, Orangewood Christian School, Maitland, FL, 2006–2013
  • Elementary Principal, Orangewood Christian School, Maitland, FL, 1997–2006
  • Head of School, Community Christian School, Tallahassee, FL, 1988–1997
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida State University, 1993
  • Classroom teacher prior to 1988
  • BS-Elementary Education, MS-History and Philosophy of Education, EdS-Educational Leadership, Florida State University

Financial Director

Margaret Whitchurch

  • Business Director, Seven Rivers Christian School, since 1999
  • Financial Director, Christian Schools of Florida, since 2008

Previous professional experience

  • Accounting Department Manager (1982–9) for a $160 MM publishing business associated with a church in Boston, MA
  • Department Head, Financial Analyst and Accountant (1974–82) for a $200 MM textile manufacturing subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ

Education

BA Economics, Douglass College, Rutgers University, 1974

Other related experience

  • Bookkeeper for family business (1998–2003)
  • Treasurer for my local churches in suburban Boston (1986–8) and Inverness, FL (1992–6);
  • Treasurer for SRCS Parent Association (1993–2003) while raising our three children at home for the ten years between 1989 and 1999

Web Developer/Designer

Adam Khan

Since 1997 I have collaborated on the design and development of web sites and systems — like this one! Web Developer & Designer; Business Owner Engaging.net (Brighton, England)

2005-6: Developed web sites for larger clients including the World Food Programme and Boeing, who called from Seattle to ask how we did it so fast Web Developer Deepend.it (Rome, Italy)

2003-4: Wrote news updates for this newspaper’s web site and the occasional book review Online Editor The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

2001-3: Edited technical documents; developed and maintained the team intranet site; took minutes at company meetings internationally, so really traveled the world and loved that Technical Writer Amdocs (billing software company, Hod Hasharon, Israel)

Education

1995: BA, “Fundamentals: Issues & Texts” as chaired by the redoubtable Leon R. Kass University of Chicago

1991–2: 1 year of study Deep Springs College

1988: High School Diploma Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel

Service

1988-91: Sergeant, Education Corps Israel Defence Forces

Executive Committee

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Member

Member

Member

LuAnne Schendel

  • Director of Legislative Affairs for Christian Schools of Florida, 2013–2017
  • Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Florida Association of Academic NonPublic Schools, 2013–2017
  • Elementary Principal, Bradenton Christian School, Bradenton, FL, 2013–2016
  • President, Christian Schools of Florida, 2009–2013
  • Head of School, Orangewood Christian School, Maitland, FL, 2006–2013
  • Elementary Principal, Orangewood Christian School, Maitland, FL, 1997–2006
  • Head of School, Community Christian School, Tallahassee, FL, 1988–1997
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida State University, 1993
  • Classroom teacher prior to 1988
  • BS-Elementary Education, MS-History and Philosophy of Education, EdS-Educational Leadership, Florida State University

Member

Member

Elizabeth Wilson

  • CSF Director of Teacher Certification and Executive Board Member, 2010–present
  • Director, Maitland Community Preschool, 2008–present
  • Preschool Teacher, Methodist School for Early Education, Winter Park, FL, 2001–2008
  • Second Grade Teacher, Lake Silver Elementary, Orlando, FL, 1991–1994
  • First Grade Teacher, Talbot Elementary School, Gainesville, FL, 1987–1991
  • BA and MA degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from University of Florida, 1987

Last Edited
March 9th, 2017

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