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We are extremely proud of our teaching and administrative staff:


Rita A. O’Leary ~ Principal/Administrator

Mrs. O’Leary begins her fourteenth year at the helm of LCS. With over 39 years of administrative experience, she brings a wealth of wisdom and a no-nonsense approach to this exceptional educational environment. Under her tutelage the school has been fully accredited since its early stages. Mrs. O’Leary feels blessed to be part of the ever evolving growth of LCS. She enjoys the madness of Heat basketball and FSU football. Go Noles! Mrs. O’Leary holds an M.Ed from FAU and resides in Deerfield Beach with her husband of 34 years. She has three grown children that includes a set of twins. The newest love of her life is her first grandchild, Leo Alexander. It is with tremendous pride and deep love that she welcomes you to Lighthouse Christian School.

Lisa Webel ~ Assistant Principal/Administrator

In addition to her Middle School teaching duties, Lisa will lead the troops on days that Mrs. O’Leary is not on campus. She will also assist with any student issues as well as parent or staff concerns. Mrs. Webel is a master’s level educator with over twenty years of experience. Well respected by the staff, they are confident that Lisa’s expertise and heart for education will prove invaluable.

Jenny Putzig – Administrative Coordinator

Jenny returns to our staff as the new Administrative Coordinator. Jenny’s experience is in intermediate level elementary education. Mrs. Putzig is always figuring out ways to improve procedures and implement new ideas. Jenny is also the co-director for the Drama Club. She is a graduate of FAU and resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and two children.

Letha Stack ~ Reception

We welcome back Letha Stack as our warm and gracious voice at the front desk. Letha was most recently a teacher at ISP and “graduated” to the big school! Letha was instrumental as a member of the first LCS School Board and has had two children graduate from LCS. We are happy to have her additional dedication and warmth join our esteemed staff. Letha resides in Pompano Beach with her two children.

Faculty and Staff Elementary School

K ~ Deborah Post

We warmly welcome back Deborah Post to our Kindergarten Team. Debby joined us after many years of experience teaching the primary grades in Christian schools. Mrs. Post quickly became a valuable part of our teaching staff. Debby is a graduate of FSU and resides in Deerfield Beach with her husband.

K ~ Mary Kate Macek

This year Mary Kate will instruct a class of kindergarteners. The children enjoy Ms. Macek’s joyful spirit and love of children. Mary Kate is an avid volleyball player and will coach our girls’team again this fall. She is a graduate of FSU and resides in Lighthouse Point.

1 ~ Hunter Johnson

Hunter returns for her seventh year and will instruct a group of first graders. Ms. Johnson works diligently in preparing her students in all aspects of their education. Hunter holds a BS degree from UCF. She grew up and lives in the area and is delighted to teach in her hometown community.

1 ~ Shelby Giannola

Shelby will instruct first grade as she accepts the challenge of her own classroom. She is excited to be a part of the primary team of stellar educators. Shelby is a graduate of FAU and resides in Pompano Beach.

2 ~ John Buchanan

We warmly welcome back John Buchanan to our primary team as he instructs a group of second graders. He will also take on the challenge of assisting with our volleyball team. John is a graduate of FSU and resides with his family in Lighthouse Point.

3 ~ Juliet Vella

We warmly introduce Julie who will instruct our third graders. She is delighted to be moving back to South Florida. Julie graduated from FSU, and just completed her masters in Elementary Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Welcome, Julie.

5 ~ Jessika James

Jessika returns to fifth grade after a short maternity leave. Jessika is a delightful addition to the faculty and is always looking for ways to make her classroom a warm and exciting place to learn. Jessika is a graduate of FAU and resides in Lighthouse Point with her husband and children.

Navigators 1-8 ~ Meg Phillips

Meg’s love of teaching shines through everything she tackles during the year. Mrs. Phillips instructs the Navigator Learning Center where she assists all grade levels in Math and Reading. This calm oasis of a classroom allows students to receive small group instruction at their own level and pace. Meg holds a Master’s Degree in Varying Exceptionalities from FAU. She serves on the Child Study team and helps to evaluate new enrollees. Meg resides on Lighthouse Point with her husband and children.

Middle School Team:

Elizabeth Fisher

Liz will instruct Literature and English as well as lead our Drama Club to the stage for its 8th major production. Mrs. Fisher continued to hone her Fine Arts skills as an instructor for our Kids Summer Camp. Liz is known for her patience and kindness to all she encounters. She holds a BA from FAU and resides in Deerfield Beach with her daughter.

Jamie Phillips

We welcome Jamie Phillips to the Middle School team. Jamie has over 15 years of teaching experience both in the private sector as well as charter schools. Her recent experience includes acting as the Department Head for Middle School Math as well as a math coach. Jamie is a graduate 0f Nova Southeastern University and resides in Lighthouse Point with her husband and three children.

Rita Floyd-Vester

Mrs. Floyd-Vester takes on the challenge of an advanced fifth grade math class as well as math for grades 6, 7 and 8. Rita is also an award winning inventor of the FlatBox lunchbox. Mrs. Floyd-Vester holds a BS from FAU and resides in Coconut Creek with her husband and children.

Lisa Webel

Mrs. Webel has joined the Middle School Team and will instruct Social Studies and Bible for grades 6-8. She is so excited to continue with her new found love of Middle school students as Lisa can always be counted on to find a new way to make a concept stick. Lisa holds an M.Ed and will also serve as the Assistant Administrator. Mrs. Webel resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and two children.


Media Specialist/Library ~ Jennifer Moschette

Jennifer will continue in her position as our Media Specialist and Reading Counts guru! Jen is completely enamored with the written word and is always exploring new ways to make it come alive. Her attention to detail and creative mind make this enrichment program exciting for our elementary students. Jen will also take on the task of keyboarding instruction for certain grades. Mrs. Moschette is the mother of four and resides with her husband and children in Lighthouse Point.

P.E. / Athletic Director ~ Patrick Hanley

We welcome back Patrick who continues the challenges of Athletic Director, P.E. Coach, and Science Lab 1-5. Patrick is a strong believer in good health and nutrition. He is an FSU graduate and holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from FAU. We know Pat will welcome parent involvement with the sports teams and the financial support of our program. Coach Pat resides in Ft. Lauderdale.

Music ~ Lisa Cameron

Lisa is a recent transplant from Ohio where she taught Music for over twenty years to grades K-12. Lisa is proficient in voice, woodwind, brass and percussion as well as music theory and appreciation. Ms. Cameron holds a Masters in Music Education from the University of Akron and presently lives in Boynton Beach.

Art / French ~ Alex Malfanti

Alex returns to instruct Middle School French as well as art for grades K-8th. She also is the mastermind and editor-in-chief of our annual yearbook publication. Alex is a certified teacher who received her credentials in Paris, France. She resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and children.

Clippers ~ Lisa Maloney

Lisa will instruct Clippers, a pull out Reading and Math program for academically talented students in grades 1-5. This teacher-referred program will help enhance higher-level comprehension and writing skills as well as enhance higher-level math acuity. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University and taught Gifted Education in the Ohio system for many years. She resides in Lighthouse Point with her husband and two children.

Spanish ~ Wendy Wick

Fondly known as Miss Wendy from ISP, Mrs. Wick will continue to instruct Spanish for grades K-8. Wendy is bilingual and fluent in both written and spoken Spanish. She holds a director’s credential and continues her education in the Honors program at Broward College. Mrs. Wick resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and son.


Cindy Irvin ~ Cindy returns for her 10th year as a teacher assistant. This year her talents return to the Kindergarten. Cindy is a versatile and flexible staff member and can fill any role as needed and required. She is a master at organization and keeps student and teacher supplies in perfect order. She resides in Pompano Beach with her husband and daughter.

Kassidy Kern

We joyfully welcome Kassidy as a teacher assistant for Navigators and P.E. Kassidy received her undergraduate degree from FAU and is completing her M. Ed in Varying Exceptionalities at Barry University. Kassidy resides in Pompano Beach with her husband.

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