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Our Staff

  • Ms. Monica  Andino
    Administrative Assistant - Preschool

    mandino@nhcsftl.org

    Ms. Andino is originally from Uruguay, however most of her childhood was spent in New Jersey. She is married with four children and has been working in the field of early childhood development sine the late 1980’s. Ms. Andino has a Child Development Associate and has served as a Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition since 1999. She and her family attend God International Ministries in Margate, Florida.


  • Mrs. Brandy  Andrews
    Head of School

    bandrews@nhccftl.org

    Mrs. Andrews is a Virginia native who migrated to Florida in 2002. She and her husband five children and she has been the Head of School at New Hope Christian School since December 2007. Mrs. Andrews holds dual Bachelor Degrees in both Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development, and dual Master Degrees in Educational Leadership and Marriage and Family Therapy. Mrs. Andrews and her family are members of New Hope Community Church, where she serves in the youth ministry and missions department.


  • Mr. Clayton  Andrews
    Middle School Teacher

    candrews@nhcsftl.org

    Mr. Andrews was born in Chicago, IL, and migrated to Florida when he was a young boy. He has served in many capacities at NHCS since 2014, and has been an integral part of the campus expansion project. Mr. Andrews currently teaches shop, and Middle School Bible and History. He and his wife have 5 amazing kids. He and his family are members of New Hope Community Church, where he serves in the missions ministry and as a preaching Elder.


  • Mrs. Amanda  Avila
    Preschool Teacher

    aavila@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Avila is a Florida native. She is married with one daughter and is a member of The Church at Deerfield Beach. Mrs. Avila holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biblical Studies, as well as a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Her background in child therapy lead her into the preschool setting where she has served since 2005.


  • Mr. Will  Aviles
    Middle School Teacher

    waviles@nhcsftl.org

    Mr. Aviles was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in South Florida. He is a graduate of Florida International University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Aviles and his wife have three wonderful children and they are members of New Hope Community Church. Mr. Aviles serves in the outreach ministry at New Hope and is a preaching Elder.


  • Mrs. Jessica  Aviles
    School Registrar

    javiles@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Aviles is a South Florida native. She is married and has three amazing children. Mrs. Aviles has a heart for missions and serving the LORD. She and her husband are members of New Hope Community Church, where she serves in the both women’s and children's ministry.


  • Mrs. Kym  Becker
    Preschool Teacher

    kbecker@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Becker was born and raised in South Florida. She and her husband have one daughter and are members of New Hope Community Church. Mrs. Becker serves in children's church, JAM Club, VBS, and many other ministries at New Hope. She has been involved in early education since 2011.


  • Mrs. Daheima  Brown
    Lower Elementary Teacher

    dbrown@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Brown was born in Jamaica, but migrated to Florida in 2005. She is a member of All Nation New Testament Church, where she serves in the youth ministry and various outreach programs. Mrs. Brown has been teaching since 2017 and is dedicated to educating children about the importance of having a relationship with Jesus Christ.


  • Mrs. Lynda  Cooper
    Elementary Aftercare

  •  Olga  Gustavson
    Administrative Assistant

    ogustavson@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Gustavson is originally from Colombia, however she has resided in South Florida for many years. She and her husband have been blessed with two lovely daughters. Mrs. Gustavson is a member of Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale where she has been involved in the foster parent ministry for decades. She is passionate about discipling young girls, to be Kingdom minded and to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of their Savior.


  • Ms. Catherine  Handfield
    Preschool Teacher

    chandfield@nhcsftl.org

    Ms. Handfield was born in the Bahamas, but spent most of her youth in Turks and Caicos Islands. She is a member of The Church of God, where she serves in the women's ministry, choir, prayer team, and Sunday School. Ms. Handfield holds a National Child Development Associate, and a Bachelor Degree in Biblical Studies. She has been serving in the field of education since 1989.


  • Ms. Barbara  Koss
    Library Assistant

    bkoss@nhccftl.org

    Ms. Koss is a Pittsburg native who migrated to Florida in 1983. For many years she worked in the mortgage lending industry as an internal auditor, and in 2009 she became a member of the New Hope Christian School staff. Ms. Koss serves as the Library Assistant and is a member of New Hope Community Church.


  • Mrs. Mitou  Lucien
    Lower Elementary Teacher

    mlucien@nhcsftl.org


  • Mr. Brandon  Mason
    Lower Elementary Teacher

    bmason@nhcsftl.org

    Mr. Mason grew up in South Florida and graduated high school right next door, at Fort Lauderdale Christian School. He and his wife have three amazing children, and he is degreed in both Psychology, and Biblical Studies. He has served as a Pastor with the Salvation Army since 2012 and has a deep passion for teaching God’s word. Mr. Mason and his family serve in both the pastoral ministry and music ministry at the Salvation Army.


  • Mr. Darrin  McFarlane
    Physical Education Teacher

    dmcfarlane@nhcsftl.org

    Mr. McFarlane was born New York and is of Trinbagonian heritage. He has actively been engaged in sports all of his young and adult life. His undergraduate degree is in Criminal Justice and he is currently completing his Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development. Mr. McFarlane is married with two beautiful children and he and his family are members of St. Gregory's.


  • Mrs. Amy  Newman
    Preschool Teacher

    anewman@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Newman was born in Trinidad but migrated to Florida when she was a small child. She and her husband have four children that they adore. Mrs. Newman is a member of Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale where she serves in the children’s ministry. She is passionate about teaching children to love the LORD with all their hearts and raising them for Kingdom purpose.


  • Mrs. Andrea  Ortiz de Jesus
    Upper Elementary Teacher

    aortizdejesus@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Ortis is originally from Puerto Rico, but spent most of her childhood years in New York City. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and has taught specifically in Christian Schools for over 22 years. Mrs. Ortiz attends Iglesia Real in Hollywood, FL and is very active in ministry.


  • Mrs. Jacinth  Pierre
    Preschool Teacher

    jpierre@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Pierre is a Jamaica native who migrated to the United States in 2005. She holds a Florida Child Development Associate, and a Bachelor Degree in Education. Mrs. Pierre has been teaching at New Hope since September 2011. Mrs. Pierre is fluent in Spanish, English and is currently pursuing ASL (American Sign Language). She has three children and is a member of New Hope Community Church. Mrs. Pierre sings in the choir and sits on the New Hope Community Church Missions Committee. She enjoys praying and ironing and longs to be a missionary nurse.


  • Mrs. Franchesca  Preudhomme
    Lower Elementary Team Leader

    fpreudhomme@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Preudhomme was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated with honors and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Preudhomme joined the New Hope team in 2019 and serves as Lower Elementary Team Leader. She attends First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach and most enjoys teaching children about the LORD.


  • Ms. Jillian  Reitzer
    Preschool Teacher

    jreitzer@nhcsftl.org

    Ms. Reitzer is a New York native, who migrated to Florida as an adult to be closer to extended family. She is a certified Registered Behavioral Technician and enjoys working with non-traditional learners, to assist them in recognizing their gifts and full potential. Ms. Reitzer is a member of Church By The Glades, and is dedicated to teaching children about Christ.


  • Mrs. Jeanelisse  Rentas-Fortuno
    Middle School Teacher

    jrentasfortuno@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Rentas-Fortuno is a native of Philadelphia, PA. She is married and has two wonderful little girls. Mrs. Rentas-Fortuno is a member of Calvary Chapel Plantation, where she serves in the VBS ministry. She holds a Master Degree in Education and has been teaching since 2015.


  • Mrs. Peta-Gaye  Salathe
    Middle School Team Leader

    psalathe@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Salathe is a Jamaican native who migrated to Florida as a very young child. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Florida and has been teaching since, 2010. Mrs. Salathe and her family are members of Mercy Gathered Ministries, where she serves in the Intercessory Prayer ministry.


  • Mr. Paul  Scanga
    Building and Grounds

    pscanga@nhcsftl.org

    Mr. Scanga is a Pennsylvania native. Directly after high school he enlisted in the Marines and dedicated his young adult life to honorably serving his country. Mr. Scanga relocated to Miami in 2012 and completed his Associate Degree. He is a member of Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale where he serves in the international missions and discipleship ministries.


  • Mrs. Cleopatra  Seignon
    Preschool Teacher

    cseignon@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Seignon was born in Mexico and migrated to United States in 2009. She is married and has been blessed with two unique daughters. Mrs. Seignon holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Child Care training credential. She believes with her whole heart that the LORD’s purpose for her life is to help young people develop a personal relationship with Jesus. Her and her family are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church where she serves as Sabbath school bible teacher.


  • Mrs. Taffey  Sejour
    Lower Elementary Teacher

    tsejour@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Sejour is a native of South Florida. She is married and has two beautiful daughters. She serves as the 1st grade teacher of New Hope Christian School. Mrs. Sejour holds an Undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Reading. She is a member of Redemption Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, FL.


  • Ms. Janet  Sessa
    Director of Children's Ministries

    Ms_Janet@nhccftl.org

    Ms. Sessa leads chapel on Wednesday mornings for the preschool and Friday mornings for the elementary school. She is the ambassador of our prayer ministry. She holds a Degree in Early Childhood Development.


  • Mrs. Charlene  Walters
    Preschool Teacher

    cwalters@nhcsftl.org

    Mrs. Walters is a Bahamian native who migrated to Florida in 1982. She is married with four children and has been working at New Hope since July 2008. She holds a Child Development Associate from the state of Florida. Mrs. Walters has the biggest heart and loves the children dearly. She is a member of New Hope Community Church, where she serves in the nursery.


  • Rev. Kirby  Williams
    NHCS School Pastor

    pastor@nhcsftl.org

    Pastor Kirby Williams has been the senior pastor of New Hope Community Church since 2004 and serves as School Pastor for New Hope Christian School.