Our Grades And Classes

Pre-K | Kindergarten | First | Second | Third | Fourth | Fifth | Sixth | Seventh | Eighth | Enrichment Day

  • Homeroom Teachers:

  • Welcome to Pre-K

    Julia Bowen

    has been a professional educator since 2007 and a NorthBay teacher since 2008. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University. She graduated cum laude. Julia is energized by her students and loves to teach. She teaches second grade, and first- through fourth-grade History. Her goals include helping students have a love for learning and a love for God through her example. Julia and her husband, Jeff, have attended their church since 2008, and she presently enjoys serving in the children's department and growing with their small group. Julia and Jeff enjoy spending time with family and friends and walking their dog. Favorite verse: Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

     

    Yolanda Corteo

     
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  • Welcome to Kindergarten

    Terri Carrier

    has served as a Kindergarten teacher at NorthBay Christian Academy since 2009 and, prior to that, was a professional teacher for thirteen years. She earned her BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Emporia State University and her Master's Degree in Education from Baker University in Kansas. Terri and her husband, Riley, have two grown daughters and a son who is in high school. Terri and Riley have been active in their church serving as Sunday school teachers, youth leaders and core group leaders. Terri and her daughter are currently facilitating a scrapbooking class at their church as an outreach ministry. Terri enjoys reading, walking, scrapbooking, going to the beach and shelling. Her favorite verse is Isaiah 40:1.

     

    Mara Shelton (teacher assistant)

    has served as a teacher at NorthBay Christian Academy since 2003. Her teaching degree is from Milligan College in Johnson City, TN. She taught in Orlando and North Carolina before moving to Oldsmar in 2003. Her husband, Tommy Shelton, is a youth minister at a local church, where they have been members since 2003. Their two oldest children both attend NorthBay. Mara enjoys reading, watching movies, doing crafts with her children and having date nights with her husband. She is thrilled to be part of the NorthBay community and has a deep desire for young children to grow academically, but more importantly, to see them grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

     
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  • Welcome to the First Grade

    Sharon Karn

    started teaching at NorthBay Christian Academy as a Pre-K teacher in 2001. She then served as the kindergarten teaching assistant for three years while completing her education degree from St. Petersburg College. She graduated with honors in 2005 and began teaching first-grade at NCA after graduation. Additionally, Sharon has a nursing degree and was a substitute teacher for many years at a local Christian school where her children attended. Sharon and her husband, Bud, have been married since 1982 and have four beautiful children. Sharon has been involved in children's ministry for over twenty years. She also was awarded the Teacher of the Month for November 2009 from Gulf Coast Family Magazine. Sharon loves to garden, work with children, decorate and spend time with her close family and friends.

     

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  • Welcome to Second Grade

    Jessica Serrano

     

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  • Welcome to Third Grade

    Beverly Karas

    has served as a teacher at NorthBay Christian School since 2003. She taught first grade for two years and then moved up to third- grade, where she remains at this time. She came to NorthBay with fifteen years of experience in another Christian School as well as a year of tutoring in a public school. Beverly and her husband Dan have one daughter who is also a teacher. Beverly has been involved in various areas of ministries in their church, such as Sunday school teaching, small group leading, serving on the hospitality team, and participating in Bible study groups. Beverly enjoys doing volunteer work at Religious Community Services Food Bank and also the Buzz Thrift Store, a church outreach program. She loves travel, fishing and spending time with her family.

     

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  • Welcome to Fourth Grade

    Sherrie Patterson

    has taught at NorthBay Christian Academy since 2002. She worked as a social worker after getting her BA degree at Florida Southern College. Eventually, after being a stay-at-home mom for a few years, she felt the Lord leading her to go back to school and become a teacher. Her BS degree in Education is from the University of South Florida. She taught for thirteen years in Christian education prior to joining the faculty of NCA and has substituted in the county schools for the last nine years. She and her husband Wayne have two grown sons and a granddaughter. Sherrie and Wayne have been members of their church since 1995, and Sherrie presently serves there as a facilitator of a ladies' evening Bible study group. In addition to her school and church activities, she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her granddaughter Anna, reading novels by Christian authors, and playing games on her Wii. Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

     

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  • Welcome to Fifth Grade & Welcome to Sixth Grade

    Rea Mennenga

    has served as a Middle School teacher at NorthBay Christian Academy since 2008. She came to NorthBay with thirty-six years of teaching experience. Her BS degree in Education is from Corban University in Salem, Oregon. Rea and her husband, Pat, have been instrumental in starting two Christian schools in the Orlando area. Pat is presently the Associate Director for Florida's office of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools, International). Rea and Pat have been members of their church since 1998, and they are Sunday school teachers and small group leaders there. They have three grown children and four grandchildren, all Christian school students! Rea has been a cheerleading coach for thirty-three years and serves on the advisory board and as a Florida representative for FCC (Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders). Her other passions include spending time with her grandchildren, reading, step classes, camping, and the beach. Her life verse is Phil. 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

     

    Suzanna Bonafede

     

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  • Welcome to the Seventh & Eighth Grade

    Larry Lashbrook

    taught at Oak Grove Middle School for forty years and has taught at NorthBay since 2004. He majored in science education and was in the first graduating class at the University of South Florida. Larry has three grown children and ten grandchildren. Larry and his wife Kay are actively involved in their home church, where he is a deacon and an adult Sunday school teacher. At NorthBay, Larry's passion for teaching science, Bible, and math is evident. He is known for motivating students to challenge themselves and for leading stimulating class discussions. One of his favorite scriptures is I Cor. 13:4-7 – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

     

    Mara Shelton (math teacher)

    has served as a teacher at NorthBay Christian Academy since 2003. Her teaching degree is from Milligan College in Johnson City, TN. She taught in Orlando and North Carolina before moving to Oldsmar in 2003. Her husband, Tommy Shelton, is a youth minister at a local church, where they have been members since 2003. Their two oldest children both attend NorthBay. Mara enjoys reading, watching movies, doing crafts with her children and having date nights with her husband. She is thrilled to be part of the NorthBay community and has a deep desire for young children to grow academically, but more importantly, to see them grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

     

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  • Enrichment Day

    Tricia Greene (Enrichment Day Administrator)

    has been a part of NorthBay Christian Academy since 1999, when her older daughter was enrolled as a pre-K student. In 2002, she joined the Enrichment Day staff as a Drama teacher, teaching drama to all grades. In 2003, Tricia's role at NCA expanded to include Enrichment Day Administrator with added responsibilities of leading the Enrichment Day faculty and planning the Enrichment Day schedule and special events. Tricia and her husband, Tim, have been active members of their church for the past thirteen years and enjoy many community activities. Their older daughter is currently in high school and their younger daughter is attending NCA.

     

    Kim Thomas (Administrative Assistant)

    has served as a teacher at NorthBay Christian Academy since 2006. She began as a middle school history, and physical education teacher. In 2008, she began serving as a P.E. teacher, and Office Administrative Assistant. Mrs. Thomas received her BS in Education from UW Madison in 1987 and then her JD from Hamline University of Law in 1992. She practiced criminal and family law for eight years in Minnesota before moving to Florida in 2001. She is also a fitness instructor and personal trainer and participates in triathlons and running races. She and her husband, Rick, have two children who attend NorthBay. They are members of a small, local church where they are active in leadership. Her life verse is Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

     

    Suzanna Bonefede (Elementary Spanish Teacher)

    is also our fifth grade homeroom teacher (please see bio above).

     
      

    Katie Bournival (Middle School Drama)

    studied for two years at Plymouth State University and graduated from Clearwater Christian College with a Bachelor of Science in Music (concentrations in Voice and Piano). Some of her college performance opportunities include a mission trip to South Africa where she taught voice and performed in public and private venues, touring and performing as a guest with the Tampa Bay Master Chorale and Florida Orchestra in major works such as The Lord of the Rings Symphony and Paul Revere's Ride. After college, she began working at a Christian school as an office administrator, director of general music for K-8th grade and co-director of drama for 5th-8th grade. She also offered private voice and piano lessons after school. Some of her stage experience includes student directing a production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardobe at Clearwater Christian College and co-directing Oklahoma! and A Christmas Carol last year at Countryside Christian Academy. Most importantly, she absolutely loves her Savior, her job, and working with kids!

     

    Terri Carrier (Elementary Art Teacher)

    is also our kindergarten homeroom teacher

     

    Nichole Contreras (Spanish Teacher)

     

    Sharon Karn (Elementary Drama Teacher)

    teaches art, Spanish, recess and drama to our Kindergarten class on Fridays.

     

    Tylar Marcial (PE Teacher)

     

    Kevin Patterson (Chapel Leader, Middle School Music and Band Teacher)

    has taught at NorthBay Christian Academy since 2001. Music has always been a major part of his life. He started playing the piano in second grade and now tunes pianos professionally. He has been Steinway-trained in New York and also at Oberlin College. He has tuned for famous artists including Harry Connick Jr, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, and many more. Kevin's primary instrument is the saxophone. From fifth grade through college, he has performed in school concert, marching, and jazz bands. Ever since the eighth grade, he has been a part of worship teams in multiple churches. Kevin has a passion to inspire students to discover their musical talents. He has been happily married to his lovely wife Ruth since 2000, and his daughter Anna was born in 2008. One of Kevin's favorite verses is Romans 8:28.

     

    Tommy Shelton (7th & 8th Grade Bible)

    joined NorthBay's staff in 2010 but has been associated with the school since 2003.  He is excited to be teaching 7th and 8th grade Bible this year.  Tommy attended Milligan College in Johnson City, TN where he majored in youth ministry and has a degree in Film and Video Production from Full Sail University in Orlando, Fl.  He has served as the full time youth minister for Harborside Christian Church for 3 1/2 years.  Tommy's wife Mara also teaches at Northbay and they have 4 beautiful children.  Tommy has a passion for God's word and for sharing the truth of scripture with students.  Tommy enjoys reading, watching movies and is a fierce ping pong player.  He feels honored and privileged to be teaching at Northbay and is excited to see God work in the lives of the students.

     

    Debbie Stratemeyer (Art)

    attended two years of Bible College in Biblical Education, married her college sweetheart, and later attended St. Petersburg College where she received an AA degree while enjoying additional classes in the arts. Since high school, Debbie has been teaching some form of art. Experienced in most art mediums, she prefers mixed media and specializes in photography, including darkroom hand printed and tinted photos. She also teaches or coaches baton twirling, colorguard flags, scrapbooking, and children's craft and cooking classes.

     
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