Mrs. Kay Henry – Teacher
God has given me several unique teaching opportunities over my last 25 years as an educator. I’ve taught at public schools, private schools, in a migrant community, and even in a traveling carnival! I have been teaching in the early childhood education department at LCS since 2001. The best part of my job is teaching kindergarteners how to read. I am hopeful that God will use me to lay both a spiritual and an academic foundation for my students.
My husband, Rex, and I are committed to LCS. Our two daughters, Lauren and Carrie, both graduated from Lakeland Christian. Lauren is a lawyer, and Carrie is in graduate school earning her master’s degree in social work.
Mrs. Karen Latimer – Teacher
I am an Auburn University graduate who comes from a family of educators who laid a foundation for me as I watched the joy they experienced when teaching students. I am married to Robert, and we have two children, Lauren and Anna, who attend LCS. I have been teaching here since 2005, and it is truly a privilege to teach at a school that puts Christ at the center of its mission in teaching young children. It is so special to work in an environment that feels like family where we can partner with parents and work as a team with other teachers. I also love that God has called me into this profession to help kindergarteners begin to learn how much Jesus loves them and that He has a special plan for their lives. It is an amazing experience to watch young children’s “light bulbs” turn on as they begin to read and connect experiences to their own lives. Their senses of humor and their childlike faith always put a smile on my face as I teach them. Teaching kindergarten gives me a chance to touch lives by laying a foundation for lifelong learning.
Mrs. Beth Burton – Teacher
I grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey, with my parents and brother. I moved to Florida in 1993 and attended the University of South Florida where I played on the women’s golf team and received a BA in sociology. While at USF I met my wonderful husband Eric. We have two beautiful daughters, Abby and Amy, who have attended LCS since kindergarten. As a family, we have fun spending time outdoors in God’s amazing creation and playing with our two schnauzers. I also enjoy cheering on my daughters at their sporting events, exercising, and relaxing with a good book. Our family attends Victory Church. I have been teaching four-year-olds since 2003 with students at College Heights Methodist Preschool, South McKeel Academy, and now, Lakeland Christian. This wonderful journey has provided me with many amazing opportunities and life lessons along the way. I strive to engage my students in many activities that challenge them to learn more about themselves, their world, and their God. It is especially important to me that the children understand that they are unique, special, and able to accomplish anything that they set in their minds to do and work hard to achieve. My goal is that the children who leave my room at the end of the year have grown spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally and are proud of who they are and what they can and will accomplish.
Mrs. Julie Latham – Paraprofessional
Teaching on both sides of the globe has helped me see that children are the same all over the world with their funny quips, their impressionable nature, and their seemingly limitless love for the people around them. I am always amazed at how these young children inspire me and remind me to look at things through their eyes in simple, uncomplicated ways.
I am from the Philippines where I have seven years of experience as a kindergarten teacher in a Christian school. Over the past several years, my husband and I have been actively involved in the children’s ministry of our church, Medulla Baptist. I have also found a new love there: through the prodding of my mother-in-law, I joined the hand bell choir and have enjoyed playing with a group of wonderful women who truly enjoy making music for the Lord.
I believe that wherever God puts me, I should flourish, grow, and strive to have a positive influence on the people around me. I am thankful for the opportunity that LCS has given me to serve and to use my God-given talents to help children.
Mrs. Ashley Webb – Paraprofessional
Teaching has always been a part of my life. My dad was my science teacher in the 6th grade (he retired after 35 years), and my mom was a substitute teacher who would never call on me for fear of showing favoritism! I graduated from Florida Southern College with my BA in communications. I married Gregory Webb who can fix or work anything mechanical, and we have a son, Isaac, who loves to play Nerf wars with his daddy. When Isaac began kindergarten at LCS, the teachers were so warm and loving toward my son and me that I could not leave.
I began substitute teaching at LCS, and a couple of years after that was offered the wonderful opportunity of working in the classroom as a paraprofessional. After one week I knew I was born for this job! I love keeping my teacher organized and doing the small things that bring a smile to a child’s face and that make learning fun. God keeps me running to Him for the energy and grace needed to love these small ones well every day. I am so thankful for the blessing of Lakeland Christian School in the life of my family.
Mrs. Dana Sabat – Paraprofessional
I grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, and attended East Carolina University where I received a degree in Elementary Education. Before I had children, I taught first grade in Texas, kindergarten in Alabama and a three-year-old class at Little Shepherd’s Preschool in Lakeland. I was blessed to be able to stay at home with my children for 11 years. I started at LCS in the fall of 2012 and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Beth Burton in kindergarten. My heart has always been in the classroom, and I am thrilled to be a part of touching the lives of many children both academically and spiritually.
I married my husband John in 1993, and we have three children–Madison, Brantley and Carly–who attend LCS and keep us busy during the evenings and on weekends. We enjoy spending time together and cheering for each other at swim meets, football games and soccer games. Every now and then our family loves to sneak away for a weekend and make memories that will last. Our family attends First Baptist Church at the Mall.