Mrs. Chasity Branham
Get to know Mrs. Branham
- BA, University of South Florida (1995)
- JD, Stetson College of Law (1997)
- Middle School Law
- Criminal Justice / AM. Courts
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Lakeland Christian SchoolOne of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.
WHAT LED YOU TO LAKELAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL?
My own children began attending LCS in Kindergarten many years ago. As they continued into middle school and high school, I became aware of a program called Florida Related Education that hosted a “High School Mock Trial” competition each year. I had previously coached at a local school and began to think that LCS may be interested in such a fantastic opportunity for our students. Mrs. Jennifer Canady with RISE paved the road for us to contact interested students here and the Lakeland Christian School Mock Trial Team was birthed. It was such an amazing experience for all involved – the students, the parents, the school, and myself. I continued in that capacity (coaching after school during the season) until last year when the school decided to offer some law electives to the high school students. It has been fantastic teaching issues like Business Law, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law to interested students.
God intersected my love of being a practicing attorney and trial work with the opportunity to pass my love for the law and my love for my Heavenly Father onto students daily by seating them before me in a classroom at Lakeland Christian School.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO TEACH IN YOUR CLASS?
As a former Prosecutor here in Polk County, the trial process was my most enjoyable aspect of the courtroom. In my classroom, I love to share the pieces of a trial and the purpose of a trial with my students. My most favorite part in the classroom is then to watch as these students (high school and middle school) apply what they have learned by putting all the pieces of a trial together and creating the entire puzzle. They enjoy being jurors, attorneys, witnesses, judges, and bailiffs.
WHAT IS ONE FUN FACT THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
One thing most people don’t know about me was that while I was in law school at Stetson College of Law, I was also employed as a certified law enforcement officer with the Lakeland Police Department. I learned things in that capacity that all my years of higher education had not prepared me for. It was truly one of the most educational (and eye opening) experiences I have ever had and gives me far greater respect for our law enforcement officers than I had prior to walking a season in their shoes so to speak.