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Rev. Tod Brainard, Pastor and President

Pastor Tod Brainard came back to Santa Rosa Christian School in 1987 as teacher after attending and graduating from SRCS in 1982. He has 34 years of teaching and administrative experience in Christian Education, including Music, Bible and History on the elementary and secondary levels. He currently holds an AACS Professional Teaching Certificate in Bible and Music Instruction. In addition to his duties at SRCS, Pastor Brainard serves as President of the Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools, Inc. of Florida and serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Association of Christian Schools, Inc. Pastor Brainard attended Santa Rosa Christian College for two years and graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Sacred Music with a Bible minor. He also holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. He enjoys his pastoral ministry at Grace Bible Church, working in his yard, fishing, reading, and spending time with his family. His favorite verse of Scripture is Philippians 3:10: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.”

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Dr. Adam Watt, Administrator

Dr. Watt serves as Administrator of SRCS and Assistant Pastor of Grace Bible Church. He has 18 years of teaching experience, and has taught a variety of secondary courses including Bible, the Sciences, History, English/Literature, higher Maths, and Spanish. Dr. Watt also leads the accreditation process at Santa Rosa Christian and has served on several accreditation teams for the AACS. His degrees include Bachelor of Theology from Foundations Theological Seminary, Master of Theological Studies from Louisiana Theological Seminary, Education Specialist in Education Leadership from Pensacola Christian College and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Pensacola Christian College where he also serves as an adjunct assistant teaching professor. He holds a Lifetime Teaching Certificate in Bible and Administration. Dr. Watt enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and participating in mission work when possible. His favorite verse is Galatians 2:20: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." 

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Michelle Cox, Assistant Administrator

Mrs. Cox has been involved in Christian education since 2012 and this is her first year at SRCS. She has a Bachelors in Communication and a Masters in English Education from Pensacola Christian College with certifications in Administration and Secondary Education. She began teaching and working in accreditation processes in Tennessee, where she developed the desire to work in administration. After moving with her family to Florida, she served as a principal for two years before joining the SRCS staff. Mrs. Cox enjoys sports, coaching, graphic design and video editing. Her life verses are Romans 4:20-21.


Doris Peppard, Registrar & School Principal

Mrs. Peppard came to SRCS as a fourth grade student in 1962 and was a member of the first graduating class in 1971. She has 44 years of teaching and administrative experience. After graduating from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (1975), Mrs. Peppard earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College in 2007. She also holds an AACS Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education. In addition to serving as the school registrar, Mrs. Peppard also teaches a variety of Academy classes. She has three children and six grandchildren. Her favorite verse of Scripture is Romans 8:28: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

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David Dare, Secondary Academy Principal 

Mr. Dare graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College. He first began teaching as a sixth-grade teaching assistant in a deaf school in Lima, Peru in 2015.  He also taught sixth grade for a semester at Pensacola Christian Academy.Now in his third year at SRCS, Mr. Dare has taught third-grade, middle school Science, Math, and Bible classes. He serves as the academy principal and teaches Bible, Spanish 2, and American Sign Language. Mr. Dare’s hobbies include sports such as soccer and disc golf, puzzles, LEGO, and ‘dad jokes.’ His favorite chapter is Psalm 1 where one can find the “blueprints for blessings.” These verses state, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish." Mr. Dare is certified in elementary education and is currently completing a masters in educational administration.

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Victoria Bennett, Elementary Coordinator, Middle School Bible & History

Mrs. Bennett received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College with a minor in vocal performance. She completed a half-year internship at Pensacola Christian Academy and holds an AACS Professional Certification in Elementary Education. Mrs. Bennett taught Fourth Grade at SRCS for four years before becoming Elementary Coordinator. Her favorite verse is I Corinthians 9:19: "For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more." Her goal is to put aside selfishness and serve others while demonstrating Christ through her life.

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Devin Brainard, Secondary Social Studies

Mrs. Brainard teaches Secondary History at SRCS. She has five years of teaching experience and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of West Florida with a Minor in Professional Education. She holds an AACS Teaching Certificate in History. As an alumni of Santa Rosa Christian, Devin has enjoyed returning to teach in the Academy. Her favorite verse of Scripture is Psalm 73:28: "But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works."

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Denise Jernigan, Middle School & High School

Mrs. Jernigan has 11 years of teaching experience. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from WGU. She has four children and three grandchildren. She is teaching High School English and 6th grade Bible as well as coaching the Lady Eagles volleyball team. One of her favorite Scripture verses is "God is my strength and power: and He maketh my way perfect (II Samuel 22:33)."

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Noah Edmondson, Secondary History, Athletic Director

This is Mr. Edmondson's third year teaching at SRCS. He received a Bachelor's Degree in History Education with a minor in Physical Education from Pensacola Christian College and graduated in 2021 with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. He teaches Middle and High School history classes at SRCS as well as middle school P.E. One of Mr. Edmonson's favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40: 31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

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Esther Dare, Secondary Math and Writing

Mrs. Dare graduated from Shawnee Baptist College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Math and English Education. She taught for two years in Ohio and homeschooled her children for four years. She is currently teaching Secondary Mathematics and a few other classes at SRCS. One of her favorite verses is Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

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Cynthia Cook, Secondary Bible

Mrs. Cook homeschooled her five children for 12 years through the Abeka curriculum. She began teaching at SRCS in 2017 and has taught different classes ranging from elementary through high school. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with an Associates Degree in Legal Office Administration. Mrs. Cook's life verse is Luke 1:37, "For with God nothing shall be impossible."

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Quinn Robinson, Secondary Science

Mrs. Robinson is in her first year teaching Biology and Life Sciences at SRCS. She recently graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a Minor in Biological Studies. Mrs. Robinson is passionate about exploring God's wonderful creation, especially the human body, and one of her favorite Bible verses is Psalm 139:14, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."

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Garrett Snider, Secondary Grammar

This is Mr. Snider's first year teaching at SRCS. He hold a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a focus on English and Spanish from Pensacola Christian College.  One of his favorite verses is 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

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Ashley Ditmore, Fifth Grade

After homeschooling her own children for several years, Ms. Ditmore is a fourth year teacher at SRCS. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Elementary Education. She is involved in her local church and enjoys helping in the ladies' Sunday School class as well as children's class. Two of her favorite Bible verses are Exodus 14:14 and Jeremiah 29:11.

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Kyleen EvansFifth Grade

Mrs. Evans is a third year teacher at SRCS. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with cum laude honors and a Master of Science degree in Education Administration summa cum laude honors from Indiana Baptist College. She has taught various grades and age levels, and homeschooled her children for five years in Connecticut and Indiana. Her favorite verse is  I Peter 5:7, "Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you." 

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Shannon Breedlove, Fourth Grade

Mr. Breedlove is a 4th grade teacher at SRCS, and has seven years of experience in education. He has an associate degree in Church Ministries and is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree. Mr. Breedlove loves teaching, studying his Bible, being a husband, father and serving at church. His favorite Bible verse is Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” 

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Kabrina Boone, Third Grade

Ms. Boone is a third grade teacher in her first year at SRCS. Her teaching experience began as early as middle school in her church's Sunday school ministry. She was heavily involved in 4H throughout high school in Montana and later became a county ambassador. Ms. Boone received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College where she also volunteered in the Campus Churches children’s ministry. Her life verse is Psalms 56:13 which reads, “For thou hast delivered my souls from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” 

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Melinda Bates, Third Grade

Mrs. Bates has been an elementary teacher for over 25 years with experience in many states due to being member of a military family. After teaching 6th grade for 7 years at Santa Rosa Christian School, Mrs. Bates moved to 3rd grade. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a  Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Southeastern University with Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Magna Cum Laude). Two of her favorite verses of Scripture are Philippians 3:13-14 and Isaiah 40:31. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."


Karaline Hill, Second Grade

Ms. Hill graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood. This is her first year teaching at SRCS. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139:9-10, "If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me and thy right hand shall hold me."

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Elli Hilsher, Second Grade

This is Ms. Hilsher's first year teaching at SRCS. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with and degree in Elementary Education after completing a first grade teaching internship there. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:8. She is praying for things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report in second grade this year.

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Sarah PerezFirst Grade

Sarah Pereze is a first grade teacher at SRSC.  She graduated Pensacola Christian College with her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Smolinski's favorite verse is Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life."

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Jennifer Gordon, First Grade

Mrs. Gordon began teaching kindergarten in 1999 in South Dakota. She has teaching experience in many states due to being a military spouse. Mrs. Gordon has taught in public, private and home-school settings. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Black Hills State University, Suma Cum Laude and current teaching certificates in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Florida. She was a missionary in both Africa and Australia and grew up serving Christ with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Her favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths."

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Mary Dare, Kindergarten

Mrs. Dare graduated with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood education from Pensacola Christian College. She taught a combined class of 1st and 2nd grade before assisting in 2nd grade at SRCS. This is her second year teaching Kindergarten at SRCS. Her favorite Bible verse is ““The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:8

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Talya Cook, Kindergarten

Miss Cook has two years of experience working at Santa Rosa Christian Learning Center. She helped teach classes k2-k4 while at the learning center. She is currently working on her associates degree in Biblical Studies. She is very excited to be teaching Kindergarten for a second year. Her favorite verse in the Bible is Psalm 46:10,
"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."

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Kelly Carey, Elementary Physical Education

Mrs. Carey was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. She grew up playing all kinds of sports and enjoying the outdoors. She recently moved to Milton with her husband and three sons. Before Santa Rosa Christian School Mrs. Carey was part of a classical education curriculum homeschool program. Being involved as a teacher with that group, and a youth group/ children’s church leader has made her realize her passion for instructing the next generation. Her Favorite Scripture is Romans 8:1-2 which states, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death."

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Jenna Statt, Music

Mrs. Statt teaches music at SRCS. She is beginning her fourth year of teaching and her third year at SRCS. Mrs. Statt teaches Elementary general music classes, Middle and High school choir and private lessons. Mrs. Statt holds a Master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in piano and has 20 years of experience with her instrument. Mrs Statt’s desire is to cultivate a well-rounded, biblical approach to her music classes and private lessons. Along with a solid musical foundation, students will be taught how to appreciate, enjoy and ultimately use music as a means to glorify God. Mrs Statt’s life verse comes from Psalms 104:33, “I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”


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Debra Smith
Administrative Assistant
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Brenda Whitney
Church/YAC Secretary
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Eva Brainard
School Secretary
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Norma Schmitz
Food Service
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Roger Brainard
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