Elton Brooke, Principal/Director of Guidance
Elton Brooke has been the Principal/Director of Guidance at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2004. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (Church Ministries) from Southeastern University in 1991; a Master of Arts in Education (Counseling) from Argosy University in 1995; and a Doctor of Education (Organizational Leadership) from Argosy University in 2002. For the past 28 years, he has served in various capacities of Christian ministry and education: a youth pastor 1983-1989; Christian higher education student life and administration 1989-2001; and Christian secondary education 2001 – present.
Dr. Brooke has a passion to see students grow and mature into people who follow Christ while being a positive influence in society. Dr. Brooke enjoys playing golf and chess, reading, walking, and working on small woodworking projects. He has been married for 38 years to Donna, and they have 1 daughter, a son-in-law, one grandson and another due in May 2011. His life verse is: He has told you, O man, what is good: And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
Troy Boyer, Director of Athletics
Troy Boyer is the Athletic Director of Seacoast Christian Academy. Mr. Boyer started and has developed the sports program now for 11 years. Prior to SCA he was the Athletic Director at Grace Christian Academy. He is also ACSI Certified.
Mr. Boyer has been married for 17 years to his High School sweetheart. They are blessed to have 3 children, two of which are involved in the sports program at Seacoast. He has been a member and active participant of Grace Fellowship Church for the past 16 years.
I love to be with the teams and watch the students grow up to be young men and women. I really like that God has allowed me to be part of their lives. This is the best part about Seacoast. We are not so big that I don’t get to know almost all the students, if they play sports or not. I treat them all like they are my own children.
Kimberly Hale, Administrative Assistant
Kimberly Hale began working at SCA in 1995. She has worked in several areas of this school, beginning in the preschool to her present job as Administrative Assistant. She is married with one child who graduated from SCA in 2008. Mrs. Hale is a non-denominational believer in Christ. She enjoys, among other things, kayaking and hiking. Not only does Mrs. Hale believe that SCA was a wonderful educational environment for her daughter, but that the caring, loving staff at this school made a large difference as well. Her favorite quote is “You can never get enough of the things you don’t need, because the things you don’t need never satisfy.” Marvin Ashton
Samuel Armstrong, HS History
Samuel Armstrong has been teaching at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2005. He brings to the high school a wealth of experience in both teaching and ministry. Mr. Armstrong has served over 35 years as a Pastor in six churches. He has attended the University of Memphis, Evangel University, and Central Bible College. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible. Mr. Armstrong has a unique approach to illustrating history to young people. He believes that history is not properly understood unless students see the “God Connection” in history.
His classes (Grades 9-12) include American History, World History, World Cultural Geography, Economics, and American Government. Mr. Armstrong also coordinates several of the major school field trips each year.
Mr. Armstrong enjoys sports (Yankee games), concerts, movies, and Orlando Theme Parks. He and his wife, Judy have been married for over 35 years and have one daughter, Samantha. They both are teachers at SCA Elementary. He and his family have a passion to see students excel academically and be transformed by the power of the Gospel. Mr. Armstrong believes in God’s purpose and destiny for each student. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Paul Halstead, HS Bible
Paul Halstead began working for Seacoast Christian Academy in the fall of 2005. Since then, he has been teaching High School Bible and Leadership classes as well as Health/Life Management. He also coordinates the chapel programs for both our Upper and Lower schools. Mr. Halstead received his Bachelor’s Degrees from Kentucky Christian University in Business Administration and Biblical Studies. Before coming to SCA, He served as the Director of Recruitment for Farsight Christian Mission in Haiti and then as a Youth and Music Minister for two churches here in Jacksonville FL.
Mr. Halstead has a teacher certification through ACSI in Biblical Studies. Paul is married to his wife Jamie and God has blessed them with 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls. He has been raised and studied in the non-denominational church. His favorite hobbies are playing basketball, traveling around the world, service project mission trips, and playing the guitar.
Having four of his own children involved in Seacoast Christian Academy, the first thing that he usually brings up when people ask about the school, is the great atmosphere that is present within the student body. He feels that, even though we come from all corners of Jacksonville (and the world), from all kinds of backgrounds, the students and staff really come together to create a great place to learn and grow.
Scott Looker, HS English
Scott Looker has been the high school English teacher as Seacoast Christian Academy since 2007. In addition to teaching all of the English classes, he has also taught Speech, Debate, Creative Writing, and Advanced Placement courses. He graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1999 and, three years later, earned a Masters in Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Mr. Looker is married with four children, two of which attend Seacoast.
He is priest-in-residence at Church of the Messiah, a parish in the Charismatic Episcopal Church and has published several works including a variety of articles, a, diocesan Confirmation curriculum, and a textbook for American Literature currently being used in the eleventh grade English class.
Once every three years, when he has some free time, he enjoys coaching crew with the Jacksonville Rowing Club. When asked what he wanted prospective parents to know about Seacoast Christian Academy, Mr. Looker replied, “The best compliment I’ve received since being here came when my own daughter was complaining about writing essays in my class. An alumni who happened to have returned to campus (they never really leave, you know) looked at her and said, ‘You be quiet. Mr. Looker knows how to teach writing. My essays in college are a breeze because I had him teach me how to write.” His favorite passage from Scripture comes from Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Stacy Simpson, HS Science
Stacy Simpson has been at Seacoast Christian since its inception. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University Wisconsin Superior, ACSI Certified, and teaches Biology, Anatomy, Physical Science, and Marine Biology at SCA. She has worked in various places that she believes God used to prepare her for her career in teaching. She was a laboratory technician at FISH Analytical Services, where they determined fat and cholesterol contents for FDA labeling requirements.
That experience helped her understand laboratory procedures and enabled her to teach great lab practices in her classroom. Mrs. Simpson is married with four children and one granddaughter. Her family attends Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church, where Her husband is able to fill in as pastor/Sunday school teacher.
Her favorite pastimes include scrap booking, going to the beach, traveling, and above all spending time with her grandbaby. A favorite quote of hers actually came from her trip to Kennedy Space center which says “Failure is not an option!” She has a poster displayed in her classroom for all of her students to see.
If she could let the parents know one thing, it would be how much she truly loves their children and that she strives to show the love of Jesus in her actions.
Mrs. Simpson believes that they are not here to just give the students the facts of each subject they teach, but they also teach integrity, compassion and tools that will help them as they grow into young adults. She also hopes that her actions are such that the students know that they can come to her with questions or concerns about temptations that bombard young people without being ridiculed or judged.
Karen Bean, MS English/HS ASL I, II
Karen Bean received her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from the University of North Florida with a track of Deaf Studies in April of 2005. She is ACSI certified in Secondary Language Arts. Mrs. Bean started working at Seacoast as a K4 teacher in August of 2005.
After a year of teaching K4, she was hired for the ILC position in the middle school, where she taught for three years.
Currently Mrs. Bean is the middle school Language Arts teacher and the high school American Sign Language teacher. She is the National Honor Society Adviser and the Varsity Softball Coach at Seacoast.
She is married and has two shih-tzus named Alli and Gator (Alli + Gator = Alligator). Mrs. Bean and her husband are huge Florida Gators fans. They are still looking for a church to call home. Both love to go offshore deep sea fishing in their boat.
Mrs. Bean believes that SCA is a place where you can drop your children off in the morning and know that they are being taken care of mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.
She also thinks that the administration and teachers at SCA really do care about the students academically as well as growing in the Lord and having a closer relationship with Him. They want the students to be productive in today’s society. Her advice to all of her students and softball players is to give everything you do one hundred percent. She also has many favorite quotes, but the two she loves the most are: “God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.” ~J.G. Holland. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~Will Rogers
Donna Brooke, MS Mathematics
Donna Brooke has been a teacher at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2005. She has taught middle school math, science, Study Skills, Bible and Psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southeastern University in 1993. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant and in Accounting. She has also served in various capacities of Christian ministry and education: a youth pastor 1983-1989; Christian higher education student life from 1989-2001; and Christian secondary education 2002 – present.
Mrs. Brooke is married with one daughter and two grandchildren. As a teacher, Mrs. Brooke’s desire is that all her students would recognize the gifts and call they have been given by God. A framed quote given to her by a friend many years ago has been the foundation of her trust in God’s faithfulness. It simply reads, God gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him.
Laura Kenny, MS History
Laura V. Kenny has been teaching at Seacoast Christian Academy since 2004. She is both ACSI and State certified in secondary social science.
Mrs. Kenny is currently the middle school social sciences teacher. In her career she has taught grades 5th through 12th, but believes that her specialty would be middle school. She has always loved teaching middle school because she enjoys helping her students develop skills to transition smoothly into the high school environment.
Mrs. Kenny is married and has 2 sons, 1 step-son and 1 step-daughter. She grew up in Atlantic Beach, graduated from Fletcher High School and Jacksonville University. Although she has both traveled and lived abroad, she returned to north Florida in 2004. She enjoys going to the beach and likes reading and gardening as well. She is a member of Christ the Redeemer Church in Ponte Vedra Beach where her husband pastors the liturgical service. She feels that it is a privilege to teach and with God’s grace, she will have this opportunity the rest of her life. She tells her students, “I am growing young ladies and gentlemen.” She also states that she cannot think of a more rewarding occupation.
Sherry Barton, MS/HS Art
Sherry Barton started at SCA in 2004 as the Art resource teacher for all class levels. She worked in the private sector for 20 years as Creative Director and Director of Product Development for US based companies that operated throughout Southeast Asia, India, and the Pacific Rim counties. One of her responsibilities was establishing creative departments and standards for manufacturing giftware products by training artists in many varied aspects of manufacturing throughout these regions. Her family is in Jacksonville and South Carolina. She currently attends Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Her hobbies include anything ocean related from boating to beachcombing, gardening, painting, cooking, and traveling to as many different places as possible.
Her Favorite quote: “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” John Ruskin
Her Classroom Creed: “Don’t let your best be killed by good enough!”
Damon Jones, MS Physical Education
Damon Jones is the Head football coach / Assistant basketball coach. He began his career with SCA in 2010. He graduated from Southern Illinois University (97) Consumer Economics and Family Management He also played 5 seasons in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mr. Jones says that he tried corporate America, but then saw the stats of our youth today and how many are not graduating. He then decided that he wanted to do his best to give our youth guidance and structure to be successful after they graduate.
Mr. Jones attends St Paul Missionary Baptist church. His hobbies include Amusement Parks, Concerts and watching sports. His two favorite quotes are: “Success is a journey not a destination” Bob Beaman “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” Vince Lombardi He also states, “Seacoast is on the rise and we are taking our kids to the top. They will soar like Eagles when they leave us.”