TRISHA MCKENZIE

Principal/High School Administrator

TrishaMrs. McKenzie came to love CLA first as a teacher in 2010. She has a Bachelors of Science with, a double major in Social Science Education and History. Mrs. McKenzie accepted the position of, CLA principal in 2012, and continues to teach upper school classes. Additionally, she serves as guidance counselor and head of our career research and internship program for high schoolers.  She is so thankful for the community and culture of involved and supportive parents, fantastic students, and dedicated staff. She has 3 daughters who all attend CLA. tmckenzie@clatallahassee.org

TINA HINTON

Vice Principal/Lower School Administrator

tinaTina Hinton has been a part of CLA admin staff since the school’s beginning in 2009. Mrs. Hinton graduated from FSU with a Bachelors of Arts degree with a double major in English and Spanish. Her passion is to work with the CLA parents as they pursue God and work toward raising godly kids. She teaches upper school classes, and has 3 children, with 2 currently attending and 1 is a CLA alumni. thinton@clatallahassee.org

HEIDI STIDHAM

Middle School Administrator

heidiHeidi Stidham has been at CLA since 2014 as a middle school teacher. In 2016 she joined our admin staff as the administrator for our middle school program. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Alabama with a certification in Secondary Education in English/Language Arts. Heidi and her husband Nathan have one daughter, Lacey, who is a CLA student. Mrs. Stidham loves the spirit of teamwork at CLA which helps students achieve goals in academics, leadership, and growing into godliness. hstidham@clatallahassee.org

SANDY HALL

Assistant Lower School Administrator

Mrs. Hall joined the CLA staff in 2017 as our Fifth-Grade teacher and transitioned in 2018 to Assistant Lower School Administrator. Mrs. Hall has served many years teaching and administrating for a variety of ages, subjects, and grades in many different school settings. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She loves being a part of the team of CLA because of the close partnership between parents, teachers, and administration, the nurturing environment, and the commitment to excellence in academics, leadership development, character training, and spiritual development. shall@clatallahassee.org

CHRIS MAIGNAN

Athletic Director

sandraChris Maignan joined the CLA community in 2017 as the Athletic Director and upper school physical education teacher. He is originally from Miami, Florida and graduated from The   University of Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Fitness and Wellness. During his time at The University of Florida, he walked onto the football team in 2011. Mr. Maignan’s passion is to provide CLA students and the community with opportunities to develop and strengthen their leadership skills through athletics and fitness. cmaignan@clatallahassee.org

BECKY STARNES

Business Administrator

sandraBecky Starnes joined CLA in 2013 as the parent of a 3rd grade son, and has two older children as well. She worked as a substitute teacher and joined the CLA team as an assistant teacher in 2016. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University. In 2017, Becky served as Registrar, though she has recently transitioned into a new role as Business Administrator. She has loved being a part of the CLA community because the teachers and staff work diligently to help each student be the best they can be both spiritually and academically. bstarnes@clatallahassee.org

What Makes CLA Unique?

COMBINING CLASSROOM AND AT-HOME LEARNING

We are an educational model that combines classroom and at-home learning. The best of both worlds. This result is a well-balanced education tailored to the student’s individual needs.[

PARENTAL SUPPORT

Our heart is to provide help to those parents desiring to be involved in the education of their children. Parents of every educational background can teach their children with the help of CLA. Teaching a student may seem intimidating to those without experience, but parents only need to care about their children to be able to instruct them. You can depend on the teacher’s lesson plans. Parents can be involved in an academic program with the child(ren) and still enjoy a high level of support and accountability in the process

FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP

Our unique Leadership Program focuses on ten Leadership qualities that help to produce a generation of Godly leaders that will affect our homes, our communities and our world. Not only are students taught and trained in the character traits of godly leaders, but they are also given opportunities to practice these leadership skills in service projects that they themselves plan and execute. Along the way, students are also coached in habits that make leaders highly effective in what they do.

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY SCHOOL?

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

We started with a bold new vision, and saw an idea whose time had come.

We challenged the boundaries of the status quo, and looked for innovative solutions to meet the academic and nurturing needs of today’s busy families.

We explored the natural connection between church, school and home and discovered an exciting, new, more effective way to weave these ancient pillars of community together.

We took the best of home schooling and group schooling and created a new educational model that gives parents the ability to be involved in an academic program with the child(ren), and still enjoy a high level of support and accountability in the process.  We have added in program options to make sure that any family, regardless of finances and work schedules, can participate in and enjoy the benefits of this educational community.

We call it Community Leadership Academy!