Principal/Middle School Administrator

Tina Hinton has been a part of CLA administration since the school opened in 2009 and accepted the role of Principal in 2020. Mrs. Hinton has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Spanish. As the Middle School Administrator she works specifically with middle school students, staff, and parents and enjoys watching students discover and develop their individual, God-given gifts. Mrs. Hinton has three children, one in college and two who currently attend CLA. thinton@clatallahassee.org


High School Administrator

Trisha McKenzie came to love CLA first as a parent and a teacher in 2010. She has a Bachelors of Science with a double major in Social Science Education and History. Since 2011, Mrs. McKenzie has fulfilled the various administrative roles of vice principal, principal, and is now serving as high school administrator. In this role, Mrs. McKenzie is able to pursue her passion for teaching and guiding high school students as she teaches World History and the College and Career Research classes. Mrs. McKenzie also serves as guidance counselor and facilitator for our internship program for high schoolers. She is so thankful for the community and culture of involved and supportive parents, fantastic students, and dedicated staff who serve as godly mentors. She has three daughters who have each attended CLA. tmckenzie@clatallahassee.org


Early Childhood Adminstrator

Stephanie Wnuk has been a teacher since 2007 and has been at CLA since 2011. After serving as the preschool director and K4 teacher for many years, she became the Early Childhood Administrator in 2018. She holds an A.S. in Early Childhood Development from TCC. She has her VPK Director Credential and FCCPC. She loves working at CLA because it is truly a community of families and teachers whose mission is to serve God and each other. She has two children, both in college. swnuk@clatallahassee.org


Lower School Administrator

Sandy Hall joined the CLA staff in 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and has served many years teaching and administrating for a variety of ages, subjects, and grades in diverse school settings. She loves being a part of the CLA team because of the close partnership between parents, teachers, and the administration. She enjoys encouraging students, parents, and teachers in their pursuit of excellence in education and their relationship with the Lord. shall@clatallahassee.org


Athletic Director

Chris 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


Business Administrator

Amy Lewis became a part of the CLA community in 2019 after spending 19 years as a home educator for her 2 daughters. She worked as a CLA K4 assistant teacher for one year, then moved into the position of Business Administrator. Amy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from University of West Florida and was previously employed for the State of Florida. She enjoys the community of CLA and being part of a supportive team that wants God’s best for the students. alewis@clatallahassee.org



Tammi Lau joined CLA in 2018. She worked previously in the public school system in Bay and Leon counties as a Registrar and Secretary following time in the classroom as an aide. Tammi is the mom of 3 and grandma of 4 and enjoys taking fun trips to the mountains! She loves being part of the CLA community because she feels they are fulfilling the Word of God to train children up in the way they should go. Prov. 22:6 tlau@clatallahassee.org

What Makes CLA Unique?


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.[


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


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.



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!