Faculty & Staff Directory


Mickey L. Walters

Dr. Mickey L. Walters founded Faith Outreach Christian School in 1984. Dr. Walters attended Moody Bible College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theology. She later received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from IBI. She received her MA in Christian Counseling from Whitfield Theological Seminary in 1990 and also an MA in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Faith Theological Seminary. Dr. Walters is a member of the National Christian Counselors Association and is ordained with the National Christian Conservative Church and Faith Outreach Center.

Julie A. Sierra

Mrs. Sierra has been working at FOA since 1996, the first four of these years as a fifth grade teacher and the remaining years as the principal. She attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She later attended Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a Master of Christian Education. She also teaches the middle and high school students when needed.

Tammie J. Miskiel

Mrs. Tammie J. Miskiel was born in Tampa, Florida. She is a graduate from Leto High School. She received her Bachelor of Christian Education Degree from Faith Theological Seminary & Christian College. Mrs. Miskiel has worked at Faith Outreach Academy since 2001 and currently is one of the Assistant Principals and the Financial/Office Manager.

Simuel Howard

Mr. Howard began teaching at FOA in 2010 working with the middle school and high school students teaching Math, Bible, Science, and Sign Language. Mr. Howard has two Bachelor's Degrees, one in Criminal Justice from USF as well as a Bachelor's of Christian Education Degree from Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College. Mr. Howard is one of the Assistant Principals of Faith Outreach Academy.

Dianne Jackson

Mrs. Jackson has taught preschoolers for over 19 years.  She has taught at FOA for over 9 years.  During this time, she has worked as a K3 teacher, K3/K4 teacher, Aftercare teacher, manager of the Summer Program, and teacher in charge of the Elementary Building.  Mrs. Jackson has an ECA (Early Childhood Associate), which is equivalent to a CDA in Childhood Education.


Telixa Calderon

Mrs. Calderon joined the FOA team in 2015 as an administrative assistant. She has a great passion for helping others and loves serving the students and parents. She is the advisor to the seniors, helping them with various events and activities.

Joselin "Ms. Joy" Brown

Ms. Joy began working at FOA in 2014 in the P.E. department. She has a passion and great creativity for maintaining the school's various multi-media accounts and creating various school publications. 


Josephine Vong
K3 / K4

Mrs. Vong joined FOA in 2018. She is currently our VPK Lead Teacher. She has taught students from infant through 3rd grade for about 13 years. She went to school at Ashford University where she received her undergraduate in Early Childhood Education. Working with children is her passion, so she decided to continue her studies a couple of months later with a Master of Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services from Ashford University.

Michaela Paleveda

Mrs. Paleveda has taught at FOA since 2005. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, third grade and fourth grade. She has been teaching since 1995. Mrs. Paleveda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tampa College in 1990 and her degree in Elementary Education from U.S.F. in 1997. She is returning this year as the Kindergarten teacher.

Yolanda Perez
1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Perez joined FOA in 2006 as a teacher assistant. She returned in 2018 as our first grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in education from Interamerican University in Puerto Rico. Her teaching experience includes both public and private schools. Mrs. Perez is a dedicated educator who has a passion for teaching and seeing her students succeed.

Lindsay Santos
2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Santos has taught at FOA since 2006 as our second grade teacher. She has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. Mrs. Santos has been teaching since 1976 in Puerto Rico, New York and Florida. Mrs. Santos also has been the co-director of some of our Christmas dramas, as well as various other programs.

Lashon Green
3rd Grade Techer

Ms Green joined FOA in 2019 as the third grade teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services/ Early Childhood Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education. She has a passion to teach. She’s been teaching for over 20 years.

Ms. Jones
4th Grade Teacher

Ms. Jones joined FOA in 2019 as our 4 th grade teacher. She graduated from Delaware State
University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and a minor in Education. Ms. Jones has taught
3 rd and 6 th grades. Ms. Jones will be starting to work on her Master’s Degree in Education at
the University of Tampa in the fall. She enjoys coaching cheerleading in her spare time.

Heather Flaschenriem
5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Heather Flaschenriem graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She has taught 1st through 5th grades and has been teaching since 2000. Mrs. Flaschenriem joined the staff of FOA in 2014 teaching third grade and more recently fifth grade.

Iris Burgos
VPK Director

Mrs. Burgos joined FOA in 2019. She is our VPK Director. She has worked in childcare for
more than 39 years with the last 13 years as VPK Director. She has a Bachelor of Arts in
Sociology and Education from Hunter College in New York. In 2009 she was nominated for
director of the year. Mrs. Burgos loves working and serving young children.


Ivelisse Rodriguez
Middle School- English & Elective

Ms. Rodriguez has taught at FOA since 2003. She began as our 5th grade teacher and has taught 4th – 12th grades, as well as being the co-director of our Christmas dramas and other programs. Ms. Rodriguez graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Special Education. Ms. Rodriguez has been teaching students for over 26 years. Ms. Rodriguez will be teaching middle school English, Social Studies and High School Spanish this year.

Christian Padilla
High/Middle School- Math

Mr. Padilla returned to FOA in 2019 teaching middle school Math and Social Studies. He attended William Penn University on a wrestling scholarship where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and General History and Government. Mr. Padilla loves coaching, playing sports, and working with young people.

Grisel Santiago
High School- Math & Science

Mrs. Santiago joined FOA in 2018. She is working with the high school students teaching them Science, Spanish, and various electives. Mrs. Santiago received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from University of South Florida in 1997. She also attended Life Christian University and received a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and a Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling in 2012. She has over 10 years of teaching experience both in the science industry and in the public school system.

Dr. Awilda Pagan-Elliot
Middle School and High School Student Counselor
Dr. Elliot joined FOA in 2016. She began her career at FOA as the Middle School 6th grade teacher and served in that capacity for two years. She now teaches High School English and various electives. 
She earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from John Bay College in New York City. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Counseling from Capella University in 2012. She has been teaching for over 15 years. 
Dr. Elliot has earned a Doctorate Degree in Christian Counseling and is a Minister of Christian Counseling. She  will also be ordained as a Minister by the end of 2020. She currently serves as a Chaplain and ministers in hospitals and nursing homes alongside her husband. 


Gelia Woodward
ESE Department Head

Ms. Woodward has been our lead teacher for our ESE Department since 2012 and works with the elementary school students.  Ms. Woodward received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oakland University and her Master's Degree in Learning and Behavioral Disorders from Buffalo State College.  She has many years of experience in teaching ESE, as well as kindergarten, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades.  She also volunteers in the Special Needs Department at Idlewild Baptist Church and as the Commanding Officer of the Suncoast Squadron, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps for youth ages 10 -18 in Clearwater.

Tammie Wilkie
ESE Teacher

Mrs. Wilkie joined FOA in 2015. She works with middle and high school stuents in the ESE Dept., as well as teaching a variety of classes. Mrs. Wilkie will be joining Ms. Benson in working with the middle school students in the ESE Department.  Mrs. Wilkie received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Social Work, as well as her Master's Degree in Teaching from the University of South Florida.  She has previous teaching experience with second, fifth, and sixth grades.


Simuel Howard
Athletic Director

Mr. Howard is very passionate about sports and seeing students realize they are capable of doing things that they once thought was impossible. Before joining FOA, Mr. Howard coached wrestling for over 5 years and has assisted with conditioning students here at FOA in flag football, volleyball, and basketball. He is proud to have played a small role in helping our 2020 varsity basketball team win the S.C.C. Conference championship.

Irena "Tori" Torrolova
P.E. Teacher / Team Sports

Coach Tori is working on a degree in Physical Education and Communications from Boise State Unversity. Coach Tori is a former FIBA and NCAA Division I player. She was a member of the Bulgarian Jr. and Women's National teams since the age of 13. Coach Tori has made numerous appearances at Final Four World and European Championships. She is a bronze medalist from the Goodwill Games 1990. Coach Tori is a former Athletic director and has coached Basketball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Baseball, and Soccer.


Jean Corsi

Ms. Jean has been  connected with Faith Outreach Center since its founding. She loves the Lord with all of her heart and has a passion for serving. Ms. Jean has five children and 14 grandchildren. She will be returning to FOA this year as our food preparation specialist.

Simethea Reese
HS Lunch
Betty Hall
Elem. Lunch


Mr. Anthony Paschal

Mr. Anthony began working at FOA in 2014. Mr Anthony does an amazing job of making sure that everything is in order at FOA and FOC.