Meet The Staff
Dr. Paula Gorman
Founder & Director
Dr. Paula Gorman started the school in 2004 with a call from God, a belief in what made appropriate education. In the beginning it was only her and 12 students today there are many more teachers and students.
Dr. Gorman has a bachelors degree in psychology, a master in Special Education and a Ph.D in Educational Psychology. Prior to entering into the educational realm, Dr. Gorman worked in Mental Health providing services to children and families. During this time she provided counseling to children and teens and or was an in home support worker for families that were suffering financial hardships and or struggling with parenting skills.
During her tenure in education she has taught at the alternative school, 3rd grade ESE, ESE middle school and ran two educational programs PACE Center for Girls and Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch. Her last secular position was the Boys Ranch where she was the principal. During all of her prior employment Dr. Gorman was noted by her supervisors to have excellent relationships with her students with very few disciplinary issues. Even while working at her first teaching position, the alternative school, the principal asked Dr. Gorman how she could work with the most trying students and yet have the lowest discipline referrals. Dr. Gorman responded: it is easy when you treat your students with respect, believe the best in them, and handle your own problems in class, the student naturally respond well. It is this type philosophy that has produced unprecedented results in her class.
Currently, Dr. Gorman works as both the administrator and math teacher. Dr. Gorman loves math and loves convincing students that while math may not be their favorite subject they can do it. She loves it when a student who struggles with a particular concept gets it and or decides that math is no longer evil but that they like it.
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Guidance and Dual Enrollment Coordinator
Heather Crosier has been teaching at New Generation Christian School since 2006, but in 2016, Ms. Crosier accepted the transition of roles to become New Gen’s Guidance Counselor and Community Services Liaison. Thanks to Ms. Heather, our dual enrolled students are quickly growing in number!
She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Saint Leo University. Before joining the New Generation staff, Heather worked as an Adult and Child Victim Advocate at the North Central Florida Sexual Assault Center and then later as a child victim advocate and counselor in the Voices for Children Program of Suwannee Valley. She is also full time mom to her daughter, Avery.
Ms. Crosier firmly believes that she was guided to New Generation Christian School because that was where she was needed most. She strives not only to be there for your children in an academic capacity, but to always be there to meet their emotional and spiritual needs as well. She has never considered the school to be just a place of employment as the students and staff together are family.
By Jade Bell (New Gen student) as featured in New Gen’s “Just Us” school newsletter:
Her smile is the first thing you see when you enter our school office. She may not be a teacher at New Gen, but Ms. Brenda has the amazing ability to connect with parents and students before any teacher even meets them. She is constantly making sure that she keeps her finger on the pulse of the school. Growing up in Norman Park, Georgia (a small farming community) Ms. Brenda would never have dreamed of the opportunities that God would provide her to come to New Gen School.
Ms. Brenda met Dr. Paula Gorman when her own grandchildren began attending New Gen. She looks back on those days with fondness, “I loved the school and its passion. I knew I had found what I wanted to do with my life.”
When asked what gem of wisdom she could share with us, Ms. Brenda answered, “Follow your dreams. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t… Anything is possible!”
Ms. Brenda is married to Mr. Wayne Overby and has three daughters, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Tammie Hinson works in the front office alongside Mrs. Brenda. She is a kind-hearted individual who dedicates herself to following God’s will for her.
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I have a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education, Masters in Educational Leadership, and Endorsement for ESOL.
I received my degrees from the University of South Florida
I was born in Pittsburg, PA. At a young age we moved to Columbus, Ohio where I graduated from Franklin Heights High School , met and married my husband Robert. I have three children, After getting my AA degree at Edison Community College, I enrolled in the teaching program at the University of South Florida. After graduation, I was hired as a 4th grade teacher at J. Colin English Elementary where I did my internship.
I have taught for 30 years in both public and private education and have taught mostly elementary students including the exceptional education population. During my educational career I started a Young Astronauts program for 3-5th graders and they attended the International Space Convention in Orlando, Fl where they met many astronauts from the US and Japan. I also was a presenter for many Science Teacher Conventions throughout the United States. In 2018 I was then hired by New Generation and have taught 2nd level for 2 years.
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I have been a teacher for 6 years. I taught students who suffered from Emotional & Behavioral Disorder (EBD) at Pathway Academy, and Trainable Mentally Handicapped (TMH) students at Columbia High School (CHS). This is my third year at New Generation Chrisian School. I love working with elementary aged children as I feel these years are the building blocks of everything to come. On a more personal note, I graduated from Columbia Senior High (CHS) in 1980. I returned to school in the Fall of 2007 and received my Associate of Arts (AA) Degree from Florida GateWay College. In 2010, I enrolled at St. Leo University and received a Bachelor Degree in Psychology in 2012. I am married and have two children and three beautiful grandchildren. I am passionate about teaching because it is my “Calling”. When I am not teaching, it is all about the family!
My name is Becky Love. My husband, who is a pastor, teaches Chapel and PE for us. We have been married for thirteen years. We have three beautiful children, ages 11, 8, and 7. My mom, who was a teacher for 34 years, instilled the importance of education in me. Because of her, I wanted to become a teacher at a young age. After high school, I attended the local community college, and then went on to attend the University of North Florida. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and I have my Professional Educator’s Certificate for grades 1-6. I taught for ten years in a variety of settings (private, public, and charter schools). During those ten years of teaching, I taught a variety of grades and subjects. After those years, God gave me the wonderful opportunity to stay home and raise my children until they were school age. I have been teaching at New Generation for the past four years. I love teaching at New Gen because we are able to teach students at their level, not where they “should” be. I also love teaching at New Generation because I get the chance to teach students about God’s love.
My name is Jason Love. My wife, Becky, is an intermediate teacher at New Gen. We have three beautiful children, ages 11, 8, and 7. I teach PE for the elementary department, Chapel for elementary, middle, and high school, and drive the school van. I have been preaching for 23 years. I attended the District School of Ministry, and was ordained with the Assemblies of God.
Hello! My name is Yomaris Vega and I’m blessed to be a part of this team. This will be my 5th year teaching, yet 2nd year in Upper Elementary. My heart’s ambition is to inspire children, encourage, help them grow in knowledge and overcome obstacles. I am currently on route to earning my professional teaching certification in spite of earning my bachelors in Sciences with specialization in Microbiology in 2012 . I believe God led me to the path of teaching because his plans are always greater than mine will ever be. I am loving every moment of this journey and hope you will too!
Hello, I’m Rachael Hartley and I am the Middle and High School science teacher. While teaching science is my my life’s passion, I also have two dogs and a sphynx cat that I love dearly, and I have an amateur interest in zoology and space science.
I will graduate in August 2020 with my Master’s of Education in Instructional Design, and love organizing fun, creative lessons for my science students! I have a passion for helping my students succeed in all areas of their lives–academic, emotional and spiritual. I am excited to be fulfilling that passion at New Generation.
My name is Ana Dryden. I am married to my wonderful husband Jed and we have two amazing boys Conner and Braddock. I have been coaching within the community for 15 years and counting, and part of that has been here at New Generation Christian School. I have a four year degree from St. Leo University that has provided me with the skills I need in a classroom setting when I am not on the field with the students. I love teaching at New Generation because of the strong relationships and the tight bonds we create with the students in our smaller class settings. It really allows me to focus on each child’s abilities to help them manifest self love and confidence within themselves.
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My name is Linda Thompson, and I teach Math to Middle School students (6th-8th grades). I was born and raised in Live Oak, Florida. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Saint Leo University. I have one son, Jackson Thompson, who keeps me very busy.
I believe that every student can succeed. All children can learn though not at the same time or in the same way. I feel that learning should be interesting and fun. I include hands on activities and playing games that will enhance the skills taught. I create an atmosphere where the student feels that their thoughts and opinions are valued. I believe that every student should be treated as an individual and that every individual deserves excellence in education.
I enjoy working at New Generations for many reasons. I enjoy smaller class sizes. With smaller class sizes, students receive more individualized attention. The students are able to have a more personal connection with the teacher and other students. I also enjoy being able to read Bible stories, take prayer requests, and allow students to pray during the school day. We also say the blessing every day before lunch. The staff at this school are great. I love being part of the New Generation family!
My name is Bobbie Kelly. I teach high school English. I was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Lake City, FL. I am a single mother of two very wonderful daughters. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with Social Science and a Masters in Education with Family and Community Services. I plan to expand my education further with a Doctorate in Education.
I started out working in education ten years ago and have had the opportunity to explore a variety of age groups and aspects of teaching. Teaching became a passion for me at a young age with the help of a very special teacher who saw my potential. I feel that each student is unique and needs to be taught in a way that they can be successful.
Coming to New Generation has been a blessing. I really love our atmosphere and dedication to ensuring each child is able to graduate. I also love having the ability to develop a more personal and deeper connection with each of my students, getting to know them outside of the learning field. This connection makes the learning process smoother. It also gives the teachers a better understanding of the student and vise versa.
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My name is Faith Bell, and I have been a part of New Gen’s family since 2013. Unlike many of our other faculty members, I actually started off as a middle school student. During high school, I worked hard to be able to graduate with my high school diploma and my Associate’s degree at the same time! Shortly thereafter, the founder (Mrs. Paula Miller) offered me a position in Primary Elementary as a paraprofessional, where I discovered my love for teaching, loving, and helping children within a school setting.
While working as a paraprofessional, I attended night classes at Saint Leo University. After two years, I was able to graduate with my Bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology in the Spring of 2020. At this point, my journey at New Gen was not over. Mrs. Paula offered me a teacher position in Primary Elementary! Ecclesiastes 3 states that there is a time and a season for everything within our lives, and it is now time for me to step up as a teacher to instill a love for learning and reading within our young students. God has truly blessed all of my years here at New Gen, both as a student and a staff member; and I look forward to my future as a Primary teacher!
Teaching for me began in high school, where I taught my fellow classmates the basics of photography while working on our nationally recognized yearbook staff. Right out of high school, I attended Johnson Bible College, completing my Bachelors of Science in Bible and Missions. Many years later, I attended Western Governors University and received my teaching degree, stopping just shy of my Master’s Degree. I have taught at many different schools in California, Montana, Maryland, and Kentucky. I am now married to a wonderful Christian man who completes my life, and have 1 biological son and several step children. Throughout my 15 year span of formal teaching in adulthood, I have seen many inspiring stories played out in students’ lives. Through it all, God has lead me to this place, New Generation. I have never in my life worked at such a place where Jesus’ commandments are lived out daily, which is in no small part due to Ms. Paula’s leadership. Students find their place and their voice here. Diversity is accepted and encouraged, as we are all a part of God’s master plan.
My name is Dawn A. Frye, and I have been teaching high school math here at New Generation School since January 2019. I was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, then lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for 27 years. While there, I received my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Chester University, then my Masters degree in Educational Administration from Shippensburg University. In addition, I took several math education courses at Penn State University. I have 2 sons, 23 and 30, back in PA. I also have 2 beautiful grandbabies.
I have been teaching for over 20 years. Education is my passion. Math is also my passion. I love teaching at New Generation because here, all students have a chance to succeed.
Schara Wilson attended and graduated from Columbia Senior High School. Afterward, she attended Florida Gateway College and also Edward Waters College, graduating with her Bachelors in Business. She has worked in the Columbia County School System since 2008. She is honored to have served as Paraprofessional Tutor and substitute teacher at Five-Points Elementary, Melrose, Eastside, and also Niblack Elementary. She continued her teaching at Richardson Middle School as an English Teacher and has also taught at Baker County Jail due to her passion for wanting to serve her community. Her passion to teach and help students continues at New Generation Christian School where she teaches Science and Social Studies. She encourages students to, work hard and not to give up and also reminds them that with God all things are possible in order to achieve their dreams.
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My name is Rebecca Bell, and I am currently the Reading Interventionist at New Generation. I absolutely love my job and getting to pour knowledge and love into each of the students I see. I love New Gen because we are more than just teachers and students. We are able to build connections with the students and show them they are more than their grades or what others have told them. We are a family. I am currently finishing up my Associates Degree at Florida Gateway College and my major is Educational Psychology. I will be graduating and spring of 2021 and then I will be getting my bachelors.
My name is Brenna Gray. I am 22 years old and have been a paraprofessional for a year now at New Generation Christian School. Long before they hired me to be a part of their staff, I was actually a high school student here. When my old school closed down, two very good friends of mine talked my mom into sending me to New Gen where I started my 10th-grade year. I actually met my now-husband at New Generation shortly after I began attending the school! After I graduated from high school, I took a couple of years to really focus myself and pray about what I wanted to do with my life and the upcoming future. While I was waiting on God’s discernment, one of the teachers from New Gen hired me to be a babysitter for her kids. Then I was hired to be a homeschool teacher before New Gen reached out to me in search of an intermediate paraprofessional and art teacher. This school has changed my life in more ways than one. When I was being interviewed, I admitted that I had a very tough couple of surgeries the month before and was having to undergo heavy treatments that made me physically ill and unable to work immediately. Even though they were in great need of a para, they were so accommodating to me and my needs first, which let me know that they truly cared about the wellbeing of their staff. My coworkers are awesome and there is never a dull moment with them. I love New Gen and the kids I work with, and I now understand God’s calling on my life is to work and help kids reach their highest potentials.