Faculty and Staff


Mrs. Wendy Smiley,  Pre-K

I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica.  My wonderful husband and I have two amazing boys who attend LifePoint Academy (LPA).  I have had the privilege of being a part of the LPA family since 2011.  I have always had a passion for developing young minds and I get to do that everyday as VPK Director and Pre-K Teacher. I realize how important the early years are to the growth and development of each child. I am committed to providing a positive, nurturing and loving environment where children can explore, create and learn with Christ at the center.  In my spare time, I love to spend time with family, sew and decorate. I look forward to helping your children make new discoveries this year.



Mrs. Calina Tejada, Kindergarten

Since God called me to the ministry of teaching I’ve worked for the public schools, Adventist schools, colleges and for corporations in Japan. I have a true passion for molding young minds for Christ. It still amazes me that I have the privilege to be able to teach my students how to read, pray and worship God. I am originally from Washington State and I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences/Special Education from the University of WA in Seattle. Being a native of the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy being out in nature where I feel God’s presence the most. In my leisure time, I absolutely love spending a day at the beach and also enjoy biking, hiking, playing tennis, baking and spending quality time at home with my husband and two teenage children.  I made Jacksonville my home in 2018 and I’m excited to be a part of LifePoint Academy’s team!


Ms. Alexis Vince Kindergarten- Grades 1 and 2

I grew up in Saint Cloud, Florida. I went to public school in Saint Cloud up to twelfth grade. I graduated from Southern Adventist University with my B.A. in Elementary Education. During the summers in college, I worked at Camp Kulaqua for four summers and then Nosoca Pines Ranch for one summer. In 2015-2016, I served as a student missionary on the island of Palau. While I was there, I taught second grade. I also taught Sabbath school and was a Pathfinders leader. My passion and love for teaching was confirmed that year. After that, I worked as an aftercare teacher at an elementary school. My goal is to give each child the tools they need to succeed and to develop a love for learning.





Mrs. Monange Bolivar, Grades 3-4  

I have been growing young minds in the teaching profession for 17
years, which has become my passion.  As a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., I was a "city girl" until 2005 when I joined the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.  After spending my first year here at Lifepoint Academy, I can truly say that I recieved a real blessing from my students and their families.  I have two children. Both of them are moving on next year as sophomores. One in college and one in high school. I'm looking forward to seeing all my wonderful students this fall.






Mrs. Amanda Darsey, Grades 5 and 6

I was born and raised in the beautiful hills of Tennessee. As far back as I can remember, I have been involved in music and sports programs. These programs helped mold me into an active, determined, and dedicated student. I graduated in 2012 from Southern Adventist University, with my B.A. in Elementary Education. Two months later, I moved to the Sunshine State to teach at LifePoint Academy (LPA). When you have a love and passion for teaching, it is easy to enjoy growing and learning with students. At LPA, I get to experience God’s love with my students every day.  I cannot wait to see the plans God has made for each and every one of my students.



Mr. Daniel Williams, Principal, Grades 7 and 8

I am a native of the District of Columbia and a product of Adventist Christian education.  In the course of my career as an educator I have been blessed to teach early childhood, elementary, middle and high-school, serve as a school chaplain, and most recently as a school administrator for a large K-12 mission school in the South Pacific.  My focus as an instructional leader is to create an environment where teachers successfully integrate our precious faith into every learning experience, ensuring we offer a competitive program with rigorous academics, and working on expanding opportunities in athletics and fine arts.  God has blessed me with a beautiful wife and 3 wonderful children and we are blessed beyond measure to be a part of the LPA family.






Mrs. Tricia Chapman-Hercules, Aftercare and Music








Mrs. Zaidilie Guitterez, Teacher Assistant/Spanish

Native of the United States territory island of Puerto Rico, where I received my bachelor degree in Computer Programing. My husband and I had the privilege of homeschooling our children from kindergarten to the 12th grade. I have been part of the LPA family since 2013, working as a Substitute Teacher, as a Teacher’s Aide, and teaching Spanish to VPK through 8th grade. I look forward to interacting and instructing all the students of LPA everyday.









Mrs. Sabrina Delacruz, Secretary









Mrs. Sandra Morales, School Treasurer

I was born in Guatemala but I have lived most of my life in Silver Spring, Maryland. Four years ago, my husband and I decided to relocate to Florida, to raise our two beautiful daughters, Bianca and Sofia. My education and work experience for the past 16 years has been in Accounting and Finance. However, God has had other plans for me because in recent years, He has opened doors for me to work with children in different capacities. This is my first year at LifePoint Academy (LPA), and I'm fortunate and blessed to be part of LPA staff and to work alongside wonderful teachers. No two days in school are ever the same, and watching our students grow and flourish is a joy to be involved in. When I'm not in school, I enjoy reading self-improvement books, going to the beach, library, and spending time with my family and friends.


Mr. Jacob Darsey, Athletic Coach

I am a native of Jacksonville, Florida and an alumnus of Jacksonville Adventist Academy, (now LifePoint Academy). I am thankful that God has called me back here to coach the students. When I was a student, I was very involved with the school sports programs. Those programs helped me to develop a Christ-like character and they motivated me to work hard to achieve my goals. I am blessed to have the opportunity to help instill the same characteristics in my students.






David 'Grandpa' Garner