HCA is a Christian school that has preschool, elementary and academy grades.  The school has been blessed with an excellent faculty and staff. They have a love for their preschool, elementary and academy students and a passion for Christian education. The faculty's educational credentials and teaching experience make them a well-qualified team.  Staff members are dedicated to doing their part to make HCA successful.  Parents need the support of compassionate and experienced teachers for their preschool, elementary, and academy students.  They can count on it with HCA.

Mrs. Michelle Brendle

Preschool Faculty, K-2 Team Leader


Employed Since: 2012

Experience: Mrs. Michelle is loved by every little one that comes into her class. Beginning her career teaching her own children over 20 years ago, she also taught preschool Sunday School at HBC before beginning her tenure at HCA.

Mrs. Bobbi Brendle

K2 Lead Teacher


Employed Since: 2012

Experience: Office Manager for over 10 years in a shipping and recieving.

Mrs. Kara Strahan

Preschool Faculty, K-3 Team Leader


Employed Since: 2011

Experience: Bachelor's of Science from Clearwater Christian College with a Communication Arts degree.

Miss Cristina Cancel

Preschool Faculty, K3


Employed Since: 2016

Experience: Miss Cristina has 3 years of experience in Child Care and is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education.

Mrs. Alexis Scheddel

Preschool Faculty, K-4 Team Leader


Employed Since: 2010

Experience: Child Development Associate's degree

Miss Cassandra Summers

Preschool Faculty, K4


Employed Since: 2015

Experience: Miss Cassie began as a substitute then came on HCA faculty full time.

Mrs. Cathy Santos

Preschool Staff, K4 Assistant, Academy Art and Spanish, Academy AfterCare


Employed Since: 2016

Experience: Mrs. Santos discovered a talent for and love of painting 4 years ago, and has been teaching art at HCA since 2016. She teaches Spanish in the Academy as well.

Mrs. Mari-ann Williams

Academy Faculty, Kindergarten


Employed Since: 2006

Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin.

Mr. Pete Martinez

Academy Staff, Kindergarten Assistant


Employed Since: 2010

Experience: He has served on the staff of Hillsdale Baptist Church for over 20 years and has been the Kindergarten assistant for the past six years.

Mrs. Melissa Knack

Academy Faculty, 2nd Grade


Employed Since: 2011

Experience: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan. Over 20 years of teaching primary grades

Mrs. Joyce Meister

Academy Faculty, 3rd Grade


Employed Since: 2008

Experience: She holds education degrees from Bob Jones University and Louisiana Baptist University.

Miss Melissa Hunter

Academy Faculty, 4th & 5th Grades


Employed Since: 2016

Experience: Melissa Hunter graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in 2001. She has over 15 years of teaching experience.

Mrs. Rebecca Peterman

Upper School Proctor


Employed Since: 2010

Experience: Bachelor's degree in Education with over 15 years of experience.

Rev. Eric Peterman

HCA Administrator; HBC Family Pastor


Employed Since: 2010

Experience: He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree from Bob Jones University

Pastor Justin Jarrett

Academy Faculty, Physical Education


Employed Since: 2011

Experience: Justin Jarrett holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from Bob Jones University.

Mrs. Valerie Lyons

Preschool AfterCare


Employed Since: 2005

Experience: Mrs. Lyons has many years of experience in childcare, and loves watching the children at HCA grow and learn. She enjoys having the freedom to teach them all about the Lord, and helping them realize that God made each of them special and unique.

Miss Desirée McFadden

Academy Music Teacher


Employed Since: 2013

Experience: Desirée McFadden is a graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music and Pedagogy.

Mrs. Karen Johnson

Academy Administrative Assistant


Employed Since: 2017

Experience: Mrs. Johnson (or Mama J as she's known around here) is the Administrative Assistant at HCA. From Ohio to Florida, from 1971 to the present, she's been serving the Lord faithfully and cheerfully as an administrative assistant.1971-1979: Northside Christian School1981-2010: Clearwater Christian College

Mrs. Ruth Hill

Business Office Secretary


Employed Since: 2014

Experience: Mrs. Hill has had many years of paralegal and accounting experience. This is her second year in the business office.