Awilda Pagan-Elliot - High School English and Spanish
Mrs. Elliot was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She attended John Jay College in New York City and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling from Capella University in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Counseling from the Christian Leadership University. She moved to Florida in 2007. Mrs. Elliot has been teaching since 2005.
Ivelisse Rodriguez - Middle School Science/Spanish/Bible
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.
Nick Segallos - High School Bible and Physical Education
Coach Nick says there are two things in this world he loves more than virtually anything; sports and the Bible. Coach Nick was born again when he was seven years old and he grew up in the church. On a mission trip to the inner cities of New Orleans, LA, Nick was called into full time ministry. He is now a licensed minister and has earned a diploma of theology from FTSCC. While he continues to pursue further degrees, Nick is inspired by heroes of the faith, like Ravi Zacharias, Billy Graham, Josh McDowell, and his own mentor, Pastor Bobby Patton. He is so excited to help FOA students grow deeper in God’s Word.
Eddrake Brown- Middle School Bible and Math
Mr. Brown began teaching at FOA in 2017 working with our High School students and is currently working with our Middle School students. I began teaching in 2005 as a children’s church teacher to children from different backgrounds and challenges and by the grace of God I learned the gift that he placed in me. In 2013 i received my Bachelors Degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Religious Education and decided to follow the path of teaching that led me to Faith Outreach Academy. I truly believe as we exhort the name of the Lord it is according to Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be God, and not of us.”
Bette Jackson-Middle School English and Social Studies
Mrs. Betti Jackson joined FOA in 2018 working with our middle school students. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English History and Education from Western Michigan University. She also earned a Master of Arts in special education from Southeastern Louisiana University. Mrs. Jackson has taught English, Reading, Social Studies and special education classes for many years in Louisiana and Tampa. She taught at five of the Hillsborough District Schools in recent years.
Grisel Santiago - High school Math and Science
Mrs. Grisel Santiago joined FOA in 2018. She is working with the high school students as our science and math teacher and with our middle school students teaching their math classes. 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.