Highlands Welcomes New Faculty Members – Part 2
Headmaster Ken Lopez, along with the HCA administration and staff, has been pleased to welcome eight new faculty members for the 2016-2017 school year. Four of the teachers were introduced last week, and the remaining four are spotlighted here.
Miss Jaime Bouffard is teaching elementary, junior high and high school PE, as well as 6th grade history and geography. Miss Bouffard was raised in Oswego, New York. She attended and graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia earning her degree in Sports Management in May 2016. While at Liberty University Miss Bouffard played four years of NCAA Division 1 soccer and was also an intern coach for women’s soccer.
“I look forward to working with students who will have an impact on our world,” Miss Bouffard shares. “This job is more than my vocation, it is a ministry. I want my life to be ministry, and I want the opportunity to ‘give a reason for the hope’ that I have with the students, parents, and faculty of Highlands Christian Academy.”
Her favorite Bible verses are Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Mr. Kyle Burman is teaching 5th grade this year. Born in Shawville, Quebec, he lived there until he was 11 years old at which time his family moved to Ottawa, Ontario. He attended and graduated from Liberty University in 2014 and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016, both in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has earned 2 degrees: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Health and Physical Education, Teacher Licensure K-12, and a minor in youth ministry as well as a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries – Leadership. Mr. Burman shares that he enjoys “outside active and adventurous activities, playing any and all sports, watching movies, and hanging out with friends!”
Mr. Burman is excited about teaching at HCA. “I am looking forward to teaching at HCA because I have the best job in the world,” he says. “I get to tell people the best news ever, while doing what I love, with students I love. I get to challenge students to dream bigger, reach higher, and to dare to believe that they can do things they never thought possible.”
When asked about his favorite Bible verse Mr. Burman had this to say: “We always hear about what Jesus did for us (John 3:16), but rarely is it followed with what we must do (Luke 9:23). I love this verse because it is a constant reminder of what I owe Christ for what he did for us. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Luke 9:23 – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Mr. Jeff Sullivan is the new HCA Guidance Counselor and is also teaching junior high Bible and coaching cross country. Mr. Sullivan was raised in South Florida and graduated from HCA with high honors in 2011. As a student, Mr. Sullivan was involved in academic quiz team, basketball, tech for spring musicals, class officer, and earned the distinctive Christian Character Award. “Winter Homecoming every year was my favorite memory at HCA,” he shares. “Seeing everybody come together to compete, share their talents, and fellowship during that week is always so much fun to witness. I am so happy to be back this year so that I can participate!”
Mr. Sullivan attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with his undergraduate degree in 2015. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in School Guidance. “I’m looking forward to seeing how God will work and how He blesses this next school year,” he says. “Highlands is a place where you truly feel part of a family. The administrators, teachers, and staff truly love and care about each student who walks through the doors. It is a place dedicated to sharing the love of Christ in each classroom no matter if it’s a Bible class or a math class. I wouldn’t want to be at any other place.” Mr. Sullivan and his fiance Tori Purchase are planning a January wedding.
His favorite Bible verse is Titus 2:11-12 – For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
Mrs. Franci VanZwieten will be teaching 3rd grade this year. She was born in Michigan and lived there until she was 13 years old when her family moved to Naples, Florida. Mrs. VanZwieten graduated from FSU in Tallahassee, Florida in 1995 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education.
She and her husband Jim VanZwieten met playing beach volleyball and were married in 2004. Their four children attend Highlands: Grace in 4th grade, Mackenzi in 3rd grade, Hannah in 1st grade, and Hunter in K5. Mrs. VanZwieten enjoys spending time with her family going to the beach, fishing, and playing beach volleyball.
She shares, “I can’t wait to pray with my students and their families as well as help them to see who they are in Christ.” Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”