Faculty

LCS Administration

At Lanham Christian, our team is increasingly committed to the need for education as a ministry of cooperation within the Christian community. We are thankful for the partnership that we have with our families, allowing our staff, faculty, and teachers to invest in the academic, social, emotional, and spiritual development of our students.

Rev. Randall Burr

Executive Director

Mr. Burr is a graduate (Cum Laude) from Liberty University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has been in the ministry for more than twenty years. He served on the staff of Fellowship Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA before serving as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Savannah, GA and then Decatur Heights Baptist Church, Bladensburg, MD. He currently serves as an Elder of Grace Brethern Church, Lanham, MD. In 2006 he joined the administrative team of LCS and became Executive Director in 2010.

Vanessa Smith

Principal

Mrs. Smith attended the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007, she graduated with BS in Elementary Education. In 2018, she recieved a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Leadership. She has specialized in Science throughout her academic and professional career and currently maintains her post as LCS’ High School Pre- Calculus teacher in addition to her administrative role. She is a youth ministry leader with over fifteen years of experience and in 2007 joined the LCS team.

Lidia Beltré

Vice Principal

Mrs. Beltré attended the University of Maryland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. Mrs. Beltré served as a youth pastor for 15 years and is currently serving as assistant pastor with her husband. She is passionate about educating and leading young people in their growth, development, and faith in Jesus Christ. She has been a part of the Lanham Christian School family for four years.

LCS Administrative Office

Zaimi Barboza

Family Accounts Representative / Enrollment Coordinator

Mr. Burr is a graduate (Cum Laude) from Liberty University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has been in the ministry for more than twenty years. He served on the staff of Fellowship Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA before serving as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Savannah, GA and then Decatur Heights Baptist Church, Bladensburg, MD. He currently serves as an Elder of Grace Brethern Church, Lanham, MD. In 2006 he joined the administrative team of LCS and became Executive Director in 2010.

Keri Gallagher

Business Manager / Human Resources

Mrs. Smith attended the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007, she graduated with BS in Elementary Education. In 2018, she recieved a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Leadership. She has specialized in Science throughout her academic and professional career and currently maintains her post as LCS’ High School Pre- Calculus teacher in addition to her administrative role. She is a youth ministry leader with over fifteen years of experience and in 2007 joined the LCS team.

Earline Lee

Fine Arts Director / Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Lee has been an asset to the LCS community for fifteen years. She believes that her role is to nurture her students by planting, watering, and giving light to their unique educational process, encouraging them to express themselves through the gifts and talents that God has given them so that they can use those talents to enhance the world around them.

Nancy Ponce

Registrar/Reception

Mr. Burr is a graduate (Cum Laude) from Liberty University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has been in the ministry for more than twenty years. He served on the staff of Fellowship Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA before serving as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Savannah, GA and then Decatur Heights Baptist Church, Bladensburg, MD. He currently serves as an Elder of Grace Brethern Church, Lanham, MD. In 2006 he joined the administrative team of LCS and became Executive Director in 2010.

Sergio Castillo

Facilities Director / Spanish Teacher

Mr. Castillo has a Bachelor of Theology from The Central American Theological Seminary of Guatemala. He believes that all people are unique and need an environment to help them grow mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially and spiritually. He strives to be a teacher that is guided by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. Mr. Castillo has been an educator for fifteen years. 

Earline Lee

Administrative Assistant / Fine Arts Coordinator

Mrs. Beltré attended the University of Maryland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. Mrs. Beltré served as a youth pastor for 15 years and is currently serving as assistant pastor with her husband. She is passionate about educating and leading young people in their growth, development, and faith in Jesus Christ. She has been a part of the Lanham Christian School family for four years.

CHURCH STAFF

Debbie Harten

Grace Church Secretary

Mr. Burr is a graduate (Cum Laude) from Liberty University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has been in the ministry for more than twenty years. He served on the staff of Fellowship Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA before serving as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Savannah, GA and then Decatur Heights Baptist Church, Bladensburg, MD. He currently serves as an Elder of Grace Brethern Church, Lanham, MD. In 2006 he joined the administrative team of LCS and became Executive Director in 2010.

Eric Smith

Lead Pastor of Grace Church

Mrs. Smith attended the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007, she graduated with BS in Elementary Education. In 2018, she recieved a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Leadership. She has specialized in Science throughout her academic and professional career and currently maintains her post as LCS’ High School Pre- Calculus teacher in addition to her administrative role. She is a youth ministry leader with over fifteen years of experience and in 2007 joined the LCS team.

Earline Lee

Administrative Assistant / Fine Arts Coordinator

Mrs. Beltré attended the University of Maryland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. Mrs. Beltré served as a youth pastor for 15 years and is currently serving as assistant pastor with her husband. She is passionate about educating and leading young people in their growth, development, and faith in Jesus Christ. She has been a part of the Lanham Christian School family for four years.

LCS Faculty

Stephanie Lee

Kindergarten (4) / Early Elementary Lead Teacher

Mrs. Lee has an Associates Degree in Child Development from the Council of Early Childhood Professional Recognition. Her desire is to teach children in the love and admonition of the Lord and lead her students by example. Her classroom is a warm and safe place for students where students can begin their academic journey with high standards and a sense of nurture. Mrs. Lee has been teaching in the early elementary classroom for twenty-three years. 

Michelle Alexander

Kindergarten (5) / Reading Specialist

Mrs. Alexander has an Associate Degree and Certification as an Advanced Practitioner in Respiratory Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication Disorders from Howard University. Her personal goal as a teacher is to meet her students at their academic level and motivate them to reach beyond their preconceived academic limitations to accomplish what they thought was impossible.  Her goal is to teach her students never to use the phase,” I can’t do this”, but to know that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. Mrs. Alexander has been teaching for nineteen years.

Adam Clark

First Grade

Mr. Clark has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Elementary Education from Columbia Union College. He believes that children are a blessing from God and considering that, the role of the Christian educator is to develop the whole person, academically, spiritually, and emotionally. He loves helping little ones reach their full potential. He particularly loves teaching science and bringing a love for all creatures great and small to his classroom. Mr. Clark has been teaching early elementary students for twenty-eight years. 

Elizabeth Byrd

Second Grade

Ms. Byrd has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary with an emphasis in History and English from Ferrum College. She believes that her job as an educator is to foster, mold and guide all her students to meet their potential and give them the skills they will need as they move to the next grade. Ms. Bryd has been teaching at LCS for four years.

Claudia Mejia

Third Grade

Mrs. Mejia has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Education from Liberty University. She believes that all children can reach academic excellence when they have the necessary tools and support provided by a motivating classroom environment. Her mission is to guide her students to achieve their educational goals and lead them to become socially mature individuals. Mrs. Mejia is a first-year teacher at LCS and is looking forward to many wonderful years ahead. 

Nikki Butler

Fourth Grade / Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Mrs. Butler has a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and a Master of Arts from American University. She is ACSI certified in Elementary Education and holds a Certificate of Broadcast Journalism from the Defense Information School. Mrs. Butler’s philosophy of education ascribes to a Christian classical and eclectic approach to the educational model. Which targets the various learning styles of each student. She believes that all children are unique and purposed by God. In her classroom, she creates a stimulating educational environment that encourages growth physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually where God is at the center and Biblical integration is a part of all subjects. Mrs. Butler has been teaching for nine years.



Kimberly Alexander

Fifth and Sixth Grade Math and History

Mrs. Alexander has a Bachelor of Art in Religious Studies from North Carolina Wesleyan College. She believes that education is about reaching the next generation and pouring into them for the purpose God has for them. She desires to shape students academically, socially, and spiritually. She has been teaching for three years. 



Sheryl Mobley

Middle School Lead Teacher / Fifth and Sixth Grade English and Sciecne

Mrs. Smith attended the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007, she graduated with BS in Elementary Education. In 2018, she recieved a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Leadership. She has specialized in Science throughout her academic and professional career and currently maintains her post as LCS’ High School Pre- Calculus teacher in addition to her administrative role. She is a youth ministry leader with over fifteen years of experience and in 2007 joined the LCS team.

Melanie Boyce

English Teacher / English Department Chair

Mrs. Boyce has a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Christian Education from the University of Valley Forge. Her goal is to provide a high-quality academic experience while displaying a love for Christ in all she does. While she desires for her students to share her passion for learning and commitment to excellence, her greater desire is for her students to grow in their faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Mrs. Boyce has been teaching for twenty-eight years.

Victoria Alvarez

High School Science / Science Department Head (Anatomy, Biology, Physics)

Mrs. Alvarez has a Bachelor of Education from Bryan College. She believes that education should be hands-on and incorporate hands-on activities in her classroom. Her classroom is an emotionally safe space where students are comfortable to learn about the world God created, but also life skills such as processing emotions, healthy coping mechanisms, and conflict resolution. Mrs. Alvarez has been teaching for seven years.

Kyle Coleman

Math Department Assistant Teacher

Mr. Coleman will be completing his Bachelor’s in Education with a specialization in Math from Bowie State University in the Summer of 2022. He currently has his Associates of the Arts from Anne Arundel Community College. He has a passion for math and teaching students. He enjoys being a part of the learning process and watching students grasp new concepts. He desires to not just help students learn math concepts from a textbook but to be able to take that knowledge and apply it to the ever-changing world.

Danise Chambers

Librarian / Elementary Computer

Mrs. Beltré attended the University of Maryland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. Mrs. Beltré served as a youth pastor for 15 years and is currently serving as assistant pastor with her husband. She is passionate about educating and leading young people in their growth, development, and faith in Jesus Christ. She has been a part of the Lanham Christian School family for four years.

Bengelbert Franco

Middle School-High School Bible

Mr. Franco has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Lancaster Bible College and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Christian Counseling. He believes that the job of an educator is to elicit from the student curiosity for life. He is passionate about teaching students to know, understand their faith closer and draw closer to God. He has been teaching for seven years.

LaToya Doster

High School History / 6 th-8 th Girls Physical Education

Mrs. Doster has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Towson University. She has a passion for encouraging creativity and strives to connect historical content to the daily life of her students. She is working to instill a love for lifelong learning by actively engaging her students and helping them get prepared for their future careers and aspirations. Mrs. Doster has been a part of the LCS team for three years. 



Rev. James RT Boyce II

Athletic Director

Pastor Boyce has a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Music from the University of Valley Forge. He is a Family Life Pastor at Trinity Assembly of God. He believes that sports help students interact with teachers and each other differently than they would in the classroom. It’s a way to break down walls, encourage teamwork and problem-solving. 

FINE ARTS STAFF

Donna Burr

Piano & Voice Teacher / Hand Bells

Mr. Burr is a graduate (Cum Laude) from Liberty University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has been in the ministry for more than twenty years. He served on the staff of Fellowship Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA before serving as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Savannah, GA and then Decatur Heights Baptist Church, Bladensburg, MD. He currently serves as an Elder of Grace Brethern Church, Lanham, MD. In 2006 he joined the administrative team of LCS and became Executive Director in 2010.

Joseph Alexander

Elementary Physical Education

Mr. Alexander has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from North Carolina Wesleyan College, where he also was the starting quarterback for his college football team. He currently is the family life pastor at Capital Christian Fellowship. He believes that all children have been created in the image of God and in the classroom, it is vital that they are educated, engaged, and encouraged in a way that reflects the Truth of Christ. He has been teaching PE for three years and has also served as our Athletic Director. 



Dr. Rickey Payton

Praise Band / Choir

Mrs. Beltré attended the University of Maryland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. Mrs. Beltré served as a youth pastor for 15 years and is currently serving as assistant pastor with her husband. She is passionate about educating and leading young people in their growth, development, and faith in Jesus Christ. She has been a part of the Lanham Christian School family for four years.

Joseph Alexander

Elementary Physical Education

Mrs. Smith attended the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007, she graduated with BS in Elementary Education. In 2018, she recieved a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Leadership. She has specialized in Science throughout her academic and professional career and currently maintains her post as LCS’ High School Pre- Calculus teacher in addition to her administrative role. She is a youth ministry leader with over fifteen years of experience and in 2007 joined the LCS team.

Candace Penn

Dance and Drama Teacher / Elementary Music

Mr. Burr is a graduate (Cum Laude) from Liberty University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has been in the ministry for more than twenty years. He served on the staff of Fellowship Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA before serving as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Savannah, GA and then Decatur Heights Baptist Church, Bladensburg, MD. He currently serves as an Elder of Grace Brethern Church, Lanham, MD. In 2006 he joined the administrative team of LCS and became Executive Director in 2010.

Dr. Rickey Payton

Praise Band / Choir

Mrs. Beltré attended the University of Maryland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. Mrs. Beltré served as a youth pastor for 15 years and is currently serving as assistant pastor with her husband. She is passionate about educating and leading young people in their growth, development, and faith in Jesus Christ. She has been a part of the Lanham Christian School family for four years.

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