Faculty & Staff

Mrs. Yolanda GarrisPrincipal, Abundant Life Christian School

  • Practiced Corporate Law with such Financial Institutions as JP Morgan and Citicorp for nearly 24 years prior to yielding to her passion for education.
  • 1980 Received Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts;  Admitted to the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and the  U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • 1982 Gubernatorial Appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Roxbury Community College, Boston, Massachusetts
  • New Jersey State Certified Teacher
  • Graduate – Case Western Reserve University
  • BA degree and concentration English, History, Education
  • Teaching Experience
    • Durban Ave. Elementary School, Hopatcong, NJ
    • Marie Duffy Elementary School, Wharton, NJ
    • Alexander Hamilton Elementary School, Morristown, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. “

Mr. Joseph ArminioAthletic Director.

  • Active student at Abundant Life Bible Institute
  • Children’s ministry 11+ years
  • Youth ministry 7+ years
  • Full time ministry 3+ years
  • Physical Education/AD Experience
    • Certified Personal Trainer
    • Certified Aerobics Instructor
    • Certified in Exercise Nutrition
    • Certified CPR

Favorite Scripture: James 4:14 “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Mr. Mario Jacob Minsal  Gym / Art Teacher and Admin to Principal

  • Elementary Education, BA pending University Phoenix
  • Visual Arts student: County College of Morris
  • Anthem Institute 2012 Graduate; Graphic Design and Animation
  • Teaching Experience:
    • Parsippany Troy-Hills School District employee 9+ years; and Substitute paraprofessional
    • Youth Ministry: 7+ years, Children’s Ministry 2 years Parsippany, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: First to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

Mr. Paul SeliksonMath & Science Teacher

  • New Jersey Certified Math Teacher
  • 1989- Graduate of Fairleigh Dickenson University, MBA Degree
  • 1983- Graduate of Montclair State University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Double Major: Mathematics/ Computer Science
  • Teaching Experience
    • Algebra I (Honors and ESL), Geomoetry (Regular, In-Class Support, Honors), Algebra II (Regular and Honors), Advance Algebra II and Trigonometry (Regular), Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:10 “The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are today as numerous as the stars of heaven.”

Mrs. Linda RosaHistory Teacher

  • ACSI Certified Teacher
  • Graduate of Louisiana Baptist University, Bachelor of Applied Science in Biblical Studies
  • Graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute of Biblical Studies, Associate of Bible
  • Alumna of Kean University, Early Childhood Education
  • Teaching Experience
    • 17 years as Children’s Director & Teacher, Abundant Life Worship Center, Whippany, NJ
    • Children’s Sunday School Teacher & Director, Abundant Life Worship Center, Whippany, NJ
    • Substitute Teacher, The School of the Hills, Far Hills, NJ
    • Student Teacher and Teacher’s Aide, Abundant Life Academy, Nutley, NJ
    • Youth Ministry, Abundant Life Worship Center, Whippany, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Mrs. Rebekah Lang – English Teacher

  • MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University
  • BA in English and Secondary Education from Grove City College
  • Teaching Experience
    • Middle School English (6-7) and Public Speaking (7-8)–The Swain School
    • Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 (7-8)–Seven Generations Charter School
    • English (7, 9) (Long Term Substitute)–Richboro, Tamanend and Lenape Middle Schools
    • English and Social Studies (7)–The School District of Philadelphia
    • English (12) and AP English (Student Teaching)–Laurel High School

Favorite Scripture: Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Mrs. Kenisha Tucker – Elementary Teacher

  • Early Childhood Education (P-3) BA pending Montclair State University
  • NJ State Certified Substitute Teacher
  • Teaching Experience
    • King’s Kids Teacher’s Aide
    • Children’s Ministry Abundant Life Worship Center
    • Light of the World Children’s Ministry
    • Madison YMCA Assistant Teacher and Substitute

Favorite Scripture: Matthew 9:10-12 “And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”

Mrs. Eglah Lugo Dicksen – Spanish & Science Teacher

  • ACSI Certified Teacher
  • Graduate from “Santa Maria” University, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Bachelor of Laws Degree
  • Teaching Experience
    • Life Group, Realife Church, Parsippany, NJ
    • Children’s Ministry, Realife Church, Parsippany, NJ
    • Women Ministries, Reallife Church, Parsippany, NJ
    • Calvary Christian Academy, Wayne, NJ
    • Spanish Tutor, Springfield, MO
    • Children’s Ministry, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Missionettes, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Youth Ministry, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Marriage / Parenting Seminars, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Women Ministries, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Missionettes, Evangel Chapel, Bridgewater, NJ
    • Children’s Ministry, Evangel Chapel, Bridgewater, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 27:13 “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

Mr. Anthony ReiflerElementary Teacher

  • Elementary Education (K-5), BS in Geography – Rowan
  • Certified Math Teacher (Grades 5-8)
  • Served on Love in Action Int. Ministries mission teams in orphanage growth/development projects, Northern Bolivia
  • Co-leader of Bread of Life ministry 3rd Sat. of month, Newton Memory Park
  • Teaching Experience
    • Substitute Taught Elk Twp. School District, Gloucester County, NJ
    • Student Taught Grade 4 Samuel Mickle School, East Greenwich Twp., NJ
    •  Substitute Taught Frankford Twp., Newton, Sussex-Wantage School Districts, Sussex County, NJ
    •  Private Language Arts Tutor Jakarta, Indonesia
    •  Instructional Aide Hardyston Middle School, Hamburg, NJ

Favorite Scripture: John 17:22-23 “I have given (believers in the gospel message) the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are one: I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”

Mr. Michael James Taylor – Music Teacher

  • Monnes School of Music, New York, NY
  • Teaches
    • Music Theory
    • Music Composition
    • Vocal Development
    • Student preparation for ABRSM exam
    • Private piano teacher

Mrs. Laurie Shingley Brown – Latin Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)
  • Master of Arts degree in Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)
  • Doctoral degree, neared completion, with a primary emphasis in Greek and a secondary emphasis in Latin, at Bryn Mawr College – her doctoral work was brought to a halt, shortly before the defense of her dissertation, by the serious illness and eventual death of her first-born child.
  • Whiting Dissertation Fellowship recipient
  • Fulbright Fellowship recipient
  • conducted research in Athens and on the island of Crete
  • President and member,  ex officio, of the Board of Directors of The Classical Foundation of Lancaster
  • Teacher The Lancaster Center for Classical Studies

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