Faculty

Principal’s Office

Mrs. Yolanda GarrisPrincipal, Abundant Life Christian School

Yolanda Garris

  • 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. “

Faculty


– Mr. Joseph ArminioAthletic Director.

Joseph Arminio

  • 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
  • Alumna of Kean University, Early Childhood Education
  • 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

Linda Rosa

  • 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. 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 – Elementary Teacher, Spanish & Science Teacher

Eglah Lugo Dickse

  • 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.”


– Mrs. Kerry Salardino Elementary Teacher

  • BA Kean University, Cum Laude Graduate
  • NJ state Certified PE; Elementary Ed CE pending
  • Teaching Experience:
    • New Pathways to Alternate Route Teaching
    • Teacher Sinai Christian Academy 2010 – 2016

Favorite Scripture:


– Mrs. Meredith Hamilton Music Teacher

Meredith Hamilton

  • New Jersey State Certified Teacher
  • Graduate from The College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Teaching Experience
    • Halsted Middle School, Newton, NJ
    • Merriam Ave. Elementary School, Newton, NJ
    • Lawrence Middle School Lawrenceville, NJ
    • The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
    • Abundant Life Bible Institute, Whippany, NJ
    • Abundant Life Worship Center Children’s Ministry, Whippany, NJ
    • Private Music Instructor

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”


– 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