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Teachers and Staff

Ana Irizarry

Principal & Grades K-1

I'm originally from Puerto Rico, then lived in the Midwest for almost 20 years, but have been living in the Tampa area for the last 5 years. I have two beautiful children. My daughter is a teacher at East Pasco Adventist Academy in Dade City, and my son lives in Ohio. I have been in education for 30 years, where 26 have been in the classroom setting. 10 of those years were spent in the Adventist school system. I have my master's in Curriculum Development and Instruction, with an emphasis on ESL. In my down time I enjoy spending time with my family, painting, and enjoying God's nature. I'm so excited to be a part of the Living Springs Academy family as the new Principal and K-2 Teacher. My ultimate goal is to continue growing our school providing quality education, with an emphasis on preparing our students' hearts for God and His soon coming kingdom.

Andrea Nelson

Grades 6-8 

Born in Bethelehem, PA, Andrea is no stranger to Adventist Education.  She attended Garden State Academy in New Jersey and received her BA in Biology and Teaching certificate  from Southern Adventist University.   Andrea is certified Pre-K-12 and has taught for 25 years.  She is endorsed in and enjoys  teaching Art, Science and History with a focus on the Creator.

Andrea has a creative flair for instruction and designs hands on activities which allow for engaged student learning  She enjoys nature photography and working with young people in the great outdoors.  She is a devoted wife and mother of four.

Kathy Lankston

Grades 2-5

This is Ms. Lankston's first year at LSA. She is looking forward to a great school year sharing her love for God and Language arts with the students in High Springs. She is also certified as a music teacher and is looking forward to teaching the students music this year too!

Keith Nelson

Board Chairman

Keith has been an Adventist educator/administrator for three decades.  He was  principal of Greeneville Adventist Academy in Tennessee, Wisconsin Academy, and Adventist Christian Academy in New Port Richey, Florida.  He has a masters degree from Southern Adventist University in Supervision and instruction.  

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