For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10

At Orangewood Christian School, we believe that God has given each of our students unique and wonderful talents. It is our goal to help our students discover and develop these talents, giving them many opportunities to use these gifts, while establishing a life-long appreciation of the Arts. Students have the opportunity to develop their talents in the Visual Arts (Art, Video Production, Computer Graphics, and Photography), Choral and Instrumental Music, and Drama.

Our Fine Arts instructors are gifted in their own right, and passionate about sharing their love of the Arts. Our goal is that our students will strive for excellence while using their gifts as an act of worship unto God.

Fine Arts Faculty

Laura Nelson serves as the Lower School Music Teacher, Upper School Choral Director, and the Fine Arts Director at Orangewood Christian School. She brings many years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. Laura holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University. Laura was chosen as a quarter-finalist in 2014, 2016, and 2017  Grammy for Music Teachers competition. In addition to teaching, Laura enjoys singing, performing, and writing music, and was a finalist in the GMA songwriting competition.

Bob Earll serves as the Upper School Art Teacher at Orangewood Christian School.

Brittney Hamilton serves as the Lower School Art Teacher at Orangewood Christian School. Although she has previous teaching experience at all levels, Brittney especially enjoyed working with elementary students in an after school drawing program. Brittney holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Art. Brittney has a strong interest in pastels, life drawing, painting, art history, drafting and color theory. Brittney has enjoyed working at Orangewood Christian School and finds it a great honor to inspire children to have a better understanding and passion for art.

Gail Bartell serves as our Director of Drama. Mrs. Bartell led our drama program for the six years prior to Mrs. Porrata joining our team, and we are thrilled to welcome her back to Orangewood.

Ms. Kenall Leamy serves as our program’s Assistant Director. Kendall will be co-sponsor of both Junior and Senior Thespians. She will be coordinating and be coaching students for both troupes.

Rhonda Pittman serves as the Photography and Yearbook Teacher at Orangewood Christian School.

Hugh Rechner serves as the Instrumental Music Teacher and Fine Arts Assistant at Orangewood Christian School. Hugh comes to us from Yellowknife, N.W.T. in the Arctic region of Canada. He received degrees from North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta, and Wheaton College. In addition to teaching, he has also worked in ministry as a Worship and Arts Pastor for 17 years.

Nick Sarasty serves as the Video Production Teacher at Orangewood Christian School. After graduating with a degree in Radio-Television Production, Nick worked as a video editor for UCF TV. He has now been teaching since 2010 and enjoys instructing students to create in multiple media formats. In addition to teaching, Nick enjoys writing and playing music and leading worship at church.