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.

Brian Brightman serves as the director of the High School and Middle School productions.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Brian has been a professional actor for over 30 years appearing in such shows as:  Stranger Things, MacGyver, Good Behavior and 24: Legacy.  He and his wife Michelle enjoy teaching acting to the wonderful Orangewood students.

Michelle Brightman serves as the Middle and High School drama teacher. She is enjoying her first year of teaching at Orangewood, as well as collaborating with her talented husband on OCS productions. Michelle's varied career includes working as an actor, television host, nanny, paralegal assistant, recruiter, and homeschool mom. Michelle received her degree in Drama Education from Oral Roberts University.

Brittney Hamilton serves as the Kindergarten through 6th grade art teacher at Orangewood Christian School. Brittney holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Art from The Savannah College of Art and Design.  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.

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. Nick Sarasty graduated from UCF with a degree in Radio Television Production in 2008. He worked for UCF TV as an editor before becoming a teacher in 2010. Nick enjoys writing and recording music, and he has helped lead worship as a part of Summit Church for over 10 years. He loves helping students utilize their gifts and talents in various artistic platforms. 

Roxie Steward serves as the Yearbook, Photography, and Senior Seminar teacher at Orangewood Christian School.  Roxie is, herself, an Orangewood alumni who studied Journalism at Flagler College before returning home to OCS.