Stacy Lahdenpera lives in sunny Sarasota with the love of her life Jeff and their 4 children: Hunter, Tanner, Sydney and Jonathan who all attend TCA. Her passion for teaching and pouring into lives of children propels her desire for continued education and deepening of these passions. With this experience, Stacy's comfort in the classroom begins with teaching her love for Art and Design and also expands to include Special Education and English Second Language (ESL). When not teaching at TCA she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their children. She loves the beach, gardening, being active outdoors, all kinds of family activities and serving the Lord. Stacy is thrilled to be here at TCA and to share her love of Art and passion for teaching with all of these amazing kids!
Born in Sarasota, Drew is a Florida native. He studied philosophy at the University of South Florida where he earned his B.A. He then moved to Southern California to continue his studies at Biola University earning an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion & Ethics and an M.A. in Theology with a Greek Emphasis. He moved back to Florida in the Spring of 2015. He enjoys teaching and discussing topics in philosophy, ethics, religion, and language.
Amy Olsen has taught Latin and Language Arts in classical schools and co-ops in Texas and New Jersey. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she holds her BA in music from Wheaton College, and is completing her M.Ed. Degree from Liberty University. When not teaching at TCA, Amy, a classically trained singer, helps her husband with his music ministry in Venice, and manages her company, Writing Tales, which distributes her own classical elementary writing curriculum. Amy and her husband Glen have three grown children and one crazy dog.
Glen Olsen holds degrees from Wheaton College (IL, BA in music); Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (MM in choral conducting); and a doctorate in music and art history as well as a second master’s degree in liturgical studies from Drew University (NJ). Dr. Olsen has served churches throughout the New York City metropolitan area and in West Texas as music director; currently he serves the Venice Presbyterian Church as Minister of Worship Arts. Dr. Olsen was the Director of Choral Activities for 10 years at the Hawthorne Christian Academy in northern New Jersey, where he developed an academic program of study in music and toured with the choirs throughout the United States as well as overseas to Denmark and Norway. Dr. Olsen has also been on the adjunct faculty at Drew and on the associate faculty of the University of Phoenix, Jersey City Campus. He is excited to be teaching again here at TCA.
Mrs. Pamela Cox graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in Communications, and a minor in Vocal Performance. She performed professionally at King’s Island in Cincinnati, OH, Opryland in Nashville, TN, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines out of Miami, FL, and abroad for American Entertainment Productions. She has taught classically for ten years, and enjoys combining her skills in her new position as a teacher of Music and Theatre. She lives in Sarasota, FL with her husband, Bart, and her three children, Charles (age 18), William (age 16), and Libby Jane (age 12).
Coach Sonya Clark attended Asbury University for her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She also has a master’s degree in Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Coach Clark taught Physical Education and Health at Sayre School (PreK – 12th private school) in Lexington, KY for 15 years prior to coming to FL and TCA. She has coached soccer at the middle school and high school levels for over 12 years and has continued to play in recreational soccer leagues since college.
Rose Martín LaGarde (Señora Rosa) was born and raised in New York City and moved to Sarasota (along with her family) in the mid 1970’s. She is a first generation American from Cuban parents, descendant from Spain. Both her mom and dad immigrated to the United States in the 1940’s-1950’s (her dad came in order to escape the ongoing revolution of Fidel Castro). Growing up in a bilingual household has served Señora Rosa well throughout her entire life, personally and professionally, though Spanish was the primary language spoken at home and at family gatherings. Rose holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Food Science & Human Nutrition. Her career experience within the field has included lab technician for a food safety testing laboratory, nutritional counsellor/team leader for an established weight loss center, and as general manager/trainer/menu consultant within commercial kitchens and the restaurant industry. She maintains a passion for leadership and instruction.