Kimberly B. Evans
I was born in Connecticut and grew up in both Connecticut and Florida. I had the pleasure of having moved south then back north, and later in early adulthood, back to Florida. I was educated in the public school system and experienced many Classical influences in my schooling. After finally settling in sunny Northeast Florida, I attended Saint Johns River Community College and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Florida. I dual-majored in Mathematics and Secondary Education.
During the years between the start and finish of my post-secondary education, I became a wife and mother and, later, a stepmother. My children and their needs were my highest priority. I waited until after they became independent to pour my energy into my personal goals. I was a working parent, and so had a very full daily life, busy with the most critical job in the world: parenting.
It was one of the weightiest decisions of my life to go into education. I had a serious interest in both law and physics, in addition to my newfound passion for math and the pull I felt toward education. Alas, my heart was for the children and the joy of mathematics. I entered the teaching profession in 2008 and have continued to train and develop my skills while teaching. My classroom experiences have been varied and enjoyable: I have worked extensively with troubled teens, preschoolers, special needs and gifted students from Kindergarten through adults. I have also taught teachers about teaching. It is my opinion that teaching is the second most important job in the world – right behind parenting.
I recall vividly the moment that I knew my next season would be devoted to launching and building Washington alongside some of the most dedicated and dynamic leaders I have ever known. This has been the best season, ever! It is a blessing to work with this team of servant leaders. We are all so very excited to share about God and all that is His creation. I derive great joy when I draw out and develop the unique gifts and talents He has placed in each Washington Warrior.
I am a philomath – a lover of learning – and will undoubtedly pursue further formal education. I desire to improve myself so that I may better serve others. Someday, I will be Dr. Evans. For now, I am Mrs. Kimberly, and I am happy to help with all things Washington.
I was born in Georgetown, Guyana and grew up in the Baltimore, Maryland area. I graduated from Western High School, the oldest public all-girls high school remaining in the United States. I earned my BA in Computer Science from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. Upon obtaining my degree, I worked as a Computer Programmer in the transportation and investment banking sectors. I ended my corporate career as a Talent Acquisition Manager for a UK based Management Consulting firm by helping them to build the US arm of their business.
Before resolving that God had called me to be a teacher, I taught and mentored in various capacities since the age of 17. I was blessed to teach Vacation Bible School, tutor elementary school students, mentor many young women for a community-based Rights of Passage program, oversee multiple Girl Scout troops, substitute teach in the Public school system, serve as a Middle School Extended Day Coordinator, provide career counseling and advisement to many in the corporate sector, teach and facilitate small groups and Bible studies and teach in our local church’s Bible Institute.
Having received Christ as my Savior as a teen, I subsequently committed to making Him the Lord of my life and to allow my life to be led by the Holy Spirit. God called me to be on the Steering Committee of Washington Classical Christian School, and my journey as a full-time teacher began with the founding of the school.
One of my greatest passions in the classroom is encouraging students to see that with prayer, patience, and hard work, confusing or intimidating subjects can be conquered. I have discovered the joy of seeing students “get it.” My attention to detail naturally compels me to scrutinize the technical aspects of written material. As a result, I enjoy learning along with my students. I look forward to sharing the wonder and excitement of every subject, God’s creation, with my students.
I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree and in my leisure time enjoy traveling, strength training, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family. My husband John and I are blessed to be the parents of three adult daughters and – along with our Schnoodle Yuki – are thrilled to call the beautiful, historic city of Saint Augustine, Florida our home.
Amita Banerjee Lahiri
Amita Banerjee Lahiri’s passion to better the lives of children and their families has led her to share her gifts within the fields of Nursing and Health Education, Child Welfare, and Early Childhood Special Education. Born and raised in South East Asia, and the daughter of a diplomat of the United Nations, Amita has lived and been educated in the classical movement throughout her elementary years. She brings into the classroom a desire to share her love and passion for God’s global vision for his body.
A 1990 graduate of Pace University, Amita has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Human Biology. She pursued further studies in Special Education at Hunter College in Severe-Profound Disabilities and Deaf-Blindness to pursue a career as an Early Interventionist and Inclusionist.
As a homeschooling mom of two gifted daughters – Anila and Anjali – she and her husband were able to spend 10 years actively developing an extraordinarily rich and diverse educational environment for their children. This experience included a four-month long mission trip to India where they traveled and toured the country with a 4th grader, a Kindergartener and 80 pounds of books. She continues to be in awe of all that God continues to draw out of her daughters, who are actively serving in the church today.
Amita sincerely believes that a student’s success is created through meaningful relationships. Also, a daily pursuit of God is needed to ensure that He directs the course of her students’ lives. At Washington Classical Christian School, Amita continues to work closely with the Senior Pastors on the advisory committee to develop the vision and framework of the school. She serves as a Curriculum Specialist and continues to assist in the further development of the school.
Amita continues to share her passion for exploring the world with her husband Robin as they continue to take global adventures. Since moving to Florida from New York, Amita has been actively involved in the church. She serves as a lead teacher in children’s ministry, is a member of the Altar Care team and also serves as a greeter. She looks forward to being the lead teacher for the 5th through 7th grade students this fall.
Michael Harmon, DPT
Michael Harmon, DPT is a Kindergarten and Physical Education instructor at Washington Classical Christian School in Saint Augustine, Florida. “Mr. Mike” believes in a culture that ensures not only strong academics but also fosters excellent character. Through a rich curriculum, students begin to discover their gifts and are trained to apply these talents to the Word of God.
As a homeroom teacher, Mr. Mike focuses on organizational, social, and critical thinking skills vital to early education. Kindergarteners take pride and ownership in learning and begin to develop a sense of purpose. He loves that he gets to encourage the children to participate in engaging physical activities that will further challenge them to live by Godly standards.
Michael obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Mississippi University for Women, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Augustine University for Health Sciences. He has also taught Human Anatomy at Saint John’s River State College.
Michael has been a Vision Partner with Anchor Faith Church for 8 years. He offers his collegiate basketball experience to lead the Sports Intramural Ministry. It is a great honor to work alongside outstanding teachers to help raise a generation of Washington Warriors who areready to serve the true Living God.
Michael lives in Saint Augustine with his wife and two toddlers. He enjoys exercising and spending time with his family.
I received my bachelor’s degree of Science in Hotel Administration with an emphasis in Food and Beverage Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in college I was able to gain experience in the food and beverage industry as a Barista for Starbucks. That invaluable opportunity led to a coveted role at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada upon graduation.
I’ve been married for over 11 years to my husband Eli, and have three wonderful children who know how to have a great time and make memories wherever they go. Our little tribe includes two talented daughters Josie Priela, Jubilee Dakoa, and our fiery son Jesse Blaze. I left the hotel industry to pursue home management after moving to Saint Augustine in 2008. As a mother, I became a teacher at heart and began my teaching journey by educating moms about breastfeeding.
I took on the challenge of homeschooling my oldest daughter for two years through Classical Conversations. As a homeschool teacher I was able to successfully replicate what was demonstrated at the community site by the assigned tutor. I was blessed to be mentored by some very seasoned Classical teachers – who were also phenomenal mothers – as to how to model this style of teaching in my home.
After making the decision to enroll my eldest daughter and rising Kindergartener at Washington Classical Christian School, I was invited to parlay my Classical teacher training into the classroom. I served faithfully as a part-time Teacher’s Aide and substitute teacher for Kindergarten through sixth grades. After much prayer, I am excited to now step into the role of the full-time fourth grade teacher at Washington Classical Christian School. I love celebrating children and their everyday accomplishments!
I still have a huge passion for creating exceptional eats. I find joy in incorporating my inner-foodie throughout my daily endeavors – especially when making tasty and creative meals for my family. I enjoy laughing, swimming in the beautiful beaches off the coast of Saint Augustine and distance running. I find that running allows me to have a wonderful time of fellowship and intimacy with the Lord Jesus.