Our society, at an ever-increasing rate, is departing from Christian values and standards that were commonplace only a generation ago. As our team has watched this transpire, we’ve become increasingly committed to the need for education as a ministry of cooperation within the Christian community. We are thankful for the partnership that we have with our families, allowing us to invest in the academic, social, and spiritual development of our students.
Lanham Christian Administration
Rev. Randall S. Burr
Mr. Burr is a graduate (Cum Laude) from Liberty University. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has been in the ministry for more than twenty years. He served on the staff of Fellowship Baptist Church, Chesapeake (VA) before serving as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Savannah (GA) and then Decatur Heights Baptist Church, Bladensburg (MD). He currently serves as an Elder of Grace Brethren Church, Lanham (MD). In 2006 he joined the administrative team of LCS and became the Executive Director in 2010.
Mrs. Vanessa Smith
Mrs. Smith attended The University of Maryland, College Park where, in 2007, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In 2018, she received a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Leadership. She has specialized in Science throughout her academic and professional career and currently maintains her post as LCS’ High School Pre- Calculus teacher in addition to her Administrative role. She is a youth ministry leader with over fifteen years of experience and in 2007 joined the LCS team.
Mrs. Lidia Beltré
Mrs. Beltré has been a part of Lanham Christian School for four years. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from the University of Maryland. Mrs. Beltré served as a youth pastor for 15 years and is currently serving as the assistant pastor with her husband. She is passionate about educating and leading young people in their growth, development and faith in Jesus Christ.
Lanham Christian Office Staff
Ms. Denaysha Bowen
Administrative Assistant, Registrar
Ms. Bowen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Later, she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. She has a passion for working with children in various capacities. During her leisure time, you can find Ms. Bowen volunteering with the children’s ministry at her church. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs: 4:7: “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Mrs. LaToya Doster
Communications and Receptionist
Mrs. Doster studied Political Science and Economics at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Before joining LC, Mrs. Doster worked for over 10 years in the non-profit sector as a Development Fundraiser with organizations that served men and women in recovery, and children attending out of school time programs in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. She is a Deacon at Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Mrs. Doster’s favorite Bible verses are: 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.” And Proverbs 31:8-9 “ 8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Ms. Keri Gallagher
Ms. Gallagher attended LC from Kindergarten through 6th Grade. She earned her degree in Business Management from Strayer University. Before coming to LC, she worked in the banking industry for 10 years. She loves working with kids of all ages. During her time away from school she spends time with her daughter. One of her favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Ms. Zaimi Barboza
Enrollment and Family Accounts
Mrs. Barboza studied Business Administration in the University of Central America “Jose Simeon Caña” in El Salvador. In 2005, she moved to the United States and continued her education at Montgomery Community College.
Before joining LC, Mrs. Barboza worked in the wholesale industry providing financial services for more than 10 years. She is an active member of the Foursquare Church, Hispanic Mission in Maryland; where she has proven to be a responsible leader, while volunteering as an Assistant Treasurer, Audio Visual Technician and supporting the Youth & Children Ministry. She is honored to be part of this ministry and serve the Christian community. One of her favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 16:14 “ Let all that you do be done with love.” (NKJV)
LCS Athletic Staff
Mr. Raymond Green
Student Development Coordinator/ Athletic Director
Mr. Green is a graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. His role as the Student Support Coordinator entails engaging the students and their parents on several levels such as conduct, academic proficiency, leadership development and coaching students to college. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, weight lifting, cycling and running on the elliptical. He also volunteers with Mentoring to Manhood in Prince George’s County. His favorite Bible verses are Joshua 1:3 and Jeremiah 29:11-14.
Elementary School Faculty
Mrs. Stephanie Lee
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher, Kindergarten 4 Teacher
Mrs. Lee has worked in Christian education for 18 years teaching both K4 and K5 students. This is her second year at Lanham Christian School. Before coming to LC, Mrs. Lee taught at Odenton Christian School in Odenton, Md. In addition to teaching, she also works in her church’s nursery ministry and is involved in their ladies’ fellowship.
Mrs. Michelle Alexander
Kindergarten 5 Teacher
Mrs. Alexander obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech & Communication Disorders with a Minor in Special Education from Howard University. She has also served for over a decade as an elementary teacher at Lanham Christian School. She teaches because “God has blessed me with a love for working with children”. Her philosophy is that every child can reach his or her fullest potential when provided the appropriate strategies and techniques that will allow them an equal opportunity to achieve their goals. Mrs. Alexander currently serves as a Teacher in the Little Lamb Ministry, a member of the Mass Choir, and Women of Rare Distinction Ministry. She also serves as a member of The Givers of Life Intercessory Prayer Ministry.
Ms. Elizabeth Byrd
First Grade Teacher
Ms. Elizabeth Byrd graduated from Ferrum College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Liberal Arts with minors in Elementary Education, History and English. She has 10 years’ classroom experience with the DOD and is certified in ESOL/ESL/EFL instruction. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting historical sites such as battle fields or museums. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, because it reminds her to not worry about the plan and trust that God has already forged the way.
Mrs. Nikki Butler
Second Grade Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Butler received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Trinity University of Washington, D.C. She furthered her studies, earning a Masters of Arts from American University. Recently, she obtained her ACSI certification in Elementary Education. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro where she has served in children’s ministry for over 10 years. Her favorite verse is Proverbs 19:21: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Mrs. Ophelia Richardson
Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Ophelia Richardson graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. She holds a B. S. degree in Business and completed the Education Courses at Prince George’s Community College. Her hobbies include traveling, card stamping, crocheting and doing International and Domestic Mission work that has included traveling to Ukraine, New York and Nanjamoy. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Mr. Steven Hill
Fourth Grade Teacher
Mr. Hill is a D.C. native. He came to trust Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of twelve. With over thirty years of ministry experience, he desires to serve the Lord with gladness. He was licensed to preach the gospel on March 23, 1979, at the Glendale Baptist Church in Washington D.C. and was later ordained as a minister of the Gospel on March 23, 1984. He earned his B.A. in Biblical and Pastoral Studies in 1984 from the former Washington Bible College in Lanham, MD. He earned his M.A.C.E. (1987) and M.A.B.S. (1989) from the Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He has also served as an Associate Minister at the Glendale Baptist Church.
Mr. Hill assisted in the church plant and establishment of the New Song Bible Fellowship Church in Lanham, MD, where he now serves as the Associate Pastor and Director of the Children’s Ministry. He has been teaching in the private sector for a combined thirteen years. He enjoys teaching children both in the classroom and in a church children’s ministry.
Ms. Kimberly Mills
Fifth Grade Elementary Teacher
Ms. Mills graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 2019 with a BA in Religious Studies and a minor in History. She is a first year teacher who is passionate about reaching students academically, socially, and spiritually through the ministry of the Christian School. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and teaching Bible Study. She loves to be a listening ear to others and offer any encouragement in the Lord that she can. Her favorite verse to live by is Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Middle & High School Faculty
Mr. Bengel Andrickson-Franco
6th – 12th Bible Teacher
Mr. Eric Smith
Middle and High School PE Teacher, and Chess Instructor
Mrs. Melanie Boyce
English Department Head, 6th – 12th Grade English Teacher
Mrs. Boyce has been a member of the LCS staff since 2008 and currently teaches middle school English and high school Honors English. She serves alongside her husband, Rev. James Boyce II in youth ministry at Trinity Assembly of God in Lanham, MD. She is a graduate of the University of Valley Forge with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education.
Mrs. Sara Gonzalez
K4 – 12th Grade Spanish Teacher
Mrs. Gonzalez has a bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. She has been teaching Spanish in the United States for 20 years and at LCS for the past 17 years. Her passion is to teach the Spanish language to the future leaders of the world and so impact God’s purpose through language and understanding.
Mrs. Sheryl Mobley
Middle School Lead Teacher/ Middle School Science and History
Mrs. Mobley is a graduate of Bowie State University where she completed her undergraduate and graduate work. She received her teaching credentials from Trinity College and is ACSI certified. She is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in both Christian and public schools. She loves teaching reading and bible study to both children and adults. She joined the LCS team in 2015.
Ms. Victoria Alvarez
Science Department Head, 9th – 12th Grade Science & Math Teacher
Ms. Smith graduated Cum Laude from Bryan College in May 2015, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Biblical Studies. She joined the LCS program in the 2015-2016 school year as a middle school and high school math and science teacher. Ms. Smith has served in Awana Clubs, for ten years with local churches both in Maryland and in Tennessee where she went to college.
Fine Arts Faculty
Mrs. Donna Burr
Librarian/ Dance Teacher
Danise Chambers is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to her start at LCS, she taught in the classroom for five years. She is very passionate about helping to build the faith of children and using creativity to make learning exciting. Apart from teaching, she is heavily involved in the music ministry at her church, where she serves as praise and worship leader. She also is the mother of an amazing, energetic boy that keeps her on the move with sports events and other fun activities.
Her favorite scripture is John 14:13-14: “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Mrs. Earline Lee
K4 – 12th Grade Music Teacher
Mrs. Lee has been a part of the LCS Family since 2007. She has served in a variety of roles such as Dance Instructor, Volleyball Coach, Cheer Coach, and 11th and 12th grade sponsor. Mrs. Lee has a Musical Theater background and currently serves as the Music Program Coordinator. She also serves as the praise and worship leader and heads the Titus 2 Women’s Ministry at her church where her husband serves as Senior Pastor.
Mrs. Catherine McFarland
Catherine McFarland has 23 years of violin experience and 13 years’ study in the Suzuki method. For 6 years now she has been offering private music lessons to violinists and violists that address a variety of skills and abilities. She studied violin at university level and is currently the lead violinist at Bay Area Community Church. She has written and performed over 100 pieces of violin music in that capacity, as well as writing and performing the violin pieces for their 2017 Christmas EP.
Mrs. McFarland has played the violin since an early age, and competed at the local level with NAC for six years and national level at BNYC for four years. She was seated 4th in CYSO first violins, and competed at county and state level. She owns a studio in Severn, where she lives with her husband.