Dr. Anthony Bryan
Dr. Bryan brings an extensive career of over 20 years of school leadership service, and over 30 years in total as an educator serving from elementary school to graduate school levels. Dr. Bryan’s academic credentials are equally impressive with two earned doctoral degrees. His first degree is a Doctor of Ministry in Intercultural Studies earned at Reformed Theological Seminary. His second doctoral degree is a PhD in Education, from the University of South Carolina with emphasis in curriculum and leadership.
Dr. Bryan began his professional leadership career in 1996 as the Headmaster of Seminole Presbyterian School in Tampa, Florida (now Cambridge Christian School). He led Seminole Presbyterian into unprecedented academic, fine arts and athletic successes in the face of unique educational challenges. He was subsequently appointed to several major Christian schools in Florida with academic challenges, and provided similar turnaround leadership success. His work as a school leader was honored by Florida Council of Independent Schools accreditation organization with his election as a Board of Director for two terms (2001 and 2011). Dr. Bryan has served as visiting accreditation team Chairman for major schools including Windermere Prep, Westminster Christian School, Orangewood Christian, Bradenton Christian and Lakeland Christian.
Dr. Bryan has served as a full time faculty member in college and university settings where he gained expertise in creatively instructing students for high academic success. His depth of knowledge in implementing effective pedagogy and curriculum practices (K-12) is renown in South Florida. Dr. Bryan is a faithful Christian leader, an ordained pastor, a former seminary Associate Professor, a conference speaker and a faculty professional trainer.
Mr. Jason Kahler
Jason Kahler is a transplant from the great white north, otherwise known as Buffalo, New York; however, in his heart, he is a true southerner. Mr. Kahler graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. He also holds degrees in Theology and Christian Counseling. He currently holds the position of Secondary Principal. When Mr. Kahler has free time, he loves to read and support his wife’s career.
Ms. Tammy VanDeMark
Tammy VanDeMark studied at Saint Leo University earning a B.A in Elementary Education and is state certified. She earned a National CDA for early childhood. Ms. VanDeMark holds an ACSI certification. She has a CDL license to help with field trips and sporting events. Ms. VanDeMark is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a state certificate. Ms. VanDemark has been a part of the Hernando Christian Academy family since 1993, starting as a volunteer. She has worked at Hernando Christian Academy since 1995.
Ms. VanDeMark is starting an exciting new position as the Interim Principal. She is working closely with the teachers in her department, as well as Dr. Bryan to help achieve a new standard of excellence in our academic program. Our goal is to see all students exceed expectations and achieve higher academic scores. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, going to the movies, playing pickleball and just relaxing at home.
Mrs. Beverly Raley
College Readiness/AP Coordinator
Beverly Raley has been at Hernando Christian Academy for 20 years. Prior to coming to HCA, she taught in both private and public schools.
Mrs. Raley’s years at HCA have been in the mathematics classroom, teaching middle and high school math. During this time, she was appointed as high school team leader. She had held this position for eight years before becoming Dean of Girls and Dean of Faculty.
Mrs. Raley graduated with her bachelor’s degree from University of North Florida and her master’s from Southeastern University.
Mrs. Linda O'Connor
Dean of Special Programs/Social Sciences Department Head
Mrs. O’Connor is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she earned a Master of Religious Education degree. She has been on faculty at HCA for 16 years. In addition to teaching Social Studies at the middle and high school level she has served as the Team Leader for the Secondary School. Currently, Mrs. O’Connor serves as Dean of Special Programs which includes heading up the AP Program and serving as the Curriculum Coordinator including other programs. She is also the Head of the Social Sciences Department.
Being a part of HCA over the years has enabled Mrs. O’Connor to connect with students and share her passion for history, as well as discussing how God works through history and in our lives. She feels it is an honor to be a part of HCA and share in the educational lives of our students and their spiritual growth.
When not teaching, she enjoys traveling through our beautiful country, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is always ready for a new adventure!
Mr. Mike Drummond
Mike Drummond’s affiliation with Hernando Christian Academy began in the fall of 1994 when he took the position of varsity boys basketball coach. After falling in love with Christian Education, Mr. Drummond enrolled at Saint Leo University and graduated in the winter of 2002. He was hired to teach High School English for the second semester in January of 2003. In the spring of 2005, Mr. Drummond was promoted to Athletic Director. He has been the varsity girls basketball coach since 2010 and has won back-to-back district championships and led the girls to the Elite Eight in 2016.
In addition to leading the athletic department, Mr. Drummond has had stints as the head softball coach, assistant baseball coach, assistant golf coach and assistant football coach during his tenure at Hernando Christian Academy.
Mr. Drummond has been married for over 30 years to his wife, Sheila. They have two children, Corey (HCA Alumnus –Class of 2007) and Heather (HCA Alumnus- Class of 2012).