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Bonne Faherty: Principal


  • Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education/ Special Education
  • Master of Arts: Emergent Reading Nova Southeastern University
  • Colloquy - LCMS

Experience: Over 20 years of experience in the field of education with students ranging from age 3-83, including Preschool and VPK, Kindergarten, ESOL, GED, Alternative High School, and Reading. Bonne believes that teaching children to love reading is critical for their future educational success

Favorite Bible Verse:  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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Pastor Phil Ressler - Administrative Pastor & Religion Teacher

Pastor Phil Ressler was born and raised in Northern Illinois. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, IL where he also attended elementary school.  He is a graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School and Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. He graduated Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2000 and completed his vicarage in Alexandria, VA.

He has served as pastor of Bethany Lutheran in Waynesboro, VA which is the 2nd oldest congregation in the LCMS having been founded in 1772. He has also served at Lord of Life in LaFox, IL and Good Shepherd in Old Bridge, NJ before coming to Brandon.

Pastor Phil has a number of accomplishments as a pastor of which he is proud. He authored an Amazon best-selling Christian devotion book titled “40 Things to Give up for Lent.” He has led several mission trips to Haiti and initiated a community meal packing event that sent almost a half million meals to Haiti. He helped to launch Comfort Dog ministries at his congregations in Illinois and New Jersey. He also served as a Vice President of the New Jersey District.

Pastor Phil is a widower but was recently married to his lovely wife Christine who is a Lutheran Elementary School teacher. They have six children between them – Isaac(24), Eli(22), Solomon(21), Abby(18), Thomas(13), and Jacob(13). Christine and Phil look forward to making their home in Valrico together with Thomas and Jacob. Their other children have moved out of the home and are in college or in the work force.

Outside of ministry Pastor Phil has a passion for photography and drones. You can check out some of his work at He also enjoys playing golf and running for exercise.

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Pastor Miguel Sanabria, Jr. - Associate Pastor & Religion Teacher

Rev. Miguel A. Sanabria, Jr. was born in Colombia in 1986 and moved to the United States in 2005. In 2016 he served as Vicar in several Hispanic missions: Messiah Lutheran Church in Tampa, FL , Hope Lutheran Church in Plant City, FL, and Family of Christ Lutheran Church North and West in Tampa, FL. He graduated from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri in 2018 in the CHS Program Theological Education and Pastoral Formation and was ordained as Pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Tampa, FL for Hispanic Ministries. He then also served as Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Plant City, FL. Pastor Miguel and his wife Katherine serve together in the ministry of the LORD. Rev Miguel and Katherine thank GOD and also the families of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School for the call to serve as Associate Pastor.  They look forward to connecting families to JESUS and growing the Kingdom of GOD.

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Melissa Schneider - Business Manager

Education: Associate of Applied Science Business Administration, Polk Community College (Polk State) FL

Favorite Bible Verse: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. –Hebrews 11:1

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Christal Trlak - Admissions Director & 3 Year Old Aide

Christal Trlak is the Admission Director here at Immanuel Lutheran School and has been since 2018. She
has been a faithful member of the congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1993. She is a
loving wife and devoted mother to three daughters. All three daughters attended Immanuel Lutheran
School from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade from the years 1998-2016. They also were all confirmed
as members at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Throughout that time she showed her love for the church
and school by serving in many and various ways as a volunteer. These included being a home room
parent, assisting in the library, and helping with clerical work in the main office of the school. She also yearly
assisted in the church with items such as the Vacation Bible School program and in the Child Care room to name
a few. From 2008 to 2014 she took on the position of the receptionist for the school, a position that she
thoroughly enjoyed as she was able to daily interact with parents and students. After a short break
away working with infants at a local daycare center, she found her calling, and returned to Immanuel
Lutheran School as Admission Director. She has a total of ten years experience in child care, with
forty-five hours of child care certifications. Additionally, she has a total of seven years of administrative
assistant experience.


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Beth Bruce - VPK Director/Teacher


  • Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University
  • Major – Early Childhood Education; Minor – Public Health Education
  • Preschool Director's Credentials

   Students at ILS learn that Jesus Christ has given them eternal salvation through grace and that it is not something they must earn.  My hope is that students will see that love from Christ each day from every teacher and staff member.  We are all forgiven and loved children of God.

Favorite Verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  -Philippians 4:13

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Liz Gonzalez - Receptionist

Ericka Southwick - Office Assistant