Bonne Faherty - Kindergarten, Preschool Director, Co-Principal


See above - Administration

Deb Henry - Kindergarten Support

Mrs. Deb was born in Toledo, Ohio and has lived in Florida for 14 years. She is a married mother of two children, Brendon age 15 and Emma age 11. Mrs. Deb has always enjoyed being with children. She is very involved at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School as a volunteer in her daughter’s classroom, as a past Sunday School teacher and leader for Vacation Bible School. Mrs. Deb was given the opportunity to volunteer at Lamb of God Preschool and after only two days a position opened up for a preschool aide. She jumped at the chance and discovered she found God’s calling for her life. Two years later, Mrs. Deb was offered a position here at Immanuel Lutheran Preschool. Mrs. Deb continues to grow in knowledge and wisdom as she prepares for her final evaluation to obtain her credential. She believes that God is working through her when she is teaching the children about Him and His love for each of us. Mrs. Deb enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, reading and going to the beach.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Desiree Dunphy - 1st grade


a. Education: I received a Masters degree in Education from American Intercontinental University in 2009.

b. Experience: I have been teaching for the last 14 years, children of all various ages as well as teens and adults with special needs. I have taught VPK for 6 years at a Christian school in Brandon.

c. Personal Biography:  I am a mother of 2 children. My daughter, Charizma, is currently a college student. My son, Darius attends Immanuel Lutheran School.  I enjoy spending time with my family. Some of the things I enjoy with my family are cooking, reading, playing board games, painting pottery, theatre/musicals, parks, and traveling.  I am actively involved in children’s ministries, small group Bible studies, and volunteering in my community.

d. Favorite Bible verse: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11

Lori Cole - 1st grade Paraprofessional


1st Grade Support Elementary

a. Education: The University of Tampa, B.A. in History, 2001, Hillsborough Community College, A.A. in Liberal Arts, 1998

b. Experience - I have 15 years of experience in banking and finance with Suncoast Credit Union and Space Coast Credit Union.  I worked for over 7 years in an academic environment as a staff member at The University of Tampa.  I also served 2 years as the Vice-Chairman on the ILS School Board, and decided this past year to pursue my life-long dream of teaching.

c. Personal Biography: I am a Tampa native, and have lived in Brandon for over 35 years.  I have been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1979, and was both confirmed and married here.  My husband and I have one child, Andrew, who currently is in the 8th grade at ILS.  Andrew participates in Cross Country and Varsity Basketball, and we are his biggest fans.  I enjoy traveling, reading, baking, spending time with family, watching football and hockey, and researching my family history.

d. My favorite Bible verses are: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you:  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 My favorite hymns are: “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb”, “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted”, and “I Know that My Redeemer Lives”.

Dannellys Rosario - 2nd grade


Ellen Reikowski - 3rd grade


a. Education: BA, University of South Florida – Journalism, Early Childhood and Elementary Education Florida Southern College

b. Experience: 

  • Preschool teacher 9 years, Children’s Academy & First United Methodist Church of Brandon, Florida
  • 5th grade teacher 12 years, Immanuel Lutheran School, Brandon, Florida
  • Currently in 9th year of teaching 3rd grade, Immanuel Lutheran School, Brandon, Florida

c. Personal Biography: Hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking, and children’s literature.

d. Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

DeeDee Marquez - 4th grade


Hello, my name is Deedee Marquez. I found my way to Immanuel Lutheran through my daughter Isabel. She attended St Mark Preschool in 2007 taught by our previous Preschool Director Mrs. Trish. After graduation, Trish asked me to stay on and work with the 3 year old class. I also continued teaching our first year here at Immanuel. Then my Army husband, our three children and I were sent to Rabat, Morocco for the two years. Stationed once again at MacDill my path has led me back to Immanuel. I have a degree from Florida State University in Elementary Education and was previously teaching 5th grade while in Morocco. My philosophy for preschool can be summed up in one word “FUN”. Every day, every child should have a pure moment or two of fun. Thank you for allowing me back into school family.

Favorite bible verse: Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. –Psalm 127:3

Mr. Moore - 5th grade



Bonne Faherty: Co-Principal, Prek-3rd grades


a. Education: Bachelor of Science :Early Childhood Education/ Special Education

b. Master of Arts: Emergent Reading Nova Southeastern University

c. 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

d. Personal Biography:  Ms. Bonne is originally from Long Island, New York and has lived in Florida for 13 years. She and her husband, Bill, have been married for 34 years and have 4 children. Chelsey is an intelligence analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Courtney is a Kindergarten teacher. Their third daughter Carley is currently the music teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School and studying to receive her Master's in Music Education and Vocal Performance, and their son Cody is a Riverview High School graduate beginning his college career.  Bonne enjoys spending time with her family and reading, and she likes it best if she can do both on a cruise ship or at Disney World!

e. 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

Lisa Talbott: Co-Principal, 4th-8th grades

a. Education: Teacher Certification, University of South Florida, Tampa FL (2010)

BBA, James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA: Information Systems (1987)

b. Experience:

Immanuel Lutheran School, Brandon FL, full-time Teacher (2009-present)
Immanuel Lutheran School, Brandon FL, part-time Math Teacher (2005-2009)
Immanuel Lutheran School, Brandon FL, Administrative Assistant (2001-2009)

c. Personal Biography:  Mrs. Talbott serves as 8th Grade Homeroom teacher and teaches 8th Grade Math, 8th Grade Algebra I Honors, 8th Grade American History, 7th Grade Civics, 6th Grade World History, and Middle School Current Events. Mrs. Talbott coordinates and leads the bi-annual field trip to Washington, D.C. for the 7th and 8th Grade students. She also enjoys coaching the Cross Country team.  Mrs. Talbott and her husband, Charlie, are parents to Zach and Ben, both graduates of ILS. The Talbotts are members of Christ the King Lutheran, Riverview FL where Mrs. Talbott serves as Treasurer of the congregation and a member of the choir.

Outside of school, Mrs. Talbott enjoys running (marathons and half-marathons), working in the yard, singing, scuba diving, and the beach. You can also find her cheering for her favorite sports teams – the Washington Redskins and the Gators!

d. Favorite Bible Verse: “Be still, and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10

Beth Bruce - Administrative Assistant


a. Education:

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University
  • Major – Early Childhood Education; Minor – Public Health Education

b. Experience:  Taught VPK and preschool children in early intervention schools. Worked with special needs children including infants who were exposed to drugs in utero and children K-5 at Easter Seals in Tampa.  Worked in customer service, purchasing and distribution in a variety of industries.

c. Personal Biography:  Born in Michigan and moved to Florida after getting married in 1985. I have three children. Member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Riverview, FL.  In my spare time I like to go to see the Tampa Bay Rays, Lightning, and US Soccer teams play. My husband and I are on a quest to see every major league baseball park.

d. Favorite Bible verse: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. -1 John 4:7-8

Melissa Schneider - Receptionist


a. Education:

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

b. Experience:

  • 11 years of experience in Customer Service and Retail Management, Publix Supermarkets 1997-2008
  • Recptionist, Immanuel Lutheran School 2013-currrent

c. Personal Biography:  I have been married to my wonderful husband Robert since 2003.  We have two beautiful daughters, both of which attend Immanuel.  I began working as the receptionist at the school during the 2013-14 school year after being a stay at home mom for almost five years.  Our family loves to spend time together at home, at the beach and at Disney. In my spare time I like to cook, read, go for bike rides, and spend time with family and friends.

d. Favorite Bible Verse: I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. –John 16:33

Christal Trlak - Admissions Counselor

Biography -

Middle School

Peg Rankin - 6th grade, Athletic Director


a. Education: BA Concordia University River Forest, IL 1978 Double Major: PE and Elementary Education Minor: Psychology

b. Experience:

  • 1996-present Immanuel Lutheran Brandon, FL 6th Grade, PE, Life Science, Math, Computer Education, Athletic Director, Patrol Leader
  • 1992-1996 Limona Elementary School, Brandon, FL : 5th grade
  • 1991-1992 Robles Elementary School, Tampa, FL: 4th grade
  • 1979-1990 Stevens Middle School, Wilmington, IL: 6-8 Middle School PE, Volleyball and Basketball Coach

c. Personal Biography:: 33 years of teaching experience in many areas and places.  Have always wanted to have my career in teaching.  Two children who graduated from Immanuel. Nick: Associate degree from HCC in architecture, works for Outdoor Impressions in design and sales and Kelsey: Working on degree in education at HCC and works as a nanny.  Member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Athletic Director and coach for Immanuel Lutheran School. Director of Elementary School after school sports program.  Creator of the Superstore for all students to participate in since 2003.  Creator of our fall and spring field days since 1996.  Started a yearly tutoring program between the sixth grade and preschool classes since 2011.  Her hobbies include fishing, reading, officiating High School volleyball, enjoying life, celebrating and decorating for holidays

d. Favorite Bible verse: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24

Deb Albers- 7th grade, Band Director


a. Education: BA Concordia University Chicago 1981 Major: PE Minor: Music

b. Experience:

  • 1997-present Immanuel Lutheran Brandon, FL: 7th grade
  • 1996-1997 Faith Lutheran Marietta, GA : 4th grade
  • 1994-1996 Immanuel Lutheran Brandon, FL: PE, Computer, Band, Science, AD
  • 1993-1994 Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Temple Terrace, FL: 5/6 grade teacher
  • 1984-1993 Our Redeemer Lutheran Dallas, TX :5/6 teacher, coach, Band Director
  • 1981-1984 St. Paul Lutheran West Allis, WI : 7th grade, coach, AD

c. Personal Biography:  37th year of teaching in Lutheran schools, Teaches PE, instrumental Music, Life Science, Math and is often seen driving the school bus.  Two children who attended Immanuel. Matthew: Captain in AF, married to Cara with two beautiful children.  Adam: Private Investigator, married to Tawni with one beautiful child.  Mrs. Albers attends Immanuel Lutheran Church and will often play her trumpet at various church services.  Her hobbies include outside activities, music, sports, and making people smile.

d. Favorite Bible verse: I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. -Phil. 4:13

Lisa Talbott - 8th grade, Co- Principal


See above - administration

Deb Hill - Science


a. Education:

  • BS University of Tennessee
  • MS University of Tennessee

b. Experience: 9 years teaching at Immanuel

c. Personal Biography: Married with 2 children. As a military wife I have been employed not only in education (~ 11 years prior to Immanuel ) but in business, health services, and charitable organizations. I enjoy travel, reading and swimming in my spare time.

d. Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

Liz Diaz - Language Arts, Spanish


a. Education:

  • B.A. – English and French, Indiana University
  • M.Ed. – Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University

b. Experience:

  • 1 year former teaching experience in public school
  • 3 years teaching at ILS

c. Personal Biography:  I enjoy reading, traveling and scuba diving.  Former career in business, fluent in several languages.  Our family purpose is to serve!

d. Favorite Bible verse: My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. -2 Corinthians 12:9

Electives and Support

Carley Faherty - Music & Chorus


Mari Muniz - Extended Care Director & Art Teacher


Barb Elliott - Response to Intervention



Karla Chaviano - VPK Teacher


Chelsea Eaton - Prek (3 year old) Teacher


a. Education: Child Development Associate Certificate through the Child Development Educational Alliance

b. Experience: 2014 – present Preschool teacher (3 year olds) Immanuel Lutheran School

c. Personal Biography: I was raised in Salt Lake City, UT.  I have four beautiful children ranging from 10-20 years old, 2 of which currently attend ILS.  I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom for most of my children’s lives.  I enjoy working with ages 3-5 years old. I am involved with the high school youth at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

d. Favorite Bible Verse: I can do all this through him who gives me strength.    – Philippians

Ingrid Garcia - Preschool Support


Crystal Hall - Prek (3 year old) Teacher

C. Personal Biography: I’m married to my husband Troy and we have a 5yr old daughter named Claire. We attend Immanuel Lutheran Church. Claire started preschool at ILS when she was 3. I remember how nervous my husband I were to have Claire starting preschool at the age of 3. We met Mrs. Trish when we came to tour the preschool. After meeting with Mrs. Trish we knew instantly that this is where we wanted Claire to attend Preschool. She had Mrs. Holly the first year here whom Claire really adored. Last year Claire attended VPK with Mrs. Trish and Mrs. Holly for her teachers. She was so excited to have them both as her teachers. Claire will be continuing her schooling at ILS. We are very excited to have Mrs. Bonne for her kindergarten teacher this year. I started subbing in the 3yr old classroom last year and had the privilege to work with Mrs. Deb and Mrs. Dee Dee throughout the year. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to get my 40hrs in early child care, which led to the opportunity for me to become the Asst Teacher. I’m very excited to be starting here this fall as a staff member of the ILS Preschool Family.

d. Favorite Bible Verse: Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path -Psalm 119: 105

Holly McLean - VPK Teacher, Preschool Co-Director

Valerie Spoto _ VPK Teacher


  • Associates of Arts and Science in Early Childhood Education, Cumberland
  • County College, Vineland, New Jersey.
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, State College of Florida


  • First United Methodist Kindergarten, First United Methodist Church of Brandon, Florida.
  • August 2004-June 2015, I have taught various programs with 3’s, 4’s and VPK.
  • Saint Patrick’s Catholic School, Tampa, Florida.  I taught the three year old program in 1989-1990.
  • Gainesville Country Day School, Gainesville, Florida. I taught three and four year olds during 1985-1989.

Personal Biography:I married my college sweetheart Joe Spoto.  We have been married for 28 years.  We have three children. I am active in my church and belong to United Methodist Women which supports women and children’s ministries locally and abroad. My women’s circle is D.O.T.S. or Daughters of The Son, our goal is to create and develop a supportive Christian fellowship, meet for prayer and spiritual growth.  The activities include support COPA in the Dominican Republic, the church food co-op, make Meals on Wheels favors, and support the Outreach clinic.   In addition, my family serves taking turns on the ushering committee.  I enjoy traveling, camping, cooking and spending time with our family.  My director, Susan Pardue, retired at First United Methodist Kindergarten after 42 years of service, and I wanted to teach VPK again.  I was delighted when a VPK position came open at Immanuel Lutheran School.  I want to teach VPK in a Christ Centered environment.  Immanuel Lutheran School is Biblical based, family oriented, and has outstanding academics.   I enjoy teaching preschool and I am looking forward to the new school year!

Favorite Bible Verse:
“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15

Katie Wilcox - VPK Teacher