Our Faculty

Our staff are believers in Jesus Christ. They are committed to their faith and teach and live their lives as Christian citizens.

Our faculty does more than simply instruct students; they mentor young minds to learn, lead and serve. As we grow our school, we grow His kingdom. We are a community Christian school on the beautiful campus of First Baptist Church, Amelia Island, Florida.

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Dr. John Ackermann, Principal/Head of School

John Ackermann began his career in 1980 as a teacher of Technology Education and later General Science with the Pittsburgh Public Schools in southwestern Pennsylvania. During his 21 years as a middle school classroom teacher, he was assigned leadership positions as an Instructional Teacher Leader, Student Teaching Supervisor, Summer School Program Coordinator, and Head Coach in basketball, soccer, and cross country. John also held the position of Assistant Principal before assuming the role of Middle School Principal with the neighboring Steel Valley School District in 2002. There he was responsible for writing and implementing several school improvement plans including the redesign of the curriculum and master schedule which reduced overcrowding, improved academic performance, and resulted in the school making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the first time under the No Child Left Behind mandate.

Mr. Ackermann also worked as a middle level principal with the Chartiers Valley School District in Pittsburgh from 2005 until retirement in 2015. There he was responsible for creating school improvement plans, writing directional reports and making curricular changes to align with state mandated academic standards. John was also charged with writing numerous grants which resulted in the school receiving funding to implement a number of STEM and Art education programs. He was also awarded grant funding that created several after school reading and math programs. John also oversaw the middle school design team that drew up plans for a newly constructed 800 student middle school which opened in 2017.

Mr. Ackermann’s academic credentials include: Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education degrees from California University of Pennsylvania. He also obtained K-6 Principal and Secondary Principal certifications from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility and Doctor of Education degree in Administration and Leadership Studies, also from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

John and his wife Betsy relocated to the Fernandina Beach area in 2017 and are members of First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach.

Academic Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Industrial Arts,1980, California University of Pennsylvania

  • Master of Education, Elementary Education, 2001, California University of Pennsylvania

  • Principal's Certification Elementary and Secondary, 2002, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Doctor of Education, Administration and Leadership Studies, 2012 Indiana University of Pennsylvania.