Leadership

Head of School
DAWN ENGLE

Dawn Engle joined the Real Life Christian Academy family in 2015 as the Director of Student Services following 11 years’ as a classroom teacher in both public and private schools. She was then promoted to the position Upper School Principal in which she served for two years. She then accepted the position of Lower School Principal and served there for two years. Dawn is thrilled to begin the 20-21 school year as the Academy Head of School.

Her experience in Christian education and love for the Lord have driven her passion to build meaningful relationships with students, parents, and school community. She is dedicated to continuing an exceptional academic program, equipping students with a biblical worldview, and creating agile leaders. Mrs. Engle received both her bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s and doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. She is certified in kindergarten through 12th grade education, clinical education, is ESOL and reading specialist endorsed, and is author of two children’s books. She and Tim, her husband, reside in Clermont and are proud parents of two children, Ella and Lane.


Principal
Dr. Charles Williams Jr.

Charles is married to his lovely wife Betsy. Together, they have been Real Life Church members since 2008. Charles volunteers on the worship team, Vida Real, greeting team, and helps on the usher team, while Betsy volunteers with MOPS & the Gear Store. They have 3 beautiful girls who also attend RLCA. Charles and Betsy also have led and participated in several RL life groups throughout the years.

Charles was born and raised in Long Island, NY, where he played collegiate basketball, and was a professional NYC musician. He holds a BA in Music from Stony Brook University, a MA in Music theory and composition from Long Island University, a M.Ed. from the University of Cincinnati, and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

Charles has 17 years of public school education; 9 years as a classroom teacher, and 8 years in administration. Charles believes in “seeking the kingdom of God first, and everything else will be added.” Matthew 6:33




Admissions Director
Amy Lowry
Amy Lowry has been an active member at Real Life Christian Church since 2008, serving as a life group and worship leader. Amy attended the University of Central Arkansas where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Education. She has 18 years of classroom and teaching experience in both the public and private school setting. She taught in the public school system for 13 years as a special education teacher, teaching students from grades K-12, and was a school-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Coach. She holds a Florida Teacher Certification in grades PK-3, K-6, ESE K-12, and ESOL endorsement. Amy joined the Real Life Christian Academy family in 2014. For the past 5 years, Amy has been a third grade teacher, Chapel Coordinator, Lower School Lead Teacher and was promoted to Admissions Director.

She is married to her husband, Erik, of 23 years and they have two teenage children who both attend the Academy. In her spare time, you can find Amy drinking coffee, running marathons with her dad, bike riding, paddle boarding, and spending time with her family and friends. Amy has a heart for sharing the love of Jesus with students and families and is committed to serving the community alongside the RLCA family.




Student Services Director

Adam Danapilis

Adam was born and raised in St. Joseph, MI, where he grew up playing, coaching, and officiating baseball and football. He holds a BA in Special Education from Elmhurst College and a MA in School Administration from Grand Valley State University. During his 19-year career in education, Adam has been a classroom teacher, teacher consultant, transition coordinator, program administrator, and school principal. Adam believes in preparing all students to live a meaningful and purpose-filled life. He is passionate about supporting students where they are at and taking them to new heights so they can achieve their post-secondary goals.

Adam has been married to his high school sweetheart Lisa for 18 years. They have 2 wonderful teenage children. Adam and his family are excited to be part of Real Life Christian Academy, connect with the church family, engage with the community of Clermont, and be faithful stewards for the cause of Christ in order to make an eternal difference and grow His kingdom.

Adam enjoys spending quality time with his family playing games, being outdoors, walking their dog Gibbs, and watching his 2 children play sports. His daily encouragement comes from the Bible and leans on Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”




Athletics Director
Debi Lawson

Married for 37 yrs to Ron Lawson

2 children-Ron Lawson III & Ashley Wilmore (married to Josh Wilmore)

2 grandchildren-Lily Grace Wilmore-2 yrs old and Levi Allen Wilmore- 2 months old

Coached Volleyball, Basketball & Softball for over 20 yrs / Athletic Director for 25 yrs / worked in Christian Education-25 yrs

A.D. at Real Life Christian Academy-11 yrs. Member of RLCC

Favorite Bible Verse- Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

I continually hope to inspire young people through love and kindness. Jesus forgives us and loves us unconditionally and that is what I try to do to our young people. We live in difficult times and it is very important that we LOVE one another and be KIND to one another.

Free time...GRANDKIDS!!!!




Virtual Learning Director
Peggy Pearson

Hi there! My name is Peggy Pearson. Before I got married in March, you may have known me as Ms. Alex. I have had the privilege of being one of the Real Life’s 5th grade teachers for the past five years. This year, I will be stepping into a new role. I will be RLCA’s Virtual Learning Director.

My role for the academy this year will be to support our virtual learning community. In the unprecedented time of Covid-19, our staff has decided to open up a virtual learning platform so that your child can continue to receive a Christ-centered education from home. We are thrilled that you have chosen to partner with us online, and we are looking forward to the academic, social, and spiritual gains that your child will make this year.




Curriculum Resource Teacher
Kristy Tallon

Hi Real Life family! My name is Kristy Tallon and I have been at Real Life Christain Academy for three years teaching The Fabulous Fourth Graders. I am also the advisor for our school’s Safety Patrol and the National Elementary Honor Society at RLCA.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education with a minor in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University, and continued my education with a Master’s degree from Walden University in Reading and Literacy. This school year makes my fourteenth year of teaching - which is so hard to believe! Those fourteen years have been in both public and private schools in both special education and standard classroom settings. Most of my teaching career has been in Florida with two years in Georgia.

My husband Scott and I have been married for 19 years and have a 15 year old daughter, Kaylee. We relocated with my husband’s job to Central Florida five years ago and we love living here. Kaylee is an amazing student athlete who plays varsity as well as travel softball and loves to surf. We also have a furbaby Petey whom we rescued 6 years ago. Our family are members of Real Life at Clermont and have attended since our move here.

I am beyond excited to begin a new role as the Curriculum Resource Teacher at RLCA. My heart and vision of this role is to support the instructional needs of the students as well as supporting the needs of our amazing teachers. My focus will be on making sure we are providing the best curriculum and instructional practices possible in PreK-12th grade.

I love what Jeremiah 29:11 says “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.” We are doing amazing things at Real Life Christian Academy and I can’t wait to see the plans God continues to unfold!