Upper School 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, Gear Store, and Real Life Co-Op. They have 3 beautiful girls together; Elyn, 8, Emma, 6, and Ella, almost 3, who are involved in Kids Life and Real-Life Co-Op. Charles and Betsy also have led and participated in several small group studies 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
Lower School Principal
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 2 years. She then accepted the position of Lower School Principal last year and currently continues to serve in this position.
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 her master’s 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.
Student Services Director
Heather Alexander joined the Real Life Christian Academy team in 2016 as the Director of Student Services. Heather earned her Bachelors degree from Florida State University and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Prior to joining the RLCA team, Heather worked as a School Counselor in both Lake and Orange County Public Schools, as well as served as a College Counselor for Orange County Public School students working directly with students on the college application and admission process. Heather has a passion for helping students succeed down the educational path God has set forth for them. She believes in working toward what is best for the individual student academically, emotionally and spiritually.
Heather resides in Clermont with her husband Jason, and their two boys Will (5) and Ben (1). In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending lots of time with her family, visiting the theme parks and enjoying the beach and outdoors.