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Walt Shaffner



Walt Shaffner serves as the Headmaster for the Bell Shoals Baptist Academy, a ministry of Bell Shoals Baptist Church.  Mr. Shaffner holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of South Florida, which has lead him to a life-long career within the education industry. 

Prior to his arrival at the Academy, Mr. Shaffner worked in two different Hillsborough County school districts, serving at ten unique sites during the span of his 38-year career.  His career has included roles such as, Band Director (12 years), Assistant Principal (4 years), Principal (16 years) and District level Director of numerous innovative programs (8 years).  

Mr. Shaffner has been a member of Bell Shoals Baptist Church since 1989, serving in various ministries including the Worship Ministry, Deacon Fellowship, as well as the Academy Steering Committee. 

Mr. Shaffner and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Sarah and Tyler.  Sarah recently graduated from The University of South Florida with a degree in Elementary Education and Tyler is currently working towards a degree in Finance from the University of Florida.   

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Sandra Carnley



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Michele Kline

Assistant Principal


Mrs. Kline serves as assistant principal at Bell Shoals. She holds both a Masters and Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. She is certified by both ACSI and the State of Florida.  She has multiple certifications from the state of Florida: Gifted Education, Biology, Middle Grades Science, and Elementary Education.

Although Mrs. Kline’s greatest passion is Christian school, she has served in public schools (Hillsborough County and Lee County) as well as other private industries such as The Florida Aquarium.  Mrs. Kline has been on the staff of Campus Life, Youth for Christ, working with at risk students.  She has taught middle school and high school Bible studies, children’s church and discipleship.

When not in school, Mrs. Kline enjoys camping, kayaking and spending time with her family.

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Sue Potteiger

Assistant Principal


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Gyia Carney

ELC Director-Brandon


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Jennifer Goldstein

AEP Director


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Jennifer Boucher

Media Center Director


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Diann Bryan

Explorers Club Director


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Linda Heath

Athletic Director


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Cheryl Higgins



I have been a team member at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy since 1998. I have served in various positions, within the Academy. I have spent the majority of my time, at BSBA, serving in the Academy office. The main responsibility of my job is scheduling tours with prospective families, registering all students and assisting families with various needs. It brings me so much joy to see a new family connect with BSBA! Many families tell me, as we are touring the school, that it just “feels” right at BSBA. Every time they say this, I smile, because I know that it is the Holy Spirit that is alive at our school and it is His presence that creates this “feeling”.

I was raised in a home that was centered on Christ. We were taught that we are created to serve the Lord and strive to be more like Him every day. My husband and I committed to follow this same path for our home. Our entire family are believers in Jesus Christ, and we are all very active at a local church.

My husband is Scott, and we have twin sons, Collin and Caleb, who are both newlyweds. Our family was blessed with two “daughter-in-loves”, Lexi and Tiffani. Scott and I are now “empty nesters”, and we are trying to get adjusted to this new chapter of our lives. We have two boxer puppies that keep us busy!

I pray that God will continue to use me and BSBA for His glory, and that many students and families will come to know Him through this ministry.

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Anita Cabrera



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Zonia Parker



Mary Beth Green

Apollo Beach ELC Director


Charlotte Smith

Administration Finance