Leadership Team

Jim Werner – Founder/Administrator

Jim is the Founder and Administrator of Circle Christian School. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jim has a passion for his family and loves challenging parents and students to understand that education goes beyond mere academic accomplishment.  The learner must be equipped with skills for building relationships, developing character, and fully engaging with all life experiences.  He believes that Jesus Christ is the foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.  John 17:3  Jim is a graduate of Miami Christian College.

Linda Werner – Co-Founder/Director
Linda‘s love for her children empowered her to establish the vision for the development of Circle Christian School. The five Werner children were enrolled in Circle from Kindergarten through their high school graduations. Her current role in the organization is that of an encourager to the staff, teachers, and families. 
Linda is also the founder of Legacy Principles, a ministry created to encourage women in their high calling of womanhood. For over thirty years, Linda has influenced and trained hundreds of women in their roles as mothers and teachers. Her passion includes mentoring women to pursue personal growth for God’s Glory. Her commitment to families and a passion for helping people understand their strengths make her an invaluable asset in the continued growth of the Circle community.


Tim Werner – Executive Business Director

Tim graduated from Circle in 2006 and received an AA degree from Valencia in 2008, before attending University of Central Florida and ultimately receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Liberty University. He has worked for Circle 12 years. He began teaching the extracurricular class, Kids at Play, and then slowly began taking on more responsibility. He worked in the Athletic Department as the Assistant AD for three years, before taking over the department in 2013. In June 2018 the Board of Directors appointed him to the position of Executive Business Director. Tim married Andrea (a Circle grad) in 2009.  They have three children.

Mike Stroup – Director of Operations and Finance

Mike joined the administrative team in April 2007 after spending twelve years in the insurance industry. He is married to his wife, Joann and they have two children, Jordynn (’10) and Tristynn (’15). Both are Circle graduates. 
He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. His personal mission statement is “Empowering, Encouraging and Supporting Others to Reach Their Maximum Potential.” His strengths, based on the Strengths Finder Assessment, are Relator, Strategic, Responsibility, Developer and Includer

Mike Elmer – Director of Spiritual Formation

Mike Elmer is the Director of Spiritual Formation, in addition to being hired as an Upper School Teacher. Mike’s focus, in addition to his teaching (Speech and Debate classes), will include working closely with the upper school academic team, and the executive and administrative leadership teams of the school. As Circle’s Director of Spiritual Formation, Mike will help students, athletes and artists better understand the process of spiritual formation, which is being conformed to the image of Christ for the glory of God and for the sake of others (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and Master’s of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has successfully served in various capacities of student development for a number of years. Mike moves from the Boston area to Central Florida with his wife, Esther of 12 years and their four children.


Annette Franklin – Director of Technology

Annette Franklin holds a M.A in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Mass Communications with a minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University. She is a graduate of the Startup Institute in New York City where she specialized in Business Development and Sales. Annette has worked as an executive coach and business consultant for online businesses teams around the globe for the past 7 years. She will also be teaching the dual enrollment Introduction to Web Design and Development course. 

Sue McIntyre – Director of Guidance

Sue’s role and responsibility is to oversee the guidance of high school students. She plays a very active role in assisting students in the development of a personalized course plan to match their God-given strengths with appropriate academic rigor. Early preparation for college is critical in this competitive era, so Sue provides seminars for parents and students including guest speakers from numerous universities. Sue also directs the annual assessment program including the NWEA Measurement of Academic Progress, College Board’s PSAT and from ACT the PLAN exams.

Sue holds a Masters of Education from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor’s of Education from University of Northern Iowa. She loves education and especially loves working with parents and students as they prepare for their next station in life.

Front Office Team
Penny Martin Business Office and Bookstore Manager PennyM@circlechristianschool.org
Cassie Ishani Front Desk Receptionist CassieI@circlechristianschool.org
Guidance Team
Rayna Sousa Guidance Counselor RaynaS@circlechristianschool.org
Mary Jane Jenkins Academic Office Assistant MaryjaneJ@circlechristianschool.org
Robin Smith Registrar, Records Office & Transcripts RobinS@circlechristianschool.org
Loresa Powell Records Office LoresaP@circlechristianschool.org
Jeri Byrd Assistant to Director of Guidance JeriB@circlechristianschool.org
Cheryl Adams Admissions Specialist CherylA@circlechristianschool.org
Linda Buskirk Assistant to Guidance LindaB@circlechristianschool.org


Gretchen Simmonds – Director of Lower School

Gretchen Simmonds is Director of Lower School. She is a familiar face around Circle. She has taught 6th grade in the Frameworks program since 2011 and has served as Frameworks Program Director for the past 4 years. In her new role as Lower School Director, Gretchen will be providing parental support, guiding educational programming, leading teachers, and encouraging students.

Dianne Richardson – Director of Upper School

Dianne began her adventure with Circle Christian School in 1995.  While her children were part of Circle, she teamed with others to write and publish curriculum as well as develop and teach high school classes. Her philosophy of education stems from a personal desire to do all things above reproach and with excellence as unto the Lord as well as providing powerful partnerships between parents, students, and teachers that transform lives to the Glory of God. Both of Dianne’s children graduated from Circle, went on to successful college experiences and are now in business and education careers. In addition to serving her Circle family, she seeks to faithfully serve her church family at One Hope Church near UCF as an Elder’s wife, community group leader, and mentor to other women. Dianne is excited to embrace the challenges and opportunities that will accomplish Circle’s vision for God-glorifying academic excellence.

Upper School Support Team 

Bryna Cannon eLearning Campus Administrator BrynaC@circlechristianschool.org
Karen Stella Student Volunteer Coord./US Campus Director KarenS@circlechristianschool.org
Jan Brunson Parent Teacher Liason JanB@circlechristianschool.org
Laura Freeland Parent Teacher Liason LauraF@circlechristianschool.org
Mark Caulfield – Athletic Director

Mark is Circle Christian School’s Director of Athletics. He had previously served as the Associate Athletic Director in addition to coaching the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Mark is passionate about developing competitive teams that strive for excellence while also building on the spiritual formations and life applications that athletics has the unique opportunity to build into each athlete. He looks to come alongside coaches and families to help strengthen community through teams that live Christ and compete in a way that glorifies God.  Mark holds a BS from the University of Florida in Health and Human Performance and has studied extensively at Reformed Theological Seminary. He married his high school sweetheart Karen and they have 3 grown children and 4 precious grandchildren. 

Erin Theriault- Arts Director

Erin Theriault is thrilled to be Circle Christian School’s Arts Director. She has been a part of the Circle Theatre Company family since 2007, serving in a variety of capacities. She is currently also the CTC Vocal Director and has musically directed many CTC shows including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Through the Looking Glass, The Marvelous Wonderettes ’58, Jingle in the City,and Anything Goes.  Erin also spent many years as a performer, and has appeared on television, in musical theatre, and in concerts throughout the United States, Japan, and South America with Ray Conniff and the Singers. In addition to live performances, Erin has a variety of recordings to her credit as both a singer and songwriter, and has worked with such artists as Richard Carpenter and Glenn Frey. As a performer herself, she loves being a part of helping students find their own passion and love for the arts. She currently resides in Sorrento, FL, where she performs her favorite role of wife to David and mom to Jake (CTC alum and current CSP Director) and Sam (CTC alum and Palm Beach Atlantic University Music Composition Major, Class of 2019).