Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Mr. Stephen Herr, M.A.
Mr. Herr has been the principal of East Pasco Adventist Academy for eight years. This is his 17th year of teaching, and currently teaches Music for grades 5-10, Computers for 5&6, Math for 7&8, as well as Algebra. He received his Masters degree in Religious Education from Andrews University and his Bachelors degree in Religious Education from Southern Adventist University.
He and his wife, Jamie, have two daughters, Savannah and Brooklyn, and two sons, Dylan and Easton.

Mrs. Merrilyn Johnson
Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
Merrilyn Johnson has lived in Zephyrhills for over a decade and is no stranger to EPAA. Before joining the teaching team at EPAA, she was the hot lunch coordinator, active parent volunteer, and after school tutor. She graduated from Southern Adventist University and is married to James Johnson, pastor of the Carrollwood and Plant City Seventh-day Adventist Churches. Her children, Carys and Aiden, are students at EPAA. 

Mrs. Julie Center, M.S.
Mrs. Center has taught at EPAA for 20 of her 22 years of teaching experience. She completed her Masters degree in Inclusive Education from Southern Adventist University in December 2012 which is also where she received her Bachelors degree. She and her husband, Doug, have two children who both attended EPAA. Lexie graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Public Relations in May of 2016 and Parker is a junior at SAU this year.

Mrs. Natasha Garcia-Lane, B.A.
1st & 2nd Grade
This is Natasha Garcia-Lane's first year at EPAA. We are excited to announce that we have hired Mrs. Natasha Garcia-Lane from Gainesville as the grades 1-2 teacher. Mrs. Garcia with her husband and four children relocated to Zephyrhills this July.

Mrs. Nirva Dorcin-Joseph, M.A.
3rd & 4th Grade
Nirva Dorcin-Joseph is in her eleventh year as a teacher within the Seventh-day Adventist school system. She grew up and lived in the Northeast for most of her life. Mrs. Joseph graduated from Andrews University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Social Studies. In 2010, she graduated with an M.A. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix. During her free time, she enjoy traveling, reading, meeting new people, and spending time with her family. She loves teaching and watching each child grow spiritually and academically. 
Mr. Jesse Benton, B.A
5th-10th Grades - Language Arts, Social Studies/History, PE
This is Jesse Benton's fifth year of teaching at EPAA. He teaches grades 5-10 Language Arts and Social Studies. This is his 13th year teaching. Before coming to EPAA, Mr. Benton taught in his hometown of Hagerstown, Maryland, for nine years, and in Gainesville, Florida, for one year. Mr. Benton graduated from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland, with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and minor in philosophy. Mr. Benton and his wife, Tarah (who is an alumnus of EPAA), have a daughter named Odessa.

Ms. Frances Young, B.S.
5th-10th Grades
Ms. Frances Young has taught in the Adventist school system for 22 years, most recently in Gainesville. She teaches Grades 5-10 Science and Biology, and Language Arts and Math to Grades 5 & 6. She enjoys fishing, horses, gardening, camping, writing, and her pet dog, Angel. Ms. Young is the proud mama of two adult sons, Scott and Adam.

Mrs. Tarah Benton, B.S.
Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)

Mr. Norman Claypool

Maintenance & Grounds
Ms. Christina Head
Ms. Lexie Center
Office & Marketing Coordinator

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