Mrs. Padilla, K9-K12 Teacher
Mrs. Padilla holds a master's degree in English (option in TESOL) from California State University, East Bay, and a B.S. in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught college composition, general high school English, and a variety of university extension ESL courses. While raising her family, she also worked as an English and grammar homeschool consultant, as well as an online corporate business English instructor. She has been married since 1999, and is the mother of four school-aged children. Outside of work, Mrs. Padilla enjoys exercise, painting, travel, and playing board games with her family.
Mrs. Danford, K2-K3 Teacher
Mrs. Danford holds an A.S. in Nursing from Keiser University. She began her career as a nurse prior to being blessed with three children of her own. Knowing she was being called by the Lord, and always having a deep love for children, she began teaching various age groups at several churches across the country. She also worked with home-school groups as well as PALCS Charter School in Pennsylvania. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, and serving with them at church.
Mrs. Kerwood, K4-K6 Teacher
Mrs. Kerwood holds a B.S. in Communications from Florida State University. After working in the communication and tourism marketing industry for several years, she felt the Lord calling her to a new career path. She worked as a long-term substitute teaching high school and helping out with the youth at her church when the Lord opened the door at KCA. Outside of work, Mrs. Kerwood enjoys reading, exploring the New Smyrna Beach area, and serving at her church. She currently lives in Edgewater with her husband and two dogs.
Mrs. Smurr, K-K1 Teacher
Mrs. Smurr holds a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from NOVA Southeastern University, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. She also holds State of Florida Professional Certifications in:
1. PreKindergarten/Primary PK-3
2. Exceptional Student Education - Grades K-12
3. English for Speakers of Other Languages - Grades K-12
4. Social Science -Grades 6-12
Mrs. Smurr is thrilled to be here with us at Knight's Christian Academy!
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