Pastor Tom Parlier, is the pastor of the West Oaks Church of God, as well as the Administrator of West Oaks Academy. Pastor Tom has been serving as Senior Pastor since 2000. His ministry began within our church in 1981, serving as minister of music, in addition to serving as principal of Hiawassee Christian Academy, later to become West Oaks Academy. A graduate of Evans High School as well as Valencia Community College, later receiving his B.A. Degree in religious education from International Bible Seminary. He is married to Teresa Parlier, his wife of 44 years. His daughter, Kristen, is a graduate of West Oaks Academy and recently received her Doctorate in Education from Liberty University. Pastor P, as the students lovingly refer to him, can be found on Sunday mornings, sharing the word of God, as well as directing the band and singers from the piano. During the week, you might see him helping out with the lunches and even driving a school bus when needed. He certainly has a Servant’s Heart.
Michelange Bertrand began his educational career at Turner Job Corps, in Albany Georgia in 1999 as a math teacher. He later spent two years teaching before accepting a position with Sprint PCS as a trainer. Four years later, he transitioned back into the classroom teaching math and a myriad of other subjects. In 2011, he accepted his first principal position as he continues to diligently making an impact in the lives of young people.- He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Albany State University in 1999, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix in 2009, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Supervision in 2012. He served in various leadership roles including: Student Advocate/Parent Liaison for multilingual Department, Instructional Support and Curriculum Specialist. He firmly believes in the importance of finding the genius in every child by creating strong relationships with them, helping them develop social-emotional skills and setting high expectations to ensure each scholar reaches his/her maximum academic potential.
I have a true passion for working with our youngest learners. I can reflect back to my teenage years; when I would have Children’s Church and how excited I was to be able to lead Sunday school, from making the programs to creating activities for everyone to do. I believe that truly lead me on the path in Early Childhood Education. Working with the Head start/Early Childhood age children for over 13 years I wanted a change Summer of 2022 but couldn’t just eliminate working and engaging with children on a daily basis, so I decided to take a new challenge and be in the office full time. I truly believe God led me to West Oaks Academy. I have always been responsible for handling administrative support functions inside and outside of the classroom and now I get a chance to make sure God is 1st every step of the way.
II have been teaching at West Oaks for 9 years. I am so excited to be here and I look forward to a wonderful year! I graduated from Indiana University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree and Associate’s Degree. I believe that children are a gift and possess diverse talents and capabilities. I consider it a privilege to help facilitate their learning and academic growth. I believe each student learns in their own way and style. I strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment where each student can have the opportunity to experience success and progress. It is my goal to help encourage my students to look beyond the four walls of our classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery.
Education was not my first thought once I finished high school or college. I actually graduated from Central Florida College on the President’s and Dean’s List with degree in Medical Information Technology as well as Medical Assistance. I was not until I started a temporary, turned permanent position with West Oaks Academy that I realized how much I loved working with kids. This suddenly became my passion and on this journey, I’ve encountered many wonderful men and women who’ve given me so many gems and words of encouragement. In the words of Mrs. Michelle Obama-“The journey doesn’t end, it’s a forwards motion to better yourself”. I’m always evolving, learning new concepts, tackling new challenges, and growing wiser as a women, and most importantly a mother. I pray that I’ll continue to walk in the light of my beloved mother, grandmother, sister and ancestors. May their wings and their words continue to guide me on this journey.