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.
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.