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Leadership Team

Marc Mortensen Dr. Marc Mortensen
Senior Pastor
Dr. Mortensen came to First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake in 1975 as the Youth Pastor and a Bible teacher for Westwood Christian. He was the administrator for the school from 1976 to 1989. In March of 2004, he became the second Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake.
   
William Thomson Mr. Bill Thomson
Head Administrator and Secondary School Principal
Mr. Thomson has been a staff member at Westwood Christian School for 25 years. He oversees all operations of the school for grades K2-12. His responsibilities include teacher supervision, academic success, student behavior, maintaining security and safety throughout the school campus, emphasizing a Biblical worldview in every aspect of the school program, fostering a “family-Christian” atmosphere, and vision-casting for current and future success.
   
Christie Ross Mrs. Christie Ross
Elementary Principal
Mrs. Ross's role as elementary principal is to look for ways to improve the students, parents, and teachers experiences at school. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing programs and curriculum within the elementary division. She provides support to the teachers through professional development, ensuring that every child receives the best possible education.
   
Paula Viquez Ms. Paula Viquez
Preschool Director
Mrs. Viquez is passionate about Early Childhood Education and building strong minds. She wholeheartedly believes Early Childhood Education is the foundation for a well-established faith, strong character, and excellent academics. Her focus is to provide support for both students and families. Ms. Viquez is proud to be a part of Westwood Christian School and is committed to building a Christ-centered atmosphere and establishing a loving and enriching learning environment for all students, teachers, and staff. As part of the preschool curriculum, Ms. Viquez has set an emphasis on experiential learning, focusing on hands-on activities since this provides students with the ability to develop and learn a myriad of skills to help them grow.
   
Ben Powell Mr. Benjamin Powell
Secondary Staff Administrator
Mr. Powell assists Mr. Thomson with various administrative tasks necessary to run the Middle and High School. He also assists with the scheduling of teachers and classes annually. He acts as a bridge between secondary staff and the administrator, promoting academic integrity. Finally, he fills in for the administrator when he is away representing the school, as well as coordinating summer school.
   
Sean Fullerton Pastor Sean Fullerton
Pastor of Student Ministries
Pastor Fullerton is responsible for meeting with students about issues with discipline; he teaches high school Bible and other electives, and assists in whatever else needs to be accomplished. He describes himself as an "all around good guy."
   
Laurie Oksanen Ms. Laurie Oksanen
Guidance Counselor
Ms. Oksanen works with students to help them discover where they will find the greatest academic success, both at Westwood and in their future studies. She organizes parent/teacher conferences, maintains and implements Student Educational Plans, coordinates Stanford and college preparatory testing, assists with course scheduling and serves as the English Department Head. She taught in New Jersey and in Maryland for nine years before coming to WCS in 1997. She has a BS in Secondary Education (English/history) and Master of Education in English.

Contact Info

Emblem Westwood Christian School
5801 SW 120th Ave.
Miami, Fl  33183
305.274.3380

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