Email: Mrs. Gruber
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1994, from Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin. I have taught in Christian schools in Illinois,South Carolina, and now Florida. I have enjoyed each grade that I’ve taught! I have 4 children of my own, 3 of whom I homeschooled from K5-12th grade. My youngest is now enrolled at Venice Christian School in 11th grade. I have always had a love for teaching and also for missions. For 4 years we lived in the Dominican Republic where I helped other missionaries and taught English classes to both adults and children. In 2016 we moved to Florida where I began teaching in the classroom again. My favorite part of being a teacher is the moment when a student finally “gets it” and I can see it on his/her face! I want to help students not only move on academically but I also want to help them grow spiritually and to build on their character that their parents have already started on.
Email: Mrs. Hasselbring
Mrs. Margaret Hasselbring grew up in Venice, graduated from Venice High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from USF. Her husband is a pastor, has allowed them to live in various parts of the country over the years. After leaving Venice they moved to Illinois and then Grand Rapids, Michigan for 18 years. The Lord called them back to Venice and they are enjoying their time of ministry at Venice Church of the Nazarene. They have adult children and are thankful for the time they can all spend together as a family. Mrs. Hasselbring teaches Government/Economics, World History, Geography and American History.
Email: Mr. Koach
Mr. Koach is a native of Sarasota, Florida. He presently lives in Venice with his wife Terry who also teaches at Venice Christian. Mr. Koach received his BS degree in Biology (Pre-veterinary Medicine) from Florida State University and His MS degree in Health-Fitness Management from American University. He presently teaches high school math and science at VCS. Mr. Koach is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys the year around outdoor, Florida lifestyle.
Email: Mrs. Lawson
I was born near Youngstown, Ohio. I have been singing in the church since the age of 6 and was called into music ministry at age 18. I received my B.A. in Church Music Leadership from Asbury University in Kentucky. I went on to lead worship in churches for 15 years as well as teach in private academies in Kentucky and Tennessee. I am currently working on my Masters degree in Religious Education through Liberty University and will be graduating next year. Presently, I am working to build the music department at VCS and also teach various High School classes, including Bible. My goal is to inspire children and teenagers to want to reach their full potential in Christ, and encourage them in their pursuit of the arts. I believe firmly in Christian education in the process of “making disciples” and pray I can be the positive Christian influence someone may need to help them grow in the Lord.
Email: Patrick Madden
Patrick Madden is the English and Language Arts teacher at Venice Christian School for grade 8 – 12. His undergraduate degree is from Loyola University Maryland, a BS in biochemistry, and he is certified to teach in Florida though the State College of Florida. He tutored through college, on-campus and off, and has interned as a teacher in the Sarasota County school district.