Our teachers, staff and board members have a passion for life, learning, children, the Kingdom of God, family, books, nature, music, relationships, truth, and beauty.
Founder, Board Member, Eighth Grade TeacherBA International Business, San Diego State University
In 1994 Mrs. Ausley received her degree in International Business from San Diego State University. Her studies included 6 months studying at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She also studied one semester in Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. After college, she worked for seven years with Campus Crusade for Christ during which time she met her husband, Ken. They relocated from San Francisco to Ken's hometown of Ocala in 2002. They have three children. Mrs. Ausley's interests range from reading, swimming and paddle boarding to house and garden projects that often disappoint.
Founder, Board MemberBA History, Florida State University
Ken is a principle and the CEO of Ausley Construction Company, LLC. He graduated from Florida State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduation, he worked for twelve years with Campus Crusade for Christ/Cru and served as a director in Tampa/St. Petersburg and the San Francisco Bay Area. He remains active in the non-profit community through his service on various boards including the Children’s Advocacy Center/Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. He also serves on the City of Ocala’s 2035 Vision Leadership Group, as the Chairman of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership, the Marion County Value Adjustment Board and the Board of CBC National Bank. In his downtime he enjoys spending time with family, shuttling his kids to sporting events and a variety of outdoor activities.
BA, M. Ed., University of Florida
Board MemberBS Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida Licenced Professional Engineer by the State of Florida
Alan is a licensed engineer working at Kimley-Horn, Inc. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While in college he met his wife and they began their adventure shortly thereafter. Alan has 15 years of engineering experience in areas mainly focused on hydrology and hydraulics.
He remains active in the non-profit community through his service on various boards including the advisory board for Taylor College, the Florida Engineering Society, and Grace Church. Alan and his family have been involved in Ambleside for 8 years and he and his wife taught algebra and art respectively for 2 years. In his downtime, he enjoys spending time with family, freshwater fishing, skeet shooting, and a variety of other outdoor activities.
PrincipalBA Journalism, Ohio State University
In 1993, Mrs. Romine received a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University, and spent the next ten years in the corporate world prior to starting her family. She discovered Ambleside while investigating educational options for her young children, and was delighted to make the connection between L'Abri, Francis and Edith Schaeffer's family, and the work of Charlotte Mason. In reading For the Children's Sake, by Susan Schaeffer, Mr. & Mrs. Romine connected deeply with the philosophy, and they enrolled their son in the first stand-alone Kindergarten class at Ambleside eight years ago. She began working in the classroom that year, and continued served in various capacities, including teacher and admin, prior to becoming principal in 2011. Her love and commitment to the school and community, coupled with spiritual and relational emphasis at Ambleside serves as inspiration for her in her work. She enjoys watching God at work in the lives of the community she loves, and considers her position a "good and perfect gift from above." (James 1:17)
Assistant PrincipalBS, Biblical Counseling, Lancaster College MS, Biblical Counseling, Carin University
Mrs. Maitha earned her BS in Christian Counseling from Carin University (previously Philadelphia Biblical College). She arrived at Ambleside as a parent when her son Josh entered Kindergarten and she loved it so much she decided to have it become part of her life's work. Some of her favorite things are Live Oak Community Fellowship, reading and spending time with her family.
Kindergarten TeacherBS, Education, Health Sciences, MS, Education , Health Sciences University of Dayton
Mrs. Charske has been married to her husband for over 18 years and have five children. They are currently in the process of adopting their two youngest daughters. She enjoys many activities: roller blading, weight lifting, relaxing at the beach, reading, exercise classes at the YMCA, traveling with my husband, hiking in the mountains and especially snow skiing in the mountains. Steamboat Springs, Colorado is my favorite place to snow ski. As a family, she really enjoys sitting down for a family meal and sharing "highs" and "lows" of the day. She loves being a part of her woman's group who study God's word and pray regularly.
First Grade TeacherBA English Literature, Simmons College
Mrs. Gangelhoff moved to Ocala, FL in 2010 with her family. After finishing her BA in English Literature at Simmons College in Boston, MA, she decided to go into the full-time ministry with her husband where she served for five years. As a stay at home mom of three boys, she was inspired to teach after substituting in First Grade at Ambleside School of Ocala. Mrs. Gangelhoff, started teaching Spanish to middle school students in 2013 at Ambleside and currently teaches First Grade since 2014.
Second Grade TeacherBS Psychology, University of Florida
Mrs. Works is married with both children attending Ambleside. Before starting a family she was actively involved in theater, both on stage and behind the scenes. Although she enjoyed performing, she decided she did not want it to be her life’s work. She changed her major and received her Bachelors of Science for Psychology from the University of Florida. She enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family. She can still be seen performing, whether she is on stage or not.
Third Grade TeacherBA, Communication Science & Disorders, University of South Florida
Mrs. Costello delights in creating projects out of yarn, especially by crochet. She has her degree from the University of South Florida in communication. Reading novels with a hot mug of coffee is her favorite way to begin the day.
Fourth Grade TeacherBA Sociology, Education Minor, University of Florida
Mrs. Owens graduated from The University of Florida in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Education. She is a wife to Shane since 1999 and a mother to three children, all of whom attend Ambleside School. She grew up in Miami, FL and is the oldest of six.
Mrs. Owens can be trusted to explain any and all variations on our weather, and to point out any and all birds on campus! You'll hear her infectious laugh if you're within a mile of campus!
Fifth Grade Teacher
Ms. Egan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling. She has had the privilege of counseling children and teens in the school setting as well as partnering with their parents and families. Ms. Egan has been able to work with adults whose goal was self-sufficiency. God has given her passion for seeing others excel and become all that He has created them to be. Ms. Egan is pleased to work alongside Ambleside staff in educating the students entrusted to us.
Sixth Grade TeacherBA Biblical and Theological Studies, Covenant College; M. Div. Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
Mr. Walkup was ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America in 2010 and has served in Youth and Family ministries throughout the southeast since 2005. He and his wife, Rhoda, have two lovely daughters. The Walkups were introduced to Ambleside and Charlotte Mason through family and friends as their oldest daughter approached school age. Mr. Walkup enjoys running, reading, coffee, music, and playing games with his girls.
Sixth Grade TeacherBS Journalism, University of Florida
Ms. Clarkson moved from New York to Florida in 2011 to attend UF and it was there that she was exposed to the Gospel for the first time. She is passionate about sharing stories and desires to use both her love for photography and background in journalism to show people that not only are they are worthy of being fully known and fully loved, but also that their story matters. After taking time off from school to volunteer with children in Swaziland, and then later in Nepal, Ms. Clarkson graduated in 2016. Months later she attended her first chapel service while staying with an Ambleside family and immediately knew there was something incredibly different about the school. After spending the spring of 2017 volunteering in fifth grade, she quickly fell in love with the philosophy and atmosphere of the school and is both excited and honored to teach sixth grade this year.
Seventh Grade TeacherBS Education, Liberty University
Mrs. Johnson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Liberty University and is currently working on her Master’s Degree. She and her husband, Walter, have two sons at home and are adjusting to having their daughter away at college. The Johnson family loves to go camping, play "spicy" UNO, and attend University of Florida football games. (Go Gators!) Mrs. Johnson has been in an Ambleside classroom for five years and is currently teaching seventh grade. It is the relational approach to education at Ambleside that provides the inspiration for her classroom and her life as a teacher.
Leo Sandgren, PhD
Eighth Grade TeacherBA, Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle; M.Div. London School of Theology, London, England; Th.M. Divinity School, Duke University; Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Sandgren received his PhD in Ancient Mediterranean Religions from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; and an earlier MTh from Duke Divinity School. He authored two books:Shadow of God: Stories from Early Judaism;Vines Intertwined: A History of Jews and Christians from the Babylonian Exile to the Advent of Islam.
For relaxation he bikes, kayaks, scuba dives in caves, on wrecks, and reefs. He also loves to visit wilderness areas, such as the Sinai desert, the Yukon Territory, Death Valley.
Spanish Teacher, 4-5th Grade Math Teacher
Mrs. Bohorquez has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from La Salle University, Medellin, S.A. She is passionate about learning and children. Mrs. Bohorquez's love for children increased during her senior project, caring for infants and ages ranging up to 18, at an orphanage in the city slum. Since then she has been a homebound teacher for the Public school system, a homeschool mom for 14 years, and a teacher at Ambleside since 2009. Charlotte Mason philosophy has inspired her to continue forming habits in teaching while seeking to draw closer to God.
Mrs. Lewis is originally from Ocala and has lived here most of her life. She has an AA degree from CFCC and has been artistically creative from an early age. She was introduced to the Charlotte Mason method three years ago when her 2 youngest grandchildren began attending Ambleside. She has always believed art was a very important part of any child's education so voluntarily taught elementary art in a local Christian school where her youngest son attended. She also taught middle school math classes at the same school. She enjoys crafting, reading, biking, swimming and kayaking as well as any other outdoor activity. She also loves spending time with her grandchildren. She and her husband are semi-retired and travel to Charlotte NC as often as possible to visit their son and daughter-in-law.They also enjoy refurbishing houses. She considers it an honor to work with such amazing teachers and staff at Ambleside.
Middle School Math Teacher
A carpenter by trade, Mr. Romine brings a natural love and appreciation for the language of mathematics to his middle school classes. Originally from Ohio, he spent almost the first ten years of his time in Ocala building equestrian barns and custom homes before transitioning out of the industry. Mr. Romine is passionate about Jesus, and helping people close the gap between religion and relationship. He pastors a little church, Live Oak Christian Fellowship, and loves to spend time tinkering with motorcycles or broken things in need of repair.
Arrowsmith TeacherBA Education of the Speech & Hearing Handicapped, MS Speech & Language Pathology SUNY-Fredonia
Mrs. Lacefield has been part of the Ambleside community since January 2007. She passionately embraced Ambleside philosophy, working with founders, Ken & Shari Ausley in the early years to share this education and grow our community. Aside from teaching Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, she served as a Board Member and Head of School. She holds a BA in Education of the Speech & Hearing Handicapped as well as an MS in Speech & Language Pathology from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. This background, and Arrowsmith Certification, equips her for her role as a teacher in the Arrowsmith Program.This program supports students with specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities. She also coordinates our Title 1 program in relationship with Marion County Public Schools. Mrs. Lacefield considers herself a life-long learner and therefore has many interests. She attends Live Oak Christian Fellowship along with her husband, Jerry, and their three daughters.
Kindergarten AssistantBA Business Management, Cedarville University
Mrs. Brown graduated from Cedarville University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a minor in Bible. She has been happily married to Neil since 1996. They have three children, the youngest of whom attends Ambleside.
Throughout the years, she and Neil have served in their local church in almost every capacity imaginable but what Mrs. Brown is most passionate about is discipleship and singing on the praise team.
After college, Mrs. Brown worked in the corporate world until the birth of their first child. She then stayed home to raise their children until the youngest entered kindergarten. Since then, she has worked primarily in her families’ real estate development company and in her own interior design company. Her teaching experience developed through substituting in the MCPS system, Ambleside and teaching English at summer camps in China.
Since her youngest started attending Ambleside in 2014, Debbie has been an active volunteer and substitute at Ambleside. She loves the peaceful, joyous atmosphere and counts it a privilege to serve alongside God-honoring people. She believes each child is a blessing from God with infinite potential!
First Grade Teacher Assistant
Mrs. LaCognata is an avid reader and writer and is pursuing a degree in English from UCF. She enjoys spending time with children and helping them understand and discover new things. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Ambleside community.
2nd Grade Teacher Assistant
Mrs. Cochrane was first introduced to Charlotte Mason while researching methods for homeschooling her three children. Charlotte Mason's ideas and philosophy of education immediately resonated with her as truth. After several years of homeschooling in the method, her two youngest children began attending Ambleside. Mrs. Cochrane is grateful that she has the privilege of participating in meaningful work and serving in such a great community. She enjoys nature, being with her family and discovering more fully who God created her to be. She also has a strong desire for people to understand the finished work of Christ on the cross and God's unfathomable love for them.
Teacher Assistant, PE TeacherBS Psychology, University of Central Florida
Mrs. Gibboney loves connecting with people, especially young adults. Her heart is to help them grow in healthy relationship with one another and God. She and her husband, John love the Florida Gators and their fur child, Gabby. Mrs. Gibboney is proud to serve on the board of directors of The Arnette House.
Mrs. Lilholt, along with her husband David, and their three teenagers, moved to the Ocala area in 2006. In July 2015, after 26 years of serving, Emmy retired her position as a Children's Pastor and joined Ambleside's administration team. She continues to serve in ministry within our community as well as traveling with her Fireflies Coaching Network over her weekends.
Mrs. Ayton is the first face you will see upon entering campus during school hours. She is here to support the office, teachers, and students with whatever need presents itself throughout the day. Her 3 boys have been attending ASO on this very beautiful campus since Kindergarten. She gets to use her love for photography by co-leading the Yearbook Committee.