Havest Time School Principal, Judy Thompson, is proud of the schools unique approach to educating the students academically and spiritually.

Judy Thompson is proud to have just celebrated her first year as principal of Harvest Time Christian School in Brandon. Thompson loves being part of making a difference in the lives of students and being part of a Christian-based educational community.
     “Harvest Time Christian School is unique in many ways. Parents can feel assured that when they enroll their child here that he or she will not only be educated by qualified teachers, but by loving Christians as well,” said Thompson. “Our goal is to educate the whole child, academically and spiritually.”
     Hailing from this area since the forth grade, Thompson graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) as an education major and her first teaching position was at Gibsonton Elementary School.
     Feeling called to continue her own education, she earned a master’s degree in reading education in 2003 from the University of South Florida.  Thompson went on to teach eighth grade reading and became a reading coach for several Hillsborough County schools.
“     Having completed several courses in leadership education, I was excited when the position of Principal became available at Harvest Time,” said Thompson. “I attend Harvest Time Family Worship Center and have known Pastor Newberry for over 37 years. I actually worked at the school 30 years ago as a secretary.” 
     Harvest Time Christian School accepts Step-Up and McKay scholarships and has a full- time tutor to work with students in the McKay program. The school also has tutors that will work with students that may need additional intervention in reading or math.
         After- school programs are available for parents that work. Private piano lessons are a sought after extra curricular activity and Harvest Time is also able to offer help and resources to home- school parents.
     “The best part of being the principal here at Harvest Time is being able to see the wonderful changes that take place in the lives of our students.  Some of our students come to us from difficult situations in their home life and community,” said Thompson. “Our faculty prays daily for the students and we see God at work in their lives. Parents choose Harvest Time because we are a Christian School and we want to work with them to give their children the best education possible and do so in a loving, caring, Godly environment.”
     Harvest Time is located at 1511 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Tampa. For more information about Harvest Time Christian School, please call 626-4600 or visit www.htfwc.com.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.