Children's Academy

Meet Our Directors



Dr. Linward I. Barnes Sr.


Our esteemed director brings more than 38 years of education and business experience to the New Bethel Academy. Dr. Barnes retired from the Bay County School System as an elementary school principal, so his invaluable level of expertise in managing and developing early childhood curriculum is a tremendous benefit to the NBA. His prime focus is on the moral values that assist in developing our children through physical, mental, and social growth.



Layfette Martin-Brown

Assistant Director

Our assistant director is an intricate part of the efficient day to day operation of the NBA. She has a genuine love and passion for children and their training and development. Along with Dr. Barnes, Mrs. Brown works with the New Bethel Academy Staff to promote a learning environment that we are extremely proud of and we are sure you will be too. Mrs. Brown brings over 15 years of child care experience to the New Bethel Academy. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education from Gulf Coast State College. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Layfette Martin-Brown as an instructor of our preschool class, as well, where she provides a direct hand in preparing our older children for the transition to kindergarten.





Meet The Child Care Staff




Donna Smith

Advance Infants





La'Toya Taylor

Two & Three Year Olds





Layfette Martin-Brown






Alberta Black













Tiffany Baker















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Panama City, FL 32401






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