Alpharetta - Math/Science/Elective Teachers

Math

Teacher: Linda Salter 
Grade Level: 1st & 3rd, 7th & 8th
Subject(s): Math, Pre-Algebra
Education:  Mercer University and University of Georgia
Church Name: Mount Pisgah UMC
Why I love teaching: I have known I wanted to be a teacher since I was eight years old and the Lord blessed me with a gift to reach others.  The joy in a young person’s eyes when they express that ‘Aha’ moment is priceless.

Math

Teacher: Bob Edwards 
Grade Level: 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th, High School
Subject(s): Math, Algebra 1, Pre-Calculus
Education:  Rutgers University
Church Name: East Cobb Presbyterian
Why I love teaching: I believe that God desires us to learn about all his creation whether that involves the beauty of language, the history of what God has been doing in this world since its beginning, the mathematical and scientific principles He developed, or anything else. It is a great privilege to teach young people and help them in their life-long study of God’s creation. When one of my students begins to grasp a new (to them) concept, it energizes me and gives me great joy.

High School Math

Teacher: Mikki Mardis
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Algebra 2
Education: BS in Management Georgia Tech /  Masters of Math Education,Georgia State University
Church Name: East Cobb Presbyterian
Why I love teaching:   I love the passion and excitement of teenagers.  I love the complexity and yet simplicity of mathematics.  It is my joy to share my love of math with students as they allow me to be a part of their lives.

Math and Science

Teacher: Sherry Haynes
Grade Level: 2nd and 4th / 7th-8th
Subject(s):  Math, 7th-8th Science
Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
      Master of Business Administration, University of Dallas
Church Name: Piedmont Church, Marietta, GA
Why I love teaching: I am constantly amazed at the beauty, complexity, and order that God has placed in our world and want to share that with students.  My desire is for God to use me to help prepare students with  the knowledge base and skills to be successful in whatever God calls them to – both now and in the future.

Math

Teacher: Henry Bartlett
Grade Level: 7-8 Grades / High School
Subject(s): 7th Grade Math, Geometry
Education:  B.A in Economics (UCSC), Mathematics Teaching Certificate (Bethany Bible College)
Church Name: East Cobb Presbyterian
Why I love teaching: I am a teacher/coach. It's what I was gifted to do. I certainly didn't know it growing up, though, as I was quite aimless in my pursuits. However, in my first day of teaching, before I had any education classes, it just felt so, well, comfortable and right. Since then (1988), I've been teaching math and/or coaching baseball to middle school and high school youth. I have been blessed to have been around some fabulous teachers during my 17 years as a teacher, and many of them have helped me grow as an educator. I enjoy seeing students learn, be successful, engage, and mature as people. While much of my time has been in the public school system, I've always been upfront about my faith. I enjoy interacting with students about deep but simple truths, whether they be spiritual or mathematical. My simple goal will be to have your student better educated and better prepared mathematically and spiritually for their next challenge.

Math & High School Science

Teacher: Mike Jones 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Calculus and Physics
Education:  Georgia Tech and University of North Carolina
Church Name: Peachtree Corners Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: Teaching is the ministry that God has gifted me for and called me into.

Science

Teacher: Shannon Holthaus
Grade Level: 3rd and 4th grade
Subject(s):   Science 
Education: Emory University
Church Name: First Redeemer Church
Why I love teaching:I love the chance to share the good news of Jesus with all my students. After that I love teaching them about His creation through science and math. I love to learn myself, and when I can share that passion with my students and get them excited about learning, then that is the greatest reward of all.

Science

Teacher: Ashley Fisher
Grade: 5th / 6th grade
Subject(s): Science
Education: Valdosta State University
Church Name: Eastgate Church, Cumming
Why I love teaching:I absolutely adore walking with a student through the frustrating experiences into the thrilling moments of excitement for learning and growth. As a teacher at Veritas, we have the opportunity not only to witness the academic, physical, & social-emotional growth, but also the spiritual growth of the students. Partnering with and cheering for the students’ growth as a whole being is a great privilege and honor.

1-2 Grade Science / High School Science

Teacher: Beth Brown
Grade Level:  First, Second and High School
Subject(s):  Astronomy, Forensics
Education: The University of Tennessee
Church Name:  Mercy Hill Church, Kennesaw
Why I love teaching: God has gifted me to teach and it is a joy to use my gifts to help students understand more about God and his creation.  To be able to partner with parents and witness students grasp new truths and grow emotionally and spiritually both encourages me and challenges me to become a better teacher.

Middle and High School Science

Teacher: Kristen Robbins
Grade Level: 7-12
Subject(s): Life Science / Biology
Education:  University of Minnesota –Duluth, MA in Curriculum and Instruction from La Sierra University 
Church Name: Hickory Road Baptist Church
Why I love teaching:  I am humbled to be used by God as an instrument to spread His message to the students with the goal of drawing them to Him.  Learning about God through studying His Creation is an exciting journey that I am excited to share with my students.




Middle and High School Science

Name: Kimberly Sassone 
Grade Level: High school 
Subject(s): Physical Science and Chemistry
Education: University of North Georgia 
Church Name: Piedmont Church 
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because every day is different. I consider myself a life long learner, and I want share the joy of learning about God's wonderful creation with others. 

High School Science

Teacher: Deana Menikoff
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Anatomy and Physiology 
Education: Universtiy of Oregon, Howard University
Church Name: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: I believe we should be good stewards of the mind God has given to us so that as we learn a variety of subjects, we learn better who God is as the creator of all knowledge. As we learn through a Christian worldview, we also will be more prepared to engage in a secular environment. Any part I can have in helping equip students in this endeavor is a privilege.

Latin

Teacher: Steve Heimler 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Latin I & II
Education:  University of Georgia
Church Name: Roswell Community Church
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because I love learning: teaching, to me, feels like the fullest consummation of learning. I also love teaching because I love to accompany people through life, to offer what I‘ve been given in service of our mutual growth into the image of Christ.

Spanish

Teacher: Ivey Hewitt
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Spanish I, Spanish II
Church Name:Birmingham United Methodist Church
Why I love teaching: I enjoy teaching because I adore children, and I want to invest in our future generation. Sharing my love for the Spanish language and culture in a Christian environment is truly a joy!  It is so rewarding to watch children grow academically and spiritually.

AP Psychology

Teacher: Jason David
Grade Level: 9-12 grades
Subject(s):   AP Psychology
Education: Florida State University
Church Name: Roswell Community Church
Why I love teaching: Having become a Christian as an adult, I have a deep passion concerning the need for people - especially young people - to understand the larger context of their lives in hopes that they take hold of their faith. My desire is to empower, challenge, and shepherd these young people - through the lens of various subjects - to seek for the knowledge of God and discern what part he has for them in this incredible Story of Redemption.