Alpharetta - Humanities Teachers

Kindergarten

Teacher: Susan Ouellette 
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  Loyola Marymount University
Church Name: Stonecreek Church
Why I love teaching: I teach because I enjoy providing a classroom environment whereby learning occurs in a hands-on discovery manner. Through discovery, young children gain a sense of accomplishment that encourages confidence and independence.

Grade 1

Teacher: Michele Crooks
Grade Level: 3rd and 4th
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  Taylor University
Church Name: Midway Presbyterian Church
Why I love teaching: I believe that I was called to teach children while attending a private Christian school in Ohio. This call has been confirmed in many different areas of my life – family, friends, church and neighborhood.  Whether babysitting, leading Bible school or teaching in the classroom, I love having an opportunity to watch children change and grow.

1st-2nd Grade (Thursdays)

Teacher: Katie Pearce                  
Grade Level: 1st and 2nd      
Subject(s): Humanities
Church Name: Grace Fellowship of South Forsyth
Why I love teaching: I love teaching, because I love learning!  
Learning should never stop,and I want to instill a thirst and hunger for learning in the next generation in the light of God’s Truth. I want to help these young minds connect their world with God’s Truth in a real and practical way.

Grade 2

Teacher: Kay Wagner 
Grade Level: 2nd
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  Winthrop University
Church Name: Crabapple First Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: I believe God called me to teach. He has given me a love for teaching children. I love to be with the children and see them grow academically and spiritually.

Grade 3

Teacher: Terry Thompson 
Grade Level: 1st
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  Florida State University
Church Name: Faith Community Church, Woodstock
Why I love teaching: I love children, and I particularly enjoy fostering their God-given hunger to learn.

Grade 4th (Wednesday) and 3-4 (Thursday)

Teacher: Keri Cochran 
Grade Level: 3rd and 4th grades
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  Berry College
Church Name: First Baptist Woodstock
Why I love teaching: I teach because I enjoy contributing new thoughts and ideas with students. We learn together and we grow as people as we learn and it is a joy to be instrumental in the process.

Grade 5

Teacher: Sheila Cash 
Grade Level: 5
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  University of Alabama
Church Name: Hickory Road Baptist
Why I love teaching: I enjoy teaching and seeing the students get excited about what they learn. It is a privilege to teach in a Christian environment and build relationship with the student and parents.

Grade 6

Teacher: Jessica Hewett
Grade Level:  6th Grade
Subject(s):  Humanities
Education: UNC Greensboro, NC State University, and NC A&T State University
Church Name: North Point Community Church
Why I love teaching: As an educator, I feel there is no greater reward than to watch students become confident in their ability to learn and become independent thinkers. Seeing this progression throughout the school year brings me great joy. I consider it a great privilege to be a part of their academic and spiritual walk.

Grades 5-6

Teacher: Trez Dabbs 
Grade Level: 5th & 6th
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  Georgia State University
Church Name: Church of the Redeemer in Sandy Springs
Why I love teaching: Why I teach the Humanities is best summed up by C.S. Lewis when he said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides…” And history, well, it is the story of the world!

Grades 7-8

Teacher: Crista Walton 
Grade Level: 7th & 8th
Subject(s): Bible, History, Logic
Education:  Stetson University
Church Name: Grace Midtown
Why I love teaching: I love to take complex information and simulate it to become relevant to each student. I love developing relationships with my students and helping them learn how to be successful in all areas of their life. I teach because it is all I think about. It is a passion God placed deep in my soul at a very early age.

Grades 7-8

Teacher: Jenna Cavin 
Grade Level: 7th & 8th
Subject(s): English
Education:  Auburn University
Church Name: Cherokee Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: I am passionate about teaching and my primary focus is to challenge students to think critically through a Christian worldveiw, articulate their ideas logically, and gain an appreciation for literature.  More importantly, I want to invest in children’s lives and ultimately point them toward Christ.

7-8 English Thursday

Teacher: Kristine Macauley
Grade Level: 7th and 8th 
Subject(s): English
Education: Hofstra University MBA Mangement/Curriculum Devleopment, BBA Marketing, Speech Arts Minor
Church Name: Christ the King Lutheran
Why I love teaching:  I LOVE seeing the light of knowledge light in the eyes of others. From there, I love watching that light spark a fire within them and take them to places I could never imagine for them!



7-8 History / Bible / Logic Thursdays

Teacher: John M. Lewis
Grade Level:  7th and 8th Grade
Subject(s): Bible, History, Logic
Education: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Theology with an emphasis in Church History and M.Div. in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Biblical Languages
Florida State University, B.S. in Marketing
Church Name: FBC Cumming, GA
Why I love teaching: What is there not to love? Teachers are given an opportunity to help students advance to the next step in their future education and adventures. Teachers get paid to read and study and inspire others to do the same. It also serves as a good excuse for drinking copious amounts of coffee. 

Grades 9-12 English

Teacher: Anna Wells 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): English
Education:  University of Georgia
Church Name: Perimeter Church
Why I love teaching: I teach because it’s fun. I love helping develop the minds and hearts of students into lifelong learners who think critically.

Grades 9-12 - English Thursday

Teacher: Sondra Sparks 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): English
Education:  University of California
Church Name: Genesis Bible Church in Dunwoody
Why I love teaching: I love teaching! I love to see the faces of students when something they have learned finally makes sense. I love to see vast improvement in student’s writing papers. I love to have fun with the students in learning. I also love to be able to share my faith with the students.

Grades 9-12 - AP English

Teacher: Cindy Barnwell
Grade Level:  High School
Subject(s):  AP English 11th and 12th
Education:  University of North Dakota and University of Texas
Church Name:  Crabapple First Baptist
Why I love teaching:  I teach because it is a gift that God has given me, and I believe that I can use it to His glory and the good of my students. I simply love teenagers, and I’m passionate about literature, history, theology, and writing. Teaching allows me to combine these passions with my central passion: to know God and make Him known to others.

Grades 9-12 - History/Bible/Rhetoric

Teacher: Steve Heimler 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): AP History, History, Bible, Rhetoric
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.