Alpharetta - Humanities Teachers

Kindergarten

Teacher: Hong Davis
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  University of Georgia
Church Name: Perimeter Chruch 
Why I love teaching:I love teaching and learning alongside children because of the wonder and awe they have for absorbing all that God has to share with us. I’m thankful for the opportunity to partner with parents to teach and impact the next generation.

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: Kara Costello
Grade Level: 2nd
Subject(s): Humanities
Education:  Kennesaw State University
Church Name: Alpharetta Methodist
Why I love teaching: I teach for lightbulb moments. To see the lightbulb turn on when a child understands something for the first time is one of the greatest opportunities in the world.

Grade 3

Teacher: Terry Thompson 
Grade Level: 3rd
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

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.

3rd-4th Grade (Thursday)

Teacher: Ashley Fisher
Grade Level: 3rd / 4th 
Subject(s): Humanities
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.

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: Jamie Mehaffey
Grade Level:  6th Grade
Subject(s):  Humanities
Education: Biola University
Church Name: First Baptist Woodstock-- Shallowford
Why I love teaching: I love watching the students fall in love with life, education, and God. I like the conversation and interaction that education creates, and more than anything, I love learning from the students!

Grade 6-- History

Teacher: Renae Reese 
Grade Level: 6th
Subject(s): History, Bible
Education:  Toccoa Falls College
Church Name: Christ Church in Suwanee
Why I love teaching: I teach because I love the group and one-on-one interaction with students.  I love to find creative, out-of-the-box ways for students to learn and I love to see their eyes light up with the realization that they own that knowledge.

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.

Grades 7-8

Teacher: Daniel Ippolito
Grade Level: 7-8
Subject(s): History, Bible, Logic
Education:  
Church Name: Grace Community Church, Dawsonville
Why I love teaching: God has created humanity that we might pursue Truth. Yet, in a creation marred by sin, we see both right and wrong ways to do that. My greatest pleasure in education is showing students how to pursue Truth rightly.

Grades 7-8 Wednesday and Thursday

Teacher: Jason David
Grade Level: 7th and 8th Grade
Subject(s):   English
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.



Grades 7-8 Thursday

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

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 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

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.