Tamie Esmond earned a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Science Education from Georgia Southern College. She teaches elementary science at our Macon campus.
Melanie Foster teaches 1st through 3rd grade math and science at the Macon campus. She is married and has two children who attend Veritas. Her family is actively involved at Ingleside Baptist Church. She earned her Associates Degree from Truett McConnell College, her Bachelor's of Science from Shorter College, and is close to finishing her Master of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Malea Glenn is married and has two sons. Malea joined Veritas Classical School in 2008 after teaching in both private and public schools and teaches the 3rd/4th grade class at both campuses. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Georgia and her Masters in Education degree at the Florida State University. Malea enjoys partnering with parents to educate their children through the Veritas model of education. Working alongside her husband, Malea has been involved in youth ministry for over twenty years. They have worked with students and teenagers in rural, urban, and multi-cultural settings. The Glenns are members of Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins where Jeff serves as the Student Pastor.
Gina Harris teaches Fifth Grade Humanities at our Macon campus. She began teaching in 1986. She feels that teaching is a calling and loves being an educator. Ms. Harris received her Bachelors of Science in Education from Georgia Southern University and her Masters of Science in Education from Mercer University. She has two children, Ethan and Caroline. She is passionate about reading and loves to scrapbook. She is a member of Lizella Baptist Church. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Susan Hulett joined Veritas in 2014 after a 29 year career in public education. She teaches phonics to Veritas second graders, and loves every minute of it. She began her career as a social worker in a facility for children with special needs. Her classroom teaching experience includes kindergarten, first, second, fourth, and remedial grades one, two, three, four and five. She also taught education courses at Macon State College for approximately three years. Susan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern College. She earned her Master’s of Education and Specialist in Education, both in Early Childhood Ed, from Mercer University. In 2003, Susan earned her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Sarasota. Susan and her husband Jamie have two children: a daughter in college and a son in high school. The Huletts and their children are members of Lizella Baptist Church in Lizella.
Paula McGinty earned a degree in Business Administration from Georgia College. Because of her love for children, she went back to college and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. She taught for several years in the kindergarten program of Siloam Christian School in Easley, SC. Paula has worked with homeschool students as a teacher and a tester. As a registered tester with Bob Jones, she was responsible for giving standardized tests to groups of home schoolers while living in Stockbridge, GA. She also served as secretary for the Trinity Home Education Association in Stockbridge, Georgia until 1999. Paula is married and has two daughters, whom she homeschooled. Paula believes that children should have a firm foundation before they reach high school and works with the parents in building this firm foundation. Paula and her family are active members of Mabel White Memorial Baptist Church.
Kayce Slade earned her bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Georgia and her master’s degree in education from Brenau University. She teaches 6th grade at our Macon campus and 5th grade at our Warner Robins campus. Mrs. Slade and her husband have been happily married for 13 years and have two children. They attend Central Baptist Church and are very involved in the youth and children’s ministries. Instilling compassion is important to Mrs. Slade, and she clings to Ephesians 4:32 as she teaches. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Shea Wilkinson teaches 7th and 8th grade vocabulary and SAT prep at the Warner Robins campus, and 1st and 2nd grade humanities at the Macon Campus. She began teaching in 2007 and truly believes that children should be taught to think and reason with a classical approach to education. She is a graduate of Marshall University. She and her husband have been married for almost 23 years and have 4 sons. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, reading and bike riding. She is a member of Southside Baptist Church and a children’s leader with Bible Study Fellowship in Macon. Her favorite scripture verse is Philippians 4:11 – “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”
Kristin Epperson graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California with a B.A. in History. She later graduated from University of San Diego School of Law and practiced law in San Diego, California for ten years. After moving to Warner Robins, Georgia, she homeschooled her two daughters from kindergarten through high school. They are graduates of Veritas Classical School, Warner Robins (2010). Kristin and her husband, a PCA elder, have been active in the Presybterian Church of America in Georgia and California since 1984. They are members of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church, where they serve in the music ministry. In their “spare” time Kristin participates in community theater. In recent years she has been in Titanic, A New Musical, Swing, My Fair Lady, and Oliver!. She and her husband also use their dramatic gifts as story tellers at Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. Kristin teaches Composition at both campuses.
Steven M. Esmond: When he graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University in 1981, Steve was unaware of how well his studies in philosophy, Christianity and Greek had prepared him for classical Christian education. After becoming dissatisfied with his children’s education, he created and implemented a new program in his home based upon the classical model. After teaching for a number of years, he realized that he needed a deeper understanding of primary texts of the Western Tradition and how to integrate them into a Christian worldview. Even though he was working full time, Steve returned to school and obtained a master’s degree in Classical and Christian Studies from New Saint Andrews College in 2011. His thesis was titled, “A Christian Odyssey: A Comparison of Homer’s Odyssey with Augustine’s Confession”. In 2012, he retired from Federal Civil Service to devote himself full-time to education. Steven teaches 7th-12th grade literature and Latin.
Ramona Hartman is a native to Forsyth, Georgia. After moving away for many years, she and her family returned in 1999. Ramona and her husband have been blessed with seven wonderful children. Three have graduated from Veritas, and four are still homeschooling. They attend Beth Yeshua International (BYI), in Macon, Georgia and serve in various capacities there. After obtaining a Physics/Pre-Engineering degree at Dalton State, Ramona went on to obtain an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. She began teaching math and science at Veritas in 2010, and currently teaches Chemistry and Physics at both campuses. She loves teaching and considers her job an opportunity to help develop students academically as well as spiritually. She has grown and learned from her students and children, as well, and hopes to continue teaching for quite some time.
Gary Sagnibene is a native of Macon, Georgia. He is a graduate of Mercer University (BA Christianity & History) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M Div Biblical Studies). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America, and serves on the staff of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Warner Robins and the Korean Presbyterian Church in Macon. Gary teaches Bible for grades 7 - 12, Greek, and World View to grades 9-12 at both campuses.
Mary Jo Simmons teaches high school math at our Macon campus. She earned her bachelors in Education from The College of Charleston, and then earned her Masters in School Psychology from Georgia Southern University. Mary Jo has taught high school math for 6 years, and has been tutoring Math for about 10 years. She lives in Macon with her husband has two daughters. Mary Jo regularly attends and is a member of Vineville United Methodist Church.
Scarlett Sullivan teaches History for our middle and high school. She is married and has four children. She attends First Evangelical Church where she is a member of the choir, a youth counselor, and a Sunday School teacher. She attended Auburn University and majored in Public Administration with a minor in Political Science. She credits her high school history teacher with her love for the subject. Her teacher imparted her never ending desire to know more and grow from that knowledge. Mrs. Sullivan hopes to do the same for her students at Veritas. History is an alive and rich subject that should never be a boring set of names and dates to be memorized. All things historical have an impact on the American way of life today. We can learn from our mistakes, and those of others, and we can build on the successes of the past. Mrs. Sullivan enjoys teaching immensely. It is one of the few occupations that offers so much reward in seeing the success of the students.
William (Bill) Thornton received a B.S. in Biology, cum laude, from Valdosta State College, Valdosta Georgia and was commissioned in the USAF through the Air Force ROTC 4 year program. He received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He followed with completion of Family Practice 1-Year Post Graduate Training at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon Georgia. He then served on active duty as a physician in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years. He obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health at San Antonio. He completed the USAF Residency in Aerospace Medicine at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine and is board certified in Aerospace Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He retired from the Air Force in 2006 at the rank of Colonel. Bill and his wife Donna have been married for 36 years. Dr. Thornton began teaching at the Veritas Classical Schools Warner Robins Campus in 2009. He teaches high school Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.
Kerry Warren teaches 6th grade math and General Science at our Warner Robins campus and Physical Science at our Macon campus. Kerry received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Mercer University. She worked at a local C.P.A. firm prior to becoming a full time mom. She likes teaching and desires to foster confidence in each of her students. Kerry has been married to her husband for over twenty years and they have two children. She is a member of Central Baptist Church. Her life verse is found in the gospel of John, chapter 6 verse 68. Jesus is questioning whether or not Peter will continue following Him or leave like the others. “Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.’”
Deborah Walsh teaches upper high school math at Veritas. After retiring as a warrant officer with twenty-four years of service in the United States Coast Guard, she started a new career as a home educator and private tutor. She also served as a middle-school teacher at church for fourteen years. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at Elizabeth City State University in 2012 then started a small, advanced K-4/K-5 academy in North Carolina with her daughter before moving to Georgia. As a home educator, she promoted the Veritas model of education because of its emphasis on a classical, freedom-adhering style of learning. Deborah and her husband have six children and eight grandchildren. They currently attend Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins.