Sugarloaf - Teachers

1st Grade

Teacher: Julie Hand
Grade Level: 1st Grade
Subject: Humanities
Education: Brenau University
Church Name: Perimeter Church
Why I love teaching: My passion is working with early elementary students. I love being involved in the process of helping a child become a reader, knowing this first step opens the door to all other learning. I also enjoy introducing students to new information and concepts and helping them develop a love for learning.

2nd Grade

Teacher: Kristen Callahan     
Grade Level: 2nd Grade
Subject(s): Humanities and Astronomy
Education: Georgia State University
Church Name: Emmaus Bible Church
Why I love teaching: There are so many things I love about teaching, but probably my favorite thing is watching students get excited about learning and those “Ah-Ha!” moments when they discover or understand something new. There is just something so neat about watching God work in the lives of my students as they learn and grow. 

 

Grades 3-4

Teacher: Debbie Oglesby 
Grade Level: 3rd-4th Humanities / 3-4 Science
Subject(s): Humanities / Zoology
Education:  Toccoa Falls College
Church Name: 12 Stone Church
Why I love teaching: I personally love to learn and love to see the light bulb come on for students when they have grasped a new concept. To see students engage in and enjoying learning is a blessing to see unfold. I am thankful to be able to be a part of this process.

Grades 5-6

Teacher: Renae Reese 
Grade Level: 5th & 6th
Subject(s): Humanities
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 7-8 / 5-8 Science

Teacher: Jennifer Covington
Grade Level: 5th-8th
Subject(s): 7th-8th History, Bible, Logic / 5-8 Science
Education: Belmont University
Church Name: Old Peachtree Presbyterian Church
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because I love learning!  I want to pass on to my students a sense of wonder, joy, and discovery.  I’m fascinated by God’s world and how He reveals Himself through it – especially as we study His hand in history.  I hope that my nerdy enthusiasm is contagious and my students gain a passion for learning, too.  I truly enjoy teaching logic stage students with their fun sense of humor and instinct to challenge, question, and analyze until they make connections and own what they’ve learned for themselves.

Grades 7-8 Humanities / 6-8 Science

Teacher: Stephanie Montero 
Grade Level: Middle School
Subject(s): Humanities / Earth Science
Education:  Florida Atlantic University
Church Name: North Atlanta Church of Christ
Why I love teaching: I have, at one time or another, done just about every type of work available including running a doctor’s office, accounting, auto mechanic, tree cutting, and yes, ditch digging. I never wanted to do anything else but teach, and all that I have experienced has proven that I was right. There is nothing like the look in a student’s eyes when they learn something new.

Grades 9-12

Teacher: Gina Weinmann
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Humanities – English 
Education:  Georgia State
Church Name: Providence
Why I love teaching: I initially became a teacher because I loved the subject matter.  I still love the content, but I’ve learned over the years that I teach students first.   The mechanism I use is the study of English. I sincerely enjoy being with young people and helping them understand the relevance of what they are studying in relation to God, others, and themselves. My ultimate goal is to help them do what they were created to do: glorify God (Isa. 43:7, 1 Cor. 10:31).

Grades 9-12

Teacher: Jason David
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Bible, History, Rhetoric
Education: Florida State University
Church Name: Roswell Community 
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 hope 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.