Grades 1-2

Teacher: Katie Pearce
Grade Level: 1st and 2nd Grade
Subject(s): Humanities
Education: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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.

Grades 3-4

Teacher: Stephanie Austin
Grade Level: 3-4 Humanities 
Subject(s): Humanities 
Education: Clayton State University, Grand Canyon University
Church Name: Corinth Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: It’s a great pleasure to impart to kids the life experiences I’ve had and the spiritual lessons the Scriptures have taught me. It is my great hope that in taking time to invest in children through education, I can do some small part to make our community, our state, and our nation more Christ-like.

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 - History/Bible/Logic

Teacher: John M. Lewis
Grade Level:  7th and 8th Grade
Subject(s): Bible, History, Logic
Education: Ph.D. in Theology with an emphasis in Church History, M.Div. in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Biblical Languages, 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 7-8 English

Teacher: Erin Kadzis 
Grade Level: Middle School
Subject(s): English
Education:  Berry College
Church Name: Dunwoody Baptist
Why I love teaching: I consider it a privilege and a calling to teacher students. It is truly a blessing to work alongside them as they grow and develop throughout the school year.

Grades 9-12 English

Teacher: Paula Carpenter
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): English
Education: Chapman University, Centre College
Church Name: Woodstock Church Jasper
Why I love teaching: Being able to teach is a blessing and a joy. I love teaching because I love to see others learn and to learn. 

Grades 9-12 - History/Bible/Rhetoric

Teacher: Steve Heimler 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): 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.

Math and AP English

Teacher: Kristine Macauley
Grade Level: Pre-Algebra and AP English Literature, 6th Grade Math
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!

Grades 7-12 / Math and Science

Teacher: Sherry Haynes
Grade Level: 7th & 8th / High School
Subject(s): Middle School Life Science and High School Geometry
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.

High School Science

Teacher: Daniel Ippolito
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Anatomy and Physiology
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.

High School Science

Name: Kimberly Sassone 
Grade Level: Middle School and High school 
Subject(s): 6th Grade Science, 6th Grade Math, 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. 


Teacher: Linda Salter 
Subject(s): 3rd Grade Math
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.


Teacher: Mrs. Rachel Medcalf
Grade Level: 4th
Subject(s): Math
Education: Toccoa Falls College
Church Name: Providence Presbyterian Church
Why I love teaching: I love teaching for three reasons. First, I love teaching because I can share my love for the Lord and His created world with my students. Second, I love teaching because I enjoy seeing the “light bulb go off” when a student grasps a new concept. Lastly, I love teaching because I want to be an encouragement to my students and their parents during our year together, whether we are in the classroom or at the park.


Teacher: Bob Edwards 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Algebra
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.


Teacher: Henry Bartlett
Grade Level: 6th / High School
Subject(s): 6th Grade Math / Algebra 2
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.

Yearbook Coordinator

Teacher: Whitney Shumaker 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Yearbook
Education:  University of Central Florida
Church Name: Grace Church
Why I love teaching: There are many reasons why I teach, but the top two are that I feel God has called me to be a teacher and has gifted me with connecting and speaking to others. I also believe that the best way to change and influence the world is to influence and change the younger generations.