Cumming-Teachers

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: Jaclyn Bailey
Grade Level: 3-4 Humanities / 4-5 Math and Science
Subject(s): Humanities / Math / Science
Education: Auburn University and Augusta State University
Church Name: North Point Community Church
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because I enjoy watching children grow in their learning.  During the school year I’m able to watch them gain confidence, grasp new skills, learn to reason, think more independently, and build a strong spiritual relationship with our Creator.

Grades 5-6

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.

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: Whitney Shumaker 
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): English 
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.

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.

Grades 9-12 / AP English

Teacher: Kristine Macauley
Grade Level: AP English Literature
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.

Science

Teacher: Jennifer Rivera 
Grade Level: High School - Physical Science, Forensics
Subject(s): Biology & Forensics
Education:  Florida Atlantic University and Brenau University
Church Name: Mount Salem Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: My philosophy about teaching is from an ancient Chinese proverb: ‘Tell me, I forget. Show me, I may remember. Involve me, I learn. This is the foundation upon which I build the learning in my classroom, hands-on participatory student involvement. My personal objective in teaching is to provide a cooperative learning environment where students are challenged, academic content is relevant, and learning is achieved by developing a Biblical worldview in every student.

Science

Teacher: Kristi Vanderpoel
Grade Level: High School                                                                                              
Subject(s): Physical Science
Church Name: Church of the Redeemer
Education:  Berry College
Why I love teaching:  I love seeing children and adults alike go from knowing nothing about a subject to being excited that they can do something they’ve never done before or that they can see and understand ideas that they have just learned. It’s hard not to get excited with others who have a newly gained skill. I see this when I am on a hike or nature walk and my students are identifying trees, plants, nuts, leaves, or fruits. Just like learning to read, you are forever changed and you have a deeper understanding of how great and creative God is. There is nothing quite like having your eyes opened to the world around you and being a teacher lets me participate in God’s unfolding of His creation and order to His children

Math

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.

Math

Teacher: Linda Salter 
Subject(s): Pre-Algebra
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: 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.