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: Janna Bearden
Grade Level: 3rd and 4th 
Subject(s): Humanities
Education: Early Childhood Education
Church Name: Creekside Church
Why I love teaching: Children are wonderful!  They are insightful and creative and hilarious! I consider it a privilege to be able to share with them that they are a part of God’s story. I also love learning and I believe it’s important to instill a love of learning early in life.

Grades 5-6

Teacher: Leah Pike
Grade Level:  Fifth/Sixth
Subject(s):  English
Education:  University of Alabama, Stillman College
Church Name:  North Point Community Church
Why I love teaching: I have a passion for all things Language Arts. I consider it a blessing to have the opportunity to share something that I enjoy with students. It was very much a calling on my life to teach, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to do that at Veritas.

Grade 5-6

Teacher: Mikayla Valverde
Grade Level: 5th & 6th
Subject(s): Bible/History/Logic
Education: University of North Georgia
Church Name: Cross Pointe Church
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because it gives my work purpose. I get to share my love of learning with others and grow alongside my students. Those “aha!” moments for students always bring me joy. 

Grades 7-8 History, Bible, Logic

Teacher: Julie Jenkins
Grade Level: 7th and 8th Grade
Subject(s): Bible, History, Logic
Education:  Covenant College
Church Name: Perimeter Church
Why I love teaching:  I love teaching because I love people. God has created each of us in His image and with unique gifts that are representative of His character, and I love helping students grow in their knowledge of themselves as God's children while expanding their knowledge of certain subject areas, like History.

Grades 7-8 - English

Teacher: Amy Zopp
Grade Level:  7th and 8th Grade
Subject(s): English
Education: 
Church Name: 
Why I love teaching:  

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: Jason David
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): History, Bible, Rhetoric, AP European History
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.

Math and Science

Teacher: Shannon Holthaus
Grade Level: 3rd / 4th 
Subject(s): 4th grade math / 3rd-4th science
Education: Emory University
Church Name: First Redeemer Church 
Why I love teaching: I love the chance to share the good news of Jesus with all my students, after that I love teaching them about His creation through science and math. I love to learn myself and when I can share that passion with my students and get them excited about learning, then that is the greatest reward of all. 

Math

Teacher: Linda Salter 
Subject(s): 6th and 7th 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.

Math and Science

Teacher: Teena Hogue
Grade Level: 5th & 6th
Subject(s): 5th grade math and 5th/6th science
Education: Wright State University, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Church Name: Midway Community Church
Why I love teaching: I love seeing the children’s faces as they gain knowledge and a new understanding of God’s handiwork in the world around them.

Grades 7-12 Science

Teacher: Susan Rivers
Grade Level: 7-12
Subject(s): 7th & 8th grade science, Biology
Education: California University of PA
Church Name: North Lanier Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: Getting the privilege to work with and encourage students to learn about the complexity and brilliance of our Creator through science and math is very rewarding. Getting to see that “So that’s why that happens” look on the students’ faces is also very cool. Teaching also allows me to keep learning!

Math

Teacher: Henry Bartlett
Grade Level: 7th and 8th Grades
Subject(s): Pre-Algebra
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.

Grades 9-12 Math

Teacher: Sherry Haynes
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Geometry, Algebra II
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

Name: Kimberly Sassone 
Grade Level: High school 
Subject(s): 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. 

High School Math

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

High School Science

Teacher: Deana Menikoff
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Anatomy and Physiology 
Education: Universtiy of Oregon, Howard University
Church Name: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: I believe we should be good stewards of the mind God has given to us so that as we learn a variety of subjects, we learn better who God is as the creator of all knowledge. As we learn through a Christian worldview, we also will be more prepared to engage in a secular environment. Any part I can have in helping equip students in this endeavor is a privilege.

Spanish

Teacher: Ivey Hewitt
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Spanish I, Spanish II
Church Name:Birmingham United Methodist Church
Why I love teaching: I enjoy teaching because I adore children, and I want to invest in our future generation. Sharing my love for the Spanish language and culture in a Christian environment is truly a joy!  It is so rewarding to watch children grow academically and spiritually.