Faculty and Staff


Jeremy Sandefur President/Head of School

B.A., Secondary Education/History, Samford University
M. Ed., Education Administration and Supervision, Liberty University

Lee Smith Chief Financial Officer

B.S. in Youth Ministry and Bible, Columbia International University
M.B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, Grand Canyon University

Tyler Rhoton Chief Operations Officer

B.A. in Buisness in Organizational Management, Tusculum University

Kelly Sullivan Elementary School Prinicpal

B.S. in Elementary Education, Tennessee Wesleyan
M.Ed. in Curriculum Instruction, Lincoln Memorial University
Ed.S., Administration and Supervision, Lincoln Memorial University

Blake Fuller Middle & High School Principal

B.A., Psychology, Saint Leo University
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Saint Leo University

Kendedrick Jones Director of Resident Life & Academic Advancement

B.S. in Biology, University of Mississippi
B.A. Ed in Secondary Science Education, University of Mississippi
M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership, Louisiana State University

Kelly Clifton Director of Communications & Academic Support

B.S., Elementary Education, University of Mobile
B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Mobile
M.Ed., Education Leadership ,University of William Carey

Lori Campbell Director of Admissions

B.S., Carson-Newman University, Magna Cum Laude
M.Ed., Carson-Newman University

Janice Mink Director of International Admissions

Jared Cartee Director of Student Life and Development

B.S. in Journalism, Troy University

Sean Jones Athletic Director

B.S., Communications, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
M.A., Sports and Recreation Leadership, James Madison University

Jonathan Sellers Assistant Athletic Director & Head football Coach

A.S., Pellissippi State Community College

Derek McNutt Director of Facilities

Janet Hatmaker School Counselor

B.S., King University
M.Ed., Lincoln Memorial University
Licensed Professional Counselor

High School

Jeffrey Ayers High School Social Studies Teacher

B.S., Radford University

Jill Ball High School Science Teacher

B.S., Maryville College
M.Ed., University of Tennessee

Shelly Benson Music and Band

B.S., Johnson Bible College, Cum Laude
M.A., Carson-Newman University, Cum Laude
Ed.D., Carson-Newman University

Jackie Castle High School Science Teacher

B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Graduate Studies, Biology, East Tennessee State University

Julie DeBusk High School Social Studies Teacher

B.S. in History Education, Pensacola Christian College

Laurel Durham Librarian

B.A., Carson-Newman University
M.S., University of Tennessee

Hiko Eilertson Assistant Director of Residence Life & Japanese I Instructor

Preston Garner Choir Director

B.A., Trinity College and Seminary

April Kandel High School Bible Teacher

B.A., Milligan College
M. Ed., Milligan College

Julie Littleton Choir Assistant & Accompanist

B.A., in Music Education, University of Memphis

Leland Lyon High School Bible Teacher

B.A., Carson-Newman College
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Shannon Moore High School Math Teacher

B.S., Secondary Ed., Western Governors University

David Mosher High School Spanish and Drama Teacher

B.A., Carson-Newman College, Summa Cum Laude
M.S., University of Tennessee

Krista Rodriguez Middle and High School Art Teacher

B.A., Biola University
M.S., California State University

Tonya Rollins High School Computer and Personal FInance Teacher

B.A., University of Tennessee
M.S., University of Tennessee, Magna Cum Laude

Callie Smith Middle School and High School Math

B.A., Meridith College
M.Ed., Walden University

Josh Smith High School English Teacher

B.A., English Literature, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., Secondary English Education, Johnson University

Dante Turnipseed P.E. Teacher

B.S., Tennessee Wesleyan College

Renee White High School English Teacher

B.A., East Tennessee State University

Middle School

Iryna Brooks Middle School Math

B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Governors University

Stephen Burgess Middle School Bible Teacher

B.S. in Music and P.E., Jacksonville State University
M.S. in Special Education, Jacksonville State University
M.Ed. in Administration, University of Alabama
M.Div. in Pastoral Care, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Lee Daft Middle School Social Studies and P.E.

B.S., Johnson Bible College
M.A., Johnson Bible College

Madison Gullion Middle School Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Johnson University
M.A., Johnson University

Sarah Neuhart Middle School Science Teacher

B.S, Interdisciplinary Studies in Education – Elementary Education, East Tennessee State University, Summa Cum Laude
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Carson-Newman University, Summa Cum Laude

Heidi Sasscer Middle School Math Teacher

B.S., University of North Texas


Carole Daft PreK3 Teacher

B.S., Johnson University
M.A., Johnson University

Emma Connaster PreK4 Teacher

Associates Degree in General Studies

Jennifer Connaster PreK4 Teacher

B.S., University of Tennesse
M.A., University of Tennessee

Janet Lyon PreK4 Teacher & Elementary Music

B.M., Carson-Newman University

Sonya Mink PreK4 Teacher, Elementary Art, & Extended Care Coordinator

Erin Fuller Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., in Education, St. Leo University

Jennifer Huskey Kindergarten Teacher

B.S., Carson-Newman College
M.Ed., Touro University International, Summa Cum Laude
Ed.S., Lincoln Memorial University, Cum Laude

Brianna Connatser First Grade Teacher

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Johnson University
B.A. Bible and Theology, Johnson University
M.A.  Holistic Education, Johnson University

Lori Wallace First Grade Teacher

B.S., Carson-Newman University
M.Ed., Carson-Newman University

Kari Polk Second Grade Teacher

B.S., Carson-Newman University
Graduate Studies, Lincoln Memorial University

Amanda Russell Second Grade Teacher

B.S., University of Tennessee, Cum Laude
Graduate Studies, University of Tennessee

Judi Addison Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Elementary Education, Johnson University
M.A., Holistic Education, Johnson University

JC Gardner Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Elementary Education, Johnson University
M.A., Holistic Education, Johnson University

Morgan Kulig Fourth Grade Teacher

B.S. in Education, Truett McConnell University

Jennifer Hamilton Fourth Grade Teacher

B.S., East Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Lincoln Memorial University
Ed.S., Lincoln Memorial University

Kerri Rippetoe 5th Grade Teacher

B.S., Child Development and Learning, Maryville College

Lisa Quesinberry Fifth Grade Teacher

B.S., Johnson University
M.A., Johnson University

Danielle Quesinberry Elementary P.E. and Elementary Character Education

B.S.,  Psychology with a concentration in Counseling, Johnson University

Leigh Rauhuff Teacher's Assistant

A.S., Pellissippi State Community College


Hunter Brooks Resident Life

Tandalyn Burton Food Services

A.S. in Culinary Arts Magna Cum Laude, Johnson and Wales University
B.A. in Finance, LeMoyne Owen College
B.A. in Management, LeMoyne Owen College

Tammy Creswell Custodian

Johnny Cupp Maintenance

Brent Frazier Resident Life

Toni Gioioso Administrative Assistant, Elementary School

B.A., University of Alabama

Angie Griffin Administrative Assistant, Middle & High School

B.B.A., Ohio University
Graduate Studies, Johnson University

Peggy Grover Custodian

Wally Haywood Director of Student Safety

Samantha Houser Administrative Assistant, Finance Office

B.A. Ed in Education Studies, Berea College

Tiffany Parton Food Services

Don Rector Director of Information Technology

A.S., Tennessee Institute of Electronics

Robin Reed Executive Assistant

Matt Storm Campus Security

Eileen Thornton Homeschool Coordinator

B.S., Arizona State University
Spec.Ed.Lic. K-12, San Juan College

Cyndie Webber Administrative Assistant, Athletics