ADMINISTRATION

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Mr. Robbie Hinton

Headmaster

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On June 1, 2018, Mr. Robbie Hinton was appointed as the new CCS Headmaster. Mr. Hinton earned a degree in marketing from the University of Tennessee and an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary. His diverse background of leading two classical Christian schools, as well as serving as a campus minister and a church planter, has prepared him to love our students, families, and staff, while helping us achieve our best as a school through strong operational management.

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Mr. Kevin Seitz

Dean of the Lower School

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Mr. Kevin Seitz serves as Dean of the Lower School (K-5th). Mr. Seitz comes to us from a Classical Christian School in California, where he taught and served as Grammar School Dean/Principal over the last four years. Mr. Seitz also has 15 years of special education and administrative experience in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Seitz holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential and degrees in Education Administration from California State University, Northridge (B.A. and M.A.). Mr. Seitz and his wife, Janelle, have three children.

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Mrs. Diane Hillsgrove

Dean of Students

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Mrs. Diane Hillsgrove comes to Cary Christian School after fifteen years of upper management with the YMCA of the Triangle. Her recent positions held there were Regional Vice President and Executive Branch Director of YMCA Camp Seafarer. With an obvious passion for youth, Mrs. Hillsgrove’s focus at CCS is to support and nurture the student-teacher relationship, as well as to be a resource for students as they navigate their social and academic lives. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A in Communications. Mrs. Hillsgrove and her husband, Steve, have two children attending CCS.

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Mr. David Lederer

Director of Student Discipleship

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Mr. David Lederer serves as the Director of Discipleship. Mr. Lederer relocated from upstate New York where he served as the Student Ministries Director at his local church, and, prior to that, as the Director of Community Outreach at the City Mission of Schenectady. Mr. Lederer brings more than twenty years of experience teaching, discipling, and coaching students. He desires to empower and help students to discover God’s call on their lives and to continue to develop community. Mr. Lederer holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Concordia University and is credentialed in Family Development from Cornell University. He pursued his Master of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary. Mr. Lederer’s wife, Jen, also works at CCS as a 4th grade teaching assistant. They have three children at CCS.

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Mrs. Karen Bolick

Medical & Lunch Coordinator

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Mrs. Karen Bolick is the Medical & Lunch Coordinator at Cary Christian School.

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Mrs. Renee Bunton

HR Manager

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Mrs. Renee Bunton serves as our HR Manager holding over 10 years of human resource experience in corporate and nonprofit businesses. She holds a BS in business administration from LIU. Renee has been part of the administration team for six years and is a parent of CCS alumni.

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Mrs. Traci Cooley

Tuition Manager

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Mrs. Traci Cooley has served as the Tuition Manager for CCS since 2012. She holds a degree in Office Administration from Bob Jones University. Prior to working at CCS, she worked in the accounting department at the NC Bar Association. She and her husband, Scott, have one son, who attends CCS.

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Mr. James Dickman

Director of Finance & Operations

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Mr. Jim Dickman serves as the CCS Director of Finance and Operations. Prior to working at CCS, he worked for IBM for 32 years, holding various technical and executive management positions working on the NASA Space Shuttle and Space Station programs and in IBM Global Services. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He and his wife, Carla, have two daughters who graduated from CCS and now attend UNC-Chapel Hill and Elon University.

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Mrs. Anne-Hunter Hall

Financial Accounting Manager

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Mrs. AnneHunter Hall is a graduate of the UNC Kenan Flagler School of Business with a B.A. and an M.A. in accounting, and has been a practicing CPA for commercial businesses in Charlotte and Cary for the past six years.

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Mrs. Lisa Hiester

Administrative Assistant

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Mrs. Lisa Hiester serves as administrative assistant for the Lower School. She began serving at Cary Christian School in July of 2003 as a teacher’s assistant for first grade. She owned and operated a drop-off daycare in North Raleigh for a number of years. Prior to coming to CCS, she was employed at the Goddard School working with infants. She and John recently celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary. They have two daughters who attended CCS: Amanda (2012) and Ashley (2016).

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Mr. Frank Hollowell

Facility Manager

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Mr. Frank Hollowell has served at CCS since 2018 as Facility Manager. He holds a Teaching degree from East Carolina University, where he also obtained his Masters Degree in Education. This is his 38th year of employment in the field of education, including 17 total years teaching and 17 as an administrator. Mr. Hollowell came to CCS in 1998 and has taught Logic, Bible, and History here, before starting a 14-year stint as CCS Logic School Principal, 10 years of which were concurrently served as CCS Athletic Director. Mr. Hollowell and his wife, Lisa, have four children.

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Mr. Dan MacBride

Facility Assistant

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Mr. Dan MacBride is a 25-year retired NYPD police officer. He partnered with his local VFW and American Legion to have several local neglected WWI and WWII memorials refurbished and worked to have additional monuments erected for veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Mr. MacBride is a vocal, lifelong Mets fan, and beams about his daughter, Kelly, his pride and joy. He is currently serving his second term on the Preschool Governance Board at Good Hope Baptist Church.

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Mr. Bart Nourse

Information Technology Manager

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Mr. Bart Nourse serves as the Information Technology Manager. He has been in the Information Technology field for over ten years. Bart attends Salem Baptist Church where his wife, Lee, works as the Preschool Ministry Coordinator. Bart and Lee have one son, Dylan, who attends CCS.

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Mr. Jeff Poore

Athletic Director

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Mr. Jeff Poore is from Birmingham, Alabama. He and his wife,Teresa, have two children (twins) named Abby and Alex. They just finished their first year of college; Abby is at Lee University, and Alex is at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. Mr. Poore has a B.S. Business Finance from Auburn University and B.A. Education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Most recently, he was the Athletic Director at Westminster School in Birmingham.

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Mrs. Lynanne Rhoades

Administrative Assistant

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Mrs. Lynanne Rhoades  has served since 2017 as the Administrative Assistant of the Upper School for grades 6-12. Prior to this role, she served CCS as a 5th grade Assistant Teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Broadcast Journalism with minors in Political Science and Public Service from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. In her early career, Mrs. Rhoades worked for the Texas Legislature and the Texas Attorney General in Austin, and The Heritage Foundation and the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. Her two sons, Jackson and Will, have been CCS students since 2009.

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Mrs. Laura Smith

College Counselor

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Mrs. Laura Smith has served as College Counselor since 2017. She is the proud mother of three children, one a student at CCS. She studied Policy Management and Political Science at Dickinson College and holds an MBA from Hood College. In her spare time, Mrs. Smith enjoys gardening, sports, and hiking.

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Mrs. Erica Spivey

Director of Marketing & Development

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Mrs. Erica Spivey serves as the Director of Marketing and Development. Prior to this role, she taught first grade at CCS for seven years. She has four children: three CCS graduates and one upper school student. Before coming to CCS, she homeschooled her children. Mrs. Spivey enjoys meeting new families and sharing about classical and Christian education. She holds ACCS Professional Certification and is currently working toward her Master’s. In her free time, she enjoys running.

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Ms. Leah Thomsen

Assistant to the Headmaster & Director of Communications

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Ms. Thomsen is currently serving as the Assistant to the Headmaster and Director of Communications. Ms. Thomsen previously taught eighth grade literature and composition and second grade. She graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Classical Christian Education. She is also a Cary Christian School alum from the class of 2012. Her three brothers also graduated from Cary Christian, and her mother taught kindergarten for several years. She played tennis throughout high school and college and assists with the varsity girls’ tennis team.

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Mrs. Shari Twidt

Assistant to the Athletic Director

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Mrs. Shari Twidt served for ten years as the assistant to the principal in the Logic School and currently serves as the assistant to the Athletic Director. She is a graduate in Accounting from King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She and her husband Brian have three children who are all graduates of Cary Christian School.

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Mrs. Jodi Walsh

Administrative Assistant

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Mrs. Walsh has served as an administrative assistant since 2012. She studied business at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA. She has served the community as a Realtor for eleven years. She and her husband Pat have been married since 1993 and have three sons. Their oldest graduated in 2012 and attends Grove City College, and their other two sons are in High School at Cary Christian School.

FACULTY OF THE LOWER SCHOOL

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Mrs. Birgit Hering

Kindergarten Teacher

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Mrs. Birgit Hering serves as kindergarten teacher. She has a B.S. (Honors) in Public Administration from the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Management in Cologne, Germany. Mrs. Hering joined CCS in 2003 as a kindergarten assistant. She taught German in 2005 and has taught kindergarten since 2006. Mrs. Hering has achieved Professional ACCS Certification. She and her husband, Guenther, moved to the United States in 1994. Their son, Dennis graduated, from CCS in 2014 and is in college. They all enjoy traveling, and their son’s passion for golf gets them all out to play together, although Mrs. Hering focuses more on the beautiful surroundings of the course and the “birdies” in the trees.

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Mrs. Brooke Peterson

Kindergarten Teacher

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Mrs. Brooke Peterson serves as kindergarten teacher. She has served at CCS since 2016. Brooke holds a B.S. degree in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois. Brooke and her husband, Andy, have two children who are students at CCS. She enjoys reading and sewing in her spare time.

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Mrs. Leigh Ann Smyrski

Kindergarten Teacher

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Mrs. Leigh Ann Smyrski serves as a kindergarten teacher. She has a B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University and earned a North Carolina teaching license from Meredith College. Mrs. Smyrski has achieved Professional ACCS Certification. She has been teaching at CCS since 2012. She and her husband, Brian, have three children at CCS: Maddie, Emma, and Andrew.

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Mrs. Kim Leon

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Kim Leon has served as a kindergarten assistant for the last 21 years at CCS and as the After School Study Center director for the last 7 years. She has an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in hospital pharmacy. She is a certified pharmacy technician. She has been married for 32 years and has 3 boys, 2 of whom graduated from CCS. She volunteers her time at the animal shelter, walking dogs.

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Mrs. Brooke Martin

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Martin serves as a kindergarten teaching assistant and in the Upper School study halls. She previously worked as a nanny and a kindergarten after-school care provider. Mrs. Martin is a trained birth doula and serves faithfully in her church infant nursery. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with her family.

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Mrs. Emily Nelsen

1st Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Emily Nelsen started teaching first grade in the fall of 2015. Mrs. Nelsen graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Business Administration. She has first-hand experience with the classical Christian model, having completed all of the major milestones of her schooling, K-12, at CCS. She also serves as Track and Cross Country Coach, calling on her six years for running hurdles at CCS. Mrs. Nelsen has an affinity for popcorn, red pandas, and the color turquoise.

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Mrs. Alaina Oliva

1st Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Alaina Oliva serves as a first grade teacher. She holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wake Technical Community College and her Infant/Toddler Montessori Teaching Credential through AMS. She has achieved Professional ACCS Certification. Mrs. Oliva has taught at Cary Christian School for nineteen years. She taught Kindergarten before moving to first grade in 2005. She and her husband, Jorge, have two children, both CCS graduates, Ashley (2007) and Tony (2011), and two beautiful grandchildren. She is an animal lover and enjoys horseback riding and training.

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Ms. Hollie Herrera

1st Grade Teacher

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Ms. Hollie Herrera comes to us from New York where she taught for several years in grades K-5 as a substitute teacher and also for three years as a preschool teacher. In 2014 she moved to Durham and taught for two years in a public school. She then worked as a nanny for two years to four adorable children. Miss Herrera holds a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Bible from Clark’s Summit University in Pennsylvania. Miss Herrera enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves game nights!

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Mrs. Melanie Blondin

1st Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Melanie Blondin serves as a Teacher’s Assistant in the 1st grade.  She is also serving in the Kindergarten Extended Day classroom. This is her first year of service at CCS. She comes to Cary Christian School from California where she served as an administrative assistant as well as a small group class instructor at a Classical Christian School. Mrs. Blondin graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. Mrs. Blondin and her husband, Andy, have four children who attend Cary Christian School.

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Mrs. Dawn Hochstein

1st Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Dawn Hochstein is a first grade teaching assistant at Cary Christian School.

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Mrs. Jimmie Armstrong

2nd Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Jimmie Armstrong serves as second grade teacher. She studied Elementary Education at Liberty University. Mrs. Armstrong served as an assistant teacher for six years while she pursued her education and has been a lead teacher since 2013. She also holds ACCS Professional Certification and SEARCH and TEACH Therapy Certification. She and her husband, Steve, have two children.

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Mrs. Kelly Callahan

2nd Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Kelly Callahan serves as a second grade teacher. She holds a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from North Carolina State University. Upon graduating from college, she taught seventh grade language arts for five years. After spending some sweet years at home with her young children, she joined Cary Christian’s staff in 2013 teaching on the Phonics hallway. She holds ACCS Provisional Certification and will soon attain ACCS Professional Certification. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Travis, and has two boys who currently attend CCS.

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Mrs. Teshia McGinnis

2nd Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Teshia McGinnis serves as a second grade teacher in the Phonics School. She holds ACCS Professional Certification. Mrs. McGinnis began serving at CCS in 2003, teaching since 2005. In addition, she has experience in both private and group tutoring in multiple subjects. She and her husband Brad of twenty-five years, are parents of two CCS graduates, Quinn (2013) and Lydia (2015). Both of her children were blessed to begin attending CCS in Kindergarten. Mrs. McGinnis enjoys bargain shopping, fashion, and relaxing in the mountains when she is not at school, loving on her second graders!

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Mrs. Stephanie
Brett-Williams

2nd Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Stephanie Brett-Williams began at CCS in 2018, serving as teaching assistant. She and her husband, Tyson, have one child, Preston, who is a Logic School student.

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Mrs. Karen Knaus

2nd Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Karen Knaus serves as a teaching assistant in second grade and in the kindergarten after-school program. She has been teaching for ten years, with the past three years at CCS. She and her husband, Steve, have been married for twenty-three years and have two children: Grace (CCS class of 2014) and Rebekah (CCS class of 2019).

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Mrs. Lisa Van Deventer

2nd Grade Teaching Assistant & Special Projects Assistant

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Lisa Van Deventer has served at Cary Christian School since 2007, assisting in second grade and working on special projects for the CCS administration. She has a B.S. in Resource Planning and Interpretation (Humboldt State University, CA), a certificate in Biblical Studies from the California Center for Biblical Studies, and has achieved ACCS Professional Certification. Mrs. Van Deventer has held various educational positions: National Park Service Interpreter, human resources and marketing management, and homeschooling mom (10 years). She and her husband, Jack, have four daughters who attended CCS: Traci (2011), Amy (2013), Laurie (2013), and Kari (2018).

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Mrs. Michelle Clarkson

3rd Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Michelle Clarkson began teaching third grade at Cary Christian School in 2013 after years of involvement at the school. Michelle graduated from Mary Baldwin College, with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, and has three children, all of whom are CCS graduates: Jonathan (2011), Brian (2013), and Emily (2016).

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Mrs. Terri Covil

3rd Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Terri Covil serves as a third grade teacher. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mrs. Covil began working at CCS in 2013. She has been married to her husband, Patrick, since 2003. They have two children, Chloe and Elijah, who attend CCS.

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Mrs. Anne DeDecker

3rd Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Anne DeDecker team-teaches a third grade class at Cary Christian School. She teaches Math, Science, Bible, and Written Expression. Mrs. DeDecker holds a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Denver. She worked as a Marketing Manager in Johannesburg, South Africa, for ten years. Mrs. DeDecker started serving at Cary Christian School as a fourth grade teaching assistant. She has team-taught with Mrs. Michelle Clarkson since 2013. She and her husband, Michael, have two children who both graduated from CCS: Caroline (2013) and Greg (2015). Mrs. DeDecker is an avid snow skier and sports enthusiast! She loves traveling, spending time with her family, and is a bone marrow transplant survivor. She feels blessed to teach third graders at CCS.

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Mrs. Nancy Slaughter

3rd Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Nancy Slaughter has been teaching third grade at Cary Christian School since 2007, after homeschooling for eleven years. A transplant from central Pennsylvania, Nancy is a Penn State graduate. She and her husband, Tom, have two daughters, both of whom are CCS graduates: Anne (2008) and Lydia (2015). Mrs. Slaughter was a featured speaker at the 2015 ACCS Conference, speaking on “The Lingering Luster of Latin: Integrating Latin into the Grammar Curriculum.”

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Mr. Zak Boilen

3rd Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mr. Zak Boilen serves a third grade teaching assistant. He received his B.A. in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University in 2019. Zak lives with his parents and brothers in Cary and enjoys fishing and reading in his free time.

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Mrs. Tammy Throckmorton

3rd Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Tammy Throckmorton serves as a third-grade teaching assistant. She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has more than twenty years of teaching experience between teaching her own children at home and teaching in the elementary classroom. She and her husband, Ken, have three children and have enjoyed thirty years of marriage.

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Mrs. Kelly Gardner

4th Grade Teacher & Lower School Lead Teacher

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Mrs. Kelly Gardner graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching for more than ten years. She has also taught technology, Latin, and a summer of Conversational English in Vietnam. She and her husband, Bob, have two children, Claire and Weston. Mrs. Gardner loves teaching, and also cooking gluten-free, prison ministry, and traveling to marvel at God’s creation.

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Mrs. Becky Myers

4th Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Becky Myers grew up at the New Jersey shore and graduated from Lynchburg College in Virginia with a B.A. in Communications/Public Relations. She and her husband, Scott, moved to the Triangle in 2005 and have four children enrolled at CCS: Landon, Brooke, Brielle, and Karis. Prior to joining our staff, while at home with her children through the preschool years, Mrs. Myers started and operated two companies on her own, selling care packages and consigning furniture.

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Mrs. Rhonda Pettit

4th Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Rhonda Pettit has been teaching fourth grade at Cary Christian School since 2001. She was raised and educated in rural Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated from International Business College of Fort Wayne. She and her husband, John, have two daughters and a son, all of whom are CCS graduates: Ali (2006), Aaron (2009), and Abigail (2011). Mrs. Pettit enjoys supporting CCS activities by cheering for the sports teams and encouraging the performing arts.

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Mrs. Jen Lederer

4th Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Jen Lederer relocated from upstate New York and has had over ten years’ teaching experience. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Wheaton College and a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Moody Graduate School. Her husband, David, serves as the Director of Discipleship at CCS, and they have three children attending the school: Josh, Hannah, and Ben. The Lederer family is thrilled to join the CCS community.

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Ms. Megan Outten

4th Grade Teaching Assistant

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Ms. Megan Outten is the Associate Upper School Choir Director, teaches the Middle and High School Music Appreciation elective and is a fourth grade Teaching Assistant. She attended Meredith College, where she obtained a degree in Music Education and concentrated in voice. Ms. Outten is a Cary native and the Assistant Director of the Cary Youth Voices! This is Ms. Outten’s first year teaching at Cary Christian and is so grateful to teach music in a place where she fell in love with it!

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Ms. Jenna Bronson

5th Grade Teacher

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Ms. Jenna Bronson teaches fifth grade. She recently moved to North Carolina from Seattle, Washington, where she taught fourth grade for the past seven years. She is a part of a team of 55 adults from Seattle who are planting a new church in Raleigh, and is so excited to be here! Miss Bronson has her B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Central Washington University and her M.A. in Teacher Leadership from Seattle Pacific University.

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Mrs. Sherry Dickinson

5th Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Sherry Dickinson serves as a fifth grade teacher. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics (minors in Math and French) and an M.B.A. from Meredith College. She worked in the computer industry with Data General for nine years, serving as a Materials Planner, Floor Supervisor, and Inventory Control Coordinator. Mrs. Dickinson, a formally licensed Kindermusik Instructor, also worked with KinderVillage of Cary for eight years. She and her husband, Alan, have two sons who graduated from CCS: Luke (2011) and Lee (2014).

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Mrs. Cindy Mathews

5th Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Cindy Mathews graduated from the University of Florida and has also completed a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University. Her background is in sales and management, and she spent five years as a stay-at-home mom before discovering her passion for teaching. She was trained in a Classical Christian school in Minneapolis, MN, and started full-time at CCS in 2018. She and her husband love reading good books, going to the beach, watching football and spending time with their two favorite Knights, Luke and Lindsey.

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Mrs. Julie DeFalco

5th Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Julie DeFalco serves as a teaching assistant for fifth grade. She has been teaching for five years. This is her first year with CCS.  She graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in Psychology.

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Mr. Brian Mitchell

5th Grade Teaching Assistant

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Mr. Brian Mitchell is serving his second year as a fifth grade teachers assistant. For several years he worked as a YMCA manager of youth programs, as well as being the After School Director at Cardinal Charter School. Mr. Mitchell is a CCS alumni who is thankful for the classical Christian education he received! He is finishing his Psychology degree at Liberty University while working full time. Mr. Mitchell is also the Middle School baseball coach, and he teaches several electives.

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Mrs. Pam Butler

Art Teacher

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Mrs. Pam Butler serves as the K-2 Art teacher. She has an A.A.S. in Office Administration and also majored in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Butler began her service at CCS in 2001 and has completed her ACCS Professional Certification. Before her career with CCS, she owned and operated a successful early childhood development center. Mrs. Butler also co-owned and operated another successful retail business while she was beginning her career with CCS. God has blessed her with a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter, who is a 2014 graduate of CCS.

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Mr. James Barber

Latin Teacher

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Mr. James Barber (B.A., North Carolina State University) teaches 4th and 5th grade Latin. He previously worked at the YMCA and ran its youth program, and also assisted the director at a local summer camp. Mr. Barber is pursuing his master’s degree at UNC.

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Mrs. Susan Boyd

Search and Teach Program

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Mrs. Susan Boyd has served as a teaching assistant in the Lower School and has been at CCS since 2010. She graduated from ECU with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Information Systems. Susan studied Business and Computer Information Systems at East Carolina University. She and her husband, Steve, have three daughters, two of whom are CCS graduates. Mrs. Boyd enjoys being outside, reading, and cooking..

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Mrs. Aimee Cuthrell

Art Teacher

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Mrs. Aimee Cuthrell (B.S. in Business, Meredith College) teaches Art to grades 3-5. She and her husband, Huntley, have two children who graduated from CCS (Shannon, 2012, and Brad, 2014). Mrs. Cuthrell previously taught K-2 Art and a Master of the Arts elective at CCS. During her interim break from teaching at CCS, she has been teaching private art classes and working as a fine artist providing artwork for clients.

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Mrs. Michelle Edwards

P.E. Teacher

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Mrs. Michelle Edwards serves as the Physical Education Teacher for the Lower School. This is her eighth year teaching at CCS. She, her husband, and children are native Californians who have fully embraced and love living here in North Carolina. Mrs. Edwards graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in Kinesiology. She then earned her teaching credential the following year at Saint Mary’s College and has been teaching in some capacity of Physical Education throughout the last thirteen years. One of her children has graduated from CCS while the other is currently a senior.

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Mr. Carter Minor

Band Teacher

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Mr. Carter Minor wears many hats at CCS. He teaches third grade Recorder, as well as fourth, fifth, Middle School, and High School bands. Since he came in 2001, Mr. Minor has also taught Drama and Physical Education. A lover of both art and music, he attended East Carolina University where he was an art student majoring in Sculpture. He is a professional studio musician, singer, and song writer who spent more than twenty years on the road. Mr. Minor loves God and Jesus and serves as an Associate Minister at Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. He is the father of two children, Erin and Christopher.

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Mrs. Christine Oentung

Music Teacher

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Mrs. Christine Oentung has been teaching music at CCS since 2012. She finished her undergraduate work at Baylor University and earned her M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Liberty University. She has had the privilege of serving in the music ministry everywhere the Lord has led her since high school. Her son, Timotius, is a CCS graduate (2017), and her daughter, Abigail, is a high school student.

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Mrs. Trish Self

Academic Support Coordinator & NILD Teacher

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Mrs. Trish Self taught first grade for twelve years before taking on the role as a Search and Teach Therapist and a NILD Licensed Educational Therapist. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a B.A. in Sociology. Mrs. Self served seventeen years on staff with CRU, working with college students. She and her husband have four children, all of whom graduated from or currently attend CCS.

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Mrs. Ashley Williams

Chorus Teacher

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Mrs. Ashley Williams serves as a 1st grade teacher assistant and teaches 4th and 5th grade choir. She comes to us from New Jersey with her husband, Justin, and 1-year-old son, Nathan, where she taught K-5 music classes at a charter school for five years. She holds a degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice from Montclair State University and has had more than ten years of experience performing in various productions and choirs. This is her first year teaching at CCS, and she feels very blessed to be here.

FACULTY OF THE UPPER SCHOOL

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Mr. Jack Adams

Literature & Composition Teacher

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Mr. Jack Adams teaches Literature and Composition for eighth grade. Originally from London, England, he graduated with a B.A. in Theology from King’s College London. Upon arriving in the United States in 2015, he worked at Duke University before beginning his M.Div. studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife are covenant members at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh and have two sons.

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Mr. James Baker

Choral Director

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Mr. James Baker is the Choral Director at Cary Christian School.

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Mrs. Kellie Baker

Spanish Teacher

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Mrs. Kellie Baker serves as a foreign languages instructor in the Rhetoric school, teaching Spanish I and II. She holds a B.A. in Business and Behavioral Science with a minor in Spanish from Oglethorpe University, which included an immersive studies abroad program in Spain. Prior to joining the staff at CCS, Mrs. Baker spent a number of years with IBM in a variety of positions, including developing and delivering education for clients. In her seven years at CCS, she has taught Classical Roots, Latin, and Spanish, as well as the Study Skills elective. Mrs. Baker holds ACCS Professional Certification. She and her husband, James, are the parents of two daughters who are CCS graduates.

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Mr. Jeff Bates

Mathematics Teacher

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Mr. Jeff Bates teaches Precalculus, Honors Calculus, and AP Calculus AB. He holds B.E.E and M.S.E.E. degrees from Georgia Tech. He began teaching Math at CCS in 2010. He hold Provisional ACCS Certification. Before coming to CCS, he worked as an engineer for several companies including M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, General Dynamics, and Sun Microsystems. He and his wife, Betsy, have five adult children, three of whom are CCS graduates.

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Mrs. Nadine Bradsher

Elective Teacher

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Mrs. Nadine Bradsher was born and raised in North Carolina and has served as the yearbook adviser for six years. She had many years’ previous involvement with the PTF. She also serves as Prayer Leader of Our Moms in Prayer ministry. Mrs. Bradsher graduated from Meredith College with a B.A. in Psychology and an NC teaching certification in Elementary Education. Mrs. Bradsher is the former Service Manager at Centura Bank in Cary. She is currently a board member of the Cary Debutante Ball Society and an active member of the Parent’s Council at Meredith. She is married to her sweetheart of twenty-nine years, and they have a child who is a CCS graduate.

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Mrs. Sara Campbell

Mathematics Teacher

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Mrs. Sara Campbell teaches seventh grade Pre-Algebra and eighth grade Algebra. Originally from Massachusetts, she attended Wheelock College in Boston and Elms College in Chicopee. She has a B.A. in Education and has been teaching for eleven years. She holds an NC Teaching License and an ACSI Professional License. She has a son and a daughter who will be attending CCS this year.

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Mrs. Carlene Cearley

Drama Teacher

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Mrs. Carlene Cearley serves as Director of Theatre Arts for our Upper School. She is a member of NCTAE (North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators), a very active participant in NCTC (North Carolina Theatre Conference) events, and an avid patron of the Dramatic Arts. Mrs. Cearley holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and, prior to working at CCS, she was employed by the U.S. Navy, where she built simulators for nuclear submarines, and by NASA, where she built touch-screen kiosks for NASA museums across the country. Mrs. Cearley began working at CCS in 2003 and has served in various capacities ever since. She is a strong proponent for all theatre and film opportunities at the school. In addition to her roles as Theatre Director and Drama Teacher, Mrs. Cearley is heavily involved in the North Carolina Film Production community, where she is an actress and runs her own location scouting business. She and her husband, Greg, are active covenant members of Harvest Church Cary and have two incredibly creative and talented children who attended CCS throughout their school years: Chandler (2014) and Caroline (2016).

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Mrs. Kristen Clarkson

Literature Teacher

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Mrs. Kristen Clarkson teaches Classical Literature (ninth grade) and American Literature (twelfth grade). She attended North Carolina State University, where she obtained a B.A. in English Language, Writing Composition, and Rhetoric and a minor in Classical Greek Studies. She holds ACCS certification. Mrs. Clarkson is a graduate of Cary Christian School.

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Mr. Dell Cook

Theology Teacher

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Mr. Dell Cook teaches Theology and Apologetics. He holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University, a M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Th.M. from Reformed Theological Seminary. Mr. Cook has served at CCS since 2000 teaching 4th grade, Old and New Testament, Theology, Apologetics, Church History, Hebrew, Greek, and Hermeneutics.  He has served as Director of Athletics and coached girls’ basketball, middle school golf, junior varsity and varsity football, and from 2012 to 2018 he served as Headmaster.  Mr. Cook serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Classical and Christian Schools as well as the Academic Advisory Board for the Classical Learning Test.  He and his wife Ginny have three children: two are graduates of CCS, and the third is a current student.

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Ms. Rachel Douglas

Literature & Composition Teacher

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Ms. Rachel Douglas teaches Literature and Composition for 7th grade. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education Language Arts and Social Studies. She began teaching at Cary Christian in 2017, but her legacy with the school extends beyond that as she is a graduate of Cary Christian’s Class of 2012. In addition, she serves as a coach for our women’s middle school soccer team.

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Mrs. Chrissie Ficken

Mathematics Teacher

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Mrs. Chrissie Ficken graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education. Mrs. Ficken began teaching in 1998 and has served since 2012 at CCS, where she currently teaches Algebra 2, College Algebra, and AP Statistics. She holds ACCS Professional Certification. She and her husband, Wes, have two children, Holly and Matthew, who attend CCS.

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Ms. Kate Fredrikson

Literature & Rhetoric Teacher

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Ms. Kate Fredrikson teaches Classical Literature, Medieval Literature, and Rhetoric I. She graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College with a double major in English Literature and German. She received a Fulbright grant to teach English at a high school in Munich, Germany, where she spent the last two years. She is an avid reader and traveler.

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Mr. Seth Greer

Science Teacher

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Mr. Seth Greer teaches ninth grade Physiology and tenth grade Honors Biology. He graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, with a B.S. in Chemistry and a medical degree intent. He has previously served as a missionary to Uganda and Peru, working at ministries such as the Amazima School and Good Shepherd’s Fold Orphanage.

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Mr. Patrick Halbrook

History & Rhetoric Teacher & Director of Writing Instruction

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Mr. Patrick Halbrook teaches European History (11th grade) and Rhetoric II (12th grade). He also serves as the Director of Writing Instruction. A graduate of Florida College (B.A., Biblical Studies and Liberal Studies) and North Carolina State University (M.A., History), Mr. Halbrook holds ACCS Professional Certification and has taught a wide variety of classes at Cary Christian School since 2006. He and his wife, Kaylie, have four children, three of whom are students at CCS.

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Mrs. Swarna Hamsa

Mathematics Teacher

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Mrs. Swarna Hamsa holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering. She began teaching in 2006 and taught for three years. She and her husband, Devadanam, have two children, Nathan and Aaron, who attend CCS. Mrs. Hamsa earned North Carolina teaching license through NC State University and taught at a Wake county public school for two years. She currently teaches Geometry at CCS.

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Mrs. Cynthia Jackson

Elective Teacher

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Mrs. Cynthia Jackson has a God-given passion for children and young adults. She and her husband, Calvin, have been blessed with two children educated at Cary Christian School. After receiving a B.B.A. degree in Business Information Technology from Howard University in Washington, DC, she spent about twenty-five years as a technical and business professional in the software computing industry. She joined Cary Christian School in 2008 as an SAT Prep elective teacher and college adviser. As she only works part time, she has been teaching the middle school Typing and high school girl’s Study Hall electives for the last nine years. Mrs. Jackson is an active servant in her church’s Evangelism and Women’s Ministries.

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Mrs. Shaney Lipes

History Teacher

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Mrs. Shaney Lipes teaches Classical History (ninth grade). After growing up in Marietta, Georgia, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Religion. She then moved to Massachusetts to pursue a master’s degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where she met her husband, Jesse. She has taught at two other classical Christian schools in the Grammar and Logic stages, and began teaching at CCS in 2013. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, traveling, painting, and cheering on her Georgia Bulldogs!

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Mrs. Lisa Marley

Science Teacher

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Mrs. Lisa Marley teaches Honors Chemistry (eleventh grade). Mrs. Marley holds a B.S. in secondary science education from North Carolina State University and a M.Ed. in science education from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, and has over thirty years teaching experience. She and her husband, Scott are blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, a very cute dog, and three wonderful adult children, of which the oldest is married to a CCS graduate (who’s pretty great, too).

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Mrs. Kelly Mastin

Science Teacher

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Mrs. Kelly Mastin teaches Physical Science (7th grade) and Earth Science (8th grade). Teaching at CCS since 2016, Kelly holds a B.S. in Biology Education from North Carolina State University and an M.Ed. in Sports Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. She and her husband, Matthew, are proud parents of one daughter. In her spare time, Mrs. Mastin loves to run, work out, and try new recipes and places to eat, especially at the beach.

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Mrs. Darla McDonald

Science Teacher & Upper School Lead Teacher

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Mrs. Darla McDonald serves both as Lead Teacher in the Rhetoric School and also as an instructor in the CCS Rhetoric School science department. She currently teaches AP Physics I and Honors Physics. Mrs. McDonald holds a B.S. in Biology (Pre-Med concentration) from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.Ed. in Science Education from North Carolina State University, and a Master’s Certification from ACCS. She has served on the faculty of Cary Christian for the past ten years and has a total of thirteen years of experience teaching in classical Christian schools. In addition to her teaching role at CCS, Mrs. McDonald also coaches the varsity field hockey team. She and her husband, Tim, have four children, all of whom are students at CCS.

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Mrs. Leah McGrath

Literature Teacher

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Mrs. Leah McGrath teaches Medieval and European Literature for 10th and 11th grade. Mrs. McGrath graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an English major with minors in Education and Social and Economic Justice. She also completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at UNC Chapel Hill. This is her second year teaching at Cary Christian School. She serves as the faculty adviser for FCA and the 11:11 club. In addition, she serves as a coach for our women’s basketball teams. Mrs. McGrath lives with her husband, Chris, and their rescue dog, Smokey, in Raleigh.

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Mr. Tom McMahon

Latin Teacher

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Mr. Tom McMahon teaches Latin IV (sixth grade) and Latin V (seventh grade). He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Classics Department and is now pursuing his Masters in Classical Christian Studies from New Saint Andrews College. In his spare time, Mr. McMahon likes to hunt, read, and play bluegrass with his wife, Andrea.

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Mr. Carter Minor

Band Teacher

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Mr. Carter Minor wears many hats at CCS. He teaches third grade Recorder, as well as fourth, fifth, Middle School, and High School bands. Since he came in 2001, Mr. Minor has also taught Drama and Physical Education. A lover of both art and music, he attended East Carolina University where he was an art student majoring in Sculpture. He is a professional studio musician, singer, and song writer who spent more than twenty years on the road. Mr. Minor loves God and Jesus and serves as an Associate Minister at Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. He is the father of two children, Erin and Christopher.

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Ms. Megan Outten

Elective Teacher

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Ms. Megan Outten teaches the Middle and High school Music Appreciation elective and is a 4th grade Teaching Assistant. She attended Meredith College, where she obtained a degree in Music Education and concentrated in voice. Ms. Outten is a Cary native and is the Assistant Director of the Cary Youth Voices! This is Ms. Outten’s first year teaching at Cary Christian. She enjoys the beach and singing in choir.

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Mr. Jonathan Payne

Theology Teacher

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Mr. Jonathan Payne began at CCS in 2017, teaching seventh and eighth grade Biblical History. He also serves as our Logic School House Leader. He holds a B.A. in Christian Education and Bible from The Master’s University and an M.A. in Christian Ministry and M.Div. from Shepherds Theological Seminary. In his spare time, Mr. Payne enjoys playing volleyball, rock climbing, white water rafting, and playing piano and guitar as well as serving as a youth intern in his local church.

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Mrs. Debora Robinson

History & Mathematics Teacher

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Mrs. Debora Robinson received a B.S. in Education from University of North Texas. She taught fifth grade at CCS for fifteen years. She has taught sixth grade since 2013. She currently teaches sixth grade Math and History. She also holds ACCS Professional Certification and Lifetime Certification in Texas and Missouri. All three of her children graduated from Cary Christian School. Before coming to CCS, Mrs. Robinson homeschooled her children for eight years.

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Mrs. Lindsay Roseborough

History & Rhetoric Teacher

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Mrs. Lindsay Roseborough graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Political Science. This will be her sixth year teaching. Mrs. Roseborough most recently taught AP Government & Politics, Leadership, & Political Science in the Washington, DC, area. She served on a NC gubernatorial campaign, a US Senate campaign, and worked both as a White House and US Senate intern. Between time in the public classrooms, Mrs. Roseborough worked for Appalachian State University and the Washington Speakers Bureau. She and her husband, Jamie, have two children: Graycen (1st grader at CCS) and Baird (2 years old).

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Mrs. Angela Somer

Art Teacher

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Mrs. Angela Somer is the middle and high school Art teacher at Cary Christian School. She studied Liberal Arts at Saint Mary College and concentrated in Art at Colorado State University. In 1989, she began a wonderful twenty-four year career with American Airlines. Mrs. Somer has been a dedicated volunteer at our school since 2008. She has four children, three of whom are currently enrolled at CCS. She also creates personal artwork for clients.

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Mr. Wilson Stauffacher

Literature & Composition Teacher

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Mr. Wilson Stauffacher teaches sixth grade Literature, Composition, and Bible. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Middle Grades English and History Education. Before coming to Cary Christian School, he spent six years teaching sixth grade English in Zebulon, NC. He and his wife, Kimberly, live in Raleigh.

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Dr. Daniel Stewart

Computer Science Teacher

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Dr. Daniel Stewart teaches Computer Science at CCS. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University. He and his wife, Jessica, have three children, all students at CCS. Dr. Stewart’s hobbies include 3-D modeling and animation, and electronics.

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Mr. Micah Terhune

Greek Teacher

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Mr. Micah Terhune teaches Greek (9th and 10th grades). He has taught at CCS since 2017, having previously taught Logic and Systematic Theology. He holds a B.A from Cedarville University and an M.A. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary where he studied Bible, Theology, Philosophy, Greek, and Archaeology. He and his wife, Kristen, have one child. In his spare time, Mr. Terhune enjoys reading, writing, and playing board and video games.

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Mr. Eddie Thomas

Elective Teacher

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Mr. Eddie Thomas is an assistant to the Athletics department, has taught P.E. and coached Middle School soccer, basketball, and tennis at CCS since 2012. He studied Recreation & Communications at North Carolina State University and Radio Broadcasting at the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Atlanta. Mr. Thomas has been an Athletic Director, Camp Director, and has worked in sports and Christian radio for over forty years. He enjoys playing the Native American flute, live music, movies, and various sports in his spare time.

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Mrs. Julie Anne Thompson

Elective Teacher

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Mrs. Julie Anne Thompson teaches Introduction to Engineering. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and worked in environmental consulting for nine years. After serving as a long-term substitute teacher in the CCS Grammar School, she developed the curriculum for Introduction to Engineering. Mrs. Thompson loves cheering on the Knights athletic teams and supporting the CCS Fine Arts programs. She and her husband, Bill, have two children: Jason (CCS class of 2015) and Marie (CCS class of 2018).

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Mrs. Lesley White

Science Teacher

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Mrs. Lesley White teaches Biology and AP Biology (10th grade) and Life Science (6th grade). She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in math and science from Texas A&M University. She has served on the faculty of Cary Christian School since 2013 and has three children who graduated from CCS, as well as one who is a current student. In addition to teaching, Mrs. White coaches the varsity volleyball team. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and cooking in her spare time.

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Mr. Calvin Zbinden

Logic & History Teacher

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Mr. Calvin Zbinden teaches Logic (eighth grade) and European History (eleventh grade). He holds a B.S. from Liberty University in the Social Sciences with a Teacher Licensure. He also has received licensure to teach Middle School Math from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He and his wife, Hannah, met at Liberty and are enjoying married life in Cary. In his spare time, Mr. Zbinden enjoys reading, drinking dark roast coffee, watching and playing sports such as basketball, football, and tennis.