A letter from Mrs. Mandy Gill

Dear Upper Campus Families, 


It has been an exciting summer on the GRACE Upper Campus, as we have watched the remodeling of the Activity Building to include more athletic offices, PE changing rooms and a whole new and expanded weight room! Thank you to all of our GRACE families who have contributed to this project through the Annual Fund! We are eagerly awaiting the completion of this project and have a plan to accommodate everyone in the main building until we get our occupation certificate. Our facilities team has been involved with all the painting, cleaning and other upgrades on both campuses. We appreciate all the time and effort they have put into our school!

While our teachers have been away, they have also taken some time to begin preparing for the new school year. Each of them has read Stonestreet and Kunkle’s A Practical Guide to Culture, which we will be discussing as a faculty over the course of the next several weeks, and many of them have also taken advantage of other professional development opportunities in the form of webinars, conferences, and workshops.  Aside from these activities, they have been busy with the usual planning and preparation of curriculum timelines and enhancements for the upcoming school year, and they have lots of valuable learning experiences planned for your students.

It has been so wonderful to have our faculty back on campus this week! As we prepare for your students, we are so thankful to the Lord for the great team He has assembled to teach and mentor our students this year.

Meet our new Upper Campus Teachers

I would like to introduce the new teachers on the Upper Campus: 

Mark Miedema - Assistant Athletic Director - Mark studied in Iowa at Dordt University where he received a B.S. in Education in PE/Health - He says, “students need to know that they are loved and that the teachers genuinely care about them.”

Wilson Stauffacher - English Teacher - Wilson studied at NCSU where he received a B.A. in Education - He is excited to ”spark the interest and curiosity of the students in the classroom.”

Katherine Cargill - STEM and PreAlgebra teacher - Katherine studied at Liberty University in Virginia. She received a B.S. in Environmental Biology and M.Ed. in Science Education - She is excited to “guide students through the engineering design process as they tackle real-world issues.” 

David Gladney - Bible teacher - David studied in Mississippi at the University of Mississippi and received a B.A. in Psychology and then studied in N.C. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a M.A. in Divinity - He says, “I love working with youth, even when it is challenging.”

Lance Claggett - Bible Teacher - Lance studied in South Carolina at Columbia International University where he received a B.A. in Bible and Music and then studied in N.C.  at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a M.A. in Ministry Leadership - He believes that “The teacher takes a personal interest in each student and works to understand what best motivates them.” 

Chavar Tyrance - Strength and Fitness Teacher - Chavar studied at North Carolina A&T State University and received a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science. He says, “I love Jesus Christ and try to spread the good word about him to as many people as I can.”

Colby Malouf - History Teacher - Colby studied in Texas at Texas Tech University where she received a B.A. in History. She is “excited to point others towards Christ through her teaching.”

Teachers are preparing their classrooms for their students. They have also begun praying for each child by name. Thank you so much for the opportunity to partner with you to educate your children and equip them for a life that will impact their world for Jesus Christ. What an honor and a blessing it is to work with you in this endeavor.

We look forward to seeing the students on campus next week and trust that this year will be a good one!


Yours in Christ, 

Mandy Gill