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Michele Bandy

Events Coordinator | GRACE

Hi, my name is Michele Bandy and it's a privilege to be serving GRACE as events coordinator and to be a part of this loving community since 2002.  In addition, I've had the honor of working as the receptionist, varsity cheerleading coach, Christmas store co-coordinator, prom committee and room parent throughout the years.

I'm originally from the Los Angeles area, but grew up in Washington on a small farm where the combination gave me a well rounded life experience. I graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in apparel, merchandising and textiles with a minor in business administration and have prior experience in the wedding planning industry. During college, I met my husband, Rick, with whom I am now celebrating 25 years of marriage. We've been in the Raleigh area since 1995 and are proud to call North Carolina our home.

Our daughter, Taylor, is a GRACE Alumni and a recent graduate of College of Charleston and our son, David, is currently a junior at GRACE.  In my spare time, I enjoy entertaining, decorating, traveling, attending sporting events, snow skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Email: MBandy@GRACEChristian.net

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Penny Beeler

Hot Lunch | 7th-12th Campus

It is a privilege and an honor to be returning to GRACE for my 14th year. I enjoy working here because of the loving and caring environment. One of my favorite aspects of this job is seeing the students grow and change with each passing year. It is also a lot of fun to work with the many parent volunteers who come in and help out with our program. In addition, I get to see our students during a "fun time" of their day-LUNCH!!!!!

I have a background with food service, and my husband I were former franchisee owners of three Jimmy Johns Sandwich Shops. In addition, I hold a current Serv Safe certificate through Wake County. GRACE has been my "home away from home," and I really enjoy being here.

I have been blessed with a wonderful family. My husband David and I have been married for 29 years, and we have two terrific kids. Our son Alex graduated from GRACE in 2011 and graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 2015.  Our daughter, Ashtyn, graduated from GRACE in 2013 and graduated from Meredith College in 2017. My hobbies include cooking, reading, travel, and exercise.

I look forward to another year here at GRACE, and all that God has in store for me.

Email: PBeeler@GRACEChristian.net

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Eric Bradley

Head of School | GRACE

The 2017-18 school year marks Eric Bradley's second year as Head of School at GRACE and his twenty-first year as a Christian school educator. 

Mr. Bradley graduated from Alan C. Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia, in 1991. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Georgia in 1995. After serving two years as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a master’s degree in History, Mr. Bradley accepted a teaching position at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina. Mr. Bradley also earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia and an Educational Specialist degree from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Mr. Bradley served in a variety of roles over the course of his nine years at Charlotte Christian School. He taught AP US History, AP European History, World History, Modern US History, and the Civil War. He served as a national grader for the AP US History exam for three years. As Spiritual Life Director, he created a program that was nationally recognized by the ACSI as a program of excellence. While serving as Assistant Principal, he served as part of the executive leadership team and was largely responsible for teacher evaluations. He also served as a Bible-study leader and basketball coach.

In 2006, Mr. Bradley accepted the position of high school principal at Mount Paran Christian School (MPCS) in Kennesaw, Georgia. At MPCS, he led the growth of the academic program, building the AP offerings from four to eighteen, while also participating in the creation of a directed studies program for students with learning differences. Enrollment in the high school nearly doubled under his leadership. The school also experienced unprecedented growth in college acceptances. He continued to teach, adding British Literature and Senior Seminar to his classroom experiences. Partnering with a fellow teacher and parent, he also led a Bible study for a group of boys that began during their fifth grade year and continued through their seventh grade year.

Eric and his wife, Amy, have been married for eighteen years and have three children – Amelia (9th grade), Thomas (5th grade), and Audrey (3rd grade). Amy is the National Director of Secondary School Programs for YouScience, an online career guidance program for high school and college students. Avid sports fans, the Bradleys enjoy cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, Florida State Seminoles, and Atlanta Braves. Mr. Bradley cites Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Erik Larson, and Malcolm Gladwell as his favorite authors.

Email: EBradley@GRACEChristian.net

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BJay Brown

Facilities Director | GRACE

BJay is a true handy man and it would be easier to list what he doesn’t do than what he does! He planned and supervised the upstairs renovation on the Upper Campus during the summer of 2016 which first had the whole second floor gutted, before adding two bathrooms, four new classrooms, and a renovated chapel room in what was previously two large meeting rooms.

During the summer of 2017, he planned and supervised the renovation of the former Hope Community Church office spaces on the upper campus, the lower campus bathroom renovation, the upgrades to the fifth and sixth grade areas, and the new HVAC installation.

BJay grew up in upstate New York and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Marlene, for 35 years. If you have time, he is more than happy to tell you about his beautiful and smart granddaughter, Elliana Belle, or the 1973 Plymouth Barracuda he once owned. GRACE is blessed to have a man with BJay’s experience serving our school. Something you might not know about BJay is that he is licensed to shoot fireworks, officially a pyro-technician. BJay’s favorite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes as the wisdom contained in it fits so many aspects of life.

Email: BJBrown@GRACEChristian.net

Learn more about the Facilities Team by reading the September 5, 2017 Staff Spotlight

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Michael Bryant

Facilities Staff | GRACE

Michael can most often be seen on the upper campus, helping keep everything picked up and clean. During our three lunches, he is a familiar face to our students and enjoys talking with them during their lunch. Last year, the students in one lunch left him speechless (a hard thing to do) by pitching in to buy him a gift on his birthday.

Michael is an avid Atlanta Braves and Carolina Hurricanes fan and enjoys seeing the GRACE family at games and is always the first to volunteer to work security at GRACE events. Michael grew up in Florida and moved to North Carolina in 2008.

Michael’s grandpa was a Navy frogman (Navy SEAL) and was Michael’s role model growing up. Michael has fond memories of camping with his grandpa and considered him his best friend. Michael’s favorite Bible verse is John 3:16, a verse emphasized during his childhood by Michael’s other grandfather, a pastor and missionary.

Email: MBryant@GRACEChristian.net

Learn more about the Facilities Team by reading the September 5, 2017 Staff Spotlight

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Lisa Ciancarelli

Hot Lunch | 7th-12th Campus

Hi, my name is Lisa Ciancarelli, and I have the honor of working along side of Penny Beeler at our Crossroads Campus hot lunch. I feel extremely blessed to be part of such an amazing faculty and staff and to have the privilege of interacting with our teenage students on a daily basis.

I grew up in Rochester, NY, where I met my husband, Matt, soon after graduating college. After marrying Matt, we moved to Camp Lejeune, NC, where my husband served as a United States Marine. Prior to having children, I worked in the travel industry as a travel consultant, doing leisure, corporate and government travel.

My family has been part of the GRACE family for 12 years now.  I have two children in high school and one in middle school. I do not use the term “GRACE family” lightly. We are truly a family here and I am blessed to be part of it.

I look forward to this upcoming year and cannot wait to see what God has in store for this school.

Email: LCiancarelli@GRACEChristian.net

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Willa Bea Coates

Student Information Manager | GRACE

Willa Bea Coates has been a part of the GRACE family since 1997 when her daughter started GRACE as a pre-school student. Today she is the Student Information Manager and oversees the application process for new families as well as assisting GRACE seniors by interfacing with their prospective colleges.

Email: WCoates@GRACEChristian.net

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Cathy Cole

Communications & Marketing | GRACE

My name is Cathy Cole and I am the Communications Director for GRACE. I have the honor of introducing prospective families to GRACE via our open house information sessions and sharing with them the many things that make our school great. Part of my job is to compile our weekly newsletter, #WhatsUpAtGRACE and work with others in the school to promote school events. I also coordinate our print and digital advertising campaigns, help monitor our social media accounts and maintain the school website. I have been a GRACE parent since August 2007 and have been on staff since January 2012.

I received dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Economics/Marketing (BS) and Political Science (BA). After teaching business skills to non-business managers with an executive education firm in Philadelphia for 11 years, I left corporate America to stay home with my children. My son attended GRACE for middle and high school, graduated with the class of 2014, and is on track to graduate from Luther College in 2018 with degrees in math and secondary education. My daughter graduated with the class of 2017 and attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with plans to pursue a degree in nursing. I have been married to my husband, Wesley since March 1992 and we have lived in Cary, NC since July 1993. Our cairn terrier, Jamma, completes our family.

Our family is active in our church, Colonial Baptist, where I served as a 2nd grade Sunday School teacher from 2001-2013 teaching my young students the truth as it relates to creation and evolution. From 2010-2017 I worked in our youth group and enjoyed leading small groups, being a summer camp counselor, and being a leader on a missions trip to Kenya in the summer of 2013. With both children out of the house, I look forward to the next ministry role that God will provide.

I did not become a Christian until age 25 and am thrilled to be working in a school where our students can hear the truth about Jesus Christ from the earliest possible age. It is a delight to work alongside such a talented group of staff and teachers who in addition to their subject matter expertise demonstrate the love and sufficiency of Christ to the students at GRACE.

Email: CCole@GRACEChristian.net

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Diane Dupre

After Care Director | TK-6TH Campus

Hi, my name is Diane Dupre and I am blessed to be a member of the GRACE family for the past six years. I was born and raised in Rochester, New York, and my husband and I have lived in North Carolina for the past ten years. Previous to our move here, I was employed as an administrative assistant to the senior pastor at my church and for several years after that, by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in downtown Rochester.

We became acquainted with GRACE through attending Grandparents' Day every year. During that time we witnessed first-hand the love and wonderful education our grandchildren Matthew, Sophia and James are receiving at GRACE.

In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy cooking, exploring local places of interest with my husband, Tom, studying the word of God and discussing politics and current events with whoever will listen!! Also, we have fun occasionally leading kids' worship at our church!

I consider it an honor and blessing to be entrusted with caring for your children during the hours after school, and I’m looking forward to the wonderful experiences the Lord has planned for the children He has so graciously placed in my care.

Email: DDupre@GRACEChristian.net

Diane was featured in an October 10, 2017 Staff Spotlight. Click to read more about Diane, her family and her testimony.

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Vivian Edwards

Accounts Receivable & Payroll Manager | GRACE

I have had the pleasure of working here at GRACE since 1997. However, my experience with the school began in 1989 when my daughter was four years old. She graduated in 2004 and my three sons graduated in 2007. I am enjoying my time here at GRACE immensely. Working with fellow believers is a real blessing. The loving, family atmosphere of this school makes it a wonderful place to work and learn.

Email: VEdwards@GRACEChristian.net

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Pascale Rivard Fitts

LEAP Director, Dean of Students | GRACE

Bonjour! I was born and raised in the province of Québec, Canada. My family moved to the United States when I was 12 years old. My husband Greg and I were married in 1993. We have 2 children; our oldest daughter graduated from GRACE in 2016, our son will graduate in  2018. We are founding members of Trinity Park Church in Morrisville.

I received my B.A. from Auburn University with a double major in Spanish and Communications, along with a double minor in French and Business. I completed my M.Ed. in Special Education from Liberty University. The field of Special Education is my passion. I love education - pure and simple - and embrace diversity. My career as an educator spans over 20  years and includes secondary French at GRACE as well as preschool through elementary classes in other settings. I have been joyfully employed at GRACE since 2006. 

Along with my duties as the Director of our Special Education Program (LEAP), I am pleased to partner with James Jenkins as Dean of Students this year. I have worked with LEAP since its inception, enjoying incredible successes in our students. I consider it an honor to be a part of the GRACE community, both as a parent and a staff member. I cling to my life verse for inspiration in my daily work. ~"Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished". ~ Luke 1:45

Email: PFitts@GRACEChristian.net

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Randy Fox

Facilities Staff | GRACE

Randy joined the GRACE facilities last fall and has been a great addition to the team. His co-workers describe him as a fun-loving guy who is easy to get along with and according to several staff members, Randy is a worthy Words with Friends opponent. After graduating high school, Randy joined the navy as part of the Construction Battalion, better known as the Seabees, and served six years. After leaving the Navy he served in the North Carolina Army National Guard for 18 years where he was a mechanic working on M1 Abrams and M1A1 tanks. During his time in the National Guard, Randy completed his college degree and one of his favorite memories is when he walked across the stage to receive his diploma at the age of 32.

Email: RFox@GRACEChristian.net

Learn more about the Facilities Team by reading the September 5, 2017 Staff Spotlight

 

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Carol Gehringer

Media Coordinator | TK-6TH Campus

I am excited to be starting my 11th year (2017-2018) at GRACE as the Librarian/Media Coordinator. I graduated from the University of Michigan with B.A. in English and M.I.L.S. in library science, and earned a NC teaching license and ACSI certification. I have 26+ years of experience in a variety of libraries in Michigan and North Carolina.

My husband is a computer science professor at NC State. We are the parents of 2 GRACE students: twin daughters in high school. Our family is active at our church, Cary Alliance.

I am an avid reader and a book reviewer for upper elementary, young adult and adult books. You can read my reviews on http://worthy2read.wordpress.com. Reviewing books allows me to get free copies for our school, saving us about $1000 in book expenses each year. Another bonus, I often get copies of their books before they are published!

More importantly, I like to encourage reading and learning in children of all ages. We have several daytime book clubs at GRACE to give our students more opportunities to read. I look forward to helping your children to discover the world of information, and to develop a lifetime love of learning.

Email: CGehringer@GRACEChristian.net

 

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Beth German

Resources Manager | GRACE

My family has been a part of the GRACE Christian School community since our twins started at GRACE in 2005. As all four of our children became school-aged and students of GRACE, I have served the community as a parent, as a member of the PTF and finally as the secretary of the GRACE Board of Trustees. In 2014, I joined the staff at GRACE in the Finance Department and in 2015 I moved into the position of Resources Manager. The common saying is that I manage our pens, pencils, paper, printers, processes, and personnel (files)! In addition, I manage the internal GRACE calendar but we cannot seem to come up with a "P" word for that!

I have been an NC resident my entire life, having grown up in the north-eastern part of the state. After receiving my BS in Accounting from Meredith College I completed my Masters in Accounting at UNC-Chapel Hill. I have worked with large CPA firms, large corporations, and small CPA firms prior to staying at home with our four children while they were young. My husband and I are very thankful that God led us to find GRACE for our children's education.   We are the proud parents of two recent GRACE graduates, a Junior and an 8th Grader. It has been an honor to serve the Lord here with the incredible, godly faculty and staff and to see the changes and growth that GRACE has experienced since we joined the community in 2005.

Email: BGerman@GRACEChristian.net

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Mandy Gill

Principal | 7th-12th Campus

My family and I moved to Cary in July 2007 from LA where I was teaching in a Christian school for 11 years. We were born and raised in South Africa and are now US citizens. Our heart is for reaching the lost. We are part of a church plant here in NC. We enjoy coming alongside and being a support team for the lead couple.

My husband loves construction and runs a business remodeling bathrooms. He also enjoys real estate and invests here in North Carolina. My son, Joshua, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science, he later decided to go into medicine and is studying further at NCSU. He works on the ambulances in Wake county and really enjoys helping people! My daughter, Vickilyn, graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Social Work degree. My daughter, Michelle, graduated from NCSU with a degree in Tourism Management. The girls live together in downtown Raleigh at the Hope House and minister to their neighborhood. Both girls have a passion for working with young people and helping them reach their potential and the calling on their lives.

Although I am in administration now, I enjoy teaching Science and Math at any level. My motivation is to see our students grow in all areas of their lives and to continually build our school into a school of excellence. What a privilege it is to see students reaching new heights and new challenges.

I received my Masters degree in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University and really enjoy using the skills I learned from this course at GRACE. We have a wonderful and supportive team of teachers and administrators who love God and love your students! We pray that this will be a great year for GRACE and our students.

Email: MGill@GRACEChristian.net

 

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Tomeka Hartsfield

Computer | TK-6th

Hello! My name is Tomeka Hartsfield and God brought my husband and I to GRACE as parents seeking a great education with a Christian foundation for our children. I have taught a total of 12 years and certified in North Carolina to teach technology/business education courses.  Teaching children is truly my passion and gift which I am very excited to share with the GRACE family.

I graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education where I met my husband of 19 years. We have 3 children Robbie, Leah Grace, and Camille. We are active members of White Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC where we serve in the youth ministry. I enjoy spending time with my family watching movies, playing board games, and traveling.

I feel very blessed to be able to teach at GRACE. My hope is to teach my students how to utilize technology to enhance their learning and daily lives while incorporating God’s word.
 

Email: THartsfield@GRACEChristian.net

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Lynne Hawkes

Director of College Counseling | 7th-12th Campus

I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to come alongside GRACE families throughout the college admission process and provide them with the resources and individual support necessary to discover the colleges/universities that best fit student’s individual passions, skills, and aspirations. We have tailored our program to provide a personal approach to college admissions, with the understanding that God has uniquely gifted each student to participate in His good and sovereign plan as they graduate from our school and move on to college and careers.

I grew up in upstate New York and the Washington DC area, but have lived in North Carolina since 1992.  I have a Masters from Duke University and a BS from Allegheny College. My work experience includes positions as an Environmental Consultant in RTP, an environmental specialist for the states of North Carolina and Florida, and an instructor at the Florida Institute of Technology. However, it was while serving as an Alumni Admissions Applicant Interviewer for Duke University, and participating in the college admission process with our own children, that I went back to school once more, receiving my College Admissions Counseling Certificate from the UC-Riverside in 2015.

I love exploring the great outdoors and traveling with my family; hiking, sailing, kayaking - anywhere we can get off the beaten path. We are also avid football and basketball fans, and we enjoy taking any opportunity to fill our house with fellowship and music. We are grateful also for our place of worship, Trinity Park Church, and the international community we’re blessed to serve with there. The amazing connections we discover with new friends all over the world gives us a glimpse of God's eternal promise and reminds us to continually share this promise of grace and mercy with our neighbors everywhere.

email: LHawkes@GRACEChristian.net

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Melissa Hendges

Receptionist | TK-6TH Campus

Hi! My name is Melissa Hendges and I am the Front Lobby Receptionist for the 801 Buck Jones Campus at GRACE. I have worked at GRACE since 2008 but we have been a part of the GRACE family since 2005. I am thrilled with the opportunity to serve here and have my children at a school that reiterates the values and principles they are being taught at home.

I have four children here ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade.  When I'm not at work you will probably find me at one of my children's many activities such as a cross country meet, track meet or theater production.  I also enjoy running, sewing, boating at the lake with my family or relaxing on my back porch.

Email: MHendges@GRACEChristian.net

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Paul Hutton

Facilities Staff | GRACE

Paul may not love painting, but seeing Paul with a paintbrush in his hand is a common site at GRACE, especially during the summer. Paul is likely one of the few people that knows the “paint name” of every color on every wall at GRACE! Paul has played a huge role in keeping the athletic field neat and tidy as well as clearing out the “grassy” are near the parking lot of tree stumps, poison ivy, etc. Paul attends Hope Community Church where he volunteers on the security team. Paul enjoys running, hiking, and kayaking.

Email: PHutton@GRACEChristian.net

Learn more about the Facilities Team by reading the September 5, 2017 Staff Spotlight

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Kathleen Huggins Johnson

Transportation Coordinator | GRACE

I'm Kathleen Huggins Johnson and am one of the few Raleigh natives around! We came to GRACE in 2009 from public school when my oldest was in 5th grade. From a parents' perspective it was the best move we could have made, and it was the first time my son had been truly happy in school in a long time. The loving, nurturing, biblical setting has allowed both my boys to flourish. My boys are in 12th and 6th grades and truly love being a part of the GRACE community.

I started working at Grace in 2011 with the After Care program and over the years have transitioned to the Accounting Department as well as serving as the Transportation Coordinator. I have enjoyed working for GRACE because it gives me a chance to meet students and parents and see the overall Christ-centeredness of our school. God has blessed me with incredible people from GRACE - educators, prayer warriors, friends - all who remind me that our Christian faith and the Truth we know will prevail. Being a part of the GRACE family lifts me up daily!

I graduated with a business degree from Wake Forest University and worked several years in the travel industry before becoming a stay-at-home-mom (who, ironically, never seemed to be at home). I teach 3rd/4th/5th grade girls' missions at my church. I do not enjoy housework but do enjoy traveling, reading, sports, and being with my family and friends.

Email: KHuggins@GRACEChristian.net

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Kim Medina

After Care | TK-6TH Campus

I am excited to be part of the GRACE After Care team! I have always enjoyed working with children. Throughout the years, I have taught Sunday School and worked with youth. I raised three sons and one daughter, who are now 35, 33, 29 and 26. I was fortunate to be able to stay home with my children.

I moved to North Carolina from Florida in 2013 to be closer to my daughter’s family. I have two grandchildren who are six and eight years old. I have been working with a catering company for the past two years. I worked events and I was part of the school lunch team for two private schools.

I enjoy spending my free time outdoors with my family. Paddle boarding, hiking, biking, snowboarding and camping our my favorites. I love taking short trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains to hike and visit waterfalls.

Email: KMedina@GRACEChristian.net

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Lisa Michaelsen

Hot Lunch | TK-6TH Campus

This is my sixth year as the TK-6 Lunch Coordinator. My job takes all of my gifts and talents and rolls them into working and serving at GRACE in this capacity. It is a joy to be with your kids and get to know them throughout the school year.  I'm currently working on my MBA from Meredith College and enjoy traveling and playing golf. 

I have two kids that are both here at GRACE. Emma is 17 and in senior this year and Carter is 14 and a freshman. We attend Hope Community Church and have been a part of their community for the last 11 years and our family enjoys serving there on Sunday mornings.

I look forward to another great year at GRACE serving our kids and working with our parent and grandparent volunteers. It's a great place to connect and get a sneak peek into your child's day. 

Email: LMichaelsen@GRACEChristian.net

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Kate Mitchell

Receptionist | 7th-12th Campus

My name is Kate Mitchell and I am excited to return to 1101 Campus (7th-12th Grade) as the front desk receptionist.

I was born and raised in England.  I have a background in education and earned my Bachelors of Arts in education from Leicester University in England and my Masters degree in education from the College of New Jersey.   I have eleven years of teaching experience in the UK and overseas and I also home schooled my children for a total of eight years.

My husband and I worked in Pakistan for 15 years. Six of those years were spent in a unique mountainous area where three mountain ranges, the Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Karakorams, meet. I have also lived in and visited a variety of other countries in South Asia, East Africa and Europe. In the United States I have lived in New Jersey, Colorado, California and North Carolina.

I have been married to my husband Jonathan for 30 years.  We have three children - Daniel, who works in software technology in Chicago, Iain, who just graduated from GRACE and has embarked on a global gap year before enrolling at Covenant College in 2018, and Sarah, who is in 8th grade at GRACE.

Email: KMitchell@GRACEChristian.net

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Kenny Montgomery

Facilities Staff | TK-6TH Campus

My name is Kenny Montgomery, and I am the custodian on the Lower Campus. I was born and raised in Raleigh North Carolina. I am a graduate from Broughton High School. When I’m not in the lunch room with your children, or assisting teachers, I enjoy football, basketball and fishing. I am married and have 3 daughters and 1 son. I attend First Baptist Church of Apex.

Learn more about the Facilities Team by reading the September 5, 2017 Staff Spotlight

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Anthony Moreland

IT Specialist | TK-6TH Campus

My name is Anthony Moreland. I am originally from Illinois, but have lived in the Raleigh area since 2002. I am happily married with four beautiful children. I graduated in 2014 from Wake Technical Community College with a degree in Information Technology Security Systems. This is my third year working in the IT department. 

In my spare time I love spending my time with family. I also like teaching dance to the youth. I look forward to another year contributing my skills to assist everyone at GRACE Christian School, but most importantly being a vessel to the kingdom of God.

 

Email: AMoreland@GRACEChristian.net

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Lynnae Morris

Assistant Principal | TK-6TH Campus

It is a great honor and blessing to be joining the GRACE community as the TK-6 Assistant Principal this year!  I am so excited to begin work and continue on this career journey that God has so masterfully planned for me.  I have more than 20 years of experience in the field of education prior to coming to GRACE, and I have worked with a variety of students at all levels (pre-school through college).  I taught high school science before going back to graduate school to pursue my PhD in education, and while in graduate school, I taught at the college level and supervised several student teachers.  I have also worked as an assistant principal at both the elementary and middle school levels. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family.  My dear husband and I are the proud and grateful parents of three GRACE students - Hannah, Kynndal, and Colinn; and, you will most often find us at one of their sporting events or cheering on our favorite team - Go Heels! 

Email: LMorris@GRACEChristian.net

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Dana Morrison

Technology Director | GRACE

My wife, Angela, and I are from Maine and have been married for 24 years. We have two children (17 and 10) who are enrolled at GRACE. I’m a graduate of Liberty University (1998) with a BS Religion and Youth Ministry degree. For 16 years I worked in public education technology along with running a small business to help businesses and education meet technology needs.

For the past 14 years, I have worked specifically with 1 to 1 laptop deployment programs in education. It was my pleasure to join GRACE for the 2014-2015 school year as a technology teacher and I look forward to further serving GRACE in 2017-2018 as IT Director.  God has placed on my heart that I need to invest my time and energy with people and that is probably what I look forward to most of all at GRACE.

Email: DMorrison@GRACEChristian.net

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Angela Morrison

Receptionist | TK-6th

My husband Dana and I have been married 24 years. We are originally "Mainers" but moved to North Carolina in 2014. Our family has been blessed to be a part of GRACE for the last 3 years. We have 2 boys, Caleb and Aaron. Caleb is a Senior and loves the art program here at GRACE. Aaron is in 5th grade and enjoys time with his school friends.

I have always enjoyed helping people of all ages. Over the years I have worked with preschoolers, mentally handicapped adults, and done home care for seniors. Our family also worked in Christian camping for many years. When I came to GRACE as the inner office receptionist/nurse at the TK-6 campus I knew I would enjoy it.

I have loved being able to meet your little ones and take care of their "boo-boos" (real or imagined). They are all precious and it makes my day as they wave on their way to class or outside. I am still learning all the names of the children and the parents, but I am so thankful to be a part of the wonderful community here at GRACE.

Email: AMorrison@GRACEChristian.net

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Buddha Nepal

IT | 7th-12th

Hello! My name is Buddha Nepal. This is my second year at GRACE. This year I will be working in IT department.  I received my high school diploma from John Marshall High school in San Antonio and my bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

My beautiful wife and I are expecting our first baby. I enjoy Mathematics, Astronomy, Soccer, and Web Design. My life verse is Psalm 67, "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine on us— so that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations, May the peoples praise You, God; may all the peoples praise You..."

Have a blessed school year!

Email: BNepal@GRACEChristian.net

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Daniel O’Brien

Tech Integration Specialist | 7th-12th Campus

Originally a native of Chardon, Ohio, I attended Ashland University for my undergraduate degree in English Education for grades 7-12. I am currently progressing towards my Masters in Library Science and Information Studies/School Media at UNC Greensboro. I live in Cary with my wife, Kristin, and attend Fairview Baptist Church. Before coming to GRACE, I served as an English instructor and missionary with the Wakakusa English Program in Tamura City, Japan. While living in Fukushima prefecture, I had the opportunity to experience another culture and way of life, as well as provide assistance and aid to people displaced from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

In addition to being the media specialist for GRACE, I am stepping into the role of Technology Integration coach, and am looking forward to working with teachers to integrate meaningful technology use for 21st century skills into their curriculum. Additionally, I advise the GRACE Chapter of National Honor Society, lead lunchtime book clubs, and am in charge of the Maker Club. I am thrilled to be returning for another year, and am excited to make GRACE's Media Center a hub of learning, inquiry, and creativity, as well as meet and strengthen all learners in their educational and spiritual growth.

Email: DOBrien@GRACEChristian.net

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Karen O’Conner

CFO | GRACE

My name is Karen O'Conner and I love working in the Finance Department at GRACE. I have experienced GRACE both as an employee and parent. It is a fulfilling place to work knowing we serve God first. As a parent, the passion from our teachers and their attentiveness to our students is hard to find any where else.

I attended NCSU and received a degree in Accounting. While at State I met my husband Harry and we have been married for 28 years! We have three children; Jacob, Hannah and Matthew. Jacob and Hannah both graduated from GRACE and they are both college graduates (ECU and NCSU respectively). Matthew will be a junior at GRACE this year!!

Email: KOConner@GRACEChristian.net

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Brittany Oxendine

P.E. & Athletic Assisstant | GRACE

I am super excited to be a part of the GRACE family for the second year. I teach 8th Grade Physical Education, serve as an Athletics Assistant and Summer Camp Director, and coach Middle School Volleyball and Basketball.

I grew up in the western part of North Carolina and was captivated by Jesus when I was 8. Since then, many godly mentors have been in my life to help grow and strengthen my faith in him. It is my hope and prayer to follow their faithful example to impact the lives of the students here at GRACE!

In 2011, I moved to Raleigh to attend NC State and met my husband, Jarrick. We enjoy serving our church together through the youth ministry. We both have a huge passion for youth to see and savor the beauty of Christ in all aspects of their life, and for them to grow up impacting their world for Him. I am so thankful that I am able to be a part of the community at GRACE which allows me to invest in lives of students.

Email: BOxendine@GRACEChristian.net

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Tammi Saenz

Admissions Coordinator | TK-6TH Campus

My name is Tammi Saenz, and I am an admissions coordinator on the Raleigh Campus. I had the privilege of growing up in a home with wonderful Christian parents. I attended Hackensack Christian School in Hackensack, NJ but graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Hotel and Restaurant Management. I met and married my husband, John, in 1991 while he was stationed on Oahu as a Sergeant in the United States Army.

My professional career began with Marriott Hotels. I found my niche in the sales side of the hotel business and began a 12 year career in the hotel industry. We moved to Raleigh in 1994 and quickly settled in to life in the Carolinas. After ten years of marriage, we welcomed our first child, and following the birth of our second, I left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom.

My husband and I desired Christian schooling for our children and were once again blessed to find GRACE. When my children started school at GRACE, I couldn't resist the temptation to follow and was blessed to be given the opportunity to become part of the GRACE staff. I joined the workforce once again at the start of the school year in 2008. When we opened in prayer at our first staff meeting, I knew I would never return to the corporate world.

My husband and children love to travel, be outdoors, and enjoy all water sports and camping. We are members at Salem Baptist Church in Apex where my husband and I serve in many different areas.

I am excited to be a part of GRACE and watch how the Lord will continue to bless our faithfulness to him.

Email: TSaenz@GRACEChristian.net

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Julia Taylor

Academic Dean | GRACE

Welcome to GRACE Christian School! I am privileged to serve as the TK-12 Academic Dean for the 2017-2018 school year. I previously served on the GRACE administrative team from 2008-2013 as the K-12 curriculum director, and as the TK-6 assistant principal from 2013-2017. It is a blessing to be a part of such an incredible school ministry!

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside in 1995, and my California Teaching Credential and Master's in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA) in 1999. I hold a current All Levels Principal Certification with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and have served as an accreditation external team member several times for both ACSI and AdvancED.

Prior to coming to North Carolina, I taught elementary school for eight years in California public and Christian schools, and worked for three years as a K-8 assistant principal at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools in San Juan Capistrano, CA. In addition to the school setting, I have also had the privilege of writing curriculum for online learning instruction with e-learning for Kids, a non-profit e-learning company that provides free education to children worldwide.

My family and I relocated to North Carolina from Southern California in the fall of 2007. My husband, Brian, and I have been married for eighteen years and have been blessed with three wonderful children, Ava (8th grade), Hannah (5th grade) and Zachary (1st grade). We are church members at The Summit Church, Brier Creek campus.

I am looking forward to a fantastic school year as our students grow academically and spiritually! My personal theme verse is Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Email: JTaylor@GRACEChristian.net

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Devin Terris

Athletic Director | GRACE

This will be my sixth year at GRACE Christian School. I am looking forward to leading our athletics program for both high school and middle school as GRACE's Athletic Director. My prayer is that we would be an athletics program that would fulfill our GRACE mission statement to equip, challenge, and inspire students to impact their world for Christ. Athletics serve as a vital role in equipping students for life and I am very thankful to be a part of this role in the GRACE community. 

I grew up in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education physical education & health K-12 from Shepherd University . This will be my seventh year in Christian Education and my fifth year as Athletic Director. I enjoy studying God's Word, discipleship, basketball pickup games, reading, playing the acoustic guitar, and humbled to serve as Deacon of Music at Redeemer Community Church in Fuquay-Varina. I love spending time with my wonderful wife Brittany of 7 years and our two boys, Zayin and Ezra.

Acts 20:24 - But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Email: DTerris@GRACEChristian.net

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Kathie Thompson

Principal | TK-6TH Campus

I am proud to say that I am a North Carolinian by birth.  I was born and grew up in Elon College, now called “Elon” since the college reached university status.  I was blessed with Christian parents and a strong extended family.  My brother Terry, is a pastor.   One of the greatest testimonies to my parents’ influence and guidance is the fact that both my brother and I are involved in full-time ministry.

I attended elementary, junior high and high school in Alamance County and graduated from Western Alamance High School in 1970.  I graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education.  I later returned to school for courses in Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I have had the privilege of being involved in Christian education for over thirty years.  I have been involved in various Christian school organizations and have taught a number of workshops at teacher conferences.  During my years in Christian education, I have taught kindergarten through sixth grade, served as elementary school principal, assistant principal, and principal.  I now serve as the kindergarten through sixth grade principal at GRACE and am responsible for the daily operations of our kindergarten through sixth grade campus. I taught at GRACE when it was Mount Olivet Christian School and have served as assistant, elementary or K-6 principal since 1996.  My entire adult life has been devoted to children, both in schools and churches.  I believe very strongly in the partnership between parents, churches and Christian schools.

My husband G.W. (sometimes called Great and Wonderful) and I have been married for 43 years.  We moved to Raleigh in 1985 and thoroughly enjoy the area.

One of my greatest joys in life was becoming a mother.  My beautiful daughter, Krista, and her husband live in Greensboro.  They have given me the privilege of being called “Grandma” by blessing me with two beautiful grandchildren.  Isaiah is 11 years old and will be in sixth grade this year.  He enjoys sports and building things with "PawPaw."  Jayden is seven years old and will be entering second grade in the fall. She loves to sing, dance, and follow her brother. Both Isaiah and Jayden are delightful children who live life to its fullest.  We love reading books together and making pancakes for breakfast!   I often tell folks that having these two around is the greatest stress relief in the world.  God is so good!

My husband and I are actively involved members at North Haven Church in Raleigh.  I teach first and second graders and serve on the missions committee, and on the leadership team for our Child Development Center.   I also co-direct a summer camp for children in foster care through our church’s Royal Family Kids' ™, (www.rfkc.org), a ministry to abused and neglected children. One of my passions in life is ministry to orphans and at-risk children.  My husband and I often take mission trips to South Africa to work with children and youth in partnership with Reaching a Generation.  (www.rag-us.org)

I love to read and travel and enjoy music and herb gardening. I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it’s at our annual week at the beach or cheering on our North Carolina Tar Heels! It is a privilege to serve at GRACE. God has blessed our school over the years in so many ways.

Among the greatest of those blessings are the people that make up the GRACE community. It is exciting to see the many ways our teachers, students, and families are impacting the world for Jesus Christ.

Email: KThompson@GRACEChristian.net

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Pat Trussell

Administrative Assistant | TK-6TH Campus

I have been a member of the GRACE family for 22 years.  Currently, I serve as an Administrative Assistant on the TK-6th Grade Campus. 

Although my duties have been many and varied through the years, my favorite is 'mothering' our students, faculty, and staff.  I love watching our children grow from 'babies' in kindergarten to high school graduates equipped to step out into the world.  I count it a blessing to be a member of our special GRACE family!

Email: PTrussell@GRACEChristian.net

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Isaiah Whelpley

Director of Christian Life | GRACE

My name is Isaiah Whelpley and this will be my eighth year at GRACE.  My first role here was as a substitute teacher, which lead to a full-time teaching position.  As a Bible teacher, I had a passion for the spiritual life of our campus and began participating in and eventually leading our weekly chapel program.  I moved into the 7-12 Assistant Principal position in the 2013-2014 school year.  I am excited for what the 2017-2018 school year in which my title will change to Director of Christian Life.  I will be focusing on the spiritually equipping students, teachers, and parents.  I will continue to lead and organize our missions trips.  With each opportunity, I have seen God’s hand at work and believe that GRACE has been the most influential place in my employment history because of the administration, staff and faculty, the families, and of course the students! 

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and taught at Southlands Christian Schools in Walnut, California from 2005 to 2009. I am also excited to announce that I will complete my Masters in Administration and Supervision at Liberty University in October.

My wife, Kat, and I sensed God calling us from sunny southern California to green North Carolina to help with a church plant, we are still part of this thriving body of believers. We have a son, Zeke, who is three and a half.  We are currently in the middle of an international adoption from South Africa.  We have completed the mounds of paperwork and are in the official "waiting" category (the estimated wait time is 1-2 years).  We have so appreciated the love and support of the GRACE community in this process.

Early on, we knew God would provide jobs for us and have been incredibly encouraged and blessed by the GRACE community! I am looking forward to challenging, discipling, praying with, and partnering with students and parents. My greatest desire is for the GRACE community to have a radical revelation of God's life-altering love, grace, and justice!

Please feel free to contact me throughout the year if a need should arise. Email is my preferred mode of communication.

Email: IWhelpley@GRACEChristian.net

Learn more about Isaiah by reading the August 15, 2017 Staff Spotlight