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Administration & Staff Directory

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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 the advancement/events coordinator and to be a part of this loving community since 2002. In addition, I've had the honor of serving 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 27 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 Alumna and a graduate of College of Charleston and our son, David, graduated in 2019 and attends North Carolina State University.  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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Eric Bradley

Head of School | GRACE

The 2018-19 school year marks Eric Bradley's third year as Head of School at GRACE and his twenty-second 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 nineteen years and have three children who are students at GRACE – Amelia (10th grade), Thomas (6th grade), and Audrey (4th 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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William Brewer

Athletics | Upper Campus

My name is William Brewer and I am excited to be returning to GRACE Christian School to serve in the Athletics Department and as the head Varsity Baseball coach. Athletics have always been a big part of my life and are an amazing platform to display Christ to others. In the words of Billy Graham, “A coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person does in a lifetime.”  I am very thankful to be in such a position at GRACE and am looking forward to another fruitful year full of new opportunities.

I grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Furman University in 2013. While at Furman, I was involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the High School Outreach leader and played on the baseball and club ultimate frisbee teams. Go Paladins!! After graduating from Furman, I followed God’s call to serve in Christian camping at Camp Willow Run in Littleton, NC for four years. My time spent serving with this ministry instilled in me the words of the apostle John from 3 John 4 where he says, “I have no greater joy than to know that my children are walking in the truth.”

I have a dog named Koda and we enjoy spending time outdoors, all sports (specifically baseball), frisbee, fishing, good music, drinking coffee, and any sort of activity from Spikeball to swing dancing! I attend the Summit Church and have enjoyed serving with the high school student’s ministry there. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to continue impacting the lives of youth in the classroom and on the athletic fields at GRACE. I am excited to be a part of the GRACE community and for what the upcoming year has in store for us all!

Email: WBrewer@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 36 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

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Lisa Ciancarelli

Hot Lunch | 7th-12th Campus

Hi, my name is Lisa Ciancarelli and I have the honor of serving our teenagers at our Crossroads Campus hot lunch program.  I feel extremely blessed to be part of such an amazing 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 14 years now.  I currently have a son in 8th grade, a daughter who is a junior, and my oldest son, who is pursuing his studies at Clemson University.  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

Director of College Counseling | GRACE

My name is Cathy Cole and I am the current Director of College Counseling and a former Communications Director for GRACE. I became a member of the GRACE family in 2007 when my son started 6th grade and have been on staff since January 2012. 

I received dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania; a B.S. in economics and marketing and B.A. in political science. After teaching business skills to non-business managers with an executive education firm in Philadelphia for 11 years, I spent the next eight years home with my children. My son attended GRACE for middle and high school, graduated with the class of 2014, and graduated from Luther College in December of 2017 (a semester early!) with degrees in math and secondary education. My daughter began attending GRACE in the fourth grade, graduated with the class of 2017, and is pursuing a degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have been married to my husband, Wesley since March 1992 and we have lived in Cary since July 1993. Our cairn terrier, Jamma, completes our family.

Our family is active in serving the local church, and I served as a 2nd grade Sunday School teacher for 12 years followed by 7 years as a youth group leader. Currently I rock babies in the nursery and Wesley and I are a host family to a group of NCSU students and enjoy how they make our nest a little less empty!

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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Gina DeBruhl

Receptionist | Upper Campus

My family and I moved to Cary in June of 2006.  I began working at GRACE in 2009 as a first grade Instructional Assistant.  After two years I moved up to fifth grade for nine years.  Currently, I am the Front Desk Receptionist at the upper campus.  I am an East Carolina University graduate (Go Pirates!!!) and lived in Greenville, NC for 17 years before our move to Cary. I have two daughters; Sophia in 11th grade at GRACE and Margaret (GRACE Alumna), is a junior at East Carolina University.

Each day is a gift from God and what a blessing to spend part of that time helping others be successful.  I find joy and peace working with a team of strong believers, and a pleasure to assist in helping our GRACE students.

I am a member of Apex United Methodist Church, where I am involved with as a small group leader and on the worship service team.

I am looking forward to another great school year!

Email: GDeBruhl@GRACEChristian.net

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Nathan Ennis

IT Director | GRACE

The 2018-19 school year will be my first year at GRACE as the IT Director. My family and I moved from Charlotte where, for the last six years, I worked at Charlotte Christian School. After growing up in the Triangle, we are excited to be back home and close to family. My wife, Kristen, and I have two wonderful daughters. The oldest one is part of the Transitional Kindergarten class at GRACE this year.
 
Email: NEnnis@GRACEChristian.net
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Liza Ferguson

After Care Director | Lower Campus

My name is Liza Ferguson. My husband, Sean, and I have a four year old daughter, Emma. We have lived in the Fuquay, Cary, Raleigh area for over 10 years.  The beach is my favorite place on this whole earth to be. I also enjoy live music, concerts, spending time with my family, and socializing with friends. Overall, I am a very busy and outgoing person.

I graduated from Walden University with a Bachelor’s in Child Development in 2017, and have been working in the early childhood education field since 2009. Most of my professional background involves working with school age children. I ran track out programs, before and after care programs, and summer camp programs from 2009-2016. In 2016, I began teaching preschool at a local church. While I did enjoy every minute of teaching pre-kindergarten, my heart truly lies with elementary age children. 

The elementary years are some of the most crucial years, in my opinion, and I am honored to be a part of the lives of children and families at GRACE this school year. The Bible says to train up a child in the way they should go and they will not turn from it. I take that command very seriously and believe that every opportunity we have in the lives of the children is a golden opportunity to guide them with Biblical truths.

email: LFerguson@GRACEChristian.net

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Pascale Rivard Fitts

Dean of Students, Director of LEAP | GRACE

I consider it an honor to be a part of the GRACE community, both as a former parent and a staff member. My career as an educator spans over 20 years and over the last 13 years, I have had the privilege of being involved in many aspects of the GRACE educational experience. Currently, I serve as one of the Deans of Students on the Upper Campus where I also am a faculty advisor for Student Council. In these roles, I am able to interact with our students in a variety of settings, getting to know them inside and outside of the classroom. 

In addition to my role as a Dean, I am also the director of our Learning Enrichment and Achievement Program (LEAP). Helping students with learning differences thrive and succeed in their academic pursuits is tremendous blessing as it satisfies my passion for both education and diversity. Prior to my involvement in LEAP, I taught French to middle and high school students. As a native of Québec, Canada, I was delighted to have the opportunity to teach in my native tongue. 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. 

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 daughter graduated from GRACE in 2016, our son graduated in 2018. We are founding members of Trinity Park Church in Morrisville. 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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Katie Fowler

Director of Admissions | GRACE

I am so excited to be a part of the GRACE community for the 2019-2020 school year as the Director of Admissions! Prior to my role in admissions, I taught for six years, the last three of which have been in GRACE's Learning Enrichment and Achievement Program ( LEAP) as a Learning Specialist in grades 7-12. I have also coached at GRACE. I have enjoyed being a part of this community in various capacities, and I am eager to work with current and prospective families to help spread the news of the incredible things happening at GRACE. During my years at GRACE, I have continuously seen the love and light of this community pour into the lives of students, and their families. I am so fortunate to love where I work, and I look forward to seeing God's faithfulness continue to unfold this year! 

I attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where I obtained a Bachelors Degree in special education with a minor in psychology and earned my Master's in educational psychology from Ball State University in 2017.  

Email: KFowler@GRACEChristian.net

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Randy Fox

Facilities Staff | GRACE

Randy is a valued member of the GRACE facilities 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

 

 

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Carol Gehringer

Media Coordinator | Lower Campus

I am excited to be starting my 13th year (2019-2020) 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 over 30 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 twin daughters who recently graduated from GRACE, and our son is a former GRACE student. Our family is active at Cary Alliance Church.

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, as well as in Christian Library Journal. 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!

I co-teach 4th and 5th Grade Media, 6th Grade Computer Science Fundamentals, and TK-4th grade STEM classes with Mrs. Hartsfield. We also co-facilitate the 6th grade Girls Who Code and STEM clubs. In addition, I also lead book clubs in our 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.

More importantly, I like to encourage reading and learning in children of all ages. 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 three GRACE graduates and a sophomore. 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 | Upper Campus

My family and I moved to Cary in July 2007 from Los Angeles where I taught in a Christian school for 11 years. We were born and raised in South Africa and are now United States 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 the first time with a degree in political science and recently graduated from UNC Chapel Hill a second time with a degree in nursing. Prior to his second degree, he worked as an EMT in Wake county and really enjoys helping people! My daughter, Vickilyn, graduated from UNC Wilmington with a degree in social work and is recently completed her Masters in social work at NCSU. 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, love each other, 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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Paula Green

Assistant Principal | Lower Campus

Working with children and sharing the love of Jesus are my passions.  Watching my own children grow, gave me a deeper understanding of how important these early years are.  Knowing the foundation children receive when they are young will be with them all their lives drives my passion for being at a Christian school  

My degree is in elementary education and I was and elementary teacher for twenty-two years, seventeen of those at GRACE. As the Lower Campus Assistant Principal I delight in supporting our teachers and continuing to point your children to Jesus as opportunities arise.  I consider it a privilege to be entrusted to help train up the next generation in the way of the Lord. It is my prayer that these children will go from GRACE with a firm foundation in Him, ready to serve wherever He calls, being salt and light to those around them.

Consider the words of our Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.'" 

Email: PGreen@GRACEChristian.net

To learn more about Paula, read her February 20, 2018 Staff Spolight.

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Lindsey Hannah

After Care | Lower Campus

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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 15 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 21 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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Dr. Karri Hawley

Guidance Counselor | GRACE

I am thrilled to be joining GRACE this year as the school counselor and establishing the guidance program. I have been a part of the GRACE community as a parent for the last 5 years and I know firsthand what a special place it is.  I am excited to use my experience in counseling and human development to come alongside our kids and to help create a healthy school environment in which they can learn and grow. 

My background is in counseling and psychology; I have a master’s degree in counseling and my PhD is in Developmental Psychology from Louisiana State University. I have worked in a variety of settings with students and families including schools, hospitals, and individual counseling centers. For the last nine years I have been online faculty and a subject matter expert at Liberty University in the department of Psychology. Throughout all my professional positions, one of my biggest joys is mentoring and encouraging students. I have missed this face-to-face interaction with students, so when the opportunity at GRACE became available I knew this was where I was called to be.

I have been married to my husband Robert for 22 years. We have three children that attend GRACE; Avery, Alex and Walker. We are members of Hope Community Church and I have served in a variety of roles, primarily in children’s ministry. We relocated to North Carolina six years ago and just love the area!  My husband and I both grew up in Florida and we have lived all over the South, with one stop in the Northeast. I love spending time with my family, traveling, and am always up for a good cup of coffee! My entire family are avid college sports fans - both the SEC and ACC are represented in our home - Geaux Tigers and Noles!  Looking forward to a wonderful school year and all that God has in store for us as a school community!

email: KHawley@GRACEChristian.net

 

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Melissa Hendges

Receptionist | Lower 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, one who recently graduated from Grace and three who still attend.  When I'm not at work you will probably find me at one of my children's many activities such as a football game, track meet or theater production.  I also enjoy running, sewing and spending time with my family or relaxing on my back porch. 

Email: MHendges@GRACEChristian.net

To learn more about Melissa, read her March 13, 2018 Staff Spotlight.

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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

 

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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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Heather Kinrade

Hot Lunch | Lower Campus

Hello, my name is Heather Kinrade and I have had the pleasure of working with the TK-6 students since 2014 with the Hot Lunch Program, first as the assistant and now as the Food Services Director.  I cannot explain the joy I get out of seeing all these smiling faces each day at lunch! I get the pleasure of sharing jokes, hugs, and encouraging kids to try new foods. I also love going to the upper campus and seeing the sweet little faces having grown into teenagers taller than me!  Each day is so very special to me and I enjoy every minute of it.

My family has been a part of the GRACE family since 2011.  I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a volunteer, room parent, member of the PTF, and a sports mom.  Even now, you’re likely to see either me or my husband, Marcus, as a volunteer on a field trip or acting as room parent.  If I’m not in the lunchroom, I’m probably in the carpool line with one very spoiled Chihuahua named FeeFee!

I obtained my Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Meredith College in 2001 and am ServSafe certified through the National Restaurant Association in accordance with Wake County Environmental Health & Safety Division requirements.  We attend Aversboro Road Baptist Church in Garner and are active in youth activities and other committees within our church serving The Lord.  We also volunteer our time at various charities and are always looking for a way for us to serve our community. I look forward to another year here at GRACE, helping these amazing kids try new foods, and experiencing all that God has in store for me.

Email: hkinrade@gracechristian.net

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Sarah Kornegay

Accounts Receivable & Payroll Manager | GRACE

I am so grateful that the Lord led our family to GRACE.  I have two daughters who are students here, and I really love being a part of the Finance Department working with Accounts Receivable, Donations, and Payroll.

I grew up in North Carolina and graduated from UNC-Charlotte in the Business Honors Program, with a major in accounting and a minor in communications. It was also during college that I became a Christian, through the ministry of Inter-Varsity.  After graduating from college, I worked for Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton in their federal tax department for several years. 

In 2003, I joined Wycliffe Bible Translators, and raised financial support before starting my assignment as the accounting manager for JAARS in Waxhaw, NC. JAARS is where much of the transportation, training, and technical support for Wycliffe Bible Translators happens. Most recently I spent a year working at NC State University as a budget analyst in the Facilities Division - Go Pack!

My husband Craig and I were married in 2008, and we have been in Raleigh since then. We love being a part of The Summit Church. In my free time I enjoy being with family and friends, especially if it involves hiking in the mountains or reading (but not at the same time)!

I am so thankful to be a part of the encouraging staff team here at GRACE and look forward to God continuing to use GRACE to raise up this next generation to be a part of His Kingdom.

email:SKornegay@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.

 

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Anthony Moreland

IT Specialist | Lower 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 fifth year working in the IT department at GRACE.

In my spare time, I love spending my time with my family, dancing, and enjoy listening to many genres of music. I also enjoy 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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Dr. Lynnae Morris

Principal | Lower Campus

I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a part of the loving community at GRACE, and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Lower Campus Principal.  No matter where I have worked, I have always viewed my career in education as more than a job; it is a calling and my ministry.  I have more than 20 years of experience in the field of education, and I have worked with a variety of students at all levels from 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.  Prior to joining the GRACE family, I also worked for ten years as an assistant principal at both the elementary and middle school level.  

Outside of work, I love cooking, long walks, and 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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Angela Morrison

Receptionist | Lower Campus

My husband Dana and I have been married 26 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 five years. We have two boys, Caleb and Aaron. Caleb graduated from GRACE in 2018 and Aaron is in 7th grade.

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 nearly 20 years in Maine.  When I came to GRACE as the inner office receptionist/nurse in 2015 I knew I would enjoy it.  This year I have been blessed to work as administrative assistant and help out in various locations. You never know what desk you may find me at. I always look forward to the smiles and hugs from all my little friends who continue to grow!! I am so thankful to be a part of GRACE.

 

Email: AMorrison@GRACEChristian.net

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Buddha Nepal

System Administrator (TAG) | GRACE

Hello! My name is Buddha Nepal. This is my 4th year at GRACE and a 3rd year working in the Technology at GRACE (TAG) 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 have two daughters, Aleph and Ayin. I am a blessed father! I enjoy spending time with Aleph and Ayin and going for long walks with my wife, Moon. 

I am delighted for this upcoming school year, and I hope you are too! I hope and pray that you have a blessed school year! 

Email: BNepal@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 30 years! We have three children; Jacob, Hannah and Matthew. All three of our children have graduated from GRACE. Jacob and Hannah are both college graduates (ECU and NCSU respectively) and Matthew will begin his freshman year at ECU this fall.

Email: KOConner@GRACEChristian.net

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Tammi Saenz

Admissions Coordinator | Lower Campus

My name is Tammi Saenz, and I am an admissions coordinator on the Lower 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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Daniel Servi

Dean of Students, PE Teacher | Upper Campus

My name is Daniel Servi and I’ve been teaching at GRACE Since 2014. I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I received a degree in multi-age physical education and a minor in Bible and coaching from Cedarville University in 2008 and I received a Masters in education from Liberty University in 2013. I am also the Varsity Golf Coach. I enjoy spending time with my wife, Emilie and my two sons, Micah and Trevor. 

My favorite verse is Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Email: DServi@GRACEChristian.net

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Julia Taylor

Academic Dean | GRACE

Welcome to GRACE Christian School! I have been privileged to serve as the TK-12 Academic Dean since 2017. Previously, I was the TK-6 Assistant Principal from 2013-2017 and the K-12 Curriculum Director from 2008-2013. It is a blessing to be a part of an incredible school ministry as both a parent and an administrator!

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside (1995) and my California Teaching Credential and Master's in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Azusa Pacific University (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 and chair for both ACSI and AdvancED.

My family and I relocated to North Carolina from Southern California in the fall of 2007. 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 husband, Brian, and I have been married for twenty years and have been blessed with three wonderful children, Ava (10th grade), Hannah (7th grade) and Zachary (3rd grade). We enjoy attending GRACE ball games and school events together, and we're active church members at The Summit Church.

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 8th 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 ninth year in Christian Education and my seventh year as Athletic Director. I enjoy studying God's Word, discipleship, basketball pickup games, reading, 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 9 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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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.  In the 2017-2018 school year, I became the Director of Christian Life.  I focus on spiritually equipping students, teachers, and parents through our chapel program and service opportunities.  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 recently completed my Masters in Administration and Supervision at Liberty University.

My wife, Kat, and I sensed God calling us from southern California to North Carolina to help with a church plant, we are still part of this thriving body of believers. We have two young sons and 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

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Marcia Wingerd

Media Specialist | Upper Campus

I have been at GRACE since 2013, teaching 8th and 9th grade English, 12th grade British Literature, Creative Writing, and Senior Seminar. In 2019, I moved into the Media Specialist role at the upper campus. This position aligns well with my belief that developing and maintaining a reading habit is essential to student growth, and that increasing fluency, stamina, and volume of reading is critical for middle and high school students. As the Media Specialist, I help students find “just right” books and equip classroom teachers to facilitate independent reading.

In 2018, GRACE launched a Writing Center, where student mentors could meet one-on-one with other students and help them grow as writers. I will continue to lead the Writing Center this year, and the Upper Campus Media Center will be our primary mentoring space.

I have a B.A. in English-Communications from Trinity International University, and I’m working toward the Master of Library and Information Science from UNC Greensboro. Not surprisingly, I enjoy reading and talking about books. My other interests include traveling, playing strategy games, sketchnoting, walking and hiking, and cooking for family and friends. I have been married to Byron Wingerd for 27 years, and we have three children:  Emma, a senior at Appalachian State University; Caroline, a junior at GRACE; and Lauren, an 8th grader at GRACE.

Email: MWingerd@GRACEChristian.net