Our Staff

IMG_1989_MrsFisk    Joy Fisk

Head of School


  Joy holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Development, both from the University of Maryland (UMBC). Joy taught 2nd and 3rd grade at a Christian school in Maryland and 8th grade at a public school in Columbia, SC, winning Teacher of the Year honors at her school and writing the school’s winning application to become a National Blue Ribbon School. She and her husband Jonathan moved to Charlotte in 2001, where she completed work on her master’s thesis (for which she won the Judith Ruchkin Research Award).   She worked as a children’s ministry coordinator at a local church and then began teaching at Arborbrook in 2006.   Joy has taught junior high and high school English, history, technology, choir, drama, and speech at Arborbrook. Joy became the Head of School in October, 2011. She completed a year as a 2014-2015 fellow with the Van Lunen Center at Calvin College, a program in executive management specifically geared towards Heads of School. Joy loves to read, listen to Audio books, design web pages, take photographs, write, sing, play the flute and Irish whistle, and learn new things. Joy’s two children, Nathan (9th grade) and Abby (7th grade) both attend Arborbrook.
Version 2    Jamie Emrich

Upper School Principal (Grades 7-12)

English Department Chair


  Inspired by an early love of language and books, Jamie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters Degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has taught high school and college English in a variety of settings and enjoyed teaching at Arborbrook for more than three years before becoming principal of the upper school.  Jamie enjoys challenging students to grow as thinkers and writers, and she is passionate about creating an educational environment in which every student can succeed. Her two sons attend Arborbrook.
DSC_0541    Karla Dimmette

Lower School Principal (Grades K-6)


  Karla has taught at Arborbrook since the very beginning; this will be her third year serving as an administrator but her twelfth year at Arborbrook. Karla graduated from North Texas State University with a BS in Elementary Education and has taught in some capacity for over 30 years including public school, home schooling, private school, and in many church situations. She has also taught beginning horseback riding and childbirth classes. She has been married 36 years with 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Karla loves to read and help children fall in love with reading. She is very excited to be serving as lower school principal again this year and looking forward to working with the teachers and parents.
DSC_0568    Missy Trent

Guidance Counselor


  Missy graduated from NC State with a B.A. in Public Relations and Communications. She has been an elementary school teacher at three different schools including Arborbrook. She homeschooled until she discovered the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy and enrolled her two daughters at Arborbrook, both of whom are now graduates. In addition to teaching first grade, Missy has also served as an administrative assistant and electives coordinator at Arborbrook. Missy loves interacting with students and encouraging them to pursue their goals and dreams. Missy has been married to Jimmy for more than 20 years and loves reading, hiking, walking, serving in church, flower gardening, and going on missions trips.   She loves to have fun, take short weekend trips, and explore new places.
Version 2    Venus McCrorey

Operations Manager

Admissions Director


  Venus was raised in Miami, Florida with parents who taught her about the Lord at an early age.  Her family hosted missionaries on a regular basis as they flew in and out of the country.  Married to a missionary kid, Venus is blessed to still be a part of the missionary community.  Venus has worked at Arborbrook for the past 6 years and attended Belhaven University.  Venus and her husband have three children, TJ, Lauren, and Wesley.  Her daughter Lauren and her son Wesley both graduated from Arborbrook and are currently attending Liberty University.  The McCrorey family believes wholeheartedly in the philosophy at Arborbrook.  Venus is happiest when serving, a gift from the Lord for which she is grateful.  Venus has been married to her best friend for almost 30 years!
 DSC_0491   Michelle Beamer

Business Manager


  Michelle is married to Robby and together they have three kids. Hannah is a graduate at East Carolina University, Will attends Central Piedmont Community College and Haley is a rising 7th grader here at Arborbrook. She has a love for children and has served in different capacities at Arborbrook-as a parent and volunteer, as the office manager, and now as the business manager. Michelle has worked in a realty office, and served as a children’s ministry coordinator and office manager for a local church. In her free time she enjoys reading and scrap booking and spending time at the beach.
 DSC_0499   Angela Cook

Office Manager

Electives Coordinator


  Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, a graduate of Ashland University with a Bachelors degree in Commercial Art, Angela has lived in Charlotte for 7 years now. She is a mother of three, a 14-year home educator who is artistically and visually minded, attentive to details, with a love of hands on creating, expressing this love through card-making, baking and gardening. She has years of experience in retail customer service and the gift of hospitality.
DSC_0461    Andrea Robson

Assistant to the Head of School

Communications Director


  As a current writer for a recipe blog, Andrea has learned the importance of communication within the community.  Through her work, she has taught cooking classes to children of all ages, with the local YMCA, and at Arborbrook Christian Academy.  The social media world has intertwined with her work, which led to the contribution of time to local TV news stations and an external magazine providing cooking ideas.  All of her creative passions, both writing and cooking, are credited to the many years shared with her grandmother. Andrea has two daughters, Hannah and Ella, who attend Arborbrook, and her husband Jim who travels all over the US with a career in health employee software sales.
 DSC_0566   Jennifer Grimes

PVC Coordinator


  As someone who said she would never drive a mini-van, have more than one child, or homeschool, Jennifer is blessed and proud to say she now has 3 kids (Sarah, Molly, and Elliot who attend Arborbrook), proudly drives a Honda van, and has homeschooled her girls in the past; she has learned never to say never to the Lord, because, “the heart of man plans his way but the Lord establishes his steps.” Jennifer grew up in the D.C. area and then attended Asbury University where she met her husband, Wade and received a degree in English and Art History. She also has a degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University. Organizing, planning, and being involved in the Arborbrook community are some of her favorite things, so the PVC Coordinator position at Arborbrook is a perfect fit.
DSC_0537    Mary Lou Scott

Substitute Coordinator

Junior High Assistant


  Mary Lou is a graduate of the Master’s College in Santa Clarita California with a minor in Bible and a major in Communications. Before children, she worked for Sunshine Day Care and in the Admissions Department of the Masters College.

She has been married for 22 years to Brian Scott and has three daughters; the eldest Tiffany is a graduate of Arborbrook High School and a graduate of Charleston Southern University working as a graphic designer. Melissa is a graduate of Arborbrook and her third daughter Jennifer is a rising senior at the high school.

IMG_1864_MrTyson    Scott Tyson

Athletic Director &

HS Boys Bible Teacher


  Scott played baseball at Northwood University in Michigan, and then moved to Lansing, Michigan and began working as a youth volunteer at Trinity Church where he felt God’s call to enter ministry as a vocation. In the fall of 2000, he returned to school at Spring Arbor University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministries. He was studying to become a youth pastor but changed to sports ministry and then moved to Charlotte, NC and began working as the CHAMP Sports Director at Calvary Church where he remained until 2007. Scott then started Legacy Sports through Southbrook Church, a sports ministry that seeks “to integrate sports fundamentals with life principles and Biblical truths.” Legacy Sports is now a non-profit community sports program with a ministry focus that is partnered with multiple local churches and schools in the Union County area. Aside from continuing to grow Legacy Sports, Scott also has a heart to see more churches embrace sports as a necessary and viable outreach ministry.   Scott and his wife Janna were married in 2001 and currently have 4 children.