Our Teachers

         
DSC_0543    Alice Parker

Kindergarten Teacher

Alice.parker@arborbrook.org

  Alice holds a degree from Troy University (Alabama) in biology and physical science. She home schooled her children for 8 years, using many of Charlotte Mason’s ideas; taught in church VBS, catechism classes, and pioneer clubs; and taught preschool at Arborbrook for two years, before returning to teach kindergarten.   Alice loves teaching young children, especially from a Biblical worldview and loves this season of childhood. She is currently a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators (her husband works at JAARS) and has served in Australia and Mexico on the mission field, making those units especially fun for her to teach as she “gallops the Globe” with the kindergarten class.
         
         
 DSC_0547   Janey Rosser

Kindergarten Teacher

Janey.rosser@arborbrook.org

  At the age of ten, Janey knew her passion would be teaching young children. She brings her child’s view of the world and her innovative, creative enthusiasm wherever she goes. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and her Masters of Education from UGA. She was actively involved in education and home-schooled her 3 daughters for a season. It is her desire to share the love of Christ and learning in her Kindergarten classroom.
         
         
DSC_0512    Sandy Spitler

Pre-First Grade Teacher

Sandy.spitler@arborbrook.org

  Sandy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Georgia State University. After serving as a Director of Marketing, she decided her real passion was for teaching children and began teaching third grade and art classes to primary students in Montgomery, Alabama. She has most recently served as a Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Grace Community Church, where her husband Harrison is the pastor. She homeschooled her six children for a total of 13 years and taught nature study and art at Arborbrook several years ago, returning now to teach her favorite age group. She loves children and has a heart to lead them closer to Christ.
         
         
 DSC_0522   Elizabeth Mowbray

First Grade Teacher

Elizabeth.mowbray@arborbrook.org

  A passion and love of children, God’s creation and imagination is what drives Elizabeth to teach. She holds a degree in Child Development and Early Education from Meredith College in Raleigh. She taught for six years before becoming a mom. After homeschooling her three daughters for ten years, she returned to the classroom to teach at Arborbrook, where she is in her third year back in the classroom. She has been a part of the Arborbrook family/community for nine years. Two of her daughters attend Arborbrook, and the third is a graduate of Arborbrook attending Clemson University.
         
         
DSC_0481    Debbi Wright

Second Grade Teacher

Assembly Coordinator

Debbi.wright@arborbrook.org

  Spending her earliest years in Bolivia formed in Debbi a heart for missions. As the child of missionaries, her life was shaped and enriched by the missionary community. She and her husband have served with Wycliffe in Kenya and Waxhaw, NC. Privileged to be part of the Arborbrook family for five years now, Debbi is delighted to invest in and mold the lives of children in Primary II to the glory of God. She holds an A.A. from Columbia International University and a B.A. in Bible and Art from Asbury College. She and her husband have two children, Brad at UNC-Charlotte and Kayelei at Liberty University.
         
         
DSC_0485    Kathryn Hooks

Second Grade Teacher

Kathryn.hooks@arborbrook.org

  Kathryn grew up in Destin, Florida and attended Montreat College for Elementary Education. When her major was eliminated, she switched to Psychology and received her BA in Psychology, minoring in Human Services, as well as playing volleyball for Montreat College. She is now attending graduate school at UNCC studying special education, newly married, and excited about teaching as well as coaching the Arborbrook girls volleyball teams for the second year.
         
         
DSC_0505    Kimberly Springs

Third Grade Teacher

Kimberly.springs@arborbrook.org

  Kimberly’s call to the field of teaching was clear to her at a very young age.   She received a B.S.Ed. from the University of Georgia in Early Childhood Education in 1995. Kimberly’s passion is helping students understand themselves better as learners. As such, she received a MA from the University of Arizona in Educational Psychology in 1997. Kimberly’s goal as an educator is to help establish confident, self-aware, independent, life-long learners. She has taught kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade. Aside from classroom teaching, Kimberly has spent the majority of her career working one-on-one with dyslexic students and children who learn differently. She is gifted in utilizing a student’s strengths, while also supporting their weaknesses.
         
         
DSC_0519    Christy MacDonald

Primary Assistant Teacher

Chris.macdonald@arborbrook.org

  Christy was raised in the Amazon jungles of Peru serving with her parents as missionaries. She home schooled her four kids for 20 years using much of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. During those years, she and a friend started a home school co-op in Waxhaw and the annual home school historical ball, and also began a singing group that caroled in costumes, which started with 36 home schooled students and grew to around 60, ministering in nursing homes, hospitals, and singing for community events. Christy has taught at Arborbrook for many years and her creativity and hands-on learning methods make her a beloved teacher.
         
         
 Version 2   Michael Stockstill

Fourth Grade Teacher

Michael.stockstill@arborbrook.org

  Michael is still a student at heart, and finds something exciting in every subject. With degrees in History and Psychology from Lee University, he has a particular love for the Humanities (though math was his favorite as a young student). He has taught using Charlotte Mason pedagogy in elementary and middle schools for over 6 years, including teaching at Perimeter School in Johns Creek, Georgia. He is a husband and father of two sons and a daughter, one of whom is in his third year at Arborbrook this fall. He also has a passion for missions, having traveled to places like Tanzania and Cambodia.
         
         
 DSC_0509   Diane Rhoades

Fifth Grade Teacher

History Department Chair

Diane.rhoades@arborbrook.org

  Diane is a lover of books who worked as a school librarian before she had three children whom she homeschooled for eleven years. She has been on the faculty of Arborbrook for eleven years, having served as one of the original teachers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History, and a Masters of Ed in Instructional Resources (University of Arkansas). Diane has a passion for history and works as the history department chair for Arborbrook. Her hobbies include quilting, sewing, reading, and planting flowers.
         
         
DSC_0532    Pam Ketchie

Fifth Grade Teacher

Pam.ketchie@arborbrook.org

  Pam earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Valdosta State University in Georgia. She taught first grade in the Georgia public school system for nine years before marrying her husband Shannon and eventually moving to North Carolina. She helped start Lake Park Christian Academy in Indian Trail, teaching a combined class of first and second graders, but left after two years to stay at home with her daughter, Madison.   When Madison was ready for Kindergarten, Pam returned to Lake Park (later known as Central Academy), where she taught a variety of grades for the last thirteen years. After spending many years teaching primary grades, she has discovered a love for teaching fifth graders. She is excited and feels very blessed to become part of the Arborbrook team.
         
         
DSC_0438    Stacia Noble

Sixth Grade Teacher

Stacia.noble@arborbrook.org

  Stacia has her BS in psychology with a writing minor from Francis Marion University, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina.  After working in a psychosocial day treatment facility and as a medical social worker, she committed to being home with her children.  It was through homeschooling for five years (during which time she served on the board of a still thriving co-op and was active in the Charlotte Mason community in Charlotte), followed by her experience at Arborbrook that she realized her desire to help people was more joyously fulfilled as a teacher.   Stacia taught Inspirational Studies for 5th-8th grades for two years, was a 4th grade lead teacher for a year and a half, and served as a substitute for several years. Her daughter Grace graduated from Arborbrook, and her sons Ian (senior) and Rowan (8th grade) attend Arborbrook. Last summer, Stacia had the opportunity to travel to Italy and experience much of the art and architecture the sixth graders study in history. This is her second year teaching 6th grade.
         
         
DSC_0529    Alice Guthmann

Sixth Grade Teacher

Alice.guthmann@arborbrook.org

  Alice has a degree in English from the University of Memphis and homeschooled her nine children for thirty-one years, using many of Charlotte Mason’s ideas. Four of her children graduated from college and have families of their own with grandbaby #5 of the way. Two of her children are in college, and her youngest will be a senior in high school in September. Four of her sons serve in the military. Alice taught church Sunday school and started a local homeschool support group (WWHEAT) and many learning co-ops over the years. She has been a loyal swim mom for 15 years with Swim MAC and is married to Howard, a family physician in Waxhaw.   She loves to see children excited about learning and looks forward to encouraging them in their writing and showing them how awesome God is through the study of botany.
         
         
MullinsPamela (1)    Pamela Mullins

Choir and Music Teacher

Pamela.mullins@arborbrook.org

  Pamela Mullins is a lifelong learner who loves to share new ideas and music with younger learners, and, in particular, introducing children to the folk tunes of many cultures. She has directed choirs and taught piano lessons for over 40 years. As a veteran homeschool mom, after much research and practice, she determined the Charlotte Mason ideals as best for her children’s education. As a Suzuki/traditional piano teacher, she observes much overlap between Mason’s and Suzuki’s educational concepts for training the whole child. Pamela holds a degree in Creative Arts from UNCC and a Masters Degree in music education from Winthrop University. Other professional involvement includes teaching American history and literature to high school seniors at Greyfriars Academy in Matthews, serving as president of Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum and State Piano Section Chair of NC Music Teachers’ Association. She is director of Charlotte National Guild and NCMTA District and State Piano Contest Festivals. Pamela worships and plays piano & harpsichord at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC and serves on piano faculty at UNCG Summer Music Camp.   Pamela and her husband David are proud parents of five adult children and seven lovely grandchildren and love to travel.

 

         
         
 Kourtney Sinclair-4   Kourtney Sinclair

Junior High English Teacher

Yearbook Advisor

Kourtney.sinclair@arborbrook.org

  Kourtney received her BA from the University of South Carolina in 2009. She began her teaching career at Queens Grant High in Matthews, NC. There she taught English Literature, Journalism and Yearbook. Her true love is storytelling. She loves literature, film, music, drama and dance for the unique ways each fine art can tell a story.   She is married to Tyler, another English teacher with whom she has “Planning Parties.” She loves Jesus, her 11 nieces and nephews, her church and Life Group, doing celebrity impressions, hot cocoa, Oreos, PB M&Ms, and Disneyworld.
         
         
 DSC_0551   Dorcas Bartley

Junior High Math Teacher

Dorcas.Bartley@arborbrook.org

  Dorcas is joining us this year having most recently taught third grade for the past five years at Asheville Christian Academy.   She has her BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Learning Disabilities from the University of Southern Maine, and she has decades of teaching experience. She is certified with ACSI for grades K-8 and has also served as the Director of Children’s Ministries at First Baptist Church in Portland, Maine as well as a professional speaker and trainer for LL Bean.   She is passionate about math, and loves teaching.
         
         
Faculty-45    Sherlyn Medlin

Junior High Science Teacher

Science Department Chair

Sherlyn.medlin@arborbrook.org

  From years spent in the rainforests of the Amazon, a great love for nature and a curiosity for the natural world were cultivated. This appreciation for God’s creation is now something Sherlyn draws from to inspire and motivate her students as she teaches them science.  With 19 years of teaching experience in grades 1 – 8 (many subjects) and with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bryan college in Elementary Education and Liberal Arts, she has learned that igniting curiosity and motivating students with practical demonstrations and explorative activities is key in helping students to enjoy learning and succeed in critical thinking!  The passion of her heart is leading her students to a deeper love of their Creator.
         
         
DSC_0478    Amy Norman

Junior High History Teacher

Amy.norman@arborbrook.org

  Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Smith” (from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) for her wide-eyed and unceasing passion for America’s heritage and truth and for her tremendous heart for Junior High students, Mrs. Norman shares Smith’s desire to pass American values on to youth.  Students form intimate relationships with American heroes, glean character values from them, and discover God’s Providential hand along the amazing journey in her classes.  A graduate of Appalachian State University, Mrs. Norman earned her degrees in Broadcast Communication and Theatre.  Prior to having children, she worked as a corporate Certified Senior Trainer and Curriculum Developer.  She home educated her children for many years with a Christian Charlotte Mason philosophy, paving the way for her family to join the Arborbrook family. She has written and taught Bible Studies for women, has an adventurous spirit, and holds a special place in her heart for nature and African mission work.
         
         
Version 2    April Petrie

Junior High Girls Bible Teacher

9th Grade Girls Bible Teacher

April.petrie@arborbrook.org

  As a young girl living in the beautiful farmlands of Wisconsin, April developed an early childhood wonder over God’s creation and a curiosity to understand the Creator.  This flowed into her college years where she majored in biology and studied at Wheaton College and Palm Beach Atlantic University.   During a season of deep struggle and suffering in her family life in her early 30’s, God became deeply personal and present to her heart in a transforming way.  Her passion to know and share Christ led her to seek opportunities to be trained in spiritual mentoring/discipleship, and biblical counseling over the past 5 years.  She is a graduate of Larry Crabb’s New Way Ministries School of Spiritual Direction and has attended many training conferences through CCEF–the Christian Counseling Education Foundation.  She has also served as a spiritual mentor and received training for the past two years from a ministry (Fixing Our Eyes) that reaches out to women walking through brokenness in many forms. As a mother to four children, three of them at Arborbrook, she has a passion to enter into the hearts of young women who are on the threshold of adolescence.
         
         
DSC_0533    Jim Hughes

Junior High Boys Bible Teacher, Campus Pastor

P.E./Health & Archery Teacher

Jim.hughes@arborbrook.org

  Jim and his family first came to Charlotte as missionaries with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club. Jim had spent the previous 15 years, first as a student, then as a coach and the Associate Athletic Director of Taylor University-Ft Wayne. Jim and Renee’s connection with Arborbrook began as parents of Mariah and Erica, both graduates of Arborbrook. Jim soon began coaching and teaching as an Arborbrook staff member. As an ordained minister with a men’s and family ministry Jim, along with Renee, are honored to join the Arborbrook community in its passion to prepare the next generation of Christ followers.
         
         
DSC_0445    Lori Anne Sword

Junior High Writing Teacher; Drama Teacher; High School English Teacher (grades 9 & 12)

Lorianne.sword@arborbrook.org

  Lori Anne has taught in California, Florida, and North Carolina for 25 years.  Her subjects have included drama, college musical theatre, health education, elementary music and theatre, and fifth grade.  She also served as a preschool director. She has taught in Charlotte at Sharon Elementary, Charlotte Christian School, Providence Day School, and Charlotte Country Day in their summer program.   Lori Anne has her bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration from Catawba College and her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Drama from the University of California-Irvine. She earned her NC education licensure (20 hours) at Belmont Abbey College. She has been married to Jason Sword, art and computer educator, for 14 years.  She has two children, Jackson (Jax), a boy who is 12, and Gibson (Gibby), a girl, who is 10. Lori Anne has won the NC Theatre Conference award for Excellence in Direction and Distinguished Play, in 2011 and 2012; Blumenthal Musical Theatre Awards (Best Musical 2013) and multiple nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016; Musical Theatre Competitions of America: Sweepstakes Award for HS in 2014 and both HS and MS in 2015. Last year, she led Arborbrook’s cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, to five Blumey nominations, including a win for Best Supporting Actress. She is currently the owner and creative director of Teen City Stage, an advanced musical theatre program for area drama students in high school and middle school. She is passionate about writing, and she has written several scripts that have been produced in the area.
         
         
DSC_0464    Mariah Metzger

Junior High Spanish Teacher

Spanish II Teacher

Mariah.Metzger@arborbrook.org

  Mariah was in the very first graduating class at Arborbrook Christian Academy. She attended Columbia International University and is completing her degree at Liberty University, where she will earn her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (religion, life coaching, and education).   She fell in love with Spanish and Latin culture in junior high because of a wonderful Spanish teacher, Señora Williams and because of a mission trip that year to Costa Rica. Mariah took intensive private Spanish lessons in high school, helped with translation work, shared the Gospel in Spanish in Nicaragua and led bi-lingual worship, and went to Chile with the Charlotte Eagles to lead worship and help translate for their women’s semi-professional soccer team. Mariah loves languages because they allow you to “build a bridge” and reach people with whom you otherwise could not connect.   She has been married to Joseph Metzger for four years and has a little girl named Chloe.
         
         
DSC_0453    Stacie McIntosh

High School English Teacher

(grades 10 & 11)

Stacie.mcintosh@arborbrook.org

  Stacie has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Florida International University. Her teaching experience includes multi-ethnic elementary classrooms in Miami, Florida and Papua New Guinea. She has homeschooled her four children for the past 11 years, as well as volunteering in both middle and high school youth groups, including a middle school girls Bible study and a high school guys’ study. She is a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and a proud supporter of and co-laborer with her husband who is serving in the JAARS Maritime Department. She served in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators teaching in an International School, volunteering in a school for the disabled, and living in and sharing the love of Jesus to a multi-cultural community. She loves adventure, travel, hot coffee, and the written word.
         
         
IMG_1910_MrsDiebold    Linda Diebold

High School Math Teacher

Private tutor

Linda.diebold@arborbrook.org

  Linda has been teaching school for over thirty-six years. She taught at Charlotte Christian for ten years. Over that period of time, she taught at all three levels: elementary, junior high, and high school. She then started and ran her own private Christian school, Damascus Christian Academy, for fourteen years. In the summer of 2005, she left to go on the mission field in Cambodia. She taught English and math and also took on the responsibility as a live-in house-parent to ten orphan girls. Her final year in Cambodia, she moved to a province to teach English as a second language at a church school. Linda has always loved young people and can honestly say that she has never met a student she has not grown to love.
         
         
DSC_0448    Elizabeth Dockery

Band & Music Teacher

Elizabeth.dockery@arborbrook.org

  A native Charlottean, Elizabeth grew up loving music.  She started playing the piano in second grade and hasn’t stopped playing music since.  A graduate of the School of Music at UNC-Greensboro, Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Oboe Performance.  She performs regularly around the Charlotte area with the woodwind quintet, Quintessence, and also holds a position in the Union Symphony Orchestra.  Elizabeth taught full-time in the public schools, but chose to work at Arborbrook part-time so she could spend more time with her young son. In 2013, Elizabeth won the American School Band Director’s Association Encore award for young directors, one of four recipients in the state of North Carolina. Elizabeth not only teaches students how to play an instrument, but also encourages students to develop a lifelong love of music.
         
         
emily shepherd    Emily Shepherd

Nature Study Teacher

Garden Coordinator

Emily.shepherd@arborbrook.org

  With a providentially green thumb and a passion for seeing the glory of God in creation, Emily Shepherd teaches Nature Study and leads our Edible Schoolyard Garden project. Her sense of awe started from a young age with living all over the world and earning her B.A. degree in Spanish and Secondary Education at the College of Charleston, SC in one of the most garden-filled cities in the world. Her experiences abroad forged in her a heart for the stranger and the poor, and she has combined her two loves by spearheading refugee garden projects in Charlotte, one of which was created by Arborbrook students. Emily loves to teach students to hunt for awe in creation, return it to God as worship, and find that awe a balm for the soul, and she finds the students’ gasps of delight in the garden addictive!  She has been watching food and faith grow in one garden or another for over 20 years. Her three children attend Arborbrook.
         
         
DSC_0496    Melody Shearer

High School History Teacher

Melody.shearer@arborbrook.org

  Melody is a native Charlottean, growing up in the Matthews/ Mint Hill area.  She is a graduate of Columbia College with a bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Christian Theology.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in education.  She has been in education for 9 years and has taught 4th grade, Middle School and the majority of her teaching experience has been in High School.  Melody has a passion for history and young people. This is evident through her work in youth ministry, children’s ministry and currently as her church’s Nursery Coordinator.  She loves sharing Christ with children of all ages! She is married to a man who shares her passion for reaching children as he is the Children’s Pastor at the church they attend.  They have two beautiful girls: one in college studying early elementary education and a bubbly bouncing 8 year old!  She also loves her family, friends, Panthers football, and volleyball.
         
         
DSC_0475    Jeri Zangmeister

High School History Teacher

HS Girls Bible Teacher

Jeri.zangmeister@arborbrook.org

  Jeri has a BA in Communications from the Ohio State University. She moved to Charlotte from Ohio more than 10 years ago for her husband to attend Southern Evangelical Seminary. While at the seminary, Jeri earned a Certificate of Women’s Ministry and taught classes to students and student’s wives for this certificate program for several years. She has three children (two of whom are graduates of Arborbrook and one who will be a sophomore at Arborbrook this fall) whom she also homeschooled for a few years. Her family has been at Arborbrook since the first year the school started. Jeri loves history and teaching and has a passion for carrying the faith to the next generation!
         
         
JillGraham    Jill Graham

Worldview & Apologetics Teacher

High School Drama Teacher

Jill.graham@arborbrook.org

  Jill is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in secondary English Education.   After nine years of teaching English/ drama in the public schools, Jill discovered how delightful it is to teach at a Christian school like Arborbrook where she has taught drama, music, and a course on Lord of the Rings.  As an avid reader of Christian fantasy and with a Master’s degree in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, Jill brings a combination of imagination and a love of truth to the classroom.  Her desire as a teacher is to help students think through issues of faith so they will be able to stand firm through the challenges of life (especially college).  She also hopes to inculcate a love of imagination and the arts and an appreciation for the power the arts have to draw people to God.
         
         
DSC_0428    Jean Wood

High School Science Teacher

Jean.wood@arborbrook.org

  Jean has taught science and mathematics for over 17 years and has served schools in The United States, Belgium, and South Korea.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Genetics from The University of Western Ontario and a master’s degree in Educational Administration.  She uses investigations in the science classroom to enhance her students’ learning experience.  Throughout her career, Jean has served as AP Coordinator, IB Examiner in Biology, and Curriculum Subject Chair for Mathematics.  Jean enjoys sports such as basketball, tennis, and hiking.
         
         
DSC_0457    Robyn Kimball

High School Math Teacher

Math Department Chair

Robyn.kimball@arborbrook.org

  Robyn has dedicated herself to teaching high school students through diverse and creative experiences; something she learned while serving on the mission field in Belize, Central America. Finishing high school in two and half years, she returned to the states to obtain her degree in Accounting; however, while serving as program director for Camp Adventure summer youth camp, she quickly realized that her love of math was best expressed through teaching. Always searching for creative ways to both encourage a desire for learning and open eyes to practical application, she has embraced the Charlotte Mason philosophy. In addition to her 19 years of teaching all levels of high school math, she has been involved with yearbook, student council, volleyball, cheerleading, SAT prep, sign language, and community outreach. You will often find her collaborating with students to plan prom night, chauffeuring class trips, and attending sporting events to cheer on her students. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC to be close to her family.
         
         
 DSC_0503   Chad Meers

High School Spanish Teacher

HS Boys Bible Teacher

Chad.meers@arborbrook.org

  Chad has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky.  He served six years in Guatemala as a missionary where he was involved in various forms of ministry including discipleship programs, sports outreach, medical missions, and the construction of homes and churches.  He has extensive classroom experience teaching English, Spanish, and physical education overseas and in the United States.  Chad enjoys spending time with his wife Kacie, traveling, film, music, the outdoors, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats. He is also a worship leader.
         
         
DSC_0537    Mary Lou Scott

Finance Teacher

Substitute Coordinator

Junior High Assistant

Marylou.scott@arborbrook.org

  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.

         
         
DSC_0568    Missy Trent

Junior Seminar Teacher

Guidance Counselor

Missy.trent@arborbrook.org

  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.
         
         
DSC_0436    Mary Beekman

Art Teacher

Mary.beekman@arborbrook.org

  Since childhood, Mary was interested in art but chose Foreign Missions as her major at Moody Bible Institute.  She later studied art at the University of Texas.  Missions and art have been intertwined since.  Mary with her pilot husband, Tom, served 22 years in Indonesia and they currently serve with JAARS/Wycliffe Bible Translators.  While in Indonesia she illustrated reading primers, taught K through 12 art at Hillcrest International School and developed Sunday School curriculum for their Indonesian church, which she continues to do.  Mary and Tom’s five children were both homeschooled and attended the International School.  Mary has a love for art and enjoys watercolor and oil painting but most of all she has a passion to teach art to children.
         
         
 DSC_0806 (1)   Josh Fairbaugh

Technology Teacher

Josh.fairbaugh@arborbrook.org

  Josh is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary and a Pastoral Associate at Carmel Baptist Church, working in the Connections Ministry.   Josh is originally from Pennsylvania, married to wife Kristen with a son named Judah. He loves coffee, bicycling, and the Pittsburg Steelers.   Josh grew up with technology and enjoys all things Apple.
         
         
IMG_7405 (1)    Wade Grimes

Technology Teacher

Tech Team Leader

Wade.grimes@arborbrook.org

  Wade Grimes, a cyborg living in augmented reality, is a tech nerd disguised as a responsible adult.  For the past 20 years he has been deep undercover, working with servers, networks, data centers, phone systems, printers, tablets, smart devices, security, internets, and sometimes end users.  He has a degree in English from Asbury University, and upon realizing that he would actually need to get a job and pay the rent, also ended up with Microsoft, VMware, RedHat, and Citrix certifications.  His dad showed him how to use a computer and a modem to contact the library when he was in elementary school, and his mom gave him the opportunity a few years later to bring online his first network at a small Christian school in Six Mile South Carolina.  Believe it or not, he is married (Jen Grimes–sans pareil), has 3 kids (Sarah, Molly, Elliot–all awesome), and has a stable day job as the director of IT for a financial company in Matthews.
         
         
DSC_0461    Andrea Robson

Culinary Arts Teacher

Assistant to the Head of School

Communications Director

Andrea.robson@arborbrook.org

  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.
         
         
 Brad Bailey (1)   Brad Bailey

Praise Band Teacher

Brad.bailey@arborbrook.org

  Brad is one of Charlotte’s most in-demand performers, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, award-winning songwriter, ordained minister, and has 20 years experience teaching music. Brad has performed and recorded with a diversity of artists such as The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Ringling Bros Circus, and Korean pop-star Kim Jaejoong.
         
         
Mr Zang SELFIE    Jim Zangmeister

Current Events Teacher

Jim.zangmeister@arborbrook.org

  Jim studied at Wittenberg University, The Ohio State University School of Allied Medicine, The Columbus College of Art and Design, The Vienna Institute for European Studies, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. After being a commercial artist and animator for 30 years, he talked his lovely, organized, talented and highly motivated wife, Jeri, into starting their own video production company called “Zang!” They collaborate with Christian ministries to provide an articulate, intelligent voice for biblical Christianity in the public arena. When he’s not basking in the glow of his computer monitor, he loves playing squash, sipping Caribou coffee, and strumming his six-string.
         
         
IMG_1864_MrTyson    Scott Tyson

Athletic Director &

HS Boys Bible Teacher

Scott.tyson@arborbrook.org

  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.