GCS 2018-19 Staff Bios


2018-19 GCS Staff

 

Maci Bullard – Kindergarten

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Campbell University
  • Taught for 11 years in elementary education, five years at Grace
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Emily Jones – Kindergarten

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Campbell University
  • Taught for three years at Deep River Elementary School
  • Studied abroad though the Institute of Costa Rican Language and Culture Immersion Program
  • ACSI and North Carolina state teaching certifications
  • Attends Crossroads Church in Broadway

 

Michelle Shumway – Kindergarten

  • In completion phase of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Governor’s University
  • Served in Christian Education for five years as aide and in administration
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Tammy Strickland – First Grade

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Taught for 30 years in Lee County public schools, and two years at GCS
  • Warren Williams Elementary School and Bullock Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • ACSI and North Carolina state teaching certifications
  • Attend Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Sarah Edwards – Second Grade

  • Bachelor of Science in Childhood Psychology with an emphasis in Education from Liberty University
  • Completed coursework at Word of Life Bible Institute and Liberty University’s Master of Education program
  • Taught at Vass Lakeview Elementary and Southern Pines Elementary, and GCS for six years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Pleasant Grove Christian Church

 

Kelly Whiteheart – Third Grade

  • Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Taught in Christian Education for 18 years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends The Summit Church in Raleigh

 

Elaine Clegg – Fourth Grade

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University
  • Master of Science in Higher Education from North Carolina A&T State University
  • In progress of Doctorate in Education in Higher Education from Walden University
  • Worked in Lee County schools for 10 years and as an instructor at Central Carolina Community College for six years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Faith, Victory, and Freedom Church in Garner

 

Shania Ross – Fourth Grade

  • In completion phase of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Governor’s University
  • Taught for three years at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Calvary Church in Lemon Springs

 

Cynthia Cook – Fifth Grade

  • Bachelor of Arts in History with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University
  • Taught for 14 years as elementary teacher at Grace Christian School
  • Coached volleyball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Bennett

 

David Ward – Middle School History and Bible

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fayetteville State University
  • Taught History and Science at Lee County high schools for over 10 years
  • “A” certification in Special Education
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Jessica Livesay – Middle School English and Bible

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Teaching from Lipscomb University
  • Taught pre-school, elementary and middle school for over 10 years
  • North Carolina Teaching License and Administration Level 3 certified
  • ACSI and North Carolina teaching certifications
  • Attends Gourd Springs Baptist Church in Spring Lake

 

Angela Tippet – Middle School Math and Bible

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina, Ashville
  • Taught for nine years in Christian Education
  • Served for five years as assistant principal, two years as Head of School
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Chandler Patterson – Middle School Science and Bible

  • Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Science from Campbell University
  • Coached for two years with the Campbell University Softball Camp
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Crossroads Church in Broadway

 

Stacey Mann – High School Science and Bible

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Biblical Studies from Clearwater Christian College
  • Taught at GCS for seven years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Pam Beal – High School English

  • Bachelor of Art in English from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Master of Education in English from the University of South Carolina
  • North Carolina Teacher of the Year
  • ACSI and North Carolina teaching certifications in AIG, English, Theater Arts, and Latin
  • Nationally published writer
  • Attends Jonesboro Presbyterian Church in Sanford

 

Dr. Royce Baker – High School Bible

  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education and Theology from Piedmont Bible College
  • Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University
  • Doctorate of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary
  • Taught in colleges in the United States and France for ten years
  • Taught at GCS since 2000
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Cindy Carlyle – High School Math

  • Bachelor of Science from Campbell University with concentrations in Math and Science
  • Taught High School Math and Science at Western Harnett HS, Union Pines HS, North Moore HS, and Pinckney Academy for over 30 years
  • ACSI and North Carolina state teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Libbie Murr – High School English and Bible

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Tennessee Temple University
  • Taught for 10 years at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Bill Chaffee – High School Business and Economics

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix
  • Served as International Vice President at Match Point International, Vice President at Value Place Hotels LLC, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development at Precision Tune
  • ACSI teaching certification and Executive Management and Leadership Theory certification from Harvard Business School
  • Attends Gourd Springs Baptist Church in Spring Lake

 

Carlos Villalobos – Middle and High School Spanish

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Carolina College of Biblical Studies
  • Taught Spanish at GCS for three years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Serves as Lead Pastor at Ministerios Bethel Church in Sanford

 

Alisha Gilliland – K-12 Computers

  • Bachelors in Healthcare Administration from St. Leo University
  • Master of Healthcare Management from Trident University
  • Microsoft certification
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

April Ward – K-12 Music and Drama

  • Bachelor of Art in Music Education from Southeastern Freewill Baptist College
  • Taught Piano and Music at GCS since 2001
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attend Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Megan James – K-12 Art

  • Completed coursework at Liberty University and Central Carolina Community College
  • Served in the Grace Christian Child Development Center for the last two years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

DeShawn Brown – Physical Education K-12

  • In completion phase of Bachelor of Science in Sports and Recreation Management from Ashford University
  • Served GCS as MS girls basketball coach 2017-18
  • Ten years’ experience in the US Army, five as Staff Sergeant
  • Master Fitness Trainer rep for the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Bragg
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends One Hope Assembly of God in Sanford

 

Janet Hopson – LSP Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Barton College
  • Master of Divinity in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Taught in special education for eight years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Christ Community Church in Pinehurst

 

Patricia Mikesell  – Elementary Aide

  • Bachelor Degree in Nutrition Science from Evangelical College in El Salvador
  • Served at GCS for seven years
  • Attends Mana Church in Fayetteville

 

 

GCS Administration

 

Stuart Shumway – Head of School

  • Master of Arts in Christian Education and Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University
  • Six years in Christian Education, five as lead administrator
  • Nine years as lead pastor in two SBC churches
  • ACSI administrators certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Chris Wortham – Academic Dean and LSP Director

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Auburn University
  • Worked with students of all levels in both public and private education for over 12 years
  • Has served at GCS as fifth grade teacher, LSP director, now Academic Dean
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Church in Southern Pines

 

Michelle Bailer – Administrative Dean

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from NC State University
  • Served at GCS as math teacher, senior class advisor, and dean of students for six years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Catch the Fire Church in Raleigh

 

Jesse Wilson – Dean of Discipline and Assistant Athletic Director

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke
  • Served in the U.S. Army for six years, with two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Served at GCS for three years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Crossroads Church in Broadway

 

Kim Casey – Admissions Director and Guidance Counselor

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Union University
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University
  • Served at GCS in administration for two years
  • NC state Licensed Professional Counselor
  • ACSI guidance counselor certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Steve Cross – Athletic Director

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Clearwater Christian College
  • Served in athletic administration in five schools for over 20 years
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

 

Teresa Stone – Office Manager

  • Completed coursework in accounting at Central Carolina Community College
  • Served at GCS for over 20 years
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church