Staff

Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers at Columbus Christian Academy hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, and are certified by both MAIS and ACSI. Our pre-school teachers are highly qualified and hold certification through MAIS.  Each teacher professes to being a Christian and is part of a local church of their choice. Our faculty not only is committed to the overall academic advancement of our students but also to the spiritual growth and development of each student.

ADMINISTRATION:

Sandra White

School Administrator

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education – MS State University

Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership – MS State University

Mrs. White is married with two children and three grandchildren. She and her husband are active members of Calvary Baptist Church in West Point. Her hobbies include reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Favorite Bible Verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 


 

ELEMENTARY FACULTY:

Tracey Agerton

5th & 6th Grade Teacher

Education & Experience:
Graduate of Pickens County High School
Bachelor of Science – MS University for Women
11 years experience at Columbus City School District
CHAMPS certification 2012
CHAMPS instructor 2014

Class Motto:
It’s okay to not know, but it’s not okay to not try.

Favorite Verses:
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”(NIV)

 

 

 

Robin Cochran

P.E. and Music Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Arts: Maryville College (Maryville, TN)

Subjects:
K5 – 6th Physical Education
1st – 6th Music

Favorite Bible Verse:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Bio:
I am married to Marcus and we have two boys, Will and Ben, and a spoiled dog named Buster. We attend First Baptist Columbus where Marcus is on staff and I play in the worship band. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, and going on adventures with my family. I love Columbus Christian Academy because of the special people I get to work with and all of our wonderful students.

 

Tiffany Cooper

Preschool Teacher

My favorite Bible Verse is:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Our Class bible verse is:
Psalm 139:14 …I am fearfully and wonderfully made

Our class motto:
We don’t say I can’t because we can; We can do anything with God’s help!

Classroom Remind Link

Sheila Cooper

Preschool Teacher

A graduate of Central Academy and an experienced Preschool Teacher for 20 years.
-Immanuel Preschool 7 years
-ABC & Me Preschool 12 years

Favorite Verse:
Matthew 19:26 “ Jesus looked at them and said, With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Nancy Dodson

Librarian

Beth Easterling

Kindergarten Teacher

Education:
MS State University – Bachelor of Science – Elementary Education
MS State University – Master of Science – Counselor Education

 

Gail Forstner

Preschool & Elementary Art Teacher

Education:
High School – Central Academy

College- Emcc
College course in administration of childcare facility at the University of AlabamaCertified Director of Childcare facility  State of Mississippi

Experience:
21 Years

Preschool Teacher
Elementary Art Teacher
JV Basketball Coach

Personal:
“Mrs Gail’s” passion in teaching is to teach children not to be afraid to try whether it is in Pre-K, Elementary or sports.  Practice doesn’t make perfect it makes progress.

Favorite scripture:
 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— (Ephesians 2:8)

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, (Ephesians 6:7)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,(Colossains 3:23)

Class motto:
With heart and helping hands a child can accomplish anything.

 

Wacky Wednesday - Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Wacky Wednesday – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Popsicle day

Popsicle day

Going on a Teddy Bear Hunt

Going on a Teddy Bear Hunt

Little Indians dressed for the Thanksgiving Feast

Little Indians dressed for the Thanksgiving Feast

Judy Gray

6th Grade

Education:
Graduate of Millport High School
Master of Arts Degree: University of North Alabama
Bachelor of Science Degree: Mississippi University for Women

Experience: 30 Years

About Mrs. Gray:
Judy is married with two children and three grandchildren who attend CCA. She attends Shaeffer’s Chapel. Her favorite hobbies include reading, camping, and spoiling her grandchildren.

Class Motto:
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it
(Art Williams)

Favorite Verses:
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Brittney Lambert

Preschool Teacher

Teaches:
Preschool (K4)

Experience:
15 Years

Favorite Scripture:
Be strong & courageous DO NOT BE AFRAID do not be discouraged for the LORD YOUR GOD will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)

Taylor McCown

Preschool Teacher & Varsity Cheer Sponsor

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

Experience:
3 years

Teaches:
Preschool (K3)

Favorite Scripture:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.(Philippians 4:13)

Nicole Miller

1st Grade Teacher & JV Cheer Sponsor

Education:
East MS Community College – Associates Degree
MS University for Women – Bachelor’s Degree – Elementary Education

Raylene Pate

Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Science:
University of Alabama in Early Childhood Education

Experience:
13 years in Kindergarten

Class Motto:
“Do what is right, even when no one is looking.” Because Jesus sees us and knows our hearts even when no one else does.

My favorite verse is
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those
who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Luke 6:27-28

 

Judy Sanderson

4th Grade Teacher

Education:
Music Education from William Carey University

Elementary Certification from University of Texas, Arlington
Master of Education from University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Experience: 33 Years

Favorite Scripture: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:4-7)

Amy Shaw

Second Grade Teacher

Education:
High School Graduate of Immanuel High
Dental Hygiene degree from Meridian Community College
Elementary Education degree from MS Univ for Women

Experience:
8 years

Position:
2nd Grade Teacher

Favorite Bible Verse:
 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Stephanie Studdard

3rd Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelors & Masters degrees held from MS State University.

Experience:
24 years

Class Motto:
T
hird grade works hard AND plays hard.

Favorite Scripture:
 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2)

 

Tammy White

PE Coach and School Support

Early Care
Elementary Physical Education
Teacher Assistance
Lunch/Office Assistant

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SECONDARY FACULTY:

Emily Cook

Middle School Teacher

Delaney Edmondson

Spanish Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Arts – English and Secondary Education  – MS University for Women

Course:
Spanish I
Spanish II

Bio:
This is my first year at CCA. I am a dog mom to two sweet pups (one border collie mix and one dachshund). I like to spend time with friends and family and watch Alabama football on the weekends. My favorite colors are turquoise blue and violet. Overall, I’m excited to get to teach Spanish and getting to help students learn this new language.

Favorite Verses:
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7

Jenny Hutcherson

Secondary Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Science – MS University for Women

Experience:
11 Years

Subjects:
Consumer Math
ACT Prep
12th Grade Bible
Personal Finance/Principles in Entrepreneurship
Computer

Favorite Scripture:
The beginning of wisdom is this:
Get wisdom. Though it cost you all
you have, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7) NIV

 

Thomas Jackson

Secondary Teacher

Education:
Livingston University – Bachelor of Science
University of N. Alabama – Master of Arts

Courses Teaching:
Pre-Algebra
Algebra I
Algebra II

Geometry

Experience:
37+ years

Cecil Jones

High School Science & Math

Tennille Komulainen

Performing Arts Teacher

Contact

Email: art@columbuschristian.com

Janice Ryals

Secondary English

Education:
Bachelor of Arts 
MS State University

Masters DegreeMasters in English Education – MS University for Women

Experience: 42 Years

Subjects:
English (9th – 12th)
National Honor Society Sponsor

Favorite Verse:
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Charlene Swedenburg

Middle School Teacher

Education:
MS University for Women: Bachelor’s of Science – Elementary Education

Courses:
7th Grade Math
Algebra I
7th English
8th English

Rachel Thomas

Counselor/Teacher

Education:
High School – Hamilton High School
Bachelor of Science – Regent University

Position:
Guidance Counselor
Bible Teacher

Favorite Bible Verse: 

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him

Counselor’s Corner

Lawrence Tyndall

History Teacher

Bachelor of Arts: MS State University

Subjects:
U.S. History
World Geography
MS Studies
Government/Economics
7th Grade History

Favorite Verse:

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

Ram Page Contributions:
“It’s A Birthday in the U.S.A”

Jimmy Wofford

Secondary Teacher & Cross Country Coach

Education: Bachelor of Science

Experience: 4 years

Subjects: Science
                Biology
                Theater
                Debate
                11th Grade Bible

Favorite Scripture: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.(1 Peter 4:8)

 

Contact

Phone: 662.328.7888

Email: jwofford@columbuschristian.com

 


 

ATHLETIC DEPT:

KC Cunningham

Assistant Coach

Taylor McCown

Preschool Teacher & Varsity Cheer Sponsor

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

Experience:
3 years

Teaches:
Preschool (K3)

Favorite Scripture:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.(Philippians 4:13)

Nicole Miller

1st Grade Teacher & JV Cheer Sponsor

Education:
East MS Community College – Associates Degree
MS University for Women – Bachelor’s Degree – Elementary Education

Jason Williams

Athletic Director

Contact

Phone: 662-328-7888

Email: jwilliams@columbuschristian.com

Jimmy Wofford

Secondary Teacher & Cross Country Coach

Education: Bachelor of Science

Experience: 4 years

Subjects: Science
                Biology
                Theater
                Debate
                11th Grade Bible

Favorite Scripture: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.(1 Peter 4:8)

 

Contact

Phone: 662.328.7888

Email: jwofford@columbuschristian.com

 


 

OFFICE STAFF:

Donna Buchannan

School Accountant

Contact

Email: accounting1@cableone.net

Christie Norwood

Office Assistant, Teacher Assistant

Amber Patterson

Administrative Assistant

 


 

SUPPORT STAFF:

Dave Forstner

Maintenance

Tammy White

PE Coach and School Support

Early Care
Elementary Physical Education
Teacher Assistance
Lunch/Office Assistant

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