FACULTY & STAFF

OUR PACK LEADERS.

FACULTY

Joy Allen
MS/HS English Teacher
Jenny Asbury
Permanent Substitute
Before & After Care Coordinator
Elem. House Coordinator

Mrs. Asbury comes to RCA with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology.  She has been in education with various roles for 17 years. She is married to a 4th-grade teacher and has two wonderful children. I love gardening, reading, and spending time with my family. Mrs. Asbury attends Collierville United Methodist Church where she is actively involved in the Children’s Ministry department. Her favorite Bible Verse is “ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”  Philippians 4:6

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Kristin Bishop
Learning Specialist
Mrs. Bishop graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a certification to teach K-12. Over the past 19 years, she has served as a regular education teacher, a support team member for struggling students, a preschool teacher, a homeschool teacher, and now Mrs. Bishop serves at RCA as one of our FLEX learning specialists. Daily she tries to uphold the three "Cs" in her classroom which are connection, consistency, and compassion.  Her favorite educational quote is "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn" - Ignacio Estrada
Also, Mrs. Bishop helps lead our student government association and serves as the golf sponsor. She is thrilled to be at RCA with her two sons, Parker and Hudson. 
Gilda Boyle
Preschool

Mrs. Boyle is proud to be an “Okie” from Oklahoma and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University. She has over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education: 18 years as a teacher, and 3 years as a Childcare Center Director. While teaching in Fayette County Schools, Gilda was honored to be District Teacher of the Year 2019-20 and Teacher of the Year at Southwest Elementary 2018-19. For the last two years, Gilda has served as a CLASS-trained Observer for the State of Tennessee for Pre-K classrooms. Also, she has served on multiple committees, including the Pre-K Advisory Board, Superintendent Instructional Leadership Council, Pre-K Team Leader, and Teacher Mentor. Gilda will return as the Preschool teacher and Prek-2nd Cheer coach. Gilda and her husband have four grown children who live in Nashville. She and her husband can be found camping, making memories at Disney World, and spending time with her family and fur babies! 

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Andrew Cook
MS/HS Teacher
Band Director

Andrew Cook is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in Music Education. He has been teaching band for over six years and performed in athletic marching and concert bands throughout high school and college. Mr. Cook directs our Pride of the Pack Pep Marching Band and concert band ensembles, as well as teaches middle school classes. Additionally, he is a director of the bands at The Shepherd’s Horn Homeschool School of Music and a freelance music composer and arranger. Andrew is married to Mary Love and has two wonderful and rambunctious boys, Edward and Samuel. Andrew’s favorite Psalm is 150.

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Kyle Cook
MS/HS Math Teacher
Dana Culpepper
6th Grade
Amy Earnest
Jr. K Teacher Assistant
Teresa Eskew
Gifted Specialist

Mrs. Eskew is from a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. She is certified in Gifted Education and Montessori. Mrs. Eskew received her National Board Certification in 2001 and renewed it in 2012. She has been teaching for 22 years. She is married to Eric and attends East Shelby Church of Christ. Mrs. Eskew is guided by her favorite quote: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” -Ignacio Estrada

Reagan Frazier
3rd Grade

Ms. Frazier graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with degrees in Early Childhood: Child and Family Studies and Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Ms. Frazier has five years of experience in the classroom, and she is excited to continue teaching 3rd grade. She aspires to have a classroom rooted in faith, kindness, and an excitement for learning. Her hobbies include music, crafting, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling her dog, Leo! Her favorite quote is “How cool is it that the same God who created mountains, oceans, and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too?”

Molly Gardner
MS/HS Science
Hailey Haynes
Lead Learning Specialist
FLEX Program

Ms. Haynes  graduated from Harding University in 2018 with a K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education Degree. She taught Kindergarten at RCA in the 2018-2019 school year and is now the lead Learning Differences Specialist for the FLEX program. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN and goes to Highland Church of Christ. Hailey’s favorite quote is “Everybody can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way.” -George Evans. 

Keith Hayworth
MS/HS Bible & History

A native of East Tennessee, Keith Hayworth moved to West Tennessee in the 1990s. Mr. Hayworth is a graduate of Carson-Newman University (B.A.) and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (M.A.). He has been teaching at RCA since 2000. He is currently finishing his dissertation in History at the University of Memphis. He lives with his wife, Vickie, in Hickory Valley, Tennessee where he is also a pastor.

Stephanie Jacques
Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Jacques comes to RCA with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Crichton College.  She has been in education with various roles for 20 years. She is married to her husband Scott for 25 years and has two amazing sons Jackson and Paxton.  Paxton also attends RCA. She and her family attend Living Hope Church in Piperton.  Her favorite Bible Verse is "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Lori Kellum
Orton-Gilingham Certified Reading Teacher, The Erika Center at Bodine School at RCA

This is Lori Kellum’s second year with Bodine’s Erika Center at Rossville Christian Academy. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, she worked in Child Life at a local children’s hospital and later taught elementary school. When her youngest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, she saw how life-changing the Orton-Gillingham (OG) method for teaching reading could be. She is certified by the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education and as a Classroom Educator by The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Educators and Practitioners. She utilizes the OG approach to teach and tutor children privately, and in her work at Bodine’s Summer Reading Program and at RCA.

Kathleen Kelly
Sr. Kindergarten

Ms. Kelly graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. With experience teaching Kindergarten, Ms. Kelly is passionate about setting a strong academic, social, and spiritual foundation for children in their earliest years of school. In addition to teaching kindergarten, Ms. Kelly leads an elementary school choir program for our students! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling. One of her favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40:31, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength […]”. 

Megan Kennedy
MS/HS Math
Kim Kochan
MS/HS History

Kimberly Kochan has been a teacher and senior sponsor at RCA for 21 years. She specializes in History, Government, and Economics. Mrs. Kochan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education History and Government from the University of TN at Martin. She and her husband Michael have two girls, Isabelle and Addie, who attend RCA. They are members of Hickory Withe First Baptist Church where Mrs. Kochan serves on the Children’s Committee. One of her favorite Bible verses is Romans 15:4, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” Besides teaching, some of Mrs. Kochan’s favorite hobbies are to crochet, travel and cook.

Kelsy Kraemer
2nd Grade
Ms. Kraemer graduated from Blue Mountain College with a B.S. in Education K-6, and has seven years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. She is excited to continue teaching 2nd grade and helping coach the Varsity Softball team. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Kraemer enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling her two cats, Kanga and Roo. 

 

One of her favorite Bible verses is Psalm 23:1-3, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” 

Sherry Meyer
3rd Grade
Jennifer Moffatt
5th Grade
Daniel Montano
HS Spanish
Lauren Moore
MS/HS English

Mrs. Moore graduated from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and will complete her Master’s of Arts in Teaching from the University of Memphis this year.  She and her husband live in downtown Rossville and have three daughters who also attend RCA. The Moores are members of Piperton Baptist Church and enjoy building relationships in their church and community. Mrs. Moore values her role at RCA as a parent, teacher, and chair of the English Department. 

Stephanie Murphey
1st Grade

Mrs. Murphey earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from The University of Southern Mississippi and has thirteen years of teaching experience in both public and faith-based schools. She and her husband, Josh, have two children, Sadie and Jake, who also attend RCA. The Murpheys are involved at Living Hope Church in Piperton, and they enjoy serving with a local nonprofit to minister to families in Peru.

Elizabeth Nelms
4th Grade

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Masters in elementary education. She has over 20 years of experience in both public and private Christian schools. She has been married to Brian for 28 years, and they have two sons. She attends St. Patrick Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth loves teaching 4th grade and being a part of the RCA family!

Debra Nelson
Sr. Kindergarten

Mrs. Nelson has 16 years of experience as an educator in public and private schools, with over 10 years as a kindergarten teacher. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is certified K-8th. Mrs. Nelson attends Collierville Baptist church. She has two girls with her husband, Jedidiah. She loves basketball, running, going to the lake, reading, and family time. Mrs. Nelson loves to help children build a love for learning and provide an exciting nurturing first experience to elementary school. 

Ashleigh Omedeo
MS/HS English
Penny Ray
Elem. Music & Library MS/HS
Choir Director

Penny Ray graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelors degree in Music Education (K-12). Also, she is certified in Levels I and II in the Orff music method. Penny is the elementary music teacher and the elementary librarian. Additionally, she is the middle & high school Choir Director and the STAR Testing Coordinator. Penny has been teaching at RCA for ten years. She has been married for 21 years and has two beautiful daughters and their family is a member of Fisherville Baptist Church.

Kevin Rhyan
P.E., Head Varsity Boys Basketball,
Athletic Director

Kevin Rhyan is an alumni of RCA, class of 2005. He received his bachelors degree in Physical Education from Philander Smith College. Coach Rhyan teaches P.E. and is the Head Coach of the Varsity Boys Basketball team. He has been teaching for five years, serving three years with Shelby County Schools before joining RCA. Coach Rhyan is married and has a son, and they attend church at Devine Restoration Ministries in Moscow, TN. His passion is basketball and mentoring the youth.

Cara Russell
Jr. Kindergarten
Cara Russell is a jr. kindergarten teacher at RCA. During her teaching career, she has taught various grade levels ranging from Pre-K – 4th grade in several different states. She attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she received her B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. Cara is married to Josh, and they have two sons; you can often find their family on the baseball field! Mrs. Russell believes that all children are capable of GREAT things and it is her job to help guide them and make them realize it!
 
Sara Russell
1st Grade

Sara Russell joined the RCA staff in 2015. She has over 20 years experience teaching 1st grade. Mrs. Russell holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis. She loves reading and hopes to instill a lifelong love of reading in all her students. Teaching students to read is her passion. She is married to her husband Jeff and has two children who also attend RCA. Mrs. Russell attends Collierville United Methodist Church, where she has served on many committees, helped with youth, and was a Stephen Minister. She is thankful to teach at a school where they put God first. “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 

Sarah Schwalb
HS English

Mrs. Schwalb is beginning her fifth year as 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Rossville Christian Academy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Schwalb is assuming a new role as Director of Development. In this role, Mrs. Schwalb will work to promote RCA, form business partnerships, enrich the culture at RCA, and aid in student recruitment.

Kelly Sheffield
MS/HS Science / STEM
Annie Sturgis
5th Grade
Jeff Thompson
MS/HS Bible

This will be Coach Thompson’s second year at RCA. Coach Thompson is a graduate of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary with a Bachelor’s of Christian Studies. He currently is pursuing a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Coach Thompson and his wife, Kristen, reside in East Memphis, are members at Audubon Park Baptist Church, and they enjoy spending time outdoors with their chocolate lab Clover!

Coach Thompson’s desire is for every student to know the Gospel and grow in their understanding of the God of the Bible. One of his favorite verses is Philippians 1:27, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” Coach Thompson’s desire is that each student is prepared to encounter the world with a biblical worldview. In addition to teaching Bible Coach Thompson helps with football and basketball.

Jonathan Vowell
MS/HS English
Erin Walker
5th/6th Grade Teacher

Erin is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Special Education. She and her husband live in Moscow with their two daughters.  Mrs. Walker has seven years of experience in education in 3rd and 4th grades. She is passionate about making learning fun for students!  

Erin’s hobbies include painting, crafting, and spending time camping with her family. One of her favorite Bible verses is Esther 4:14, “Perhaps you were created for such a time as this.”  Mrs. Walker says she is thrilled to be part of the Pack!

Kendrick Watkins
Elementary P.E.
Head Coach Varsity Girls Basketball
Head Football Coach

Coach Kendrick Watkins graduated from Rossville Christian Academy in 2005. He was a multi-sport athlete and was a member of the 2005 State Championship Basketball team. Coach Watkins played college football and basketball at Coahoma Community College. For the past five years, Coach Watkins has served in multiple capacities in the educational field, including two years in Special Education. 

Coach Watkins has a variety of experience coaching including football assistant coach and offensive coordinator, and head girls basketball coach. He was the offensive coordinator for the 2017 West Tennessee All-Star Team and an assistant coach for the 2018 West Tennessee All-Star Game. As a head girls basketball coach, he led teams to win the Murray State Team Camp Runners-Up in 2018, West Carroll Christmas Tournament Champions in 2019, and Best of West Champions in 2019. Coach Watkins will join Coach Hunter as the Defensive Coordinator.

Marci Wheeler
MS/HS Art Teacher

Mrs. Wheeler has 9 years of experience as an Art educator in Collierville schools including middle and high school. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Mississippi State University and has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Union University. Mrs. Wheeler attends Collierville First Baptist church. She has two boys with her husband, Josh. She loves drawing portraits, painting, going to the lake, hunting/fishing, and watching MS State sports! Mrs. Wheeler has a passion for art and enjoys helping her students build their artistic abilities using their creativity and imagination! 

Meredith Wilson
2nd Grade

Meredith Wilson was raised in Rossville, TN and has always loved her hometown.  She is married to her husband, Conner, and they are expecting their first child this spring! She graduated from Union University with a Bachelor's in Music Education with a minor in professional education. Mrs. Wilson is entering her fifth year of teaching and her third year at RCA. She loves math and engaging students in learning! Meredith enjoys tending to her flower farm, playing with her dog, and spending time with family and friends. 

Meshell Williams
Elementary Art & STEM

Meshell Williams has been teaching at RCA since 2003. She began teaching preschool, then second grade, and currently is teaching Elementary art and STEM. Meshell earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis. She likes to read and hang out with her dachshund. Meshell attends church at Rossville Baptist Church, where she is in the praise team and enjoys participating in children’s ministries. 

Holly Winchell
Creative Director
HS Screenprinting
Yearbook

Mrs. Winchell is beginning her fourth year at RCA. She teaches Intro to Graphic Design and Screen Printing, Screen Printing 2, and Yearbook. Mrs. Winchell also serves RCA as the Creative Director, where she creates outstanding school campaigns with her graphic design experience and creative gifts.

Carolyn Winder
Elem. Spanish
Eric Wiley
Elementary Athletic Director

This will be Coach Wiley’s 2nd year at RCA. Coach Wiley retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller with 32 years of government service (5 years active duty USAF, 5 years as a civilian for the Department of Defense & 22 years with the FAA). Coach Wiley is a disabled veteran who served during Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Coach Wiley has also been coaching football for the last 18 years. Coach Wiley was the director for Middle School and lower football in Collierville for 7 of those years as well.

Coach Wiley is married to Cecilee Wiley (32 years). He has 3 children Cade, Seth (daughter-in-law, Emily) & Kacy. Coach Wiley is expecting his first grandchild in October! He also has 3 dogs Belle, Loki & Nala. Coach Wiley’s belief is to keep God first in all things and to never quit! We are responsible for our own actions so make them good ones! His favorite bible verse is 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain, but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me”. 

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Cafeteria Manager