Our Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff continue to demonstrate their nimbleness, growth mindset, commitment to professional development, and dedication to doing whatever it takes to help our young people build foundations for life. We know the work we do is more critical than ever as we help students develop the skills and habits of the the mind and heart they will need to navigate the future.

Administration

Walt Alexanderson

Morning Receptionist

EDS Faculty since 2014

B.S., Ceramic Engineering, Alfred University

M.B.A., Augusta College

Alumni Parent and Grandparent

Anne B. Andrews

Head of Middle School

EDS Faculty since 2012, 27 years prior experience
B.A., Gordon College
M.A. TESL, St. Michael’s College
D.Min. EL, Virginia Theological Seminary Alexandria

Karli Babylon Murray

Director of Auxiliary Programs

EDS Faculty since 2021; 6 years prior experience

B.S. in Hearing Speech and Language Science, Ohio University

M.S. in Outdoor Recreation, Ohio University

Amanda Chambers

Advancement Associate for Outreach and Marketing

EDS Faculty since 2018, 10 years prior experience
B.F.A., University of Georgia

Current Parent

Ginger Chew

Director of Development

EDS Faculty since 2022; 22 years prior experience

B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alumni Parent

Jaye Cohen

Director of Athletics, Middle School Physical Education

EDS Faculty since 2013; 21 years prior experience
B.A., English Media, High Point University
M.A., Science in Interscholastic Athletic Administration, Ohio University
C.A.A., National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

Alumni Parent

David Gardner

Nature School Director, Nature Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2020; 14 years prior experience

B.S., Animal Ecology, University of Aberdeen

 

Introduction to Forest School Certification & Forest School Teacher Certification,

Forest School Teacher Institute

Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness Medical Institute

Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association of Interpreters

Mindy Golden

School Nurse, Sixth and Eighth Grade Health

EDS Faculty since 2021; 14 years prior experience

BSN, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

MSN, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Current Parent

Susan Huff

Advancement Associate

EDS Faculty since 2021; 9 years prior experience

B.S., Georgia Southern University

2022 EDS March Madness Champion

Ty Jenkins

Dean of Students, Boardman Chair of Science and Sustainability

EDS Faculty since 2019; 4 years prior experience

B.S., Augusta University

M.A.T., Augusta University

Current Parent

Alyssa Johnson

School Counselor

EDS Faculty since 2022; 8 years prior experience

B.S.W. Social Work, Augusta University

M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Augusta University

Karen Blanchard Lilly

Director of Admissions

EDS Faculty since 1993; 8 years prior experience
A.A., Augusta Technical College
Augusta College

Alumni Parent and Grandparent

Elizabeth McKibben

Director of Technology, Sixth Grade English, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2005; 13 years prior experience
M.Ed., University of South Carolina
M.Ed., Augusta State University
B.A., Augusta State University

Alumni Parent

Dr. David B. Perkinson

Head of School

EDS Faculty since 2022; 33 years prior experience

B.A., St. Andrews Presbyterian College

M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ph.D., Penn State University

Nancy Price

Assistant Business Manager

EDS Faculty since 2002; 15 years prior experience
A.A., Augusta Technical College

Julie Robinson

Afternoon Receptionist

EDS Faculty since 2004; 8 years prior experience
Augusta Technical College

The Reverend Sonia Sullivan Clifton

Chaplain and Chair of Religious Life, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Grade Religion

EDS Faculty since 2021; 18 years prior experience

BBA, Valdosta State University

MBA, Valdosta State University

M.Div., University of the South (Sewanee)

Lakeisha Thigpen

Admissions Associate, Preschool and Lower School Physical Education

EDS Faculty since 2021; 14 years prior experience

B.A., Augusta State University

Alumni Parent

Amy Tomblinson

Head of Preschool and Lower School

EDS Faculty since 2022; 25 years prior experience

B.A. English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

B.A. Elementary Education (K-8), University of Michigan

M.Ed. Literacy K-12, University of Michigan

Nina Tomlin

Assistant to the Division Heads

EDS Faculty since 2014
B.S., Toccoa Falls College

Stephanie Woodward

Registrar and Database Manager

EDS Faculty since 2012; 12 years prior experience
B.A., Communications, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Alumni Parent

Debbie Wren

Director of Finance

EDS Faculty since 2001; 8 years prior experience
B.A., Augusta College

Alumni Parent

Auxiliary Programs

Karli Babylon Murray

Director of Auxiliary Programs

EDS Faculty since 2021; 6 years prior experience

B.S. in Hearing Speech and Language Science, Ohio University

M.S. in Outdoor Recreation, Ohio University

Amy Kendrick

Preschool Assistant and Extended Care Lead Associate

EDS Faculty since 2019; 2 years prior experience

Alumni Parent

Co-Curricular

Renee Austin

Preschool Godly Play

EDS Faculty since 2022; 6 years prior experience

A.A. Accounting, Jefferson Davis Junior College

Alumni Parent

MaLea Breland

Second - Eighth Grade Art

EDS Faculty since 2018, 21 years prior experience
B.F.A., Augusta University

Avery Garrett Wilson

Middle School Music, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2022; 5 years prior experience

B.A. Georgia College and State University

Suzi Hall

Preschool - First Grade Spanish

EDS Faculty since 2006; 4 years prior experience

B.S., University of Georgia

Alumni Parent

Kristen Heinlein

Art Coordinator, Kindergarten - First Grade Art

EDS Faculty since 2011
B.F.A., Stetson University
M.A., Savannah College of Art and Design

Current Parent

Angela Hynds

Library Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022

B.A., University of Alabama

Current Parent

Sabrina Pendergrass

Library Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022

Current and Alumni Parent

Gilchrist Phillips

Kindergarten - Eighth Grade Learning Specialist

EDS faculty since 2009; 15 years prior experience
B.A., North Carolina State University
M.Ed., North Carolina State University
Ed.S., Augusta State University

Alumni Parent

Sonia Puerta-Quinn

Spanish Department Coordinator; Second - Sixth Grade Spanish

EDS Faculty since 2007
B.A., Augusta State University
M.A., University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

Tara Scheyer

Preschool - Fourth Grade Music

EDS Faculty since 2013, 25 years prior experience
B.A. Music, University of Southern Mississippi
Summer Performance Program Degree, Berklee College of Music

Lakeisha Thigpen

Admissions Associate, Preschool and Lower School Physical Education

EDS Faculty since 2021; 14 years prior experience

B.A., Augusta State University

Alumni Parent

Holly Welsh ’86

Preschool - Second Grade Science Enrichment

EDS Faculty since 2010; 12 years prior experience
B.S.Ed., Presbyterian College

EDS Alumna, Current and Alumni Parent

Alison Wright

5th Grade English, First - Third Grade and Sixth - Seventh Grade Religion

EDS Faculty since 2017; 18 years prior experience
B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Georgia
M.A., Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary

Facilities

Alisa Britt

Food Services Manager and Beyond

EDS Faculty since 1992
Augusta Tech

Cynthia Dorsey

Housekeeping

Mark Jackson

Flowing Wells Campus Caretaker and Facilities Support

EDS staff member since 2013

Ike James

Director of Facilities

Ed Moody

Gardener

GA Master Naturalist, University of Georgia

GA Master Gardener, University of Georgia

Certified Water Sampler, Adopt A Stream

Nobe Williams

Housekeeping

Lower School Assistants

Katie Althoff

First Grade Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2020

B.S., University of Georgia

Charlene Dockery

Second Grade Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2000; 13 years prior experience
B.S.Ed., University of Georgia
M.Ed., Southern Wesleyan University

Amy Sutherland Nesbit ’84

Nature Kindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2020

B.A., Studio Art, Converse College

B.A., English, Converse College

B.S., Occupational Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, School of Allied Health

EDS Alumna and Alumni Parent

Grace Roberts ’13

Nature Kindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022

Introduction to Forest School Certification & Forest School Teacher Certification,

Forest School Teacher Institute

Danielle Sapp

Kindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022

Current Parent

Heather Warren

First Grade Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2018
B.F.A., Augusta University

Lower School Faculty

Leslie Alexander

First Grade

EDS Faculty since 2022; 11 years prior experience

B.S. Education, Augusta State University

Kami DeRosier

Third Grade Math and Science

EDS Faculty since 2022; 16 years prior experience

B.S. Early Childhood Education, Augusta State University

Ashley Evans

Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2022; 8 years prior experience

B.S., University of Georgia

Early Childhood Education Certification, Brenau University

Teresa Fox

Fourth Grade

EDS Faculty since 2022; 24 years prior experience

B.S. Elementary Education and Special Education, Grand Canyon University

M.Ed. Special Education, Columbus State University

David Gardner

Nature School Director, Nature Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2020; 14 years prior experience

B.S., Animal Ecology, University of Aberdeen

 

Introduction to Forest School Certification & Forest School Teacher Certification,

Forest School Teacher Institute

Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness Medical Institute

Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association of Interpreters

Kirby Melbourne ’08

Third Grade

EDS Faculty since 2019; 2 years prior experience

B.A., Franklin Pierce University

Nora Norville

Fourth Grade

EDS Faculty since 2006; 17 years prior experience
B.A., University of South Carolina/Aiken
B.S., University of South Carolina/Aiken

Past Grandparent

 

Erica Perry

First Grade

EDS Faculty since 2017; 4 years experience
B.S., University of South Carolina
Graduate Studies, Augusta Univeristy

Current and Alumni Parent

Jennifer Ramsey

Second Grade

EDS Faculty since 2021; 4 years prior experience

B.S., University of South Carolina

Current Parent

Julie Williams

Second Grade

EDS Faculty since 2018

B.S., University of Georgia

M.S., University of Georgia

Middle School Faculty

Ian Chambers

Chair of Cyber Skills and Cyber Safety Curriculum, Seventh and Eighth Grade Spanish, Middle School GenCyber Success, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2018; 5 years prior experience
B.A., St. Edwards University
M.A., Texas State University

Current Parent

Jaye Cohen

Director of Athletics, Middle School Physical Education

EDS Faculty since 2013; 21 years prior experience
B.A., English Media, High Point University
M.A., Science in Interscholastic Athletic Administration, Ohio University
C.A.A., National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

Alumni Parent

Steve Josey

Fifth and Sixth Grade Social Studies, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2020

A.S., Secondary Education with Concentration in History, Georgia Military College

B.S., Kinesiology, Augusta University

Spencer Marlin

Fifth and Sixth Grade Math, 8th Grade Science, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2022; 8 years prior experience

B.S. Education, Ramapo College

M.Ed. Education, Lesley University

Dana McGill

Sixth and Eighth Grade English & Literature, Humanities Department Coordinator, Middle School Advisor, High School Placement Coordinator

EDS Faculty since 2007; 19 years prior experience
B.S.Ed., University of Georgia
M.Ed., University of Georgia

Alumni Parent

Elizabeth McKibben

Director of Technology, Sixth Grade English, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2005; 13 years prior experience
M.Ed., University of South Carolina
M.Ed., Augusta State University
B.A., Augusta State University

Alumni Parent

William Mundell

Seventh and Eighth Grade History, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 1990; 6 years prior experience
B.A., University of the Witwatersan
Higher Education Diploma, University of the Witwatersan
B.A., University of South Africa

Alumni Parent

Shea Schmelzer

Fifth and Sixth Grade Science, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2021

B.A., Ohio University

The Reverend Sonia Sullivan Clifton

Chaplain and Chair of Religious Life, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Grade Religion

EDS Faculty since 2021; 18 years prior experience

BBA, Valdosta State University

MBA, Valdosta State University

M.Div., University of the South (Sewanee)

Christina Summers

Seventh and Eighth Grade Math, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2019; 4 years prior experience

Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Masters in Teaching Degree in Mathematics, Western Governors University

Alison Wright

5th Grade English, First - Third Grade and Sixth - Seventh Grade Religion

EDS Faculty since 2017; 18 years prior experience
B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Georgia
M.A., Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary

Preschool Assistants

Amy Bowers

Young Threes Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022

Current Parent

Shari Herzberg

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022; 3 years prior experience

Amy Kendrick

Preschool Assistant and Extended Care Lead Associate

EDS Faculty since 2019; 2 years prior experience

Alumni Parent

Shannon Schoenberger

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2005, 4 years previous experience

Laura Sigwald

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2018

Ashley Williams

Nature Prekindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2019

Introduction to Forest School Certification & Forest School Teacher Certification,

Forest School Teacher Institute

Current Parent

Preschool Faculty

Mary Wallace Broome

Prekindergarten

EDS faculty since 2006; substitue at EDS 5 years; 10 years of prior experience
B.A., University of Georgia
Teacher Certification, North Georgia College and State University

Current Parent

Wren Moody ’77

Nature Preschool

EDS Faculty since 2017; 11 years prior experience
B.A., Augusta College
M.A., Augusta State

 

Introduction to Forest School Certification, Forest School Teacher Certification, & Forest School Director Certification,

Forest School Teacher Institute

Nature based Teacher Certification, ERAFANS

EDS Alumna and Alumni Parent

Lisa Roberts

Prekindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2019; 4 years prior experience

B.S. Secondary Education & Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Alumni Parent

Laura Robertson

Young Threes

EDS Faculty since 2018; 10 years prior experience

B.S. Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University

Current Parent

Lynda Smith

Three Year Olds

EDS Faculty since 2002; 9 years prior experience
B.A., Augusta College
B.A., Georgia Southern University

Sarah Spruill

Three Year Olds

EDS Faculty since 2018, 15 years prior experience

B.S., Francis Marion University

Transportation

Marcia Gray

Driver

EDS Faculty since 2021

John Wilkins

Driver

EDS Faculty since 2012