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

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

Amanda Chambers

Advancement Associate for Outreach and Marketing

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

Jaye Cohen

Director of Athletics

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

Karen Dye

Head of Lower School

EDS Faculty since 1982; 5 years prior experience
B.A., Augusta College

Karen Ellestad

Chaplain & Chair of Religious Life

EDS Faculty since 2019; 5 years prior experience

B.A., Centre College

M.Div., Boston University School of Theology

Elise Folk

Director of Auxiliary Programs

EDS Faculty since 2015
B.S., Vanderbilt University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University
MBA, Augusta University

Alicia Haltermann

Head of Preschool

EDS Faculty since 1998; 3 years prior experience
Brevard College
Augusta State University

Nina Howard

Assistant to the Division Heads

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

Joe Kirstein

Boardman Chair of Science and Sustainability, Seventh Grade Robotics, Eighth Grade Physical Science

EDS Faculty since 2015; 17 years prior experience
B.S Ed., Georgia State University
M.S., Mississippi State University

Karen Blanchard Lilly

Director of Admissions

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

Dr. Ned R. Murray

Head of School

EDS Faculty since 2003; 20 years prior experience
B.A., The University of the South, Sewanee
M.Ed., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
D.Min.EL, Virginia Theology Seminary

Elizabeth Owens

Director of Technology, 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

Mark Peacock

Advancement Associate of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations

EDS Faculty since 2017
B.A., Georgia Southern University
M.A.T., Augusta University

Nancy Price

Assistant Business Manager

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

Julie Robinson

Afternoon Recptionist

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

Scott Tomlinson

Director of Institutional Advancement

EDS faculty since 2016; 22 years prior experience.
B.A. Foreign Affairs, Assumption College

Stephanie Woodward

Registrar and Database Manager

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

Debbie Wren

Director of Finance

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

Auxiliary Programs

Elise Folk

Director of Auxiliary Programs

EDS Faculty since 2015
B.S., Vanderbilt University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University
MBA, Augusta University

Jalessa Mills

Assistant to Auxiliary Programs

EDS Faculty since 2015; 14 years prior experience

A.A. Early Childhood Education, Augusta Tech

Co-Curricular

Katie Andrews

Prekindergarten - Fourth Grade Physical Education, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2011; 3 years prior experience
B.S., Springfield College
M.Ed., Springfield College

MaLea Breland

Kindergarten - Third Grade & Sixth Grade Art Teacher

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

Deborah Gibbs

Preschool - First Grade Spanish

EDS Faculty since 2019; 13 years prior experience

B.S. Kinesiology with emphasis on Child Development, Whittier College

Debra Glover

School Nurse, Sixth & Eighth Grade Health

EDS Faculty since 1989; 9 years prior experience
R.N./B.S.N., Medical College of Georgia
N.C.S.N., National Certified School Nurse, State of Georgia

Kristen Heinlein

Fourth - Fifth & Seventh - Eighth Grade Art Teacher

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

Gilchrist Phillips

Kindergarten - First Grade Reading 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

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

Three-Year-Olds - Second 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

Amie Swearingen

Library/Media Specialist

EDS Faculty since 2005; 9 years prior experience
B.A., Augusta State University
MLIS, University of South Carolina

Clinton Weaver

Third - Eighth Grade Music, Choir Director

EDS Faculty since 2017

B.M.E., Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
M.A., Music Education, Eastman School of Music

Holly Welsh

Three Year Olds - Second Grade Science Enrichment

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

Alison Wright

Godly Play Instructor, 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

Cynthia Dorsey

Alisa Hicks

Food Services Manager

EDS Faculty since 1992
Augusta Tech

Mark Jackson

Flowing Wells Campus Caretaker and Facilities Support

EDS staff member since 2013

Ike James

Ed Moody

Donniell Smith

Lower School Assistants

Kirby Melbourne

1st Grade

EDS Faculty since 2019; 2 years prior experience

B.A., Franklin Pierce University

Erica Perry

First Grade

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

Ruth Sterett

Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2017; 2 years prior experience
B.A., Belmont Abbey College

Heather Warren

Kindergarten

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

Beth Williamson

Second Grade

EDS Faculty since 2007; 12 years prior experience
B.A., University of South Carolina

Lower School Faculty

Kelsey Arthur

First Grade

EDS Faculty since 2014
B.S., Georgia College and State University

Charlene Dockery

Second Grade

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

Miriam Ford

Fourth Grade

EDS Faculty since 2003; 7 years prior experience
B.A., Clemson University
M.A., Cambridge College

Janet Hesse

Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2004; 8 years prior experience
B.S.Ed., University of Pittsburgh

Amanda Hogan

First Grade

EDS Faculty since 2018, 6 years prior experience
B.S., Liberty University, Teaching Certificate, Caldwell University

Ty Jenkins

Fourth Grade

EDS Faculty since 2019; 3 years prior experience

B.S., Augusta University
M.A.T., Augusta University

Nora Norville

Third Grade

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

 

Gwen Snead

Third Grade

EDS Faculty since 2014; 7 years prior experience
B.A., Augusta State University
M.B.A., Augusta State University
M.A.T., Augusta State University

Julie Williams

Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2018
B.S., University of Georgia, M.S., University of Georgia

Jennifer Wilson

Second Grade

EDS Faculty since 2000; 17 years prior experience
B.S. Ed., Old Dominion University
M.Ed., Southern Wesleyan University

Middle School Faculty

Meghan Bussey

Fifth & Sixth Grade English & Literature, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2017; 2 years prior experience
B.A. & B.S., Georgia College & State University
M.A.T., Georgia State University

Ian Chambers

Middle School Spanish, Middle School Advisor

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

Jaye Cohen

Director of Athletics

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

Joe Kirstein

Boardman Chair of Science and Sustainability, Seventh Grade Robotics, Eighth Grade Physical Science

EDS Faculty since 2015; 17 years prior experience
B.S Ed., Georgia State University
M.S., Mississippi State University

Kimberly Kirstein

Fifth & Sixth Grade Math, Middle School Advisor, Math Department Coordinator

EDS faculty since 2017
B.S. Middle Grades Education
Masters in Education

Dana McGill

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

Ingrid McNeil

7th Grade Life Science, Middle School Advisor, Middle School Trips Coordinator

EDS Faculty since 1994; 5 years prior experience
B.S., Arizona State University
Teaching Certifications, Arizona & Massachusetts
Graduate Studies, University of Massachusetts

William Mundell

7th - 8th 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

Dr. Evita Oldenburg

Seventh Grade English & Literature

EDS Faculty since 2019; 6 years prior experience

B.A. English Literary Studies with minor in Spanish, Wesley College

M.A.T. English Literature and Instruction, Wesley College

Ed.D. in  Educational Leadership, Delaware State University

Brandon Perry

Fifth and Sixth Grade Social Studies, Middle School Advisor, High School Placement Coordinator

EDS Faculty since 2017; 6 years prior experience
B.A., Washington College

Christina Summers

Seventh & Eighth Grade Math

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

Rachel Thompson

Fifth & Sixth Grade Science

EDS Faculty since 2019; 23 years prior experience

Roosevelt University

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston College of Education

Nurse

Debra Glover

School Nurse, Sixth & Eighth Grade Health

EDS Faculty since 1989; 9 years prior experience
R.N./B.S.N., Medical College of Georgia
N.C.S.N., National Certified School Nurse, State of Georgia

Preschool Assistants

Kathy Burns

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2018, 14 years prior experience

Laura Robertson

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2018
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies

Shannon Schoenberger

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2005, 4 years previous experience

Laura Sigwald

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2018

Sarah Spruill

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2018, 15 years prior experience

B.S., Francis Marion University

Ashley Williams

Nature Prekindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2019

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

Kaci Johnson

Three-Year-Olds

EDS Faculty since 2018
B.S., Georgia Southern University

 

Wren Moody

Nature Preschool

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

Lisa Roberts

Prekindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2019; 4 years prior experience

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

Shelby Ryder

Young Threes

EDS Faulty since 2018
B.S., East Tennessee State University

M.S., Clemson University

Lynda Smith

Three-Year-Olds

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

Transportation

Jerry Green

Driver

EDS Faculty since 2016

John Wilkins

Driver

EDS Faculty since 2012