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.

EDS Leadership

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

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

Dr. Ty Jenkins

Head of Middle School

EDS Faculty since 2019; 4 years prior experience

B.S., Augusta University

M.A.T., Augusta University

Ph.D., Mercer University

Current EDS Parent

Ginger Chew

Director of Development

EDS Faculty since 2022; 22 years prior experience

B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

EDS 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

EDS Alumni Parent

Karen Blanchard Lilly

Director of Admissions

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

EDS Alumni Parent and Grandparent

Elizabeth McKibben

Dean of Students, Director of Technology, 7th Grade English & Literature

EDS Faculty since 2005; 13 years prior experience

B.A., Augusta State University

M.Ed., Augusta State University

M.Ed., University of South Carolina

EDS Alumni Parent

The Reverend Sonia Sullivan Clifton

Chaplain and Chair of Religious Life, Seventh and Eighth Grade Religion, Service Learning Coordinator

EDS Faculty since 2021; 18 years prior experience

BBA, Valdosta State University

MBA, Valdosta State University

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

Debbie Wren

Director of Finance

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

EDS Alumni Parent

Administrative & Support Staff

Tiffany Abrahani

Librarian

EDS Faculty since 2023; 7 years prior experience

B.A. Early Childhood Education, Brenau University

M.L.I.S. Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina

Current EDS Parent

Walt Alexanderson

Morning Receptionist

EDS Faculty since 2014

B.S., Ceramic Engineering, Alfred University

M.B.A., Augusta College

EDS Alumni Parent and Grandparent

Karli Babylon Murray

Director of Summer Camps

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

Karolyn Baker

Admissions Associate

EDS Faculty since 2024

B.S., Psychology, Saint Mary’s College of California

Current EDS Parent

Alisa Britt

Food Services Manager and Receptionist

EDS Faculty since 1992
Augusta Technical College

David Gardner

Nature School Director, Boardman Chair of Science and Sustainability

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 & 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 EDS Parent

Beth Perry Griffin ’91

Director of Marketing

EDS Faculty since 2024; 23 years prior experience

B.A. Journalism & Mass Communications with Concentrations in Art History, Creative Writing, and Studio Art, Washington & Lee University

EDS Alumna and Current EDS Parent

Susan Huff

Director of Communications

EDS Faculty since 2021; 11 years prior experience

B.S. Broadcast Communications, Georgia Southern University

Current EDS Parent

Mark Jackson

Technology Coordinator, Flowing Wells Campus Caretaker

EDS Faculty since 2013

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

Jocelyn Johnson

Director of Extended Day Programs

EDS Faculty since 2023; 4 years prior experience

B.S. Psychology, Augusta University

M.Ed. Secondary Education, Grand Canyon University

Gilchrist Phillips

Director of Academic Support Services

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

EDS Alumni Parent

Nancy Price

Assistant Business Manager

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

Tim Spishock

Assistant Librarian, Middle School Technology & Design

EDS Faculty since 2023; 10 years prior experience

B.A., Pacific Life Bible College

Nina Tomlin

Assistant to the Division Heads

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

Holly Welsh ’86

Booster Club Liaison

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

EDS Alumna and EDS Alumni Parent

Stephanie Woodward

Registrar and Database Manager

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

EDS Alumni Parent

Teaching Faculty

Leslie Alexander

First Grade

EDS Faculty since 2022; 11 years prior experience

B.S. Education, Augusta State University

Renee Austin

Preschool and Kindergarten Godly Play

EDS Faculty since 2022; 6 years prior experience

A.A. Accounting, Jefferson Davis Junior College

EDS Alumni Parent

Amy Bowers

Panther Cubs Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022

Current EDS Parent

MaLea Breland

Middle School Art

EDS Faculty since 2018, 28 years prior experience
B.F.A., Augusta University

Candice Carlson

Nature Kindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022; 8 years prior experience

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

EDS Alumni Parent

Kelsey Davis

Second Grade

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

Maggie DeLoach

PreKindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2023; 13 years prior experience

B.S. Early Childhood Education, Augusta University

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Augusta University

Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction, Augusta University

Georgia Gifted Endorsed Educator

Current EDS Parent

Kami DeRosier

Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2022; 16 years prior experience

B.S. Early Childhood Education, Augusta State University

Charlene Dockery

Second Grade Assistant

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

Elyse Easley

Seventh and Eighth Grade Science

EDS Faculty since 2023; 6 years prior experience

B.A. Communications, Arizona State University

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Lipscomb University

Technology Integration Specialist Certification, Lipscomb University

Ashley Evans

Nature Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2022; 8 years prior experience

B.S., University of Georgia

Early Childhood Education Certification, Brenau University

David Gardner

Nature School Director, Boardman Chair of Science and Sustainability

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

Avery Garrett Wilson

Middle School Music, Fifth and Sixth Grade Technology and Study Skills, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2022; 5 years prior experience

B.A. Georgia College and State University

Carol Hammond

Kindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2023; 4 years prior experience

B.S., Child and Family Development, Georgia Southern University

Kieron Heblich

Lower School Physical Education

EDS Faculty since 2023; 20 years prior experience

B.A., Health and Human Performance, Northeastern State University

M.Ed., Christian Brothers University

Shari Herzberg

PreKindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022; 3 years prior experience

Heather Jackson

Nature First Grade

EDS Faculty since 2023; 17 years prior experience

B.S., Elementary Education, Augusta State University

M.Ed., Elementary Education, NOVA Southeastern University

Gifted Endorsement

ELL Endorsement

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

Amy Kendrick

PreKindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2019; 2 years prior experience

EDS Alumni Parent

Spencer Marlin

Fifth - Seventh Grade Math, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2022; 8 years prior experience

B.S. Education, Ramapo College

M.Ed. Education, Lesley University

Meghan McBride

First Grade

EDS Faculty since 2023

B.S., Elementary Education, University of Georgia

Masters in Elementary Education and Endorsement in Dyslexia, University of Georgia

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

EDS Alumni Parent

Elizabeth McKibben

Dean of Students, Director of Technology, 7th Grade English & Literature

EDS Faculty since 2005; 13 years prior experience

B.A., Augusta State University

M.Ed., Augusta State University

M.Ed., University of South Carolina

EDS Alumni Parent

Kirby Melbourne ’08

Third Grade

EDS Faculty since 2019; 2 years prior experience

B.A., Franklin Pierce University

EDS Alumna

Wendy Moody

Threes

EDS Faculty since 2023; 22 years prior experience

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

EDS Alumni Parent

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

Forest School Teacher Certification, Forest School Teacher Institute

EDS Alumna and EDS Alumni Parent

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

EDS Alumni Grandparent

 

Sabrina Pendergrass

Preschool Village Garden Teacher

EDS Faculty since 2022

Current EDS Parent and EDS Alumni Parent

Erica Perry

First Grade Assistant

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

EDS Alumni Parent

Sonia Puerta-Quinn

Spanish Department Coordinator; Kindergarten - Fifth Grade Spanish

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

Jennifer Ramsey

Second Grade

EDS Faculty since 2021; 4 years prior experience

B.S., University of South Carolina

Masters in Elementary Education, Augusta University

EDS Alumni Parent

Grace Roberts ’13

Nature PreKindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2022

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

EDS Alumna

Laura Robertson

Panther Cubs

EDS Faculty since 2018; 10 years prior experience

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

Current EDS Parent

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

Shea Schmelzer

Fifth and Sixth Grade Science, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2021

B.A., Ohio University

Sara Searle ’97

PreKindergarten - Fourth Grade Art Teacher

EDS Faculty since 2023; 17 years prior experience

B.A., Studio Art and Art Education, Furman University

EDS Alumna and Current EDS Parent

Laura Sigwald

Threes Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2018

Lynda Smith

Threes

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

Tim Spishock

Assistant Librarian, Middle School Technology & Design

EDS Faculty since 2023; 10 years prior experience

B.A., Pacific Life Bible College

Sarah Spruill

PreKindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2018, 15 years prior experience

B.S., Francis Marion University

The Reverend Sonia Sullivan Clifton

Chaplain and Chair of Religious Life, Seventh and Eighth Grade Religion, Service Learning Coordinator

EDS Faculty since 2021; 18 years prior experience

BBA, Valdosta State University

MBA, Valdosta State University

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

Ashley Williams

Nature PreKindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2019

Introduction to Forest School Certification & Forest School Teacher Certification,

Forest School Teacher Institute

Current EDS Parent

Alison Wright

First Grade - Sixth Grade Religion, Service Learning Coordinator

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

Facilities & Transportation

Cynthia Dorsey

Housekeeping

Ike James

Director of Facilities

EDS Alumni Grandparent

John Wilkins

Transportation

EDS Faculty since 2012

Nobe Williams

Housekeeping