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

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

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

Karen Dye

Head of Lower School

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

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

Alicia Haltermann

Head of Preschool

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

Susan Huff

Advancement Associate

EDS Faculty since 2021; 9 years prior experience

B.S., Georgia Southern University

Joe Kirstein

Boardman Chair of Science and Sustainability, Seventh and Eighth Grade Science, Middle School Advisor

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

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

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)

Nina Tomlin

Assistant to the Division Heads

EDS Faculty since 2014
B.S., Toccoa Falls 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 Woman’s College

Debbie Wren

Director of Finance

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

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

Co-Curricular

MaLea Breland

Art

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

Suzi Hall

Preschool - First Grade Spanish

EDS Faculty since 2006; 4 years prior experience

B.S., University of Georgia

Kristen Heinlein

Art

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

Rebecca Hughes

Nature School and Third - Eighth Grade Music, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2021; 10 years prior experience

Bachelors of Music, Music Education, Furman University

Masters of Music, Music Education, North Greenville University

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

Preschool - 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 and Media Specialist, Middle School Advisor

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

Lakeisha Thigpen

Preschool and Lower School Physical Education

EDS Faculty since 2021; 14 years prior experience

B.A., Augusta State University

Holly Welsh

Preschool - Second Grade Science Enrichment

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

Alison Wright

Preschool - Kindergarten Godly Play & First, Second, Third, Sixth and 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

EDS Faculty since 1992
Augusta Tech

Cynthia Dorsey

Mark Jackson

Flowing Wells Campus Caretaker and Facilities Support

EDS staff member since 2013

Ike James

Ed Moody

Donniell Smith

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

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

Erica Perry

First Grade Assistant

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

Jennifer Ramsey

Kindergarten Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2021; 4 years prior experience

B.S., University of South Carolina

Heather Warren

Kindergarten Assistant

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

Beth Williamson

Second Grade Assistant

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

David Gardner

Nature Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2020; 14 years prior experience

B.S., Animal Ecology, University of Aberdeen

Christine Hardy

Kindergarten

EDS Faculty since 2021; 14 years prior experience

B.S., Elementary Education, St. Scholastica, MN

Orton-Gillingham certified teacher

Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist

Janet Hesse

Kindergarten

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

Ty Jenkins

Third and Fourth Grade

EDS Faculty since 2019; 4 years prior experience

B.S., Augusta University

M.A.T., Augusta University

Kirby Melbourne

Third and Fourth Grade

EDS Faculty since 2019; 2 years prior experience

B.A., Franklin Pierce University

Gwen Snead

First 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

Angela Stiefel

Third and Fourth Grade

EDS Faculty since 2021; 8 years prior experience

B.S., Elementary Education, University of Alabama

B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama

M.A, Elementary Education, University of Alabama

Julie Williams

Second Grade

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

Ian Chambers

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

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

Steve Josey

Fifth and Sixth Grade Social Studies, Middle School Advisor

EDS Faculty since 2020

Joe Kirstein

Boardman Chair of Science and Sustainability, Seventh and Eighth Grade Science, Middle School Advisor

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

Kimberly Kirstein

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

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

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

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

Dr. Evita Oldenburg

Fifth and Seventh Grade English & Literature, Middle School Advisor

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

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

Preschool Assistants

Kathy Burns

Preschool Assistant

EDS Faculty since 2018, 14 years prior experience

Amanda Eubank

Preschool Assistant

EDS faculty since 2021; 15 years prior experience

B.S., College of Charleston

Amy Kendrick

Preschool Assistant and Extended Care Lead Associate

EDS Faculty since 2019; 2 years prior experience

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

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

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

Laura Robertson

Young Threes

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

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

Charles Hogan

Driver

EDS Faculty since 2021