Our Lower School Staff

Kimberly Hicks

Director of Health & Wellness

  • Registered Nurse licensed through the North Carolina Board of Nursing
  • Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Louisiana State University
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford
 
 

Maci Bullard

Kindergarten

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Campbell University
  • 12 years in elementary education, five years at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Michelle Shumway

Kindergarten

  • Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies from Western Governor’s University
  • Seven years in Christian Education. as instructor and in administration, three years at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certificate
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford
 

Katie Peavely

First Grade

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University
  • Taught for 18 years in private Christian and public schools
  • Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • ACSI and North Carolina state teaching certifications
  • Attends Yates Thagard Baptist Church

Tammy Strickland

First Grade

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Taught for 30 years in Lee County public schools, and three years at GCS
  • Warren Williams Elementary School and Bullock Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • ACSI and North Carolina state teaching certifications
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Sarah Edwards

Second Grade

  • Bachelor of Science in Childhood Psychology with an emphasis in Education from Liberty University
  • Completed coursework from Liberty University’s Master of Education program
  • Taught for seven years at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Pleasant Grove Christian Church

Kelly Whiteheart

Third Grade

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Taught in Christian Education for 21 years, three years at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Summit Church in Raleigh

Elaine Clegg

Fourth Grade

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University
  • Master of Science in Higher Education from North Carolina A&T State University
  • In progress of Doctorate in Education in Higher Education from Walden University
  • 10 years experience in the Lee County school system in various positions
  • 6 years of teaching experience on the collegiate level at CCCC
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Faith, Victory, and Freedom Church in Garner

Penelope Basinger

Fourth Grade

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Meredith College
  • Master of Education in Reading from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke
  • 30 years teaching experience in all elementary levels
  • Early Childhood teaching certification from Fayetteville State University
  • National Board certification in middle childhood education
  • North Carolina teaching and AIG certifications
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Cool Springs Baptist Church in Sanford

Shania Ross

Elementary Aide

  • Associate Degree in Applied Science from Central Carolina Community College
  • Served as instructor and aide at GCS for four years
  • Attends Manna Church in Sanford

Jennifer Vickers

Fifth Grade

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Piedmont International University
  • Taught for 15 years in Christian Education
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends First Baptist Church of Pinehurst

Bethany Williamson

Fifth Grade

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Trinity Baptist College
  • Taught for two years at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Summit Church in Apex

Dr. Sandra Salinero

STEM and Technology

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • Master of Science in Information Management and Technology from Capella University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management from Capella University
  • Worked in Information Technology for over 15 years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

April Ward

Music and Drama

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Southeastern Freewill Baptist College
  • Taught Piano and Music at GCS for 18 years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Jesse Wilson

Physical Education and Upper Level Discipline

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke
  • Served in the U.S. Army for six years, with two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Served at GCS for four years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Crossroads Church in Broadway

Patricia Mikesell

Elementary Spanish Teacher and Librarian

  • Bachelor Degree in Nutrition Science from Evangelical College in El Salvador
  • Taught at GCS for seven years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Manna Church in Fayetteville

Megan James

Visual Art

  • Completed coursework at Liberty University and Central Carolina Community College
  • Taught at GCS for one year
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Lauren Morrison

Learning Support Program Lead Specialist

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fayetteville State University
  • Master of Science in Post-Secondary Education from Troy University
  • Teacher and Program Specialist in Lee and Moore County schools for 11 years, one year at GCS
  • Reading Research to Classroom, and Dyslexia Delegate via Dept. of Public Instruction NC certifications
  • ACSI and North Carolina teaching certifications
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Janet Hopson

Learning Support Program Specialist

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Barton College
  • Master of Divinity in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Taught in exceptional student education for nine years
  • Attends Christ Community Church in Pinehurst

Sherry McDonald

Learning Support Program Specialist

  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Campbell University
  • Taught in exceptional student education for eight years
  • Certified Hill Center (RAP) and Augustine Literacy Project
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Morris Chapel Methodist Church in Sanford

Lesley McKay

Learning Support Program Specialist