Our Lower School Staff

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

  • Completing Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Governor’s University graduation date December, 2019
  • Six years in Christian Education as instructor and in administration, two years at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certificate pending graduation
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

    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

    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

    Kimberlee Hicks

    Elementary Aide

    • 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

    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