Our Upper School Staff

Cynthia Cook

Middle School History and Bible

  • Bachelor of Arts in History with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University
  • Taught for 15 years at Grace Christian School
  • Coached volleyball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading at GCS
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Bennett

Troy Hadlock

Middle School Math

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Clearwater Christian College
  • Worked in schools for eight years as an upper level math instructor, ESE specialist, IT director, JV and Varsity coach
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Lauren Morrison

Middle School English and K-12 Reading Program 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

Jennifer Ames

Middle School Science and Bible

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from St. Andrews University
  • Worked in Christian Education for four years
  • ACSI teaching certificate
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Stacey Mann

High School Science and Bible

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Biblical Studies from Clearwater Christian College
  • Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from Maranatha Baptist University graduation date July, 2020
  • Taught at GCS for eight years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Nate Rhine

High School History and Bible

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Columbia International University
  • Master of Arts in Education from Columbia International University
  • Served in Christian Education for five years as a teacher, coach, chaplain, and administrator, one year at GCS
  • ACSI teaching and administrator certification and South Carolina teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Angela Demeree

High School Math

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Carolina University
  • Master of Science in Adolescence Education Mathematics from Utica College
  • Taught High School math for 15 years in New York and North Carolina schools, one year at GCS
  • ACSI and North Carolina state teaching certifications
  • Served on Board of Trustees of NY Future Business Leaders of America
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Dr. Royce Baker

High School Bible

  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education and Theology from Piedmont Bible College
  • Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University
  • Doctorate of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary
  • Taught in colleges in the United States and France for ten years
  • Taught at GCS for 18 years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Cindy Carlyle

High School Math

  • Bachelor of Science from Campbell University with concentrations in Math and Science
  • Taught High School Math and Science at Western Harnett HS, Union Pines HS, North Moore HS, and Pinckney Academy for over 30 years, at GCS for one year
  • ACSI and North Carolina state teaching certifications
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Bill Chaffee

High School Business and Career Development

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix
  • Served as International Vice President at Match Point International, Vice President at Value Place Hotels LLC, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development at Precision Tune
  • ACSI teaching certification and Executive Management and Leadership Theory certification from Harvard Business School
  • Attends Gourd Springs Baptist Church in Spring Lake

June Rhine

High School English and Bible

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Biblical Studies from Cairn University
  • 20 years teaching experience in Christian education in elementary, middle, and high school English departments
  • ACSI teaching certifications in K-8, secondary English, and Bible
  • Attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford

Carlos Villalobos

Middle and High School Spanish

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Carolina College of Biblical Studies
  • Taught Spanish at GCS for four years
  • ACSI teaching certification
  • Serves as Lead Pastor at Ministerios Bethel 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
  • Attend 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

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

Dr. Sandra Salinero

Computers

  • 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

Renee Baker

Learning Support Program Lead Specialist

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Counseling from Campbell University
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke
  • Worked as instructor and counselor in exceptional student education for nine years
  • North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
  • ACSI teacher certification and North Carolina exceptional teacher and counselor certifications
  • Attends Yates Thagard Baptist Church in Carthage

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