Faculty Profiles

Head of School

Dr. Robert Barber is humbled and blessed to be serving in the learning community at Covenant Christian School as our Headmaster. Bob has a strong appreciation for the links between the local church, the home, and the Christian school that has been nurtured by over 30 years in pastoral and educational ministries. He earned the B.S. in Business Management from Rutgers University and the M.Div. from Palmer Seminary at Eastern University (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) and was ordained by the Southern New Jersey Annual Conference of the UMC. While serving as pastor of Christian Education and Discipleship on the staff of the interdenominational Gloucester County Community Church in Washington Twp. NJ for 26 years, Bob became a dedicated fan of classical Christian education and helped launch and lead a classical Christian school. As part of his preparation he earned the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Rowan University. Bob and his wife, Anne Marie, have four children and nine grandchildren, and you'll often hear him say, whether it is the church, the home, or the school, raising Godly children and grandchildren is all about discipleship!

Principal

Phenette Pugh serves as Principal and also teaches 8th grade Latin. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and holds a Master’s degree in elementary education from Liberty University. She served as a Petty Officer, Torpedoman's Mate, in the United States Naval Reserve for approximately ten years. Mrs. Pugh is married and has three lovely daughters. Mrs. Pugh enjoys learning about insects and arachnids, photography, and playing competitive tennis.

 

 

 

Director of Admissions

Adair Flowers is a fifth generation Atlanta native whose parents are both ordained Presbyterian ministers, now retired. Adair graduated from LaGrange College and is an alumna of Up With People. She has held positions at Peachtree Presbyterian Church/The Bill Maness Outreach Center, and Haverty Hollow, Inc.  Adair and her husband, Brian, have lived in Smyrna for 20 years with their two children, a son in the CCCEPA Magnet program at Pebblebrook High School and a daughter who attends SCAD in Savannah. The Flowers family attends Smyrna First United Methodist Church and are active parents in God's Light Youth Choir. She and her husband are also members of Smyrna Village Players and volunteer with the CCCEPA patrons' association. She is excited to put her experience in early childhood education and non-profit administration to good use in our Christ-centered educational setting.

 

 

Faculty

Alexis Booth will teach art to all grades at CCS beginning in 2018-2019. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Florida. For the past 13 years, she has taught art to 3rd-12th graders at a classical Christian school in Cary, North Carolina and earned permanent certification through the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Mrs. Booth is passionate about training students to see art as a learned skill. She and her husband have two children attending college, and four cats. She can be found on Saturdays in the fall watching SEC football.

 

Garron Bothe taught 1st grade at Covenant before moving into the 4th grade classroom for 2018-2019. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Development from the University of Buffalo and a Master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Phoenix. She is certified with the state of Georgia. Mrs. Bothe is originally from Buffalo, New York and now lives in Mableton with her husband, Jason, and their two children, McKenna and Collin. Other interests include reading, running, and cooking.

 

 

Angela Bumgarner teaches Computer classes at Covenant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Programming: Information Systems from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is also pursuing certification with the Association of Christian School’s International. Mrs. Bumgarner is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Phillip, and their four children, Hannah, Alexandrea, Sophia, and Victoria. Other interests include music, being outdoors, and a good cup of coffee!

 

 

Renee Campbell has been a part of the CCS family since 2008 and currently teaches 4th grade.  She is committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating and encouraging to students.  Mrs. Campbell is highly motivated, enthusiastic, and a dedicated educator who wants all children to be successful learners.  She has studied elementary education at Nyack College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She received her Master of Education degree at Liberty University.  She also holds a CDA and is certified with the Association of Christian Schools International.  Mrs. Campbell enjoys reading God's word, spending time with family and friends, and creating craft projects.

 

 

Bergina Cruise teaches 5th grade at CCS and is a passionate educator who has dedicated time and effort to enriching the lives of children for over 15 years. She has a B.S. degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University. After numerous internships and participating in several dental programs, a substitute teacher position fostered her love and fired her passion for educating children which changed the path of her destiny. As an educator, she guides students to even greater academic heights that they previously thought were unattainable. Bergina has been married for 15 years and has one son. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, attending

 

 

Robbin Fowler, an Atlanta native, has taught in several Christian schools and is presently teaching 6th grade at Covenant Christian School.  After receiving a degree in Biblical Education from Florida Bible College, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Baptist University of America in Decatur, Georgia.  Mrs. Fowler is certified with the state of Georgia and the Association of Christian School’s International. Mr. and Mrs. Fowler have been married twenty-eight years and are the parents of four and grandparents of four.  Mrs. Fowler sings in her church choir and enjoys Christian drama.

 

 

Paris Garrett has taught K4 and K5 at Covenant before moving into the 1st grade classroom for 2018-2019. Her daughter, Iris, attended Covenant from 1994-2004 as a student from K-4 through eighth grade. Paris attended both Ohio State University where she majored in Communications and the University of Phoenix studying Education. She is presently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Early Elementary education. She is GACE (Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators) as a child development associate, as well as a Gesell Developmental Observation Examiner. When she is not at work, Paris continues to educate children in phonics and reading; however, she has always enjoyed relaxing, spending time with family and her dog, Paco, reading, shopping, and staying up on current events.

 

Brenda Gilbert-Dumas has several roles at Covenant; as a substitute teacher, library assistant and director of the CCS before/aftercare program. She has three certifications in nursing, medical office and business management. She enjoys swimming, reading, chess and fishing and has a daughter who is an alumni of Covenant.

 

 

 

Leanza Gilbert-Dumas is an alumni of Covenant and now serves as our Latin teacher for grades 6-7. She has worked at CCS as a substitute teacher and in the school library, as well as in the aftercare program and various enrichment day camps throughout the year. Her hobbies and interests include playing the violin and piano and spending time with her friends. Her mom Brenda also works at CCS.

 

 

Anthernett Greenway is a teacher assistant in the K4 program.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Greenway and her husband Keith have one daughter, India, who keeps them actively involved in walks for charity. The Greenways enjoy camping and hiking in the North Georgia mountains.

 

 

 

Jane Hamilton taught K5 at CCS and will teach 1st grade in 2018-2019. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.Her husband was a college football coach at Wofford College when she began her career in Spartanburg, South Carolina, teaching Kindergarten in a Christian school. After moving to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Jane taught K4 for several years in a Christian school then moved to East Tennessee where she raised her three children and worked as a substitute teacher in the public schools. She reentered the teaching profession full-time 10 years ago in North Carolina, teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. She was Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 and also awarded a merit bonus from the state of North Carolina for one of the highest EOG scores for 3rd grade in the state in 2016. She and her husband Paul, who is now in the football department at Georgia Tech, reside in Vinings.
 

Joy Harrison began teaching at Covenant Christian School in 2006, but her connection with CCS began in 2003 when she enrolled her only daugher as a Covenant Pre-K student.  Ms. Harrison currently teaches half-day in the K4 program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from San Francisco State University and her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in California.  Originally from Chicago, Ms. Harrison spent most of her adult years as a resident of San Francisco.  Although she misses the bay area, Ms. Harrison has made Georgia her home, along with her husband and daugher. Ms. Harrison enjoys traveling, music and antiquing.


 

Steve Hudson joined the CCS faculty in 2005 and teaches 7th and 8th grade.  He holds a B.A. in journalism from Asbury College (now Asbury University), a Christian liberal arts college in Kentucky, and an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Louisville.  In 2003, after several years of private tutoring in New York City, he began teaching full time at The Geneva School of Manhattan, another classical Christian school.  Although he loved the school there, he decided it was time to return to his Southern roots and enjoy being close to family once again.  In 2005, he relocated to the Atlanta area, where God brought him here to CCS. 

 

 

Raymond Jackson originated from Miami, Florida where he received a scholarship to play college football at Morris Brown College while pursuing a degree in Art. He also attended Morehouse College where he has earned early childhood education credits. He has taught in Cobb County schools for over three years and in the childcare field for over ten years. He enjoys playing recreational sports such as football, basketball, and running during his off time, while also teaching his 8, 6, and 4 year old children how to cook for him. Now he is excited to serve here at CCS as our P.E. teacher. 

 

 

Crystal Johnson has been at Covenant since 2013 and teaches 3rd grade.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Public Relations and a Master's degree in School Counseling from Clark Atlanta University.  She is a member of the Georgia School Counselors Association and has received extended training from the Georgia Accreditation Commission. Her professional experience also involves working with the Atlanta Board of Education and Marietta City Schools.   Mrs. Johnson is a native of Atlanta and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  While her passion is working with children, she also loves reading, traveling, and attending sporting events.  

 

Sherri Mitchell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a bachelors’ degree in psychology.  She has been a part of the CCS family for over 20 years and is thrilled to be working as the librarian.  Married to husband Joey, they have one son Alex, who attended CCS.  They are active members in the First Baptist Church of Smyrna.

 

 

 

Heidi Norrell teaches 2nd grade at CCS. Heidi grew up in Marietta and graduated from the University of Georgia where she earned her B.S. in Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Birth-Five Teacher Preparation. After college, she taught overseas at Jerusalem School of Bethlehem, a Christian school in the West Bank. At the Jerusalem School, she taught 2nd grade for 5 years. In 2016, she moved back to Georgia and married her husband Jarrod. They live in Powder Springs and attend First Baptist Church of Smyrna. Mrs. Norrell enjoys traveling, writing, cooking, and spending time wit hher nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

Cynthia Ray teaches 7th and 8th grade math and science. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in French and a Master of Science in Child Development with an emphasis on children’s programs. She is also a certified PECS instructor for communication disorders and completed training in neurology and learning efficiency. Mrs. Ray grew up in McDonough, Georgia, but has lived in Smyrna for over 28 years. She is married to Scott Ray, and they have three daughters: Katie, Sydney and Jesse Lynn. Mrs. Ray enjoys reading, completing crossword puzzles, and watching baseball.

 

Jason T. Whitaker taught 2nd grade at CCS before moving into the 3rd grade classroom for 2018-2019. He is a native of Aurora, Illinois and came to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College where he earned his B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education. He also earned an M.B.A. degree in Marketing. A veteran teacher, Mr. Whitaker has been immersed in education for more than a decade, teaching several elementary grades in Atlanta and Marietta schools. He enjoys time with his family, cooking, coaching, and reading, and he comes to the CCS faculty with the highest recommendation from his two daughters, both CCS students.

 

 

Cassie Whitt teaches K5 at CCS and holds a BA in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Virginia's College at Wise. She has three years of prior teaching experience in Special Education and General Education. Mrs. Whitt is the mother of two children, ages 7 and 1. She enjoys watching her son's sporting events, serving in her church and community, and watching Georgia College football. Her calling is working with children and serving in the mission field, and she believes there's no better way to to do both than working in Christian education. 

 

 

Elnor Woods has been an After-Care teacher at CCS for almost 6 years. Miss Woods has been in education for more than 20 years, beginning her career in early child development as a volunteer at her daughter's day care center in Chicago. Miss Woods accepted a teacher's aide position at the day care center and returned to school to receive her Associates degree in Child Development. Recently, Miss Woods received her Bachelor's degree in Communications and Marketing Communications. She is the mother of two: a son, Taji who is a father of four, and a daughter, Alia. Miss Woods loves the word of God, music, party planning, DIY projects, and painting.

 

Donna Woodson was born and raised in North Alabama and for as long as she can remember has wanted to be a teacher.  After serving in the pastoral and evangelistic role for thirty one years, she went to work to receive her Bachelors in Christian Education from Jacksonville Theological Seminary and Bible College. Her passion is giving children the educational and spiritual foundation to excel in life. She currently teaches K5 at CCS. Donna has four children, four grandchildren and a wonderful son-in-law and daughter-in-law! Her hobbies include family time and singing worship songs till late at night, decorating, and designing people's homes. Donna states: "I love the Lord with all my heart!  He is my best friend and dearest confidant. I look forward to many years at Covenant Christian. May God bless you in all you do!"