Faculty Profiles

Head of School

Dr. Robert Barber has a B.S. in Business Management from Rutgers University and earned 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.  He earned the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Rowan University in 2009. In 1988  he joined the staff of the interdenominational Gloucester County Community Church in Washington Twp. NJ and served  there for 26 years. While serving as the Christian Education and Discipleship Pastor at GCCC, Dr. Barber helped launch Bethel Prep, where he went on to serve for eight years as the schoolmaster. Dr. Bob and his wife, Ann Marie have four children and seven grandchildren, with two more on the  way. Bob is looking forward to being part of the exciting plans God has in store for Covenant Christian School in the days ahead.

 

Director of Academics and Student Life

Phenette Pugh serves as the Director of Academics and Student Life, as well as Preschool Director and logic school Latin teacher. 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; two attend Georgia universities, and the other is a student at Covenant. Mrs. Pugh enjoys learning about insects and arachnids, photography, and playing competitive tennis.

 

 

Director of Admissions

Connie Cameron is a graduate from the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She has been a member of the Junior League of Atlanta since 1988, served as Secretary of her neighborhood HOA, served three terms as the CCS PTF President, chaired the launch of the CCS Annual Fund, was the CCS Office Manager for five years, and currently serves as an advisor to the CCS Student Council. She and her husband, Sean, are parents to two lovely daughters: Elizabeth attends high school at Pebblebrok CCCEPA Magnet Program and attended CCS from K5-8th grade, and Colleen who is a current student at CCS and has attended since K4.  

 

 

Director of Development

Mary Denson is the Director of Development at Covenant Christian School.  She obtained an AA degree in liberal arts at Columbia College in Columbia, MO and attended The University of Central Oklahoma seeking a degree in business.  Mary brings many years of fundraising experience in the independent school world from both large and small schools, including Pace Academy and Atlanta International School.  Her most recent experience was in beginning a development office at another local classical, Christian school.  Originally from Oklahoma, Mary lives with her husband, Bill, and three sons in the Atlanta area.  Other interests include running, gardening, and her two grandchildren.

 

 

Faculty

Jennifer Bain teaches K-8th Art at Covenant. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and certification in both Art and Early Childhood Education for Pre-K through 5th grades from Limestone College and from USC Upstate. She lives with her husband, Brett, and daughter, Brenna, in Smyrna, where they are members of Smyrna First Baptist Church.  She enjoys painting, spending time with family, visiting the beach, bicycling, and walking. 

 

 

 

Garron Bothe teaches 1st grade at Covenant. 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 the  6th, 7th, and 8th grade computer class 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.  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's 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.

 

 

Sharon Chunn began teaching at Covenant in 1984. She taught first grade from 1997 - 1999 and has returned, teaching third grade. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia.  She holds a Georgia teaching certificate and has many years of educational experience. Mrs. Chunn is a native Georgian, living in Cobb County from birth.  She and her husband, Mark, have two grown children, Kristen and Michael. Mrs. Chunn enjoys reading, traveling, singing, and most of all cruising. 

 

 

Julie Elrod teaches K5-3rd grade music at Covenant.  She has a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Samford University.  She has taught elementary music for over 13 years and has Orff level 1 certification.  Mrs. Elrod is originally from Rome, Georgia and enjoys spending time with her husband, Luke, and their three children, Lucy Belle, Jesse, and Lily Cate.  She also enjoys leading worship at Smyrna First Baptist, spending time with friends and cooking.

 

 

 

Robbin Fowler, an Atlanta native, has taught in several Christian schools and is presently teaching sixth 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.

 

 

Maggie Galbraith teaches K5 at Covenant Christian School. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in elementary education from American College of Education. Mrs. Galbraith is originally from Jonesboro, Georgia and enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their two pets, Knox (a Golden Retriever) and Jekyll (a fluffy cat)! In her spare time, Mrs. Galbraith loves to travel. Her favorite vacation spot is Costa Rica. 

 

 

 

Paris Garrett teaches K4 at Covenant and enriching students in her additional roles as After School Supervisor and mentor. 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 after-care supervisor. 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 is an alumni of Covenant and works at CCS as a substitute teacher and in the school library while attending college. Her hobbies and interests include playing the violin and piano and spending time with her friends. Her mom Brenda works at CCS as well.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 Pre-kindergarten 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.  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. 

 

 

Talia Jeanty-Hilaire works as a teacher aide for 2nd, 4th and 5th grades. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Architecture from Pratt Institute. She is LEED (Leader in Energy and Environmental Design) certified in the state of Georgia and also is certified as a Project Management Professional. She is the mother of Coralie-Anne and Sidney Marissa Hilaire. Mrs. Jeanty-Hilaire’s hobbies include reading, playing the piano and drawing. She also has an avid interest in construction, renovation, interiors and childhood education.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Robbie Ooten teaches 4th and 5th grade general music and is the Orchestra Director for grades 6, 7, & 8.  She has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy with a secondary in voice and violin from the University of Alabama. Mrs. Ooten is a native of Smyrna, Georgia. She has been teaching strings in a school setting for over 15 years, has a private string studio, and is co-founder of Melodies & Memories, a string group who performs for weddings, receptions, churches, and corporate events in and around Atlanta.  She is married to Tony and lives in Powder Springs with their two daughters Morgan and Maggie. Mrs. Ooten enjoys music, scrapbooking, & playing fetch with her Golden Retriever Riley.

 

 

Cynthia Ray teaches seventh and eight 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.

 

 

Becky Van Ameringen is a teacher aide at CCS.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University in Chicago, Illinois.  She is a certified teacher with 25 years of experience.  Mrs. Van Ameringen is originally from Maryville, Tennessee, but spent her "growing-up" years in Illinois.  She enjoys hiking, reading, and watching old classic movies with her husband Marcus and their daughters when they're available.  She also enjoys spending time with her family in Tennessee. 

 

 

Elnor Woods is an After-Care teacher at CCS. She began her career in early child development as a volunteer at her daughter’s daycare center in Chicago. Miss Woods accepted a teacher’s aide position at the daycare center and returned to school to receive her Child Development Associates.  Miss Woods worked in the same center her daughter attended for more than twelve years.  Miss Woods is the mother of two.  She has a son, Taji Woods, and a daughter, Alia. Her four grandchildren are the loves of her life.  Miss Woods loves the word of God and is a teacher of four and five year olds at her church. She loves music, party planning, movies, and children. 

 

 

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 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!"