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 Washinton 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 is the church, the home, or the school, raising Godly children and grandchildren is all about discipleship!

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 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.  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. 

 

 

 

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 activities at church, and supporting her son in extracurricular activities.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Christen Everett teaches 1st grade at Covenant. She was born in Tennessee, raised in Georgia, and studied Elementary Education at Lee University, graduating in 2015 with a B.S. degree in Human and Child Development with a business emphasis and a minor in Bible. While in college, she completed over 350 service hours in the Cleveland community and all over the United States highlighted by weekly reading and math tutoring at the Boys and Girls Club. Miss Everett enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, shopping, the beach, good food, and watching movies. She recently took on the role of College and Career Pastor at her church. Miss Everett lived in Hungary for 2 years doing missions work with her family as she finished high school. She loves coffee and Jesus, and is excited to be part of the Covenant Christian family!

 

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.

 

 

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-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 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. Another move brought them to East Tennessee State University 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 the Vinings area

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. 

 

 

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. 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

Jason T. Whitaker teaches 2nd grade at CCS. 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.

 

 

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!"