Head of School
Nathan Jordan and his family moved to the Atlanta area in the late 1980s. He grew up in the Baptist Church and went to 6 years of school at the Marist School. He then went on to graduate Magna cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Human and Organizational Development. After spending years in the corporate world as a pharmaceutical sales representative, he finally surrendered to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to become an educator. He has worked as a middle school history teacher, Bible teacher, Logic teacher, basketball coach, campus minister, athletic director, and Dean of Students for over a decade in Atlanta private schools. Father of two wonderful daughters, he enjoys reading, camping in the mountains, time at the beach with his family, and rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs!
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.
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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.
Jenna Scanling grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, but has called Atlanta home for the past 20 years after meeting her husband Paul at Florida State University. A Christian from the tender age of 7, Jenna understands the importance of a strong Christian education and is excited to come and serve Covenant Christian School with its dedicated administration and faculty. She lives just south of Marietta with Paul and their two children, Sara and Allen and their pet dog Leo. Her interests include music (she plays three instruments), theater, traveling, and reading.
Karen Friend was born in Indiana and raised in Florida in the Baptist church. She came to Atlanta in the 70's where she met her husband and raised 2 sons. Enjoys reading and spending time with the 3 grandchildren.
teaches art to all grades at CCS and joined the school 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.
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.
teaches Computer classes at Covenant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Programming: Information Systems from the 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!
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.
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teaches 5th grade at CCS and is a passionate educator who has dedicated time and effort to enrich 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.
, 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 the 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.
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.
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 alumnus of Covenant.
is an alumnus 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.
began teaching at Covenant Christian School in 2006, but her connection with CCS began in 2003 when she enrolled her only daughter 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 daughter. Ms. Harrison enjoys traveling, music and antiquing.
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.
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.
joins the CCS faculty as our orchestra teacher. Mrs. Moore plays cello, violin, viola, and bass, and is especially excited to introduce the bass to our orchestra program. She attributes her thorough knowledge of all the stringed instrument to the education and experience she received while earning her Bachelor's in Music Education at Valdosta State University. When not teaching at CCS, Mrs. Moore will be working on her Master's in Music Composition at Georgia State University.
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 with her nieces and nephews.
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.
Elise Showalter is teaching K4-3rd grade music and 4th - 8th grade chorus. She grew up south of Atlanta and recently relocated to Smyrna with her husband. She graduated from Shorter College in 2009 and has taught private piano and voice, as well as taught in the classroom for 5 years. Elise looks forward to working with the students at Covenant Christian School as they grow in their musicianship and learn about God through music. Elise enjoys biking the silver comet, singing in worship alongside her husband, raising and teaching her two children (Amara and Andrew) and building relationships in the Smyrna community.
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.
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!"