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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!

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.

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Administrative Coordinator for Admissions and Development

Adair Rains 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.  She and her husband, Brian, have lived in Smyrna for over 20 years. They have two children, a son attending Texas State University and a daughter who finishing up at SCAD in Savannah. The Flowers family attends Smyrna First United Methodist Church.  


Office Manager

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. Her interests include music (she plays three instruments), theater, traveling, and reading. 


Business Manager
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.
 

Admissions Associate

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.


Faculty

 
Alexis Booth 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.

 


 
Angela Bumgarner 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!

Allan Bynoe comes to CCS from East Point Church in East Point, Georgia where he is the Musical Director.  An accomplished pianist, teacher and musical director he attended The Performing Arts School in New York, New York and then graduated from the University of Buffalo.  Allan has taught choral music in several Christian schools in the Atlanta area, and is currently a member of the Georgia Music Teachers Association.  He currently lives in Fayetteville, GA with his wife and four children. 

 

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.

 
Erma Carter - K4 Half-Day Teacher
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jacob Cherry is a student intern from KSU under the supervision of Marilyn Ramsey.  He is a Double Bassist/Orchestra Director and plays throughout Atlanta.


Bergina Cruise 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.

 

 
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 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.

 
Paris Garrett has taught K4 and K5 at Covenant before moving into the 1st grade classroom for 2018-2020.  For the upcoming 2020-2021 year she will be teaching 2nd grade.  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.
 

 
 
 

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 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.

 
 
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.


Sarah Millender (Teacher's Aide) is an alumni of CCS and a recent graduate of Mercer University.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health in May of 2021. 


 
 
Heidi Norrell teaches 1st 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.

 

Leandro Passos was born and raised in the city of São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, and received a bachelor in Marketing and a post-degree in Philosophy.  He then moved to the United States in December, 2019, with a main goal to continue his studies, now in theology.  He is a member of Theopolis Institute for Theological Studies in Birmingham, Alabama, and is beginning his master degree at RTS (Reformed Theological Seminary) this winter.


Shandwanda Poole joined our faculty as our new 3rd grade teacher this year, but has been teaching for the past 4 years.  Her daughter, Inecia, is a student at CCS.  Shandwanda is also a special events planner and decorates weddings and parties during the summer and on the weekends.


Marilyn Ramsey is the grandmother of Reno Ramsey, a K5 student at CCS.  She has a Bachelors and Masters in Music Education.  Her favorite quote by Bach is "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."


 

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.
 
 

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!"