Teachers at Stonehaven work through a certification program designed specifically to equip them to be an excellent classical Christian educator. Learn more.
Laura Keesee earned a B.S. in Psychology from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, a Master of Education in Community Counseling from Georgia State University, and a Certificate of Completion from Psychological Studies Institute in Atlanta. Laura is excited to begin her 20th year teaching Kindergarten. She is thankful for Stonehaven where she is privileged to partner with parents in the nurture and godly training of their children. In addition to teaching at Stonehaven, Laura has enjoyed opportunities to teach English and/or lead Bible studies in Japan, India, and Albania. She and her husband Scott have been married for 31 years and are the parents of three adult children. Scott and Laura are active members at Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA). When not teaching or spending time with her family, she enjoys knitting, crocheting, and reading the works of great theologians as well as historical fiction and mysteries.
Christina Barbulescu graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching for sixteen years. Christina loves helping students as they take their first steps in school. She and husband, Horatiu, have two children at Stonehaven, and continually see how the education of Stonehaven benefits their entire family. First Baptist Church of Atlanta is their church home. The Barbulescus enjoy living in the Vinings area of Atlanta.
Donna earned her BA degree in Elementary Education from Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL. During her time at TIU, she was given the tools needed to fulfill her passion. The ministry that she was a part of as a youth sought to develop the gifts of each child and birthed in her the desire to become a teacher. She is married to Shaun and they have a daughter who is a student at Stonehaven. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Pam Grote was graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and obtained her teaching degree from Kean University. She taught in Christian schools in five states, beginning her career in NJ. After raising a family and homeschooling their four children, Pam returned to the classroom and has taught for 25 years at different grade levels. Believing passionately in the classical Christian model of education, she loves teaching at Stonehaven where truth, beauty, and goodness from God's Word are incorporated into classroom studies daily. She is the Special Days Coordinator and enthusiastically wears Cambridge Gold and a funny wig whenever she can. Pam and Rich, her husband of 37 years, are active members at Christ Community Church in Kennesaw. They love to read and discuss good books, travel, and spend time with their four children and soon-to-be eight grandchildren.
Lexi graduated from Kennesaw State University with a dual degree in English and Education, magna cum laude, and holds certification through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Her love of traveling and experiencing new cultures has led her to many places around the globe, including a summer spent teaching ESL classes in Albania and a semester spent teaching 10th grade honors and regular English in Costa Rica. In addition to traveling, Lexi enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, playing sports (especially ultimate Frisbee!), and reading. In fact, you will rarely catch her without a book in tow. Lexi had the privilege of receiving a classical Christian education and is a 2007 alumnus of Stonehaven. She believes in the potential and power of the classical tradition and was thrilled to return to the Stonehaven family as a teacher in 2013. She especially enjoys the opportunity of working on staff with, in her opinion, the greatest kindergarten teacher of all time. In addition to teaching 4th grade, Lexi enjoys her role as coordinator of the school's annual Poetry Competition and head of Trinity House - go Gryphons!
Wesley graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with an focus in Classical Voice and Choral Music. He and his wife Hannah have a son named Henry. He enjoys reading and singing with his family, studying theology, and listening to/arguing for the supremacy of J.S. Bach. Wesley hopes one day to become G.K. Chesterton.
Melissa Hobson earned her BA in Communication Studies from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS and her MA in Communication and Culture from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Though employed as a teacher by the school for over 6 years, she would rather imagine herself an ethnographer of the middle school culture as she daily studies and creatively describes their peculiar diets and humor. They are truly strange but beautiful creations. Melissa and husband David have been married for 19 years and have lived in Atlanta for 16. Daughter Avery (11) and son Liam (9) love fifth grade and fourth grade at Stonehaven respectively. David and Melissa worship at Trinity Anglican Mission near their home on the Westside. When she isn't teaching logic, biblical worldview, or sixth grade humanities, you can find her producing Stonehaven's podcast "R2G2" or donning a bee costume. Melissa proudly serves as Head of Cambridge House (#gocambridge) and "bleeds maroon and white" for her Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Tyler Proffitt graduated with his BA in History from the University of Georgia and went to the University of Mississippi for graduate school where he studied politics in the American South and the role of religion in the civil rights movement. He is in his fourth year at Stonehaven and teaches history and literature. Outside of the classroom, Tyler enjoys reading, running alongside the Chattahoochee River and enjoying all that Atlanta has to offer with his friends. During the summer, you can usually find Tyler exploring the American West or working at a summer camp in Northeast Alabama.
Chuck Rickman graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of English Literature from Georgia State. He and Susan have been married for 20 years, currently live in Smyrna and have two children, Alex who is a 7th grader at Stonehaven and Katie who after finishing 8th grade at Stonehaven is now attending Pebblebrook High School in the Performing Arts program. The family attends Buckhead Church where Susan and Chuck lead a small group for newly married couples. Chuck enjoys reading, from classical to postmodern fiction, running, and "Do it yourself" projects. He is also a part time handyman and helps with the facilities management at Stonehaven.
Megan Johnson graduated from Covenant College with a BA in music, minoring in education. For seven years after graduation she taught private piano lessons on Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Four years ago she and her family moved to Marietta. She is a nationally certified teacher of music through the Music Teachers National Association. Megan and her husband, Aaron, have four children. Austin is in 2nd grade and Charlie is in Kindergarten at Stonehaven. Little brothers Silas and Willard are future Stonehaven Knights. Megan is very involved in her church, Geneva OPC as a member, piano accompanist, and Sunday school teacher. Megan is excited to be a part of the Stonehaven family. "I want my students to see God's hand in the order and beauty of the voice He has given each one of His children." In her spare time Megan enjoys being outside and playing games with her family.
Nancy Rodriguez began to study art seriously while attending The High School of Fashion Industries in New York City. It was here that she learned to push herself beyond her limits as an artist and also the love of teaching, by watching her art instructor who was nicknamed "Uncle H." She won many awards and scholarships while attending his rigorous classes. Nancy went on to earn her AA in animation and her BA in graphic design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she won the Best Portfolio Award (1999) and Best Portfolio Nominee (2000). She has worked as a graphic designer and also taught Spanish, Animation, and Art for the past 10 years. Nancy and husband, Freedom have been married for 15 years and have three children, Joshua, Jonathan, and Kayla. She enjoys reading, dancing, mural painting, and laughing. Freedom and Nancy also participate in short-term missions and local outreach through their ministry ArtServe International. Nancy and her family are grateful to be a part of the Stonehaven family and she enjoys sharing God's goodness, truth, and beauty with the children in her art classes.
Elizabeth Craig earned her BS in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. After spending two years in state side para-church ministry and as a missionary over seas, she went back to school to get her teaching degree in Richardson, TX. She has been teaching for a total of 14 years now! She's taught elementary students, middle school students, and high school students. She is passionate about pouring into young lives! She and Justin have been married for 17 years and have three children: Landon (3rd grade), Lincoln (1st grade), and Noelle (Pre-K). Elizabeth enjoys serving and caring for families at Vinings Church, where her husband Justin is the lead pastor. Elizabeth is very active and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and getting a great work out.
Kathryn Jackson earned her BS in Biochemistry and also a BEd in Secondary Science Education from the University of Georgia. She spent several years teaching at the Secondary level and has also worked in the corporate world as a software user interface designer. She and Eric have been married for 20 years and have three children: Canon (15), Anne (13), and Kate (11). Kathryn serves her church, Cumberland Community Church, by shepherding 5th grade leaders. Kathryn loves teaching Latin because it combines her two loves: language and logic. When she is not pouring over Latin verb conjugations, you can find her curled up with a good book.
Cara Harper earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master's of Education in School and Professional Counseling from the University of West Georgia. Cara has over 15 years of experience working as a counselor and educator. Cara is a native New Yorker, but has called Georgia home for the last 20 years. Cara and her husband Phillip married in 2002 and are the very proud parents to Noah (2006) and Hill (2009). Cara is grateful to be part of the Stonehaven family both as a parent and faculty member. Cara attends Cumberland Community Church in Smyrna, where she has worshiped for over 16 years. In her free time, she loves spending time with her toes in the sand and riding the most thrilling water slides and roasters with her boys.
Christy Hwang earned a BA in Psychology from Emory University. Christy joined the Stonehaven community as a parent 4 years ago and is thrilled to have the opportunity to support the school, teachers, and students as a part-time aide this year. Christy has taught preschool and Kindergarten age children for three years at Christ Church Presbyterian, their church home. She and her husband, Gordon, have been married 10 years and have 2 children - Joshua and Abigail. When not at Stonehaven, you'll find Christy, a New Mexico native, outdoors (hiking, biking, or running), traveling with her family, or enjoying coffee with friends.
Heather Wilkinson earned her BBA in Finance at the University of Mississippi. After graduation, she worked in many facets of the banking industry while also supporting her husband's career as an Air Force officer. She later worked in the admissions office at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She has moved over 20 times in her life and has been happy to call Marietta home for the past 12 years. She and Andy have been married for 19 years, and they have two children enrolled at Stonehaven, Nate and Yabsera (both 11 years old). The Wilkinsons worship at Mt Bethel United Methodist Church where they teach their Adult Sunday School class while also mentoring students through life groups. Heather is also active in Bible Study Fellowship. She has a big heart for adoption, so feel free to start a conversation with her. Her family loves to go camping and cheer on the Rebels and Blue Devils. Heather is excited to support and love on the children, faculty and staff of Stonehaven.
After School Program
Akia is currently studying Elementary Childhood Education at Georgia State and has worked with children since pre-teen age. After high school, Akia traveled throughout many European countries and visited countless cathedrals and clergy broadening her perspective of the church. Marrying right after her return from Europe, she traveled and lived throughout the US with her husband in the USAF. While living in Virginia, Akia was Assistant Director of the Care program of Orcutt Baptist School and found that her calling may be with God's children. After giving birth to her first child and enjoying being a stay-at-home mother in California, Akia's family moved back to their home of Atlanta, Ga. earlier this year where she began her journey as a Sunday School teacher at her home church. Akia feels blessed by God to be a part of the Stonehaven family! In her spare time, Akia enjoys traveling with her family, reading, crafts, sports and volunteering at her vet's office rehabilitating animals.
Head of School
Brett will be enjoying his ninth year at Stonehaven and serves as the Head of School. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Mr. Edwards teaches the 8th grade Algebra I class. He received a B.S. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been a teacher and administrator in Christian education for sixteen years. He is passionate about the vision for Christ-centered classical education and its goal to train students to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. He lives in Marietta with his wife Katie and their three children; Lydia, Calvin and Ruby. He attends Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs where he serves as an usher and greeter. Brett finds great joy taking seven-year-old Lydia to the park, boxing with five-year-old Calvin, tossing two-year-old Ruby into a heap of pillows and going out on the town with his beautiful wife. In search of rest and reflection, he will look for a great book or step outside to tend his fledgling garden.
Hannah Miley earned her BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia. She discovered her interest in computers and in her future husband during a summer job at Chick-fil-A, Inc. After graduation, she worked for Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt) in Atlanta doing computer programming and project management. Hannah and her husband Tony have been married for 15 years and have recently moved from Mableton to Marietta. Hannah joined the staff at Stonehaven when her youngest, Hudson, started Pre-Kindergarten and Raegan started 1st grade. Now in 3rd and 5th grades, the Mileys are grateful to be a part of the Stonehaven family and Oxford House! Hannah loves welcoming every person who walks through the doors of Stonehaven and truly enjoys interacting with parents, staff, and students. When not at school, Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, and serving her community through her church, Cumberland Community Church.