Faculty & Staff

Our Educators

Sandhills Classical Christian School’s educators are among the best in their field. They bring with them not only the tools of their craft but a belief in the school’s mission to cultivate students for the glory of God. We invite you to contact a member of our faculty or staff.

Meet Our Administrative Staff

Senior Administration

Ryan Baker

Dean of Academics

Mr. Ryan Baker is a veteran of over 20 years in education in both teaching and administration. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in English Education from Northern Arizona University. His teaching experience includes 5 years at Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, Arizona teaching Literature and Humanities and 12 years at Cary Christian School where he and his classes were consistently honored and acknowledged by students and parents alike as one of the most impactful and important in their education. At Cary Christian, Mr. Baker also served as Rhetoric School Principal and then Dean of the Upper School. Most recently, Ryan was the Headmaster at Grace Classical School in Jacksonville, NC. Ryan and his wife of 23 years, Heather, have six children.

Shanna Browning

Preschool Director

Mrs. Shanna Browning has over 15 years of experience, both administratively and teaching in a preschool environment. She enjoys watching little minds connect with what they are being taught. Spending time with her husband, Henry, her three children, two step-children, and grandson is one of her greatest joys. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Christian Counseling and is currenty working towards her Masters: Early Childhood Education through Liberty University.

Dell Cook

Head of School

Mr. Dell Cook comes to Sandhills Classical Christian School with over 20 years experience in classical and Christian education. Mr. Cook holds two masters degrees in Divinity (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Theology (Reformed Theological Seminary). He has taught in all three stages of the trivium from 4th to 12th grades, including Old and New Testament, Theology, History, Apologetics, Hermeneutics, Hebrew, and Greek. Additionally he has served in several administrative roles as Athletic Director, Rhetoric School Principal, and Headmaster. Dell and his wife of 25 years, Ginny, have three children: Katie, Lauren, and Andrew. A few details about Mr. Cook include:

Two masters degrees in Divinity (Southeastern Theological Seminary) and Theology (Reformed Theological Seminary)

Served on the national Board of Directors for the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS)
Served on and led several ACCS accreditation teams nationwide
President of the Board of Trustees for Worldview Academy
Teaching experience in all three levels of the trivium from 4th to 12th grades
Administrative experience as Athletics Director, Rhetoric School Principal, and Headmaster

Elizabeth Griffin

Associate Dean of Lower School

Mrs. Elizabeth Griffin comes to Sandhills Classical with over 20 years of experience in education. She attended Cary High School in Cary, NC and was awarded the North Carolina Prospective Teaching Fellowship to pursue a career in Elementary Education with a concentration in Spanish Language and Literature. Mrs. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of School Administration from NC State University. She has been an educator since 2001, and a K-12 school administrator since 2010. Her classroom teaching experience is in grades kindergarten through second grade and she loves building positive relationships with students. For the past seven years, Mrs. Griffin has served as the Head of Lower School, and most recently the Assistant Head of School at Harrells Christian Academy in Harrells, NC. Mrs. Griffin has two boys. Her oldest son, Hudson, attends Pinecrest High School and is a member of the golf team. Her youngest son, Hayes, attends SCCS and loves baseball. Mrs. Griffin’s husband, Bryan, is a financial advisor. They have two dogs and attend church at The Village Chapel of Pinehurst.

Gene Liechty

Development Director

Mr. Gene Liechty comes to Sandhills Classical Christian School with 18 years of experience in the area of marketing & development. Mr. Liechty received his BA in Marketing/Communications from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. More recently, he attended Greyfriars Ministerial Hall in Moscow, Idaho. Gene served as Director of Advancement at Cary Christian School in Cary, North Carolina (2002-2012) and Director of Development at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho (2013-2018). Mr. Liechty has also planted several churches over the last 20 years. Gene and his wife of 24 years, Kimberly, have four grown children: Grace, Carter, Silas, and Ian.

Ashley Matthews

Director of Finance and Operations

With over 24 years of experience in accounting and finance, Mrs. Ashley Matthews came to Sandhills Classical Christian School in 2010. She was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina in 2004 and was excited to use her non-profit accounting background here at SCCS. After working for the Village of Pinehurst as the Director of Finance, she began her own accounting business until she began work at SCCS. Mrs. Matthews attended Union Pines High school and was salutatorian of her graduating class. She went on to attend Campbell University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and minors in both Pre-Law and Business Administration. Mrs. Matthews and her husband CW have 2 children, Luke (class of 2023) and Amelia (class of 2025). She considers herself an inside girl and enjoys spending time with her family, building LEGO sets, traveling, and reading.

Andrew Morton

Associate Dean of Upper School

Having earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Grove City College, Mr. Andrew Morton is passionate about teaching Christians, in all seasons of life, how to integrate the life of their mind with that of their faith. For the past eight years he has taught logic, philosophy, apologetics, history, and mathematics at Covenant Classical School in Concord, North Carolina, where he also served as Dean of Students. His wife, Elizabeth, and his two children, William and Claire, faithfully sacrifice their summers to travel with Andrew as he teaches with Worldview Academy.

Administration

Jenni Abbott

Events and Communications Coordinator

Mrs. Jenni Abbott has been a part of the SCCS family since 2011. She has been a parent, volunteer extraordinaire, and now, a part of the Administration team. You all know her as “The Monday Minute” lady, keeping us informed and up-to-date on all our school events. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Florida and taught Kindergarten in both the public and private sectors. Jenni is the wife of Sidney, and they are the proud parents of Elly and Mitchell.  

Angela Pihlgren

Admissions Director

Mrs. Angela Pihlgren previously taught preschool at SCCS. She has also worked with children for many years in her church and loves helping children to learn and become independent. Angela holds an Associates in Baking and Culinary Arts. Her many talents include cooking, baking, gardening, and making crafts. Angela and her husband Mike have two sons, Michael (class of 2023) and Timothy (class of 2027) who have attended Sandhills Classcial Christian School since kindergarten. With working at SCCS for the past 11 years, Angela appreciates the loving environment, nurturing Christian teachers, and the family like atmosphere that the school possesses.

Rebecca Swain

Associate Dean of Lower School

Mrs. Rebecca Swain has been a veteran of classical and Christian education since 2002.  During her years in education, she has taught not only preschool, but all levels of the Trivium including Kindergarten, 2nd-3rd, 5th grade, 6th and 8th Grade ELA, 10th-11th Testing Strategies, and 3rd-5th Grade Latin.  Rebecca has served as an administrator in classcial schools for 8 years.  She has served as Upper School Principal, Lower School Principal, Teacher, and most recently Associate Dean of Lower School for Sandhills Classical Christian School. Rebecca has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Evangel University and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University. Rebecca’s love of classical and Christian education and her love for students encourage those around her.  She desires to inspire and foster those whom she interacts with, not just the students, but those whom she leads. Rebecca and John, her husband of 5 years, enjoy spending time with each other and family.

Larry Richardson

Athletic Director

Mr. Larry Richardson serves as the Athletic Director at SCCS. Larry has been a longtime baseball umpire and basketball referee and has officiated SCCS basketball games every year since basketball has been a sport in the school’s existence. A co-founder of the Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Program in Moore County, Larry continues as the Upward League Director and believes strongly in their motto that “it is a race to the heart of a child, and the first one there wins!” A longtime active member of the Aberdeen First Baptist Church, Larry continues to hold several leadership positions including Co-Director for Sunday School and serves as a Sunday school teacher. He and his wife Deborah have been married 48 years and have four children and nine grandchildren

Wesley Seawell

Facilities Manager

Administration Assistance

Terry Duffell

Logic/Rhetoric School Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Terry Duffell has served SCCS as a parent, teacher assistant, and in various other roles since 2000. She now serves as the Upper School Administrative Assistant for grades 7-12. Six of her nine children have attended SCCS with two of them being graduates in the classes of 2017 and 2023. Terry and her pastor husband, Marty, also serve in the local church in various ways. Terry has served in churches as Children’s Ministry Director for four decades. Terry’s passion is to serve the Lord by ministering to children and their families in whatever opportunities He provides. She views her SCCS position as one of His opportunities to serve the kingdom.

Kelli Hainley

Finance Technician

Allison Monroe

Preschool Administrative Assistant

Kristi Tanner

Grammar School Administration Assistant

Kristi Williams

Primary School Administration Assistant

100% of our K-12 academic teachers hold a Bachelor’s Degree or above

48% of our K-12 academic teachers hold a Master’s Degree or above
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100% of our K-12 academic teachers pursue ACCS certification
Teachers have two years to complete their certification
Multiple CPR and First Aid Certified staff are available on each campus
100% of our K-12 teachers are Christian educators

Preschool

Ashley Anisansel

Faculty

Preschool 3 year-old Teacher Assistant

Lauren Barker

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Preschool 3 year-old Lead Teacher

Grace Beaver

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Preschool 3 year-old Teacher Assistant

Jinna Berge

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Preschool PreK Teacher Assistant

Julie Blank

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Preschool PreK Lead Teacher

Shanna Browning

Administration

Dean of Preschool

Lauren Castelloe

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Preschool PreK Teacher Assistant

Abbey Downing

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Preschool 3 year-old Teacher Assistant

Beth Ferguson

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Preschool PreK Assistant Teacher

Jordyn Free

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Preschool 4 year-old Teacher Assistant

Danielle Harner

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Preschool PreK Lead Teacher/Aftercare Teacher

Jenny Hudgins

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Preschool 3 year-old Teacher Assistant

Yawei Humphrey

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Preschool 4 year-old Teacher Assistant

Laurie Jerry

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Preschool 4 year-old Lead Teacher

Shannon Johnson

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Preschool Aftercare Teacher

Misty Khan

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Preschool Music/Latin Teacher

Heidi Laughman

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Preschool PreK Lead Teacher

Caroline Lee

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Preschool 4 year-old Teacher Assistant

Candy Newhouse

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Preschool Art Teacher Assistant

Terry Noll

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Preschool PreK Lead Teacher

Nichole Peschken

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Preschool 4 year-old Lead Teacher

Yvon Severino

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Preschool 3 year-old Lead Teacher

Shannon Stewart

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Preschool 4 year-old Teacher Assistant

Amanda Tucker

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Preschool 4 year-old Lead Teacher /Aftercare Teacher

Sue Upson

Administration

Preschool PreK Teacher Assistant

Isabelle Vibbert

Faculty

Preschool 4 year-old Lead Teacher

Grammar School

Brooke Baker

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2nd Grade Lead Teacher

Jennifer Berry

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2nd Grade Teacher Assistant

Reiko Buckly

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Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

Anne Fain

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Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Toni Harris

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1st Grade Teacher Assistant

Ashley Hoempler

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3rd Grade Teacher Assistant

Madison Honrine

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1st Grade Lead Teacher

Evan Kreamer

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K-5 Resource Teacher

Emily McCreery

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1st Grade Lead Teacher

Katie McKenzie

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4th Grade Lead Teacher

Janet Miller

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3rd Grade Lead Teacher

Samantha Mullaney

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5th Grade Lead Teacher

Ashley Nicholson

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4th Grade Lead Teacher

Lynette Proulx

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Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Bridget Reidenbaker

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Logic School Art Teacher

Mary F Rush

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K-12 Music Teacher

Angel Seawell

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2nd Grade Lead Teacher

Mary See

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Logic School PE Teacher

Carol Stewart

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3rd Grade Lead Teacher

Megan Turner

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1st Grade Lead Teacher

Pamela Waugh

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Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Kristi Williams

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Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

Upper School

Logic Stage

Lisa Burton

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Logic and Rhetoric Drama Teacher

Brian Goard

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Logic and Rhetoric Bible Teacher

Sarah Gooch

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Logic and Rhetoric PE Teacher

Claire Kinyon

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Logic and Rhetoric Art Teacher

Bonnie Orban

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Logic Math Teacher

Dallas Peschken

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Logic School History and Logic Teacher

Sarah Richardson

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Logic School ELA Teacher

Randall Siler

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Logic Bible and ELA Teacher

Jasmine Walker

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Logic Science Teacher

Rhetoric Stage

Stephanie Akins

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Rhetoric Physics Teacher

Lisa Burton

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Logic and Rhetoric Drama Teacher

Baxter Clement

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Rhetoric School Guitar Teacher

Katie Conely

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Rhetoric Humanities Teacher

Terry Duffell

Administration

Logic/Rhetoric School Administrative Assistant

Brian Goard

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Logic and Rhetoric Bible Teacher

Sarah Gooch

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Logic and Rhetoric PE Teacher

Alejandra Gutierrez

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Rhetoric Spanish Teacher

Cassie Miles

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Rhetoric Science Teacher

Claire Kinyon

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Logic and Rhetoric Art Teacher

Lindsey Marshalek

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Rhetoric History Teacher

Oliver Spivey

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Rhetoric Humanities Teacher

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