Middle School Faculty

Jennifer Alford
Jennifer Alford
Middle School Teacher

JENNIFER ALFORD has been teaching at CCS for over fifteen years. She has a BS from the University of Tennessee in Education 1st-8th. She and her husband have seven children (four still at home who attend CCS), and one granddaughter. They are also involved in mission work in the Central American country of Nicaragua. Mrs. Alford is a member of Shoreline Church and is passionate about teaching Science and reaching the lost for Christ locally as well as around the world.

Ryan Bolinger
Ryan Bolinger
PE Teacher

RYAN BOLINGER and his wife Heather live in Maryville and have two sons, Jensen (7) and Grey (2 months).  Ryan began his career in 2007 at the University of Tennessee as a Defensive Graduate Assistant Coach under the leadership of Philip Fulmer, learning under John Chavis and working with defensive line and special teams.  After his stint at UT, Ryan continued to work with athletes doing both private coaching lessons and was also a SAQ director working with kids 7-18.  Ryan helped start a non-profit men's ministry 4 years ago called Warrior's Among Us.  Football and discipleship are his passion and he is excited about his future with the Lions and the opportunity to further develop the athletes in Concord's Program.

Peggy Burnett
Peggy Burnett
Middle School Teacher

PEGGY BURNETT is a UT Knoxville graduate with a BA Philosophy, Minor Religious Studies; Masters MS Education Curriculum and Instruction. She and her husband Mitch are members of Northstar Church. They have one  daughter, Hilarie and a grandson, Jesse who is 7 months old, perfect & a genius!  Peggy is excited to join the Concord family!

 

DeeDee Burnette
DeeDee Burnette
Middle School Teacher

DEEDEE BURNETTE has a Master's Degree in Education from Carson Newman College and a Bachelor's Degree in Business/Marketing from Tusculum College. She and her husband, Travis, have two children that attend CCS. She enjoys traveling, hiking, deep sea fishing, and camping with her family.

Heather Duncan
Heather Duncan
Choral Teacher

HEATHER DUNCAN attained a Master of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Sacred Voice from the University of Tennessee. She has 20+ years of experience in teaching both church and homeschool choirs, and has had a successful private voice studio as well. Ms. Duncan has been married for almost 20 years to her husband, Bill, with whom she has three children ranging in age from 8 to 18. In addition to singing and performing, Ms. Duncan enjoys reading , swimming, writing, and watching her children use their gifts. Her oldest currently dances with the Columbia Classical Ballet in Columbia, SC.

Manon Fleming
Manon Fleming
teacher
Jayme Hair
Jayme Hair
Middle School Teacher

JAYME HAIR has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Salisbury University and a Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee.  Although beginning her career in Physical Education, she developed a passion for technology and became a TPaCK instructor to teach technology to other teachers.  She is excited to bring her passion for technology and Christ to middle school students and is developing the new 8th grade computer course--Computers in Action.  Mrs. Hair lives in Knoxville with her husband and two children.  In addition to teaching, Mrs. Hair serves alongside her husband who is a bi-vocational pastor. 

Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
Middle School Teacher

AMY JOHNSON is a graduate of East Tennessee State University.  She earned her degree in Elementary Education. She has recently earned her master's degree in educational leadership through Carson Newman University. Mrs. Johnson comes to us with 17 years of teaching experience in public and private settings. Mrs.Johnson is a member of First Baptist Concord. She is married to Kirk Johnson and has two children that attend CCS. Mrs. Johnson enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves snow skiing and  going to sporting events. 

JoAnn Johnston
Middle School Teacher
Jessica Martin
Jessica Martin
Middle School Teacher

JESSICA MARTIN is an alumnus of Concord Christian School, and she enjoys working with students as they grow both academically and spiritually. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Tennessee, in History and English Literature. In her spare time, she loves to read and spend time with friends and family.

Brandon McBath
Brandon McBath
Art Teacher

BRANDON MCBATH is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors in Studio Art and Art History Minor.  He enjoys working with young people and is currently completing his summer at Centrifuge Camps.  He has led backpacking and camping expeditions in California throughout this summer.  Brandon's goal in life is to "affect the world for Jesus Christ with his art."  He looks forward to combining his passion for art, his love for the Lord, and his enjoyment of young people as the Middle School Art teacher.

 

Hannah Pifer
Hannah Pifer
teacher

HANNAH PIFER earned her BS in Education from Erskine College. She and her husband, Andy, have three fantastic boys who all attend CCS. She is joining CCS staff after spending the last few years homeschooling her own boys. With close to 30 years in youth ministry to middle and highschool students, teaching seventh grade seems like the perfect fit. She and her husband have a non-profit ministry called Thumbprint Ministries where they run summer missions camps and trips designed to develop Christ-centered servant leaders. One of her greatest passions is seeing young people develop a deep understanding of God's truth that brings fruitful change in their lives. She loves travel and has seen much of the world while serving through missions. In her free time, you can find her cheering her boys on in life and sports, discipling high school girls, or reading a great book. 

Jennifer Pusser
Jennifer Pusser
Speech Pathologist

JENNIE PUSSER holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Murray State University, and a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, with a specialization in Pediatric Aural Habilitation. She has over 13 years experience working with children who have Speech/Language disorders within the early intervention, public school, and outpatient clinical settings. She and her husband have a daughter who attends preschool at CCS, and are long-time members of First Baptist Concord. 

 

Laura Rose
Laura Rose
Middle School Teacher

LAURA ROSE  is a graduate of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She also earned a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Technological University.  She is married to Damon and they have 2 children. In her free time she loves to travel, read, cross stitch, and play water sports.

Sarah Starkey
Sarah Starkey
Middle School Teacher

SARAH STARKEY has her BA from the University of Tennessee, majoring in Psychology.  She also holds a Paralegal Degree from NCPT in Atlanta, GA.  She comes to CCS with 13 years in the education field working with grades K-12.  She has been involved in Administration and Classroom Teaching over those 13 years.  Some areas of emphasis include Math, Psychology,  and.Community Service. She has 2 children that attend CCS and enjoys time with her faimly, reading and traveling.  

Matthew Stephens
Matthew Stephens
Band Teacher

MATT STEPHENS  is a graduate of Carson-Newman University with his Bachelor’s of Music in Instrumental Music Education. Mr. Stephens also studied composition and jazz performance in his time at Carson-Newman. Along with teaching 5th-12th band Mr. Stephens also teaches Music History and conducts rehearsals with the Pride of the Den Pep Band. He has served as field technician and music teacher at several Knox County high schools including Karns High School, Hardin Valley Academy, South Doyle High School and Christian Academy of Knoxville. Matthew is the principal bass trombonist and serves as Assistant Conductor for the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra. He is excited to see the Fine Arts Department grow here at CCS with ensembles in the works including jazz band and the Pride of the Den Marching Band in the coming years! This is an exciting time for Fine Arts here at CCS!

Leslie Stewart
Leslie Stewart
Middle School Teacher

LESLIE STEWART graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in mathematics and psychology, and from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  She has experience teaching both at the middle and high school levels, and has spent the last twenty years moving around the world with her family (four states, China, and Belgium).  Ms. Stewart has two grown children, a son who graduated from Samford University in 2016, and a daughter who is a sophomore at UT.  In her spare time, Ms. Stewart enjoys traveling, spending time with her children, and tutoring (mathematics through Algebra 2 and ACT prep).

Dana Strong
Dana Strong
Middle School Teacher

DANA STRONG has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Tennessee. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts. Ms. Strong holds ACSI and state certification to teach grades 1-8. During her 12 years of teaching, she has worked with a variety of grade levels.  Her career has been a combination of serving in public and private schools.  Both of her daughters attend Concord Christian School.  In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.

John VandenHurk
John VandenHurk
Middle School Teacher

JOHN VANDENHURK, originally from Holland, graduated from Florida Bible College with a degree in Biblical Education, and a degree in photojournalism from Defense Information School.  He worked as an Air Force photojournalist, stationed at Offutt AFB, Neb., and worked several years as a writer and copy editor for newspapers in Nebraska, Florida and Tennessee.  He has taught at Christian schools for 23 years, 15 of which have been at CCS.   Mr. VandenHurk and his wife, Kay, have four children and four grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, jogging, camping and traveling.

Christi Watson
Christi Watson
Theatre Arts Teacher

CHRISTI WATSON received her BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has performed all over the country as an actor/singer, including Off Broadway. Christi also performs locally with The Wordplayers. Recently she was featured at The Bijou in The Wordplayers production of "The Spitfire Grill."