Middle & High School
- Keith Abernathy
- Sherri Boyd
- Jessica Brown
- Leanne Caldwell
- Julie DeBusk
- Jeff Evans
- Abigayle Galo
- Jan Gore
- Dr. Benic Hampton
- Debbie Hampton
- Ashley Jackson
- Beth Johnson
- Christi Kawa
- Tish Morris
- Becky Patterson
- Brent Randolph
- Sheilah Scherer
- Ellen Strickland
- Ximena Usher
- Farrah Westerfield
- Debbie Wright
Mr. Abernathy holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's of divinity in Christian education. He served for 15 years as a youth pastor and had 1 year of substitute teaching experience before joining MCS in 2013. In addition to teaching, he also serves as the Chair of the Spiritual Life Committee. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Jake and Reed. Mr. Abernathy's favorite scripture comes from Ephesians 2:10, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Mrs. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science in Education from Nova Southeastern University, as well as Educational Therapy Certification. This is her first year at MCS. Mrs. Boyd and her husband, Rodney, have three children - Lynnsey (a 2018 graduate of MCS), Michael, and Noah. The family attends Broadway Baptist Church. Mrs. Boyd's favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11.
Mrs. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida. She received her teaching license in 2014 and is licensed to teach high school math and chemistry. Mrs. Brown and her husband, Jason, have three children; Haley is in 9th grade, Caleb is in 7th grade, and Kenzie is in 2nd grade. Mrs. Brown is very active in her church, Calvary Chapel Knoxville. One of her many favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11-13, "For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."
Mrs. Caldwell has an bachelor's degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary and has been with MCS for 13 years, where her favorite things are the kids -- they are a great goup of students, and she loves getting to know them. She and her husband, Brent, have 5 children - Zack; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hannah, and Ben (MCS alums). The Caldwells attend Madison Avenue Baptist Church. Mrs. Caldwell's favorite Scripture is Psalm 19:14: "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer."
Mrs. DeBusk holds a bachelor's degree from Pensacola Christian College and is certified by ACSI. This is her 23rd year teaching at MCS. Mrs. DeBusk and her family are active members of Sevier Heights Baptist Church. She and her husband, John, have three children - Aaron, a 2017 graduate of MCS, Reagan, 12th grade, and Jackson, 8th grade. Mrs. DeBusk's favorite thing about MCS is the students. Her life verse is James 1:19-20: "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."
Mr. Evans holds an associate's degree from Pellissippi State, a bachelor's degree from Carson Newman College and a M. Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been teaching at MCS for 9 years. He and his wife, Carol (who is a 3rd grade teacher at MCS), are founding members of Covenant Baptist Church of Blount County. They have five children; Katy, Isaac, and Hannah, who are MCS graduates, Gabriel - 12th grade, and Michael - 11th grade. They also have three grandchildren: Sean, Sam, and Libby. Mr. Evans' favorite things about MCS are the students and seeing students from different denominations and different understandings of the Bible worshipping and discussing the things of God together. His favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6: "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so they might not see the light of the gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake."
Ms. Galo holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in education from the University of Tennessee. She is licensed to teach middle and high school math. Ms. Galo loves the godly community and fellowship at MCS. She enjoys running and hiking. One of her many favorite verses is Isaiah 40:31 "Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."
Ms. Gore holds a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Temple University and is certified by ACSI. She began teaching in 1979 and came to MCS in August 1998, where her favorite things are our awesome students! Ms. Gore has two children, Stefanie and Mathan, who are both alumni of MCS. She attends Sevier Heights Baptist Church, and her favorite verse of Scripture is Isaiah 41:13: "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, "Do not fear; I will help you."
Dr. Hampton holds a B.A. degree from Johnson University, a MRE/Div. from Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and a D. Min from Lexington Theological Seminary. This is his third year teaching at MCS. He and his wife, Debbie (who teaches English to our middle and high school students) are active members of Seymour Heights Christian Church, and have a son, Christopher; a daughter, Heather; a daughter-in-law, Kristen; a son-in-law, Cory; and three grandchildren -- Samantha, Matthew, and Preston. Mr. Hampton's favorite thing about MCS is it's purpose, and his favorite scripture verse is Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Mrs. Hampton holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Morehead State University and has been teaching since 1974. She also is certified by ACSI. She joined MCS in August of 2005. Mrs. Hampton teaches 10th grade English, Dual Enrollment 11th & 12th grade English through Johnson University, and is our ACT Aspire teaching supervisor. Her favorite thing about MCS is sharing the Word every day in every way. She and her husband, Benic, have been married for 45 years and have two children, Chris and Heather, a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and 3 grandchildren - Samantha, Matthew, and Preston. The Hamptons are active at Seymour Heights Christian Church, and Mrs.Hampton's favorite verse of Scripture is Ephesians 3:20-21: "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Mrs. Jackson holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Maryville College. She began her teaching career in 2013, and she is an alum of MCS. Mrs. Jackson, her husband, Joel, and stepson Caedon are members of Sycamore Tree United Methodist Church, where Mr. Jackson is the Youth Pastor. Mrs. Jackson's favorite scripture comes from Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen."
Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Johnson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling, a minor in Biblical Theology, and a Master of Education degree in Education. This is Ms. Johnson's second year at MCS, where her favorite things about our school are that it feels like a family, we are very welcoming and caring, and we care about your story. Prior to teaching at MCS, she was a missionary for 10 years - most of that time was in Japan. She attends Maryville Vineyard church and her family includes her parents, 3 sisters, one brother, two nephews, and a niece. Ms. Johnson's favorite scripture verse is Isaiah 52:7: How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Mrs. Kawa is entering her 7th year of teaching at MCS. She holds a bachelor's degree from Lee University. She and her husband, Chris have six children; Savannah (a 2017 graduate of MCS), Max, Jack, Sam, Luke, and Ben. The Kawas are members of River Oaks Community Church and are very active in the congregation, as Mr. Kawa is the Senior Pastor. Mrs. Kawa's favorite scripture is Philippians 1:6: "And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." Her favorite thing about MCS is that the school is God-centered and eternally focused.
Mrs. Morris holds a bachelor's degree in health education from the University of Tennessee and began her teaching career at MCS in 2013. Her favorite thing about MCS is sharing Jesus and teaching kids practical ways to walk with the Lord. Mrs. Morris and her husband, Neil, have two daughters who attend MCS; Melanie (8th grade) and Mabry (4th grade). The Morris' are a part of River Oaks Community Church. Mrs. Morris' favorite Scripture is Romans 8:28: "For all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose."
Mrs. Patterson graduated from Carson Newman University with a bachelor of science degree in art education and special education with graduate studies at the University of Tennessee and the University of Georgia. She joined MCS in 2016. She and her husband, Steve, have one son, Tyler, who lives in Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Patterson's favorite thing about teaching at MCS is being able to connect biblical themes to her art lessons and having the freedom to share and pray with students and staff. She and her husband attend Sevier Heights Baptist Church where she sings in the choir and works with several mission projects. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Mr. Randolph received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary, and Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University. This is Mr. Randolph's second year at MCS, where his favorite thing is the opportunity to invest in young people's lives through mentoring and Christian education. His family includes his wife, Cindy, sons Timothy and Christian, and daughter Daelynn, who is a first grade student at MCS. Mr. Randolph's favorite verse is Isaiah 26:3: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Mrs. Scherer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Community Counseling. She has spent the last 20 years working in Christian higher education, guidance counseling, and teaching. Her favorite thing about MCS is how the staff, administration, students and parents hold God's Word in high regard and strive to show His love to one another. Mrs. Scherer and her husband, Ron, recently relocated to Tennessee from the suburbs of Chicago. Three of their four children (Micaiah, Elijah, and Annie) are college age, and their oldest, Tyler, is in the work force. Mrs. Scherer enjoys hiking, Bible study, and hanging out with her family. She calls River Oaks Community Church her church home. Her favorite verse is Isaiah 43:4a: "You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you."
Mrs. Strickland holds a B.S. from the University of Montevallo and a Masters in Special Education from Jacksonville State University. She is beginning her 4th year at MCS and likes that the students and staff have been so welcoming. Mrs. Strickland and her husband, Lew, have four children; Jesse, Anna, Andrew (MCS alum), and Kayla. The family attends Dotson Memorial Baptist and Mrs. Strickland relies on Philippians 4:4-9 as her favorite scripture: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seenin me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."
Mrs. Usher came to MCS in January of 2015 and has a bachelor's degree in Spanish. She and her husband, John, have one daughter, Ariana, who is a student at MCS. Mrs. Usher's favorite thing about MCS is the students. She and her family attend First Baptist Church of Maryville and Mrs. Usher's favorite scripture comes from Proverbs 3:5-6, " Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding."
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Mrs. Westerfield has a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from DePauw University and a master's in education from Johnson University. She is beginning her 7th year of teaching at MCS, and she is also the Director of the Elementary Fall Musical and the Choreography Director for the Spring Musical. She and her husband, Jonathan, have two children, Ruby and Gus who are both students at MCS. The family attends Mountain View Church of Christ where Jonathan is the Pastor. Mrs. Westerfield's favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
Mrs. Wright holds a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Tech University and is certified by ACSI. She came to MCS in August of 2009. Her favorite thing about MCS is that we all feel like a big family here. Mrs. Wright and her husband, Jed, have three sons: Joe, a 2015 graduate of MCS, Josh (12th grade), and Jamey (9th grade). The Wrights worship at Fairview Baptist Tabernacle Church in Sweetwater. Mrs. Wright's favorite verse of Scripture is Matthew 7:7-8: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."