Meet the Faculty
My name is Ruth Gray. I joined the Kingwood family as Principal in June 2011 after retiring from a 25 year career in public education. I hold my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Alabama. I also hold a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE! I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Tim Gray, who is a Captain at Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue. We have two children, Caleb and Abbey-Paige. Caleb is married to Savanna Gray and is a nurse at UAB Hospital. Abbey-Paige graduated from Kingwood in 2015 and is attending the University of Alabama. We are active members of our local church, Church of the Highlands in Tuscaloosa. GO LIONS!
My name is Lorna Davis. I became a part of the Kingwood family as Interim Principal in April 2010 and became the Counselor and Assistant Principal in 2011. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Education as well as a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Alabama. I married a former missionary kid to India, Mark Davis, who serves KCS as the high school Bible teacher. Together we pastor Christian Life Fellowship in Calera, Alabama. We have 2 children, Andrew and Micah. In May 2014, Andrew graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Alabama. Micah graduated from KCS in 2012 and served as Valedictorian. He accepted a Presidential Scholarship from the University of Alabama and is now graduated. I am honored to be able to serve the students and families of KCS.
Athletic Director, Head Football Coach and PE Teacher, Todd Bradford
Coach Bradford joins Kingwood from St. James School, a leading private school in Montgomery. There, he served as assistant varsity football coach and assistant track and field coach. His areas of focus included the school’s strength and conditioning program as well as the development of wide receivers, defensive line players and special teams. Bradford also trained directly under the school’s athletic director, gaining valuable experience in planning budgets, scheduling events and performing administrative functions that are crucial to supporting a strong athletic program.
Previous experience includes serving as head varsity football coach for Lowndes Academy in Lowndesboro and as assistant baseball coach for Wallace Community College.
Bradford holds a degree in sports management from Auburn University at Montgomery. He is also pursuing a master’s degree in physical education from AUM.
A graduate of Morgan Academy in Selma, Bradford was part of a 3A state championship football team in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. The team achieved a 50-2 record in those four seasons. In addition to lettering in football, Bradford lettered in basketball, baseball and track. He was a wide receiver at Auburn University as an invited walk-on in 2001 and 2002 and later played for Delta State University in Mississippi.
Bradford and his wife, Lauren, a pharmacist, have three young daughters.
My name is Stephanie Cochran and this is my fourth year working at Kingwood. I have an associates degree in Office Administration. I worked for 18 years as a medical transcriptionist and have worked for the past three years as the elementary PE teacher here at Kingwood. I am excited to be working my second year in the office setting.
I have been married for 19 years in October to a wonderful man and I have four children who all attend Kingwood school/daycare. We attend Grace Life Baptist Church in McCalla. Without the Lord, my life would be empty and meaningless. I am blessed to be a part of Kingwood School and look forward to a great year.
I have been employed at KCS since 2010 in a couple of different roles. I have been the Accounts Receivable Manager for three years. I hold a Associates in Business Adminstration Degree from Jefferson State Community College. I have 25 years of accounts receivable experience. I have been married to Jeffery McCay for 30 years. We have one child, Troy who graduated from KCS and is now attending Auburn University. We are actively involved in our local Church of the Highlands.
Glenda Nagy graduated from Valdosta State College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. She has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field. She and her husband Mike attend Kingwood Church, and they have one daughter Jenna, a 2009 graduate of KCS.
I graduated from KCS in 2009. This year will be my 8th year working at KCS. I was a teaching assistant for 4 of those years. This year starts my third year as the Librarian and After School Care director. My favorite part is how excited the kids get when they are able to explore new worlds and meet new characters in the books we read. I love being able to work somewhere that I’m able to share my faith and love for God.
My name is Tim Purvis and I have been a member of the KCS team for 8 years. I served as a tech volunteer for four of those years before joining the staff full time as the IT Director. I retired from Alcatel-Lucent after 27 years of service. I have been married to my wife Donna for 27 years and have two children that have graduated from KCS. We are members of Kingwood Church and serve in the children’s ministry.
Ty Dodson is the Maintenance Supervisor for Kingwood Church, Kingwood Christian Child Development Center and Kingwood Christian School. He is married to Dale Dodson for six years, who also works at KCS ! Ty has five kids, youngest son Joshua is in 10th grade at KCS. Ty also has 16 grandkids. He holds an Associates Degree in Electronic Technology from National Education Center, one year of Auto Body and Fender at Walker State Technical College and two years of Commercial Art at Minor High. He is a Licensed Home Builder for 23 years, Master Gas Fitter for 29 years, 40 years experience in landscaping and construction including electrical and plumbing and A/C Certified. Ty is an active member of Kingwood Church for 13 years, teaches first-fifth grade kids weekly! active in the Motorcycle Ministry in Wheels of Faith MM! active Missions involvement in MAPS and has traveled to 30+ countries doing mission work. His hobby is collecting old toys.
Ashley Robertson, Cafeteria Manager
My name is Renae Grater. I have two sons. Zak graduated from KCS in 2011, and Nathan graduated from KCS in 2016. I have been employed with KCS for 13 years in the cafeteria, where I thoroughly enjoy interacting with all the students. My personal interest includes working out, traveling and spending time with my family.
I am Tyra Cutcher, Band/Music Director at KCS. My music education was the following: four years of piano, five years clarinet, one year bassoon, four years marching band, five years concert band, Jefferson State, and organ studies at the University of Montevallo. Before employment at KCS, I was the pianist and organist at a church for 3 years. With years of recital and band performance, I also participated in competitions for piano, organ and clarinet. For two years I traveled with a youth evangelistic musical group performing programs as an outreach. For 29 years, I was a member of Kingwood Assembly of God Adult Choir. I was the Coordinator of the Missionette Department for 16 years at KAG directing various ceremonies and coordinating participants in the yearly state competitions. I have been at Kingwood Christian School for 27 years. We began the Band Program in 2004. God has blessed us with many opportunities to minister and receive awards. I have a wonderful husband of 40+ years, Dee, who supports me. We have two awesome sons Juston and Derek- who are KCS alumni along with two beautiful daughters (in-laws) Jessica (KCS alumni) and Christy (born in Malaysia). Of course, band events take up much of my time. When possible, I like to hike, bike, swim and travel. I am a member of Kingwood Church and have attended there for 35+ years.
My name is Linda Murray, and I am the choral teacher at Kingwood Christian School. After studying music at the University of Southern Mississippi for two years, I went on to graduate from UAB with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Music. After more than 25 years of teaching piano and guitar, as well as children and youth choirs at church, God led me to Kingwood. Here I am able to enjoy my love for music and teaching at the same time. I have been married to Robert Murray for 38 years and have 3 grown children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. We have attended CrossBridge Community Church in Helena for 8 years where I work with children and youth music ministries and serve in the Praise Band. I enjoy reading, going to the beach, attending theater productions, hanging with friends, and playing with my grandchildren. I continue to teach private piano and guitar lessons while working at Kingwood. Both of which I hope God allows me to continue for many years to come.
Trent Posey, Elementary PE Teacher
Coach Trent Posey, is In his second year as the elementary PE Coach. Coach Posey grew up in the area and attended Shelby Academy until high school. He lettered in football and baseball and graduated from Calera High School. He went to Maryville College in Tennessee on a baseball scholarship. After his first year he was offered a baseball scholarship at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa. So he headed back home to Alabama, where he played baseball for 3 years and graduated Stillman with a Bachelor’s of Science in PE and Health.
While at Stillman they won the SIAC conference in Baseball and they also played in the NCAA Div II South Regional, all 3 years he was there. Coach Posey was also named SIAC All Conference in 2012.
Away from Kingwood, Trent has coached for Field of Angels in Calera for the past 6 years. Last baseball season he was an assistant coach for the Calera High School baseball team. He also enjoys playing softball with Osborne Excavating. Coach Posey loves to work with kids and he loves sports. Coaching gives him the best of both worlds.
Julie Kennemer, Kindergarten Teacher
Julie Wilson Kennemer was reared in McKenzie, a small, college town in West Tennessee. In the winter of 2000, Julie graduated from Union University, where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Vocal Music. Since beginning her career, she has taught varying grade levels, in both public and private schools. In the summer of 2001, Julie married the love of her life, Darren Kennemer. He is a hospital chaplain and the pastor of their church, First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster. Julie and Darren are the parents to two amazing children, Aidan and Ellie.
My name is Alisha Crepps. I live in Alabaster with my husband, Ernest. I have many blessings in my life, and two of the greatest are our kids. Charlie, a KCS graduate, lives and works in Tuscaloosa. Kaitlin is a recruiter for our alma mater, Miss. State University and lives in Houston, TX. I enter everyday knowing that God never fails me and relying on Him for direction. I’m so glad to be a Kindergarten teacher at KCS and am ready for a great year! Kindergarten is my favorite out of all the teaching experiences I’ve had over the last 28 years. I look forward to partnering with you in this year of fun and learning.
Hi! My name is Diane Prince. I am married to my “Prince Charming”, Mitchell. We have four children, one who graduated from KCS in 2016, one who attend KCS, and two who are in public school. I am also the mom to two fur babies. I have a double major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. I love teaching and have been doing it for 25 years, 16 of those years have been here at Kingwood. Mitchell and the kids have joined the church where I have been a member and attended since I was a senior in high school.
Brandi Holmes has been teaching first grade at Kingwood Christian School since 2011. Prior to joining Kingwood, Brandi spent several years helping children learn in early school and daycare settings. Brandi completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education from UAB in 2008. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She married her husband, Drayton Holmes, a non-profit administrator, in 2010 and together they have one daughter, Katelin, born in 2014. The family attends Hunter Street Baptist Church.
My name is Amanda Bush and I am a second grade teacher at KCS. I live in Alabaster with my husband of 12 years and our two children. We our members of Westwood Baptist Church where I also teach an eleventh grade girls’ life group. I am a graduate of the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and this will be my seventh year teaching at Kingwood. I love it here and can’t imagine myself anywhere else! The desire of my heart is to provide a Christ-centered classroom where students are challenged to achieve spiritual and academic excellence. Go lions!
My name is Holly Kline and I have been teaching at KCS for nine years. I have an M.A. in Elementary Education. I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade at KCS. Before coming to KCS I taught K4 for two years at Kingwood CDC. I have been married for 16 years to David Kline. He is a Detective with the Clanton Police Department. We have three children: Jeremy, Brady, and Melanie. Jeremy and Brady attend KCS and Melanie attends Kingwood CDC. We live in Brierfield and attend Union Springs Baptist Church. Family is very important to me and I view my co-workers and students as part of my extended family. I feel blessed to be a part of the Kingwood faculty and am so greatful that my children are able to attend a school that teaches about God’s love.
My name is Beth Sims, and I have been teaching in Christian schools for thirteen years. The 2017-2018 school year begins my eighth year at KCS. I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Samford University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I have been married to my fantastic husband, Jeff Sims, since 1998; we have a wonderful thirteen year-old son, Will, who attends Kingwood. We attend Southcrest Baptist Church where I also work with children in AWANAs, Children’s Church, and Vacation Bible School. I enjoy reading, painting, sewing, and going to the beach! I consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with families to teach their children and rear them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Katie Evans is a third grade teacher. She graduated in 2009 from Auburn University with a degree in elementary education. While at Auburn, Katie marched in the band, where she met her husband. They have two boys. Katie and her family worship at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia. When she is not teaching, Katie enjoys spending time with her family. Their favorite times together include outings to the park, watching Auburn Football, and planning trips to Disneyworld.
Ms. Park is a highly qualified, state certified,master level teacher. She has a master’s degree in elementary education, special education, emotional disturbances, mental retardation, and learning disabilities. She retired from public school education with 34 years of experience and she has six years of experience teaching in private christian schools. Her awards include Recipient of Birmingham Public School Teacher of the Year (1992-1993), eCo Credit Union Teacher of the Year (2010), Greater Shelby County Education Foundation Grant winner (2000 and 2013), Stand Up Program Teacher of the Year, 2013-2014. She is a member of Life Church in Pelham, Alabama. In 2007 she was a member of a medical mission team traveling to Honduras. In 2011 Ms. Park traveled to Venezuela as a missions team member to assist orphans. She is mom to two fur babies, Grace and Hope. She feels like her greatest asset she brings to Kingwood Christian School is her love for the children.
I am excited to be a fifth year fifth and sixth grade science and history teacher and have many amazing things planned including experiments, research projects, and lot of hands-on activities. About me: I have a B.S. in History from Athens State University and a Masters in Education from the University of Montevallo. I am married to Chris Long, and the two of us have lived in Alabaster. We have been blessed with twins, Jack and Abigail.
My name is Sara Coombs. KCS has been my home for the last seven years; I love being a part of educating children in a Christ-centered environment! In total, I have 20+ years of experience as a classroom teacher working with third through sixth graders. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University (however, my heart lies with the Tide) and my Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from U.A.B. My wonderful husband of 25 years, Shane, is a senior software engineer. We are a part of the Valleydale Church family, a congregation with a heart for service and missions. It was love at first sight when we rescued our four-legged baby, Rafa, who is not at all spoiled. Some of my personal interests include reading, painting, and traveling. One of my great joys is sharing books that I love with my students with a desire to spark an interest in reading that will last a lifetime!
Terri Wright, Fifth & Sixth Grade Math Teacher
Hi, my name is Terri Wright. I am the 5th and 6th grade math teacher. This will be my 2nd year at Kingwood Christian School. I recently graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. I hold certificates in Alabama Reading Initiative and AMSTI. My wonderful husband of 8 years, Matt, is an Account Manager at GHX Inc. We have two sons, Luke and Jackson, which attend the KCCDC. We are proud to call Kingwood Church home and have for over 19 years. I believe teaching is a calling and I have been called for such a time as this. There are many fun and exciting things planned for this new school year and I know we are going to go out with a bang.
Paul was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. While a teenager he and his family moved to Birmingham, Alabama. Paul graduated high school from Kingwood Christian School in Alabaster, Alabama in 1996. After graduating high school he joined the Birmingham Metro Master’s Commission. His journey in ministry began there. He was in Master’s Commission for three years earning his Certificate In Ministry from the Assembly of God Denomination. During this time was when he met Kristal. Paul and Kristal were married in 1999 and became Youth Pastors in Rainbow City, Alabama. After a short tenure in Rainbow City, Paul and Kristal accepted the call to become Youth Pastors at Church On The Rock in Palmetto, FL. Paul is an Ordained Minister through Church On The Rock. In June 2006, Paul graduated from Life Christian University with a Bachelors in Theology. Paul and Kristal also served as director of Palmetto Master’s Commission for three years. After over eight years of serving as youth pastor at Church On The Rock in Palmetto, Florida, in 2009 Paul and Kristal followed the call of God to plant a Church On The Rock in Calera, Alabama. He has been the pastor there for seven and a half years. Paul began teaching Bible at Kingwood in the fall of 2013. Paul and Kristal have four children.
Mark Davis teaches High School Bible. He married Lorna in 1981. They have two sons, Andrew and Micah. Both have graduated from the University of Alabama. Mark is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has served in ministry since 1987. He and Lorna now pastor Christian Life Fellowship in Calera, which they planted in 2002.
Julie Myers graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 with a BS in Secondary Education. She has previously taught middle school social studies and science in downtown Birmingham. Julie currently lives in Calera and is an active member of Christian Life Church. She loves all things music, theater, soccer, and UAB related. (Go Blazers!) Feeling very blessed to have joined the KCS team, Ms. Myers looks forward to an outstanding and exciting year teaching middle and high school history here at Kingwood.
My name is Dr. David Hobson and I teach high school history at KCS. I also serve KCS as Assistant Football Coach and Head Track Coach. This will be my third year teaching at KCS and coaching Track, and third year as a football coach. I graduated from Hueytown High School, received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Samford University, where my Thesis studied historical ancient roman cults. I also received a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Education in Christian Education Administration from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where my dissertation studied the current trends of and influences on moral belief in high school students. Before coming to KCS I served on local church staffs around Birmingham for 14 years, as well as a Disciple Now and Revival speaker. Over that time I have authored 5 different Bible Study and Disciple Now curriculums. I am active at Wilton Baptist Church where I serve as Associate Pastor of Student and Family Discipleship, and play acoustic guitar in the praise band. I am excited to be a part of the Kingwood family.
My name is Kathryn Tompkins. I graduated from University of Alabama in Birmingham in December of 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a minor in middle school education. I am in my 2nd year of teaching at KCS. I have been a member of Liberty Church, in Hoover, Alabama, for my whole life. I am excited to have the freedom to minister to my students in the classroom. I believe that all students have a God-given ability to learn. My job, as a teacher, is to bring out the best in my students and to encourage and pray for their success in the classroom and outside of the classroom.
My name is Courtney Counts and I am so pleased to be the HS Mathematics teacher. I graduated from Elon University
with a Bachelors of Education with minors in mathematics and science. My husband Chris and I have been married 17 years. We have two children, Madeline and Matthew, who both attend KCS. We moved to the area in 2015 so some things are still relatively new to us. Thankfully, when we found KCS, it felt like we had belonged here since the beginning. What a blessing to be part of such an awesome community!!!!
My name is Sandy Bean and I am the 7th and 8th grade math teacher at KCS. I have taught school for over 27 years and this will be my third year at Kingwood. I have a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree from the University of Montevallo and I earned my doctorate at the University of Alabama. I have two sisters, Brenda and Kathy that are both teachers too! My family lives in Florida. I love math and can’t wait to get the year started.
Luke 12:48 tells us, “To whom much has been given, much is required”. We have all been given the opportunity to be a part of an AWESOME Christian school. Therefore, as an educator and as students, we must do our best. Let’s have a great year athletically, spiritually and academically. It’s great to be a LION!
Alex Ross, High School Science Teacher
Hi! My name is Lisa Wortmann. The 2017/2018 school year will be my second year with Kingwood and I am very excited to be teaching middle school science. Science is one of my GREAT loves and I am hoping to pass that love along to my students. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UAB and I taught at home for ten years. I have three children, Sydney a KCS Graduate, Katie a sophomore, and Gabriel a eighth grader both of whom will be attending Kingwood this year. We are all members of CrossBridge Church of Christ, where I am on the praise team and occasionally get to serve the children and youth by being a part of their activities.
Chris Hare, High School Science Teacher
I started teaching in 1997 at West End High in Birmingham. I spent a total of nine years in public schools and five years in private Christian schools. I have also been a professional tutor for over 13 years. I have taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Physical Science, Earth Science, Geometry, and Algebraic Connections. I have a BA in Biology from Talladega College, a Masters in Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University, and an EdS in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. I am married to a wonderful woman who is also a teacher in Birmingham. We have 7 children (6 boys and 1 girl) ranging from 21 down to 3. My wife and I both believe that teaching is our ministry, and we thank God for giving us the opportunity to spread His message while walking in His purpose for our lives.
Kim earned a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters degree is Business Education and Training from the University of Georgia. Over the last eleven years, Kim has taught a variety of high school and middle school courses at KCS. Previously, she served as CFO of her family’s Birmingham based businesses. Prior to moving to Alabama, Kim was employed at Gainesville University and The University of Georgia. Kim and her husband, Rob, have four children. Two are studying at UAB, one at Auburn University and Molly, the youngest, is a graduate of KCS. The Sullivans attend Kingwood Church where Kim is involved with youth ministry.
High School English Teacher
I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with an English major from a college in Argentina called Instituto Nacional Superior de Profesorado.
I have thirty years of teaching experience. While living in Argentina, my country of origin, I taught English as a second language in public high schools, private foreign language academies, and other institutions for thirteen years.
I have been teaching elementary, middle, and high school Spanish at KCS for sixteen years. I have also been teaching Italian for the last four years.
I have been married to my husband Donald for twenty-seven years. We have been blessed with three wonderful children, Derrick, Melanie, and Dustin; all three are KCS graduates.
Some of my passions and interests are: learning and teaching foreign languages, traveling the world, oil, acrylic, and pastel painting, knitting, health, fitness, and nutrition. I attend Church of the Highlands in Alabaster.
Lee Scott is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She has over 27 years of experience as an educator, and she has been teaching French at Kingwood since 1997. She is certified through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). She and her husband, Tim, have two children and a daughter-in-law who are Kingwood graduates. She enjoys playing tennis and traveling. The Scotts are active members of Briarwood Presbyterian Church where they serve together on the National Ministries Team.
This will be my 10th year teaching Art at Kingwood. I’m one of those individuals, that went to college focused on one career and did something quite different. Rather than continuing my education for my law degree, after studying pre-law and International Politics at Cumberland University and completing The Leadership Institute at Vanderbilt University, I choose to pursue a career that would involve a more creative pursuit…marketing and public relations. Digital Graphic Arts was a natural transition as the internet was becoming increasingly accessible to the public. I became a national speaker for a number of years, teaching state and local agencies website design and web presence. My husband and I started our own internet company that allowed me time to focus on our growing family, while still being a graphic artist. During this time, Kingwood asked if I would be interested in the Elementary Art position. It was a decision that has deeply blessed and enriched my life, to be able to educate and share my passion of Art with the students. This year I am excited to be moving up to teach our older students too!
My husband Tom and I have been married for 17 years and have four children (2 sons and 2 daughters) and one granddaughter. We are members of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.