Meet the Faculty
Ruth Gray, Interim Headmaster, Principal and Financial Controller
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.
Corporal David Kline, Dean and School Resource Officer
My name is David Kline. I joined Kingwood Christian School in 2017 as the Dean of Students and Resource Officer. I came to Kingwood from Clanton Police Department were I was a Detective Corporal assigned to general crimes in the criminal investigation unit. During my fifteen year career as a Law Enforcement Officer I have been in the K-9 unit, Tactical unit as well as Patrol and Investigations.
I started my Law Enforcement career in 2002 while attending the Tuscaloosa Law Enforcement Academy. There I achieved the 480 hour minimum standards certification. I hold several other certifications such as instructor development through Auburn University at Montgomery, which allows me to teach continuing education hours to other Law Enforcement Officers. I am certified through Jacksonville State University as an expert in the field of marijuana identification, which means I forensically test marijuana cases and can testify as an expert witness. I am a hazmat specialist and C.L.A.W. certified (clandestine lab and weapons of mass destruction). These certifications allow me to break down a clandestine lab in the field. I am also an instructor in Run, Hide, Fight, which is a civilian active shooter training class. I hold a host of other Law Enforcement type certifications.
I have three Associate Degrees from George C. Community College in Selma. These degrees are in Arts, Sciences, and Criminal Justice. After Wallace I went to the University of Montevallo where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Kinesiology. I am currently working on my Master’s at the University of Montevallo in Secondary Education with a History concentration.
I also hold several commendations for cases worked as well as acts of valor in my Law Enforcement career. In 2011, I received a Resolution from the State of Alabama House of Representatives (HIR377) for outstanding work involving a drug case. In 2012, I was awarded the second highest award you can receive in Law Enforcement, the Lifesaving Award.
My wife Holly and I have been married since 2001. Holly is an elementary teacher here at KCS. We have three children Jeremy, Brady, and Melanie whom attend KCS.
Todd Bradford, Athletic Director, Head Football Coach and PE Teacher
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.
Barbie Kauffman, Elementary/Intermediate Secretary
My name is Barbie Kauffman. I am honored to be a Kingwood Lion! God has moved in my life so many times. I am especially grateful to be at Kingwood again after a life changing car accident in 2016. No surprise, Kingwood stood with me though it all!
I’ve been in school office administration since 2009. Before entering education I worked in the financial industry for 11 years. I’m married to Preston, a banker himself, and we’ve been married since 1994. We have one child, Presley, and she attends Kingwood. Presley has been a Kingwood Lion since she was 12 weeks old! Our entire family loves the Lord, and we feel blessed to know our our daughter is getting her education at this wonderful place.
My name is Stephanie Cochran and I have been at Kingwood since 2013. I have an associates degree in Office Administration. I started out working as the elementary P.E. teacher at Kingwood but have moved to High School Secretary and love it.
I have been married since 1998 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 beginning in 2013. I hold a Associates in Business Administration Degree from Jefferson State Community College. I have over 25 years of accounts receivable experience. I have been married to Jeffery McCay since 1987. 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.
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.
Michelle Marriott, Custodian
Hi, my name is Michelle Marriott and I been working as a custodian at KCS since 2014. I received my GED in 2000. My husband, Paul Marriott, and I both work together as custodians. We have been married since 2004 and he is the love of my life. I have three children that my husband helped me raise. Their names are James, who is 31 years old, Richard, 26 years old, and Becky, who is 24 years old. We also have a granddaughter who we are raising because my daughter, who lives in Maryland, is lost into drugs. My heart aches everyday as she will always be my little girl but we have a two year old miracle named Jayde Michelle who lights our life, our sunshine.
I love Kingwood Christian School. KCS is a miracle to us as we are loved and helped so much with our Sunshine Jayde. The faculty, staff, students and families took care of all our needs and been there with prayer, encouragement and support. There is so much love here at Kingwood. My husband and I love every child, teacher, staff member, and we truly love our bosses. Our administration is awesome. I use to drive school buses and motor coaches, was a deli clerk and cashier, but nothing compares to working for Kingwood Christian School–full of love for our children.
Hi, my name is Paul Marriott .I was born in July of 1970 in Baltimore, MD, I am currently one of the custodians at Kingwood Christian School. My wife, Michelle, also works alongside me as the custodian team at KCS. We have been married for 13 wonderful years and counting. Together we came to KCS in 2014 at the start of the school year. We have been truly blessed to be a part of the amazing family.
I came to KCS with a diverse background. I am a graduate of St Mary’s High in 1989. Also, graduated in 1989 as a certified building construction and maintenance.
I have my Associates degree in Pastoral Ministries in 1992 from Trinity University.
In 1998, I started my own ministry in Elliott City, Md called Southern Ministries. I was the lead Pastor until I merged with the Church of God ministries where I concentrated my efforts in Music Ministry.
My role changed to Manager of a Transportation Service for public schools in Howard County, Md, Supervisor in chicken processing in Gadsden AL. From 2002 until 2012, I was a professional driver of a motor coach taking government workers in the Washington DC area.
All that to say, with my diverse background, God certainly knows what He is doing. My family consist of James, Richard, and Becky. Our first grandson, Gavin has been adopted by our daughters husband’s family. Our daughter’s second child, Jayde Michelle, is in our care and we are actively trying to adopt her.
The role I play now at Kingwood is transforming me into what God had planned. KCS is a very intricate part of my life. If, I can make a difference in the life of those I serve .
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 Ashley and I came to Kingwood in November 2016. I am the Cafeteria Manager as well as the Culinary Arts teacher. I graduated Culinard in 2002 with AOS in Culinary Arts. I have worked in the culinary industry since 1998. Culinary Arts is a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. In 2007 I began working in early childcare as a cook, teacher, bus driver for after school care and summer camp. In 2015 I transitioned into the Director of the daycare center I started working for in 2007.
I have been a member of Revival Central, formally Healing Waters, since 2006. I love my church family and all the amazing ministry I’ve been blessed to be a part of. I’ve served on leadership, taught children’s church, worked on welcoming committee, outreach, mission trips, and taught foundations class. I love being in a community of believers and growing in the love of Christ together.
My name is Renae Grater. I joined the KCS cafeteria team in 2004. I thoroughly enjoy my job and especially being able to interact with the students. I have two sons that attended KCS from the child development center to their 12th year of graduation. Zakari Cylas graduated in 2011 and Nathan Luke in 2016. My interest include being a fitness instructor, horse riding, traveling and spending time with family and friends. I am very blessed to be a part of the KCS team.
Charlene Thais, Cafeteria
I have lived in Alabama since 1998 with my husband, Cornelius Kelley. We have been married since 1986 and have two children, Nicole and Ashlynn. We attend church at New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bessemer. We have worked as an usher and now work with the children’s nursery. I have been with Kingwood since 2011.
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 since 1991. We began the Band Program in 2004. God has blessed us with many opportunities to minister and receive awards. I have been married to my wonderful husband Dee since 1976. 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 since 1981.
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 since 1979 and have 3 grown children, 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. We have attended CrossBridge Community Church in Helena since 2009 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.
Elementary PE Teacher
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. We’ve been married since 1988 and have been showered with many blessings, but two of the greatest are our kids, Charlie and Kaitlin. Charlie is a 2016 KCS graduate and he currently works in the film industry doing videography/photography work. Kaitlin is a recruiter for our Alma Mater, Miss State University. She and her husband live in Houston, TX. I enter everyday knowing that God never fails me and relying on Him for direction. That is how our family came to move from public school to Kingwood. When Charlie attended school at KCS, I substituted in several areas around campus and was very involved in the athletic boosters. My teaching history includes Pre-K, K4, Kindergarten, and First Grade. I’m certified in Early Childhood Ed. and Elem. Ed. and have taught in Texas and Alabama in both public and private schools. I’m so glad to now be a Kindergarten teacher at Kingwood and 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 have a double major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from the University of Montevallo. I have been in education either teaching or as a director since 1992. KCS has been my home since 2002, during these years I have taught kindergarten and first grade, worked in Before School Care, was the Director of Summer Fun for 10 years and coached Peewee cheer. My family and I attend St. Mark UMC, in Vestavia Hills where I have been a member since 1988.
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.
Emily Trimble Mills, Second Grade Teacher
My name is Emily Trimble. I am joining KCS this year as a second grade teacher, although it has actually been my “home” since my own second grade year. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and collaborative special education from the University of Montevallo. During my time at UM, I spent countless hours observing and teaching in some incredible classrooms throughout the county and was mentored by many outstanding elementary and special education teachers. With GREAT EXCITEMENT, I will be marrying the love of my life in September of this year and I eagerly look forward to our new adventure (very soon I will be Mrs. Emily MILLS). I attend Cornerstone Church Helena, where I serve as a worship leader and have been a member my entire life. Teaching is my heart’s desire and I am so thankful to my AWESOME Heavenly Father for opening the door for me to teach at a place I already call home. Go Lions!
My name is Holly Kline and I have been teaching at KCS since 2006. I have B.S. in History with 39 hours in Elementary Education from the University of Montevallo. I have M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. 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 love to attend professional development to keep my teaching current. I have co-presented twice at the AISA Professional Development Conference for technology in the classroom. I have also presented in college classes at South Eastern Bible College on classroom management and music in the elementary classroom.
I am married to David Kline, our Dean of Students and School Resource Officer. We have been married since 2001 and have three children: Jeremy, Brady, and Melanie, who attend KCS. We live in Brierfield and attend Center Hill 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 from a Christian worldview.
My name is Beth Sims, and I have been teaching in Christian education schools & programs since 1994. 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 serves as a third grade teacher, after school care director, and consignment sale coordinator. 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, Caden and Hudson. Baby #3 is due in February 2018! 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.
Joy Standifer, Fourth Grade Teacher
My name is Joy Standifer. This will be my first year teaching fourth grade at KCS. I am married to Jeff Standifer and we have 3 daughters. Maddi is 17 years old and she will be a senior this year. Emily and Lydia are twins. They are 14 years old and they will be starting high school this year. We have attended Kingwood Church for about 20 years. I became a Christian when I was very young. My relationship with Jesus is so important to me. I want Him to be the center of all I do!
I have my BS in elementary education from Troy State University where I graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the R.H. Irvin Award for the Outstanding Senior in Education. I also have my Master’s Degree in early childhood education from the University of Montevallo. I am certified to teach preschool – 6th grade. I have also been through the Alabama Reading Initiative training. I stayed at home with my girls for several years and substituted part of that time. In all, I have more than 20 years of full time and substitute teaching.
I love to read! This was not always so. I think it was partially because of the way I was taught to read. I am passionate about teaching young children to read in a developmentally appropriate way! I also enjoy listening to all types of music, hiking to waterfalls, and watching all three of my girls play soccer! I am very excited to be at KCS this year! Go Lions!
Sally Long, Fifth & Sixth Grade History and Science Teacher, Before/After School Care Tutor
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 since 2009. 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. I have been married since 1991 to my wonderful husband, Shane. He is employed as 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. I have been with Kingwood Christian School since 2016. I 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, 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 it is going to be an awesome year.
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 has been at Kingwood since 2015. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 with a Bachelors in Secondary Education and is pursuing her Masters degree. She lives in Calera with her husband, Ryan, and their three pets. They attend Christian Life Church and are dedicated UAB fans. Go Blazers! Mrs. Myers is the Girls Soccer Coach and Drama Club Sponsor at KCS.
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 a math teacher at KCS. I have taught school for over 27 years and I have been at Kingwood since 2015. 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
My name is Alexander Ross and this will be my first full year at KCS. I was born in Joplin, Mo and grew up in Northeast Oklahoma. I have lived in Alabama for the past 7 years. I have a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Science degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham. I attend Church of the Highlands. I enjoy reading, traveling and woodworking. I’m very excited and looking forward to my first year teaching.
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 since 2002. 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 adult children to a toddler. 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.
Lizz Tompkins, High School English Teacher
My name is Lizz Tompkins. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010 with my BA in English and a music minor. In April of 2017, I graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham with my MA in English, creative writing track. In 2010 I married my husband Paul and we have three children. Allison was born in 2011 and my sons, Matthew and Tyler, were born in 2013. We worship at Liberty Church Birmingham and are active members there. I came on staff at Kingwood in 2017 as the high school English teacher. I look forward to working with the students at Kingwood, and helping them learn more about the English language. I also hope to inspire in them a work ethic that glorifies God and a love for written text.
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 many years of experience as an educator, and 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.