Meet the Faculty
Ruth Gray, 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.
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 where 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, and Patrol and Investigations.
I started my law enforcement career in 2002 while attending the Tuscaloosa Law Enforcement Academy. 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 officer. 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 also hold a CPR/AED/First Aid instructor certification. 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 attending Wallace State, 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 Masters at Liberty University attempting to complete a degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a History specialization. I also hold several commendations for cases worked and 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 at KCS. We have three children: Jeremy, Brady, and Melanie who all attend KCS.
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 Barbie Kauffman. I am honored to be a Kingwood Lion! I am especially grateful to be at Kingwood again after a life-changing car accident in 2016 had me healing at home for a year. No surprise-Kingwood stood with me through it all!
I’ve been in school office administration since 2009. Before entering the world of education, I worked in the financial industry for 11 years. I’ve been married to Preston, a banker, since 1994. We have one child, Presley, and we are so proud of her! Our entire family loves the Lord, and we feel blessed be associated with Kingwood Christian School.
Andrew Davis, Elementary and Intermediate Secretary and Yearbook Sponsor
My name is Andrew Davis. I am honored and truly blessed to be a part the students, parents, and faculties’ lives at KCS. I graduated in 2005 from Hope Christian School in Pelham. I attended Jefferson State Community College, after graduating, with a focus on Computer Networking. I suspended my studies for a few years and worked to save money for when I would go back.
I then attended the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, in 2012. While I was there, I had the privilege of working in the President’s Office for Dr. Judy Bonner. I graduated magna cum laude, in 2014, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Computer Technology and Applications.
I have been involved at KCS for a couple years subbing in Elementary, Middle, High schools as well as in the offices. I also worked in the Summer Fun program. I had the most fun and engaging time being the Interim Elementary PE Coach in the fall of 2017.
I am looking forward to being a full time employee at Kingwood Christian School. Roar, Lions, Roar!
Melissa McCay, Accounts Receivable
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.
Caren Lewis, Payroll and Benefits
Venus Webster, Library Assistant and After School Care
My name is Venus Webster. I am so excited and blessed to be working in the KCS library this year!
My mom taught me how to read when I was three years old, and I have never stopped. I have a love of reading that goes to the depths of my soul. I am so grateful to God that He has given me something that I enjoy every day. I always want to bring the joy that I get out of reading to as many people as I can. There is a huge world out there, and you are always just one book away from discovering something new. I really enjoy talking to kids about books and instilling the same love of reading into them that I have. This is going to be a fantastic year!!!
I have been a part of the Kingwood family for 40 years now. I began attending services here when the school served as the Kingwood Church building. This building has so many happy memories for me. My parents started the children’s ministry here in the late 70s. This is a wonderful church to grow up in, and I have loved every minute of it!
I have a grown son, Joshua, who works for the City of Alabaster. He is a wonderful son and a blessing from God. He has dyslexia; it has given us many challenges over the years. It is hard to be such a good reader myself and have a child who struggles with reading as much as he does. We have overcome a lot with his dyslexia, and he is doing well. I have two rescued fur-babies at home, Bear and Teddy. They are gifts from God, and we love them dearly.
I have 20 years of experience working with kids and books. I worked for Scholastic Book Fairs for three years and have been a substitute teacher since 1998. I have worked with kids of all ages, I have run a bookstore, and I always have a book with me.
I am really looking forward to this year at KCS!
My name is Tim Purvis and I have been a member of the KCS team for 9 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.
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 nine years, who also works at KCS ! Ty has five kids, youngest son Joshua is a graduate from KCS. Ty also has 17 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 26 years, Master Gas Fitter for 32 years, 43 years experience in landscaping and construction including electrical and plumbing and A/C Certified. Ty is an active member of Kingwood Church for 16 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 33 countries doing mission work. His hobby is collecting old toys.
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 has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. In 2007, I began working in early childcare as a cook, teacher, and bus driver for afte- school care and summer camp. In 2015, I transitioned into the director of the daycare center that I started working for in 2007.
I have been a member of Revival Central, formerly 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 the 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.
Renae Grater, Cafeteria
My name is Renae Grater. I joined the KCS team in 2004. I also became a part of the KCS summer camp team that year and have not missed a summer since. This year I was the co-director of the summer camp, and it was an awesome opportunity. I thoroughly enjoy my job; I especially love being able to interact with the students on a daily basis. I have two sons that attended the KCS Child Development Center and continued their education at KCS through graduation. My interests include being a fitness instructor, horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I am very thankful and blessed to be a part of the KCS team.
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.
Kelsey Smith, Intervention Teacher
My name is Kelsey Smith, I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montevallo in Elementary Education. I have been working with elementary age children since I was 16 when I worked at Kingwood Christian Child Development Center. Working with young children is my passion. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Kingwood family.
My name is Adam Tekulve. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with the students, faculty,and parents at Kingwood Christian School. I went to high school in Oneonta where I met my wife, Sarah Taylor Tekulve. After graduating in 2013, I attended Wallace Community College where I played baseball for two years. I graduated from Wallace in the spring of 2015 with an Associates in Arts degree. The following summer, I moved to Troy to major in physical education. I also coached Troy Post 70 baseball, and we became state champions in my second season. Also during my time at Troy, I worked as a manager for the university’s baseball team for my first two years and worked as the Assistant Director of Operations in my third. I completed my physical rducation internship at Ariton School where I worked under the school’s strength coach as well as the head of the Physical Education department. I graduated from Troy University on December 15 , 2017, with my Bachelor’s of Education (K-12 physical education). I am very excited for the year at Kingwood Christian School. Go Lions!
My name is Julie Kennemer, and I have been teaching since 2001. I received my bachelor’s degree from Union University in early childhood education with a minor in vocal music. I have been married to my fantastic husband, Darren, for 17 years. He is the chief of chaplain services at the VA and a pastor at our church, First Presbyterian of Alabaster. We have two amazing children, Aidan and Ellie. Aidan is a freshman and Ellie is a fifth grader here at KCS.
Brandi Holmes, Kindergarten Teacher
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 Diane Prince. I am married to my “Prince Charming,” Mitchell. We have four children: one who graduated from KCS in 2016, one who attends KCS, and two who are homeschooled by their mom in Mobile. 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. 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.
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.
Emily Mills, Third Grade Teacher
My name is Emily Mills. I joined the KCS faculty in 2017 although it has actually been my home since I attended Kingwood student starting my second grade year and graduated from KCS in 2012. 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. I married Seth, a KCS graduate and love of my life, in September 2017. I attend cornerstone church of Helena, where I served as a worship leader and a lifelong member. Teaching is my hearts desire and I am 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 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 middle school 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.
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 an active member of Christian Life Fellowship in Calera, 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 toa fur baby, Grace. She feels like her greatest asset she brings to Kingwood Christian School is her love for the children.
My name is Joy Standifer. This will be my second year teaching fourth grade at KCS. I am married to Jeff Standifer, and we have three daughters. Maddi is 18 years old and she will be a freshman at UAB. My 15-year-old twins, Emily and Lydia, will be sophomores in high school this year. We have attended Kingwood Church for about 21 years. I became a Christian when I was very young. My relationship with Jesus is of the utmost importance 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 through sixth 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 21 years of full time and substitute teaching experience.
I love to read! This was not always the case. 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!
I am excited to begin my fifth year as the fifth and sixth grade science and history teacher. I have many amazing things planned including experiments, research projects, and lots of hands-on activities. I have a B.A. in History from Athens State University (2001) and a Masters of Education from the University of Montevallo (2012). I have been married to Chris Long since 2003, and the two of us moved to Alabaster that same year. In 2011, we were blessed with twins, Jack and Abigail. They both attend KCS.
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!
Fifth & Sixth Grade Math Teacher
Mr. Micah Davis, Fifth Grade Math Teacher for 2018-2019 school year
Miss. Kathryn Tompkins, Sixth Grade Math Teacher for 2018-2019 school year
Stephanie Cochran, Middle School Bible Teacher and Yearbook Sponsor
My name is Stephanie Cochran, and I have been at Kingwood since 2013. I have an associates degree in office administration. I began working as the elementary P.E. teacher at Kingwood, moved to high school secretary in 2015, and will be teaching middle school Bible this year. I have been married since 1998 to a wonderful man, and I have four children who all attend Kingwood Christian School or the CDC. We attend Grace Life Baptist Church in McCalla. I am so excited about teaching Bible this year. My desire is that our kids fall in love with the great God that we serve. Without the Lord, our lives are empty and meaningless. I am blessed to be a part of KCS and look forward to a great year.
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 Varsity Football Coach, Head JV Football Coach, and Head Track Coach. This will be my fourth year teaching at KCS and coaching track and third year as a football coach. I graduated from Hueytown High School before studying at Samford University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Religion. My thesis was the study of historical ancient Roman cults. I also received a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Education in Christian Education Administration from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where my dissertation was the study of current trends and influences on moral beliefs in high school students. Before coming to KCS, I served on local church staffs around Birmingham for 14 years and as a Disciple Now and revival speaker; this has allowed me the opportunity to sing, speak for events, and lead workshops in six states and two countries. During that time, I authored five different Bible Study and Disciple Now curriculums. I love all things related to sports, music, theology, and politics. I am an active member of 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 3rd 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!!!!
Micah Davis, Middle School Math Teacher
My name is Micah Davis. I graduated from Kingwood Christian School in 2012 and was honored to serve as a Valedictorian. During my time at Kingwood, I was a member of the Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, the tennis team, served as the Senior Class Chaplain, and was selected by the faculty as Mr. KCS. I was also a leader of the KCS Praise and Worship Team. I received a Presidential Scholarship to the University of Alabama and graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies in May 2016.
I am passionate about music and am the worship pastor at Christian Life Fellowship in Calera.
I have remained involved in KCS through summer fun and as a substitute teacher. I am excited to join the KCS faculty and look forward to serving the students and families of my alma mater.
Haley Smith, High School Science Teacher
Hi! My name is Haley Smith and I am thrilled to be joining the Kingwood faculty as the Biology and Anatomy teacher for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. I have lived in Alabama with my husband, Christopher, for a little over three years and we have a border collie named Sophie who keeps us busy. I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology with a focus in Anatomy and Biomechanics at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. My primary focus in college was biomechanics and my thesis was a comparison of hindlimb and wing morphology in red-tailed hawks and osprey. I also submitted medical drawings for publication in research papers and studied white-tailed deer. My love of science stemmed from being raised on a farm and having a natural curiosity and fascination with my surroundings. I taught lecture/lab classes to college students for two years as part of my graduate assistantship and greatly enjoyed it. My hope is to be able to give your children a deeper appreciation for the wonderful creation that we are blessed to call home. I believe that having a fundamental understanding of various basic processes in both anatomy and biology will help students to see their world differently and enable them to take better care of both the environment and themselves. I look forward to sharing my love of learning and I welcome any questions you may have.
My name is Robert Franks and I am excited to be a part of the Kingwood family. I received my Batchelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alabama and my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Montevallo. I have 34 years of teaching experience and am looking forward to working with both students and parents this next school year.
I have been a Children’s Minister and am currently an ordained Minister. My wife and I moved to Jemison in May of 2017 and united with Jemison First Baptist Church.
I am also a retired Command Sergeant Major with 38 years of service in the Chemical Corps.
Again, I look forward to meeting and getting to know each of you as we work together for the education of our children.
My name is Lorie White and I am excited to step into the role of High School Science teacher during this time of Mr. Hare’s absence. My background is in mechanical engineering (Roll Tide!) and I previously taught Algebra 2 and Economics at KCS for 2 years several years ago before having to move out of state due to my husband’s job relocation. I am excited to be back in the Lions’ family and looking forward to the challenge that comes with teaching a high school science class. Let’s finish out this school year strong!
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.
Sarah Sullivan, High School English Teacher
I graduated from UAB this past December with a degree in English
Literature and Studio Art. Throughout my college career I worked in school settings,
teaching ACT preparation in Birmingham City Schools and working with at-risk students
through a Birmingham mentoring program. I am excited, well-prepared, and ready to
demand the excellence your child can produce.
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.