Upper School Faculty

Head of Upper School

List of 1 members.

  • Mr. Michael Smith 

    Head of Upper School
    University of North Carolina Greensboro - B.S.

List of 1 members.

  • Mrs. Debbie Taylor 

    Upper School Dean of Students
    Gardner Webb University - B.S.
    Keystone College - A.A.

List of 8 members.

  • Mrs. Julie Brown 

    Upper School Science Teacher
    North Carolina State University - M.S.
    North Carolina State University - B.S.
  • Ms. Olga Cadilla-Sayres 

    Chair of Math Dept., Upper School Math Teacher
    Florida Atlantic University - M.S.T.
    Florida Atlantic University - B.A.
    Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain - B.A.
  • Dr. Mark Ehlers 

    Upper School History Teacher
    Louisiana State University - Ph.D.
    James Madison University - M.A.
    James Madison University - B.A.
  • Mr. Noel Freidline 

    Upper School Music Teacher
    University of North Florida - B.A.
  • Ms. Joanna Gerdy 

    Upper School Theater Teacher
    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania - B.A.
  • Mrs. Rebecca Glavin 

    Assistant Director
    Boston University - MSW
    Middlebury College - BA, Psychology
    UNC Charlotte - MBA
  • Mr. James Grant 

    Upper School Spanish Teacher
    Liberty University - M.B.A.
    New York University - M.A.
    University of Georgia - B.A.
  • Mrs. Brittany Shelley 

    Upper School Spanish Teacher
    UNC Wilmington - M.A.

List of 9 members.

  • Mrs. Kim Guffey 

    Upper School Math Teacher
    Appalachian State University - B.S.
  • Mr. David Hall 

    Upper School English Teacher
    University of North Carolina Charlotte - M.A.
    Furman University - B.A.
  • Dr.  Kerri Hunt 

    Chair of English Dept., Upper School English Teacher
    University of Chicago - Ph.D.
    New York University - B.A.
  • Mr. Dwight Jessup 

    US Computer Science Teacher
    Capella University - M.S.
    Rutgers University - B.A. in Computer Science
    Montclair University - B.S.
  • Mrs. Kristy Johnson 

    Middle School English / Upper School Math Teacher
    Loyola University of Maryland - M.Ed.
    Grove City College - B.A.
  • Mr. Brad Laatsch 

    Chair of Science Dept., Upper School Science Teacher
    Michigan State University - B.S.
  • Mr. Jeff Lafave 

    Upper School P.E. Teacher
    Southern Connecticut State University - B.S.
  • Mr. Crispin McDonald 

    Upper School Science Teacher
    College of the Holy Cross - B.A.
  • Mr.  Steve McGill 

    Upper School English Teacher
    Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania - M.A.
    Cheyney University of Pennsylvania - B.A.

List of 7 members.

  • Mrs. Jackie Pelino 

    Upper School English Teacher
    Western New England University School of Law - J.D.
    Bucknell University - B.A.
  • Mr. Mat Saunders 

    Upper School History Teacher
    University of Kentucky - B.A.
  • Mr.  Rob Simpson 

    Upper School History Teacher
    Appalachian State University - B.S.
  • Mrs. Ellen Teyssier 

    Upper School French Teacher
    University of Virginia - M.Ed.
    SUNY - College at Cortland - B.A.
  • Mr. Michael Thomas 

    Chair of Fine Arts Dept., Upper School Art Teacher
    Florida Atlantic University - M.F.A.
    Savannah College of Art & Design - M.A.
    Flagler College - B.A.
  • Mrs. Tiffani Thomas 

    Middle School Art Teacher and Upper School Yearbook Advisor
    Florida Atlantic University - M.F.A
    Kansas State University - B.Arch.
  • Mrs. Laura Woods 

    School Photographer and Upper School Photography Teacher
    Rochester Institute of Technology/University of Canberra
    The Sorbonne - French
    Miami University, Oxford, Ohio - B.A.

School Information

750 Jetton Street
Davidson, NC 28036
[P] 704-237-5200   [F] 704-896-5535
An Independent Day School educating students 2 years old through 12th grade