Faculty & Staff

Upper School Faculty

Head of Upper School

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Michael Smith

    Mr. Michael Smith 

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

Dean of Upper School Students

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Debbie Taylor

    Mrs. Debbie Taylor 

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

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Kallie Abreu Gonzalez

    Dr. Kallie Abreu Gonzalez 

    Upper School Spanish Teacher
    University of Wisconsin-Madison - Ph.D.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison - M.A.
    Furman University - B.A.
  • Ms. Heather Austin 

    Upper School French Teacher
    Georgia Southern University - B.S.Ed.
  • Photo of Peter Blake

    Mr. Peter Blake 

    Upper School Math Teacher
    Georgia Institute of Technology - B.S.
  • Photo of Julie Brown

    Mrs. Julie Brown 

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

    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.
  • Mrs. Jill Cope 

    Upper School AP Psychology Teacher
    Columbia University - M.S.W.
    Cornell University - B.S.
  • Ms. Linda Flynn 

    Upper School English Teacher
    Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English - M.A. in progress
    University of Mississippi - M.F.A.
    Davidson College - B.A.
  • Photo of Noel Freidline

    Mr. Noel Freidline 

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

    Ms. Joanna Gerdy 

    Upper School Theater Teacher
    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania - B.A.

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Kim Guffey

    Mrs. Kim Guffey 

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

    Mr. David Hall 

    Upper School English Teacher
    University of North Carolina Charlotte - M.A.
    Furman University - B.A.
  • Photo of Dwight Jessup

    Mr. Dwight Jessup 

    US Computer Science Teacher
    Capella University - M.S.
    Rutgers University - B.A.
    Montclair University - B.S.
  • Mrs. Amy Kivett 

    Upper School History Teacher
    Alliant University - M.A.T.
    University at Albany - B.A.
  • Ms. Emily Krasnow 

    Upper School Math Teacher
    University of Miami - M.S.Ed.
    Haverford College - B.A.
  • Photo of Brad Laatsch

    Mr. Brad Laatsch 

    Chair of Science Dept., Upper School Science Teacher
    Michigan State University - B.S.
  • Photo of Crispin McDonald

    Mr. Crispin McDonald 

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

    Mr.  Steve McGill 

    Chair of English Department, Upper School English Teacher
    Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania - M.A.
    Cheyney University of Pennsylvania - B.A.
  • Photo of Jackie Pelino

    Mrs. Jackie Pelino 

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

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Mat Saunders

    Mr. Mat Saunders 

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

    Mr.  Rob Simpson 

    Chair of History Dept., Upper School History Teacher
    Appalachian State University - B.S.
  • Photo of Michael Thomas

    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.
  • Photo of Tiffani Thomas

    Mrs. Tiffani Thomas 

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

    Mrs. Laura Wansley 

    Upper School AP Environmental Science Teacher
    Wake Forest University - M. Ed.
    Wofford College - B.S.
  • Ms. Julie Williams 

    Upper School Spanish Teacher
    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - Ph.D.
    Florida State University - M.A.
    University of North Carolina at Wilmington - B.A.
  • Photo of Laura Woods

    Mrs. Laura Woods 

    Upper School Photography Teacher
    University of Canberra - Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar - M.A. (one year)
    Rochester Institute of Technology - M.F.A. (one year)
    Miami University, OH & The Sorbonne - Paris - B.A.
Davidson Day School is an independent private school for students 2 years old through 12th grade in the Lake Norman region of Charlotte.