Dawn Cranston has spent over 25 years as an educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on elementary and early childhood education from Indiana University. She earned her Master’s of Education degree studying Educational Leadership at Concordia University. She has two daughters, one who currently attends South Baldwin Christian Academy (SBCA) and another who graduated from SBCA in 2017. She has worked in both the public and private sectors of education.
Karen Long has over 25 years of experience in education. She attended the University of Mobile where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She also did Master’s work at the University of South Alabama. In the public school system, she taught at-risk students ranging from K-4 to 5th grade. In recent years, she has drawn on her 25+ years in ministry working with youth and adults as a middle and high school teacher. She serves as a wise and patient guide to the students and also helps them with college testing and enrollment. Her oldest son graduated from Calvary Christian Learning Center and now attends Auburn University. Her other son graduated from SBCA in 2013.
Jessie Williams is a marketing and communications specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. In addition to her role at SBCA, she also owns Kakapo Marketing, a full-service marketing communications firm based in Foley, Alabama. Jessie holds a bachelor of arts in public relations and a master’s degree in communication arts from the University of West Florida (UWF). Previously Vice President of Marketing for Columbia Southern University and Waldorf College, her past experience also includes positions as Director of Marketing for United Way of Escambia County; Public Relations Manager at Southern Solutions PR generating local, regional and national press for clients such as Nestlé Waters North America; and Children’s Pastor for Liberty Church Foley Campus. Jessie is a recipient of the Public Relations Society of America Golden Image Award (2003 & 2006) and American Red Cross Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service (2004). She has also served as the Public Relations Chair of the Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter (2006).
Pam Odeneal will most likely be your first contact at SBCA by phone, in person, or on the web. She strives to be a welcoming presence at the front office. Pam was born and raised in Alabama and has been happily married to our very own Lance Odeneal since 1990. Their two children, Joel and Ryan are both SBCA graduates. Along with Lance, she has spent a lot of time with this school since the very first day and has known many of our high school students since kindergarten. She also considers her job also a ministry to help make things run as smoothly as possible and instill a little joy in daily life.
Odeneal was born and raised in Alabama. He and his family came to the Gulf Shores area in 2002 and would rather live here than anywhere else. He, his wife Pam, and their two sons (both of whom graduated from SBCA) have been connected with many of these teachers and families since 2004. They have volunteered and spent much time at the school since the very first day and consider it their mission to help SBCA in it’s vision to minister to the students and their families in love. He is very excited to be a part of the SBCA team. He really enjoys greeting the families in the morning and helping keep our beautiful campus and classrooms looking great and in working order.
Teri Spence has more than 20 years of experience in Education. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education English. She taught middle and high school for 10 years in the Ascension parish school system. She also worked with at-risk and ESL students for 2 years in Irving, Texas. She was chosen to attend the National Writing Project which is an intensive professional development program designed to improve student writing. She has taught in Christian schools since 2006 and has two daughters who currently attend South Baldwin Christian Academy.
Ashley Arnould graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education as well as a master’s degree in history. She lives in Orange Beach with her husband. She has taught at both the middle and high school level. As a teacher, she infuses her passion for her subjects with abundant energy that always aims to get students to think. She is very committed to providing a learning environment that is both exciting and rigorous, one that empowers both student and teacher in pursuing learning. She places high expectations for her students and supports them so they can rise to those expectations.