- STUDENT LIFE
Dr. Kristen Pollard came to SBCA after devoting thirty years to public education in the positions of classroom teacher, instructional improvement specialist, school administrator, and central office administrator. After retiring from public school education, she worked part-time in the Adult Learning Program for Coastal Alabama Community College and the Charter School Division for the Alabama State Department of Education. Dr. Pollard was the first graduate in the University of South Alabama’s Educational Leadership Doctoral program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Alabama. Additionally, she received a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, an a Certificate in Administration, and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of South Alabama. In her free time, Dr. Pollard enjoys watching tennis, participating in community events, and preparing meals for her family and friends.
Mrs. Williams has 17 years of experience as a school administrator in the Mobile County School System. She is a former teacher at a magnet school for the performing arts and an instructional improvement specialist. Mrs. Williams holds a Certificate in Administration from the University of South Alabama and a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Springhill College.
Hayley has just recently joined SBCA. She was previously involved with Loxley United Methodist Church where she was the youth representative for the Bay Pines District. Hayley was born and raised in Baldwin County. She is currently enrolled in CSU for her Bachelor's degree in Finance and has a previous degree as a k9 behaviorist. In her free time, she enjoys coaching her son's soccer team, gardening, and spending time with her family, and animals. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hanging out at the beach, spending time with her daughter, and traveling.
Rebecca has been part of SBCA for more than five years. She was previously involved in aftercare and is now the bookkeeper for SBCA. Rebecca was born and raised in Baldwin County where she met her husband and has two wonderful children. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, going to church and serving her community.
Aaron Griffin is a licensed and ordained minister who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology from the University of Mobile. He comes to South Baldwin Christian Academy with ten years of experience in Church Ministry, and three years of experience in Christian Education. He is passionate about engaging students with the life transforming power of the Gospel. In his free time, he enjoys reading, going to the gym and spending time with family.
Lance 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.
Austin served in the Army for 11 years specializing in the communication/signal field both in the states and while deployed overseas. From there he transitioned to a corporate role supporting Dell Technologies for 6 years before moving his family to the area from Texas in 2019 to open Sea Paws Dog Resort Foley, a local doggie daycare and boarding facility. Austin is married to Jennifer and they have three daughters, Emma, Natalie, and Abigail, who all attend South Baldwin Christian Academy. Austin and his family are members of Anchor Point Church and enjoy serving this community and going on mission trips to Ecuador. Austin also enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, going to the beach, and building things.
From the battlefield to the sports field, Mr. Norris has a lifetime love of sports combined with 23 years of military service in the US Army, he brings a wealth of experience. He is an Alum of Columbia Southern University with a Master's degree in Emergency Services Management. A lifelong passion for sports has fueled his journey as both a player and coach, competing at various levels including international competitions with the military. His unwavering dedication to love, winning, and youth sports has shaped his strong leadership style and outstanding organizational management approach.
Jon Crawford has over 7 years of experience working in youth ministry and he loves investing in the next generation. He is also very passionate about sports and physical health. Jon and his wife Michaela got married in 2020 and they enjoy spending time outdoors and cooking delicious meals.
Mr. Vaughn attended Newberry College in South Carolina on a baseball scholarship. He holds a BS degree in Accounting from Newberry and an M.ED in Education from Post University in Connecticut. He has 25 years of education experience working for 5 public school districts in Alabama, Ohio, and California. He has been married for 36 years, and his wife is a former finalist for the Alabama Teacher of the Year (2006). He and his wife recently retired from public education and relocated to Foley in December of 2022. He has a son who is an Endodontist in Virginia, and a daughter who is an attorney for NBC in California. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, watching college football, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Bible verse comes from Joshua 24:15, “as for me and my house, we will serve the lord.”
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.
Mrs. Erikson is an Auburn University alumni (War Eagle!). She earned her bachelor's degree in General Science Education, grades 4-12 with an emphasis in the life sciences. She has over 17 years of teaching experience and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Mrs. Erikson is married and has one son who also attends SBCA. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, biking, and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Demarest is an alumni of Troy University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in History. She has taught at SBCA for 7 years both at the middle and high school levels. She is married and has two children that attend SBCA. Her favorite hobbies are boating and paddle boarding.
Mrs. Nelson has enjoyed teaching children across a variety of grade levels/subjects over the years in Alabama, Florida, Australia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. She earned her undergraduate degrees at Avondale University and completed her graduate studies in education at the University of Southern Queensland (Australia). She has been married nearly 30 years, her husband works in law enforcement, and she has two delightful adult children. She loves God, family times, working with children, Australia (where her family lived for 25 years), the beautiful Gulf Coast, sunsets, and puzzles.
Coach Dave Jackson graduated with a BS in secondary education from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He completed his masters degree in Educational technology from Central Michigan University. He has taught 44 years of High School social studies. He spent 23 years at Dayton Christian HS in Dayton, Ohio and the last 21 at Frankfort High School in Michigan. Coach Jackson has coached High School basketball for 43 years and has over 400 wins during his career. He has been married for 44 years to his wife Sammy Jo and has two children Aaron and Mary who are both teachers. His hobbies include fishing and metal detecting.
At the age of 6, I already knew I was going to be a teacher. When I played outside with my friends, we played school, and I was always the teacher! Life took me through many roads; I became a hairstylist and worked as one before college. Then in college, I studied to be a nurse, then a social worker, then a psychologist. I even took classes to become a lawyer! But God kept that calling lit in my heart to become a teacher, and I started to teach at age 19 while still in school and never stopped. I finally graduated with a Bachelor's in Education. For 49 years I dedicated my life to education and loved every moment of my God-given gift. I now have a Master's in ESL, and my native language is Spanish. My teaching style is untraditional and because of it, students enjoy learning and are successful. Every year I look forward to their smiling faces and their enthusiasm when they discover “Spanish Can Be FUN”!
Mrs. Selena Grimsley is the 5th/6th grade math & science teacher. She is originally from Georgia but has been living in Gulf Shores for the past four years. She has 2 children and loves living at the beach. Her favorite way to relax and rewind is to go to the beach and read while listening to the sea gulls and waves. One of her favorite Bible verses is- Psalm 16: In they presence is fullness of joy.
Tammy Piatti holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is passionate about helping students develop a love for learning while encouraging students in reaching their educational goals. Her professional background includes 21 years of experience working in education. Tammy enjoys boating, jogging, and spending time with her husband Joe, and two children.
Teri Edwards holds a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Mississippi College; a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood from Liberty University; and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from University of Mobile. Training children in the way they should go, spiritually and educationally, is a passion she holds dear to her heart. Her professional background includes teaching preschool and children’s music, in addition to leading elementary students to reach their full potential to read, write, and excel in all academics. She has been married to Mike for 28 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, and reading. She has two fur babies, Anabell Joy and Ozzy Pawsborne. Her favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Heidi Wolf recently moved to the Gulf Shores area. She has over eight years of experience teaching in the primary and elementary grades. Heidi has her Master’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction at Pensacola Christian College.
Katie Jordan moved from Brewton, Alabama to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 2015. For the past several years, she has enjoyed working with Pre-K children and developed a love for teaching. She finds great joy in helping children thrive and grow spiritually and academically.
When Ms. Loudon isn’t in the classroom, she enjoys being outside on the family farm and growing her own fruit and veggies. Another favorite hobby is boating. She loves to cook and enjoys big family dinners around the table. Prior to teaching Pre-K, Ms. Loudon worked as the Director of Special Events at a large Managing General Agency in New York. Ms. Loudon has spent countless volunteer hours mentoring at-risk youth in association with the Green Beret Project.
Jennifer Carr moved to Gulf Shores, Alabama in 2015 from Texas with a professional background in early childhood education. She has three children and has been married for more than two decades. She enjoys the sport of softball, shopping and spending time at the beach.
Deidra joins SBCA with a passion for helping others. She received a Bachelors of Science in Radiologic Sciences from the University of South Alabama and served many women through OB/GYN ultrasound before leaving the profession in order to devote more time to her family. This time allowed for homeschooling, family, and individual growth. With her boys back in public school, God placed Deidra at Elberta Middle School with an opportunity to encourage and witness personal and academic growth in students. The fulfillment that comes from helping a child recognize his/her potential and gain confidence is why she is excited to be joining the SBCA family. Her husband, John, retired from ALEA last year and thoroughly enjoys being a private pilot. Their older son graduated in May 2023 and has moved to Kansas for a job in custom harvesting. Their 16-year-old son is starting SBCA as a junior and has already embraced the small, family environment on campus. As a family, they enjoy traveling, exploring new foods/cultures, fishing, and quiet time on the water or in the woods.