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Buzz grew up hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, and camping in Eagle River, Alaska. His parents were pastors of a church and were the hub of their community. Early on he knew he wanted to be active in ministry but did not want to be a pastor. He moved to Fullerton, California to attend Pacific Christian College where he played soccer and graduated with a double major in Secondary Education Social Science and the Bible. After graduating from college he spent a year in Oregon working with a church as a youth pastor and skiing Mount Hood. He moved to Johnson City, Tennessee where he attended Milligan College and taught at Liberty Bell Middle School. Graduating with a Master's Degree in Secondary Education Social Science, he moved back.
Dawn Cranston has spent over 25 years as an educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in 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 daughter who are both graduates of SBCA. She has worked in both the public and private sectors of education.
Ben Burger moved to Gulf Shores two years ago from Pelham, AL. A sports official since 1979, he has extensive experience developing sports programs. His professional background includes positions as athletic director, headmaster, elementary and high school principal, assistant principal, academic dean, and various other school leadership roles. He is a member of the National Education Association and Alabama Education Association.
Kris is a native of Baldwin County having been born and raised in Summerdale. He is married to the love of his life, Ashleigh, and they have two sons, Nathan and Peyton, who will begin attending SBCA this school year. Kris holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University. His ministry experience includes positions as lead church planter/pastor, associate pastor, and youth pastor. In addition to serving locally, Kris and his family have also served as foreign missionaries having spent most of 2019 in Rio Viejo, Honduras. There they served and ministered at a Christian missionary-led school named Instituto El Rey (Institute of the King). At IER, Kris taught basic English to middle and high school students and led chapel while also serving in various other administrative and ministry-related capacities. Kris and his family truly love doing ministry together through volunteering, serving, and loving others. Outside of ministry opportunities, the Deese Family enjoys movie nights, college football, and most anything outdoors.
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.
Andie Bills holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art/Studio Art from the University of West Florida. She is passionate about theatre and using her high-energy personality to bring excitement and enthusiasm to the classroom. Her professional background includes more than 15 years of theater experience.
Audry Bedford is has more than 15 years of experience with graphic design and fine arts. Her past experience includes a position as Associate Art Director and Graphic Artist for Mspark. She has also served as a K4 preschool assistant at SBCA and is the SBCA yearbook sponsor. She holds a B.S in Graphic Design from Samford University and has received two Graphic Design USA awards. An active member of The Island Church in Orange Beach, AL, Audry leads a preschool class each Sunday, volunteers at Island Mobile Food Pantry and serves on the Island Kids team. She is an avid baker and crafter who loves spending time with her daughter, Megan, and fur baby, Buddy.
Sarah holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. Her professional background includes serving as a registered nurse (RN) in the healthcare industry with organizations such as University of South Alabama Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Providence Hospital, Medcor, and most recently Health Care Solutions. She has experience educating and training other nurses. It was through that experience that she gained a passion for educating others.
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.
Beth Schrader studied mathematics at Huntingdon College, math and statistics at the University of West Florida, and math education at the University of South Alabama. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and is State Certified with “highly qualified” status. She spent one year at Fairhope High School teaching Geometry and Algebra before coming to South Baldwin Christian Academy. She is also an active P.A.D.I. scuba instructor for Down Under Dive Shop in Gulf Shores, AL. When not living out her Christian Mission as a middle-school math and science teacher, she is most likely underwater somewhere. Her hobbies include cave diving, underwater videography, Taekwondo, and competing in triathlons.
Jenny Erikson graduated from Auburn University in General Science Education, grades 4-12. She has 10 years of teaching experience in the elementary and middle school levels. Jenny is married to Thor Erikson and they have one child, Gunnar, who attends South Baldwin Christian Academy. In her free time, Jenny enjoys travelling, riding her bike, yoga and making Gunnar laugh.
Cassandra Demarest is a graduate of Gulf Shores High School, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Troy University and will soon finish her second Bachelor’s degree in History. She enjoys crafting, paddleboarding, and soccer. Married to Brandon Demarest, a Sgt. in the Army who has served in Iraq, they spent time stationed in Kansas and Germany. She has two children, Marley and Tucker, both of whom attend South Baldwin Christian Academy.
Ashley Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana State University. She is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and loves storytelling. Her professional background includes four years of experience working in education. Ashley enjoys painting, reading, going to the beach and spending time with her husband, Teddy, in her spare time.
With more than 8 years of experience as a substitute teacher for the Baldwin and Harrison County public school systems, Mara Ladner is passionate about education and loves helping children learn. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Delta State University. Her hobbies include kayaking, making pottery, and cooking. Mara also has two children, a boy and a girl, who both attend SBCA.
Abby Engerson holds a Bachelor's of Science in Education and in English Language Arts. Her past experience includes three years of teaching. She is passionate about providing a learning environment that is engaging and supportive. Her goal everyday is not only to teach students the curriculum and skills needed to succeed, but to mold them into well-rounded individuals that value themselves and others. Her favorite pastimes are traveling and spending time with her fiancé, family and friends.
Selena Grimsley holds a Bachelor's of Elementary Education from Georgia Southwestern University. She is passionate about ensuring that every child in her class knows that they they are loved and valued. Her background includes 23 years of experience in education. Selena is very excited to have the opportunity to teach at a Christian school.
With 27 years of experience as a first and second grade teacher in the Lauderdale County School system, Myra enjoys educating elementary students in a Christian environment where she can employ not only her education and experience but her spiritual gifts as well. She holds a Master’s in Education from University of North Alabama.
Lauren Penton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University where she minored in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Her teaching background includes two years spent as a kindergarten teacher with three years of classroom experience. Her passions include inspiring children to become life-long learners, helping children reach their full potential developmentally, and advocating for the importance of early childhood education. She enjoys spending quality time with loved ones and serving others. Recently married, she spends her spare time visiting the beach, fishing, shopping, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with friends and family.
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.
Robin Schlauder studied Emergency Medical Services at Columbus State Community College. She worked as a paramedic and firefighter in Ohio. She is a gifted artist and is also an athlete. She taught fitness classes and swimming for many years and is a black belt in Taekwondo. Our students have flourished in art under her instruction and they love her creativity and enthusiasm as their music teacher. Her two daughters are graduates of South Baldwin Christian Academy and her son is currently a student.
Tara Brown holds a bachelor's degree from Morehead University and has instructed children in mindfulness and yoga at Glow Yoga and YoGoKids for the past two years. She received her yoga teacher certification in 2015 at Glow Yoga and her children’s yoga certification through Young Yoga Masters in 2017. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. She is the mother of 4-year-old twins and loves spending time at the beach. Yoga and gardening are her hobbies.
An Alabama Gulf Coast native, Rebecca joined the SBCA administrative team in 2019. Her professional background includes substitute teaching and serving as school volunteer. She has two children, one who attends SBCA. She also serves on the worship team at Calvary Chapel Fellowship of Foley with her husband and oversees the church's food pantry. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her family.
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 a 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 their new community. Austin also enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, going to the beach, and building things.
Lisa holds a Master's of Education in Dyslexia Therapy from William Carey University and a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University. With more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education, her professional background includes serving for seven years as a first grade teacher at SBCA.
Diane Vckulak is a licensed counselor with nearly 40 years of experience helping clients of all ages resolve life struggles. Born to a military family, Diane's experience as a military daughter, sister, cousin, wife, mother, and grandmother has given her a unique perspective on human development. She currently serves as a counselor for Liberty Church, an adjunct professor at Columbia Southern University, and a psychology intern supervisor in Florida. Diane has also led training workshops and given numerous lectures around the country. She is licensed in Florida and completing the documentation to receive licensure in Alabama. She has an office in both states and continues to counsel children, adolescents, and adults. Diane holds a B.S. in business administration, an M.S. in counseling quandary human development, an M.A. in Psychology, a Ph.D. (ABD) in clinical psychology, and is completing a Doctor of Sacred Studies (D.S.S.) in Christian counseling. She lives in Pensacola, Florida with her family.