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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.
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.
Andie Bills came to us from Columbia Southern University where she worked for 8+ years creating, developing and managing the Alumni Association. With 65k+ alumni, she worked at developing relationships among the alum, while having the hurdle of being an all-online university. During her time at CSU, she also created 25 unique chapters all over the United States, as well as Vietnam. To this day, she still has solid relationships with many of the wonderful alumni she met during her time at CSU. Mrs. Bills also worked alongside the CSU Community Outreach department to help build relationships and worked with several non-profits within the local community as well. Mrs. Bills graduated from the University of West Florida with a B.A. in Studio Art. She brings lots of energy, as well as a drive to tackle any project sent her way. She has over 15 years of experience in theatre and was involved in the Girls Scouts of America for more than 10 years. In her spare time, she LOVES to play Lego, do anything outside, travel, and simply just live in the moment and get up and go with her husband and two kids. Her house is a zoo with two dogs, a cat named Artie, snake, lizard, and a revolving door of neighborhood kids running around playing.
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.
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.
Madelynn graduated from the University of Mobile with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies with a concentration in Creative Access and a minor in Spanish. She volunteered as an ESL tutor and was the ministry team leader at the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home in Mobile for the past two years. Madelynn enjoys reading, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Babb has been teaching for seven years both in the public and private sectors. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-6 from the University of Alabama. Amanda has been married to her husband Justin Babb for nine years. She loves to paint, craft, and play with her three dogs.
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.
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.
Originally from southern Illinois, Mrs. Cline holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Her professional background includes working as a Service Coordinator for the Illinois Early Intervention Program to help families of children with developmental delays receive appropriate therapy services. She and her husband are blessed to have a son and daughter. She enjoys spending time at the beach, shopping and going for walks with her 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.
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.
Mr. Mayer completed a Bachelor's in Music Education in 1985 from the University of Texas in Austin. He began teaching at Nazarene Christian School in south Austin and then spent six years with the Austin ISD teaching elementary music. In 1991, Tom began his own company providing private music instruction for piano, voice and guitar in the home and is still doing that 30 years later! He has recorded one Christian album entitled, “You’re the Light.” He has served at many churches as a music and youth director. Tom enjoys songwriting and has four grown children and three grandchildren.
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.
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.