We are a team of Christian educators and administrators dedicated to the calling of helping children discover the plans God has for their lives.

Dawn Cranston

Head of School

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

Director of Operations & Finance

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

Director of Marketing & Communications

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).

Donna Ross

After Care Program Director, Administrative Assistant

Donna has over 16 years of administrative experience working with children and their families. She holds an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from South West Tennessee Community College. Her two daughters, Nova and Payton, both attend SBCA. Donna enjoys photography, biking, softball, the outdoors and beach and spending time with family and friends.

Lance Odeneal

Facilities Manager

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.

Audry Rogers

Administrative Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Teri Spence

High School, English & Literature

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

High School, History & Government/Economics

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.

Cassandra Demarest

High School, Math & Science

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.

Roger Strick

High School, Bible & Music

Roger has worked with teenagers since 1988 in many different settings - Drug and alcohol abuse, probation monitoring, public school campus ministry, church youth ministry, and music. He also plays guitar professionally around the southeast with many different groups and has had several songs featured on christian radio in Birmingham. Roger attended UAB, and has taken several continuing education classes with Birmingham Theological Seminary, Young Life and other ministries he has worked with. Originally from Canada, he has lived in Gulf Shores since 2000. He loves to hunt, fish, write music, and Auburn Football. Roger Strick has been married to his wife, Dianne, since 1989 and has 2 children, Lauren and Roger Jr.

Beth Schrader

Middle School, Math & Science

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.

Bryan Rhoden

Middle School, English & History

Bryan Rhoden has more than 16 years of experience teaching Bible, math, science and language arts in Christian schools. He served for 11 years as a pastor of a church in North Carolina and 10 years as professor of Biblical studies and theology at Carolina Christian College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is dedicated to helping students gain knowledge and truth and prides himself on building good relationships with his students. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological College and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Columbia International University. Additionally, he has received training through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and enjoys coaching and watching basketball in his spare time.

Jenny Erikson

Elementary, 5th & 6th Grade, Math & Science

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.

Julie Hamner

Elementary, 5th & 6th Grade, English & History

Julie Hamner is originally from Indiana and moved to Gulf Shores in 2015. She studied secondary education at Indiana University. It is her passion to help students find Jesus's fingerprints in all the core subjects and to teach children to trust God with their dreams.  She and her husband have two children who attend South Baldwin Christian Academy. She is passionate about prayer, loves dance, art, and literature, and dotes unabashedly on her chocolate toy poodle, Brandon.

Jeanette O'Conner

Elementary, 4th Grade

Originally from Monroe County, Mrs. O’Connor holds a B.S in Education and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State. Her past experience includes teaching Kindergarten, 1st, 5th, and 6th and serving as an Assistant Principal. A resident of Gulf Shores, she has two children and attends First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores.

Katarina Dean

Elementary, 3rd Grade

Bio coming soon!

Audrey Brown

Elementary, 2nd Grade

Bio coming soon!

Lisa Hand

Elementary, 1st Grade

Lisa Hand graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.  She has over 10 years of teaching experience in K4 through second grade. She provides firm boundaries in a loving environment that gives her students a great foundation to begin their education. She has two sons who both attend South Baldwin Christian Academy.

Emily Chambliss

Elementary, Kindergarten

Emily Chambliss graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a concentration in Child Development and Family Studies. She has 11 years of experience in the classroom and has conducted teacher and parent workshops. She has lived in Orange Beach since 1990 with her husband and their two sons. She enjoys cooking, boating and spending time with friends and family.

Heidi Forsythe Rogers

Pre-Kindergarten, 4-Year-Olds

Heidi Forsythe Rogers is originally from Ohio.  She moved to the Gulf Coast in 2003 and is an extremely talented teacher.  She has a natural ability to inspire young children to reach their potential.  She has been teaching preschool children since 2004 and also runs a successful summer program for children.  Mrs. Heidi as the students call her, is at once a firm disciplinarian and a kind role-model.  She is working toward her degree in Elementary Education.

Felicia Hall

Pre-Kindergarten, 4-Year-Olds

Felicia Hall has more than 10 years of experience working with children. Her passion is helping children know and feel the love of Jesus. She has three boys, two of which are twins, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Katie Jordan

Pre-Kindergarten, 3-Year-Olds

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

Music & Art

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

K3/K4 Art, P.E.

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.