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 Masters 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Dahl holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and History from Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. He is passionate about teaching the Word of God and mentoring others through their individual walks with Jesus. His previous experience includes counseling and mentoring college students as a resident assistant for three years and tutoring biology. Chris is newly married to his wife, Pranvera, and enjoys playing the guitar in his spare time.
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.
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. Andie also serves as the Children’s Church Coordinator for Wisdom House Church in Orange Beach, Alabama.
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.
Lauren Stead holds a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Pensacola Christian College. Her previous experience includes working with elementary students for over five years. She is passionate about helping students develop a love for learning through creating an engaging, fun classroom environment. Her favorite pastimes are spending time with her husband, doing crafts, visiting the beach, playing games, and eating at Dunkin' Donuts.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Hatfield holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Western Kentucky University. Her professional background includes seven years of experience in education. She is passionate about teaching children the value of becoming life-long learners. She loves animals, music, making people smile and Mexican food.