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 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 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).
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.
Pam Odeneal will most likely be your first contact at SBCA by phone, in person, or on the web. She strives to be a welcoming presence at the front office. Pam was born and raised in Alabama and has been happily married to our very own Lance Odeneal since 1990. Their two children, Joel and Ryan are both SBCA graduates. Along with Lance, she has spent a lot of time with this school since the very first day and has known many of our high school students since kindergarten. She also considers her job also a ministry to help make things run as smoothly as possible and instill a little joy in daily life.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Rena Samson moved to the Gulf Shores area from Meridian, MS. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has 12 years experience teaching with 5 years teaching experience in Christian education. She has recently been certified to teach special education. Her family includes a husband, 3 children, 1 dog and 2 cats. During her free time, she enjoys cooking and reading.
Kim Anderson was born in raised in Baldwin County and is an alumni of Robertsdale High School. She graduated from the University of West Alabama “highly qualified” with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. Kim spent seven years teaching in Baldwin County Schools. She is married to Chad Anderson from Montgomery, AL. They have two daughters who attend SBCA. The Anderson family loves the beach, boating, and seeing new movies together.
Meredith Fredrickson graduated from University of Montevallo with degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She taught in Baldwin county public schools for 8 years before taking a break to raise her children. She has three children along with a step daughter. She and her husband live in Orange Beach and own Dolphin Cruise so in her free time she loves to be on the water mingling with passengers and watching the dolphins play. They attend Christian Life Foley. She is excited to be a part of South Baldwin Christian Academy.
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 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 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.
Paula French has more than 15 years of experience working at daycares and schools. She believes that pre-school aged children are just beginning to learn about themselves and their world making it the perfect time to teach them about God and the love he has for us. She has attended workshops and classes in early childhood development. Paula enjoys reading and spend time with her family.
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.