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

Dr. Kristen Pollard

Head of School

Dr. Kristen Pollard came to SBCA after devoting thirty years to public education in the positions of classroom teacher, instructional improvement specialist, school administrator, and central office administrator. After retiring from public school education, she worked part-time in the Adult Learning Program for Coastal Alabama Community College and the Charter School Division for the Alabama State Department of Education. Dr. Pollard was the first graduate in the University of South Alabama’s Educational Leadership Doctoral program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Alabama. Additionally, she received a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, an a Certificate in Administration, and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of South Alabama. In her free time, Dr. Pollard enjoys watching tennis, participating in community events, and preparing meals for her family and friends.

Sharon Williams

PreK - 12th Grade Principal

Mrs. Williams has 17 years of experience as a school administrator in the Mobile County School System. She is a former teacher at a magnet school for the performing arts and an instructional improvement specialist. Mrs. Williams holds a Certificate in Administration from the University of South Alabama and a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Springhill College.

Ben Burger

Dean of Students/Athletic Director

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

Facilities Manager

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.

Audry Bedford

Office Manager

Ms. Bedford has been at SBCA since 2017. She grew up in Birmingham, AL and attended Samford University where she received her B.S. in Graphic Design and Communication. She has over 20 years of experience as a Graphic Artist and Art Director. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hanging out at the beach, spending time with her daughter and traveling.

Rebecca Kleinschmidt


Rebecca has been part of SBCA for more than five years. She was previously involved in aftercare and is now the bookkeeper for SBCA. Rebecca was born and raised in Baldwin County where she met her husband and has two wonderful children. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, going to church and serving her community.

Austin Webb

IT Coordinator

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 local 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 this community. Austin also enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, going to the beach, and building things.

Teri Spence

Middle & High School English

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

Middle & High School Math

Mrs. Beth Schrader teaches secondary math ranging from 7th-grade Fundamentals to 12th-grade Pre-Calculus. She has a master's degree in math education from the University of South Alabama. A long-time teacher at SBCA she uses a Christ-centered approach that pushes students to achieve their best and make connections between mathematics and Biblical principles.

Jenny Erikson

Middle & High School Science

Mrs. Erikson is an Auburn University alumni (War Eagle!). She earned her bachelor's degree in General Science Education, grades 4-12 with an emphasis in the life sciences. She has over 17 years of teaching experience and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Mrs. Erikson is married and has one son who also attends SBCA. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

Cassandra Demarest

Middle & High School History

Mrs. Demarest is an alumni of Troy University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in History. She has taught at SBCA for 7 years both at the middle and high school levels. She is married and has two children that attend SBCA. Favorite hobbies are boating and paddle boarding

Ashley Nowling

Middle & High School Art

Originally from east Texas, Ashley Nowling holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has over 10 years of experience in the art and theatre field and enjoys sharing her passion for the arts with her students. Ashley spends her free time as a professional artist and actor at the local theaters, and loves spending quality time with her husband and daughter.

Kimberly Smith

Middle & High School Spanish

Mrs. Smith teaches Spanish 1, 2 and Speech for grades 7 - 12. Kimberly and her husband & 2 daughters attended Christian schools in Mobile & Baldwin Counties. She graduated with a B.S. from Auburn University in Communication, Psychology & Spanish. She studied abroad when she became highly qualified at USA to teach Spanish. She has been teaching for 17 years and is passionate about it! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling and gardening.

Megan Cardullo

5th & 6th Grades

I am a recent graduate of Liberty University, receiving my master’s in teaching. I have a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Maryland. I have taught grades Pre-K through high school and really enjoy immersing students in literature and content area learning. I recently moved from Atlanta, Georgia, to the Gulf Shores of Alabama and am enjoying the beach life. I have a rescue dog named Rya, and we often spend time chasing the waves and people-watching at the beach. I enjoy spending time with my nephew and sharing books with him. Our favorite book is The Beautiful Oops (Saltzberg, 2010), which is a whimsical adventure of curiosity.

Ashley Cooper

5th & 6th Grades

Mrs. Cooper is a graduate from Indiana State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She moved to Alabama in 2017 and in her free time enjoys reading books and spending time with my family at the beach.

Tammy Piatti

Elementary, 4th Grade

Tammy Piatti holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is passionate about helping students develop a love for learning while encouraging students in reaching their educational goals. Her professional background includes 21 years of experience working in education. Tammy enjoys boating, jogging, and spending time with her husband Joe, and two children.

Teri Edwards

Elementary, 3rd Grade

Teri Edwards holds a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Mississippi College; a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood from Liberty University; and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from University of Mobile. Training children in the way they should go, spiritually and educationally, is a passion she holds dear to her heart. Her professional background includes teaching preschool and children’s music, in addition to leading elementary students to reach their full potential to read, write, and excel in all academics. She has been married to Mike for 28 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, and reading. She has two fur babies, Anabell Joy and Ozzy Pawsborne. Her favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Dr. Renee Thornton

Elementary, 2nd Grade

Hello, My name is Dr. Carla Renee Thornton. I am a retired middle school English, Math, and Science Teacher from the Washington County School District. I hold the following educational degrees: BS - Elementary Education with a minor in Middle School English; Masters - Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Elementary Mathematics; Doctorate - Instructional Leadership. I love working with Students, parents, and my peers on the journey of education and gaining skills that lead to constant growth in our community.

Liz Cline

Elementary, 1st Grade

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

Elementary, Kindergarten

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.

Felicia Hall

Elementary, Kindergarten

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.

Kaley Kleinschmidt

Pre-Kindergarten, 4 Year Olds

Kaley was born and raised on Baldwin County. She attended a high school where she took education and training classes and aided in classrooms in the elementary school. She has a love for working with children each day and teaching them about God’s awesome love. This is her second full year teaching at SBCA and has also been involved with summer camp for two years.

Jennifer Carr

Pre-Kindergarten, 4 Year Olds

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.

Jessica Backlin

Pre-Kindergarten, 3 Year Olds

My name is Jessica Backlin.This is my first year teaching at South Baldwin. I have a masters in Early Childhood. I have been teaching preschool for 10 years.

Aaron Griffin

Middle & High School Bible, Chaplin

Aaron Griffin is a licensed and ordained minister who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology from the University of Mobile. He comes to South Baldwin Christian Academy with ten years of experience in Church Ministry, and three years of experience in Christian Education. He is passionate about engaging students with the life transforming power of the Gospel. In his free time, he enjoys reading, going to the gym and spending time with family.

Jonathan Crawford

Physical Education Teacher

Jon Crawford has over 7 years of experience working in youth ministry and he loves investing in the next generation. He is also very passionate about sports and physical health. Jon and his wife Michaela got married in 2020 and they enjoy spending time outdoors and cooking delicious meals.

Dave Jackson

Boy's Basketball

Coach Dave Jackson graduated with a BS in secondary education from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He completed his masters degree in Educational technology from Central Michigan University. He has taught 44 years of High School social studies. He spent 23 years at Dayton Christian HS in Dayton, Ohio and the last 21 at Frankfort High School in Michigan. Coach Jackson has coached High School basketball for 43 years and has over 400 wins during his career. He has been married for 44 years to his wife Sammy Jo and has two children Aaron and Mary who are both teachers. His hobbies include fishing and metal detecting.