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Administration and Support Staff

Administration

Dr. William George
Head of School

B.A. Classical and Medieval Studies, Cleveland State University
M.S. Educational Leadership, Ohio State University
Ed.D. Western Carolina University, Graduate Theological Foundation

Dr. William George recognizes that Christian education means much more to parents now than it did when he was raising his own children. He is driven by his passion for Christian education and his love for this generation of children. Raising children in an environment that is both nurturing and mindful of the admonition of the Lord requires an intentionally designed framework. Dr. George acknowledges this sacred obligation to teach children to think, reason, and reclaim the broken world for Christ in a manner that draws from the example Christ set with His own life. Having served as Headmaster since 1989, Dr. George maintains a faithful hold on the mission of ACA.

Email: bill.george@acalion.org

Jason Putnam
Controller

M.B.A. Western Carolina University

Jason Putnam’s service to ACA is an extension of his belief that authentic Christian education longs to introduce its students to the source of all truth. Also an ACA parent, Mr. Putman views the work of ACA as an extension of the Christian home and Church. His favorite verse is Romans 12:2 because it reminds him that God call us to be new creatures, transformed internally and externally. Mr. Putnam holds a B.A. in Business from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an MBA in Business from Western Carolina University.

Email: jason.putnam@acalion.org

Wade Tapp
Head of Upper School

B.A  Broadfield Science (Biology), Covenant College
M.Ed Educational Leadership, Covenant College

For Wade Tapp, Christian education is an opportunity to celebrate the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all areas of creation. Mr. Tapp believes Christian education prepares students to influence and engage in culture in a way that is transformative. His favorite verse, 3 John 1:4, states “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” This verse speaks to the blessing of seeing the children in our care embrace a relationship with Jesus for themselves.

Email: wade.tapp@acalion.org

Scott Schroder
Head of Middle School

B.S. Secondary Education and Social Studies, Western Carolina University
M.A. School Administration, Gardner-Webb University

Middle School Principal Scott Schroder began teaching at ACA in 1997. His love for the ACA community and working with students have made his commitment to ACA a natural choice. Philippians 1:21 has been his favorite verse since he was a teenager.

Email: scott.schroder@acalion.org

Susan Montgomery
Head of Lower School

B.A. Psychology and Elementary Education, University of North Carolina at Asheville
M.A. School Administration 

Lower School Principal Susan Montgomery joined the ACA family many years ago when she and her husband enrolled their children at ACA. She later joined the faculty as a fourth grade teacher. A love of learning and a desire to inspire that same love in students led Mrs. Montgomery to study education. Originally from Coral Springs, FL, Mrs. Montgomery enjoys the beach and spending time outdoors. She treasures Psalm 139 for its description of how God knows his children intimately and that they are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Email:  susan.montgomery@acalion.org

Alex Panagiotacos
Fine Arts Director

B.S. Music, Clearwater Christian College
M. Ed. Music Education, University of Central Florida

The community of believers working together led Alex Panagiatacos to ACA in 2008. Mr. Panagiatacos enjoys fine arts education because the students’ gifts and talents are always on display for others to enjoy. He takes pleasure in seeing students achieve more than they thought was possible. Colossians 3:17 is important to him because it is a reminder that such gifts are from the Lord and believers are to use them for His glory.  

Email:  alex.panagiotacos@acalion.org

Joe Johnson
Director of Athletics

B.S. Physical Education and Social Studies, Pittsburg State University
M.A. Secondary School Administration, Pittsburg State University

Mr. Johnson’s work in public education teaching, coaching, and serving as an athletic administrator, followed by five years in sports ministry equipped him for joining the ACA team in 2004. Mr. Johnson is certified as an Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He has also been recognized by the National Federation of High School Sports for athletic leadership. His favorite Scripture comes from chapter 5 of Galatians. 

Email:  joe.johnson@acalion.org

Mark Brant
Campus Manager

B.S. Intercultural Studies and Bible, Columbia University

Mr. Brant has served ACA as campus manager since 2007.  Though he was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, he considers Langley, Washington home. Mr. Brant holds a professional ski instruction certification. He enjoys most sports, though skiing is his favorite.

Email: mark.brant@acalion.org

Administrative Support

Laura Benzing
HOS Executive Assistant

B.A. Psychology and Religion, Meredith College

A desire to become involved in Christian education led Mrs. Benzing and her family to ACA in 1998. Mrs. Benzing credits ACA with helping her family bring education, church, and family life into balance. She enjoys mountain biking, cooking, reading, and quilting. Philippians 4:4-8 is her favorite verse for its encouragement and reminder to take everything to God in prayer. Mrs. Benzing is licensed by the Society of Human Resources.

Email: laura.benzing@acalion.org

Allison Chapman
Director of Donor Relations

B.S. Marketing, UNC Charlotte
M.B.A. Pfeiffer University

As ACA’s Director of Donor Relations, Allison Chapman knows well the outward impact of a school that is centrally focused on its students’ relationship with Christ. Mrs. Chapman is committed to the advancement of Christian education at ACA and she considers it a privilege that her own children encounter Christ daily in a loving and nurturing environment. A native to North Carolina, Mrs. Chapman earned her BA in marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also holds an MBA from Pfeiffer University.

Email: allison.chapman@acalion.org

Beth Ledford
Director of Admissions

B.S. Business Administration, UNC Asheville

Director of Admissions Beth Ledford believes an education rooted in the Gospel helped her own adult children grow strong in their faith. She greatly values the partnership between ACA and families and considers Christian education priceless. Romans 8:28 is important to her because it reminds her that God’s purpose surpasses her own.

Email: beth.ledford@acalion.org
(828) 581-2208 or (828) 581-2200 x208

Linda Brown
Learning Connections Director

B. S. Education and B.A. Psychology, Millersville University
M. Ed. Education, Saint Francis University

Motivated by her love of education, Mrs. Brown decided to enter the field after working with students while she was still in high school. In 2005 she became a part of the faculty when she recognized ACA’s Christ-centered education and heart for students with learning differences. Mrs. Brown holds a North Carolina Teacher’s License in German and Special Education: Learning Disabilities, and an ACSI Certification in German and Psychology. She is also a Board Certified Neurofeedback Intern and has completed The National Institute for Learning Development Level II training. She believes that Isaiah 26:3 can be applied to her life every day.

Email: linda.brown@acalion.org

Terry Hughes
Assistant Athletic Director

B.S. Business Administration, Montreat College

Terry Hughes’s partnership with ACA reflects his heart for Christian education. Mr. Hughes became an educator because of the impact his former teachers and mentors have had on his life. He enjoys anything competitive. Colossians 3:23 is important to him because it helps him remember to serve the Lord in all things and to do so with his entire heart.

Email: terry.hughes@acalion.org

Dr. Rick Spurling
Director of Outreach

Ed.D. East Tennessee State University

Dr. Rick Spurling recently retired from the Mitchell County School System after 32 years where he served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, associate superintendent, and superintendent of schools. Before becoming Director of Outreach, Dr. Spurling spent one year as the head of the upper school at ACA. He has also served as an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University in the educational leadership department and principal preparation program. Having spent his career in public education, Dr. Spurling appreciates the opportunities he has had to share his faith with his students at ACA, though he has always strived to show his faith and the love of Christ through his actions and treatment of others in any setting.

Email: richard.spurling@acalion.org

Support Staff

Sydney Brynn
Communications & Marketing Coordinator

B.S. Marketing and Advertising, University of Oklahoma

Texan Sydney Brynn joined ACA in 2016 as the communications and marketing coordinator. She also serves as the assistant director of running sports. Her degree is in Advertising from the University of Oklahoma. Recognizing how Christian teachers and coaches helped shape her led Ms. Brynn to be a part of ACA’s mission. Esther 4:14 reads, “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” This verse reminds Ms. Brynn to live every moment with purpose and heart.

Email: sydney.brynn@acalion.org

Carmen Chaplain
MS Office

B.S. Exercise Science, Gardner Webb University

Carmen Chaplain serves as the middle school administrative assistant where she serves faculty, students, and families daily. One of her favorite things about Christian education is how every subject, though different from the others, points to the Gospel. Mrs. Chaplain’s favorite verse is Ephesians 2:3-5 because it reveals the character of God and how He meets us in our mess to save us. Mrs. Chaplain enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her husband and her dog, and all things iced coffee and pumpkin.

Email: carmen.chaplain@acalion.org

Liz Gruninger
HOS Office

Montgomery College

Mrs. Gruninger studied at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She views Christian education as a partnership between schools and families with the goal of building a Biblical foundation for students. One of her favorite verses is Deuteronomy 6:5 because she believes it is an importance verse to learn and teach to others.

Email: liz.gruninger@acalion.org

Anna Harris
Fine Arts & US Office

B.A. Business Administration, Belhaven University

Anna Harris began her position assisting the fine arts department in 2013. She believes that fine arts programs greatly enrich students’ lives. Originally, from Tuscumbia, Alabama, Mrs. Harris attended Belhaven College in Mississippi. Her favorite verse is Isaiah 43:1 because it tells us that, while we all desire to be known, the God of the universe knows us by name.

Email: anna.harris@acalion.org

Fiona Jones
Receptionist

M.A English Literature and Language, St. Andrews University, Scotland 
Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, Lancaster University, England

Originally from Manchester, England, Mrs. Jones joined the ACA community in 2016. Her role as receptionist gives her the opportunity to serve ACA’s students and families on a daily basis. One of the reasons Mrs. Jones chose ACA for her teenage son and daughter is the school’s commitment to excellence in academics and fine arts.

Email: fiona.jones@acalion.org

Kate Lunberry
LS Office

B.A. Psychology, Houghton College

Kate Lunberry began working at ACA in 2010. Mrs. Lunberry was born in Kijabe, Kenya. She feels privileged to serve ACA families and the Lord. Mrs. Lunberry enjoys the unique opportunity to serve alongside her husband, Mr. Trent Lunberry, a fourth grade teacher.

Email: kate.lunberry@acalion.org

Erin Winter
US Office

B.S. Business Administration, Gardner Webb University

Erin Winter took on the position of administrative assistant to the upper school in 2014. She is glad to have the opportunity to see students’ lives transformed by the Gospel through the classroom. Mrs. Winter cherishes John 3:30’s message that we have been given everything through Jesus, so we cannot boast in ourselves.

Email: erin.winter@acalion.org

Kristin Moyers
School Nurse

B.S. Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center
B.S. Communications, Mississippi State University

Kristin Moyers’s first choice for her children was ACA. After witnessing the impact the school community had on her own children, Mrs. Moyers joined the staff. Though she began her time at ACA as a teacher’s assistant, she soon stepped into the role of school nurse.

Email: kristin.moyers@acalion.org

Paula Paquette
Family Account Manager

Paula Paquette, whose hometown is Swannanoa, began assisting the business office in 1996, three years after she enrolled her daughter in kindergarten at ACA. Although working in education was not part of her initial goal, she learned that God had a better plan for her life. Paula enjoys taking motorcycle road trips in her free time.

Email: paula.paquette@acalion.org

Julie Rasku
Homestay Coordinator

Julie Rasku serves as the international homestay coordinator. Mrs. Rasku understands the diverse and ever-changing values that children are faced with daily. Christian education is important to her because it provides a strong foundation for children and young adults to build their faith on as they grow. Working in Christian education gives Mrs. Rasku the opportunity to be a part of that journey with many families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and running.

Email: julie.rasku@acalion.org

Campus Operations

Mary Ellen Auten
Operations

B.A. Mathematics, Salem University

Mary Ellen Auten started working at ACA in 2008. She uses her talents in many ways at ACA. She serves as the yearbook teacher, manages the school calendar, and works in the facilities department. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, tea, stained glass, photography, and spending time with her family.

Email:  maryellen.auten@acalion.org

Shane Coxie
Grounds/Operations

Shane Coxie serves in the facilities department and on the baseball field with ACA’s junior varsity team. Coach Coxie recognizes the unique growth Christian education brings out in students and athletes. He considers it a complete opportunity to become better equipped for life beyond the classroom. In his free time he enjoys boxing, weightlifting, and plenty of baseball.

Email:  shane.coxie@acalion.org

JD Chaplain
Grounds/Operations

B.A. Business and Organizational Leadership, Brevard College

Black Mountain native and Varsity Baseball Coach JD Chaplain also serves in the facilities department. He holds a business and organizational leadership degree from Brevard College. He joined the ACA community because he believes that teaching academic principles with a Biblical emphasis is an integral part of helping students learn to walk with Christ. Coach Chaplain’s favorite verses are found in Romans 12:1-2 because they inspired him to seek a relationship with Christ. When he is not on the baseball field, he can be found hiking and enjoying the outdoors with his wife.

Email:  jd.chaplain@acalion.org

Information Technology

Chris Logan
IT Coordinator

B.A. Business Administration/MIS, Montreat College

Chris Logan began his position as I.T. coordinator in 2010. Mr. Logan believes his service to ACA is a calling. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children who attend ACA.

Email: chris.logan@acalion.org

Chris Zaccaro
IT Coordinator

B.S. Mathematics and Secondary Education, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Chris Zaccaro has been in Christian education since 2003 when he started his career as an upper level mathematics teacher and head varsity baseball coach. Mr. Zaccaro eventually began working in Information technology. His background in education allows him to help students and teachers use technology to improve learning. He and his wife, Deana, joined the ACA community in 2014. When he is not in the computer lab or assisting the faculty and staff, he can be found helping out on the baseball field, one of his favorite places.

Email: chris.zaccaro@acalion.org