Sam Cox

Head of School

B.S. in Health and Exercise Science/Biology from Wake Forest University

B.A. in History from Oregon State University

M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Carolina

M.A. in History from The College of William and Mary

Mr. Cox  has also completed additional graduate work  in the areas of history, theology, education, management, and military studies, including coursework at Jacksonville University, the University of New Hampshire, Regent Theological Seminary (Vancouver), Hebrew University and Yad Vashem (Jerusalem), and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

He served for five years as an active duty officer in the United States Army,  followed by nearly sixteen years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. He has extensive experience in education at the college and high school levels as well as many years of school administrative experience.

Mr. Cox came to Caldwell Academy in 2014, after serving as Head of School at Faith Christian Academy in Roanoke, Virginia, for thirteen years. On any given day, you may find him observing a classroom, running with the cross country team, or waving in the carpool line. He has a passion for reading, running, and classical Christian education. His wife Erin and children − Anna, Avery, and Charlie − are a much-loved part of our Caldwell community.

Janet Speckman

Grammar Principal

B.S. in Early Childhood Education from UNC Greensboro

Professional Human Resource Certification through The Society for Human Resource Management

Kristen Plasman

Dialectic Principal

B.S. in Mathematics from Davidson College

Eric Shilling

Rhetoric Principal

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University

Lisa Talavera

Advancement Director

B.A. in Economics and English from UNC Greensboro

Dena Toth

Business Manager

B.S. in Accounting from Clemson University

M.B.A. from the University of Georgia

Dan Bozarth

Athletic Director

B.S.  in Exercise and Sport Science from the UNC Greensboro

M.S.  in Sport Management from High Point University

Allison Twigg

Fine Arts Director/ Choral Director

Bachelor of Music in Education from Samford University

Master of Music in Education from the University of Montevallo

Dana Harbor

Grammar Assistant Principal

B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University

April Hedman

Enrollment Director

B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Communication from Seattle Pacific University

M.A. in Liberal Studies from St. John’s College

Jill Fairburn

Academic Resource Center Director

Bachelor of Social Work from North Carolina State University

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