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

Dan Bozarth
Athletic Director
B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from the UNC Greensboro
M.S. in Sport Management from High Point University

Joe Curlott
Director of Operations

Jill Fairburn
Academic Resource Center Director
Bachelor of Social Work from North Carolina State University

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

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

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


Faculty and Staff

Mary Jane Bernard
Transitional Kindergarten Assistant and Eagles’ Zone

Karen Brady
Special Events Coordinator

Nicole Brown
5th Grade

Tricia Burgess
Transitional Kindergarten

Patti Burkhead
B.A. in English/Secondary Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Robin Butler
Grammar Art
B.A. in Public Relations from Brenau University

Janet Chaney
3rd Grade
B.S. in Education from UNC Greensboro

Lynn Church
Rhetoric Math
B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Ashley Cobb
Grammar and 6th Grade Latin
B.S. in Justice and Policy Studies with a minor in Classical Studies from Guilford College
Juris Doctorate from Regent University

Paula Cobb
1st Grade
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNC Greensboro

Heather Coghill
Learning Specialist
B.A. in Special Education with a minor in Psychology from UNC Wilmington
Master of Education/Special Education from Elon University

Floy Collis
Annual Fund and Alumni Coordinator
B.A. in Computational Sciences from Hollins University

Brittany Cremean
Dialectic Faculty
BA, Political Economy, minor Latin and Classical Education, Hillsdale College

Mittie Douglass
Grammar Music
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Mississippi College
Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Mississippi College

Ray Edmond
Director of College Counseling
BS, Computer Information System, Guilford College
M ED Education Management, Strayer University

Tom Feeney
Rhetoric Science
B.S. in Biology with a minor in Earth Sciences from Purdue University

Kim Founds
Rhetoric Science
B.S. in Secondary Science Education from North Carolina State University

Liz Gilbert
Dialectic and Rhetoric Math
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education from Bethel University

Susan Gillespie
Rhetoric Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto
Diploma of Christian Studies from Regent College
Master of Theological Studies from Regent College

Betsy Greer
College Guidance Assistant

Parker Haratine
Rhetoric Humanities

Erin Hill
Grammar Teacher Assistant

Samantha Hunter
Assistant Operations Manager
B.S. in Communications from Lees-McRae College

Natalie Hyde
Rhetoric Photography

Barbara Johnson
Dialectic and Rhetoric Drama

Joy Johnson
4th Grade

Driana Kadlecek
Rhetoric Humanities
B.A. in History and English with minors in Secondary Education and African American Studies from Guilford College

Gail King
2nd Grade
B.A. in Elementary Education from Mars Hill College
Masters in Education/Reading from UNC Greensboro

Ashley Kirkman
6th Grade
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University

Leslie Liebmann
Rhetoric Humanities
B.S. in Social Studies Education with a minor in English from Bob Jones University

Ruth Mangiacapre
Eagle Explorers

Aaron Matson
Jazz Band

Anna May
3rd Grade
B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University

Samuel McDonald
Dialectic Faculty

Tammie McLean
B.A. in English and French Education from UNC Chapel Hill

Kristi Miles
BS, Human Development and Family Studies, UNC-Greensboro

RJ Miles
Physical Education
B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from UNC Greensboro
Master of Education/Physical Education from Averett University
Certified Athletic Trainer through the NATABOC since 2004

Lorraine Moore
4th Grade
B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from UNC Chapel Hill

Chris North
IT Department
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University

Paul O’Brien
Integrated Technology and Physical Education
B.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University

Amy Owens
B.S. in Engineering from North Carolina State University

Johnny Patterson

Justin Perry
Rhetoric Faculty

Daria Poe
Band Director

Al Powell
Rhetoric Humanities
B.A. in Religion from the UNC Chapel Hill
Master of Education from UNC Greensboro

DeEtte Price
Art Teacher Assistant and Eagles’ Zone

Lisa Rawlings
4th Grade
B.S., Elementary Education, Belhaven College.

Kendall Record
1st Grade Teacher

Annie Roberts
Rhetoric Humanities
B.A. in History with a minor in French from the University of Virginia

Elizabeth Roberts
Rhetoric Math
B.S. in Advertising Graphic Design

Lori Schultz
Accounting/Advancement Assistant
B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Winthrop College

Kathy Scott
1st Grade
Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from High Point University
N.C. K-6 Licensure through North Carolina A&T State University

Donna Shaw
Dialectic and Rhetoric Office Administrator
B.S. in Business Management from UNC Greensboro

Christine Sheridan
BS, Information Systems, Auburn University

Dennis “Coach” Sizemore
6th Grade
B.A. in Christian Education with a minor in Biblical Studies from Andersonville Theological Seminary
Master of Ministry in Biblical Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary

Breeze Smith
Dialectic Faculty
BA, Psychology, UNC at Chapel Hill

Laura Snead
2nd Grade
B.A. in Psychology from William Jewell College
M.A. in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Rick Sullivan
Rhetoric Latin
Bachelor of Science in Education and K-12 Instrumental Music
Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

Renate Tate
Executive Assistant
B.A. in Elementary Education from UNC Chapel Hill
Mrs. Tate joined the Caldwell Academy staff in 2014. She serves as Executive Assistant to our Head of School.

Barbara Thomas
Main Office Administrator
B.S. in Management/Marketing from UNC Greensboro

Brooke Thrower
5th Grade
B.S. Elementary Education, UNCG

Wendy Turner
Grammar Office Admininistrator
B.A. in Psychology from Duke University

Joy Walters
Dialectic Faculty
B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in English from Susquehanna University
Masters in Education with a concentration in math from UNC Greensboro

Corrie Weaver
B.S. in Elementary Education from UNC Greensboro

Elizabeth Welch
Dialectic and Rhetoric Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in Art History from Colorado State University

Brittany West
Dialectic Faculty
BS, Biochemistry, NC State University

Polly Wierda
Rhetoric Student Life
B.A. in Social Work from UNC Greensboro

Lisa Williams
Rhetoric TA

David Willoughby
Dialectic Humanities
B.A. English, UNC Greensboro
M.Ed. English, UNC Greensboro

Robin Wise
Rhetoric Spanish
B.A. in Spanish with a minor in History from the University of Alabama
M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Alabama