Faculty/Staff

Sarah Wilson
Principal

swilson@cgcs.education

Sarah Wilson has a Bachelor in Early Childhood Elementary Education, a Masters of Business and Administration, and is currently in a Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. She is joining our CGCS team with over 20 years in educationally experience in a variety of settings. 

"Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Courageous" Joshua 1:9

 

 

 

Teresa Bass, A.S.
Secretary/Registrar
tbass@cgcs.education

Teresa Bass is the Registrar at Captain Gilmer Christian School. She has worked at Captain Gilmer since the 2003-2004 school year, where she first assisted as a Teacher’s Aide in the Early Childhood Program. When she was younger, she attended Captain Gilmer and graduated from Fletcher Academy. She went on to further her education at Southern Adventist University, where she received an AS degree in Accounting.

She has a real heart for the school and a dedication to the mission offered to the students and parents in the community. Teresa spends most of her spare time enjoying her family. Her interests include reading, music, animals, and camping.

 

Meredith McKenzie, B.S.
Kindergarten/Pre-First
mmckenzie@cgcs.education

Meredith McKenzie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children, a girl and a boy, both students here at Captain Gilmer Christian School..

Meredith is a graduate of Fletcher Academy and moved back to the Fletcher area from South Carolina to teach in our Kindergarten program.

 

Michael Southerland, B.S. 

1st Grade 
msoutherland@cgcs.education

 

Michael Sutherland, our first grade teacher, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.  He joined the CGCS teaching family in 2017 after working for a short time in the FA Inc. IT Department.

 

 

Sheri Baker
3rd Grade Teacher, K-4th Choir & Handbells

 

 

 

sbaker@cgcs.education

Sheri Blake received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southern Adventist University in 1993.  She has been teaching for 13 years - the last 6 years here at Captain Gilmer Christian School.  She has been involved with directing children’s choirs for 24 years along with 9 years of directing handbells or handchime choirs.  She has SDA teaching certification as well as NC state certification and is a member of the International Reading Association.

Mary Beth Hagan, B.S., M.A.
4th Grade 
mhagan@cgcs.education

Mary Beth Hagan is the 4th and 5th grade teacher at Captain Gilmer Christian School. Mary Beth has been teaching for over 20 years in various capacities. She has taught all the grades from K-8 at one time or another, has homeschooled her two children through elementary school and taught homeschool enrichment classes. She also taught English for one year at Fletcher Academy before coming back to Captain Gilmer. Mary Beth graduated from Andrews University with a degree in elementary education and she also has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development. In the summers she is the assistant director for Flag Camp, a summer day camp run by the Arden SDA Church. Mary Beth enjoys traveling, reading, running, hiking, and laughing.

 

 

Dottie Herrod

dherrod@cgcs.education
6th-8th Grade Teacher

Dottie Herrod considers herself to be “a very blessed teacher"! She has spent the last 35 years teaching while raising two beautiful girls. She is married to a wonderful man for 37 years. She has a BA in Criminal Justice from Chapman University, BS in Elementary Education, and a MA in Business Administration from Southern Adventist University. Her hobbies are traveling, baking, reading, and spending time with my family. 

 

Kevin Johnson, B.A.
6th-8th Grade Teacher

 

 

 

kjohnson@cgcs.education

6th-8th Grade Teacher
Mr. Johnson is an eight-year student and graduate of Captain Gilmer. He graduated from Mt. Pisgah Academy and then graduated from Southern Adventist University with a BA in History. He began at CGCS in Fall of 2005.

Mr. Johnson taught history and was the athletic trainer for one year at Hugh Cummings High School in Burlington, NC. 

Mr. Johnson has been married for 11 years. He spends his free time playing sports, reading, and spending time with friends. His accomplishments include being the third grade spelling bee champion.

 


Kim McQuistan and Stephanie Murrill 

5th Grade Teachers

kmcquistan@cgcs.education

smurrill@cgcs.education

Kimberly was born and raised in Canada until she moved to Tennessee during her junior year of high school. She later went on to attend Southern Adventist University, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. 

Kimberly has experience teaching in the Northwest Territories of Canada, as well as on the island of Pohnpei, where she taught 2nd grade as a student missionary for a year.

She began her career after graduation as a pre-k aide and substitute teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2017. With her husband, Caleb, moved to Fletcher in 2018.

Kimberly has found her “spot” in 5th grade and absolutely loves the enthusiasm and spunk of her students. She hopes to inspire them to use their unique personalities to praise God in their lives.

Caleb and Kimberly have one spirited dog named Mila and a sweet daughter welcomed in August. As a family they enjoy camping, DIY projects and good food.

 

 Stephanie Murrill  grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  After college,  she headed back to Oklahoma where I taught in a 4-6th multi-grade classroom for 5 years. She became a stay-at-home mom soon after and enjoyed my time at home with her two little ladies, Rosie, 9 and Kiki, 7.  She relocated to Fletcher in 2011 with her husband, Mark.  She has  taught 1st to 4th grade Art for Captain Gilmer for the last three years and have been private tutoring at CGCS and Title I tutoring at Mills River SDA School for the last two years. In her free time, she loves anything creative and fun like drawing, painting, decorating, music and ice cream—always ice cream.  Finding creative and innovative ways to reach students and preparing them for Heaven and Earth are her main goals.  She is looking forward to working with Kim to make her child’s 5th grade year awesome! 

 

 

 

Crystal Earnhardt
Librarian, 1st - 2nd Grade Teacher's Aide

Mrs. Earnhardt has worked in some form of Christian Education for over 25 years. She is the author of seven books, two of which are elementary age level. She is also a regular contributor of Junior Guide Magazine.  She serves our school as a librarian and also an assistant in the 1st and 2nd grade classroom.

 

Sandra Huntsinger, B.S.
Reading Tutor 

Sandra Huntsinger is a Title I Reading Tutor at Captain Gilmer Christian School, and loves working with the children and staff there.  She has lived in Skyland, NC all her life, where she attended T.C. Roberson High School and UNC-Asheville.  She played high school and college basketball while obtaining bachelor’s degrees in Education and Psychology.  She taught in public schools for 28 years before retiring.

Mrs. Huntsinger has two daughters.  One is a nurse and the other teaches and coaches at Hendersonville High School.  Her husband is softball coach at Roberson High.  She has two adorable grandchildren and enjoys watching them play ball.  She also enjoys walking and swimming with friends. 

 

Tim Browning
Band
tbrowning@fletcheracademyemail.com

 

 


The great principles of education are unchanged. "They stand fast for ever and ever" (Psalm 111:8); for they are the principles of the character of God. To aid the student in comprehending these principles, and in entering into that relation with Christ which will make them a controlling power in the life, should be the teacher's first effort and his constant aim. The teacher who accepts this aim is in truth a co-worker with Christ, a laborer together with God. {EGWhite - Education 30.4}

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