Administration & Office Staff

Bob Core

  • Title: Headmaster Assistant/SOAR Founder
  • Education: B. S. Chem. E., M.S. & Ph.D. University of Tennessee
  • Education: B.S. University of Tennessee Education
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.104
  • Email:
  • Bio: Dr. Core taught in the Knox County school system for 32 years before coming to Berean Christian School. Here, he served as high school principal and teacher of physics, chemistry and mathematics for ten years before becoming the Soar director. In 2013, Dr. Core became headmaster assistant and director of elementary school enrichment in science and mathematics. With 48 years of classroom and administrative experience, he continually strives for spiritual and academic excellence of each student. Enjoys Fishing, playing golf and reading.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, ..." (Psa 1:1-3)

Pam Drummer

  • Title: Office Assistant
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.100
  • Email:
  • Bio: Before becoming our office assistant, Pam Drummer assisted our kindergarten classes for seven years. An active member of her church, Faith Promise, she serves in various duties with her small group, and serves monthly at the Emerald Youth Foundation. When not volunteering, Pam enjoys collecting cookbooks and entertaining family and friends.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "Now to Him who

Jonathan Farra

  • Title: Interim Headmaster & MS Bible/SOAR Director
  • Education: B.S., M.Ed. Columbia International University Cum Laude
  • Education: Postgraduate studies: University of South Carolina
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 206
  • Email:
  • Bio: Jon Farra completed his undergraduate degree in psychology and Bible from Columbia International University. He also obtained a TEFL certificate which allowed him to teach English in Thailand. Upon returning to the United States, Farra worked as a youth pastor while completing a Master of Education degree from CIU and pursuing supplemental coursework at the University of South Carolina. In both the areas of teaching and administration, Mr. Farra’s focus is to develop and build teams to help Berean Christian School continue to become more efficient and caring. Farra moved to Knoxville in 2005, married fellow teacher Rae Rawlings, and has since experienced the joy of becoming a father.

Emily Fiveash

  • Title: SOAR Coordinator & Upper school Guidance Counselor
  • Education: Undergraduate: Tennessee Tech University, Secondary Education
  • Education: Masters: Carson Newman University, Counseling
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 209
  • Email:
  • Bio: Emily Fiveash and her husband, Patrick, have two children – Zadie and Grey – who both attend Berean. For the last 20 years, Mrs. Fiveash has worked in education in various roles, and has been a stay-at-home mom along the way. When she’s not working, she enjoys camping, kayaking, running, hiking, and family time. Mrs. Fiveash’s passion is to see kids realize that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of Christ. (Psalm 139:14) That is her prayer for the kids at Berean to embrace and believe!
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." (Psalms 139:14)

Becky Humphries

  • Title: MS/HS Office Administrator
  • Education: B.A. University of Tennessee, Medical Technology
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 200
  • Email:
  • Bio: Becky graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Medical Technology. She worked at an independent laboratory for four years before staying home to raise her family. Her children attended Berean and her involvement with the school led to part time and eventually full time employment in the office. Becky says that, “The school, the students, their families, and the faculty and staff have been an incredible blessing in my life. I am both proud and humbled to be a part of the unique community that is Berean Christian School.”  

Terri Lakin

  • Title: Elementary Principal
  • Education: B.S. University of Tennessee
  • Education: Postgraduate studies: University of San Diego
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.107
  • Email:
  • Bio: Terri Lakin received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Tennessee. She has also completed graduate studies from the University of San Diego, Cumberland University and Tennessee Tech. Mrs. Lakin taught at Berean for 24 years before becoming elementary principal. She considers it a privilege to be a part of the Berean family. She loves playing with her grandchildren, reading, and being a pastor’s wife.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: Every word of God is pure. He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (Prov 30:5)

Susan Little

  • Title: Administrative Office Staff
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.100
  • Email:

Cheryll Longnecker

  • Title: Office Manager
  • Education: University of Tennessee
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext 100
  • Email:
  • Bio: Cheryll is the Office Manager at Berean Christian School. She attended the University of Tennessee, and then worked for the City of Knoxville for several years. During that time she was the secretary for the Finance Director as well as for the Mayor. After her first child was born, she chose to stay home and raise a family. God led them to Berean when their oldest son started kindergarten. She now has 3 grown children, who all attended Berean Christian School. She began working at Berean part-time in 1994 as a teacher’s aid and then moved to the office in 1995. Cheryll says, “It has been such a blessing to be part of Berean Christian School as a parent and also as an employee. Over the years at the front desk, I have enjoyed getting to know the wonderful children and families of this school.”
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: For I know the plans I have for you, ..., plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jer 29:11

Jenny Singleton

  • Title: Finance Director
  • Education: B.A. East Tennessee State University
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  • Bio: With a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and more than seven years as an accountant at various companies, Jenny brings a wealth of experience and financial stewardship to BCS. When she’s not crunching numbers for us, she’s spending time with her husband of 18 years and her two children.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)

George Waller

  • Title: Headmaster
  • Education: B.A. Columbia International University
  • Education: M.A. Liberty University Honors
  • Education: Certificate in Business: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Education: Postgraduate studies: University of Tennessee
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 103
  • Email:
  • Bio: George Waller has served as Headmaster of Berean Christian School since June, 2004. He received a B.A. from Columbia International University and an M.A. with Honors from Liberty University. Waller also received a Certificate in Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and completed postgraduate work at the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the faculty at BCS, he served as pastor of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Kingston, Tennessee in addition to having a counseling practice for many years. While at BCS, Mr. Waller has taught Bible and psychology courses at the high school level and he also serves as an adjunct instructor at Bryan College. He and his wife, Judy, have two children and three grandchildren. His interests, outside of school, include listening to music, reading and traveling.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. (Jas 4:8)

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