Elementary

Lisa Blumberg

  • Title: Fifth Grade
  • Education: B.A. Cedarville University
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 100
  • Email: lisablumberg@berean.me
  • Bio: Lisa Blumberg holds a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in Bible from Cedarville University. She had the privilege of attending Christian schools from Kindergarten through college.  This is her 27th year teaching in Christian schools, and she has been at Berean Christian School since 2007. Lisa and her husband Ed have been married for 23 years and have two daughters, Betsy and Jenna. Some of her interests include reading, playing board games, swimming, watching movies, and singing on the worship team at Calvary Chapel Smoky Mountains.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jer 29:11

Marcy Burnett

  • Title: 1st Grade Teacher Aide
  • Email: marcyburnett@berean.me

Ruth Cooke

  • Title: Kindergarten Aide
  • Phone: 865-521-6054 ext. 100
  • Email: ruthcooke@berean.me
  • Bio: Ruth Cooke worked in the public school system for more than 16 years, with six years in special education. She has been married for 39 years and has four children and 14 grandchildren. Ruth started as a substitute teacher at Berean Christian School in 2014 and is now the kindergarten aid. “I believe in working in the lives of children to help mold their minds and hearts toward God. I’m blessed to be a part of Berean Christian School’s staff.” Mrs. Cooke enjoys reading, traveling and playing with her grandchildren. Berean Christian School MEET YOUR BEREAN ep. 32 – Ruth Cooke (Values of Godly Behavior) from Berean Christian School on Vimeo.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)

Andrea Donley

  • Title: 1st Grade
  • Education: B.S. Olivet Nazarene University
  • Email: andreadonley@berean.me
  • Bio: Andrea Donley majored in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, where she also received minors in TESL, Math, Language Arts and Science. She then taught 5th grade at New Life Christian Academy, and now she's here at BCS teaching first grade. Andrea enjoys soccer, reading, traveling, being with friends and family, journaling and playing games.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires." Psalm 37:4

Kim Foland

  • Title: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Education: B.S. University of Tennessee
  • Phone: 865-521-6054 ext.100
  • Email: kimfoland@berean.me
  • Bio: Kim Foland received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood from the University of Tennesee. She has been teaching Kindergarten for 20 years and taught with Knox County schools before coming to Berean Christian. She enjoys reading, walking, stamping crafts, Tennessee football and spending time with family.      
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; ..." (Isa 43: 2-3)

Amanda Hickman

  • Title: 3rd Grade
  • Education: B.A. Carson Newman University
  • Email: amandahickman@berean.me
  • Bio: Amanda Hickman received her teaching degree from Carson Newman University. She then went on to teach 3rd and 4th grades at Concord Christian School and then 4th and 5th grades at Shannondale Elementary School. She and her husband, Corey have a son, Benson, and a daughter, Amelia. Amanda enjoys spending time with family, being outside and shopping.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "Be still and know that I am God..." (Psalms 46:10)

Teresa Johnson

  • Title: 4th Grade Teacher
  • Education: B.A. Carson-Newman University
  • Education: M.A. Carson-Newman University
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 Ext. 100
  • Email: teresajohnson@berean.me
  • Bio: After graduating from Carson-Newman University with a bachelor’s degree in 1993, Teresa Johnson began teaching first grade at Sevier County Schools. She also began working on her M.Ed. at Carson-Newman. Mrs. Johnson continued to teach for seven years until she decided to stay home with her children in 2001. When her children began attending Berean, Johnson became a teacher’s aide and was later offered a position as a 5th grade teacher. She currently teaches 4th grade at Berean. Teresa accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at the age of 11 after attending a church camp. She and her husband, Joshua, have a son, Corbin, and daughter, Regan.
  • 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

Becky Jordan

  • Title: Kindergarten
  • Education: B.S. Carson-Newman University
  • Education: Postgraduate studies: Cumberland University
  • Education: Postgraduate studies: Fresno University
  • Education: Postgraduate Studies: Walden University
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.100
  • Email: beckyjordan@berean.me
  • Bio:

    Becky Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University and went on to complete postgraduate work at Cumberland, Walden, and Cumberland University. In the 25 years she has been teaching Early Childhood/Elementary Education, she has gained valuable experience with pre-k and elementary students, as well as abused and neglected children. She believes that her purpose in Christian education is to begin building a foundation for the appropriate wealth of knowledge so students will know who and what they are intended to be within the plan of God. Mrs. Jordan and her husband, Tab — a fellow BCS teacher — have two sons, Isaac, Noah and daughter-in-law Anna (all three BCS Graduates).

     
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: "Commit your way to The Lord; trust also in Him and He will do it!" (Psalm 37:5)

Renee Kohagen

  • Title: 1st GradeTeacher
  • Education: B.S. Carson-Newman University
  • Education: M.S. Lincoln Memorial University
  • Phone: 865-521-6054 ext. 100
  • Email: reneekohagen@berean.me
  • Bio: Renee Kohagen earned her B.S. from Carson-Newman University and then earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. She taught first grade in Sevier County for more than eight years. After becoming a mother, she was a full time parent until she joined the Berean Christian School family. She is certified for K-8 in Tennessee and ASCI. She leads the ladies Bible study every Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sevierville, where’s she’s been a member for many years. She is married with two daughters, Jenna and Lauren, who both attend Berean. Renee enjoys reading, photography, visiting the beach, and laughing. But most of all, she loves the Lord. Berean Christian School Meet YOUR Berean ep. 30 – Renee Kohagen (A Deeper Commitment to Love) from Berean Christian School on Vimeo.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Tim 1:7)

Wynter Manis

  • Title: Drama Teacher
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: Galatians 2:20
  • Education: Music Education at Carson Newman
  • Email: wyntermanis@berean.me
  • Bio: Wynter has over 20 years experience teaching and ministering to children.  She has a passion for young people and for them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She is excited to join Berean Christian School as the Elementary Drama teacher with the hope that each student will learn the importance of their relationship with God and with others. Some of her experiences include: Music Education at Carson Newman University, 4 years as the Children’s Ministry Director at First Baptist Church Dandridge, 4 years as the Bible Study Coordinator for the TN Baptist Convention for IMPACT camps and camp speaker for various children’s camps. She has been married for 18 years and has two children, Maese (Senior at BCS) and Dodge (Kindergarten at BCS).

Jessica Marrero

  • Title: 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Education: B.S. Tusculum College
  • Phone: 865-521-6054 ext. 100
  • Email: jessicamarrero@berean.me
  • Bio: Jessica Marrero earned her B.S. of Human Growth and Learning with Cum Laude honors from Tusculum College and is certified to teach grades K-8. Jessica taught in the Knox County School system for more than 3 years at Blue Grass Elementary. She is married with two sons, Cruz and Alec. Jessica is a member of Lyons Creek Baptist Church. She also loves to run in local races — 5Ks, 10Ks and 1/2 marathons.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)

Annelise McKeehan

  • Title: 4th Grade
  • Education: B.A. University of South Carolina
  • Email: awheeler@bereanchristian.org
  • Bio: Annelise (Annie) McKeehan majored in International Studies with a minor in Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina. From there, she went on to teach 3rd grade for three years at Northside Christian Academy, where she was also the cheer coach. Now a 4th grade teacher at BCS, she’s eager to share her passion for education and for children’s ministry. When she’s not teaching, Mrs. McKeehan enjoys music, traveling and playing with her dog, Lila.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: I press on toward the goal for the prize of he upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:14)

Anna Spell

  • Title: 5th Grade Teacher
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
  • Education: BS Bob Jones University
  • Email: annaspell@berean.me
  • Bio: Anna Spell received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University. She taught 4th grade for two years at Florence Christian School in Florence, South Carolina. Mrs. Spell is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Bob Jones University. She is a member at Temple Baptist Church in Powell where she serves with her husband in the nursing home ministry each week. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Spell enjoys playing the piano, hiking, and cooking.

Frank (Win) Weldon

  • Title: 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Education: B.S. Frostburg State University
  • Education: B.S. William Carey University
  • Education: M.S. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Phone: 865-521-6054 ext. 100
  • Email: winweldon@berean.me
  • Bio: After Win Weldon earned his bachelor degrees from William Carey and Frostburg State, he went on the earn his masters at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Win has taught a variety of grades in several Christian schools and has been involved in children’s ministry and music. His passion is teaching, but he also enjoys walking, cooking, playing musical instruments, and spending time with his family. He and and his wife, Penny, are parents to Frank and Phoebe. Win also teaches music lessons with The Studio at Berean. Meet YOUR Berean ep. 30 – Win Weldon (Not Just Academics) from Berean Christian School on Vimeo.  
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.

Cheryl Wilson

  • Title: Elementary Teachers Aide
  • Education: B.A. University of Kentucky
  • Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.100
  • Email: (865) 521-6054 ext.136
  • Bio: Cheryl Wilson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and attended continuing education classes at Regent University. Mrs. Wilson has ministered to preschool and primary aged school children for over 15 years. She previously taught kindergarten and currently serves as a teacher’s aide. She and her husband, Fahron, have four children, all graduates of BCS. Cheryl enjoys camping and reading.
  • Favorite Verse or Quote: Let us encourage one another to do good works. (Heb 10:24)

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