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Lower Campus/Elementary Staff Bios

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.


Andrea Donley

 
Title: 1st Grade
Education: B.S. Olivet Nazarene University
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

Amanda Hickman

 
 
Title: 3rd Grade
Education: B.A. Carson Newman University
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
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
Bio: Becky Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University and went on to complete postgraduate work at Cumberland, Walden, and Fresno 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).

Renee Kohagen

 
Title: 1st GradeTeacher
Education: B.S. Carson-Newman University
Education: M.S. Lincoln Memorial University
Phone: 865-521-6054 ext. 100
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.
 

Rachel Lynn Acree

 

 

Title: Fifth Grade Elementary Teacher
Education: B.S. University of Maryland at College Park, Elementary Education,
MA, Art History, Richmond the American International University in London
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.100

Bio:Rachel earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland at College Park and continued her higher education with completion of a Master's degree in art history from Richmond the American International University in London.  She has taught in South Korea, Maryland, and in Knox County Schools.  Rachel loves to teach elementary grades, especially fifth grade as it is a highly energetic and creative age!  Interests of Rachel's are: art, reading, drawing, painting, animals, running, skiing, traveling, and time with friends.  Favorite verses: Isaiah 40:28-29 - "He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."  and Psalm 19: "(The decrees of the Lord) are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey."

 

Wynter Manis

 
Title: Drama/Elementary Music Teacher
Favorite Verse or Quote: Galatians 2:20
Education: Music Education at Carson Newman
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 (2017 BCS) and Dodge (First grade at BCS).  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)

Jessica Marrero

 
Title: 3rd Grade Teacher
Education: B.S. Tusculum College
Phone: 865-521-6054 ext. 100
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 3 years before joining Berean in 2015. 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)

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
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.
 

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)

Amy Keller

 

 

 

Title: Second Grade Elementary Teacher
Education: B.S. Cedarville University, Childhood Education
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.100
Email: amykeller@berean.me

Bio: Amy earned a degree from Cedarville University in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Bible in 2008. After graduating she had the privilege of moving to China where she taught at the International School of Qingdao for seven years. At God's leading, she returned to America a few years ago and has slowly been working her way toward the goal of living in Tennessee which she accomplished this summer. Amy enjoys cooking, crocheting, loving people, and the new joy of living near her nephews.

Terri Lankin
 
 
Title: Elementary Principal
Education: B.S. University of Tennessee
Education: Postgraduate studies: University of San Diego
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.107
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)
Dacia Humphries
 
Title: Kindergarten/SOAR Assistant
Phone: (865)521-6054 ext 100
Bio: My husband Derrick and I chose Berean Christian Preschool for our daughter Delaney in 2012. We desired for her to be in a safe place where she would be able to received a God-centered education. Little did we know God had chosen Berean Christian School for me as well. I became a part of the preschool staff in the Spring of  2013.  I have taught  PreK 2, PreK 3 and I am now a part of the Kindergarten/SOAR staff. We have been exponentially blessed by the faithful and loving staff. We thank God for allowing our whole family to be apart of the Berean Christian family.