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Upper Campus/HS Faculty Bios

Michael Brown

Title: History, Geography, Government/Economics, & Drama
Education: B.A. Bryan College
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 200
Bio: After receiving a degree in Communication Arts from Bryan College, Michael Brown spent two years working as an actor/bookkeeper for the Bijou Theater in downtown Knoxville. In March of 2004, then Berean headmaster Wade Ewing contacted him about the possibility of becoming the drama teacher for the high school. Mr. Brown jumped at the chance to join in the family legacy of educating at Berean Christian School and began the next fall as the high school’s history and drama teacher. He is currently working on getting his M.A.T. in Secondary Education through Liberty University.

Sherry Crumley

Title: Math and Physics, National Honor Society Advisor
Education: B.S. University of Tennessee
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.200
Bio: Math and physics instructor Sherry Crumley received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She and her husband Chris have twin sons, Ryan and Alex – both are students at Berean Christian School. Mrs. Crumley enjoys tennis, swimming and reading.
Favorite Verse or Quote: When they lifted their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. (Mat 17:8)

Linda Halley

Title: Impact Coordinator
Education: B.S. University of Tennessee
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 200
Bio: After attending Cedarville University for three years, Linda Halley graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1981 with a B.S. in secondary education. She completed additional undergraduate work at the University of Valencia, Spain and Ohio State University. Mrs. Halley taught middle school at West Park Baptist Academy as well as high school Spanish, English, and family living at Temple Baptist Academy. She homeschooled her three children through the eighth grade and is currently teaching Spanish I, Spanish II, and Spanish II Honors at Berean. She has the privilege of accompanying juniors and seniors on a two week trip to Europe every other year. This is her twelfth year at Berean. In addition to teaching, Linda is the sponsor for the Student Leadership Panel and is passionate about developing “next generation Christian leaders.” Mrs. Halley enjoys travel, theatre, reading, boating and gardening.
Favorite Verse or Quote: It is my prayer that your love may about more and more with knowledge and all discernment. (Col 3:9)

Tab Jordan

Title: Bible, History, Graphic Design, Yearbook, Marketing Director, Fine Arts Director
Education: B.A. University of Tennessee
Education: Postgraduate Studies: Columbia International University
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 200
Bio: After earning a degree in Art/Graphic Design, Tab Jordan worked as an art director in advertising for 11 years. During that time, he also served as a part-time youth pastor and later made a career change to full time Youth Ministry, where he spent 16 years leading various youth events and founding a citywide home-missions service project. He presently teaches Bible, Biblically integrated History, and Graphic Design at Berean. Mr. Jordan’s expertise comes from the union of his art/advertising degree, his Biblical studies at Columbia International University, and his study of education methods through Walden University. Committed to guiding students to a proper relationship with God, self, and others, Mr. Jordan is actively involved on campus as Fine Arts Director and Marketing Advisor as well as Stone Gymnasium Director.  He believes that extra-curricular activities enhance the curriculum of the school, provide student participation and leadership as well as parent involvement and positive publicity. He and his wife, Becky (also a teacher at Berean) have two sons, Isaac (2012) and Noah (2015) both are graduates of Berean.
Favorite Verse or Quote: "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail..." (Lam 3:22-24)

Mark Little

Title: Upper School Principal
Education: B.S. Southeastern Bible College
Education: M.A. Dallas Theological Seminary
Phone: 865-521-6054 ext. 216

Mark has served Berean Christian School as a parent, coach, and teacher since 2004. He is excited to be taking this step into being Upper School Principal.  Mark enjoys coaching, pick up basketball, and wood working. He and his wife, Susan, have two children who are BCS graduates — Victoria and Grant. 

Favorite Verse or Quote: "as for me, the nearness of God is my good." (Psa 73:28)

Candace Marshall

Title: HS Math, HS Science & HS SOAR
Education: M.A. University of Tennessee
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 200
Bio: Candace Marshall attended UT Knoxville, where she received her master’s degree. After spending 10 years teaching middle school math and literature in the Knox County School System, she joined BCS. Ms. Marshall enjoys using updated technology in her classes to reinforce concepts and for the presentation of daily lessons. She believes the purpose of Berean is to disciple students in academics, as well as building relationships to show them the love of Christ. “Our students strive to learn,” she states.  “It is so encouraging to see young people wanting more knowledge.  Our kids love each other, they are building relationships that will last past this school’s perspective.” Outside of school, Ms. Marshall loves spending time with her son, Sawyer.
Favorite Verse or Quote: Put your hope in the Lord for with the Lord is unfailing love in Him is full redemption. Psa 130:7

Eric Palmer

Title: Athletic Director/MS Bible/HS History
Education: BS University of Tennessee History/Geography
Education: Master
Bio: Eric held the same Athletic Director position in 2008-2011. He brings a wealth of experience back to Berean Christian School. Eric worked at YOKE ministry full/part-time staff, was a summer director, and led a backpacking ministry during college. He studied history and education at the University of Tennessee. He interned at Fulton High School from 1998-1999 and began teaching and coaching in Knox County Schools in 1999 at Northwest Middle. While there he worked with the track, volleyball, and coached girls’ basketball, in addition, joined the baseball coaching staff at West High School. In 2004 he moved to teach and coach full time at West High School in baseball, golf, and boys’ basketball. In 2008 he came to Berean Christian School as head boys’ basketball coach and Athletic Director, while still teaching and coaching golf at WHS. In 2011 he made the move when God called him into a full-time Church ministry at Sevier Heights Baptist Church.  Eric will teach in the high school in addition to his position as Athletic Director. Eric has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Geography from the University of Tennessee and holds a Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee.

Mary Randolph

Title: High School Spanish & Bible
Education: B.S. Columbia International University
Education: M.A. Columbia International University
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.200
Bio: Mary Randolph graduated from Columbia International University with a Bachelor of Science degree and then went on to receive her MAT. She completed her student teaching at Hilton Head Academy as well as Ben Lippen School and Covenant Christian Academy. She teaches Spanish and Bible at Berean. Mary loves UT football, hiking, running and the outdoors.
Mario Viera – Rodriguez 
Title: High School Spanish 
Education: Bachelor's degree in Spanish; Master’s Degree in Linguistics applied to Spanish
Education: Instituto Biblico Misionero with a seminary degree
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.200
Bio: Mr. Mario Viera – Rodriguez was born in Manhattan, New York, but raised in Puerto Rico.  He married a beautiful and wonderful lady, Ruth, and they recently celebrated their nineteenth anniversary. He has taught Spanish for over 30 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics applied to Spanish.  He also graduated from the Instituto Biblico Misionero with a seminary degree and is an ordained pastor in Puerto Rico with Missionary Fountain of Salvation Churches (Iglesias Fuente de Salvacion Misionera). He now serves as the Hispanic pastor at the Christ the Rock Church of God, co laboring and serving with Steve Gardner.  He gives thanks to God for giving him this job at Berean and the opportunity to continue to teach Spanish in United States.

Gwen Taylor

Title: High School English
Education: B.A. Bob Jones University
Education: M.S. Liberty University
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext. 200
Bio: Having received a B.A. degree from Bob Jones University, Gwen Taylor served almost thirty years as a missionary in Brazil with New Tribes Mission. During her last twelve years of service, she taught missionary kids in middle and high school at the New Tribes Mission School Vianopolis. Upon returning to the U.S. because of her husband’s health, she completed a master’s degree in education. Since 2000, Mrs. Taylor has enjoyed the privilege of teaching English at Berean Christian School. In her spare time, Mrs. Taylor enjoys reading.

Natalea Waller

Title: MS & HS English/MS Literature/ MS & HS Technology
Education: B.A. in English at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.200
Bio: Language and literature teacher Natalea Waller earned a B.A. in English at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. She also received her teaching license/certification for grades 6-12 in English. She teaches 8th grade Language Arts, which is heavily focused on reading and writing. Besides teaching, Mrs. Waller enjoys traveling and has been to more than 40 countries. She also loves basketball and played throughout college on a scholarship. She is working with the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team and looks forward to seeing how the Lord works at Berean this year.
Jonathan Shipp
Title: HS Chemistry, Biology, Physics
Education: B.A. in Chemistry & B.A. in Biology from Carson-Newman University
Phone: (865) 521-6054 ext.200
Bio: Married, enjoy shooting, basketball, SCUBA, playing with my dog, and UT football. 

He is from the Tri-Cities.