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Upper Campus principal

Mark came to Knoxville in 2003 to pastor a church in Fountain City. He and his wife, Susie, then enrolled their two children at Berean. Between that point and 2018, Mark served BCS as a parent, coach, sub, MS teacher, and HS teacher. Since 2018, he has used his experience in these roles and his education at Dallas Theological Seminary to lead the upper campus as principal. 

  Meet our upper campus faculty

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MARY RANDOLPH

HS BIBLE

 

Mary Randolph graduated from Columbia International University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Bible Teaching. She came to Berean in 2011 and is now the Bible department head. She teaches 9th and 10th Grade Bible and 9th Grade Health and Wellness at Berean. Mary loves UT football, hiking, running, and the outdoors.

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TAB JORDAN

MS BIBLE

Tab graduated in 1986 with a BFA from the University of Tennessee majoring in Graphic Design. He obtained the 2016 Standard Secondary Teacher Certification Association Christian Schools International Postgraduate studies:  Walden University and Fresno University. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Graphic Design he worked  in that field for ten years until God placed on his heart to pursue a full-time youth ministry position at Berean Bible Church, which he held for fifteen years. He has taught bible and history at BCS since 2006, and serves as Marketing Director. 

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SCOTTIE ADAMS

HS BIBLE

Scottie has been a teacher for eight years and joined Berean with his wife Stephanie and two children in 2020. Before his career in education, he served for seventeen years in youth ministry, also serving as Teen Challenge Director.  He has a degree from Dallas Baptist University in Biblical Studies/Christian ministry. He is expanding Berean's electives by teaching a weight training course beginning in the 21-22 school year, and serving as a sponsor for Student Government.

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JOSH DUNCAN

MS BIBLE

Josh earned his BS degree in education from Tennessee Tech University and Master's degree in Religious Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary. Josh has been a classroom teacher, youth pastor, church planter, leadership coach, and lead pastor. Josh serves as the assistant middle school boys' basketball coach and middle school teacher. Josh and his wife Jennifer  have two boys, Kaden and Kolton, who are Berean students. They are all sports fans of  UT and the Atlanta Braves. They enjoy camping and are halfway finished with their family bucket list of visiting every Major League Baseball Stadium. 

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CONNIE FREED

SCIENCE & BIBLE

Connie Freed went to Belmont College, then to Tennessee Tech University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science. She went on to complete post graduate work through Fresno University and Walden University. Connie married her high school sweetheart Fred and has five daughters, five son-in-laws, eleven grandchildren and counting. She has been teaching at Berean since 2003 and currently is a lead teacher, teaching 7th-8th grade science and 8th grade girls Bible. Connie loves spending time with family and friends - playing games, camping and sitting around discussing the Word, sharing life on life with them. 

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MICHELLE CUPP

SCIENCE AND MATH

 

Michelle began her education career as a preschool teacher in 1998. She attended Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York, where God instilled in her a passion for reaching the lost. She graduated from The University of Phoenix with a BS in Business Administration and Management, and a Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education. In 2005 she worked with public K-12 school Special Education students. She joined Berean in 2022 as a math and science teacher. Her love for her Lord and Savior, family, and church family are the most important parts of her life.

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PHIL THARP

SCIENCE

 

Phil graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS  in Biology. He has always loved Christian Education; Phil was the founding principal of Christian Life Academy in Kingsport, where he served from 1982 until 2005. He earned his MS in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College in 2002. Phil and his family moved to Knoxville, where he was a teacher and Department Chair for Knox County School System until Spring 2022. He earned his Ed S degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University in 2012. Phil is excited to join the staff at Berean Christian School!

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SAMANTHA FAIR

MATH

 

Samantha graduated from Johnson Bible College in 2004 with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and Bible and in 2005 with a Masters in Holistic Education. Since beginning in Christian education, she has gained a deeper passion for helping students view themselves as individuals created with unique strengths that can each be used to benefit one another. Immediately after joining the Berean family in 2020 she knew she was home. Samantha loves family game and movie nights with her husband and two children as well as sudoku, crafting, and singing!

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TIFFANI KEYES

MATH

 

Tiffani wanted to be a teacher from the time she was a small child. After graduating from Louisiana Tech University, she and her husband Mark moved to Ft. Worth, TX where she began her teaching career. Four years later she made the decision to stay home and raise her boys. After 17 years of homeschooling, she re-entered the classroom and is loving  being able to teach in this setting again, especially here at Berean. She enjoys all things outdoors: camping, fishing, hiking, and kayaking  with her family.  

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CORBAN OGLE

HISTORY

Corban has been teaching at Berean since 2019. After receiving both a Bachelors (History & Bible and Theology) and Masters (Secondary Education) degree from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN, he accepted a position at Berean as a middle and high school social studies teacher. Corban believes that when done well, the study of history is a powerful tool for shaping students into becoming better thinkers, citizens, and followers of Christ. He and his wife Hannah have two children, Lenora and Abram.

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MICHAEL BROWN

HISTORY AND FINE ARTS

 

After receiving a degree in Communication Arts from Bryan College, Michael spent two years as an actor/bookkeeper for the Bijou Theater in downtown Knoxville. In March of 2004, he jumped at the chance to join the family legacy of educating at Berean Christian School and began the next fall as the high school’s history and drama teacher.  Michael continued his education and achieved his M.A.T. in Secondary Education through Liberty University in 2020.  Michael and his wife Kimberly have two children, Olivia and Ryker.

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HEATHER DYKE

ENGLISH

Heather began teaching at BCS many years ago, but took time off to stay home with her two daughters, Kaylynn and Rebekah, who are now students at Berean. She is a graduate of Berean Christian School and a lifelong member of Berean Bible Church. After attending Columbia International University for two years as a psychology major, she completed her B.A. in English Literature at the University of Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking, and reading books.

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EMILY MCKEEHAN

ENGLISH

 

Emily McKeehan grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Bryan College with a Bachelors in English Literature and a minor in writing. She began teaching at Berean in 2013 and has since completed her Master of  Education degree. Emily teaches sixth and seventh grade grammar and eighth grade literature classes, and while she loves teaching middle school English, her deepest passion lies in building relationships with students and showing them the love of Christ. Emily is a self-proclaimed nerd and coffee addict.

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LINDA HALLEY

IMPACT COORDINATOR

 

Linda graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in secondary education majoring in English and Spanish.  Most of her undergraduate work was at Cedarville University and Ohio State University.

Linda has been part of Berean HS staff sometimes full-time mostly part-time since 1996 when the HS began. She taught her 3 children and other students HS Spanish  as well as was SGA sponsor for over twenty years.  Her passion now is to give students opportunities to observe serve explore and experience God's world outside the classroom through IMPACT week.

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SUZANNE NEWMAN

COUNSELOR

Suzanne Newman graduated from Carson-Newman College with a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education and will complete her master’s program in school counseling at Carson-Newman this spring. She has worked in education since 2004 and has taught English and science, coordinated remedial, enrichment, and youth leadership programs, and served as an academic counselor in both the public and private school setting. Suzanne believes that the key to helping students to reach their full potential and to discern the path that God has planned for them comes through fostering positive and encouraging relationships. When she’s not teaching, Suzanne enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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JOANN MARTIN

SCIENCE

JoAnn Martin graduated from Baylor University with a BS in Environmental Studies. After college, she attended Covenant Theological Seminary, where she earned her MA in Educational Ministries. After seminary, JoAnn moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 2016 to be a Youth Minister at Christ Covenant Church. Prior to joining Berean in the spring of 2021, JoAnn taught at Concord Christian School and Cornerstone Christian School.  Currently, JoAnn serves as an upper campus science teacher. Beyond Berean, JoAnn loves to go on adventures with her husband, Joel, and her Australian Shepherd, Riley. 

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MIRANDA DEFLUITER

HS ENGLISH

Miranda graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2003 with a B.A. in English and began her teaching career with Metro-Nashville school systems at McGavock High School. Later, she taught for a number of years with Williamson County Schools while working on her M.A. in English at Tennessee State University. When she and her husband relocated to Knoxville in 2009, she taught for Anderson County Schools until the birth of her son. She has taught 9th-12th grade English as well as freshman composition on the collegiate level. She is thrilled to be back in the classroom sharing her love for English with her students in a loving, Christian environment.

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CARRIE THOMAS

ASL

 

Carrie Thomas graduated Carson-Newman College with a degree in Elementary Education. While at Carson-Newman she met the man she had prayed for years for- Dave Thomas. Carrie and Dave have 6 children and an abundance of animals. Carrie taught elementary school until her oldest son was born and then stayed home with her children and homeschooled. She joined the BCS staff to begin teaching American Sign Language. She interprets at the church where Dave pastor’s and loves the deaf community. Carrie loves being a mom and wife- and is excited to see all God has for her this year!

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MIKE MCDONALD

PE + BEREAN BLESSINGS

 

Mike McDonald has 37 years coaching and playing experience in both the USA and the U.K. Before moving to the States, he was part of the Watford FC School of Excellence. Mike has coached and trained many teams in the East TN area and coached for the Olympic Development Program. Coach Mike runs the Mike McDonald Academy during Spring and Fall for 4-9 year olds. He is the Berean High School boys soccer coach and a children’s church leader at Compassion Church in Morristown.  

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ABBIE GOTTFRIED

ENGLISH

Having lived in ten states, Abbie grew up a little bit of everywhere. She always finds herself back in Tennessee, however, and now considers Knoxville to be home. She graduated from King University in 2011 with degrees in English and Spanish, and after a short stint as a children’s book editor at Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, she found herself longing to be in the classroom. The Lord opened up the opportunity for her to begin teaching English about a decade ago, and in that time, she has taught every grade from 7th to 12th. One of her deepest  passions is seeing the story of the Gospel unfold within the stories she reads with her students. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys being outside, reading, singing, and spending time with her husband and two young boys. 

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JESSICA MARRERO

STEAM K-8

 

Jessica Marrero earned a bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College becoming certified to teach grades K-8th. Jessica left the public school system to begin teaching at Berean in 2015. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she also leads after school science club meets for first through fifth grades.  Jessica and her husband, Ricardo, have been married since 2006 and have two sons, Cruz and Alec, who attend Berean. Outside of school, Jessica loves to spend time with family and two rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, traveling, and thrifting. 

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VIERA-RODRIGUEZ

SPANISH

 

Mr. Mario Viera – Rodriguez was born in Manhattan, New York, but raised in Puerto Rico.  He married a beautiful and wonderful lady, Ruth, over 20 years ago. 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. 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 the United States.