Faculty & Staff

We are educators, philosophers, poets, and dreamers empowering students to be lifelong learners.

Events and Aesthetics

Christie Boomershine

Mrs. Boomershine has been a constant presence and positive influence on JECA since the founding. She has committed steady regular time every week to the work of the school, especially time spent developing relationships, serving the faculty, and developing the school's aesthetic tastes and consistency.

Headmaster

Ryan Boomershine

Mr. Boomershine has degrees from Bob Jones University in Counseling/Psychology (B.A.) and Educational Administration (M.S.). He has been with JECA since its founding in 2009. He and his wife Christie have five children at JECA. They live in Goodlettsville.

3rd Grade

Rebecca Brogdon

Mrs. Brogdon joined JECA in 2019. She earned an elementary education degree from William Carey University and has spent five years teaching in a classroom and twelve years homeschooling. Rebecca lives in Hendersonville with her husband Kyle and their five children. Her favorite things include music, books, traveling, and Chick-Fil-A.

Upper School Modern Language

Stephen Carlson

Dr. Carlson attended Mississippi State University where he received his B.A. in Communication and also played baseball as a pitcher. Stephen got his M.Div. And Ph.D. in Hebrew and Greek at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, Tennessee. He and his wife Roberta have two grown sons and four grandchildren. The Carlsons attend Redeemer Church in Hendersonville.

Teacher's Aide

Roberta Carlson

Mrs. Carlson taught Second Grade at Evangelical Christian School in Memphis for many years. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Roberta and her husband, Stephen have two adult sons, Benjamin Calvin and Timothy Spurgeon who has coached volleyball clinics for JECA.

Caretaker/PE

Bruce Clark

Mr. Clark has a degree in K-12 Education from David Lipscomb University and has been teaching PE since 1999. Bruce is passionate about physical fitness and nutrition and enjoys teaching others about the benefits of staying healthy. Bruce enjoys working outside and has a special fondness for cattle farming. He and his wife Julie have been with JECA since 2015.

Testing Coordinator

Julie Clark

Mrs. Clark has a Psychology and Family Studies degree from Western Kentucky University and holds an M.A. in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. She has worked with adolescents and families since 1995. She finds joy in singing, studying God's Word, and laughing with her family. She and Bruce live in her childhood home in Madison with their four children.

Teacher's Aide

Lauren Cook

Mrs. Cook joined us in 2021 and is a great help to our Grammar School teachers.

3rd Grade

Megan Cook

Mrs. Cook is a JECA mom to three girls and transitioned from a Teacher's Aide to our second third grade Grammar School teacher. Megan lives in East Nashville and has been full-time with us since January 2020.

Chad Cornwell

Grammar School PE

Chad came to us in the Fall of 2021 and his wife, Tristin, is our Aftercare Coordinator. They have three children at JECA (Addie, Tessa, Graham) and two children at home (Arielle and Tiara). The Cornwells attend Metro Baptist Church in Goodlettsville and Chad holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Crown College.

Aftercare Coordinator

Tristin Cornwell

Tristin coordinates all of our Aftercare and Early Drop Off programming and has been helping with Aftercare since 2020. Tristin and Chad have five children and holds an Associates' degree in Business. They live in Goodlettsville and attend Metro Baptist Church.

6th Grade / Fine Arts Coordinator / K-3 Music

Lauren Cunningham

Ms. Cunningham has been modeling joyful learning with young learners at JECA since 2012. She has a B. A. in Voice Performance and a Master's in Church Music and utilizes her degrees as JECA’s Fine Arts Coordinator. In her free time, she loves reading beautiful stories, eating Mexican food, and cheering on her hometown Houston Astros.

2nd Grade

Sydney DeLorenzo

Mrs. DeLorenzo comes to us from Rome, GA where she is a graduate of Berry College with a degree in Elementary Education. She grew up in North Carolina and attended a classical, Christian school K-12. Her husband is a specialist for the WinShape Foundation at Belmont University. We are thrilled to have Sydney on staff with us beginning Fall 2020.

Teacher's Aide

Emily Dyce

Mrs. Dyce joined us as a part-time Aide in 2021 and loves coming to school with her daughter, Abbi. The Dyce family lives in Pleasant View.

Bookkeeper

Kimberly Gambill

Mrs. Gambill graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Business Administration (B.S) and Computer Science (A.S.). She is happily married to Stephen, a pastor at Reformed Baptist Church of Nashville. They live in Madison with their two children, Hannah and Joshua. She has been with JECA since 2009.

3rd Grade

James Gilbert

The son of Christian missionaries, James Gilbert spent the majority of his childhood in Central Asia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Christian Studies and Global History from North Greenville University where he met his beautiful wife, Emilie. Following a unique set of circumstances, James then pursued a Master's degree in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Biblical Studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville with the intention of continuing in their doctoral program in archaeology. James joined JECA's faculty in 2021 and he currently lives in Hendersonville with his wife and their daughter, Eleanor. He enjoys reading, philosophy, music, and studying the world of the Bible.

Advancement & HR Director

Karen Gosnell

Mrs. Gosnell has been charged with assisting the board in establishing JECA's roots for the long term. She and her husband Patrick live in Nashville and have two daughters. She has been with JECA since 2018 and previously worked at a large classical Christian school in Texas. Any given weekend you can find her with her family trying new restaurants in Nashville, trying new recipes at home, or working on a puzzle while listening to an audiobook.

Registrar & Administrative Assistant

Abbie Graham

Mrs. Graham graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Psychology (B.A.). She and her husband, Adam, live in Joelton with their three children, all of whom attend JECA. She joined JECA in 2018 as Registrar and has since also taken the role of Administrative Assistant. They are members of Ethos Church in downtown Nashville.

4-12 Music and Choir / Guidance Counselor

Lauren Gray

Mrs. Gray teaches music history, theory, appreciation, and performance at JECA. Our Upper School students receive instruction from her two days per week. She lives in Antioch with her husband Matt and their children. She has been on faculty since 2017 and in 2021 took on the role of Guidance Counselor.

Upper School Humanities / Dean of Students

Nathan Haney

Mr. Haney has been a part of the classical Christian education movement since early childhood. He holds a degree in English from Belmont University where he studied literature, philosophy, and writing. He enjoys playing golf, watching movies, and mowing his lawn. He is a workaday minimalist and recovering neatnik. His wife Angie and son Ford make him bearable.

5th Grade

Hannah Haun

Mrs. Haun and her husband Grant live in Goodlettsville. Hannah holds a Master's degree from Vanderbilt in Child Studies, She joined our Grammar faculty in 2021.

Admissions Director

Katy Hornbeck

Mrs. Hornbeck lives in White House with her husband Eric and their two children who attend JECA. She began working at JECA in 2018 first as the School Secretary but has transitioned to the Admissions Director. She will smile if you ask her for her Enneagram number.

School Librarian

Caroline Jantz

Mrs. Jantz joined JECA in 2018. She has degrees from Furman in political science and Latin and a Master's Degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Library Science. She lives in Nashville with her husband John and their two young children, Grace Ellis and Griffin. The Jantzes are members of Midtown Fellowship.

Upper School Literature, Logic and History / Director of Professional Development

Damaris King

Dr. King joined JECA in 2016. While pursuing an English degree from the University of Georgia, she spent a term studying law, history, and architecture at Oxford University. After earning her Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law, she took a winding path through jobs at bakeries and cooking stores before beginning her teaching career in 2012. She and her husband Gene live in Greenbrier with their children, Morgan and Alex.

Acting Head of Upper School / Academic Dean / Upper School Instructor

Eugene King

Professor King joined the JECA upper school faculty in 2017 and teaches Latin, the humanities, and mathematics in the upper school, as well as serving as JECA’s Academic Dean. He earned his undergraduate degree in sociology and criminal justice at the University of Georgia, including a term studying abroad at Oxford University, and completed his master’s degree in mathematics education at Lipscomb University. Gene has taught elementary, junior high, high school, and college students in classical Christian schools since 2004, and is eternally grateful to Homer, Euclid, Plato, Augustine, and C.S. Lewis for all the trouble they’ve caused him. He lives in Greenbrier with his wife, Damaris, and their two children, Morgan and Alex, both of whom are JECA students.

Upper School Bible / Head of Grammar School / JV Volleyball Coach

David King

Mr. King began at JECA in 2011 and serves as Head of the Grammar School in addition to teaching upper school Bible. After earning BA and MA in Bible from BJU, he taught in several different Christian schools before settling with his family in Tennessee. He is married to Jill and delights in spending time with her and their three children. He enjoys cooking, barbequing, reading, gardening, and is a devoted fan of the Cleveland Browns.

Kindergarten / Testing Coordinator

Jill King

Mrs. King holds a degree in Elementary Education and has been behind the podium for 20 years, with 11 of those years in Kindergarten. The Kings have been with JECA since our inaugural year (2009), and Jill has been serving as the lead Kindergarten teacher (MWF) at JECA since 2010. Mrs. King enjoys thrift/bargain shopping, reading, Golly G's ice cream, and all things related to baseball in St. Louis.

Upper School Math and Science

Yvonne Kordus

Mrs. Kordus joined our upper school in the fall of 2021 after teaching Math and Science for two years in Madrid, Spain. Hailing from Hickory, NC, Mrs. Kordus holds a Bachelor's from Liberty University.

Grammar and Logic School Math and Science

Debby Layman

Mrs. Layman graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in education. She and her husband Carl live in Old Hickory and have three children. She began teaching part-time at JECA in 2010.

Upper School Humanities

Clint Lum

Mr. Lum teaches humanities, liberal arts, and theology in the upper school. He earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree at Texas A&M University, studied for a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and earned a certificate of biblical and theological studies at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, Mr. Lum is reading for a Master's in humanities and classical education at the University of Dallas. His wife (Kyla) and their two boys (Jonathan and Oliver) live in Greenbrier and are members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mr. Lum enjoys hiking, fishing, reading the works of the Inklings, and jumping on the bed with his boys.

1st Grade

Beth Morrow

Mrs. Morrow joined JECA in 2017. She earned an elementary education degree from Murray State University and has since spent nine years in various teaching roles. Beth is married to Ben and they live in Hendersonville with their three kids. Her favorite things in these shadowlands are watching her children play in the rain, reading, sipping coffee with too much creamer, guacamole, and helping children develop a love for reading good stories.

Upper School Math, Science, and Bible

Robert Murphy

Mr. Murphy holds two Master's degrees in Math and Theology.

Logic School Latin

Jessica Murphy

Mrs. Murphy is originally from the Pacific Northwest. She met her husband, Robert, at Western Washington University where she earned her B.A. in Human Services. For the past 17 years, her primary occupation has been educating her three children: Reason (17), Elanor (15), and Violet (11).  After 10 years in St Louis, MO, we have moved to Springfield and look forward to exploring Tennessee.

K-2 Art

Carrie Reeves

Mrs. Reeves lives in Whites Creek with her husband and one-year-old daughter. She grew up in Pleasant View and has taught art for 7 years in a variety of settings after graduating from Austin Peay State University with a BA in Art. Carrie enjoys painting and drawing.

Logic School Humanities / Student Support Director / Varsity Volleyball Coach

Lindsey Rose

After graduating from Liberty University with a degree in Elementary Education, Mrs. Rose spent several years teaching in the Virginia Public School System. She got involved in classical education in 2014 before accepting a position at JECA in 2017. Since then, she has taken on the additional role of Varsity Volleyball coach. In her spare time, she enjoys nesting in blankets in a particular corner of her couch whilst reading a good book and drinking snobby coffee. She is also fond of camping, biking, and all sorts of competitions, preferably ones she can win. She is wife to Josh and mom to Hannah, Claire, and Evelynn.

5th Grade

Brandy Rouhotas

Mrs. Rouhotas comes to us with years of elementary teaching experience and she holds a degree from The Masters University in California. Steve and Brandy commute down from Greenbrier with their son and daughter and attend Reformed Baptist Church.

Grammar School PE

Steve Rouhotas

Mr. Rouhotas is married to Brandy and they have two children, Tad and Libby, that attend JECA.

3-12 Art

Jami Shumate

Mrs. Shumate began teaching visual art at JECA in 2012. After earning a BFA degree in studio art, she worked as a professional artist for 15 years before transitioning to a teaching career. Jami is married to Johnny and they have one son. She enjoys a perfectly brewed pot of afternoon tea, dark chocolate, English roundhand, good books, and fostering creativity in children by sharing her love of all things art with them.

Grammar School Teacher Aide

Ashley Taylor

Mrs. Taylor joined us as a Teaching Aide in the Fall of 2019 and has been a blessing to our faculty. She is married to Matt and they have two girls in the Grammar School at JECA. She enjoys early mornings, reading, singing, coffee, Bible study, laughing with her children, and long conversations with dear friends. Her favorite place for conversation is on the back deck of her home in Springfield.

Athletic Director

Dustin Thomas

Mr. Thomas came on board as the Athletic Director before the 2019-2020 school year. He is married to his wife, Sierra. They attend The Movement Church in Hendersonville. He is studying Business Administration at Vol State. We are blessed to have him coordinating the logistics for all of our sporting events and coaching Varsity Boys Basketball.

Kindergarten Enrichment

Lisa Ward

Mrs. Ward has a degree in early childhood education and is a long-time homeschool mom. She teaches Kindergarten two days a week. She and her husband Ben attend Reformed Baptist Church of Nashville. They have 4 children and recently moved to Goodlettsville from Lebanon.

Shauna Williams

4th Grade

Mrs. Williams holds a B.S. in P-5 Elementary Education from Campbellsville University and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Union University. After 11 years of teaching at a traditional Christian school, Mrs. Williams stepped full-time into her most significant teaching role as a mother to Theo, Madeline, and Josephine. She returned to the classroom in the Fall of 2020 as a substitute at JECA, then transitioned to full-time in 2021. She and her husband Ted live in Gallatin.

Kindergarten

Katie Yuill

Mrs. Yuill lives in Gallatin with her husband, Jack, and golden retriever, Tulip. They are covenant members of Redeemer Church in Hendersonville. She graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education at Tennessee Tech University and came to JECA full-time in 2021. Jack and Katie love all things related to coffee, books, and travel.

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry Adams