Faculty & Staff

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

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. Mr. Boomershine bravely teaches Introductory Logic to 7th graders. He and his wife Christie have five children at JECA. They live in Goodlettsville.

5th Grade

Patrick Brown

Mr. Brown graduated from Union University with a degree in Biblical Studies and Languages (B.A.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in Christian Ministry (M.Div.). He enjoys calm mornings with coffee and a book, fishing in a creek, and time with his family. He has been with JECA since 2015.

P.E.

Bruce Clark

Mr. Clark has a degree in K-12 Education from David Lipscomb University. He is passionate about physical fitness and nutrition and enjoys teaching others about the benefits of staying healthy. Bruce also raises cattle on a small farm in Old Hickory. The Clarks have been with JECA since 2015.

Guidance Counselor

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.

1st & 2nd Grade

Lauren Cunningham

Ms. Cunningham received a B.A. in Voice Performance and a Masters in Church Music, and she utilizes her degrees as JECA’s Fine Arts Coordinator. She has a passion for the arts and loves reading great books and listening to great music outside of school. She has been with JECA since 2012.

Assistant to the Headmaster

Rita Elders

Mrs. Elders joined the JECA family in 2014. She's been married to her high school sweetheart, Robb, for 31 years. They have three grown children and five of the cutest grandchildren ever. Outside of work, you might find her cleaning out a closet, feasting with friends and family, or introverting with a good book.

3rd & 4th Grade

Brandy Fentress

Mrs. Fentress graduated from Austin Peay State University with a degree in Elementary Education. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Fentress also serves as JECA's Athletic Administrator. Mrs. Fentress and her husband Jake live in Greenbrier with their two children. She has been with JECA since 2014.

Bookkeeper/Registrar/Latin

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.

History & Latin

James Goddard

Mr. Goddard graduated from New College Franklin with a B.A. in the Classical Liberal Arts and currently teaches Latin and History to the JECA Logic and Rhetoric schools. Mr. Goddard enjoys reading theology and fiction, as well as camping and hiking in his leisure time. He lives in Nashville and has been at JECA since 2015.

Language Arts & Literature / Head of Logic & Rhetoric School

Nathan Haney

Mr. Haney graduated from Belmont University with a degree in English Literature (B.A.). He enjoys sipping French-pressed coffee, watching great films, and admiring the flight of a well-struck golf ball. He lives in Madison with his wife Angie and their son Ford. He has been with JECA since 2013.

Librarian

Damaris King

Mrs. King graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English. She read Shakespeare, British common law, Tudor-Stuart history, and British architecture at Oxford University, England and received her J.D. from Washington & Lee University. She lives in Fairview with her husband Eugene, daughter Morgan, and son Alex. She has been with JECA since 2016.

6th Grade / Head of Grammar School

David King

Having earned several degrees in Bible, Mr. King delights in helping Christian young people build a godly foundation for their lives. He has taught at JECA since 2011 and currently teaches 6th grade and 7-11th Bible classes. He also serves administratively as the Head of Grammar School. Mr. King is married to Jill, and they live in Joelton with their three children.

Kindergarten

Jill King

Mrs. King has her degree in Elementary Education and has been teaching for 16 years. The Kings have been with JECA since our inaugural year (2009), and Jill has been serving as the lead Kindergarten teacher at JECA since 2010.

Math & Science

Debby Layman

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

Math & Science

Holly Randa

Mrs. Randa graduated from the University of North Dakota with degrees in chemistry and mathematics and from the University of Utah with a masters degree in theoretical chemistry. She joined JECA in 2015. Mrs. Randa is married to Alan and they have four boys.

Art & Kindergarten Enrichment

Jami Shumate

After earning a BFA in studio art, Mrs. Shumate began working as a designer and wall muralist. Since 2002, she has taught drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, and art history to students of all ages. Mrs. Shumate has been with JECA since 2012.

Music

Lisa Whitworth

Mrs. Whitworth holds a degree in Music Education (B.A.) from Murray State University and Music Performance from Austin Peay State University (M.A). She has over 40 years' experience in music education and currently serves as the the staff accompanist and Worship Arts Ministry Associate at First Baptist Church in Joelton. She has been with JECA since 2016.

Teacher's Assistant

Melissa Herron

Mrs. Herron has worked at JECA since 2016. She is married to Doug and has three children at JECA.

Teacher's Assistant

Jill Rose

Mrs. Rose has worked at JECA since 2016. She is married to Jeremy and has four children at JECA.

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