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 its founding. Since 2017, 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 (or graduated from) 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.

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. (2021)

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.

Part-Time Grammar School Teacher's Aide

Lauren Cook

Mrs. Cook joined us in 2021 and is a great help to our Grammar School teachers. She graduated from Columbia State Community College with an AAS degree in Veterinary Nursing. Mrs. Cook and her husband, John, reside in Madison, TN with their four children, Jack, Ruby, Molly, and Daisy. She enjoys cooking, singing, and loving on animals.

3rd Grade

Megan Cook

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

Grammar School PE

Chad Cornwell

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. (2021)

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 and they joined the JECA community beginning Fall 2020.

Part-Time Grammar School Teacher's Aide

Emily Dyce

Mrs. Dyce joined us as a part-time Aide in 2021. The Dyce family lives near the Joelton/Robertson County area and have been members at 24 Church for over a decade. They have two children, Abbi and Isaac. Trained as a recovery room nurse, Mrs. Dyce firmly believes that you are who you surround yourself with, and she wants to be more like the people at JECA.

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 at JECA. 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 on 2x speed.

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, joining JECA in 2013. 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, and 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 and 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. 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 history 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

Ms. 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. She grew up in classical, Christian education, and JECA is blessed to have her.

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 and went full-time in 2019.

Upper School Humanities

Clint Lum

Joining us in 2021, 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 earned an elementary education degree from Murray State University, where she met her husband, Ben. She has loved teaching first grade since the moment she joined JECA in 2017. She and Ben have three children (Joseph, Nathaniel, and Zoe) who attend JECA. Her favorite activities are collecting books and reading, sipping coffee with too much creamer, singing loudly in her van (much to the chagrin of her kiddos), eating Mexican food, and helping children develop a love for reading good stories.

Upper School Math, Science, and Bible

Robert Murphy

Mr. Murphy came to us from St. Louis in the fall of 2021, along with the four other members of his family, where he has been teaching mathematics for 10 years at a Christian school. He completed his Masters in Mathematics for Educators from Webster University in 2020, and his Masters in Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2015. Before St. Louis, he lived near Seattle in Washington State for 15 years. Before that, he grew up as a military child, living all around the world, including Germany, Japan, and Korea.

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, Elanor, and Violet. After 10 years in St Louis, MO, the Murphys moved to Springfield and look forward to exploring Tennessee after joining JECA in 2021.

School Secretary

Anna Ostrander

Mrs. Ostrander moved to Nashville with her family in 2006 from Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State with a Bachelor of Science. Anna attends Immanuel Nashville Church and has three boys in the Grammar school. She joined our staff in 2021, and you may see her and their dog Harper working in the flower beds after school.

K-2 Art

Carrie Reeves

Mrs. Reeves joined JECA in 2021 part-time and lives in Whites Creek with her husband and daughter, Phoebe. 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 has been teaching for over 20 years after graduating from the Master’s University in Southern California with a degree in Liberal Studies: Elementary Education. After living in California during her childhood, Brandy and Steve moved to Tennessee shortly after getting married and joined JECA in 2019. They live in Greenbrier and have been blessed with a daughter, Libby, and a son, Tad. Their family currently attends Grace Community Church in Brentwood. Mrs. Rouhotas enjoys spending time with friends over a cup of coffee, reading books, and discovering new and interesting restaurants around Nashville.

PE / XC Coach

Steve Rouhotas

“Coach” Rouhotas and his family have been a part of the JECA family since the fall of 2014. He served in the USARMY as an Infantryman before reclassifying to the medical field, graduating from The Academy of Health Sciences at Ft. Sam Houston, TX in 2001, and works in a local Trauma Hospital here in Nashville. Coach Rouhotas has been involved with our Cross Country Program for the past 4 years and is now the XC Head Coach. In 2021, he joined the JECA Faculty as the Upper School PE Teacher. Steve richly enjoys his family, travel, good stories, and seeing God’s handiwork in all things on all scales.

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.

Part-Time Grammar School Teacher's 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 just 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 / Part-Time Grammar School Teacher's Aide

Lisa Ward

Mrs. Ward has a degree in early childhood education and is a long-time homeschool mom. Joining JECA in 2017, she teaches Kindergarten two days a week and helps with Student Support on Fridays. She and her husband Ben attend Reformed Baptist Church of Nashville. They have four children and recently moved to Goodlettsville from Lebanon.

4th Grade

Shauna Williams

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 and attend Immanuel Nashville.

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. Mrs. Yuill 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