Our Team

We're here to bring out the best in each student.


Combined 382 years of experience. 64% of our faculty have masters degrees.


Our teachers go beyond academics, showing great respect for each student and developing their interpersonal skills and social and emotional learning. 75% of our faculty have special education degrees.


We heavily focus on each and every students’ unique abilities.  Our teachers create individualized curriculum and maintain consistent structure and processes to bring out the best in each student.

About Our Team

  • Hold Masters/Doctoral Degress 65%
  • Participate in Extracurricular Activities 100%
  • Have Taught at TFA Longer than 5 Years 50%
  • Are Specialized in Learning Differences 75%


Paul Atkinson

Head of School


  • Ed.D, Doctor of Education, University of Alabama
  • MSW, Master of Social Work, University of South Carolina
  • MAT, Master of Arts in Teaching, Agnes Scott College
  • BA, English, Presbyterian College


Tiffany Gregory

Dean of Admissions, Curriculum, & Assessment

  • BA Psychology NC State University
  • MEd/LD, NCSU
  • LD Certificate,-K-12
  • Standard Professional II, State of NC
Nancy Steinauer

Business Manager/IT Director

  • BS Math, Florida Atlantic University
Kim Peele

Student Services

  • BS Appalachian State University
  • Certificate in Positive Behavior Support, Crisis Prevention/Intervention
  • Certified in Specific Learning Disability; ID, mild, moderate, severe; Severely Emotionally Disabled, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Patricia D'Agostino

Instructional Support

English and Language Arts Faculty

  • BA Psychology, UNC Wilmington
  • MEd Special Education – LD, East Carolina University
  • Certificate Special Education – LD
Amber Joyner

Athletic Director

P.E. and Health Faculty

  • AS in Science in Biology/Biology Education, Louisburg College
  • BA of Science in Physical Education, Appalachian State University


Mary Lou Burton

English and Language Arts Faculty

  • BS Teacher Education, Secondary Social Studies, Frostburg State University, Maryland
  • MEd in Special Education, LD, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Certificate for Mentally Handicapped
  • License in NC Department Public Instruction
Anastasia Cardona


Fine Arts Faculty

  • BS Art University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • NC S4 Standard Professional 1 Teaching Certificate Art Grades K-12
  • National Board Certification in Art



Jerry Fichter

Social Studies Faculty

  • BA History, LeMoyne College
  • Masters Social Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • Certificate Special Education Social Studies 9-12, NC State University
Karen Gower

Math Faculty

  • BA Psychology, Binghamton University
  • MEd Special Education emphasis in LD, NC State University
  • License in LD K-12
Ryan Harris

Science Faculty

  • BA Plant & Soil Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MEd Special Education, Boston University
  • License in Science 9-12, Middle Grade Science 6-9, Special Education General Curriculum, NC
Viviana Hillmann

Spanish Faculty

  • Undergraduate English as a Foreign Language for Spanish speaking teachers, Profesorado De Cultura Inglesa-Buenos Aires Argentina
  • Studying at William Peace University for Licensure Special Education
Kori Holley

Language Arts Faculty

  • BA Psychology with a concentration in inclusive education 1-9, Nazareth College
  • Masters in Literacy & Reading K-6, Walden University
  • Certificate in Childhood Education 1-6, Students with Disabilities 1-9, Generalist in Middle Childhood Education 5-9
  • NC License in Childhood and Middle Education K-9, Special Education K-9
Evelyn Jones

Math Faculty

  • BS Special Education, Virginia State University
  • Endorsed in SLD from University of Virginia
Sarah Koobs

English and Language Arts Faculty

  • Undergrad in Teaching, Lady Spencer Churchill, Oxford, England
  • Masters Learning Disabilities, University of Gloucestershire, England
  • Master’s Program in Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
Kristi Lose

Math Faculty

  • Bachelor of Arts (Dual Major: Special Education), Elon University
  • NC Teaching License in Special Education K-12 & Math 6-12
Sean MacDonald

English and Language Arts Faculty

  • BGS with concentration in English, University of Michigan
  • MA English, UNC Charlotte
Kelly Marshburn

Science Faculty

  • BS Middle School Science Education, NC State University
  • MEd Middle School Science Education, NC State University
  • License in Science 6-9
  • National Board Certification
Chris Morgan


Technology Faculty

  • BSED & Special Education, Gen. (LO/MR), Western Carolina University
  • Mentally Handicapped K-12
  • Learning Disabled K-12
  • Computer Education
  • EC Math, LA, SC, SS



Angela Myers

Language Arts and Math Faculty

  • BA in Psychology, Meredith College
  • Master of Arts in teaching Special Education, Meredith College
  • NC Teaching License
Emma Small

English Faculty

  • BA Special Education, Clemson University
  • NC Teaching License
Elizabeth Evert Smith


Fine Arts Faculty

  • Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, NY


Morgan-Leigh Stall

Language Arts Faculty

  • BS Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, NC State University
  • Currently working towards licensure and Master’s Degree in Special Education, North Carolina Central University
Phillip St. Clair

Social Studies & Math Faculty

  • Undergraduate Mathematics Degree, Elon University
  • Teaching License for Secondary Education
Robert Ward

Math Faculty

  • BA Psychology, UNC Greensboro
  • MA of Education
  • MSEd Mathematics, Walden University
  • MAEd, University of Phoenix
  • Certification in Math
  • License for Principal K-12


Donna Cooper

Front Office Manager

Betsy Gillespie

Teaching Assistant

  • BA Art, Adrian College
Shelley Snyder

Teaching Assistant

  • BS Early Childhood Education, Temple University