Our Team

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

Experienced

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

Dedicated

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.

Consistent

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

  • Possess One Or More Graduate Degrees (Masters and above) 65% 65%
  • Involved in Extracurricular Activities (coaching, red & white games & other special events) 100% 100%
  • Have Taught at TFA Longer than 5 Years 60% 60%
  • Are Specialized in Learning Differences 75% 75%

Leadership

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, Assessment & Community Outreach

  • 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

Dean of Students

  • 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

Dean of Academic Affairs

Elementary School Teacher

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

Athletic Director

P.E. & Health Teacher

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

Faculty

Kristin Barrett

Middle School Teacher, Language Arts & Social Studies

  • BA in History, University of North Carolina
  • MAT, University of North Carolina
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Lydia Cuomo

Elementary School Teacher

  • BA in History, Keene State College
  • MAT in Childhood Education and Special Education, Touro College
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Rebecca Dunhem

Middle and High School Teacher, Social Studies

  • BS in Sociology and Psychology, Virginia Tech University
  • MCJ in Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina
  • MEd in Secondary Social Studies, NC State University
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Jerry Fichter

High School Teacher, Social Studies

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

Middle School Teacher

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

Middle and High School Teacher, Science

  • 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
Yamil Harris-Barber

Middle School Teacher

  • BA in Rehabilitation Services and Counseling, Florida State University
  • MS in Special Education, Nova Southeastern University
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Viviana Hillmann

High School Teacher, Spanish

  • 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

Middle School Teacher, Language Arts

  • 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
London Jenkins

Elementary Teacher

  • BA English Education, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • NC Professional Teacher’s License
Evelyn Jones

Middle School Teacher, Math

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

High School Teacher, Language Arts

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

Middle School Teacher, Language Arts

  • BA in Education, Special Education, Wheaton College
  • MEd, Roger Williams University
  • NC Professional Teaching License
Sandra Litzenberger

Teacher, Visual Arts

  • BFA in Studio Art, University of Ottawa
  • MA In Art Therapy, Vermont College of Norwich University
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Sean MacDonald

High School Teacher, Language Arts

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

Middle and High School Teacher, Science

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

Middle School Teacher, Language Arts

  • BS in Special Education, University of Southern Mississippi
  • MEd in Special Education, University of Southern Mississippi
  • MSA in School Administration, NC State University
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Kristi McGrath

High School Teacher, Math

  • BA in Special Education and Mathematics, Elon University
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Chris Morgan

 

Teacher, Technology & Psychology

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

 

 

Valerie Morse

Teacher, Culinary Arts

  • Johnson and Wales University
  • ServSafe Certified

 

Emma Small

High School Teacher, Language Arts

  • BA Special Education, Clemson University
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Phillip St. Clair

High School Teacher, Math & Skills for Life

  • Undergraduate Mathematics Degree, Elon University
  • Teaching License for Secondary Education
Morgan-Leigh Stall

Middle School Teacher, Language Arts

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

Elementary Teacher

  • BS in Elementary Education, Northern Illinois University
  • ESL Endorsement, National Louis University
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
Robert Ward

High School Teacher, Math

  • BA Psychology, UNC Greensboro
  • MSEd Mathematics, Walden University
  • MAEd, University of Phoenix
  • NC Professional Educator’s License
  • License for Principal K-12

Staff

Natalee Barrett-Whyte

Teaching Assistant

  • BA in Elementary Education, Western Carolina University
Donna Cooper

Front Office Manager

Betsy Gillespie

Teaching Assistant

  • BA Art, Adrian College
Shelley Snyder

Teaching Assistant

  • BS Early Childhood Education, Temple University