Staff & Teachers

Administration

Lori Abbott : Principal

Lori Abbott

Principal


Seventh-day Adventist Christian Education is my passion.  It is so exciting to be a part of the largest protestant parochial school system in the world--changing lives one student at a time.  With an undergraduate degree in Business Education from Southern Adventist University, I began my teaching career in 1983. In 1995 I completed my MA degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. During these past many years I have continued to teach but have added business manager, registrar, vice principal, and principal to my resume.  Teaching isn't a job to me, it is my life.
Classroom Philosophy
In my classroom I don't want students to just learn English and Business/Technology.  I want them to learn how to be respectful; how to be good citizens on this earth; how to listen for God's quiet whispers; how to recognize the life journey God would like for each student; how to be ready for high school and college; how to believe in oneself.  *Students are expected to show respect for me, the other students, the school and our classroom.
  • Students are expected to try.
  • Students are expected to make NO excuses.
  • Students are expected to expect the most from themselves.
  • Students are expected "to be thinker,s and not mere reflector's of other men's thoughts..." Education p. 17.

Teachers

Mary Friend : Teacher

Mary Friend

Teacher
PreK


With a degree in Child Development, and a love for children, head teacher for Hoover Christian School's PreK is a perfect fit.  I believe that children should be taught using Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP).  I strive to meet children where they are at in the developmental world, encouraging them to flourish in meaningful activity or play experiences.  I have been at HCS since 2008.
Classroom Philosophy:
As I mentioned in my biography, I strive to meet students where they are at in the developmental world.  Examples of this would be making play dough using math and science skills embeded in the fun.  From the beginning God created man to learn in a way that came natural to him.  I strive to make my classroom an area for this natural developmental flourishing to take place.
Charmelle Miller : Teacher

Charmelle Miller

Teacher
PreK


I began my career in Adventist Education five years ago in the Atlanta area working as a paraprofessional with 1st and 2nd grade students. While in Atlanta I added PE teacher and Aftercare Director to my resume. I joined the staff of Hoover Christian School in 2016 as afternoon teacher for PreK, Aftercare Director, and high school Spanish I and II facilitator, and creator and Director of the HCS Summer Camp program. I have a passion for Adventist Christian education and love my students. Being a valued member of the HCS faculty and staff is a personal daily goal.
Heidi Gomez : Teacher

Heidi Gomez

Teacher
Grades K-1


Teaching has always been my passion! In fact it is something that runs in my family since I represent the third generation of teachers in my family. I graduated from Southern Adventist University with my BA in Liberal Arts Education and a minor in English. I am bilingual and use that to facilitate any communication needs of my students and their families, as well as applying my cultural background to teach my students about the beautiful and diverse world God has created!
Classroom Philosophy:
My philosophy of education is as follows: I aim to teach my students how to respect those around them and treat each other with love such as God loves us. I will show my students how to apply themselves by sitting with them individually and involving their parents in their academic life. I will help my students understand the content more proficiently through my knowledge of content, central concepts of teaching, and through the use of resources/manipulatives and/or technology.
Beverly Trent : Teacher

Beverly Trent

Teacher
Grades 2-4


My name is Beverly Trent, and I have been teaching at Hoover Christian School since 2007. I attended Hoover Christian School as a child, and have experienced firsthand the impact a Christian education can have on a child’s life. I graduated summa cum laude from Southern Adventist University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. I spent two years as a television news reporter before I felt God leading me into the teaching profession. I graduated with a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in December of 2006. I thoroughly enjoy teaching at Hoover Christian School! My goal is to give my students a strong academic foundation that will enable them to fulfill any purpose God may have for their lives. I try to instill in them a love of learning, a strong work ethic, and positive character traits that we call our Lifelong Guidelines. I want our children to be curious about the world and to enjoy learning for pleasure! It is my hope and prayer that every child who enters my classroom would develop a close relationship with Jesus, and would come to know that He loves them beyond measure!
Information About Our Class
We enjoy learning in our class! In our class your child will learn to read for pleasure, enjoy reading with classmates, and talk about and enjoy books. Your child will also learn about different book genres and how to analyze and answer questions about what he or she has read. I read aloud to my students every day as a way of building their fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies. Read aloud books also serve as mentor texts for our budding writers! Our students learn to write strong paragraphs and enjoy writing stories of their own, as well. They especially enjoy sharing their own writing from our Author’s Chair! Students learn songs and chants that help them remember parts of speech, grammar rules, phonics, and much more. Math lessons are interactive and in-depth. Students work through math concepts alongside the teacher, using math manipulatives when applicable. Students are supported in their math learning daily through the gradual release of responsibility. This enables the students to move from the guided instruction phase of learning to independent practice. Math learning is also supported through the use of online math tutorials and practice activities students can access from home. Projects and field trips are closely aligned to the curriculum to support what we are learning in class…especially in the areas of science and social studies. Academic field trips occur regularly throughout the year. During the years spent in our class, our students have opportunities to visit places such as Turkey Creek, Aldridge Gardens, Ruffner Mountain, the Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Red Mountain Park, the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute, and the American Village. Our field trip rotation also includes participation in Tannehill’s Creek Kids program and Moundville’s Native American Festival. Through hands-on experiences such as archeological digs, using dip nets to explore aquatic life, and harvesting food from a garden to make our own hummus and salad, students develop an experiential knowledge of ecology and the world around them that makes science, history, and learning fun
Alyssa Sharpe : Teacher

Alyssa Sharpe

Teacher
Grades 5-6


Lori Abbott : Principal / Teacher

Lori Abbott

Principal / Teacher
Grades 7-10
English


Seventh-day Adventist Christian Education is my passion.  It is so exciting to be a part of the largest protestant parochial school system in the world--changing lives one student at a time.  With an undergraduate degree in Business Education from Southern Adventist University, I began my teaching career in 1983. In 1995 I completed my MA degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. During these past many years I have continued to teach but have added business manager, registrar, vice principal, and principal to my resume.  Teaching isn't a job to me, it is my life.
Classroom Philosophy
In my classroom I don't want students to just learn English and Business/Technology.  I want them to learn how to be respectful; how to be good citizens on this earth; how to listen for God's quiet whispers; how to recognize the life journey God would like for each student; how to be ready for high school and college; how to believe in oneself.  *Students are expected to show respect for me, the other students, the school and our classroom.
  • Students are expected to try.
  • Students are expected to make NO excuses.
  • Students are expected to expect the most from themselves.
  • Students are expected "to be thinker,s and not mere reflector's of other men's thoughts..." Education p. 17.
David Haley : Teacher

David Haley

Teacher
Grades 7-12
Math & Science


Dave is a United States Air Force veteran, professional firefighter for the Fairfax County, VA Fire and Rescue Service, health care administration, fully tenured Associate Professor of business at Southern Adventist University, and has taught high school at Hoover Christian School for fifteen years.
Classroom Philosophy
The endgame for education is the development of independent life-long learners who serve their communities, church, and nation in leadership capacity in their chosen professions. The vehicle for doing this is the overarching and transcendent development of godliness, or god like characters. That true education involves not only the development of Hegelian Dialectic and Socratic dialog skill sets but to be critical, analytical,  and original thinkers and not mere reflectors of others thoughts and ideas such that all their getting they are to acquire wisdom.
Michael Abbott : Teacher

Michael Abbott

Teacher
Grades 7-12
History & Bible


I am thrilled to be a part of an amazing staff caring for the students at Hoover Christian School. In 1983 I graduated from Southern Adventist University with a undergraduate degree in education emphasizing History and Industrial Arts. In 1990 I completed my M.S. in American History from Texas A&M. Social Studies, Bible and Physical Exercise are the areas of expertise I bring to the students at HCS.
Classroom Philosophy
An Adventist Christian education environment allows me to bring into each classroom the love of Jesus and a Biblical worldview perspective on events in history, Creation Health, and the study of applying the principles found in the Bible to life in this 21st century.
Beth Jeffers : Teacher

Beth Jeffers

Teacher
Art


As an Art teacher for PreK - 12th grade at Hoover Christian School since 2012, I consider it a joy and privilege.  I have a minor in Art from Southern Adventist University and love that I can use my love of art to help student's develop their God-given artistic skills.
Classroom Philosophy
My goal is to nuture each child's sense of creative and encourage them to be confiden in their artistic abilities.  At Hoover Christian School we study the principles and elements of art.  We learn to draw, paint and sculpt working with all mediums including oil pastels, water colors, ink, graphite and clay.  We also review art history to understand origins and how various forms developed over time.
Carrie Audra Delong : Teacher

Carrie Audra Delong

Teacher
Music


Misty Lynch : Teacher

Misty Lynch

Teacher
Drama / Yearbook


Hoover Christian School has been a professional home for me for over 15 years. I believe in this school and the education it is providing--my son graduated from Kindergarten, 8th grade and 12th grade from HCS! I am the Attendance Director, Librarian and also teach Drama and Yearbook at the high school level. Other positions I have filled are office manager, registrar and classroom facilitator.
Nelcy Amaya : Teacher

Nelcy Amaya

Teacher
Spanish


I am a Columbian by birth and Spanish is my first language. I am the PreK-8th grade Spanish instructor and facilitate the Spanish courses for high school at Hoover Christian School. Since I first started working at HCS in 2010, I have had a variety of jobs, however, helping students become bilingual is a passion for me.
Classroom Philosophy
Making sure my boys were bilingual--learning English at home and Spanish at school was important to me. I want to bring that same type of success to the students at HCS by teaching Spanish at school while they continue learning English at school and home. My principals for teaching are a second language to students are:
  • It has a positive effect on itellectual growth and enriches and enhances a child's mental development.
  • It leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
  • It improves a child's understanding of his/her native language.
  • It gives a child the ability to communicate with people s/he would otherwise not have the chance to know.
  • It opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
  • It gives a student a head start in language requirements for college.
  • It increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.

(Center for Applied Linguistics)

Staff

Misty Lynch : Attendance / Library

Misty Lynch

Attendance / Library


Hoover Christian School has been a professional home for me for over 15 years. I believe in this school and the education it is providing--my son graduated from Kindergarten, 8th grade and 12th grade from HCS! I am the Attendance Director, Librarian and also teach Drama and Yearbook at the high school level. Other positions I have filled are office manager, registrar and classroom facilitator.
Marina Brewer : Teacher's Assistant

Marina Brewer

Teacher's Assistant


Carolyn Petty : Office Manager / Registrar

Carolyn Petty

Office Manager / Registrar


After beginning the pre-K and kindergarten program at Hoover Christian School (then called Brakeworth Junior Academy) and teaching in that classroom for a whirlwind two decades, watching dozens of beautiful children grow into amazing young men and women, I was blessed to be able to move into the office. I’m still able to interact with the students every day, while I do what I can to facilitate everyone else’s work. It’s also my pleasure to get to know most of the parents, and try to help them in any way possible. With a beautiful new website and online application and enrollment, the future is a challenge I welcome! God is good—all the time!
Melody Allison : Lunch Coordinator

Melody Allison

Lunch Coordinator


Board Members


Chip Anderson, Chair
Lori Abbott
Nelcy Amaya
Nancy Camara
Charlotte Dyer, Co-Treasurer
Tom Dyer, Co-Treasurer
Kay Filler
Jann Haley
Ricky Hart
Beth Jeffers
Tameka Lewis
Juanita Vann


Ex oficio members

Mickey Abbott
David Haley
Carolyn Petty
Allyssa Sharpe
Beverly Trent