Faculty 2021-2022

Faculty

Erica Adams

English 7 & 8, History & Bible 8

Mrs. Adams earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Millsaps College. Upon graduation she began her career teaching high school English in Okinawa, Japan, for the Department of Defense. Following her years in Japan, she taught fifth grade at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Kaneohe, Hawaii. She returned to the Reservoir area to reside in Rankin county after her time overseas and taught at Northwest Rankin High School.

Mrs. Adams is a USA Swimming certified swim coach for Sunkist Swim Team, where she has been coaching for the past decade. She is also the head coach for the Northwest Rankin High School swim team. A lifelong passion for competitive swimming has grown into a love for triathlon which she enjoys with her husband Greg and four daughters, Anna Grace, Bella Ward, Lady Catherine, and Pippa Marie. The Adams family attends Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where Mrs. Adams also serves as secretary for the church council. She is thrilled at the opportunity to return to a classical classroom.

Christie Barber

First Grade

Mrs. Barber is excited to begin her first year of teaching at Saint Augustine. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Belhaven University. She taught in Hinds County Public Schools and Jackson Public Schools before shifting to privately teaching students with learning disabilities while coaching men’s and women’s cross country at Belhaven University for the last eighteen years.

Christie and her husband, Duane, live in Crystal Springs where they attend Crystal Springs United Methodist Church. They have two sons, Austin and Truman, the latter of whom attends Saint Augustine as a student.

Christine Barron

Biology

Mrs. Barron earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University and holds an educator’s license from the State of Mississippi. Since becoming a teacher, she has had the privilege to teach elementary, middle, and high school sciences in both public and private schools.

Mrs. Barron resides in Jackson with her husband, Brent, and daughter, Maggie, who joyfully attends Saint Augustine. They worship at St. Stephens Anglican Church.

Naomi Baugus

Assistant to Head of School
Spanish I

Mrs. Baugus originally hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan where she graduated with a degree in Spanish and Sociology from Calvin University. She previously worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in Grand Rapids, and has loved being able to continue using and propagating the Spanish language with her students at St. Augustine.

She is married to Nathanael and together they have one daughter, Ingrid. They live in Ridgeland where they are members at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking bread and other culinary delights, and playing board games with her family.

Steve Beagles

Physics

Hallie Bolen

Latin Grammar 4-5, French I & II

Mrs. Bolen teaches 4th and 5th grade Latin and Grammar, as well as French 1 and 2. She lives in Jackson, MS with her husband, Samuel, and her three sons, two of whom attend St. Augustine. She attends Redeemer Church, where she serves in the preschool ministry. She enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her family, and reading a good book on her porch.

Mrs. Bolen received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Mississippi and her Master’s in Education from Mississippi College. She previously worked in the Madison County School District for six years as an English and French teacher. She is passionate about educating her children in a classical environment and being a positive Christian influence in the classroom.

Alexandra Burns

World History

Mrs. Burns grew up in “The Free State of Jones” County, Mississippi. She went to Mississippi College, where she majored in Writing while also studying TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Christian Studies. After graduating, she taught international students at MC’s Intensive English Program. She has taught students aged 6-35. In 2016, she and her husband moved to Dallas so he could attend med school at UT Southwestern. In Texas, she taught at a classical charter school, coached speech and debate, had two babies, and took a lot of pictures of great-tailed grackles.  She and her family then returned to Mississippi for her husband’s residency at UMMC.

She recently returned to the classroom, where she argues every day that history is in fact the world’s most interesting novel. In her free time, she enjoys reading great science fiction and fantasy, writing terrible science fiction and fantasy, and dragging her family to the park.

Kimber Callen

English 5, Science 5, History & Bible 5

Mrs. Callen attended Belhaven University where she played soccer and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Callen has been teaching elementary school for the past 10 years.

She is married to Thomas Callen and together have three children – Copeland, Eleanor, and Roman. She enjoys running, hiking, camping, and reading any classic books she missed reading along her education journey. She and her family are active members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Liz Callen

Pre-Algebra 7-8, Algebra I, Algebra II

Mrs. Callen teaches Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 at Saint Augustine. She graduated from Belhaven University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Teaching math and instilling a love of learning in her students is something she is very passionate about. She also enjoys running, exercising, and being outdoors. Liz and her husband Alex have three children: Rush, Cooper, and Emmaline. They live in Jackson and attend Redeemer Church.

Elizabeth Cangelosi

Second Grade

Mrs. Cangelosi teaches second grade at Saint Augustine School. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After graduating college, she taught second grade at Northwest Rankin Elementary School and English at the Veritas School. She also homeschooled her children for ten years. She and her husband, Caleb, live in Madison with their five children and attend Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church, where Caleb is a pastor. Elizabeth is a hopeless bookworm and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Rachel Cooley

Second Grade Teacher Assistant

Savannah D’Alessandro

Math 4, Science 4

Nancy Elkins

Kindergarten

Mrs. Elkins received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Reading from Mississippi State University, and her master’s degree from The University of Alabama. She also holds a gifted education specialty through the University of Virginia. She has over ten years of elementary teaching experience in Virginia, Germany, and Mississippi.

Mrs. Elkins has been married for 18 years to Lee and has four beautiful children—two sons and two daughters – all who attend Saint Augustine. The Elkins family loves to serve in their home church, Highlands Presbyterian.

Daria Fuqua

Arts Director
Music 5-12, Pre-Physics

Daria serves as the Upper School Choir Director and the Director of the Arts at St. Augustine. She earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry, Medical Sciences from Mississippi College and holds an educator’s license from the State of Mississippi. Prior to becoming a teacher, she earned work experience in the public sector as a chemist. Since becoming a teacher, she has had the privilege to teach middle and high school sciences in public school and music in private school.

She and her husband, Nicholas, have been married 8 years and have one child who attends St. Augustine. She and her family attend Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton.

Linda Grantham

K4

Mrs. Grantham has served as a K4 teacher since 2011.  She has a love for children and teaching, and homeschooled her own children from kindergarten through high school.  She and her husband, Horace, live in Raymond and have six grown daughters.  Linda has been involved at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church since 2008.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, bike riding, going for walks, planting flowers, and being “Gigi” and “Grammy” to her six grandchildren and her great granddaughter.

Jill Hathcock

Chemistry

Mrs. Hathcock earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alabama. Upon graduation, she taught freshmen Biology and AP Biology before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her children. During this time, Mrs. Hathcock worked as an Events Director at a private Christian school in Oklahoma. She later served as a tutor for Classical Conversations and finally, Director of their local Classical Conversations community.

After living in both Alabama and Oklahoma, Mrs. Hathcock now resides in Madison with her husband, Holt, and children, Ella and Sam, who are juniors at St. Augustine. They attend Broadmoor Church. She is director of StoryTellers Jackson, a women’s ministry and podcast consisting of local gatherings across the country. Mrs. Hathcock enjoys all sports, reading, gardening, traveling, and, of course, spending time with her family.

Amy Henry

Third Grade Teacher Assistant

Mollie Gardner

Music K4-4th

Mrs. Gardner has taught music at Saint Augustine for several years. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from New Tribes Bible Institute. Before coming to Saint Augustine, she and her husband Thomas served as missionaries in Austria at the International Christian School of Vienna. She also taught elementary music and directed the high school choir at Canton Academy. Mollie has over 20 years of experience both serving in worship ministry and teaching piano lessons.

Mrs. Gardner is married to Thomas and they have three boys — Thad, Ian, and Daniel — all of whom currently attend Saint Augustine School. They attend and serve at Riverwood Bible Church where her husband is the Teaching Pastor. She loves playing the piano, writing songs, and gardening.

Katie Gilchrist

English 11-12, History 12

Ms. Gilchrist earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English at the University of Mississippi in 1988 and her Juris Doctorate in 1991, also from Ole Miss. She has practiced law in the Jackson area since graduation and is now one of the founding partners of Gilchrist Donnell PLLC in Ridgeland. Katie specializes in health care law, and has taught health law classes at the Ole Miss Law School for thirteen years.

Katie has always been drawn to teaching and spent fifteen years as a volunteer leader with Young Life at Jackson Academy, working with high school girls, beginning right after law school. She lives with her two miniature dachshunds, Annie and Dottie, at Lake Caroline in Madison, and is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Whenever she can manage to, she enjoys traveling (anywhere), planning trips for others, spending time with her five nieces and nephews, photography and all things “weiner dog-related.”

Aimee Hudson

English 4, Science 4, History & Bible 4

Mrs. Hudson has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Mississippi College and has been teaching at St. Augustine since 2016. Mrs. Hudson and her husband, Brian, have 3 children and live in Clinton where they attend First Baptist Church. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Rebekah Kettleman

Kindergarten

Mrs. Kettleman is a recent graduate from Mississippi College, where she received her B.S. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Previously, she has worked as a Communication Specialist and a freelance press release writer.

Rebekah and her husband Bryce currently reside in Jackson with their blessings, Holden and Levi Kettleman. Rebekah and Bryce are both members at Shiloh PBC in Bovina, MS where her father is the pastor. She has several hobbies, but calligraphy and running are what she prefers to do in her spare time.

Suzanne Koefoed

Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

Cindy Lee

Math 6, Math Foundations

Mrs. Lee graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.S. in civil engineering and worked as a licensed engineer for a Jackson consulting firm for twelve years. For the last twenty years, she has home educated her three daughters and privately tutored students from elementary math through college algebra. She also taught pre-algebra for two years at the Veritas School. She has always had a love for math and for young people. Cindy has been married to Jim for almost thirty years and they attend Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church where they enjoy teaching children’s Sunday school, and serving in the special needs ministry and orphan care ministry. Her oldest daughter dances with Ballet Magnificat and her youngest two daughters will begin attending Mississippi College this fall. In her free time, Cindy loves to read, spend time with her girls and Jim, and invest in friendships.

Reagan McElroy

Health Sciences

Kristen Meyer

Third Grade, Grammar Fundamentals

Mrs. Meyer is originally from Hattiesburg, MS and graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1997 with a degree in Child Development. She worked as a Child Life Specialist at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Women & Children outside of Washington, D.C. before moving back to MS in 2001. She is married to Clay, and they have a daughter who attends Mississippi College and a son that is a high school student at St. Augustine. Before coming to St. Augustine, her children were in Brandon Public Schools and then homeschooled for three years. Mrs. Meyer has been teaching third grade at St. Augustine for the last six years and has loved every minute of it.

MacKenzie Mitchell

English 9 & 10: Ancient and Medieval Literature

Mr. Mitchell studied Writing, English, and Theatre at Belhaven University, earning a B.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Theatre, and received his Master’s in Education from Schreiner University.

He enjoys particularly the spiritual meditations of of Thomas Merton and C.S. Lewis and attends Providence Presbyterian Church.

Outside of school, Mr. Mitchell enjoys writing plays, a little bit of stage acting, reading and rereading Terry Pratchett, and Running as an absurd but meaningful pastime.

Amy McCart

Art K4-4th

Ms. McCart has served as the art teacher at St. Augustine School for the past five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. Ms. McCart loves baking, music, and, of course, art! She and her son live in Madison, MS.

Allison Miller

Latin Foundations, Latin 6, Latin I

Mrs. Miller has a B.A. in English and Journalism from the University of Mississippi. She developed a love for Latin as she studied the language along with her children during more than twenty years of homeschooling. Mrs. Miller also has taught Essentials of the English Language at the Classical Conversations program in Brandon. This year is her fourth year to teach at Saint Augustine.

Mrs. Miller and her husband, Jason, have been married 36 years, and they live in Madison. They have three grown sons and one lovely daughter-in-law, and their daughter Julia, a 2021 graduate of Saint Augustine, is now a freshman at Mississippi College. They are long-time members of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Miller enjoys getting to know her students, listening to audiobooks, and simply being with her family, especially on the rare times when everyone is home.

John Perritt

Bible I & II

Dr. Perritt received a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS), and a D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY). He served as Youth Director of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church for over 12 years and worked in insurance prior to that. He is the author of Your Days Are Numbered (2016), What Would Judas Do? (2017), & Time Out! (2018). He and his wife, Ashleigh, have five children and are members of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church where John serves as a Ruling Elder.

Amanda Quarles

Accreditation Coordinator
Second Grade

Amanda Quarles serves as second grade teacher at St. Augustine School.  She earned her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Belhaven and her M.A. in English from the University of Alabama and taught at local colleges before helping found St. Augustine School.  In addition to teaching for St. Augustine, she also directs accreditation efforts for the school.  The Quarles family has two children at St. Augustine, and they are members of Immanuel Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Quarles loves fascinating science videos, diagramming sentences, good stories, good trips, and good projects.

Ashley Reese

First Grade
Human Anatomy & Physiology

Mrs. Reese graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She later obtained a Texas teaching certificate in early childhood through sixth grade. Mrs. Reese’ passion for teaching has taken her around the world to China, virtual TESL learning for Chinese students, Texas, and Mississippi since 2012.

Ashley and her husband, Stuart, live in Macon, MS where Stuart is the Assistant Director at Lake Forest Ranch. They have two children, Ruby Grace a K4 student at St. Augustine and Forest, a future student. The Reeses attend First Presbyterian Church in Louisville, MS.

Daniel Scarbrough

History, Bible 7th

Mr. Scarbrough’s college background was at Mississippi State University where he obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting. He earned his CPA license and worked in public accounting for twelve years as an auditor for financial institutions. His current position is the Pastor of Families and Youth at Riverwood Bible Church in Jackson, MS where he oversees the children’s and youth ministries and serves on the Elder Board. He has five years of teaching experience at Saint Augustine School.

Mr. Scarbrough and his wife, Shea, have been married for 16 years. He and his family live in Madison, MS and he enjoys keeping up with his favorite soccer and football teams, staying up to date on news and culture, and throwing frisbee with his family and his dog.

Shea Scarbrough

Logic I, K4 Aide

Mrs. Scarbrough earned a B.S. in Psychology from Mississippi State University and a Masters in Counseling from the University of Alabama. She is married to Daniel Scarbrough, Pastor of Families and Youth at Riverwood Bible Church, and they have four children. All of her children are Saint Augustine School students. When not teaching at home, school, or serving alongside Daniel at church, Mrs. Scarbrough enjoys camping, kayaking, and laughing with family and friends.

Della Sellers

First Grade Teacher Assistant

Mary Kathleen Sims

Art 5-8, Art I

Emmaline Smith

English 6

Mrs. Smith earned her B.A. in English from the University of Mississippi. She teaches 6th grade English at St. Augustine. She lives in Jackson, MS with her husband, Peyton, and their two children where they are actively involved at Redeemer Church and in their neighborhood of Belhaven. The Smith family joined St. Augustine in 2018. She loves to adventure, read good books, learn new things, and connect with others.

Nikki Starr

Third Grade

Mrs. Starr serves as a third grade teacher at St. Augustine School. She is originally from Daphne, Alabama and moved to the Madison area in 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. Before finding St. Augustine, she previously worked in the Madison County School District for five years as a Resource teacher.

She is married to Thomas, and they have two daughters, Greer and Ellis Jay. The Starrs are members at Broadmoor Baptist Church. In her spare time, Mrs. Starr enjoys riding horses, reading, being at the beach, and spending time with family.

Ansleigh Thornhill

First Grade

Mrs. Thornhill obtained a B.S. in Education from Delta State University. She has 12 years of experience as a teacher and library media specialist with Madison County Schools. After spending some years at home with her children, she came back to the classroom and is beginning her third year of teaching first grade.

Mrs. Thornhill is married to Jake and they reside in Madison with their five children. She has actively served alongside her family as a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church since 2002. Mrs. Thornhill enjoys travelling, spending time with her friends, and reading, but spends most of her time shuttling her kids around.

Mona Trotter

Kindergarten

Mrs. Trotter is excited to return to Saint Augustine this year as a kindergarten teacher, but she has been a part of St. Augustine for several years as a parent. Mrs. Trotter holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University. She has taught for many years in public and private school as well as homeschooling her own children.

Mrs. Trotter lives in Madison with her husband Jeff, and son, Andrew. She has three grown children and six children. The Trotters are members of Highlands Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Trotter enjoys reading, scrapbooking, playing with the grandchildren and hosting parties.