Meet the Instructional Leadership Team
The Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) at Whitefield Academy is led by Nathan Stevens, academic dean and Upper School principal. The team exists to oversee curriculum development and instructional practices. The ILT works together to align curriculum with the mission of the school
while emphasizing biblical integration. The committee uses a collaborative process to implement the best practices of pedagogy.
On a practical level, the ILT deals with issues that range from course sequence to the addition of AP courses. Believing that “in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Proverbs 11:14), the team
works to ensure that adding a course in one area will not detract from instruction in another area. Since its inception, the ILT has contributed to both academic rigor and continuity of learning from
prekindergarten through graduation at Whitefield.
Academic Dean and Upper School Principal
Nathan Stevens is the Middle School and Upper School academic dean at Whitefield and also serves as the Upper School principal. In addition, he leads Whitefield's Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), a team of faculty members who oversee curriculum development and instructional practices. The ILT works together to align curriculum with the mission of the school while emphasizing biblical integration. Prior to joining the Whitefield faculty, Stevens worked in education for sixteen years and administration for nine years, working as an academic dean and a principal at both the middle school and high school level. Stevens has a B.S. in History Education from Maranatha Baptist University and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Second Grade Teacher
Julie Bayne is a second-grade teacher at Whitefield. She has over 33 years of experience in education, teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades for 16 years in the Cobb County school system, and also in Fulton County and Charleston, South Carolina. Bayne also taught hearing impaired students for a number of years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a master's degree in hearing-impaired education from Georgia State University. Bayne also has an education specialist degree in early childhood curriculum and instruction from the State University of West Georgia. She became a National Board Certified teacher in 2003 and holds a teacher support specialist degree for mentoring new teachers. Bayne has also served as a literacy coach and SmartBoard trainer.
English Department Chair; English Teacher
Jessica Bonnem teaches American and British literature at Whitefield. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, with bachelor’s degrees in English and history and obtained her M.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College in 2016. After graduating, she joined Teach for America – a non-profit organization committed to ending educational inequity in America – and was sent to teach high school English in an underperforming school in Louisiana. She taught American and British literature, developed writing curriculum, and chaired the English department during her seven years in Louisiana.
First Grade Teacher; Lower School Director of Academics
Kerri Bounds serves as a first-grade teacher and Lower School director of academics at Whitefield Academy. She began her career at Whitefield working in the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) beginning in 2004. In 2006, Bounds moved to Whitefield's Lower School and taught first grade and kindergarten for eight years. She returned to the AEC as the assistant to the director for a short time and now teaches in the classroom again. Prior to Whitefield, Bounds served in various teaching positions, teaching kindergarten through second grade for 11 years in the Cobb County public school system at Mableton Elementary School. Bounds earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Kennesaw State University.
Lower School Principal
Jeannie Brostrand currently serves as the Lower School principal at Whitefield. Brostrand was working at another Atlanta Christian school when she was introduced to Whitefield by a friend. She taught first grade the inaugural year of Whitefield’s Lower School and progressed into her current leadership position, which she has held since 2005. Brostrand earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Purdue University and her Master’s in Teaching from DePauw University. She has taught first, third, and fourth grades, totaling 28 years in both private and public education. Brostrand believes her tenure at Whitefield is a calling; she is passionate about supporting teachers and assistants, partnering with our parents, and loving her Lower School students.
Middle School Principal
Ron Farrar is the Middle School principal at Whitefield. He earned his bachelor's degree studying middle school education and history from Fitchburg State University and received his Master of Education from Cambridge College. Farrar has a Biblical studies degree from Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. He also earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, both from Cambridge College.
Director of College Counseling
Jayme Geeslin joined the Whitefield staff as college counselor in 2015. She has been working in higher education since 2008, when she began her career as an admissions advisor at Virginia Tech. Geeslin has also worked for Georgia Tech as the assistant director of admissions and most recently served as the recruiting and scholarship coordinator in the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. Geeslin holds B.A. in Communications and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Virginia Tech.
Academic Enrichment Center Director
Eden Gulledge has been the director of Whitefield’s Academic Enrichment Center since 2005. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development at the University of Georgia. Gulledge also earned a master’s degree in interrelated special education. Before coming to Whitefield, she taught for several years at the Schenck School, a private school in Atlanta which focuses on teaching children with dyslexia. She also worked as a private tutor for students with specialized learning needs.
Lower School After-Hours Director; Music Teacher; Computer Teacher
Steve Henson joined the Whitefield faculty in 2014 as the Lower School music teacher and currently serves also as the computer teacher and the Lower School After-hours director. Henson has extensive experience in musical performance as well as teaching music to children, teenagers, and adults. Prior to Whitefield, he built arts programs and led ministry teams in churches and non-profit organizations. He has a B.A. in vocal music performance from Lee University and a M.A. in teaching from Western Carolina University.
History Department Chair; History Teacher
Jeff Horner currently serves as the history department chair. He began at Whitefield in 2008. Prior to serving in his current roles at Whitefield, Horner served in independent, Christian schools in San Diego, CA, and Raleigh, NC, as both history department chair and director of summer programs. A school educator since 2001, Horner has also worked for the College Board, presented at the Georgia Independent School Association, and provides SAT tutoring for students throughout Cobb County. His career began as a high school humanities teacher, from which he progressed to positions of greater responsibility. He has taught at both the Upper School and Middle School levels. Horner has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Letters from Trinity College, University of Bristol, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Math Department Chair; Math Teacher
Kyle Justice currently serves as the math department chair at Whitefield. He began his teaching career at Whitefield in 2003 after eight years in the field of biomedical engineering. Justice has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to coaching basketball and chess, he is very passionate about teaching mathematics and computer science from a distinctly Christian worldview.
Bible Department Chair; Bible Teacher
David McBride currently serves as the Bible department chair and teaches Bible in the Upper School. He began at Whitefield in its inaugural year (1997) as a Middle School teacher. Over the years he has taught primarily Upper School history and Bible courses. McBride has an undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia, having double majored in history and religious studies and is pursuing a Master of Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary here in Atlanta.
Science Department Chair; Science Teacher
Christopher McDonald has served since 2003 as the chair of the science department in the Upper School of Whitefield. He teaches Conceptual Physics and AP Physics. Before coming to Whitefield, Mr. McDonald started his teaching career at a small Christian school outside of Austin, Texas. In that setting, he had the opportunity to teach a broad range of science classes as well as math classes up through calculus. McDonald has a Bachelor of Science from Furman University and has completed a number of graduate level courses in biology at Georgia State University. More recently, he has spent three summers in research laboratories at Emory University and Georgia Tech.
Foreign Language Teacher, Latin; Foreign Language Department Chair
Trevor Moore is the foreign language chair at Whitefield and a Latin teacher in the Middle School and Upper School. Moore taught for seven years in the public school system before coming to Whitefield. He graduated with his B.A. from Samford University with extensive work in Greek, Latin, and the classics along with an English minor.
Fine Arts Director; Fine Arts Teacher, Band
Stacy Quiros is Whitefield's fine arts director and oversees the entire Whitefield fine arts program. Quiros completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Furman University and is a professional clarinetist/saxophonist, playing numerous concerts per year. She acts as our band director for the pep band, jazz band, marching band and concert band. Quiros founded Whitefield’s original band program in 1999 with only a nine-piece ensemble. She has since expanded the music program to include over 130 students in grades 5-12 who participate in many different ensembles.
Middle/Upper School Registrar and Curriculum Coordinator
Jennifer Woods currently serves as the Middle and Upper School registrar and curriculum coordinator. She previously taught English in both the Middle and Upper Schools and coached the Middle School softball team. She began at Whitefield in 2010 after teaching high school English and journalism for two years in Cobb County. At Whitefield, Woods has coached varsity and Middle School softball, Middle School soccer, organized the Middle School Spelling Bee, and contributed to the development of the reading comprehension curriculum as part of the School Improvement Plan. Woods has an undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Georgia.