Arts

Meet our Faculty

Rachel Bassing
PreK4 and K Art Teacher
Rachel Bassing began teaching PreK4 and kindergarten art at Whitefield in 2015. Bassing has five years of experience as an art teacher at public schools and holds a B.A. in commercial design, studio art, and PreK - 12 art education from Graceland University.
Rebecca Brown
Fine Arts Teacher, Art
An Atlanta native, Rebecca Brown graduated from Georgia State University with both a B.A. in fine arts and a M.A.Ed. degree. In 2006 she earned a 10-year National Teaching Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board certified teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. Brown taught art in a public high school for 11 years before coming to Whitefield. She believes that every student has some natural artistic ability which can be developed and refined. “I see myself like a gold miner,” she said, “digging for nuggets of talent beneath the surface of every student.”
Debbie Childree
Fine Arts Teacher, Art
Debbie Childree teaches all Middle School art classes as well as Art 1 and Graphic Design to Upper School students. She began teaching at Whitefield in 2001. Prior to teaching Childree worked as a freelance stained glass artist and taught community art classes at the Buckhead YMCA and Emory University. She has also worked as an interior designer and a graphic designer in the fast-paced world of advertising. At one time she owned her own advertising and consultant agency called The Childree Group working with clients such as Coca-Cola, Arby’s, Hardee’s, Bojangles', and Esquire Formalwear. Childree's flexible freelance schedule allowed her to be home with her three sons, who all attended Whitefield. Once her sons reached school age, she embarked on the second career of teaching. Childree has a Bachelor of Arts in studio art from Furman University and is currently pursuing a Masters in art education from Georgia State University.
Emily East
Fine Arts Orchestra Teacher
Emily East has been a part of the Lower School strings program since 2009 and joined the WolfPack staff in 2016 as Middle School and Upper School orchestra teacher. East has 10 years of experience teaching violin through the Suzuki Talent Education Program and also teaches students throughout the Atlanta area.
Steve Henson
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.
Natalia Hicks
Art Teacher
A native Russian, Natalia Hicks graduated from the historical department of the University of St. Petersburg with a Bachelor’s in education and a Master’s degree in history. She worked for many years in several art museums, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg—one of the world’s largest museums and the former residence of Russian czars.

Kayla Marsh
Fine Arts Teacher, Theater
Kayla Marsh is the Middle and Upper School Theater teacher; she also teaches a theater technology class and communications. She has acted in and directed numerous productions in the Midwest, Chicago, and Georgia. Marsh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater and Marketing from Ball State University. She was an Irene Ryan Nominated Actor at the Kennedy Center College Theater Festival and has appeared in several of Atlanta's Suzi Bass Award nominated productions. Marsh was also trained by renowned director and teacher Jonathan K. Becker in Commedia dell’Arte mask work. In her free time, Marsh enjoys auditioning and performing throughout Atlanta. Under Marsh’s leadership, Whitefield students have continued to win best actor or actress at the GHSA One-Act competition each year. Marsh actively pursues opportunities for students to refine their talents through challenging competition. This year the Whitefield Dramatic Society will participate in Georgia’s Shuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater.
Abe Okie
Fine Arts Teacher, Chorus
Abe Okie joined the WolfPack team in 2016 as Middle School and Upper School chorus director. Before arriving at Whitefield, he gained seven years of experience as worship director for St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and an additional six years of experience as choir director and music teacher at Woodstock School, a Christian boarding school in the Indian Himalayas. Okie has obtained a B.S. in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a B.A. in music education from Georgia State University, and a M.A. in psychology of music from the University of Sheffield.
Stacy Quiros
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.