Welcome to the Lower School

The Lower School provides a challenging academic program in a nurturing, adventure-filled environment from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Inspiring a desire for learning starts here - balancing traditional instruction, experiential learning, and critical thinking. Besides offering a strong curriculum in the traditional basics (language arts, mathematics, science, and history), interesting classes in music, art, Spanish, research and library skills, physical education, science lab and technology complete a well-rounded educational and relational experience. Other learning experiences at Whitefield include a variety of after-school programs, chapel performances, I Love to Read Week, and Fine Arts Week.

Additionally, each class sponsors an annual service project. As part of our hands-on program, students in each grade maintain a plot in our garden, which yields fruits and vegetables that then are served as healthy choices for students in the cafeteria. Experiential learning by grade level takes student to an overnight visit to the zoo (observing nocturnal traits of animals), a night spent in a cave (noting underground structures and elements), and a marine biology excursion to coastal Georgia.

Jeannie Brostrand
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.
Steve Henson
Lower School Assistant Principal
Steve Henson joined the Whitefield faculty in 2014 as the Lower School music teacher, and soon took on the additional roles of computer teacher and Lower School After-hours director. In 2017, Henson began serving as Lower School Assistant Principal. He 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.