Faculty & Staff
Steve HallHead of School
Mr. Steve Hall received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He comes to us with administrative and leadership skills acquired through 20 years' experience working in management and engineering. He has also honed his leadership and strategic planning skills through his involvement with a humanitarian mission ("Won-By-One to Jamaica"), his church, and his advocacy work with Thompson Child and Family Focus. As a certified Therapeutic Foster Parent himself, Mr. Hall is known in the Charlotte community as a leader who has a heart and passion for helping underprivileged children.
Deborah Preston has a passion for Christian education that has led her to serve for more than 25 years in numerous churches and Christian schools as teacher, Christian Education Director, and now principal at Brookstone Schools. She has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and brings a wealth of knowledge to Brookstone. She views her work as service and her day to day interactions with students, teachers, and parents as ministry. Her love for the Lord Jesus Christ continues to be the driving force behind her tireless dedication to furthering Christian Education.
Suzanne WilsonDirector of Advancement
Suzanne Wilson has served at Brookstone since its foundation in 2001. She has a BA from Emory University, a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and a Certification in Learning Disabilities from UNC-Charlotte. As Brookstone's principal administrator for the first eight years, Suzanne holds deep convictions about holding all children and faculty to high standards of academic excellence and Christian character.
Lauren Hogan graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She has been involved with Brookstone for several years through summer camp, and considers it a dream come true to work here as a teacher. This is her third year teaching and she is excited to impact children through education, but also to teach them more about the Lord.
Shannon Montgomery graduated from UNCC with a BA in Elementary Education and has more than a decade of teaching experience in both public and private school settings. Shannon has a passion for teaching kindergarten and is excited to be a part of Brookstone with its mission of equipping children academically, socially and spiritually. She is blessed to be a mother of two children.
Jai’Eisha Huntley1st Grade
Jai’Eisha Huntley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has had a passion for teaching from a very young age and it warms her heart when children realize they are all capable of learning and can use what they learn to reach their overall goals in life.
Lori Fitzsimons1st Grade
Lori Fitzsimons joins the Brookstone staff with 20 years of teaching experience. She is married to Casey and has two children, Mitchell (19) and Micah (16).
Lilla Cappellari2nd Grade
Lilla Cappellari graduated from Ole Miss with a BA in Elementary Education. She was a part of the Charlotte Fellows Program in 2015, which lead her to volunteer at Brookstone and subsequently begin her career here. She has a passion for walking alongside children as they grow both spiritually and academically.
Cheryl McFadden2nd Grade
Cheryl McFadden graduated from Benedict College with a BA in Elementary Education. Cheryl also has a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University, an add-on licensure in School Administration from Wingate University, and a BA in Theology from Throne of Grace Bible College. She is a two-time nationally certified teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience.
Kathy Acuff3rd Grade
Kathy Acuff graduated from David Lipscomb University with a BA degree in Elementary Education and a double minor in computers and math. She has lived in Charlotte for over 14 years and is the proud mother of three boys. Kathy has a passion for teaching and working with children to help them discover their God-given gifts.
Lauren Lawrence3rd Grade
Lauren received her teaching degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, where she met her husband. Lauren has over 30 years of teaching experience, teaching third graders for the past 7 years. She has a passion for building relationships with her students so she can impact their lives for Christ.
Judy Brooks4th Grade
Judy Brooks has been in the classroom for almost 25 years. She is a certified educator for grades K-9 with most of her experience working in 4th and 5th grade. "Being at Brookstone has been a wonderful experience and feels like I am home. I am thrilled that I get to support students’ progress academically, socially, and spiritually. I want to help raise a generation so we don’t have to rescue a generation."
Jena Stanton4th Grade
Jena Stanton graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College in Westminster Md. This is her 20th year in Education. She moved to Charlotte 4 years ago, from Philadelphia, with her husband and 2 sons. Jena has a passion for teaching and working with children to help them grow both spiritually and academically.
Amy Beigel5th Grade
Amy Beigel graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a BA in Elementary Education, and she holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Reading and Mathematics. This is her eleventh year in the classroom. She has also worked with children and teens through summer camp, tutoring, Sunday School, and youth group. After college, Amy and her husband Duffy moved to Atlanta where their family participated in Mission Year, a year-long inner-city volunteer program. They are happy to return to a southern city with their four children.
Duffy Beigel5th Grade
Sydney SpanglerMiddle School Math
Sydney graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education. She loves helping students learn to critically think and solve problems through teaching mathematics. She has a passion for helping students realize their capabilities and talents in order to achieve their goals in life.
Michelle KovackMiddle School Science & History
Michelle graduated from Penn State University with a BS degree in Biology+Ecology. She has been working in education/environmental education for almost 30 years. Her work has allowed her the opportunity to teach all ages around the globe. Her husband of 12 years is Mark, and she has one step-daughter, Hana, a freshman in college.
Stephanie DanciuMiddle School Language Arts
Donna CloudBible Teacher / NILD Therapist
Donna Cloud has a BS in Business from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master’s degree in Christian Education. Prior to her career in teaching, Donna worked with the Federal Reserve Bank of Charlotte in accounting for 10 years. Donna has a heart for evangelism, education and children.
Ray Kale JacksonBible Teacher
Ray Kale Jackson majored in Early Childhood Education at Cuyahoga Community College. In the last 10 years she has served as an assistant, a lead teacher, and director of various summer and afterschool programs. Ray Kale has also worked with students with special needs. She has a passion for meeting the academic and spiritual needs of each child.
Melfrieda LoganOffice Administrator
Melfrieda joined the staff of Brookstone in 2014 after years of serving as a volunteer. She previously worked as the leader of camp and after school programs for five years at the Steele Creek YMCA. Frieda keeps students, staff, and guests smiling at Brookstone through her continual kindness and servant’s attitude.
Paige MullerAdministrative Intern
Paige Muller graduated with a double major in Elementary Education and Psychology from Auburn University in May 2018. She is currently interning in the school office as part of the Charlotte Fellows Program. She loves getting to witness and play a small role in the incredible work the Lord is doing at Brookstone Schools.
Michelle BaldwinAlumni Relations
Jolinda Boelkins graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Accounting and earned her Certified Public Accountant's license. She is mom to 3 children aged 14 to 18 - Middle School to College. She became a Lunch Buddy at Brookstone in 2010 and appreciates the passion of this school. Jolinda joined Brookstone in January 2016.
Shika DarkwaDatabase Manager
Shika Darkwa received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance from University of Ghana and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Akron. She loves working with numbers and organizing and has a passion for equipping and preparing the next generation of leaders through sowing seeds of wisdom. The combination of the two is the reason she finds herself at Brookstone Schools.
PJ ChristensenMarketing & Communications Coordinator
Betsy HendricksVolunteer and Resource Development
Betsy Hendricks has a 30-year career in Charlotte non-profits that has given her an understanding of the most pressing needs of Charlotte, as well as how to engage in tangible solutions that have a positive impact on neighbors. She believes God gives every one spiritual gifts that honor Him by planting seeds of hope in others. Betsy love helping people discover their gifts and connecting them to opportunities to advocate for and participate in purposeful service.
Eric MaustSystems Developer / Creative Projects
Eric Maust graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He came to Charlotte and interned at Brookstone through the Charlotte Fellows program. Now as a staff member, he develops daily processes and integrates systems at the school, while learning from the wealth of wisdom within the Brookstone family.
Laura Townsend graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in Communications. Before coming to Brookstone in 2014, she worked at a public relations agency in Charlotte on sports and lifestyle brands.