Faculty & Staff

Jamal Jenkins

Jamal Jenkins

K-8 Physical Education Instructor

Coach Jenkins is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey and an ISSA Certified Athletic Trainer. His 8 years of coaching experience include his current positions in football and basketball at Covenant Day. He and his wife have two sons, Jace and Jordan, who both attend Brookstone.

John Murray

John Murray

Head of School

With 25 years in education—17 years as a Head of School—John is a thought leader in regard to equipping children and parents to impact modern culture for Jesus Christ. With a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and M.A.L.S. from Dartmouth College he has extensive experience in impacting the broader public through speaking, writing, and filmmaking. His award-winning articles addressing education, history, politics, media, and youth culture have appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Barna Group, The Washington Examiner, and Fox News.com to name a few. He is also the author of In Whose Image? Image-bearers of God vs. The Image-makers of Our Time, and is the President of the Imago Dei Leadership Forum (IDLF).

Debi Preston

Debi Preston

Principal

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 Wilson

Suzanne Wilson

Director 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.

Shannon Montgomery

Shannon Montgomery

Kindergarten

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.

Bonnie Pechar

Bonnie Pechar

Kindergarten

Bonnie, a Charlotte native, has more than 30 years of teaching experience. She loves teaching by the classical method so that children may become lifelong learners, who know how to think well and express themselves effectively. Bonnie wants to lead her students to discover God’s glory in everything they study. She is married to Tim, her husband of 22 years, and has one son, Caden, who is a freshman in college.

Jai

Jai’Eisha Huntley

1st 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.

Mary Snoke

Mary Snoke

1st Grade

Mary Snoke graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. Her love of teaching motivated a varied pursuit in experience including therapeutic horseback riding programs through Easter Seals UCP; private tutoring; and structured classroom instruction with Prek - 1st grade students. Mary joined Brookstone in obedience to God’s calling to share her love of God, passion for education, and zeal for outdoor adventure with urban students. Children are one of her greatest delights and she is grateful the parents share their most precious treasures with her.

Faith Sawyer

Faith Sawyer

2nd Grade

Mrs. Sawyer, a native Charlottean, earned a BS degree in education from Gardner-Webb and holds a National Board Certification in ESL. Faith is an educator with 25 plus years of experience and has a genuine love for teaching children to be leaders. She is thrilled to be a part of the Brookstone team.

Kathryn Lewis

Kathryn Lewis

2nd Grade

Kathryn Lewis hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She and her husband moved to Charlotte in 2018. Kathryn studied Classical Education, French, and the Liberal Arts at Hillsdale College, and has taught 3rd grade and K-5 French at charter schools. She has also taught at summer camps in Detroit, English in the Middle East, and piano lessons to many students. She loves Brookstone's mission and feels honored and humbled to be a small part of it.

Kathy Acuff

Kathy Acuff

3rd 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 Lawrence

Lauren Lawrence

3rd 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 Brooks

Judy Brooks

4th 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 Stanton

Jena Stanton

4th 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 Beigel

Amy Beigel

5th Grade

Amy Beigel has worked with children in ministry and educational settings for over 20 years. She loves helping children discover their unique gifts and creating a strong classroom community. Amy holds a BA in Elementary Education, a Masters in Elementary Reading and Mathematics, and is working toward a graduate certificate from Harvard. Amy and her husband Duffy have 4 children.

Renee Slaughter

Renee Slaughter

5th Grade

Renee Slaughter graduated from The Crown College of the Bible in Powell, Tennessee receiving a certificate in biblical studies and a B.A. in Secondary Education with an emphasis on Math and Physical Science. She has successfully worked in schools focused on teaching students with ADHD and other learning challenges. "I believe every child has the capacity to learn and be successful, and I have a passion for helping my students achieve their individual level of success while learning to enjoy the learning process in a safe, creative environment."

Duffy Beigel

Duffy Beigel

Middle School Math

This is Duffy Beigel’s fourteenth year teaching. He has his BA in elementary education from Roberts Wesleyan College and an MA in elementary education from Walden University. He is NC teacher certified K-5 as well as certified middle grades Social Studies. “I believe that student academic success can happen through strong relationships with students”.

Michelle Kovack

Michelle Kovack

Middle 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 Danciu

Stephanie Danciu

Middle School Language Arts

Stephanie graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Middle Grades Education, and a MA in Middle Grades Education with a focus in Language Arts. She loves teaching descriptive writing and bringing characters to life in the classroom. This is her sixth year of teaching middles school. She and her husband enjoy exploring Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Dr Jamie Hall

Dr Jamie Hall

History Teacher

Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida and having lived in the Charlotte area since 2005, James has been in Christian education for more than 30 years as both a student and teacher. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Stetson University in Deland, FL and both his master's and doctoral degrees in education from Gardner-Webb University in Boilings Springs, NC. Licensed as a Curriculum Instruction Specialist in North Carolina, he has a passion for teaching early adolescents as the majority of his professional experience has been spent teaching middle school students in history and various subjects.

Donna Cloud

Donna Cloud

Bible Teacher / NILD Therapist

Donna Cloud has a BS in Business from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master’s degree in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University. Prior to working at Brookstone, Donna taught workshops for Purity with a Purpose in Tulsa, OK, ministered overseas in Seoul, South Korea and Ghana, and worked with Super Saturday program in low income areas providing academic assistance in math, reading, writing, and language. She has been with Brookstone for thirteen years in various roles and currently serves as the Bible teacher, substitute for teachers, reading intervention teacher, and assists when needed. Donna has a heart for evangelism, education and children.

Ray Kale Jackson

Ray Kale Jackson

Bible 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.

Kelly Sheffield

Kelly Sheffield

Instructional Coach

This is Kelly’s 12th year at Brookstone Schools but her 4th year as an instructional coach where she works closely with the teachers to make sure all students are thriving. Kelly has a master’s degree in Reading Education and it’s her passion to help kids grow a love for reading too. Before becoming an instructional coach, Kelly taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. One of Kelly’s strengths as a classroom teacher was differentiating to meet the needs of all learners. Now, as an instructional coach, she gets to help classroom teachers foster learning for all children, among many other exciting things.

Melfrieda Logan

Melfrieda Logan

Office 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.

Michelle Baldwin

Michelle Baldwin

Alumni Relations

Jolinda Boelkins

Jolinda Boelkins

Accountant

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.

Kathee Hill

Kathee Hill

Advancement Administrative Assistant

Kathee Hill has an A.A.S. in Data Processing from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH. Kathee has background working in banking and education, so she is definitely an asset to us! Kathee joins Brookstone from King’s College, where she spent 13 years as the Education Coordinator/Registrar. She has lived in Charlotte for 30 years and has established deep roots, both professionally and spiritually

Star Crawford

Star Crawford

Volunteer Coordinator

Star Crawford has a B.S. in Marketing and a Masters in Education Administration from Auburn University, and a Masters in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary.  Star has a background in marketing and education, as well as, over 15 years of experience in volunteer management. Star has previously worked with Apartment Life, Church at Charlotte, and Auburn University. She has called Charlotte home since 2006 and loves everything about this city and her people. Star is passionate about education and empowering people to use their gifts to serve others!

Sarah Boynton

Sarah Boynton

Gifts Administrator

Sarah joined Brookstone with a desire to combine her experience and passions to make an impact in her community. Sarah received a certification in early childhood education and has been an educator since 2004. She has 6 years of administrative and 3 years of data management experience. She is passionate about childhood development particularly in a Christ centered environment. "I wanted to be a part of a team that believed in a mission. That was easy to find at Brookstone." Sarah has lived in Matthews, NC since 2013 with her husband of 21 years and their 3 children.