Adrianne Hughes – 3rd Grade Teacher
I am excited to be a part of TCCA Elementary this year! I graduated from Pensacola Christian College with both a Bachelor and Master degree. During my eleven years of teaching I have been blessed to teach Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4rd grade, and lots of extras like music, choir, and drama.
I am excited to see what the Lord can do through TCCA. We are in for a great year! “For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.” Psalm 135:5
Alba Jefferson – Spanish & French Teacher
I come from Caracas, Venezuela, a beautiful country in South America. I had the great opportunity to study languages and literature in one of the most prestigious colleges in Latin America, Universidad Metropolitana. With more than 30 years teaching Spanish, French, and ESL, I have been teaching in Aiken for 12 years and I love it. My students have been been wonderful and enjoy learning Spanish! I am married to Ronald Jefferson, a wonderful Georgia man. I am a proud mother of two adorable daughters who are already married.
As a foreign language teacher, I think that the first stages of language acquisition require rich auditory, verbal, visual, kinetics, tactile, musical, learning experiences. Therefore, I expose my students to the new vocabulary through flash cards, songs and rhymes, story telling, spelling games, interactive activities, the cultural aspects of the language, and much more. In this way, their communicative proficiency is developed by listening, speaking, reading, and writing so they build fluency in the foreign language. I am excited to be joining Town Creek Christian Academy’s team, to offer a well-rounded education at all levels!
Christine Hunt – 5K Teacher
I’m so excited to be the 5K teacher at TCCA. I have homeschooled my children for seven years and have taught 4K for two years. I am so blessed to be able to do what God has called me to do in an amazing Christian environment! My husband, Grant, and I have 3 children that are truly a blessing to our family! I am looking forward to teaching the children and showing them how to let their light shine for Jesus. My life verse is Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men , that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
Denise Flores – 1st Grade Teacher
Denise is a native of Savannah, GA and spent over 30 years in Texas. There she taught in Christian schools and successfully home schooled her youngest daughter who now is a student at the University of Texas San Antonio. She has resided in Aiken the last seven years. Denise likes to read, travel and loves photography and birding. She is passionate about her walk with Christ and hopes to instill this same love of Christ and the word of God in her students. She believes a solid education and grounding in the Word of God is necessary for a child’s success in this life. One of her favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 43:1-3 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, For I am the Lord your God.”
Dana Foster – Upper School Science
I am beyond blessed to be starting this new experience. My bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education, and I have been teaching language arts, math and science to sixth graders at Kennedy Middle School for over a decade. I am passionate about science, sports, and anything creative! My experience working with a variety of students helps me teach these individuals learn in a way that works for them. The most exciting factor for me working with everyone at the Town Creek Christian Academy is that I get to share my faith in an environment that encourages me to share my love for Christ. I now can truly live up to my favorite Bible verse even in my workplace: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13. On a personal note, my husband, Scott, and I have been married for 27 years. We have two daughters and a son, and we have been members of Town Creek Baptist for over 15 years. When thinking of my family’s experience at Town Creek and the direction the church and school are currently going, I cannot contain my joy for joining this amazing group of professionals!
Garratt Jeffery – Biblical Studies
Originally from California, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in 2012 and have lived in Aiken for 3 ½ years. I have been married to my lovely wife Melissa for 11 years and have three beautiful daughters who will be attending TCCA. I have the privilege of teaching Biblical Studies and history for both middle school and high school.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NKJV) This could be my life verse. Although my life has taken many detours over the years, the training I had from my church, my parents, and my few years in Christian schools gave me the foundations necessary to keep me anchored in my faith. The NLT uses the word “Direct” and the Message uses “Point”. All three words imply an active participation by the instructor. Whether a pastor, teacher, or parent, all must be active in the instruction of our children to seek, grow in, serve, and share Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 3:1-2 says, “My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.” (NKJV, emphasis mine). More than ever, we need God’s peace in this troubled world. We will receive this only when we keep His commands. To know His commands, we must study His Word and learn to see our lives through the lens of a Biblical Worldview.
I look forward to spending the next year instructing your children in this.
Halie Crane – Preschool Director
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Halie Crane is the newly named Cheerleading Coach at USC Aiken in addition to being the TCCA Preschool Director. Halie graduated from The University of Mobile with a degree in Early Childhood Development. She has been married to her husband, Logan for 3+ years. She and her husband moved to Aiken a year and a half ago to accept his call to Millbrook Baptist Church as the Modern Worship & Creative Arts Pastor. Halie has a huge heart for kids and for ministry. Her dad is a Senior Pastor and her mom was a Preschool Director for many years. She feels that she got a “double dose” of leadership and cannot wait to get started at TCCAP. She has several hundred hours of classroom experience and enjoyed being the teacher for a season. However, she has a passion for administration, and equipping her teachers and parents to be the best that they can be for their students and children. Halie enjoys leading worship with her husband (they’ve been leading together for almost 7 years now), spending time with their families, Florida Gators Football, & time on the beach.
Judy Eisenstat – Art Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. For the last 10 years, I have worked for the Aiken County School System. The last six years has been as a paraprofessional in the classroom for special needs and 4K children at Millbrook Elementary School. My husband Paul and I have been members of Town Creek Baptist Church for over 20 years, and we have two adult children. Our daughter is a business administrator and our son is in his second year of residency at the University of Virginia. I am excited to share my love of the Lord with the students and staff of TCCA. The arts are an important part of worship. We are blessed to have this opportunity to teach these precious children of God.
Kiri Flakes – Upper School English
Kiri will be teaching upper school English Language Arts. She lives in Clearwater with her husband, Derrick, and their two dogs, Mac and Riley. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English from USCA in 2010 and has worked for several years as a tutor in multiple subjects. For the past two years, she has served our as a 911 emergency dispatcher. Although this will be her first year teaching in a classroom setting, she tutored children at Helping Hands and through USCA’s writing lab. She is beyond excited to be joining the TCCA family. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Lisa Hanna – 5th Grade Teacher
I am so blessed to be teaching 5th grade at TCCA! I have been involved in Christian education since 2006, having my Secondary Teacher Paraprofessional certificate with an endorsement for Elementary Education through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools. I attended the University of South Carolina for Early Childhood Education and then switched my major to Special Education. Recently, I worked on the North Walterboro Christian Academy Accreditation Team for their accomplished accreditation through SCACS. I am married to my best friend Steve who is the new Associate Pastor and Music Minister at Cornerstone Baptist Church. My husband and I are blessed with a total of four wonderful children and two beautiful granddaughters. I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for my class and TCCA!
Loretta Serago – 4K Teacher
I am excited that God has placed me at TCCA as the 4K teacher. I bring 14 years of Early Childhood classroom experience and 2 years of Early Special Education, which have all been at Oakwood-Windsor Elementary. My husband Jeff and I have two daughters and we welcomed our new son-in-law, Casey, in the family this past May. Our oldest daughter Brittany is an LPN and lives in Lexington SC. Katlyn is a senior this year at USCA and is currently studying Early Childhood Education. I am honored to be a part of TCCA and desire to partner with our parents and staff to lay a solid Biblical and strong educational foundation.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
MaKenzie Smith – Physical Education & Health Teacher
I’ve been immersed in sports my entire life and was a three sport varsity athlete (softball, basketball, and soccer) at South Aiken High School. My passion is sports and youth. Graduating from Lander University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education August 4th, I was a four year Division Two NCAA athlete for softball. I have been a member of South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD) for three years, and was elected as their Future Professionals President for the state organization my Junior year. Physical Education is the best job ever because it includes them both! I’m excited to be a part of TCCA team and to build the youth of America in a positive way. Sports is a great avenue for many and I hope to bring the joy of my love of Jesus and sports to my students. TCCA students will be strong in mind, soul, body and spirit. Go Lions!
Melody Salas – Music Teacher
Melody Salas has been both a Christian educator and a church music coordinator. She is excited about the privilege God has provided for her to blend her training and experience in the role of Music Teacher at TCCA. Melody has a Bachelor’s Degree from Amberton University in Dallas, TX. She taught 1st and 3rd grade and owned a tutoring business for 10 years. She has been involved in church music as a pianist, vocalist, worship coordinator and choir director for over 25 years.
Melody and her husband, Orin, have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. In addition to music, her hobbies include exercise, cooking, decorating and traveling. “I will sing and make music with all my soul.” Psalm 108:1
Shelley Stone – 4th Grade Teacher
I graduated from USC-Aiken with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2005, and in 2012 I received my Master’s in Educational Technology. This will be my 13th year of teaching, having been a 3rd and 2nd grade teacher at Millbrook Elementary. I am looking forward to teaching 4th grade this year! I am married to Wil and we have one daughter, Madeline. We also have two dogs – Lucy and Desi. I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, and traveling. This is going to be an exciting year for Town Creek Christian Academy and I am excited about the plans that the Lord has for this school, the faculty and staff, the students, and this community.
Will Griffith – Upper School Social Studies & Math
I am a native of Beech Island, South Carolina. I am blessed to be a part of Town Creek Christian Academy. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management and a Master in Arts and Teaching in Middle Grades Math, both from Augusta University. Most recently, I worked 3 years as a corporate trainer with a local bank, but am looking forward to returning to the classroom, having previously taught middle school math and social studies in Aiken County Public Schools for 3 years. I have been married to my wife Hilary for 5 years and we have two children, Wyatt and Charlee Ann. My family is a blessing to me, and God has blessed us with the opportunity to work and attend school at TCCA. I am excited for what the future holds for everyone that is involved with TCCA. I know God is going to do great things in the hearts and minds of the students here. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13