New faces at GCA!
Rob Hammond, GCA Head of School

Meet the new faculty and staff who are joining our team in the 2018-19 school year.  We're delighted to see the wide range of gifts, talents, and abilities that God has given to each of these individuals and how they will use them at Grace Christian Academy!

GCA Families,

As we wrap up the 2017-18 school calendar, we have much to reflect on, to be thankful for, and to motivate us for the upcoming year. We spent the year celebrating 20 years of ministry at Grace Christian Academy and have been reminded of God’s faithfulness throughout the journey. Time after time, God has shown us his grace, provision, and love. So, as we prepare for the school year ahead of us, we remember that God has been faithful before, and He’ll be faithful again.

We have been blessed with a fantastic community of staff, faculty, and families. For the third consecutive year, our staff and student retention rates are above 90%, placing us above the national average for independent and private school retention rates in both categories. That is certainly something to celebrate! We are also excited to welcome a few new faces, and some familiar ones, to our team this fall. Please help us welcome the following staff and faculty members to the GCA family!







Kristina Kenny, Director of the Learning Center – Kristina comes to us from Anderson County and has experience in all grade levels. She will lead our Learning Center team and looks forward to working closely with each of you. Kristina can be reached at








Isaac Brooks, US College Counseling & Guidance – Isaac is coming to us from Union University, where he graduated with his M.A. Ed.  and continued to work on staff for several years. He will be a great asset in the office and on the field as he also coaches our US soccer teams. You can reach Isaac at








Debi Radford, US Receptionist – Debi has been a part of the GCA community as a parent, a volunteer, and a substitute for several years. We are excited to welcome her to our team as a staff member! Debi can be contacted at

Megan Croft, 2nd Grade – Megan has been teaching in the Anderson County school system for 3 years after graduating from Carson Newman and University of the Cumberlands. She has a heart for the Lord and is a fantastic Lower School teacher! You can reach Megan at

James Payne (J.P.), MS Math – Many of you had the pleasure of meeting J.P. while he substituted for us last school year. This fall, he will officially be joining the team! J.P. graduated from the University of the Cumberland’s and is married to GCA Alum, Alysha (Disney) Payne. You can reach J.P. at

Geoffrey McReynolds, MS History – Geoffrey, a GCA Alum, is now returning as a faculty member after graduating from Carson Newman. He will make a great addition to our 7th grade team and looks forward to making his return to GCA. Geoffrey can be reached at

Caroline Cross, MS English – Another GCA Alum, Caroline (Whitaker) Cross graduated from UTK and has been teaching in Anderson County for 3 years. We look forward to having her back on campus this fall! You can reach Caroline at


Colton Sweet, US History – Colton graduated from UTK and has since been a great team member as a permanent substitute in our Upper School. We are excited to have him officially on staff this fall as an US History instructor. Colton can be reached at


I was reminded in Philippians 4:4 to “Rejoice (celebrate) in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice (celebrate)!” This year we’ve celebrated wins in the classroom, wins on the stage, and wins on the fields and courts. As we all take a break to relax and rejuvenate ourselves, I expect that you’ll experience more things to celebrate throughout the summer months as well. I hope your family is enjoying extra time together and look forward to seeing you on campus this fall!


Rob Hammond

Head of School