Teachers & Staff

James Madison High School Teachers

Certified Teachers Help Students Succeed

All James Madison High School teachers are state-certified. The certification process requires specific coursework, a minimum of a bachelor's degree, teaching experience, and passing an approved, state-mandated teaching examination. Certification can only be attained once this rigorous criteria is met.

Teachers often specialize in a certain grade level or subject matter. We are proud of the diverse specialty areas and broad educational experience of our state-certified teachers. See the list below for the credentials of our James Madison High School teachers.

Teachers

Kristen Allen

  • M.S., Education, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., English, California State University, Long Beach
  • State of California Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Marta Anderton, English Department Chair

  • M.A., English, Arizona State University
  • M.A., Education, Whittier College
  • B.S., Science, Middle Tennessee State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Marta is the lead English chair for JMHS. She has taught English for more than 11 years at the middle, high school and college levels in both traditional and online environments. Marta has earned her English teaching credential in three states and two countries, resulting in many diverse educational adventures. She enjoys discovering and implementing innovative practices that help students achieve their goals.

Lillian Byrd Austin

  • Ed.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Lincoln Memorial University
  • M.Ed., English Education, Georgia State University
  • B.A., English, Emory University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Lillian Austin has received Gifted and Reading endorsements through the Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Lillian's 10 years of professional and academic experience span elementary, middle and high school level instruction in English, reading and math in both traditional and online environments. She has instituted strategies to help online students feel comfortable with demonstrating knowledge and seeking assistance as they need it.

Christina Baker

  • M.A., California State University
  • State of California Educator Certificate, English (6–12)

Christina has been an educator, tutor and a writer for more than ten years. She has experience teaching grades K-12 with an emphasis in the language arts for 7-12: reading, writing, English fundamentals, literature, and rhetoric.

Victoria Barbour

  • B.S., Mathematical Science, Clemson University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)

Victoria has more than six years of experience in the teaching field. Her diverse academic roles and innovative teaching methods have been both online and in the classroom. She has experience teaching high school and middle school mathematics in Georgia.

Sherri Billings

  • M.A.T., Mathematics, Kennesaw State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Kennesaw State University
  • B.S., Computer Science, Kennesaw State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)
  • State of New Hampshire Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)

Sherri currently holds certificates to teach secondary mathematics in two states. For the past eight years, Sherri has taught secondary mathematics courses in various academic settings, including private school classrooms and online, through the university level. She has also applied her knowledge of database software and systems to market research projects for large corporate clients.

Nadia Blake

  • M.E., McGill University
  • M.B.A., York University (Canada)
  • B.E., McGill University
  • State of Florida Educator's Certificate, Math (6-12)

Nadia's professional background includes more than 20 years of experience in engineering and business, along with several years of experience in the field of education as both a high school teacher and college adjunct faculty.

Megan Bowen, Principal

  • B.S., Secondary English Education
  • B.A., English Literature, Miami University
  • M.S., Educational Leadership and Administration, Capella University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Megan joined JMHS in 2002. She served as Lead English Teacher and Assistant Principal before becoming Principal in early 2017. Megan believes in the value of diverse educational programs and experiences to assist each student in successfully completing high school and achieving his/her academic goals. She began her teaching career in the Southwestern City School district in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Georgia in 1998. She has more than 20 years of experience in public, private, and distance education.

Rhonda Brookshire

  • Ed.S., Mathematics Education, University of Georgia
  • M.S.Ed., Mathematics Education, Georgia State University
  • B.S.Ed., Mathematics Education, University of Georgia
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)

Rhonda has more than 15 years of classroom experience teaching math in both traditional and online settings. She has been recognized as a STAR teacher for two years and received Atlanta Toyota's Most Inspiring Teacher award in 2003. Rhonda believes that all students are capable of learning but not all students learn in a traditional school setting.

Monica Cates, Lead Mathematics Teacher

  • M.Ed., Georgia State University
  • M.S., Teacher Leadership, Walden University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Southern Polytechnic State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate – T-5, Mathematics (6–12)

Monica Cates is currently working toward a doctorate in Teaching and Learning at Georgia State University. She has 10 years of mathematics' instruction. She has taught Mathematics III: Advanced Algebra/Statistics, Mathematics I: Algebra/Geometry/Data Analysis, Algebra I, Geometry, Mathematics Navigator, Mathematics I Support, Mathematics III Support, Coordinate Algebra and Mathematics IV: Pre-Calculus-Trigonometry/Statistics.

Charles (Chuck) Cook

  • B.S., Business Administration, Barry University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Spanish (6-12); ESOL (K-12)

Charles has more than 30 years of experience as a professional educator in the U.S. and abroad. Fluent in Spanish, he has taught in public and private schools as an ESL/bilingual transition teacher for grades K through 12, and also taught at the university and post-graduate levels.

Chuck Corvin

  • M.Ed., Education, Tusculum College
  • B.S., Math, Lee University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)

Chuck has more than fifteen years of experience in the teaching field. He was also a youth pastor for eight years. His diverse academic roles and innovative teaching/mentoring experiences have been both online and in the traditional classroom. He has a broad range of experience teaching high school mathematics in Tennessee and Georgia.

Roger Dunnick, Lead Social Studies Teacher

  • Ed.D., Leadership, Liberty University
  • M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, Liberty University
  • B.A., Social Sciences, Emory & Henry College
  • Virginia Postgraduate Professional License, History and Social Sciences

Roger is the lead Social Studies teacher for James Madison High School. He has more than 20 years of combined professional experience as an educator in secondary Social Studies and as a high school administrator. His experience as a Social Studies teacher includes both traditional and online delivery methods. Roger particularly enjoys engaging students and finding unique ways to assist each individual student that he teaches.

Lauren Finnegan

  • M.A., English, Villanova University
  • B.A., English, Pennsylvania State University
  • State of Pennsylvania Educator Certificate, English and Social Studies (7-12)

Lauren has more than 10 years of professional experience in education, working in a variety of settings, including online, private and public schools. In the past few years, in addition to her full-time job as an educator, Lauren has worked as a therapist and evaluator in public mental health as part of her doctoral education to become a psychologist.

Allison Hankinson

  • M.S.Ed., Secondary Science Education, Piedmont College, Demorest
  • B.A., University of Georgia
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Science and Health

Allison has four years of professional and academic experience focused on Broad-field Science. During this time, she taught at an alternative high school in Gwinnett County and has served as the science department chair for two years. Allison’s academic experience has focused on traditional, blended learning and online learning. She also has experience developing digital content for core science classes.

J. Renae Jackson

  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Capella University
  • M.Ed., School Counseling, University of West Alabama
  • M.S., Organizational Management, Capella University
  • B.A., English, Georgia State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12); Gifted Endorsement (P-12); School Counseling (P-12)

In her 11 years as a professional educator, Renae has served as a school counselor, curriculum chair and language arts instructor. Additionally, she has worked with special needs students, along with honors, gifted, AP and IB level students. Renae has also counseled at-risk youth and their families at a behavioral health agency.

John Johnson

  • M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.S., Organizational Management, Capella University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6–12)

John has more than 25 years of secondary teaching experience in mathematics and is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Tami Johnson, Lead Science Teacher

  • D.H.Ed., Health and Medical Education and Management, A.T. Still University
  • Ed.S., Instructional Leadership/Neurobiology of Learning, Nova Southeastern University
  • M.Ed., Behavioral Science/Special Education, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • B.S., Community Health/Exercise Physiology, University of North Florida
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Biology (6-12); Earth/Space Science (6-12); Gifted and Talented (K-12); Health (K-12); Science (6-12)

Tami Johnson has worked in K-12 education since 1998 teaching science and medical electives at the high school level and with vocational bridge program students. She began working at the college level in 2009 when she earned her Doctorate missed. Tami missed working with high school level students and was excited to join the JMHS team. She has worked with all levels of students from profoundly autistic to advanced placement students and has a passion for finding strategies to help today’s diverse students master their learning objectives.

Cynthia Jones

  • M.Ed., Information Science
  • B.E.S., Educational Studies, University of Missouri
  • State of Missouri Teacher Certificate, English (9-12)

Cynthia has received secondary English and Library Media Specialist endorsements through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Her 12 years of professional and academic experience span elementary, high school, and college level instruction in writing, reading, information science, and educational technology. Cynthia has instructed in both traditional and online environments.

Lynette Lane

  • M.S., Life Science, Louisiana Tech University
  • B.S., Science Education, Louisiana Tech University
  • State of Tennessee Educator Certificate, Science (7-12)

Valerie MacDonald

  • B.A., Spanish, University of South Carolina

Valerie has more than 11 years of experience in the teaching field. She worked for four years with a nonprofit organization teaching English to Hispanic children.

Marla McGhee

  • M.A., Cross-Disciplinary Studies, Nova Southeastern University
  • B.S., English Education, University of South Florida
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Marla has more than 20 years of varied teaching experience, including both public and private school settings, as well as having taught in a dropout prevention program, a therapeutic boarding school, and a boarding school for professional athletes.

Jennifer Michels

  • B.S., English Education, Indiana State University
  • B.S., History, Indiana State University
  • State of Indiana Professional Educator Certificate, Language Arts (6-12)
  • State of Indiana Professional Educator Certificate, Historical Perspective (5-12)
  • State of Florida Eligibility Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Jennifer is a passionate teacher with five years of experience teaching high school English. She has a strong background in education and has taught both honors and remedial courses.

Teneka Middleton

  • M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.S.W., University of Central Missouri
  • State of Missouri and Georgia Educator Certificate, Secondary Mathematics (7-12)

Teneka has taught for more than 13 years at the both the middle and high school levels. She considers it both an honor and a privilege to teach math and help students discover the much sought after "A-ha!" moment.

Karen O'Connor

  • Ed.S., Curriculum and Leadership, Piedmont College
  • M.B.A., Finance, JM Robinson School of Business, Georgia State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Winona State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)

Karen's 28 years of professional and academic experience encompasses the teaching of math, business, finance and education at the high school level. She possesses a Gifted and Talented Certification. She also currently teaches honors math at a private school.

Melissa Phillips

  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Concordia University of Chicago
  • B.A., English/Health Education, Central Michigan University

Over the past 14 years, Melissa has worked in various teaching positions spanning across all age levels with an emphasis on Special Education, ESOL, Reading/Writing Enrichment, Health Education and Performing and Fine Arts.

Angela Ruff, Lead Spanish Teacher

  • B.S.E., Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Western Illinois University
  • M.S., Information Technology, American InterContinental University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Spanish (P-12), ESOL Endorsement

Angela is the Lead Spanish teacher for James Madison High School. She has taught Spanish for more than 20 years at all levels. She has spent time in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru, studying the language and has a passion for teaching language.

Lee Sakellarides

  • M.A., English, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
  • B.S., Education, Indiana University
  • State of Indiana Educator Certificate, English (9-12)

Enoch L. Salter, Jr.

  • Th.D., Pastoral Leadership, Andersonville Theological Seminary
  • Ed.S., Educational Leadership, Arkansas State University
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, American College of Education
  • B.S., Secondary Education, Social Science, Auburn University Montgomery
  • A.A., Alabama Southern Community College
  • State of Alabama Educator Certificate, Principal (P-12)
  • State of Alabama Educator Certificate, Social Science (6-12)

Enoch has more than 17 years of experience teaching social science. In his many teaching roles, he has served as a teacher, department head, coach, technology coordinator, union president and adjunct college professor. Enoch has also been awarded with Monroe County, Alabama teacher of the year award. He is the author of Held Hostage: How the Educational Reform Movement is Destroying Public Education.

Jennie Tague

  • M.A., Curriculum and Technology Education, Ball State University
  • M.A., Communications, IUPUI
  • B.A., Speech Communications, Theatre, and English, IUPUI

Jennie is in her 16th year teaching English, speech communications and theatre arts. In addition, she is in her 5th year teaching college level speech courses for Indiana University Bloomington through the ACP dual credit program.

Gregory Taylor

  • M.A., Security Management, American Military University
  • M.A.T., English, University of South Carolina
  • B.A, English, University of South Carolina
  • State of South Carolina Professional Educator Certificate, Master+30 (High School English)

Gregory has more than sixteen years of teaching experience, teaching both high school and college English, and serving as a college faculty advisor.  He has worked primarily with non-traditional students and adult learners and taught English as a Second Language for three years. He hopes that his broad range of high school and college teaching experiences will support, engage and excite his students at JMHS.

Suzan Thompson

  • B.A., English and Psychology, Herbert Lehman College
  • M.S., Secondary Education, English Fordham University
  • State of New York Educator Certificate, English (7-12)

Suzan has been a licensed English teacher since September, 2004. She has primarily taught in the New York City public high schools and is currently an educator within the Fulton County Department of Education in Georgia. Suzan's passion for helping students to achieve academic success can be seen through the strategies she employs in order to engage students in the learning process. She strives to meet the academic needs of students in both traditional and online learning environments.

Nikiya Webb

  • B.S., Biology Education, Georgia Southern University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Biology (6-12)

Nikiya has been a high school biology teacher, mentor and professional learning development coordinator. She was also awarded Teacher of the Year and enjoys volunteering as a science lab instructor, enriching elementary students in science and laboratory concepts.