At Covenant Christian School, God has brought together a hugely talented faculty and staff, all dedicated to loving and serving our families.
Christine Schulker – Head of School
Christine Schulker, M.A, Ed., has nearly thirty years of experience in public and private education, both as an administrator and teacher. Gaining a variety of valuable educational perspectives from her instruction in Virginia, Texas, Delaware, and Florida, she is enthusiastic about bringing Covenant’s unique Charlotte Mason methodology into the delivery of the school’s quality Christian curriculum. Christine holds a valid Virginia teaching license for all grade levels K-12 and as a Administrator Principal in the state of Virginia. She and her husband David have been married for 38 years and are the parents of two married children, and four grandchildren. Christine attends Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her precious grandchildren, ages 4 and under.
Anne Haupt -Administrative Assistant
Anne Haupt joins Covenant with many years of administrative experience in both school and church settings. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a Certified Professional Secretary. She and her husband Warren have been married for 28 years and are the parents of two children: an adult son, and a daughter attending James Madison University. Anne attends Williamsburg Community Chapel and in her spare time enjoys reading, knitting, birding and spending time with family.
Carolyn Griffith – Spiritual Life Director and Form II Teacher (Grades 1-2)
Carolyn grew up in Knoxville, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee. She met and married her husband, Dennis, at her home church. Dennis and Carolyn have been in the pastoral ministry for 24 years and have served in churches in Mississippi, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Carolyn’s husband, Dennis, is currently the lead pastor at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. They have three children: adult sons, Andrew and Matthew, who reside in East Tennessee, and daughter, Rebekah, a student at Randolph College in Lynchburg. Throughout her adult life, Carolyn has held a variety of titles: stay at home mom, homeschool mom, reading intervention teacher, an elementary teacher, teaching Kindergarten and then First Grade at a local Christian School. Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, cooking, refinishing antiques, gardening, and walking around Colonial Williamsburg.
Jennifer Blue – Academic Advisor
Jen Blue received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Regent University, and is currently working towards her Doctorate and licensure as a Clinical Psychologist. Jen has worked in a variety of educational settings for the past 15 years with experience in homeschooling, tutoring, learning disorders, curriculum development, standardized testing administration, scoring and evaluation, in addition to working in public, charter, and private schools. Ten years ago she was drawn to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of viewing a child as a whole person and the concept that a worthwhile education must encompass more than academic achievement. In her role as Academic Adviser, each student is supported as an individual with God-given talent and dreams for his/her future. Jen provides them with the steps that they need to take to move towards their goals. Jen has lived with her family in Williamsburg for 10 years and been actively involved as a member of the Williamsburg Christian Church for the past 5 years. She loves spending time with her four kiddos, going to the beach, watching movies, and walking around Colonial Williamsburg.
Shirley Timmer- Fine Arts Director
Shirley Timmer’s father was a career serviceman in the United States Air Force and she has lived in various states throughout her childhood. She graduated from high school in Tokyo, Japan and attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she received her Bachelor’s degree in history. She began her working career as a print journalist for the Ann Arbor News. She has a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Arts-also from the University of Michigan. A move from Michigan to Colorado in the late eighties brought many changes in her life. She changed her career ambitions to education and captured her future husband, Carl, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received a primary certificate in Montessori education from the Montessori Western Teacher Training Program in Garden Grove, California in 1991. The Timmers moved to Williamsburg, Virginia twenty-two years ago. It is here that they homeschooled their four children: John, Libby, Tesia, and Stephen, for almost a decade. Shirley trained for her Virginia State teaching license through the Old Dominion University Career Switcher Program in 2012. The subjects she has taught include middle school English and history, high school pre-AP English, art K -8, and high school United States history. In the spring of 2015, she sat in the living room of CCS’s current principal, Christine Schulker and prayed about joining a team to establish a Christ-centered, Charlotte Mason inspired school. Since that time, she has been serving the families and staff of CCS in any capacity her talents are needed. This 2018-19 school year she will be teaching art, high school history, handcrafts and assisting the teachers during Delightful Hour.
Kelly Hart Thames – Form 1 Kindergarten Teacher
Kelly grew up on Long Island and received her B.A. in History and Education from Adelphi University in New York. She is the mother of three children. Her oldest daughter, Caroline, attends the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her son, Thomas, is a local high school student and her youngest daughter, Samantha, attends Covenant Christian School. The family attends Liberty at York River Church. Before starting a family, Kelly worked for the Education Department at Historic Mount Vernon and later became an Archives Technician for the National Archives. Kelly also spent time homeschooling her children over the years. Most recently, Kelly taught history enrichment, preschool, pre-K, and art at other private institutions in the Williamsburg community. Kelly feels blessed to be the Kindergarten teacher at Covenant Christian School. After many years of experience teaching various age groups, Kindergarten is her heart’s work. Besides spending time with her family, Kelly enjoys traveling, reading, knitting and Bible studies.
Raquel Proctor – Form III (Grade 3) Teacher
Raquel is a Williamsburg Native. She married a long time friend, Daniel, whom she met in middle school. They have been married for 14 years and have two children (Hannah 12 and Chris 9). Raquel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. Raquel was teaching 4th grade for 3 years, prior to coming to CCS. Her passion for Christian education is rooted in her personal experiences from attending a private Christian school herself. She and her family attend Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. She loves spending time with family and friends, reading, photography, running, baking, and cooking.
Eunice Clark – MS/HS Math and Science Teacher
Eunice Clark graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Ateneo de Davao University located in Mindanao, Philippines. The summer after she graduated, she tutored a student in math and liked it, which prompted her to pursue an Education Degree. With 5 years of teaching experience, she was hired by a public school in North Carolina. This is where she met her husband, Ben, and they moved to West Point in 2008 after they were married. Mrs. Clark teaches middle school and high school math and science and is also the Student Council Sponsor. They have two children, Nethan and Sofia, who are currently students at CCS. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Mathematics through the University of West Florida. In her free time, Mrs. Clark loves to read books, go to the beach, watch movies, and travel.
Mabel Barrett – MS Bible and Spanish Teacher
Mabel Barrett was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Florida. She grew up with her Spanish-speaking mother, sister, and grandparents. Mabel attended American schools, where she was educated in English while being immersed in Spanish at home. She learned to read Spanish from reading the Bible, and later learned to write it. Mabel graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She worked in geriatrics, teaching caregivers, both family and employees, about Alzheimer’s disease and how to care for someone suffering from this disease. Mabel met and married her husband in Florida and settled into Virginia over 11 years ago. They have resided in Williamsburg for most of those years. Mabel and her husband have two children, one of whom attends Covenant Christian School. Mabel enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, crafting, singing and going to the movies. She and her family are active members of Williamsburg Christian Church where they work with children in Kidz Connect.
Alison Liggin-MS/HS English, Language Arts, Bible Teacher
Alison is an Alabama native and attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. There she received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and her M.Ed in Community Counseling. After finishing graduate school in 2001, she moved to Columbus, Georgia to begin her counseling career in residential treatment for adolescent females and practiced as a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia for 7 years. Alison and her husband Fred have been married for 13 years and have one son (Ian, age 8). After serving together in campus ministry in both Georgia and Texas, they moved to Williamsburg in 2010 for Fred’s current role as lead pastor at Williamsburg Christian Church. Alison spent the last year and a half working as a reading recovery tutor at James River Elementary and has a love for reading, photography, Auburn football, playing basketball with her son, and drinking coffee with her husband.
Alice Chidzero-Form IV (Grades 4-6) Teacher
Alice is the youngest of a family of nine children. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education from Mkoba Teacher’s College in Zimbabwe, majoring in education and English. From there Alice earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible from Zion Bible College in 2003, graduating with honors and recognized as Student of the Year. Alice has worked as a Christian Education Director for Global Outreach Missions and also for Williamsburg Assembly of God Church. Alice recently wrote a personal memoir, When the Brook Runs Dry: My Journey from Africa to America… and Back a Few Times, which chronicles her story of God’s faithfulness through times of loss. Alice is the mother of two adult children and three grandchildren.
Catherine Swetnam – Finance Director
Catherine grew up in Newport News, VA and moved to Williamsburg 22 years ago to be closer to her family. She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Accounting while working as a hotel manager, where she continued for another 14 years. During that time she met her husband Rex, an Army helicopter pilot from Austin, Texas. They were married in 1992 at the Williamsburg Community Chapel. During Rex’s military service he deployed to Afghanistan for almost a year for Operation Enduring Freedom. Together they have a daughter who is heading off to London for a Master’s Degree in Architecture. Catherine’s degree in accounting became valuable when she jumped at the opportunity to work at her daughter’s school as the school accountant. Her time spent working in Christian schools has cemented her belief that every child deserves a Christ-centered education. Catherine joined Covenant Christian School the summer before its first year in 2015 and constantly feels blessed to be a part of the CCS family. Recently Catherine has renewed her love of sewing by learning to quilt and enjoys reading on the beach and watching movies with her husband.