At Covenant Christian School, God has brought together a hugely talented faculty and staff, all dedicated to loving and serving our families.
Carolyn Griffith – Head of School
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Bartelmay- Form II (1st/2nd Grade) Teacher, Drama Teacher
Rachel is the new Form II teacher and Drama teacher here at Covenant Christian School. She moved to Williamsburg a year and a half ago with her husband Charley, who was hired as the Director of Student Ministries at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Rachel and Charley met at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Rachel graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Rachel has much experience teaching at the professional and volunteer level. Most of her experience has been with kindergarten and preschool age students and students with intellectual and physical disabilities. She has a deep passion to see every child have the opportunity to learn the best way that they can. Along with her teaching duties, Rachel can be seen helping Charley lead youth group on Sunday nights and discipling the youth group girls during the week. She also has a passion for music and helps lead worship on Sunday mornings. Outside of work and leadership roles that she fills, Rachel loves participating in and watching sports especially the ones that her husband Charley coaches at James Blair Middle School. Rachel and Charley also love traveling and exploring new places together as-well as trying new food together.
Amelia Davis- Form III (3rd/4th Grade) Teacher
Amelia grew up in Newport News, Va. She met and married her husband, Jospeh, in Jacksonville, North Carolina while he was serving in the United States Marine Corps. They have three children; two sons, Caleb and Logan and a daughter, Alexis. Amelia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (K-6) with a minor in Psychology through the University of North Carolina- Wilmington in 2008. She has taught in North Carolina and Virginia in grades kindergarten through 4th grade. Amelia and her family currently attend James City Community Church. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, watching her children in their respective sport or play music, crafting, and learning to watercolor.
Alice Chidzero- Form IV (5th/6th Grade) 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.
Amy Simpers- Form IV Math & Science; MS Science & Bible; HS Science
Amy has taught science in many settings including private schools, public schools, nature centers, and home school coops. She brings experience from actual research in ecology and a passion for connecting faith and science to her teaching. She lives in a ramshackle farmhouse with three guinea pigs, two dogs, three cats, assorted millipedes and slugs. She is the proud wife of a fine rhetoric school teacher and mother of three children (15, 19, and 22). She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Biology and minors in Chemistry and Biblical Studies from Covenant College, located at Lookout Mountain, GA. She earned a Masters of Science in Science Teaching at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading great books, pondering God, knitting, nature study, cooking, collecting beach glass, and floating in the Great Lakes.
Juliann Tate- MS/HS History Teacher
Juliann is in her fourth year of teaching. Prior to coming to Covenant, she taught 5th grade at Ambleside School in McLean, VA for three years. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Wheaton College with a degree in Christian Education. She loves to teach and loves to learn. So, she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at Regent University. A favorite Bible verse that she strives to have permeate her life is John 15:4, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” At church, Calvary Reformed Presbyterian, she minsters to the youth group by planning events and leading a Bible study. She tends to accrue more hobbies than she can sustain, but among them are rock climbing, kayaking, cooking, watercolors, board games, and ukulele.
Alison Liggin- MS/HS English & HS Bible
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.
Eunice Clark- MS/HS Math & Student Council Sponsor
Eunice 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. They have two children, Nethan and Sofia. In her free time, Eunice loves to read, go to the beach, watch movies, and travel.