Our academic team is not just filled with talent and passion to teach troubled teenagers. They are filled with the Spirit of God, and this is their calling. From our principal to our teachers and teachers’ aids, our academic team helps teens from all walks and challenges of life come to appreciate and enjoy learning. Our fully-accredited junior and senior high school provides your troubled teen with the classes he/she needs to successfully graduate high school. In addition, our faculty is committed to helping your teen improve an underachieved Grade Point Average (GPA) without compromising his/her educational integrity. With a 5 to 1 student to staff ratio, your teen receives individualized attention and a quality education from educators who really care about their future.
Steve holds a Master of Education degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor degree in Education from Western Michigan University. Steve has also earned 23 credits beyond his Masters at The University of Idaho in order to gain certification in Administration and Supervision. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.
He has a long list of honors and achievements including: Outstanding Young Educator (runner-up) Hartland Jaycees, State Championship, Plummer High School Football, Superintendent’s Award, Fulton County Schools, proven record of leadership in improving student achievement, proven record of leadership in improving school climate, national acclaim for promising practices in character education and finalist for “School Administrator of the Year” Florida African American Education Alliance.
Steve’s lifetime career as an educator involved 18 years as Junior/Senior High School Principal, five years as Assistant Principal for curriculum and instruction, three years as Assistant Principal for attendance and discipline and 16 years as teacher of Language Arts and Social Studies. He has also owned and operated a private business.
Steve has a deep passion for helping the young people of our society reach their life goals, and his career as an educator is evident to what is in his heart. Because of his love for today’s youth, he left retirement to become the Principal of SHA.
Steve has been married to his wife Patricia for 50 years. They have three children, Stephen, Ann and Michael, all of which are educators. Steve and Patricia also have six grandchildren.
Science and Bible
Amy has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with certification in History, English and Science from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. She is also certified through Niyelo as an Adventure Based Counselor, Ropes Course Facilitator, First Aid, CPR and Crisis Intervention through Handle with Care (HWC).
She has worked with the students of SHA since 2001. Her prayer is that, as young people are healed by the love and truth of Christ, they will continue to witness and be a light to the world into which they return.
Amy feels a dual calling on her life to be both teacher and minister to struggling teens. Her deepest aspiration is to model Christ because of the gratitude she has towards Him for the work He has done in her life. She desires to be a witness through her words and the way she lives her own life. She believes that SHA serves a unique purpose in this day and hour, and is grateful to be a part of it. It is gratifying for Amy to witness the many young lives she sees at SHA changed through Christ.
Amy and her husband, Jeremiah, enjoy mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. Amy also plays the hand drum in the worship team at her church.
Elijah was homeschooled from kindergarten to 12th grade. Thereafter, he attended North Georgia Technical College. Currently he attends Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. There he is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with his major concentration being in Early Childhood Education and a double minor in Biblical Studies and Outdoor Leadership.
Elijah has worked with youth on and off since 2008, both through his church youth group and international missions work in Nicaragua and Indonesia.
Elijah has a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of youth, and believes Shepherds Hill Academy’s vision for developing teens falls right in-line with his passions. He enjoys helping students form good habits and experience individual growth as they are consistently exposed to the Christ-centered lifestyle modeled by the Shepherds Hill Academy staff.
Elijah is engaged to Elizabeth Rice, who is also a Shepherds Hill Academy residential staff member. He is a cyclist, soccer player, and a musician. He loves to read, spend time with people, watch movies, play any and every sport, travel, and just about anything else.
Jessica pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and Bible and Theology and a Minor in Cross-Cultural Studies at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA.
Jessica was born and raised in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. There she served four years helping girls in prostitution prevention camps for the Ayore’ Indians. Her parents serve as Missionaries in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She also led Bible studies at a local girl’s orphanage in Bolivia.
She has personally witnessed the teenage years as a crucial time of growth and development. Growing up, she was blessed to have many godly women pour love, wisdom and direction into her life, and it’s her desire to do the same for others. It’s Jessica’s belief that this generation offers so many lies and pressures that are destroying precious lives, and it breaks her heart to see. She wants to encourage girls to find their identity and worth in Christ. She also wants to teach them to use their unique gifts and desires to enjoy life, make a difference, and most importantly glorify God.
Jessica enjoys playing sports, especially soccer, swimming, painting, doing crafts, exploring the outdoors and traveling.
Kelley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in middle grades Math and Science from Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. She also obtains a Master degree in Math and an Education Specialist degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. She is also certified in High School Math, Reading, and K-12 Media and Technology.
She taught public school for seven years and at a community college for two years. In addition to teaching middle school, Kelley sponsored a reading club and worked with the after school program. In the past, she has worked with youth groups and taught Vacation Bible School.
Kelley has been called to share her passion for Christ and education with today’s youth. She has the unique ability to create and build lasting positive relationships with the teen population.
Kelley has two children, Trent and Alicia. Both are currently attending college.
In her free time; Kelley loves reading, music, boardgames and movies with her children, and spending time on the lake.
Lizz is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Ministry Leadership from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. Currently, she has had Med Training and ESI training.
She has been working with youth since 2011.
Lizz believes that God has truly placed a passion in her heart to disciple teens, specifically girls. She loves listening to those who are seeking after Christ and are hungry for the Word. It will not always be simple or easy to guide teens with love to Christ, but she is willing to accept the challenge. She believes God can move in big ways and can heal big problems. Her goal at Shepherds Hill Academy is to love girls through discipline, to challenge them in being above reproach, and to help them find their identity in Christ so that they can live life to the fullest.
Lizz enjoys playing soccer for the Lady Eagles at Toccoa Falls College. She also enjoys reading, exercising, learning, hanging out with friends, watching movies, eating and cooking, spending time with family, and traveling.
Maggi received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She has worked with youth since 2013 as a Youth Leader at the First United Methodist Church.
With today’s culture pointing teens toward a focus on self-fulfillment, greed, and entitlement, Maggi understands how it influences their identity. Teens are at a critical point in their lives, and as they move through this time, her greatest hope is that they would find their worth and identity in Christ. Maggi believes the community with which we surround ourselves has the power to be either a help or a hinderance to our faith and growth. The Lord has given her a heart for ministry with teens, so that she can help guide them in these decisions.
It’s her hope to steer teens to find their worth in Christ at this pivotal age so that they can begin to see the fruits of walking in faith as early as possible. As one of her greatest passions, Maggi also hopes to instill in teens the importance of having a Christian community that builds them up and supports them. As the things of the world can be deceiving and destructive, her desire is that teens would see the Lord’s offering of love, forgiveness, purpose, and freedom is so much more satisfying.
Maggi loves to play all sports. She played basketball, softball, and golf in high school and college. She spends time daily exercising and loves to run outside. She believes the Lord calls us as holistic beings to mental, emotional, and physical wellness. Maggi loves to cook, enjoy spending time with friends and family; especially her niece.
History and Bible
Nate has a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Biblical Studies from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA.
Nate has been a teacher for 14 years. He has been an instructor at SHA since 2005, teaching History and Biblical Studies to our resident students. Nate is a creative teacher who encourages his students to think critically and to take initiative in their learning. He has a deep passion for teaching history and is very respected by his students.
Nate cherishes being an educator and he especially loves the challenges of teaching teenagers. His passion for youth began with parenting his own five children. Nate finds it rewarding to see God’s glory work in the lives of troubled youth.
He enjoys time with his wife Margie and he loves carpentry, auto mechanics, gardening, camping, fishing and disc golf.