Our academic team members are not only filled with the talent and passion to teach troubled teenagers. They are also filled with the Spirit of God, and this is their calling. From our principal to our teachers and teacher’s aides, 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 or 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 or her educational integrity. With a 5:1 student to staff ratio, your teen receives individualized attention and a quality education from educators who really care about his or her future.
Steve holds a Master of Education degree from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Education from Western Michigan University. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.
Steve has a long list of honors and achievements, including Outstanding Young Educator (runner-up) from Hartland Jaycees, a State Championship with Plummer High School Football, and a Superintendent’s Award from Fulton County Schools. Mr. Schyck was a finalist for School Administrator of the Year from the Florida African American Education Alliance, and he has a proven record of leadership in improving student achievement, a proven record of leadership in improving school climate, and national acclaim for promising practices in character education.
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 evidence of 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 whom are educators. Steve and Patricia also have six grandchildren.
Science and Bible
Amy holds a bachelor’s 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.
Cody has served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for five years. As a member of the Armed Forces, he served as a cook and a small team leader. At the start of 2018, he will be attending Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, GA in the Pastoral Ministries Leadership program.
He has previous experience working with youth by serving at vacation Bible school. He also worked for five years with youth, particularly pre-teens and younger, through various major retail programs.
Cody’s strong desire to work with and help the youth of today stems from his own childhood experiences. He claims he could have benefited from a program like Shepherds Hill Academy when he was growing up. Today, he will say it is a call from God to help those who have difficulties and to guide them, like God has guided him, to seek a better life.
Cody is an avid reader and loves to read almost anything within his reach. He does enjoy an occasional computer game, and he works out regularly with his wife.
Donald received a bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in Literature, from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Donald has a heart for working with young people. He has worked with youth at the various churches he has attended since 2007. It is Donald’s desire to not only prepare his students for college by teaching them to become better readers and writers, but to help them become better, more mature individuals as well. Primarily, he wants to show them the love of Christ, and be an example of Christian maturity in their lives.
Donald is married and has three children. He is an avid reader and film buff. He also does a bit of creative writing from time to time. He enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, and follows the University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball and the Atlanta Falcons football teams.
Frank has been working with youth since 2014. It’s Frank’s mission to serve and honor God. He wants to serve God and has followed His path to Shepherds Hill Academy to continue working with the teens of this generation.
Frank has one son and one daughter: Frank Moore II (son) and Candace (daughter).
He enjoys mixed martial arts. He also enjoys coaching and has a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Gail received a bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA, and a master’s degree in Math Education from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She also has an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA.
It is Gail’s calling to serve teenagers. She has a lifetime career (32 plus years) as a public high school math teacher in the Northeast GA area. Her teaching experience also includes teaching at a local charter school, as well as various Sunday school and Bible school classes. Gail will say, “I believe part of God’s plan for me is to work with teens. To put it simply, it just feels like the right thing to do.”
Gail has been married to her husband Wesley for 29 years. She has three children: Marcie (28), Bobby (24) and John (20). Her other family members include their dog Newton (7), and their two cats Lahiam and Theo (2).
When Gail is not instructing teenagers, she enjoys spending time with her family. She likes to cook and bake for others. She enjoys exercising with friends at the local YMCA and napping with her dog Newton.
Math and Science Teacher
James was blessed to attend Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA for three years before completing his bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, FL. He received an Education Endorsement from St. Petersburg College, in St. Petersburg, FL. James also earned a Master of Education degree in Science Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education.
James has always felt a heart of concern for teens and all kids. He has been a children’s church volunteer since middle school. He worked for both Pioneer Clubs and Young Life for seven years each. In between each of those, he served as a youth pastor. James loves that God makes the body of Christ to contain many different gifts. The verse I Corinthians 7:17 is a verse he reflects on and shares with others because he believes we are often aspiring to be someone else and we fail to see the wonderful person God made us.
James has been married to his wife Kris for 26 years. He refers to her as a Proverbs 31 woman. He also has three daughters Josie (14), Kalli (12), Kasie (10). They do a lot together as a family and they love and enjoy: the outdoors, waterfalls, hiking, reading, old movies, making things, fixing things, playing games, making pizza, campfires, bugs, the library, roller skating, their 3 cats and 4 reptiles, Fixer Upper, American Girl dolls (any dolls), Legos, the fall season, Christian music, Hobby Lobby, Family time, and of course their Church Family.
Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. She also has a minor in Studio Art with emphasis in painting from North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, GA. She is affiliated with the Currahee Artists’ Guild in Toccoa, GA.
Kelly has been actively involved as a Pack Committee member of the Cub Scouts for Boy Scouts of America since 2015. Kelly volunteers her time in the community by serving the Lions Club, Citizens Advisory and Planning Committees, the Chamber of Commerce, and her church.
Kelly considers it a blessing to offer the opportunity to help teens think creatively and have the confidence to use and produce art. She wants to help students realize their potential and discover their hidden gifts. She understands creativity is often smothered out by the worldliness of our modern daily lives, and she loves to inspire people to quiet their minds and draw out their beautiful God-given gifts. Kelly believes, through visual arts, students are able to hone in on their critical thinking and firm-up their creative problem-solving skills, because both are crucial aspects of a well-rounded individual. The self-confidence that grows through creating dynamic artwork is invaluable.
She is married to her husband Gary. They have a well-blended family of six children. They also have two dogs, a crow, a rooster, a few hens, and an albino leopard gecko. Kelly and her family love the outdoors and enjoy camping, kayaking, fishing, and exploring. They play sports and participate in the Cub Scouts together. Kelly is creative and crafty and enjoys her new-found interest in rug-making. Her heart’s desire is taking care of her family and watching them grow.
Lizz received her bachelor’s degree in Ministry Leadership with a minor in Counseling and Bible from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. Prior to her Teacher’s Aide position at Shepherds Hill Academy, Lizz served as a Girls Residential Team member.
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. She realizes 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 teaches a middle school class on Sunday mornings at her church. She played soccer in college, and it really had an impact on her life. Now she feels blessed to give back to the same team by being the assistant coach for the ladies’ soccer team at Toccoa Falls College.
She also enjoys reading, exercising, learning, cooking, spending time with family, and traveling.
History and Bible
Nate has a bachelor’s 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.