Children's Center Director/Preschool Teacher
Public Speaking Instructor
Fourth Grade Teacher
Director of Communications
BA - Secondary English Education MA- Reading/Education, Niagara University
Susan-Elaine Nicol Greene (aka Susie) graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in Education. She began her teaching career in 1978 in New York State and has taught in Florida and Virginia. Her versatility in the classroom has enabled her to teach pre-school through college. She has been at Sullins Academy for fifteen years, teaching second grade, first grade, kindergarten, junior kindergarten, and now the pre-school three class. Observing the excitement and sparkle that comes with attaining knowledge is her greatest love in the classroom. Her classroom theme has been, and will continue to be, LOVE, CARING, and SHARING!
Susie is the proud momma of three children and a thankful Yaya to three precious grandchildren.
Middle School Math
BS in Biology/Chemistry minor and MaED in Curriculum and Instruction, B.S. from Bridgewater College and MaED from Virginia Tech
Sarah Hampton’s interest and participation in education started long before her professional career began. She tutored peers and younger students throughout her schooling and was named Bridgewater’s Outstanding Tutor in 2006. In addition, she served in Americorps’ Energy Express Program for three summers to improve literacy and self-esteem among West Virginia rural and low-income communities. Her experience as an Algebra tutor at Camp Greenbrier for Boys solidified her decision to pursue education as a profession.
In 2006, Mrs. Hampton graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, a minor in chemistry, and a concentration in education. In 2007, she earned a Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech where she was named a Meritorious New Teacher Candidate and a Teacher of Promise.
Mrs. Hampton began teaching full-time at Glade Christian Academy in 2008 where she instructed students in each academic and spiritual discipline. In 2010, Mrs. Hampton began teaching middle school math at Sullins Academy where she fosters math comprehension, confidence, critical thinking, and character.
Mrs. Hampton’s other interests include being a wife and mother, staying active in her church, Lego robotics, ballet, piano, Hokie football, and video games.
Preschool Teacher’s Aide
BS Computer Information Systems, Virginia Highlands Community College
Kim Long was hired as a Teacher’s Aide in Pre-School at Sullins Academy for the school year 2013-2014. She has also served as a substitute teacher for the past two (2) school years.
She has also been Co-Commander of the AWANA Program at Euclid Avenue Baptist Church for the past 16 years. The AWANA ministry is for kids ages 3 through 6th grade.
In July 1989, she started Sonic CD’s and Cassettes, a retail music store. At its peak, Sonic had three (3) retail stores in the Tri-Cities area. She ran these stores, working in all retail and administrative capacities, for 15 years, until the business was sold in October 2004.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Highlands Community College in May 1989 with a degree in Computer Information Systems.
From 1987 to 1989, she coached J.V. Girls Volleyball and 8th grade Girls Basketball at John Battle High School.
Middle School Social Studies
Bachelor's of Arts (Political Science & History with Minor in Secondary Education), King College
Mrs. McNamara came to Sullins Academy in 2007. She teaches middle school social studies and is the faculty advisor to Middle School SCA. Mrs. McNamara coordinates the school’s National Geographic Society Geography Bee and participation in the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay contest.
Over her twelve and a half years of teaching experience, Mrs. McNamara has taught social studies, math, art, and language arts to students from kindergarten to high school seniors. Her experience also ranges from independent school to parochial and public schools.
Mrs. McNamara graduated cum laude from King University with a B.A. in political science and history and a minor in secondary education. She holds teaching certificates in both Tennessee and Virginia.
BS in Health and Physical Education, Virginia Intermont
Coach Paul McNamara came to Sullins Academy at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. During that year, he taught physical education to both Sullins students and Morrison School students. Currently, Coach Paul teaches physical education at Sullins from our Preschool 3’s class to 8th grade. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he coaches middle school cross country and serves on the Administrative team as the Special Area Coordinator.
Coach Paul has dedicated twenty three years to exercise and fitness instruction to many different age levels and varied physical abilities. While working at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, he spent ten years as a strength and conditioning instructor. Coach Paul strives to lead by example to both students and friends as evident in his participation in the Empire State Building Run-up, a stair climb of the Willis Tower, and the Escape from Alcatraz Duathlon.
A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Coach Paul came to the United States on a soccer scholarship. He graduated from Virginia Intermont College with a B.S. in physical education. He is a certified in first aid, AED, and water safety.
Associate Head for Business Affairs
Assoc. in Accounting , VA Highlands
Twana Meade came to Sullins Academy in 1985 as a parent of a 3-year old. After serving many roles in the Sullins Parents’ Association and spending more time at the school than she did at home she went to work in the Business Office in July 1989. Upon the retirement of a long-time employee in 1997 she took over the role as the Business Manager.
Twana is responsible for all financial aspects of the school. She is a member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors and serves on and/or reports to other committees where financial input is needed.
Twana served 8 years as Treasurer of the Bristol Soccer Association and 6 years as chief fundraiser for the local high school soccer team. Twana and her husband, Dennis, have two sons, David and Hunter, both Sullins Academy alumni. Twana is an avid soccer and football fan and loves to read, solve puzzles and spend time with family.
Middle School Language Arts
Masters in Reading Specialist, Radford University
Amy Morris has been working at Sullins Academy for 10 years. She was first associated with Sullins as a parent and transitioned into teaching the three year old class. After one year with the three year olds, she moved to third grade. She spent three years in third grade before finding her way back to her home in middle school. Amy now teaches 6th-8th grade language arts. She also started a swim team for Sullins eight years ago and still serves as head coach of the team.
Before teaching at Sullins, Amy was the reading specialist for Glade Spring Elementary and taught for 10 years at Virginia Middle School. Her degree is in early and middle education with a Master’s in Reading.
Amy is a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa honorary teaching sorority for women educators and has served as their president two terms. She is an active “swim mom” and “basketball mom” at Tennessee High School.
Amy is married to Ben and has two children, Blakeleigh and Kane. She is also the mother to three dogs and a cat!
Director of Admissions and Marketing
BA in Marketing, University of TN at Chattanooga
Rebecca “Becca” Powers began working at Sullins Academy in March 2013 as the Director of Marketing and Admissions.
Mrs. Powers earned her BA in Business Administration and Marketing from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She graduated cum laude and in the 10% of her senior marketing class. While at UTC, Mrs. Powers was a member of the Student Development Office and served as an Orientation Leader and as part of the A-Team (Admissions Team). She also held the position as President of her college sorority, Chi Omega. She attributes these two roles with helping her understand true leadership and the desire to work in the Admissions profession.
After graduation, Mrs. Powers, a Kingsport native, moved back to the Tri-Cities and worked as the Marketing Director for Nash & Powers Insurance for two years. After leaving Nash & Powers she worked in the clothing business for Wm. King Clothiers in downtown Bristol.
In her free time, Mrs. Powers enjoys spending time with her husband, Ed, a Sullins alum, and her two dogs. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Junior League of Bristol and the Steering Committee Chair for Bristol Youth Leadership.
6th and 7th Grade Math
Bs Ms EdS, Georgia Southern
Taryn Powers grew up in Chicago, IL but moved to Atlanta, GA in 2000. She went to Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, GA, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education. Taryn is certified to teach Mathematics in grades 5th-8th and is also certified in Special Education. She moved to Bristol, VA in Aug 2013 and began working at Sullins Academy. Taryn is enjoying getting to know the students, faculty, and everyone included in the Sullins’ Family.
BA in Psychology and Sociology, The University of Virginia at Wise
Susan Ruble graduated from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a B.A. in Social and Behavioral Studies, while majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She studied early childhood development on the graduate level at East Tennessee State University. She was employed as a Social Worker completing adoptive home studies, pregnancy counseling services, and the planning / implementation of training sessions for prospective adoptive parents and children for eight years. Mrs. Ruble then worked as a Prevention Specialist providing Second Step and Life Skills training to students on the elementary and middle school level while also teaching Family Enrichment courses to parents. In response to a desire to spend more time with her daughter in 2001, she assisted with the formation of Abingdon Christian Academy, where she was employed as a preschool teacher forming a strong foundation in math, phonics, and reading for students, while also teaching them appropriate peer relationships and impulse control. Working part-time allowed Mrs. Ruble to homeschool
her daughter through the fourth grade. She became a member of the Sullins Academy family when her daughter began attending the school as a fifth grader. Prior to accepting a full-time position teaching first grade at Sullins Academy in 2010, Mrs. Ruble taught Character Development for preschool through the fifth grade classes at Sullins.
M.Ed., Milligan College
Shannon Sanders was hired in 2013 as a third grade math and science teacher. This is her first year on the faculty at Sullins Academy. She is delighted to work with the students and staff here.
Mrs. Sanders taught with the Johnson City School System. She completed her internship at Rock Springs Elementary in the Sullivan County School System.
Mrs. Sanders received her Masters of Education from Milligan College in 2012 where she graduated with a GPA of 3.98. Her graduate thesis was entitled “The Effect of Omega-3 Supplementation on On Task Behaviors of a Child Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” Mrs. Sanders collected the data, conducted research and presented her findings to fellow educators.
Mrs. Sanders is devoted to her family and her students. When she has free time she loves to spend time with her family doing many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, kayaking, boating and swimming with her two daughters and her husband.
Angie Schumaker started working part-time at Sullins Academy 19 years ago as a receptionist. Later she was moved into the full-time Administrative Assistant’s position.
Mrs. Schumaker graduated from John S. Battle high school and later attended Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Virginia.
Angie has been married for 27 years and has two daughters both of whom have attended Sullins Academy. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, vacations to the beach and time at the pool. Mrs. Schumaker is active at the Woodland Hills Christian Church.
A.S, BA, MS, VHCC, Emory and Henry, Radford University
Judy Stamper came to Sullins Academy in 2010 after leaving Tazewell County Public Schools. She taught at Richlands Middle School in Richlands, Virginia for 31 years. Judy was adjunct faculty at Southwest Virginia Community College from 1991 through 2012.
Judy is coordinator of our school’s observation of Reading Month, as well as coordinator of the school wide spelling bee and the Regional Spelling Bee hosted by Sullins.
Second Grade Teacher
Third Grade Teacher
Interim Head of School
BS Elementary Education, University of Central Florida
Susan Welker has been teaching in Lower School at Sullins Academy since 1997. She began teaching in Kindergarten and then moved to First Grade.
Susan served as the Lower School Coordinator from 1999-2012 and has participated on several different Curriculum Committees. She has also mentored new faculty members in the Lower School.
Susan completed a Reading Recovery Course in 2002 and 2003.
She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Susan graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Elementary Education.
She is passionate about creating a love of learning and problem solving in her classroom. Her First Grade “Cool Kids” are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and discover the tools that work for them. Susan teaches her students to build off of their mistakes and to view them as opportunities to grow and sometimes laugh a little. Her desire is for each child to know they are unique, valued, and important. Making learning fun and engaging is a must.
She’s active in her local church helping in a few areas of ministry.
Susan love’s spending time with her husband Bryan, family, and friends. Cooking, reading, watching movies, and being outdoors are some of the activities she enjoys when she’s not teaching.
4th Grade Teacher
BA in Behavioral Science, King University
Jennie Wright has served in a variety of capacities since joining the Sullins Academy team in 1997 including teaching PK-3, third grade, new teacher mentor, summer camp director, and Accreditation Chair. Currently, she teaches fourth grade.
Mrs. Wright is a King University graduate. She holds a B.A in Behavioral Science as well as minors in Elementary Education and Bible Theology.
She has been involved with the Virginia Association of Independent Schools by speaking at state conferences and serving on five accreditation teams.
In addition to her work at Sullins Academy, Mrs. Wright serves as the Children’s Director at Judah Church. She is also involved with woman’s ministry and teaches at the School of Ministry.