About Epiphany

Middle School Faculty

English - Tracy Bryant

  • Position: Middle School Language Arts Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Students should enjoy learning and building relationships.  Mrs. Bryant uses a variety of teaching styles. 
  • Hobbies: Walking/exercise, playing golf, traveling--Mrs. Bryant has a goal to play a golf course in all 50 states.
  • Fun facts:  Tracy has already played golf in 26 states, she enjoys time with her family, and watching her youngest daughter play competitive golf. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Pebble Beach, CA

Physical Education - Josh Dawson

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Physical Education & Assistant Director of Athletics 
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Love God and your neighbor as yourself. 
  • Hobbies: Swimming, Bowling, and Beach Volleyball.
  • Fun facts:  Josh's favorite restaurant is Bojangles, he loves animals, and seeing children happy is his passion. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Honolulu, Hawaii

Science - Jon Fitzgerald

  • Position: Middle School Science, Middle School Science Olympiad Head Coach, Golf Coach
  • Email:[email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mr. Fitzgerald believes that students should be engaged and should be excited about learning the course content. To that end, he strives as a teacher to spark his students' interests and encourage their curiosity through hands-on, problem based learning in the classroom. 
  • Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, music, and travel
  • Fun facts: Jon has been skydiving, he drank cobra blood in Thailand, and he loves NBA basketball.
  • Favorite place he has traveled: Kyoto, Japan. 

Science - Kathryn Gerber

Spanish - Craig Hearne

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Spanish Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mr. Hearne believes learning should be challenging, but fun.  Why say it if you can sing it better?
  • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, surfing--anything outdoors.
  • Fun facts: Every year, Mr. Hearne returns to Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua to preach. He also loves to surf.
  • Favorite Place He has Traveled: Honduras, Costa Rica, Spain, Nicaragua

Math - Wendy Hopkins

  • Position: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Hopkins underscores the school motto, ToLove God and Your Neighbor as Yourself. Not only is this a moral guideline, but also an educational one, for when the students of The Epiphany School of Global Studies love their neighbors, they open themselves up to learn wonderful things about the world.
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Hopkins's hobbies include scrapbooking, tole painting, and watching pro football and NCAA basketball.
  • Fun fact: She and her husband raised five children for 23 years in a house with one bathroom. Phew!
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, Connecticut

History - Cherise Milburn

  • Position: Middle School Social Studies
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Milburn's goal is to foster critical thinking skills in the classroom that can be applied to the world beyond. She strives to encourage students to develop an appreciation for diversity, to motivate the youth to become active citizens in their immediate and global communities and to inspire students to choose a path of lifelong learning.
  • Hobbies: Whether she is hiking, boating, gardening, or camping, Cherise loves to enjoy the great outdoors. She also dedicates much of her time to raising awareness on the issues surrounding Human Trafficking through her work with the Pearl Ministry.
  • Fun facts: In keeping with her passion for the outdoors, Cherise once spent a month living in a tent in the Colorado Mountains. She also has spoken in London regarding Human Trafficking.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: It's a tie between China, Zambia, and Botswana

Arts - Dare Oliver

  • Position: Coordinator of the Arts
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Never stop learning! Dare continues to jump into lessons to learn new skills and hobbies. Most recently, she started a class in watercolors, and she helped start an all-female a cappella group. A lifetime is not long enough to explore everything that interests you so don’t waste a minute!
  • Hobbies: Singing and performing with friends and family, knitting, photography
  • Fun facts: Dare married her high school sweetheart, and they performed bluegrass music with their kids throughout Eastern NC for six years. She now sings for an a cappella group and a stringband. The arts are so important in the Oliver house. Dare has a daughter pursuing an animation degree at Savannah College of Art and Design and a daughter working toward a BFA in acting in NYC. Her youngest is a student at The Epiphany School.
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Greece (the prettiest) and Ireland (best music)

History - Travis Quay

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Latin Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational Philosophy: There are easy and there are hard ways to do things.  One will never appreciate how easy something is until he/she learns to do it the hard way. 
  • Hobbies: Travel, hiking, collecting swords and armor. 
  • Fun Fact: Travis has never felt more at home anywhere than in Greece. 
  • Favorite Place He Has Traveled: Meteora in Northern Greece

Arts - Mabel Rosney

  • Position: Middle School Chorus Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational Philosophy: Music is important at all stages of life, and helps us to understand the world around us.  Mrs. Rosney's goal as a music educator is to inspire her students to be lifelong learners and achieve a greater appreciation of different cultures through music exploration.
  • Hobbies: Cooking, swimming, playing tennis, dancing, and singing
  • Fun Fact: In middle school, Mabel joined the swim team but didn't know how to swim. 
  • Favorite Place She Has Traveled: Quebec, New Orleans, New York City

Math - David Siler

  • Position: Pre-Algebra
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational Philosophy: Mr. Siler heard once that "learning is too important to take seriously," so he tries to keep an atmosphere in which every student is welcome and wants to engage in their learning. 
  • Hobbies: David enjoys his family, most water sports, gardening and most other outdoor activities.  He also likes crossword puzzles, playing chess, and making hot pepper jelly. 
  • Fun Facts: David camped in a volcano in Italy, slept on a beach in Greece, and slept through gunfire in Guatemala. 
  • Favorite Place He has Traveled: "It's difficult to name only one!"

English - David Spence

  • Position: Middle School English
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: One of the primary purposes of education is to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. The more we understand about ourselves and the world, the better prepared we are to be good citizens of the world. Literature and writing are important gateways into this understanding. They have the potential to give us knowledge, wisdom, empathy, and direction. They help us along life's journey.
  • Hobbies: Bicycling, kayaking, reading, and playing music.
  • Fun facts: David was in the nation's first Head Start program in 1964. He turned 13 on Friday the thirteenth, and he worked for a year with the Forestry Service re-building parts of the Appalachian Trail, planting pine trees, and blowing up waterholes for wildlife. 
  • Favorite place he has traveled: The Black Hills, South Dakota

Arts - Arlington Tart

  • Position: Middle and Upper School Instrumental Music Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Every student learns music differently. Therefore, tailoring one's approach when teaching new material to accommodate each student's needs is imperative.
  • Hobbies: Fishing and cooking
  • Fun facts: Arlin was a chef for 10 years and he worked as a radio frequency technician before returning to school for music. 
  • Favorite place he has traveled: Boston, MA

Arts & Math - Jodi Tomboulian

  • Position: Middle School and Upper School Visual Arts and Math Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational Philosophy: After teaching a self-contained class, Mrs. Tomboulian realized that the disciplines should not be taught in isolation but should be integrated, and connections should be made between disciplines whenever possible.  In her art classes, she not only teaches technique but also encourages her students to create meaningful works--often writing artist's statements about their artwork.  
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Tomboulian loves arts and crafts and Chinese culture and arts. She is a member of the Twin Rivers Art Association (TRAA) and actively participates in church and missions.
  • Fun facts: Mrs. Tomboulian has petted a panda bear in Chengdu, has seen the Terracotta Soldiers in Xian, and has flown over an active volcano in Hawaii. She was also a former foster parent to eight teenage girls—of whom she formally adopted one and unofficially adopted three others.

Math - Cindy Walker

Spanish - Katherinne Wawrzonek

  • Position: 6th and 7th Grade Spanish
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Real-world solutions and real-world contexts enable real-world learning. 
  • Hobbies: Cooking, Dancing, Going to the beach, and Traveling
  • Fun facts:  Every year, Señora Wawrzonek tries to visit a new country.  She enjoys learning about new cultures and trying new foods.  She also enjoys learning about new animals and interacting with them--she's been swimming with dolphins, sting rays, and a whale shark. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Guanajuato, Mexico

History & Math - Beth White

  • Position: 6th Grade American History, 6th Grade Math, and 7th Grade Math
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. White believes that to teach a child we must value them first!  Understanding that every child has unique qualities is vital to the learning process and the development of every student.
  • Hobbies: The beach, reading, and cooking
  • Fun fact: Beth is a PADI Certified Scuba Diver; however, she hates to scuba dive!
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  The Czech Republic and Ireland