About Epiphany

Key Administrators

The administration at The Epiphany School of Global Studies plays a vital role in achieving day-to-day operational success as well as in propelling us toward our long-term goals. While the Headmaster and Director of Finance oversee large-scale strategy and planning, the principals of the Primary School, Elementary School, Middle School, and Upper School focus on achieving particular goals of students and teachers at specified levels. In close coordination with these leaders, our Directors of Global Education, Advancement, Community Engagement, Admissions, Athletics, and Learning Specialist work together to successfully broaden the educational opportunities for students at The Epiphany School of Global Studies.

Head of School - Dr. Dwight Carlblom

  • Position: Head of School
  • Email: dcarlblom@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Alma Mater: Crown College (MN), Minnesota State University - Mankato, Capella University (MN)​
  • Favorite TV show: Sherlock Holmes​ 
  • Favorite movie: Jeremiah Johnson​
  • Favorite band/musician: Crow (from back in the 1970's!!)​
  • Favorite book: Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)​
  • Favorite food: ​Thai​
  • Favorite thing to do on your day off: ​Walk with Lori, work in the yard, watch sports...​
  • If you were standed on a deserted island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?  Lori!

BIO

Dr. Carlblom was raised on a grain farm in southern Minnesota and always wanted to be a farmer.  God had other plans, however.  He met his wife-to-be while in college, married, and had two beautiful daughters​ that they raised while teaching and heading an international school in Malaysia for 22 years.  After the girls were off to college and married, Dwight and Lori moved to South Korea where they worked for 5 years.  They also spent 6 years in Minnesota teaching and then serving as VP of Student Development at Crown College.  Dr. and Mrs. Carlblom are the proud grandparents of 6 of the most amazing children, three of whom live in Alabama and the other three in Malaysia.  His daughters tell him that 6 is the limit!​

Assistant Head of School & Director of Upper & Middle School - David Wang

  • Position: Assistant Head of School / Director of Upper and Middle Schools
  • Email: dwang@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Alma Mater: Davidson College (BA--English), East Carolina University (MSA)
  • Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds 
  • Favorite movie: The Empire Strikes Back 
  • Favorite band/musician: Dave Matthews Band 
  • Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Favorite food: Chinese
  • Favorite thing to do on your day off: Swim two miles and walk 18 holes of golf. 
  • If you were standed on a deserted island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?  A Swiss Army knife 

BIO

The son of a US Navy officer, David moved often growing up and split time between the West Coast and East Coast.  He graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, in 1989.  David earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from Davidson College in 1993 and later his Master's degree in School Administration from East Carolina University in 2009.  

David began his career in education as an English teacher at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, North Carolina, followed by a teaching position at Rockingham County High School in Wentworth, North Carolina.  In addition to his teaching roles, David has coached soccer, golf, and swimming at the varsity level.  Currently, he serves as the Varsity Men's and Women's Swim Coach at Epiphany.

David is the Assistant Head of School and Director of Upper and Middle Schools for Epiphany and focuses on academics for grades 6-12 for the school.  

Director of Admissions - Peggy Delano Brooker

  • Position: Director of Admissions
  • Email: pdelano@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Background: BA Communication-NC State University. Peggy spent many years in Corporate America in Banking.
  • Educational philosophy:
  • Cocurricular involvement: Peggy is very involved with the Visiting International Faculty program at Epiphany.
  • Hobbies: Travel, gardening, reading
  • Fun fact: Peggy was selected as " 2006 Teacher of the Year" for The Center for Financial Training of Southern New England. In 1997, she led a training team for the largest merger in banking history, to that date.

Director of Advancement - Brittany Spear

  • Position: Director of Advancement
  • Email: bspear@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Alma Mater:  Barton College
  • Favorite tv show: Greys Anatomy
  • Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing
  • Favorite band/musician: Miranda Lambert
  • Favorite book: A walk to remember
  • Favorite food: Japanese 
  • Favorite thing to do on your day off: Spending time with my son
  • Fun Fact: The first time I traveled to Europe was with the Epiphany School of Global Studies on a family trip.
  • If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?  I would take a boat!

BIO

Brittany attended school K-12 in Virginia Beach. She proudly represented as a student leader and served as captain of the women’s varsity basketball team while at Frank W. Cox High School. After high school, Brittany attended Barton College where she received a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting. She was fortunate to receive an athletic scholarship to play Center for the Lady Bulldogs.

Following graduation, Raleigh station WTVD was home to Brittany while also working for Good Morning America. It wasn’t long before Brittany returned to Eastern Carolina to join NBC affiliate WITN- TV as NBC’s Bureau Chief for the New Bern area. Active in her church and community, Spear helps plan and execute local festivals where she serves as the Director of Sponsorships and Vendors. 

Brittany is the Director of Advancement for Epiphany and focuses on marketing, communications, and fundraising for the school. 

Director of Athletics - Skip Nitardy

  • Position: Athletic Director
  • Email: snitardy@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Education: Holds a BS in Physical Education from the University of South Alabama
  • 21 years of experience with the YMCA
  • Head coach of the University of Maine’s Men’s and Women’s Swim and Diving Teams
  • Experienced certified swim coach

Director of Finance - Mary Lawhorn

  • Position: Director of Finance
  • Email: mlawhorn@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Alma Mater: University of Phoenix
  • Favorite movie: The Proposal 
  • Favorite band/musician: Reba McEntire
  • Favorite book: Outlander Series
  • Favorite food: Mexican
  • Favorite thing to do on your day off: Watching my boys play soccer
  • Fun fact: My children are twelve years apart in age.
  • If you were standed on a deserted island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?  A hammock and my kindle!  I can’t decide between the two.

BIO

Mary attended school in West Virginia until her family moved to New Bern just before her ninth grade year.  She graduated from New Bern High School where she played basketball and softball.  After high school, Mary began to work full time and attend classes at Craven Community College.  She married her high school sweet heart, started her family and then began online classes at UOP while working full time for a government contractor/non-profit. 

​Following graduation, Mary was employed with RSM McGladrey working with multiple clients and enjoyed the diversity of special projects and tasks.  She has worked in several different industries and loves to make a difference everywhere she goes.  Mary enjoys playing co-ed softball and kickball to satisfy her competitive needs.

As the Director of Finance for Epiphany, Mary develops the annual budget, prepares financial reports, processes all bookkeeping tasks, manages employee benefits and serves as a member of the school’s Leadership Team.

Director of Global Education - Sandra Haddock

  • Position: Director of Global Education
  • Email:shaddock@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Education: BS in Psychology and Middle Grade Education from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Honors: Mrs. Haddock graduated Summa Cum Laude from James Madison University, and she received her Master's in Education with Highest Distinction.
  • Background: Mrs. Haddock spent several years in corporate America and in the government contracting field before becoming a teacher.
  • Preferred methods of teaching:
    • Lecture Based
    • Facilitation of Group Discussions
    • Plentiful Personal Feedback
    • Hands-On Learning
    • Group Work
    • Student-Led Class Presentations
  • Learning styles: Mrs. Haddock's approach to differentiation is best summed up in a quote from Carol Thomlinson of the University of Virginia: “The richest and most responsive classrooms are those in which responsibility for developing both the individual and the group is a shared endeavor. Thus differentiation is neither a thing the teacher does nor a way the child functions in order to improve his or her state of affairs. It is a learned way of thinking about 'being' that honors and contributes to the uniqueness and the possibilities of each person in the group, as it honors and contributes to the success of the whole."
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Haddock believes in providing a classroom environment that ensures the type of balanced learning that allows all students to excel. The key to this balance lies in Mrs. Haddock's overall approach to creating a classroom environment that encourages a student's love of learning.
  • Cocurricular involvement: Trent Park Traveling Tutors Advisor
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Haddock is an avid reader. She also enjoys traveling locally and abroad.
  • Fun fact: Mrs. Haddock lived abroad for three years during high school, where she attended the SHAPE International School in Belgium.

Director of Learning Services - Allison Forrester

  • Position: Director of Learning Services
  • Email:aforrester@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Alma Mater: Duke University; UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Favorite TV Show: Chrisley Knows Best 
  • Favorite movie: An Affair to Remember 
  • Favorite band/musician: Keith Urban
  • Favorite book: Bible
  • Favorite food: Popcorn
  • Favorite thing to do on your day off:  Sleeping late
  • Fun fact: I have a 1930 Ford Model A Convertible Coupe with a rumble seat parked in my garage.
  • If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?:  A positive attitude with a pocket knife

BIO:

Allison was born in Durham, NC, was raised from age 6 in Rocky Mount, NC where she attended public elementary school. She attended middle school at Rocky Mount Academy, and graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School. After college and graduate school she returned to Rocky Mount to teach Special Education and to travel the state as Miss Rocky Mount. 

Shortly thereafter, she moved to High Point, NC, married and raised three sons while actively volunteering in the community, schools and church, advocating for families and children.  After 25 years in High Point and spending summers in Pine Knoll Shores, she is enjoying her return to eastern NC. She is serving as the Director of Learning Services at Epiphany with the pleasure of assisting students and teachers with the joys and challenges of addressing learning differences.

Director of Lower School - Michelle Hughes

  • Position: Director of Lower School, Grades K-5
  • Email: mhughes@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Wilmington, East Carolina University
  • Favorite TV show: Fixer Upper
  • Favorite movie: Sleepless in Seattle
  • Favorite band/musician: My sons (literally--my two boys and not just a band you've never heard of before) 
    Favorite book: Good Night Moon
  • Favorite food: NY-style cheese pizza
  • Favorite thing to do on your day off: Sit on the beach with a good book and a sturdy umbrella
  • Fun fact: As a child, when my family lived in Hawaii, I was one of the children on Honolulu's Romper Room and even took hula lessons instead of traditional dance lessons!
    If you were standed on a deserted island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?  A satellite phone

BIO

Michelle grew up in a military family, as the oldest of two girls. Her father served twenty years in the U.S. Marine Corps while her mother served as the caretaker of the home front wherever the family moved. Growing up, Michelle's Fisher-Price school house was her favorite toy and she could often be found reading with a flashlight under her bed covers late into the night. Becoming an educator was most certainly her destiny.

After earning a degree in K-6 elementary education at UNCW, Michelle taught in a variety of educational settings teaching students in almost every grade-level. Michelle completed her course work for two different add-on special education certification areas at Belmont Abbey and went on to serve students with specific learning disabilities. Later, she acquired her M.A.Ed. at East Carolina University and earned the distinction of being a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Reading-Language Arts for Early and Middle Childhood.

Michelle is the Director of Lower School for Epiphany and oversees teaching, learning, thinking and growing on the Henderson Campus with grades K-5.  

Director of Spiritual Life - Ed Koffenberger

  • Position: Director of Spiritual Life
  • Email:ekoffenberger@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Alma Mater: Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Favorite TV show: TURN  
  • Favorite movie: Brother Sun, Sister Moon  
  • Favorite band/musician: Bruce Springsteen
  • Favorite book: (Besides the obvious) Cost of Discipleship
  • Favorite food: Shrimp 'n Grits
  • Favorite thing to do on your day off: Go to the movies.
  • Fun fact: My first theater role was as a dancer.
  • If you were standed on a deserted island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?  A solar-powered (with back-up battery), satellite-connected, weatherproofed, 5TB computer

BIO

Ed grew up in Virginia and attended Hampden-Sydney College (BA Psychology). He went on to The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (MA. Divinity, MA. Marriage & Family Therapy) and Pacifica Graduate Institute (MA. Depth Psychology). Ed has worked in several private school settings from a Montessori school, to Catholic schools, to St. Mary's in Raleigh. During Ed's high school career  he played basketball (state champs), played tennis and was on the swimming team. He later coached both tennis and basketball along with directing school plays. Ed married Mary Ann and they currently co-pastor a church in town and attend poetry open-mikes whenever possible. 

​Ed is the Director of Spiritual Life for Epiphany and focuses on devotional events, service projects, theatre performances, and individual counseling.  

 

Director of Student Life - Ryan Seeger

  • Position: Director of Student Life (Trent Campus)
  • Email: rseeger@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Alma Mater: Appalachian State University & University of Georgia
  • Favorite TV show: Top 3 (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Wire) 
  • Favorite movie: Top 3 (Bottle Rocket, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Almost Famous)
  • Favorite band/musician: Top 3 (Avett Brothers, Wilco, and John Prine)
  • Favorite book: Top 3 (The Last Lecture, First You Have To Row a Little Boat, and Wooden)
  • Favorite food: Shrimp & Grits from The Chelsea
  • Favorite thing to do on your day off: Mow the lawn  
  • Fun fact: I began my college career as an Art Major, which lasted only a year.
  • If you were standed on a deserted island and could only take one item with you, what would it be? A book on survival

BIO

Ryan grew up in Raleigh before attending Appalachian State University, majoring in History while minoring in Latin & English. From there, he set off to the University of Georgia, earning a Master of Arts degree in Latin. Ryan has taught Latin in secondary independent schools since 2002, as well as Greek, Ancient History, Classical Literature, and English writing courses. In 2008, he took a hiatus from teaching to become the Director of Youth Programs at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA, where he was the director of Camp Clearwater, a summer co-ed day camp serving 200 children and 25 counselors. Ryan also spent 12 summers on staff at Camp Sea Gull in Pamlico County. In 2010, he felt the call to return to teaching and moved his family to New Bern so that he could teach English and Latin at Epiphany. During his time at Epiphany, Ryan has been Athletic Director, Director of Middle School, and trip leader to several European trips.

Ryan is the Director of Student Life, for Grades 6-12, and focuses on all of the non-academic aspects of students' lives at Epiphany.

Director of Technology - Bobbi Jo Kelly

BIO:

Mrs. Kelly is a prior resident of Virginia. She and her family moved to New Bern following retirement from the Marine Corps.