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.
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!
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.
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.
Matt grew up in Bethel, NC (Pitt County) and graduated from North Pitt High School in 1996. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Barton College in 2000. At Barton, Matt played baseball for 4 years, receiving All-Conference accolades in 1998. After graduation, he began his teaching career at Red Oak Middle School in Nash County, while also assisting the Northern Nash HS baseball team. In 2003, Matt left education to enter the business sector, to include insurance sales, home sales, and the retail furniture industry. During this time, he enrolled at East Carolina University to pursue his Master of Arts in Teaching. While in graduate school, Matt met his wife, Morgan, who was also completing her graduate work. After receiving his Master’s, he began teaching and coaching at White Oak HS in Jacksonville, NC. During his time in Onslow County, Matt was also the head baseball coach for Post 265, Jacksonville’s American Legion Baseball team. Matt began teaching and coaching at Havelock HS in 2009. He became the head coach of the baseball program in 2013.
Matt and Morgan have been married since 2008 and have two daughters, Emma and Julie.
Tara grew up in West Virginia. She graduated from WVU Tech with a bachelor of science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Finance. She has been a licensed CPA since 2006.
Tara has worked in various professional accounting roles including positions at Virginia Tech Foundation (Blacksburg, VA), Carteret General Hospital (Morehead City, NC) and Altrius Capital Management, before assuming her role as Director of Finance at Epiphany.
As the Director of Finance for Epiphany, Tara 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.
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.
Heather grew up in Augusta, Georgia where she graduated from Westminster Prep in 1994. She received a Bachelor's in English from Birmingham Southern College in 1998 followed by a Master's in English Education in 2000. Heather's first teaching job was as a middle school language arts teacher at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Winter Park, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. After a few years of teaching during the week and going to Disney World on the weekends, Heather decided to pursue her Ph.D. She attended the College of William and Mary where she earned her doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership with an emphasis in Gifted Education. While in graduate school Heather worked part-time as a research assistant at the Center for Gifted Education and part-time as an ABA therapist for children with autism. Also during this busy time, Heather married her husband, Kevin, then a Navy doctor stationed at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.
After several more years of Navy life, Kevin and Heather decided to leave the military, settle down, and start a family. They moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 2007, where their two children, Emma and Christopher, were born. While in Huntsville, Heather helped start and grow a nonprofit center for children with autism. Heather and Kevin soon realized they missed the water and began looking for opportunities to move back to Eastern North Carolina. They made the move to New Bern in 2012. Heather took a break from education to spend a few years as a stay at home mom while Kevin started his private practice with Coastal Carolina Healthcare. When their youngest started Kindergarten, Heather knew it was time to go back to the classroom. She was honored to be offered the 5th-grade language arts position at Epiphany where she spent 3 wonderful years.
Heather is the Director of Lower School for Epiphany and oversees teaching, learning, thinking, and growing on the Henderson Campus with grades K-5.
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.
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.
Grew up in California and married a Carolina sweetheart. In college, I studied computer engineering but ended up graduating in business. After school, I owned/operated a business in Raleigh for 7 years before moving to Charlotte and starting one there. Eventually, I sold the business and went back to school for computers and became an instructor at a computer/technology training school. After 5 years of teaching, I went to work for a progressive marketing and customer acquisition company. This company evolved into a billion dollar company and I was Director of Operations and Director of IT Security.
New Bern has always been a favorite from years of vacationing at Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle and we decided to make it our permanent home in 2015.