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