Connie Beddard, High School Chemistry

Mrs. Beddard graduated from West Virginia University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry as well as a Masters in Business Administration. She spent 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry working in various capacities in the laboratory, regulatory affairs, and quality control and compliance. She enjoys being outside and spending time with her family. She and her husband and two daughters live in Glen Allen and are active in the Area 10 Faith Community church in Richmond city.

Ben Berumez, Chapel Band Director

Ben Berumez is a performing musician and instructor. Offering instruction in a wide variety of instruments and genres, Ben enjoys sharing his love of music with students of all ages. With over a decade of teaching experience, his teaching methodology centers around tailoring information to each student’s needs and goals. As a performer, he has worked as a solo act and as the front man for the indie rock band Saint Square. Ben has also been involved with multiple church bands, working in support and leadership roles. Whether teaching, performing, or leading in worship, it is Ben’s goal to provide a quality musical experience. Ben, his wife Chelsea, and their two daughters live in Aylett, VA, and attend Freedom Fellowship Church in Mechanicsville, VA..

Amy Bleach, High School Technology

Mrs. Bleach is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned both her undergraduate in English and Master's in Teaching. She spent 15 years in the Chesterfield County Public School System. Mrs. Bleach was a member of the iTech and Anti-Bullying focus teams at her previous school. Hailing from Louisa County, Mrs. Bleach loves a long walk in the country, reading a good book, and relaxing at the beach. She is a member of the praise team at the Bonnie Brae Church of Christ where she and her husband, Justin, and two sons, Ethan and Elliot, are members.

Heather Card, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Card graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Born and raised in Mechanicsville, she returned home after graduating and taught Elementary School in both Hanover and Henrico County Public Schools. She is excited to be starting her first year at GCS. Mrs. Card, her husband Ryan, and their daughter, live in Mechanicsville where they serve at Fairmount Christian Church.

Darenda Davis, Middle School Science & Stem

Mrs. Davis received her undergraduate degree from Atlantic Baptist Bible College, VA in Education and Missions. She later earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructions from Piedmont International University. Mrs. Davis is currently dual certified for secondary teaching and principal with ACSI. Mrs. Davis is entering her twenty third year teaching, mostly at the middle and high school levels. Mrs. Davis, her husband Ashley, and their two boys attend church at Truth Baptist Church in Mechanicsville.

Lisa Eckler, Teacher Assistant
Mrs. Ecker is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. For the past 15 years, she has been employed as an accountant and the Human Resources Coordinator for Professional Rehabilitation Associates in Madison County, Kentucky. In July 2019, Mrs. Eckler and her family moved to Mechanicsville as her husband accepted a position with Robinson's Towing and Recovery. Mrs. Eckler continues to do distant-accounting work from home for Professional Rehabilitation Associates in addition to working as a classroom assistant at Grace Christian School. Lisa, her husband Bill, and their daughter Sophie actively attend Richmond Free Will Baptist Church.

Tanya Gathercole, Administrative Assistant

Tanya Gathercole is a graduate of Liberty Christian High School, Hanover County's first Christian secondary school. She was a member of their first graduating class in 1993. In 2006, Mrs. Gathercole returned to Liberty Christian where she served as the school's administrative assistant until 2016. Born and raised in King William County, Mrs. Gathercole enjoys spending her free time outside working in her garden and writing poetry. Mrs. Gathercole and her two sons, Cody and Cooper, have been lifelong members of Bruington Baptist Church in King and Queen County.

Amy Harrison, Middle School Language Arts

Mrs. Harrison is a graduate of Longwood College. She has over 20 years teaching experience, 13 of which were in Henrico County. In her years as an educator, she has served as the grade level chairperson, leadership team member, and the collaborative teacher for her grade level. She, her husband and two sons live in Mechanicsville where they are active members of Cool Spring Baptist Church. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, camping, reading, shopping, and organizing.

Brandy Hogue, Middle School History
Mrs. Hogue is a graduate of Liberty University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences and her Virginia Teacher Licensure. Hanover raised and educated, Mrs. Hogue is excited to be teaching her favorite subject, history, to middle school students at GCS. Mrs. Hogue and her husband, Robert, and their son are active members at Hanover Evangelical Friends Church.

Ginger Jamara, High School and Dual Enrollment Mathematics

Mrs. Jamara received her undergraduate degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY in Secondary Math Education.  She later earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from Boise State University in Boise, ID.  Mrs. Jamara has her Virginia certification in Secondary Mathematics, grades 6-12 and received the Praxis Recognition of Excellence.  She served as Math Department Chair during her employment with Richmond City Public Schools. This will be Mrs. Jarmara’s tenth year of teaching high school math. Mrs. Jamara, her husband Tom, and their children are active members of Hanover Evangelical Friends church.  

Susan Jenkins, Middle School Science and High School Math

Having grown up on a farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Mrs. Jenkins learned to appreciate God’s creation at an early age. Serving as a Sunday school teacher, as an intern at the Wallop’s Space Flight facility, and as a naturalist at a local park sparked her interest in a teaching career that now spans 25 years in both public and private schools. After graduating from Washington College with a degree in biology and obtaining a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction from Western Maryland College, Mrs. Jenkins taught middle school science at a private school in Maryland. Five years later, she and her husband moved to her husband’s home state of Virginia where she taught middle school science for Hanover County Public Schools. Mrs. Jenkins served as the science department chair for OKMS and received the Teacher of the Year award. Most recently she taught middle and then elementary school at Liberty Christian School and served as the co-administrator. Mrs. Jenkins is a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and enjoys doing crafts with children, sewing, gardening, visiting the beach, boating, and enjoying nature.

Paul Jenks, Middle and High School PE

Mr. Jenks is a graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee where he earned undergraduate degrees in Accounting and in Physical Education.  After working in the business field for over 20 years, he followed his heart and became a teacher.  He has 12 years of teaching experience with students both in the Elementary and Secondary levels and has taught in both public and private schools. Mr. Jenks and his wife Connie are members of Mechanicsville Church of Christ. Mr. Jenks is passionate about prison ministry, Virginia Tech football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.  His favorite bible verse is Matthew 25:40.

Kim King, School Counsler

Mrs. Kim King has been in the education field for a little over 20 years. Her responsibilities include high school, college and career counseling, academic planning, and social-personal counseling. She comes to Grace with a diverse professional background serving as a School Counselor for the public schools in both Middle and High schools, as well as being a testing coordinator in both Middle and High schools.  Mrs. King has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before joining Grace, Mrs. King worked for both Henrico and Hanover County Public schools. Outside of school, she serves as the Nursery director at her church, Mechanicsville Christian Center and manages a household with her husband, Dale, and the lives of a 4 year old and a 15 year old.

Nicole Lohmeyer, Spanish

Mrs. Lohmeyer moved to Virginia about two years ago after returning from the mission field in the Dominican Republic. She and her family lived there for almost four years; she is thankful for the opportunity in which she served children in the mission schools, immersed herself in the Latin American culture, and was able to share the love of Jesus with those around her. Mrs. Lohmeyer holds a Bachelor’s in Secondary English education from Penn State University and has taught students ranging from elementary to high school in both public and private schools, as well as homeschooling her two daughters. She enjoys traveling, gardening, performing arts, literature, and photography and is grateful that God has led her to Grace Christian!

Amy Martin, Middle and High School Science
Mrs. Martin is a graduate of James Madison University where she earned her degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education.  As a licensed Virginia educator, Mrs. Martin has more than 15 years of teaching experience with students of differing ages and abilities in both public and private schools. Mrs. Martin is a lifetime resident of Mechanicsville.  With her husband and four children, she actively attends Harvest Christian Fellowship where she has served in the children's ministry for over 20 years.

Betsy Rountree, NILD Academic Coach
Mrs. Rountree graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Living Sciences with a minor in History. She later earned her Masters in Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mrs. Rountree is an educational therapist offering help and hope to students needing additional academic or organizational support. She has more than 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher in public, private, and home school settings. Trained and licensed by the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD), Mrs. Rountree believes no student is beyond help. She and her husband and two daughters reside in Mechanisville and are members of New Bethesda Baptist Church.

Maria Toro, Spanish
Senora Toro is a graduate of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador - Quito where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and Georgetown University, where she earned her master’s degree and her Virginia teaching license.   Senora Toro has over 18 years experience as a classroom Spanish teacher and has been recognized for numerous awards:  Laspau, Fulbright Scholarship and Medal of Excellence in teaching, J.B Fisher Elementary School.  Senora Toro and her husband Federico Puma, are active members of Winfree Memorial Baptist Church in Chesterfield County.

Laci Whitlow, High School and Dual Enrollment English

Mrs. Whitlow is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and Liberty University where she received a Masters in English Education.  In 2003, Mrs. Whitlow received the award Henrico County New Teacher of the Year.  In 2009, she received the national award Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  In addition to her classroom experience, Mrs. Whitlow is a certified trainer for The National Math and Science Initiative, an English, Math and Science initiative targeted to transform classroom teaching practices.  Mrs. Whitlow, her husband Chris, and their two children live in Mechanicsville.  They attend Heights Church in the West End.

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