Core Academic Teachers

Amy Bleach , High School Technology
ableach@grace-school.net

Mrs. Bleach is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned both her undergraduate in English and Master's in Teaching. She spent the last 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.


Susan Cole, High School Social Studies
scole@grace-school.net

Ms. Cole received her undergraduate degrees in Secondary Education and Bible from Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee. She earned her Master's of Art in Education from Johnson as well. Ms. Cole completed her internship teaching in two public middle schools in Tennessee and a private Christian school in Tao Baja, Puerto Rico. Virginia-raised and educated, Ms. Cole is excited to be teaching HS History in her third year at GCS. Outside the classroom, Ms. Cole enjoys playing soccer, reading anything and everything, and meeting new people. Living in Richmond City, Ms. Cole is an active member of Area 10 Faith Community.


Amy Harrison, Middle School Language Arts
aharrison@grace-school.net

Mrs. Harrison is a graduate of Longwood College. She has over 15 years teaching experience, most recently spending 13 years 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
bhogue@grace-school.net
Mrs. Hogue is a recent graduate of Liberty University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences and her Virginia Teacher Licensure. She completed her student teaching internship in Civics and Economics at Stonewall Jackson Middle School and later became a long-term substitute in Louisa County. 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, are active members at Hanover Evangelical Friends Church.


Ginger Jamara, High School Mathematics & Technology
gjamara@grace-school.net

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 sixth 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
sjenkins@grace-school.net

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 22 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.


Amy Martin, High School Bible and Earth Science
amartin@grace-school.net
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 12 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.


Laci Whitlow, High School Language Arts
lwhitlow@grace-school.net
Mrs. Whitlow is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelor of Arts 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 Laying the Foundations National Trainer, a math and science initiative targeted to transform classroom teaching practices.  Mrs. Whitlow, her husband Chris, and their two children live in Mechanicsville.  They are members of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

 

Elective and Fine Arts Teachers

Kathleen T. Holmes, Art Teacher
Kholmes@grace-school.net
Mrs. Holmes is a lifelong resident of Hanover County. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In addition to experience in teaching children and adults, Mrs. Holmes is a commissioned artist.  Mrs. Holmes and her husband Gary and have two sons, Zachary and Jaeden. They are active members of Calvary Chapel Church in Mechanicsville.

Maria Toro, Spanish
mtoro@grace-school.net
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 14 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.

Brian Shay, Physical Education
pe@grace-school.net

Coach Shay is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Marygrove College with a Master’s degree in The Art of Teaching. He also completed his Administrative Degree from the University of Dayton. Coach Shay spent over twenty years in Ohio as a classroom teacher, coach, athletic director and an administrative leader.

In 2010, he was called to leave the education field behind and travel north to Wisconsin to work at Rawhide, a Christian boys’ ranch for troubled teens. After one year, God lead him to Virginia where he spent two years as middle school math teacher in Henrico County Public Schools.

Coach Shay is ardent about seeing people of all ages growing in their relationship with the Lord, experiencing a heart transformation and applying God’s principles to their lives. His personal motto is, “it’s not just about knowing, it is about DOING. It’s not enough to know the will of the Father, it is about living it.” Coach Shay, his wife Angela, and their daughter Ainsley, are members of Fairmount Christian Church.


 

Athletic Director and Coaches

Laci Whitlow
Athletic Director and High School Cheerleading Coach
lwhitlow@grace-school.net

Mrs. Whitlow is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelor of Arts 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 Laying the Foundations National Trainer, a math and science initiative targeted to transform classroom teaching practices.  Mrs. Whitlow, her husband Chris, and their two children live in Mechanicsville.  They are members of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.


Gerry Greene II
Middle School Boys' Basketball Coach

Coach Greene is a graduate of West Point High School, where he played on the Varsity Basketball Team.  While there he was named 2006 Defensive MVP and was awarded a spot in the 2006 Norlan Shrine All Star game as a member of the Tidewater District All Star Team.  He currently attends Living Waters Church in Dutton, Va with his wife Cody and son Grady.  He is an active participant in the Praise and Worship team, playing drums and bass.



Mary Catherine Piland
Middle School Girls Cheerleading Coach

Mrs. Piland is a lifelong resident of Hanover County. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Teaching Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also completed the course work for a Gifted and Talented Endorsement from the University of Virginia.
Before starting her family, she was a classroom teacher with Hanover County Public Schools. Mrs. Piland is a former cheerleader and gymnast with many years of experience. In her free time she enjoys physical fitness, singing, musicals, fishing, baking, and watching college basketball. She and her husband have two children. Mrs. Piland is a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Virginia.


Angie Vaughn
Middle School and High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach

Mrs. Vaughan is a lifelong resident of Hanover County.  She studied at VCU in the Arts program, and recently received an Associate's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Vaughan has been a substitute teacher for Liberty Christian School for several years, and has been a substitute teacher for Grace Christian School since November 2013.  She and her husband, Phil, have three children, Nick, Nathan, and Alyssa.  Mrs. Vaughan and her family are active members at Gethsemane Church of Christ, where she sings on the praise team and in the choir. She is passionate about volleyball and is thankful for the opportunity to coach the girls' volleyball teams. Her hobbies are gardening, singing, drawing, painting, and reading.



Administrative Staff

Tanya Conti
Administrative Assistant

Tanya Conti 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, Ms. Conti returned to Liberty Christian where she served as the school's administrative assistant until 2016. Born and raised in King William County, Ms. Conti enjoys spending her free time outside working in her garden and writing poetry. Ms. Conti and her two sons, Cody and Cooper, have been lifelong members of Bruington Baptist Church in King and Queen County.




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