Laura Grace Alexander has been teaching tenth grade English literature at The Geneva School since 2010. However, her involvement with the school dates back to its establishment in 1992 when she served as a founding board member. Since then she has worn many hats, including board of governors member (1992–2009), vice-chairman of the board (2005–07), headmistress (1997–98), and director of development (2011–12). Her true love, however, is teaching and mentoring young people.
Through the years, Laura Grace’s academic pursuits have involved an inter-disciplinary interest, incorporating literature, history, and theology. She earned a BA in English Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983 and taught secondary English for several years, as well as coached girls varsity basketball and track, in Polk County (FL). She also holds an MA in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary and pursued doctoral work in modern history at the University of Oxford (Christ Church) in Oxford, England.
Her professional and personal pursuits, though, have extended well beyond the classroom. Before coming to Geneva, Laura Grace served as vice president of development and executive director of the great teacher program for Ligonier Ministries, as a member of the board of directors of Mars Hill Audio, as a trustee of the Greater Orlando Leadership Foundation, and as a board member of Atlantic Blue Group, LLC, a real estate management company here in central Florida. In her spare time, Laura Grace enthusiastically cheers on the Florida Gators during football season and the North Carolina Tarheels during basketball season. She is an avid quail and turkey hunter and loves to catch ever-elusive lobsters in the Florida Keys.
Emily Allen joined the sixth grade team as an aide in 2018. She graduated from Wheaton College with both her BA and MA in Christian Education. Emily focused her studies on adolescence and how to help young people grow to be whole and effective Christians. After graduating, Emily worked at a crisis pregnancy center for five years where she was the director of abstinence education. She oversaw a team that taught the message of abstinence to school classes and youth groups all over the Chicago suburbs. She also spent her time at the crisis pregnancy center, counseling young women and their families through their time of crisis.
Emily and her husband Michael have two boys at Geneva: Jackson ’28 and Will ’32. Their family enjoys playing and listening to music, as well as playing and watching sports in their free time. They attend NewCity Orlando, where Emily is involved in the childrens ministry.
Aly Alwinson graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007 with a BS in Nursing. She worked in the medical, surgical, and neuro ICU at Orlando Regional Medical Center for over five years. Feeling a call to educate and care for patients in primary and preventive medicine, Aly went back to UCF for her master’s degree in nursing. She then worked as a nurse practitioner for almost three years at a family practice office in the Orlando area. In 2019, continuing her call to care for and educate others on health and wellness, she joined the Geneva team as grammar school school nurse.
Aly is married to her husband Joel and is the proud mother of three: Maggie (class of ’32), Molly, and Wyatt. She enjoys all things outdoors. Although raising three young children keeps her very busy, she likes to exercise, bike, and cook. She is always up for fun and adventure to stay active and healthy, and, of course, tire out her children.
Jeffrey Andre joined the sixth-grade team in 2013 and is currently the team leader. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from the University of Florida. Jeffrey has previously taught second, third, and fifth grades for Alachua, Palm Beach, and Orange County Public Schools. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. Jeffrey is passionate about his calling as a teacher and desires his students to grow in charity and virtue.
Jeffrey and his family worship at Orlando Grace Church where he was married in 2014. Jeffrey occasionally teaches adult Sunday school classes to equip the saints. He also serves on the board of the Christian Study Center of Gainesville where Christian thought and academic discourse intersect.
Jeffrey and his wife Colleen live in Winter Park and they are thrilled to be new parents. In their leisure, they enjoy traveling, playing board games, and eating good food.
Janet Andreasen is a part-time faculty member at TGS teaching Algebra II. She is also an associate lecturer of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is the coordinator of secondary education and works with prospective and practicing mathematics teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Andreasen’s research interests include examining mathematical knowledge for teaching and using technology to foster student learning of mathematical concepts. Prior to joining the faculty at UCF, Dr. Andreasen was a high school mathematics teacher.
Dr. Andreasen has published books, book chapters, and articles in state and national publications as well as conducted professional presentations throughout the United States. She is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Dr. Andreasen received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami (FL) and both a master’s degree in mathematics education and a PhD in education, mathematics education from the University of Central Florida. Her dissertation focused upon the ways prospective elementary school teachers come to understand whole number concepts and operations in meaningful ways for teaching through the use of classroom norms and explanations and justifications in a mathematics course for teachers.
Science Teacher / Guardian of the Upper School Houses
Robbie Andreasen joined the Geneva faculty in 2007 and teaches Biology (ninth grade) and Anatomy & Physiology (twelfth grade). Robbie has a contagious passion to study the intersection of faith and science and his students have come to expect a challenging, active classroom characterized by their teacher’s love and enthusiasm for learning. This is also true when he teaches Sunday School or gives a children’s homily at his church.
He is also very excited to be partnering with Lisa Hines to lead and grow the house system by training the students to take on leadership roles and build community within the upper school.
Robbie received a BS in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami and an MA in Bioethics from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was the upper school recipient of the 2013 Paideia Award for Teaching, an award that recognizes excellence in teaching.
Robbie and his wife Janet (a math education professor at the University of Central Florida) have two children—both students at TGS. In his spare time, he enjoys challenging himself through activities such as jiu-jitsu and training for and participating in Tough Mudder.
Carol Andrews has been teaching science to grammar school students at The Geneva School since 2008. For the six years prior, she taught science at Geneva Academy in DeLand, FL a sister Christian classical school. Carol has also homeschooled for four years. A nutrition science graduate of the University of Georgia, she loves to assist students to explore the wonders of creation in her science class.
Carol and her husband, Bill, live in DeLand where Bill is a business school professor at Stetson University. They have three daughters and two grandsons. Carol’s commitment to this model of education, and to The Geneva School in particular, is exemplified by the one-hour commute she makes each morning to TGS from her home in DeLand!
Carol enjoys traveling overseas, cooking for her family, learning anything about the history of space exploration, and hanging out on summer mornings at the beach with her husband and a good book.
Carol’s teaching philosophy is beautifully summed up in a quotation from a talk made by her pastor’s wife, Connie Kirk, entitled “Redeeming Beauty.” She says, “The Scriptures teach us that the beauty of the physical world is something we should attend to, look at, listen to, and receive. Why? Because the physical world was created from the nature of God, with the intention of revealing himself and for that reason it is good and beautiful. It is full of intrinsic meaning, and we can take true delight in it and strength from it.” Carol’s hope and prayer is that her students will grow to honor their Creator and Lord more deeply because of the study of science!
Chaplain and Director of Student Formation / Bible Teacher 321-422-0208
Dr. Mike Beates joined the Geneva faculty in January 2008 and became dean of students in June 2011. Having taught in the areas of ancient history and Bible, he currently teaches New Testament Survey to eighth graders. Mike has degrees from Clemson University (BA), Biblical Theological Seminary (MDiv and STM), and Reformed Theological Seminary (DMin). He taught at the college and graduate levels for many years at RTS Orlando, Belhaven University and Florida Southern College (both also Orlando campuses) and Reformation Bible College in Sanford.
Mike has served on the international board of directors for Joni and Friends: the disability outreach ministry of Joni Eareckson Tada, and has authored a book entitled Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace (Crossway, 2012). In his spare time, he enjoys reading Tolkien, Lewis, and old classic novels, as well as a dabbling interest in numismatics, particularly American nickels, half dollars, Morgan silver dollars, and British thruppenny bits (threepence coins). He and his wife Mary have eight children in their 20s and 30s, two grandchild, one dog, and a couple of grand-dogs.
PE Teacher / Assistant Athletic Director / Youth Sports Coordinator / Director of Volleyball 321-422-0216
Hollie Benjumea graduated summa cum laude from Charleston Southern University with a BS in history and education and a minor in French. She has served as head volleyball coach and grammar school PE teacher since 2006, and youth sports coordinator since 2012. Hollie played four years of Division I volleyball and was ranked as a leading middle blocker in the Big South Conference. She was named conference player of the week in 2002 and to the Big South All-Academic Team in 2001 and 2002. She also received several accolades from Charleston Southern including Volleyball Student Athlete of the Year 2001, History Student of the Year 2003, and French Student of the Year in 2002. In 2017 Hollie completed her health coaching certification through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and is certified to work with families and expecting mothers.
The volleyball program at TGS has earned ten district championships under Hollie’s leadership and finished as regional runners up in 2007, 2008, 2014, and 2015. The team was regional champions in 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2013 it finished in the final four of the FHSAA state tournament and in 2016 and 2017 was state runners up. The program clenched the state title in 2018 making it the first in school history to earn a state title. Hollie started the Geneva sand volleyball program in 2017. In 2019, the sand volleyball team finished fifth in the state in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference under the leadership of her husband Jackson Benjumea.
Hollie is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and started playing amateur/professional beach volleyball in 2008. She is also a member of Florida Athletic Coaches Association, is certified in K–12 Physical Education, and a member of America Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. In 2013, Hollie was the grammar school recipient of the Paideia Award for Teaching, an award that recognizes excellence in teaching. She is passionate about health and fitness and helping others live a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys participating in a variety of sports and activities. She is married to Jackson Benjumea and they have a daughter Cassia and a son Caden.
Jackson Benjumea has served as the head beach volleyball coach at Geneva since the inception of the program in 2017. He began his beach career in Miami where he trained with Gaston Macau. Jackson played in several AVP qualifiers and has played in the professional east coast circuit since 2000. Jackson played with and against several professional beach players such as Phil Dalhauser, Nick Lucena, Steve Grotowski, and Hudson Bates. He has a passion for teaching the sport and volunteered as the UCF men’s club coach in 2015. He has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds to help them grow in the fundamentals and knowledge of the game. Coach Benjumea continues to play locally with tours such as Volleyamerica and Dig The Beach, and is excited about growing the game at the high school level.
Jackson works as a physical therapy assistant at Florida Hospital and is married to Geneva’s head volleyball coach Hollie Benjumea. Hollie and Jackson have a daughter, Cassia, born December 2015.
Ruth Bingham graduated from The King’s College with a degree in Christian education and has been teaching both in and out of the classroom since she herself was a child. She has fond memories of gathering her neighborhood friends, passing out papers, pencils, and books, and playing school. If friends had other plans, her many stuffed animals patiently allowed her to refine her skills. Stories have always captured her imagination, and taken her on many adventures. She continues to have a passion for reading and finds great pleasure in inviting young people to explore the exciting world of books, and in leading and guiding them as they develop a life-long love of reading.
Ruth has worn many hats at The Geneva School since joining the faculty in 2002. She spent one year as an aide, three years teaching third grade, and then took time away from the classroom to home school her daughter and teach kindergarten and first grade at Circle Christian School. An opening for a teacher in K4 brought Ruth back to The Geneva School in 2010. After two years teaching K4, and two more years as a second grade teacher, Ruth returned back to third grade in 2014, where she now gives leadership to the third grade team.
Ruth and her husband George married in 1982 and have two daughters, Jenna and Emily. She is an avid dog lover who enjoys relaxing at the beach, getting up early to watch the cardinals dine at her backyard bird feeder, sipping Earl Grey tea while reading a good book on a rainy day, and playing her grandmother’s violin.
Melissa Blyth joined the staff of The Geneva School in the fall of 2013. She is so thankful for Geneva and the experience that the school has given her son Jack (Class of 2018) and Natalie (Class of 2020).
Melissa earned an AA in Religion and Sociology from North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Canada. Born and raised in Canada, Melissa and her husband Brad moved to the US to continue their education and ended up staying. They moved to the Orlando area in 2011 and are still enjoying all the unexpected surprises of Florida (like black bears in their backyard).
Melissa loves teaching private piano, ukulele and voice lessons. She ministers alongside her husband and leads worship at Westside Community Church in Apopka. In her spare time, she enjoys running, photography, spending time with friends, family, and her yellow lab, Mack.
Shelly Bradon teaches Art II through Art AP, as well as art to grammar and dialectic students. She earned a BFA from the Mississippi University for Women, and an MFA from UCF, which has led to her work being exhibited in shows around the southeast united states, as well as Munich, Germany. Before joining the faculty of Geneva, Shelly worked in the public sector as a graphic designer and was an adjunct professor in the computer graphics department at Valencia Community College. She is actively involved in sidewalk chalkart festivals and has taught at TGS in either a part time or full time capacity since 2003.
Julie Brielmaier says that working with young children keeps her young at heart. It also helps her to remember what the important things are in life. She has desired to be a teacher since she was nine years old and was inspired by her fourth grade teacher to find the joy and wonder in learning. Many years later, Julie still loves to learn new things and enjoys the opportunity to help her students become life-long learners.
Julie graduated from Florida State University with a degree in early childhood education. Upon graduating she and her husband Joel moved to Winter Park to begin their public school teaching careers. Julie taught first grade and kindergarten prior to starting a family and staying home with her two children. When she returned to the classroom, Julie spent four years teaching preschool and joined The Geneva School faculty in 2011. During her years at TGS, Julie has enjoyed the opportunity of teaching multiple grades, including K4, kindergarten, and first grade.
Julie and her husband Joel have been married since 1999 and have two children, a daughter Jordan and a son Jake. Julie and her family love animals. They have given many needy pets a home and currently have two dogs, and three cats. Julie’s children love to play sports and she delights in watching and supporting them and their teams. Julie also enjoys trips to the beach, playing board games, going to the movies, and a good cup of coffee.
Dr. Grant Brodrecht has been teaching at Geneva since 2006. He currently teaches US History and American Social Thought and Experience, having previously taught Western Civilization II and developed and directed the Geneva Capstone Senior Thesis program.
He holds MA and PhD degrees in American History from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied under George Marsden and was a Pew Younger Scholar; while there, he also served as assistant to the director of graduate studies in the history department. In addition, Grant earned an MA in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he was a President’s Scholar. Prior to that he earned a BA from the University of Northern Iowa, double majoring in History and Philosophy.
Grant’s areas of interest are in political, intellectual, and religious history. In addition to teaching at Geneva, he has taught courses at the University of Notre Dame, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Belhaven University. He is the author of Our Country: Northern Evangelicals and the Union during the Civil War Era, which was published as part of Fordham University Press’ series, “The North’s Civil War,” and he has written book reviews for the Florida Historical Quarterly, The History Teacher, The Journal of Southern History, and Civil War History. Furthermore, he has spoken at the Organization of American Historians’ annual meeting and at the Conference on Faith and History.
Grant also served twenty years as an electronics technician in the US Navy and Navy Reserve and was named Sailor of the Year once and Sailor of the Quarter on two occasions. Furthermore, Grant has held numerous odd jobs over the years: he has worked as a convenience store clerk, sorted letters for the US Post Office, assembled and repaired electronics equipment, filled department store catalog orders, and worked in management for United Parcel Service.
Finally, he has been a passionate fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, and Bears since the early 1970s and still loves to play hockey in his spare time. The husband of Kelli and the father of five children, Grant loves Florida summers, enjoys an occasional India Pale Ale, and is a member at St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral.
Kelli Brodrecht teaches Ancient Near East History (7th grade) and Greco-Roman History (8th grade), and also assists with Junior Classical League. She began teaching at Geneva in 2009: fourth grade for three years and the team lead in sixth grade for six years. Kelli earned a bachelor’s in elementary education with a minor in history from the University of Northern Iowa and taught in Iowa and Massachusetts before team-teaching in a classical home school group in South Bend, Indiana. She came to Geneva in 2006 and worked in a variety of positions before taking a classroom teaching role. Kelli was the grammar school recipient of The Geneva School 2014 Paideia Award, an award that recognizes excellence in teaching.
Kelli and her husband Grant (who teaches history and government to TGS rhetoric students) have five children – Sarah ’13, Eli ’14, Ethan ’16, Thomas ’18, and Jarrett will graduate in 2021. The family is actively involved in their church (St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral), where Kelli and three of her children sing in the Cathedral Choir. In the summer Kelli enjoys frequent trips to the beach with her family and the chance to read a good book or two.
Heidi Bruno joined The Geneva School’s administration team in May 2019 as its chief business officer. Prior to joining Geneva, Heidi worked in the financial industry where she provided lending and investment solutions to companies and individuals. Most recently she was the controller for a not-for-profit church development fund.
Heidi graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a double major in finance and management. She later pursued a masters in accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Heidi is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and the American Accounting Association.
Heidi and her husband, Anthony, have two sons, both of whom attend Geneva. The Bruno family enjoys bringing textbooks to life by traveling to destinations learned about during the school year. They worship at University Carillon United Methodist Church and enjoy beach vacations and attending sporting events.
If there is one thing Leonore Chamberlain enjoys doing, it is teaching and guiding children and youth in and outside of school.
Leonore was born and raised in Germany and moved to the United States in 2006. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Central Florida in 2011 and is certified in ESOL, reading, and biology. After teaching in Orlando for two years, followed by five years at the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, Leonore joined the second grade teaching team at Geneva in 2019. She is thrilled to be a Geneva Knight, alongside her husband, Shrell (Coach C), and daughter, Elani (’31).
Leonore and her family attend Action Church in Orlando where she is involved in the children’s ministry. Having previously fostered several children, she has a passion for working with foster children and mentoring and serving at-risk kids. In her free time, Leonore enjoys spending time with her family and her Yorkshire terrier. She also loves to travel, learn about different cultures, play the piano, exercise, and live a healthy lifestyle.
PE Teacher / Basketball Program Coordinator 321-422-0214
Shrell Chamberlain teaches physical education and is the director of basketball operations at Geneva. He came to Geneva in 2015 after spending seven years teaching in both public and private schools in Orange and Volusia counties. Prior to Geneva, he taught history and career connections at a private school that focuses on social and emotional learning and missional outreach to the community. He is passionate about coaching basketball and has over ten years of experience coaching at the high school level.
Shrell earned his bachelor’s degree at Florida Southern College where he majored in sociology with a physical education/religion focus. His wife Leonore is also a teacher at Geneva and loves working with children both in the classroom and in ministry. They have a daughter Elani Grace (’31) and a Yorkie named Layla. As a family they enjoy missional ministries, working with troubled children, and traveling to Germany where Leonore’s family resides.
Matt Clark teaches upper school studio art as well a classes on Central Florida natural history. Outside of the studio he can be found visiting various classes giving talks on art history, a subject that he spends an inordinate amount of time studying. He has a strong interest in 2D art—primarily in drawing, watercolor, and printmaking. He can often be found working furiously on his artist’s books. Matt has a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Central Florida and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Florida. Much of his work can be seen online at www.Stlukesattic.com or on Instagram @stlukesattic.
In addition to his artistic interests, Matt and his family of nine (wife and seven children) keep an unreasonable number of chickens and ducks; they are eagerly pursuing the expansion of their urban agrarian lifestyle.
Sarah Cloke’s passion for Christian classical education was sparked in 1996 when she and her husband were searching out schooling options for their second grade son. A friend introduced them to Geneva, and from then on they were hooked.
After volunteering as a parent for many years, Sarah joined the TGS team as an employee in 2003. She taught Algebra I for a year and then transitioned to working in both the areas of operations and communications. In 2012 she joined the advancement team putting her organizational and technical skills to work. As the communications coordinator, Sarah plays a pivotal role in producing printed pieces such as The Courier and the Philanthropy Report, maintaining The Geneva School website, and managing the school’s many calendars. She also plays a major role in all the events organized by the advancement team such as the SALT Serveathon and the annual auction.
Sarah earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from City University, London. She came to the United States in 1992 with her husband Gordon and two small children. Two more children and 20+ years later, the Cloke family stayed in America in large measure so that their children would benefit from a Geneva education. All four of their children are Geneva graduates (Alex ’06, Fran ’08, Lily ’13, and Moira ‘15).
Sarah and her husband Gordon (who is a TGS board member) are active members at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Orlando. They are now officially empty nesters, but are thrilled that their granddaughter Abella ’30 is now a second generation Geneva student.
Leigh An Coplin joined the team at the early childhood campus as a kindergarten aide in 2018. After subbing at the ECC since 2014, she delights in being there on a regular basis.
Leigh An graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University with a BA in Journalism. She worked at several newspapers as a reporter and a page designer. Her career came to a halt when she and her husband Erik started their family, and he was gone for months at a time for long overseas deployments. Erik’s navy career took them from Hawaii to Guam, and then to Virginia where he retired. Family and sunshine drew them to Central Florida in 2012 where he started a home inspection business.
Daughters Gracie ’23 and Allie ’26 have thrived at Geneva in the supportive Christian environment. Most of Leigh An’s time is consumed by running the household, but in her free time she enjoys sketching, painting, and hanging out with her family and their three puppies.
Tam Costar began serving in an interim capacity as director of admission in August 2018. Tam and her husband Chuck have been Geneva parents since their oldest child started kindergarten in 2007. She has also served as an enthusiastic member of the board of governors since 2014. She is very engaged with the parent community, having four active children at the school: Emily ’20, Kate ’22, Caroline ’26, and Baker ’27.
Tam earned her undergraduate degree from Tulane University in 1989 and completed the executive MBA program at the Crummer School at Rollins College graduating in 1999. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over twenty-two years in a variety of roles with both Merck and Boston Scientific, and most recently Amgen.
Tam and her family attend First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and live in Winter Park.
Sarah Davenport teaches as part of the fifth grade team at The Geneva School. She attended a Christian classical school as a student, and since then has found a deep love for learning. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 2017 with a BS in Elementary Education (endorsements in reading and ESOL) and a minor in history. Sarah completed her first year of teaching as a second grade teacher at Christ Classical Academy, a Christian classical school in Tallahassee, FL. Since moving to Orlando in 2018, she has been pursuing her passion for teaching as part of The Geneva School community.
Sarah enjoys reading, baking, spending time with family, and learning all she can about history.
Katie Deatherage has served on The Geneva School’s advancement team since the fall of 2010 and currently serves as the director of advancement. She brings to the position a wealth of fundraising experience having served as a development officer at Rollins College for seven years. While at Rollins, Katie’s work focused on three distinct areas of development: Rollins’ annual fund, athletic fundraising, and major gift solicitation. Additionally, she has augmented her practical fundraising with significant coursework through C.A.S.E. (Council for the Advancement and Support for Education) and Indiana Univeristy’s School of Philanthropy.
Katie holds a BA in English Literature from Furman University in Greenville, SC, where she continues to serve as a class agent, providing volunteer solicitation work for the school’s annual fund. Katie and her husband Clay have two children: Mary Boyce (TGS class of 2024) and Ellie Closs (a very-much-in-the-future Geneva student).
Nick DeGroot has been part of the TGS faculty since 2008. He teaches the language and literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans in the rhetoric school and leads Geneva’s chapter of the Junior Classical League (JCL). He earned his MA in Greek & Latin literature from the Florida State University, where he came to love especially Homer and Vergil. Prior to his time at FSU he earned his BA at Milligan College in east Tennessee. Outside of school he enjoys spending time at the beach with his family, reading the Classics, and dabbling in woodworking and mechanical work.
Bob has enjoyed a lifetime in baseball as both a player and a coach. He played at Palm Beach Atlantic University and won the team’s “Rookie of the Year” award, and also played at the College of Boca Raton. Bob has played in and managed a national semi-professional team and led them to the league’s World Series several times.
Bob came to Geneva in 2014 and brought with him many years of coaching experience at the high school level. He coached at The Master’s Academy for ten years, seven years as the head varsity baseball coach leading the team to a district championship and several regional appearances. Bob also coached at Orangewood Christian School where he led the team to a district championship, regional championship, and eventually to the State championship game. Most recently, Bob was an assistant coach at The First Academy. Aside from his high school coaching, Bob has also coached various levels of AAU/travel ball teams. During his coaching career, Bob has coached several players who have enjoyed collegiate careers at the NCAA D1 level including several who have played in the College World Series. He has also coached players who are currently playing at different levels of the MLB’s minor league.
Bob and his wife Janie have been married since 1988 and they have four children: Bobby, Joey, Tony, and Tiffany.
Photography Teacher / Grammar School Phootographer
As a class of 2006 alumna of The Geneva School, Alison Epps was thrilled to return to Geneva in 2018, teaching Photography II at her alma mater. Alison’s love and passion for photography began at Geneva when she was a student of long-time teacher Kellie Harding. After graduating from TGS, she went on to earn a degree in photographic technology from Southeast Center for Photographic Studies before launching her own photography business. She concentrates mainly on photographing weddings and families, with the occasional commercial photography gig.
Although she loves traveling the globe in search of more beauty to photograph, Alison’s favorite spot is sitting on a porch with her husband Brett and two children, William and Hadley June. They are some of her favorite subjects to document as they grow.
Alison enjoys teaching Photography II and working with students to bring their art to the next level, preparing them for the exciting challenges to come.