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Faculty & Staff

Administration

Paul Gessner

Paul Gessner

Head of School
  • BA in History and Secondary Education - Cardinal Stritch University
  • MS in Educational Leadership - Cardinal Stritch University
Gail Parker

Gail Parker

Associate Head of School, Mathematics Teacher
Gail Parker

Gail Parker

Associate Head of School, Mathematics Teacher
  • BS in Mathematics - Piedmont College
  • M.Ed. in Mathematics Education - University of Georgia
  • EdS in Leadership and Administration - University of Alabama
  • 38 years in Education

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Stephanie Howe

Stephanie Howe

Dean of Student Services, Spanish Teacher
Stephanie Howe

Stephanie Howe

Dean of Student Services, Spanish Teacher
  • BA in French - Miami University
  • BA in Spanish - Miami University
  • M.Ed. in French and Spanish - Ohio State University
  • 13 years in Education

“It is a blessing and an honor to teach at MDCHS where we value not only our specialty areas but also competence, conscience, compassion, confidence, and courage.”

Faculty

Karah Dedrick

Karah Dedrick

Math and Science Teacher
Karah Dedrick

Karah Dedrick

Math and Science Teacher
  • BS in Exercise Science - Emmanuel College
  • GACE certified in Physical Education, Health and Nutrition, Science, and Math
  • at Donovan since 2017

"On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days So that we won’t take anything for granted." Ecclesiastes 7:14

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." C. S. Lewis

Bonnie Best

Bonnie Best

Mathematics Teacher
Bonnie Best

Bonnie Best

Mathematics Teacher
  • AAS in Accounting - Macomb College
  • BA in Secondary Math Education - Mount Mary University
  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction - Mount Mary University
Anna Conti

Anna Conti

Latin Teacher
  • BA in Classical Languages - University of Georgia
  • MA in Classical Languages - University of Georgia
  • at Donovan since 2017

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” - Henry David Thoreau

Joy Craft

Joy Craft

Chorus Teacher
  • MA, Music Education - Georgia State University
  • EdS, Music Education - University of Georgia

“If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant.” -- Galatians 1:10

Nathan Edwards

Nathan Edwards

Chair of the Stream Department, Theology and Social Science Teacher
Nathan Edwards

Nathan Edwards

Chair of the Stream Department, Theology and Social Science Teacher
  • AB and BA – University of Georgia
  • 9 years in Education

“I want to share my knowledge with the next generation and continue to learn in everything that I do. I see my time at MDCHS as one of those experiences and opportunities.”

Karen Harpole

Karen Harpole

English Teacher
  • BA in English Education - Arkansas State University
  • M.Ed in English Education - Arkansas State University

"One of the sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." - Bryant McGill

Ryan Hirano

Ryan Hirano

Technology Coordinator
Ryan Hirano

Ryan Hirano

Technology Coordinator
  • AS in Networking Administration - Athens Technical College
  • at Donovan since 2018
Thomas Hurst

Thomas Hurst

Science Teacher
  • BFA - University of Southern Mississippi
  • MFA - University of Georgia
  • Broad Field Science - Piedmont College
  • 9 years in Education

“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.“ Emma Goldman

Paul Quick

Paul Quick

Professional Development Coordinator, English Teacher
Paul Quick

Paul Quick

Professional Development Coordinator, English Teacher
  • BA in English - Duke University
  • MAT in Secondary English - Certification - Duke University
  • MA - English Literature - University of Georgia
  • PhD - English Literature - University of Georgia

“All serious daring starts from within.” - Eudora Welty

Sandra Reinhardt

Sandra Reinhardt

Science and Math Teacher
Sandra Reinhardt

Sandra Reinhardt

Science and Math Teacher
  • BS in General Science - University of Georgia
  • MS in Secondary Education - University of Georgia
  • 10 years in Education

“Do what you love, and let be what you do, and love what you do...”

Fr. Gregory Tipton

Fr. Gregory Tipton

Theology Teacher and School Chaplain
Fr. Gregory Tipton

Fr. Gregory Tipton

Theology Teacher and School Chaplain
  • BS in Political Science - University of Georgia
  • BA in Philosophy - University of Georgia
  • MS in Divinity - Duke University
  • at Donovan since 2017

“ You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing...There is only one place to start: the place where man's singularity is there for all to see and cannot be called into question, even in a new age in which everything else is in dispute. That singularity is language...” —Walker Percy

Nick Mrvos

Nick Mrvos

Athletic Director
Nick Mrvos

Nick Mrvos

Athletic Director
  • B.S.Ed Social Science Education - University of Georgia
  • M.S.Ed School Leadership - Jacksonville State University
  • MA History - Jacksonville State University

Staff

Regina Blackwell

Regina Blackwell

Bookkeeper
  • BS in Business Administration - Shorter University
  • 18 years of experience

“I enjoy working at MDCHS because of the warm friendly atmosphere. Everyone here brings something special and unique to the school. The smiling faces of the students and the commitment of the faculty and staff really make MDCHS a very special place.”

Haley Brannan

Haley Brannan

Director of Advancement
Haley Brannan

Haley Brannan

Director of Advancement
  • BA in Rhetoric - Georgia College & State University
  • At Donovan since 2018

"Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson

Chris Enghauser

Chris Enghauser

Band Director
  • MM Music Performance - University of Georgia
  • 9th year at Donovan, 28 years as professional musician and educator

“The quality of the education and the quality of the students here at Donovan make it a wonderful place to teach. The students have it made here!”

Ed Rock

Ed Rock

Academic Advisor, School Counselor
Ed Rock

Ed Rock

Academic Advisor, School Counselor
  • BS in Health and Physical Education
  • Doctorate in School Counseling
  • 16 years as a classroom teacher, 24 years as a School Counselor

“Some leaders make the right decisions others make the decision right, some do the right things but others do things right.”

April Higgins

April Higgins

Admissions Coordinator
April Higgins

April Higgins

Admissions Coordinator
  • BA in Biology from University of Georgia

 

Louri Caldwell

Louri Caldwell

Administrative Assistant
Louri Caldwell

Louri Caldwell

Administrative Assistant
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