7th-8th Grade Teacher, Latin, Music(Choir and Strings): Mr. Reuben Jansen
Reuben Jansen received his Bachelor of Arts from New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. Since graduating, he has taught in classical schools and as a private tutor. While teaching, he developed a Latin curriculum which, now in its first year of publication as Picta Dicta Latin Primer, is used by multiple ACCS schools across the country. Reuben began playing the cello at age nine and was blessed by nearly a decade of private lessons with notable cellists like Joel Stobbe and Ian Hampton. Reuben and his wife Annie have three children and live in West End, North Carolina.
4th-5th Grade Teacher: Mrs. Daina Cannon
Daina Cannon has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kennesaw State University. She is certified by the states of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina to teach English Literature grades 9-12 and Spanish grades K-12.
Daina taught high school English and Spanish classes at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, GA for 10 years and received the Eagle Award for the teacher of the year chosen by the graduating Senior class in 2005. She also taught high school Spanish at Kell High School in Atlanta, GA and taught both Spanish and English to grades 5-10 at Rivers Academy in Alpharetta, GA.
She has been married to her sweet husband for 28 years and has two daughters: Clarice is 26 and Holly is 25. She also has two grandkitties.
Daina considers the past six months at Covenant Prep to be the capstone to her teaching career due to the focus and passion of the staff and families in raising and educating the students in the way God intended. She is grateful to be a part of this unique institution.
3rd Grade Teacher: Mr. Joshua Marx
2ndGrade Teacher: Mrs. Cathy Marx
Cathy Crowell-Marx grew up in Wilmington, Ohio. She received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Biblical studies from Milligan College. In her early career, she worked in the social work and mental health fields. She has homeschooled her children and taught 3rdgrade and physical education at a Classical Christian school. For the last three years she has worked at Sandhills Presbyterian Church as the Pastoral secretary.
Her main claim to fame, though, has been that of a wife and stay at home Mother to her five children. She was married to the late LTC Michael Crowell and was a military spouse for seventeen years. She later married Roger Marx, in 2006, and God created a beautiful Brady bunch union. Her children are Hannah Fuqua (24), Son-in-law William (25), Jacob Crowell (22), Micah Crowell (19), Joshua Marx (19) and Samuel Marx (18). The high light of her year was becoming a Grandmother for the first time to precious baby, Michael. She considers her relationship with Christ the main focus of her life.
1st Grade Teacher: Mrs. Rachel Gilliam
Rachel GillIam is a mother of 7 who has loved and been involved with classical education through tutoring, homeschooling, and supplementing her own children’s education for the past 12 years using classical curriculum. She holds a Bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Providence in Great Falls, MT and a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH. She enjoys reading, gardening, crocheting animals, going on nature hikes, and taking pictures in her spare time. She lives in Aberdeen with her husband of 22 years, their 7 children, 5 cats, 15 chickens, and one dog.
Kindergarten Teacher: Mrs. Dana Skogen
Dana Skogen is the wife of Rev. Kevin D. Skogen of Sandhills Presbyterian Church. They have been married for 35 years. Mrs. Skogen is the mother of 6 grown married children and 16 grandchildren. Mrs. Skogen homeschooled all her children for various lengths of time, and the two youngest all the way through high school. She also started Classical Beginnings, a Classical Christian Grammar School on Lookout Mountain, Georgia in 2005. Under Mrs. Skogen’s leadership, the school grew from Kindergarten through sixth grade before Mrs. Skogen moved to the Sandhills in 2009. Classical Beginnings continues to serve families today. Dana served on the board of Sandhills Classical Christian School for four years before diving back into teaching when Covenant Preparatory School opened its doors. Mrs. Skogen is the longest-serving faculty member having taught from the school’s inception.
PreK Teacher, Art Teacher, Administrator: Mrs. Brittany Portnoy
Brittany Portnoy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Liberty University. She has been working with children, in various capacities, for the past 15 years through Early Intervention programs, Mother’s Morning Out, and as a Pre-K teacher. She is actively involved in her church, enjoys teaching, and spending time with her husband and their four children.