Our Teachers

 

    Deirdre Mumpower

High School English Teacher (grades 9 & 12)

Junior High Writing Workshop

9th Grade Girls Bible

Deirdre.mumpower@arborbrook.org

Deirdre received BA from King University (Bristol, TN) with a major in English Literature.  She taught at a private Christian school in Huntersville, NC from 2000-2005.  After having children of her own, she stepped out of full time teaching but continued with private tutoring as well as teaching American Literature for a tutorial center.   Deirdre’s family recently relocated from the Lake Norman area as her husband, Adam, began his ministry as Pastor of Church of the Redeemer.
     
     
    Kristy Miro

Junior High Spanish Teacher

9th,10th Grade Spanish

Kristy.miro@arborbrook.org

Kristy has a Master of Science in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Florida. She has most recently taught High School English at Florida Christian School. Kristy also has extensive experience in youth ministry and outreach. She is fluent in Spanish and looks forward to sharing this knowledge with our Junior High and High School students.
     
     
     
DSC_0453    Stacie McIntosh

High School English Teacher

(grades 10 & 11)

Student Council

Stacie.mcintosh@arborbrook.org

Stacie has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Florida International University. Her teaching experience includes multi-ethnic elementary classrooms in Miami, Florida and Papua New Guinea. She has homeschooled her four children for the past 11 years, as well as volunteering in both middle and high school youth groups, including a middle school girls Bible study and a high school guys’ study. She is a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and a proud supporter of and co-laborer with her husband who is serving in the JAARS Maritime Department. She served in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators teaching in an International School, volunteering in a school for the disabled, and living in and sharing the love of Jesus to a multi-cultural community. She loves adventure, travel, hot coffee, and the written word.
     
     
     Jennifer Isenhour

Band & Music Teacher

Jennifer.isenhour@arborbrook.org

Jennifer Isenhour earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Appalachian State University as a recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship, and received her Masters Degree in Wind Conducting from Winthrop University, where she studied with Dr. Bill Malambri. For the past five years, Jennifer served as a band director at Bryant Middle School in Bryant, Arkansas where the band program totals more than 500 students, consistently placing members in area honor bands and earning superior ratings at concert band assessments. Jennifer was also an active member of First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, singing in the sanctuary choir and leading the Preschool Children’s Choir. Before moving to Arkansas, Jennifer founded the band program at Marvin Ridge Middle School in Waxhaw, NC. Her bands went on to receive superior ratings in Grades II, III, and IV at Music Performance Assessment and at local concert festivals.  Members of the MRMS band were well represented at the county, district and state level honor bands. She was the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year for Marvin Ridge Middle School and also a recipient of the Encore Award from NC chapter of ASBDA. Jennifer served on the SCDBA board as middle school representative and as co-chair of the All-District Band Auditions.
Jennifer is a certified Level I Creative Motion instructor and serves as historian for the Creative Motion Alliance. She is active as a clinician and adjudicator and resides in Fort Mill, SC with her husband, Justin, and their two sons, Owen and William.
     
     
    Meg Spear

Nature Study Teacher

High School Home Economics

Meg.spear@arborbrook.org

 

Meg Spear is married to Matt, and is mother to seven children including one Arborbrook graduate and four current students. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, with a major in journalism and minor in English. Before children, Meg worked in the Public Relations offices at Queens University and at Ronald Blue and Company. Throughout the past 18 years, she has homeschooled different combinations of her children and has taught co-op and Sunday School classes in the Charlotte area. Thoroughly amazed by the beauty that surrounds us, and so thankful for the opportunity Arborbrook provides students to weekly experience nature in a meaningful way, Meg enjoys learning and working alongside students to study creation and know more deeply its Creator.
     
     
DSC_0496    Melody Shearer

High School History Teacher (World, US I, Civics/Econ)

Melody.shearer@arborbrook.org

Melody is a native Charlottean, growing up in the Matthews/ Mint Hill area.  She is a graduate of Columbia College with a bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Christian Theology.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in education.  She has been in education for 10 years and has taught 4th grade, Middle School and the majority of her teaching experience has been in High School.  Melody has a passion for history and young people. This is evident through her work in youth ministry, children’s ministry and currently as her church’s Nursery Coordinator.  She loves sharing Christ with children of all ages! She is married to a man who shares her passion for reaching children as he is the Children’s Pastor at the church they attend.  They have two beautiful girls: one in college studying early elementary education and a bubbly bouncing 9 year old!  She also loves her family, friends, Panthers football, and volleyball.
     
     
    Jeri Zangmeister

High School History II Teacher

HS Girls (11th Grade) Bible Teacher

Bible Dept. Chair

Jeri.zangmeister@arborbrook.org

Jeri has a BA in Communications from the Ohio State University. She moved to Charlotte from Ohio more than 10 years ago for her husband to attend Southern Evangelical Seminary. While at the seminary, Jeri earned a Certificate of Women’s Ministry and taught classes to students and student’s wives for this certificate program for several years. She has three children (two of whom are graduates of Arborbrook and one who will be a junior at Arborbrook this fall) whom she also homeschooled for a few years. Her family has been at Arborbrook since the first year the school started. Jeri loves history and teaching and has a passion for carrying the faith to the next generation!
     
     
    Jim Zangmeister

High School Worldview Teacher

Jim.zangmeister@arborbrook.org

 

Jim studied at Wittenberg University, The Ohio State University School of Allied Medicine, The Columbus College of Art and Design, The Vienna Institute for European Studies, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. After being a commercial artist and animator for 30 years, he talked his lovely, organized, talented and highly motivated wife, Jeri, into starting their own video production company called “Zang!” They collaborate with Christian ministries to provide an articulate, intelligent voice for biblical Christianity in the public arena. When he’s not basking in the glow of his computer monitor, he loves playing squash, sipping Caribou coffee, and strumming his six-string.
     
     
     
DSC_0428    Jean Wood

High School Science Teacher

Jean.wood@arborbrook.org

Jean has taught science and mathematics for over 18 years and has served schools in The United States, Belgium, and South Korea.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Genetics from The University of Western Ontario and a master’s degree in Educational Administration.  She uses investigations in the science classroom to enhance her students’ learning experience.  Throughout her career, Jean has served as AP Coordinator, IB Examiner in Biology, and Curriculum Subject Chair for Mathematics.  Jean enjoys sports such as basketball, tennis, and hiking.
     
     
    Robyn Kimball

High School Math Teacher

Sign Language

Robyn.kimball@arborbrook.org

Robyn has dedicated herself to teaching high school students through diverse and creative experiences; something she learned while serving on the mission field in Belize, Central America. Finishing high school in two and half years, she returned to the states to obtain her degree in Accounting; however, while serving as program director for Camp Adventure summer youth camp, she quickly realized that her love of math was best expressed through teaching. Always searching for creative ways to both encourage a desire for learning and open eyes to practical application, she has embraced the Charlotte Mason philosophy. In addition to her 20 years of teaching all levels of high school math, she has been involved with yearbook, student council, volleyball, cheerleading, SAT prep, sign language, and community outreach. You will often find her collaborating with students to plan prom night, chauffeuring class trips, and attending sporting events to cheer on her students. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC to be close to her family.
     
     
 DSC_0503   Chad Meers

High School Spanish Teacher

Worship Assembly Director

Chad.meers@arborbrook.org

Chad has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky.  He served six years in Guatemala as a missionary where he was involved in various forms of ministry including discipleship programs, sports outreach, medical missions, and the construction of homes and churches.  He has extensive classroom experience teaching English, Spanish, and physical education overseas and in the United States.  Chad enjoys spending time with his wife Kacie, traveling, film, music, the outdoors, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats. He is also a worship leader.
     
     
     Lindsay Mangas

High School Algebra I

Chemistry

Lindsay.mangas@arborbrook.org

Info coming soon
     
     
DSC_0537    Mary Lou Scott

Substitute Coordinator

Junior High Assistant

Specials Teacher

Marylou.scott@arborbrook.org

Mary Lou is a graduate of the Master’s College in Santa Clarita California with a minor in Bible and a major in Communications. Before children, she worked for Sunshine Day Care and in the Admissions Department of the Masters College.

She has been married for 23 years to Brian Scott and has three daughters; the eldest Tiffany is a graduate of Arborbrook High School and a graduate of Charleston Southern University working as a graphic designer. Melissa and Jennifer are graduates of Arborbrook.

     
     
DSC_0568    Missy Trent

Junior Seminar Teacher

Guidance Counselor

Missy.trent@arborbrook.org

Missy graduated from NC State with a B.A. in Public Relations and Communications. She has been an elementary school teacher at three different schools including Arborbrook. She homeschooled until she discovered the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy and enrolled her two daughters at Arborbrook, both of whom are now graduates. In addition to teaching first grade, Missy has also served as an administrative assistant and electives coordinator at Arborbrook. Missy loves interacting with students and encouraging them to pursue their goals and dreams. Missy has been married to Jimmy for more than 20 years and loves reading, hiking, walking, serving in church, flower gardening, and going on missions trips. She loves to have fun, take short weekend trips, and explore new places.
     
     
    Mary Beekman

Art Teacher (K-6, HS)

JH Inspirational Studies Teacher

Mary.beekman@arborbrook.org

Since childhood, Mary was interested in art but chose Foreign Missions as her major at Moody Bible Institute.  She later studied art at the University of Texas.  Missions and art have been intertwined since.  Mary with her pilot husband, Tom, served 22 years in Indonesia and they currently serve with JAARS/Wycliffe Bible Translators.  While in Indonesia she illustrated reading primers, taught K through 12 art at Hillcrest International School and developed Sunday School curriculum for their Indonesian church, which she continues to do.  Mary and Tom’s five children were both homeschooled and attended the International School.  Mary has a love for art and enjoys watercolor and oil painting but most of all she has a passion to teach art to children.
     
     
    Michelle Ganson

Technology Teacher

Michelle.ganson@arborbrook.org

Michelle is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Before starting her own business in 2012, Michelle worked for Bank of America as a Vice President and Senior Vice President in their marketing and e-commerce divisions. She has extensive experience learning and implementing new technology for real world purposes. This experience will serve her well as she teaches students how to effectively use the technology that is all around them. Michelle has four children, three who will start at Arborbrook in the fall.
     
     
IMG_7405 (1)    Wade Grimes

High School Advanced Tech

Wade.grimes@arborbrook.org

Wade Grimes, a cyborg living in augmented reality, is a tech nerd disguised as a responsible adult.  For the past 20 years he has been deep undercover, working with servers, networks, data centers, phone systems, printers, tablets, smart devices, security, internets, and sometimes end users.  He has a degree in English from Asbury University, and upon realizing that he would actually need to get a job and pay the rent, also ended up with Microsoft, VMware, RedHat, and Citrix certifications.  His dad showed him how to use a computer and a modem to contact the library when he was in elementary school, and his mom gave him the opportunity a few years later to bring online his first network at a small Christian school in Six Mile South Carolina.  Believe it or not, he is married (Jen Grimes–sans pareil), has 3 kids (Sarah, Molly, Elliot–all awesome), and has a stable day job as the director of IT for a financial company in Matthews.
     
     
DSC_0461    Andrea Robson

HS Culinary Arts Teacher

Andrea.robson@arborbrook.org

As a writer for a recipe blog, Andrea has learned the importance of communication within the community.  Through her work, she has taught cooking classes to children of all ages, with the local YMCA, and at Arborbrook Christian Academy.  The social media world has intertwined with her work, which led to the contribution of time to local TV news stations and an external magazine providing cooking ideas.  All of her creative passions, both writing, and cooking, are credited to the many years shared with her grandmother. Andrea has gone to the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on music study.  She has three daughters, Hannah and Ella, who attend Arborbrook, and Cara (just born this summer!) Her husband Jim travels all over the east coast with a career in health employee software sales.
     
     
    Jeannine Miner

High School Photography

Jeannine.miner@arborbrook.org

Info Coming Soon
     
     
     Blair Burke

High School Boy’s Bible

Blair.burke@arborbrook.org

Blair graduated from Georgia Southern University in broadcast documentary and is currently working on his Masters in Christian Thought from Gordon Conwell seminary.  Blair served 10 years in Campus Outreach and 14 years in business in construction waterproofing. He owns his own company and is married to his beautiful wife, Stacy, has three amazing kids, two of which attend Arborbrook.
     
     
DSC_0533    Jim Hughes

P.E./Health

Jim.hughes@arborbrook.org

Jim and his family first came to Charlotte as missionaries with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club. Jim had spent the previous 15 years, first as a student, then as a coach and the Associate Athletic Director of Taylor University-Ft Wayne. Jim and Renee’s connection with Arborbrook began as parents of Mariah and Erica, both graduates of Arborbrook. Jim soon began coaching and teaching as an Arborbrook staff member. As an ordained minister with a men’s and family ministry Jim, along with Renee, are honored to join the Arborbrook community in its passion to prepare the next generation of Christ followers.
     
     
     Cody Carson

High School Elective – Web Design

Cody.carson@arborbrook.org

 Info Coming Soon
     
     
IMG_1864_MrTyson    Scott Tyson

Athletic Director

Scott.tyson@arborbrook.org

Scott played baseball at Northwood University in Michigan, and then moved to Lansing, Michigan and began working as a youth volunteer at Trinity Church where he felt God’s call to enter ministry as a vocation. In the fall of 2000, he returned to school at Spring Arbor University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministries. He was studying to become a youth pastor but changed to sports ministry and then moved to Charlotte, NC and began working as the CHAMP Sports Director at Calvary Church where he remained until 2007. Scott then started Legacy Sports through Southbrook Church, a sports ministry that seeks “to integrate sports fundamentals with life principles and Biblical truths.” Legacy Sports is now a non-profit community sports program with a ministry focus that is partnered with multiple local churches and schools in the Union County area. Aside from continuing to grow Legacy Sports, Scott also has a heart to see more churches embrace sports as a necessary and viable outreach ministry.   Scott and his wife Janna were married in 2001 and currently have 4 children.