Introducing New Faculty Members
for the 2020–2021 school year
After a hiatus of five years (teaching in Uganda, Tennessee, and Hawaii), Mary Chris Rowe returns to the community of faith and learning at TGS in 2020 as a part of the fourth grade team. Mary Chris has welcomed students into her classroom for over twenty years. She delights in coming alongside families in the spiritual nurture of their children and treasures getting to know each student individually. Observing the transformation as students develop necessary skills and discover new interests fascinates her. Playing games and making music are favorite ways of teaching critical thinking skills, creating happy memories, and building a culture of belonging.
A native Floridian, Mary Chris grew up in a Christian home where music and reading played an integral part of family, church, and community life. She graduated from Florida State University in 1991 and joined The Geneva School faculty as a second grade teacher in 2004. Over the next eleven years, she taught piano lessons, led fun summer camps, and occasionally performed with the school orchestra. Mary Chris was the grammar school recipient of The Geneva School Paideia Award in 2012, its inaugural year.
She is active in Bible Study Fellowship and enjoys going to the beach with her family.
Erin Goranson joins the upper school math faculty in 2020. She began her teaching career in 2007 at Boone High School in Orlando, teaching algebra and geometry. Since 2010, when her first daughter was born, Erin has been an algebra teacher with the Florida Virtual School, allowing her to stay home and raise her family. She is delighted to be back in the classroom instilling her love of mathematics in her students.
Erin received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tampa and, after discovering a passion for mathematics, went on to earn a master’s degree in secondary mathematics education. As a certified math instructor, she has helped teach at homeschool co-ops and tutored many students over the years.
Erin and her husband, Glenn, grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, and moved to Orlando in 2005. They have four beautiful children, Madison (class of 2028), Sarah (class of 2030), Liam (class of 2032) and Katherine (future class of 2035). They are both very passionate about classical education and have been an active part of the Geneva community since Madison enrolled in K4. Erin and her family love camping, going to the beach, and spending time in the mountains of North Carolina during the summer. They are members of One Church Markham Woods in Longwood where Erin and Glenn teach/volunteer with the preschool-aged children.
Ryan Fraser is joining the upper school faculty this fall as a history and rhetoric & Christian thought teacher. He grew up in Central Florida and is very excited to settle back in the area with his wife, Heidi, and their son, Ezra (2). For the past several years, they have been involved in Bible translation work, which kept them frequently on the move, both domestically and internationally. Ryan attended the University of South Florida, where he graduated with a BA in Classics. He went on to earn master’s degrees in Biblical Studies (Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando) and Applied Linguistics (Dallas International University). Following his studies, Ryan’s work focused on the biblical languages—teaching them at the college and seminary levels and implementing them in Bible translation. For as long as he can remember, he has been utterly fascinated by different languages and cultures, together with the history that both shapes and is shaped by them. He looks forward to exploring these and other subjects with students from a distinctively Christian perspective. Ryan loves spending time with his family. He also enjoys reading, studying languages, cooking (and eating), and playing guitar. He and his wife are members of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Orlando.
Jamie Dudreck is thrilled to join the kindergarten team at The Geneva School this coming fall. Since she was five years old, Jamie has known that she wanted to teach kindergarten. She loves to teach young children about God’s beautiful world and is always excited to see her students learn. Jamie earned her BA in Elementary Education from The Master’s University and her MA in Teaching in Elementary Education from National Louis University. She previously taught kindergarten at Naperville Christian Academy, a Christian classical school in the suburbs of Chicago. Jamie, her husband, Matt, and their two children, Hannah (7) and Andrew (3), moved to Winter Park in June 2019 from the Philadelphia area so that Matt could begin his current position as associate professor of New Testament at Reformation Bible College in Sanford. Hannah began attending Geneva as a first grader in the fall of 2019. Jamie and her family are members of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford. Born and raised a proud native Texan, Jamie has lived in several major cities throughout the United States and so enjoys traveling to visit her family and friends. In her typical spare time, Jamie loves to cook, practice her calligraphy, and work on other various art and craft projects. Now that she and her family are local, she also loves to spend time with them visiting Walt Disney World.
Leslie Coggins will be joining the lower school faculty teaching fifth grade. She brings a broad range of experience in a variety of school settings in Florida, Kentucky, and Georgia. Her most rewarding teaching experience was helping to start The Habersham School, a classical academy in Savannah, Georgia. While there, she taught literature, history, and theology in fifth through seventh grade and later served as the dean of the lower school. Most recently, she has been working as an exceptional student education support facilitator in the Volusia County school system. She is excited to return to the classroom in a classical setting. Leslie was born in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up in Volusia County. She graduated from Stetson University with a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. While at Stetson, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Leslie has three grown children: Emily, Allie, and Chase, and a soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Sammie. She loves to travel and has taken students on trips to Washington DC and Europe. She also enjoys reading, playing Scrabble, going to the beach, and cheering for the Florida State Seminoles! Leslie lives in DeLand and is a member of Christ Community Church in Daytona Beach.
Joseph Tipton is actually returning to The Geneva School after spending two years in Idaho. Although the Pacific Northwest proved to be full of blessings for Joseph and his family, they simply missed the mission, the people, and the caliber of education that is found at The Geneva School too much to stay gone for very long. After teaching Latin at Campbell University in North Carolina, Joseph resumed his studies and earned his PhD in Greek and Latin Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also did a good bit of teaching. After teaching at UMass Boston and Winthrop University in South Carolina, Joseph felt God was directing him to teach his subjects in an expressly Christian context. This resulted in two wonderful years at The Geneva School (2016–2018) and in another two years at New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho. Joseph will be teaching upper school Greek and Latin. He has a deep passion for Greco-Roman antiquity, both in its own right as well as for the ways the classical heritage has in countless periods of Western history influenced successive generations of Christian thinkers, writers, teachers, and students, the Christian classical movement being the latest example of this influence. Joseph is active as a translator, having worked on Chrysostom and Vermigli as well as currently working on the Dutch theologian Gisbertus Voetius. He presents and publishes in the field of Reformation literature and offers periodic workshops on teaching Greek and Latin in the modern classroom. Joseph has been married to his college sweetheart, Michelle, for twenty years. Nearly two years ago they celebrated the birth of their first and only son, whom they named Watts because of their shared love for the poet/hymn-writer Isaac Watts. Joseph spends his downtime either enjoying long walks with his family, teaching Wattsy a little Greek, or reading There’s a Wocket in My Pocket to him what seems like twenty times in a row. Both Joseph and Michelle are thrilled to be returning to Florida and the TGS community!
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Colby Painter comes to The Geneva School after having taught humanities, history, literature, composition, logic, and physical education in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He will be teaching history and rhetoric & Christian thought in the upper school. Colby graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he majored in history in the college’s honors program and minored in Christian tradition and thought and classical humanities. As part of his honors program, he spent his junior year studying in the UK at Homerton College, Cambridge University. Colby went on to graduate from Westminster Seminary California (MDiv) and complete a pastoral internship at Faith Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Elmer, New Jersey. Before he started teaching, Colby provided long-term pulpit supply at Park Woods Presbyterian Church and Strasburg Union Church and also spent three years working with state welfare programs for the Missouri Family Support Division. Colby is licensed to preach in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and continues to preach and teach in churches regularly. In his free time, Colby enjoys reading, watching football, watching movies, playing video games, choral singing, and building computers. As a choral singer, Colby has traveled all around the world with choirs since high school. While in seminary, he founded and directed the Westminster Seminary Chorale, and most recently he co-founded and co-directed the Winter Park Christian Church Choir, in Winter Park, Colorado. In addition, this past Christmas, Colby performed “But Thou didst not leave his soul in hell” as part of the Mountain Messiah Choir in Granby, Colorado. Colby’s greatest ambition is to someday win the prestigious First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.
Jennifer Coggins joins the Geneva faculty this fall. She is relocating with her family back to Florida after living in Charlotte, NC, for the past ten years. Jennifer grew up in Florida and graduated from Stetson University in 1995 with a degree in business management. After homeschooling her children for two years, she realized God was leading her to a future in education. In Charlotte, Jennifer has served as a part of the faculty of Covenant Day School for nine years. She began her career working as a teaching assistant while earning her Master of Arts in Education from Wingate University. She has been an elementary school teacher for four years. During her time at CDS, Jennifer has served as a member of the Social Studies Curriculum Cabinet and the Math Curriculum Outcomes Team. She was a designated representative at the Lucy Calkins Units of Study Institute at The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York in 2019. Jennifer was also privileged to serve as an education advisor through The Christian and Missionary Alliance at the Middle East Field Forum in 2017 (Greece) and 2019 (Austria) where she assisted missionary families and their children with academic testing and advising. Jennifer and her husband, Lonnie, have three children: Madeline, who is a rising senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University; Olivia, who will be an incoming freshman at Palm Beach Atlantic University; and Landon, who will be joining The Geneva School as a junior. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, cooking, and singing.
Before journeying to the land of alligators and palm trees, Sarah Crofutt grew up in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by pine trees, her parents, and two sisters. After finishing high school at a Christian classical school, Sarah knew she wanted to be a lifelong learner. The Lord graciously fulfilled her desire. In 2012, she moved to Florida to attend Reformation Bible College in Sanford. Sarah served on the student events team and co-led the weekly student fellowship group throughout her four years of study before graduating cum laude with a BA in Theological Studies in 2016. During this time, Sarah also served on staff at her PCA church as the children’s ministry director, a job that continued to shape her love for teaching. After juggling this position and teaching part-time for two years, Sarah finally began teaching full-time in 2017. She has been blessed to teach Latin, rhetoric, ancient and Medieval literature, and musical theater at a Christian classical school in Ormond Beach, Florida, and is delighted to begin teaching seventh and eighth grade English at TGS this fall! Sarah’s greatest desire as a teacher is to pass on her love for literature: the beauty of its various genres and styles, the truth in the way it captures reality, and the goodness of our sovereign God on every page. Sarah will strive to pass on that love of literature in each and every class. After their wedding in June 2019, Sarah and her husband, Nathaniel, moved to Oviedo where Nathaniel is pursuing his MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary. Amidst his studies, he always has time to discuss literature and lesson plans with Sarah. They are both members at Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Oviedo, where they serve in youth ministry. With great excitement, they are adding a golden retriever puppy to their family in June and plan to name him Odysseus (“Ody” for short). Sarah loves her family, the ocean, The Great British Bake Off, musical theater, swing dancing, frozen yogurt, Shakespeare, popcorn, and sitting on her porch with a cup of tea and a good book of poetry.
Shannon Chambley is excited to join the kindergarten teaching team at The Geneva School. As the oldest of five, she believes God’s call to work with young children came early in life. She earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Central Florida and began her teaching career with Seminole County Public Schools. Most recently, she served as the program administrator at First Years Preschool and Kindergarten, Oviedo, where she had the opportunity to impact hundreds of children and families with the love of Jesus and a high-quality early education. She was honored to represent faith-based providers on the board of the Early Learning Coalition and to visit preschool and kindergarten programs internationally to offer training. She is a contributing author to Distinctively Christian: A Christ-Centered Approach to Early Childhood Philosophy and Principles which will soon be released by Wheaton Press. Shannon is married to her husband, Mike, and together they have three children—Sarah, Will, and Kensey—and one granddaughter. Her son is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps, and she proudly wears the title of “Marine Mom.” Her best weekends are spent cheering for her youngest on the volleyball court and attending East Coast Believers Church. When she can carve out time for herself, she enjoys reading, running, and sitting on the beach.
Ruthie Andreacchi is enthusiastic, dedicated, and fun loving! She joins the TGS first grade team in 2020 with six years of prior teaching experience. Ruthie was born in New York and moved to Florida during high school, attending Altamonte Christian School. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2008 and is state certified with an English for speakers of other languages endorsement.
Ruthie taught at Choices in Learning Elementary Charter School for six years, three years in kindergarten and three years in second grade. During her time teaching kindergarten, Ruthie was able to incite a love for learning in her young students and support them as they transitioned into their first experience of school. From there, Ruthie made the jump to teaching second grade and was given the position of team lead. While leading her team and mentoring first-year teachers, Ruthie was also involved in the teacher mentorship program at UCF. Each semester, she welcomed interns into her classroom and found a passion for helping new teachers grow and thrive. While teaching and bringing out the best in students is always Ruthie’s top priority, mentoring others to be the best teachers they can be has become a close second. Ruthie is dedicated to being a lifelong learner, just as she inspires her students to be. She is always looking to strengthen her teaching abilities and is currently working towards earning her K-12 reading endorsement.
Ruthie and her husband, Doug, live in Oviedo with their two beautiful children, Anthony (TGS Class of ’29) and Giuliana (TGS Class of ’31). Together their family attends Oviedo City Church where Ruthie is active in the children’s ministry teaching Sunday school and attending the grade school small group. In her spare time, Ruthie enjoys tending to her succulent garden, crafting, and painting with friends.
Stephanie Orndorff joins the upper school science faculty in 2020 and teaches physical science and chemistry. She returned to her hometown of Maitland in 2018 with her husband, Eric, and their three children, Sophie, Jackson, and Carson. Eric, a native of Pennsylvania, and Stephanie have spent most of their twenty years of marriage living in Pennsylvania, although they met while both attending the University of Florida. When they returned to Central Florida, they enrolled their children in The Geneva School.
Stephanie received her BS and MS in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation from the University of Florida and the University of Maine. She spent over fifteen years working on science and conservation projects for The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society, and the Chesapeake Bay Program. When her oldest child was ready for school, she discovered and began pursuing a Christian classical education for her family. She was a tutor for Classical Conversations of Harrisburg and then helped start one of the first Schole Groups in the US, also in Harrisburg. Stephanie also taught a course in geographic information systems at Harrisburg University, aided the science department at Covenant Christian Academy, and taught science labs at the Whitaker Science Center in Harrisburg. When a new job opportunity for Eric took them to a rural part of Pennsylvania, she started and directed a new Schole Group in Williamsport.
Since moving to Florida, Stephanie has been a project development manager for a utility-scale solar developer. She is thrilled to be back in the classroom teaching science at The Geneva School where all the rich connections between history, literature, science, and the arts are intertwined in a beautiful manner that brings glory to God. Stephanie has a passion for teaching her students to love learning while introducing and advancing them in the sciences in a fun and hands-on manner.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys hiking, paddling, bird watching, vegetable gardening, and just spending time outdoors with her family and two dogs. The entire family loves hiking on the Appalachian Trail and has made a goal to hike the entire length of it together (in sections). She also spends time learning about healthy lifestyles and natural medicine. Their family attends Grace Church, Orlando.