GREENEVILLE ADVENTIST ACADEMY

Our Faculty & Staff

Randy Nomura

Randy Nomura

Position: Principal
Phone: 423-639-2011
Email: Rnomura@gccsda.com

Certifications

Mr. N graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics earning his teaching credentials through La Sierra University and University of Phoenix. He attended Southern Adventist University where he completed his second Master’s degree, this one in Administration/Leadership. He holds a current Professional Certificate with endorsements in Mathematics, Elementary Education, Junior Academy General Science, Junior Academy Religion & an Administrator Certificate in Principal.

Education

Highest Degree: MSEd-Instructional Leadership
Major Field: Mathematics & Education
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University

Biography

Randy Nomura, our principal at GAA for 12 years, brings with him over 30 years of teaching experience from the college level all the way down to pre-Kindergarten where he taught PE. His favorite subject to teach is still PE, but he will also say that about math.

"Mr. N" as the students affectionately call him, enjoys being the Student Association sponsor and spending time with his students on class outings and mission trips. He is most delighted about enriching and expanding our high school program and he highlights Redemption as the great objective of education at GAA and the principal purpose of life.



Angela  Emde

Angela Emde

Position: 11 & 12 Homeroom
Phone: 423-639-2011
Email: aemde@gccsda.com

Certifications

Graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.A. in history and a minor in English. She holds a current Standard Certificate with endorsements in Elementary Education, English, History, and Religion.

Education

Highest Degree: B.A.
Major Field: History and English
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University

Biography

Angela teaches Bible, English, and social studies in the high school. She has 16 years of teaching experience in grades 1-11 and this is her eigth year at G.A.A. Mrs. Emde believes that education should be fun and spiritually impactful, preparing students for eternity. She delights in taking her students on overseas mission trips. In her spare time Mrs. Emde enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.



Philip  Mitchell

Philip Mitchell

Position: 9 & 10 Homeroom
Phone: 423-6349-2011
Email: pmitchell@gccsda.com

Certifications

Graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and holds a Master in Spanish degree from New Mexico State University. He holds a Professional Certificate with endorsements in Elementary Education, Physics, Spanish, Jr. Academy English, Jr. Academy General Science, Jr. Academy Health/PE, Jr. Academy History, Jr. Academy Math, and Jr. Academy Religion.

Education

Highest Degree: Master's
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University

Biography

Philip is the 9th/10th grade homeroom teacher and the high school Spanish teacher. He has 24 years of teaching experience in grades 3-12 and this is his fifth year at G.A.A. Mr. Mitchell enjoys the challenge of discovering how to encourage and support each student’s individual needs in his or her quest for excellence. His approach to teaching is one where students know of their eternal value and therefore desire to excel in the classroom and beyond. Mr. Mitchell enjoys canoeing and biking with his students. In his spare time he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.



Kim Shumaker

Kim Shumaker

Position: 7 & 8 Homeroom
Phone: 423-639-2011
Email: kshumaker@gccsda.com

Certifications

Attended Andrews University, earning a B.S. in elementary education with minors in history and biology and holds a Master in Educational Administration degree from Southern Adventist University. She holds a current Professional Certificate with endorsements in Elementary Education, History, Biology, History, Jr. Academy Religion, and an Administrator Certificate in Principal.

Education

Highest Degree: Master's
Major Field: Education
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University

Biography

Kim teaches a variety of subjects to grades 5-10, with an emphasis on science and social studies. Mrs. Shumaker has 18 years of teaching experience in grades 3-10 and this is her 13th year at G.A.A. Mrs. Shumaker believes education needs to be a meaningful experience and strives to incorporate a variety of learning experiences and activities in classes. In her free time she enjoys gardening and hiking.



Kristine Greene

Kristine Greene

Position: 5 & 6 Homeroom
Phone: 423-639-2011
Email: kgreene@gccsda.com

Certifications

Attended Columbia Union College and graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in History. She holds a Standard Certificate with endorsements in Kindergarten, Elementary Education, Jr. Academy Bible, Jr. Academy History, and Jr. Academy Science.

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor's
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University

Biography

Kristine teaches all subjects except science and social studies. She also teaches language arts to 7th and 8th grades. She has 39 years of teaching experience in grades 1-8 and this is her 32nd year at G.A.A. She enjoys playing P.E. with her students and listening to their stories. Her philosophy of teaching includes nurturing relationships with her students to enhance self-motivation and ownership of their education. In her free time she enjoys walking, reading, music, pets, and spending time with her two daughters.



Caleb Robinson

Caleb Robinson

Position: 3 & 4 Homeroom
Phone: 423-639-2011
Email: crobinson@gccsda.com

Certifications

Caleb graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 2007 from Southern Adventist University and completed his M.S. in Outdoor Education in 2014. Caleb holds a current Professional Certificate with endorsements in Kindergarten, Elementary Education, Jr. Academy Bible, Jr. Academy English, Jr. Academy General Science, and Jr. Academy Social Studies.

Education

Highest Degree: MSED Outdoor Teacher Education
Major Field: Liberal Arts
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University
Year Earned: 2007

Biography

Caleb has 15 years of teaching and this is his second year at GAA.



Laura Wensell

Laura Wensell

Position: 1 & 2 Homeroom
Phone: 423-639=2011
Email: lwensell@gccsda.com

Certifications

Laura graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Education and a minor in Psychology and earned her Master's degree in Elementary Education. Laura holds a Professional Certificate with endorsements in Kindergarten, Elementary Education, Jr. Academy Religion, and Jr. Academy Social Studies.

Education

Highest Degree: MS Elementary Education
Major Field: Education
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University
Year Earned: 2006

Biography

Laura has 18 years of teaching experience in grades pre-K to 2nd and this is her seventh year at G.A.A. Mrs. Wensell wants to share Jesus with her children throughout the entire day. Her goal is to equip her students to be prepared for sharing Jesus with the world. She loves teaching math, playing educational games, and showing her students how to look up Bible verses. She hopes her children can have fun and love school so much they don’t even know they are learning. In her free time she enjoys hiking, collecting children’s books, and spending time with her family.



Kathy Seeley

Kathy Seeley

Position: Kindergarten
Phone: 423-639-2011
Email: kathyseeley@mygaa.org

Certifications

Kathy graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Religion. She holds a current Standard Certificate with endorsements in Kindergarten, Elementary Education, Jr. Academy Health/PE, Jr. Academy History, Jr. Academy Religion, and Jr. Academy Science.

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor's
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University

Biography

Ms. Seeley teaches Kindergarten, Cherub Choir and Cherub Chimes. She has spent her entire 50 year teaching career at G.A.A. with teaching experience in grades K-3. Ms. Seeley believes each child should be provided opportunity to develop naturally and challenged to his or her fullest potential. She enjoys planning field trips for her class and is trained in Forest Kindergarten which is a program that encourages outdoor experiential learning. Miss Seeley likes to provide time for her children to play in the woods and work in their garden. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren.



Anne Andrus

Anne Andrus

Position: Music Director
Phone: 423-639-2011

Certifications

Anne holds a Designated Certificate with an endorsement for Handbells/Choir for grades 7-10.

Biography

This is Miss Anne's eigth year as the Music Director at Greeneville Adventist Academy. Anne is the director for Senior Choir, Advanced Handbells, Octet and Beginner Handbells. She teaches piano and oversees all aspects of the Greeneville Adventist Academy music program.



Marta Wetmore

Marta Wetmore

Position: Music Teacher
Phone: 423-639-2011

Biography

Marta Wetmore is our art teacher for grades 3-8 and also the assistant director for our strings ensemble.



Thomas Cushing

Thomas Cushing

Position: Band Director
Phone: 423-639-2011

Biography

Tom Cushing has been our Band Director for seven years. Coach has a passion for teadching his students how to share the love of Jesus through their talents the Lord has blessed each of them with.



Carmi Emily Lopez

Carmi Emily Lopez

Position: Administrative Assistant
Phone: 423-639-2011
Email: secretary@mygaa.org



Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson

Position: Home & School Leader
Phone: 423-639-2011