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Transformation that comes from passion and commitment

At Northstar Academy, we recruit excellent teachers who love children and have a passion for what they do.  Northstar teachers are trained in intensive academic remediation instruction and embrace and appreciate our diverse student body. No matter what difficulties our students face, Northstar teachers recognize their unique gifts and focus on challenging them to pursue their aspirations. Our teachers actively participate in continuing education and professional development opportunities so that your child’s educational needs are addressed with the most up-to-date methods. They go to extraordinary lengths to imagine and implement effective strategies to unlock each student’s potential. Our teachers bring passion, energy and vision to the Northstar experience every day.

Among our highly qualified faculty, you will find:

  • Master’s Degrees in Education
  • Master’s Degrees in Special Education
  • Post-Master’s work, including work toward a Doctorate Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degrees with Content or Special Education Certifications


Crystal Trent

Head of School

Wanda Ramsey

Assistant Head of School

Holly Peele

Career Academy Director

Catie Huennekens

Career Academy
Assistant Director

Click on sections below to view Academic Campus Staff, Career Academy Staff, Administrative Staff, and Board of Directors

Susan Amos
School Nurse

Kristi Barsby
IEP/IAP Liaison

Brian Bassett

Emily Bingham
Social Studies

Michael Bradner

Eric Carter
Instructional Assistant

Catherine Chop

Marissa Downs
IEP/IAP Liaison

Miranda Gerhard
Director of Admissions

Amy Goodfellow
History – Upper School

Jon Goodman
Facilities Coordinator

Scott Hamilton

Angela Harper
Lower School

Edna Heinig 

Emily Knapp
Lindamood-Bell Reading

John S. Latham
English – Upper School

Maggie Latimer
Development Manager

Kathy M. Llewellyn

Kasey Massengale
Technology Assistant

Elijah Moore

Aaron Morris
Technology Teacher

Elizabeth Mullin
IEP/IAP Liaison

Roy Peters, CPA
Director of Finance & Operations

Amber Plumb
Lower School

Darian Plumb

Kira Rhorer

David Rosko

Joy Snyder

Mario Thornton
Instructional Assistant

Katie White
Lindamood Bell Reading

LaTonya Clark
Career Academy – Instructional Assistant

Sarabeth Creamer
Career Academy – Business Technology and Materials Handling Teacher

Tricia Doria, LVT
Career Academy – Veterinary Assistant Teacher

Timothy Gochenour
Career Academy – Construction & Maintenance Teacher

Catherine K. Huennekens
Career Academy – Assistant Director

Andrew Melton
Career Academy — Materials Handling Teacher

Holly Peele
Director of Northstar Career Academy


Miranda Gerhard
Director of Admissions



Lindsay Lane Robinson
Director of Development

Maggie Latimer
Development Manager

Katie Lewis
Development Operations Manager



Roy Peters, CPA
Director of Finance & Operations

Christy Dietrich
Staff Accountant



Chelsea Vrabel
Marketing Coordinator

  • Lemuel Doss III, Chair
  • Richard L. Bennett, Jr., MD, Vice-Chair
  • Jennifer Quindoza, CPA, CGMA, Secretary
  • Nancy Volante, Treasurer
  • Martha Branch
  • William Charlet
  • John E. Corey
  • Christopher H. Daly
  • Tracey Deal, MD
  • Spencer Garrett
  • F. Robertson Hershey
  • W. Michael Walker
  • Pierce Walmsley
  • Tyler Whitley
  • Brent Winn
  • Suzanne Yount