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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

Cindy S. Culley
Director of Admissions

Brian Bassett

Emily Bingham
Social Studies

Michael Bradner

Bruce Brown
Facilities Coordinator

Christina Burner
Development Coordinator

Robyn S. Carson
Director of Extended Day Program

Eric Carter
Instructional Assistant

Catherine Chop

Christy Dietrich
Staff Accountant

Marissa Downs
IEP/IAP Liaison

Miranda Gerhard

Amy Goodfellow
History – Upper School

Lauren Gwaley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Scott Hamilton

Amanda Kerns, M.Ed
IEP/IAP Liaison

Angela Harper
Lower School

Edna Heinig 

Emily Knapp
Lindamood-Bell Reading

John S. Latham
English – Upper School

Kathy M. Llewellyn

Kasey Massengale
Technology Assistant

Lauren Pastore
History and Science

Roy Peters, CPA
Director of Finance & Operations

Amber Plumb
Lower School

Lindsay Lane Robinson
Director of Development

David Rosko

Sarah Shugart

Joy Snyder

Mario Thornton
Instructional Assistant

Jenna Wallace

Jessica West
Dean of Instruction and IEP/IAP Liaison

Katie White
Lindamood Bell Reading

LaTonya Clark
Career Academy – Instructional Assistant

Sarabeth Creamer
Career Academy – Business Technology and Materials Handling Teacher

Nancy Creecy
Career Academy – Case Manager

Tricia Doria, LVT
Career Academy – Veterinary Assistant Teacher

Jon Goodman
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


Cindy S. Culley
Director of Admissions



Lindsay Lane Robinson
Director of Development

Christina Burner
Development Coordinator



Roy Peters, CPA
Director of Finance & Operations

Christy Dietrich
Staff Accountant



Lauren Gwaley
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

  • Ben Winters, Chair
  • Lemuel Doss III,  Vice-Chair
  • Lile Benaicha, Secretary
  • Nancy Volante, Treasurer
  • Dr. Richard L Bennett, Jr.
  • William Charlet
  • Christopher H. Daly
  • Tracey Deal
  • F. Robert Hershey “Rob”
  • J. Russell Parker III
  • Jennifer Quindoza
  • Vicki Warren
  • Tyler Whitley
  • Annie Witthoefft
  • John Wyatt
  • Suzanne Yount