Lower School Faculty



An educator for the past 25 years, Cheryl is now serving her sixth year at Freedom and teaches our K3 class. She holds a B.S., an M.S., and an Ed.S. degree and is the mother to four children.  She is a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church in Mascot, Tennessee, and has served in the children’s department and at special events.  

JC Gardner

After graduating from Johnson Bible College with a B.S. degree in interdisciplinary studies and an M.A. in holistic education, JC joined our faculty and is now in her fifth year if teaching K4 at FCA. She serves as our volleyball coach. She and her husband, Richard, are members of Cornerstone Christian Church, where JC serves in children’s church and the nursery. Their son, Malachi, is a 1st grade student at Freedom; their daughter, Macie, is a K3 student, and their youngest son, Maverick, is a student in our Infant/Toddler Center.


After graduating from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in elementary education, Brittney joined our faculty as fifth grade teacher, where she served for five years.  This is her third year teaching kindergarten (K5). She serves as a yearbook sponsor at Freedom, and she works in Sunday School outreach and with the youth at her church, Fairview Baptist.  Brittney and her husband, Max, have a one-year-old son, Blaine Lucas.  

A graduate of Johnson Bible College (now Johnson University), Samantha holds a B.S. and M.A. in holistic education and is a recipient of the 2011 WBIR Tennessee Educator of the Week honor.   She has taught at Freedom for eleven years.  Samantha and her husband, Doug, have two children at Freedom; Caleb is in eighth grade and Hannah is in third. They are active members of West Towne Christian Church, where Samantha serves as a high school youth sponsor and is an active member of the media and worship team..


JoAnn earned a B.S. from Carson Newman College, has served in Christian schools for 19 years, and has taught at Freedom for twelve years. She has two daughters, Andrea, a student at Central High School, and Lydia, who is in 6th grade at Freedom. JoAnn enjoys serving in the Fusion Bible Fellowship class at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, and she leads the “sticks” worship ministry at Freedom.


Lauren, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, holds a Bachelor of Science in human ecology and Mater of Science in child and family studies with an Early Childhood Education concentration.  She and her husband, Josh, are members of Sevier Heights Baptist Church, where they serve in children’s ministry.  Their three children are students at Freedom:  Joel is a fourth grader, Judah is a first grader, and Lyla is a K4 student.


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