Academy Faculty & Staff
Mrs. Johnson, principal
Betsy Johnson graduated from the Institute of Global Outreach Developments International in the spring of 2008 with a Missiology degree emphasizing in Education. Since that time she has continued to pursue a Masters Degree in Missiology. Betsy, her husband Michael, and their four children have recently returned from a six-month development effort in El Salvador. Betsy spent a lot of her time teaching the local high school’s English class as well as volunteering in the local kindergarten class. Betsy is eager to provide a quality education and a positive learning experience to all students who attend The Academy for G.O.D.
Jason Roufs is the Director of Education for Global Outreach Developments Int'l and Physical Health teacher at The Academy for G.O.D. Jason grew up with an active lifestyle in sports; he played soccer, baseball, football, tennis, basketball. He rode bikes, skateboards, walked balance beams, jumped on trampolines, as well as many other activities. He learned the importance of physical health, balance and coordination over the course of his youth, participating in formal athletic activities. Jason went to Azusa Pacific University and graduated with a Bachelors in Education. After college, Jason was a semi-professional, award-winning soccer athlete. Jason’s hope is to instill in young people the importance of caring for their body through an active lifestyle and proper diet. Kids will inevitably be active because of their energy, but Jason’s goal is to teach them the basic principles on how to be safe and healthy in participating in those activities.
Robert C. Muñoz is an experienced teacher of health sciences. Robert graduated in 1999 from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in biology and is currently finishing a masters degree in Public Health. Robert serves The Academy for G.O.D. as the Anatomy & Physiology teacher and homeroom teacher.
Skylar Aaseby has been working as a systems administrator and web programmer since 2002. Before that he had served as a middle school teacher in Charlotte, NC. He also has education and experience in the field of electrical engineering as well as electronics. He believes in passing on his skill to the next generation in hopes that they will make technology work for them, in the technological world they are growing up in.
As the school's lead administrator, Mrs. Sherrod works closely with Headmaster Garner and Principal Johnson, as well as the other teachers and parents to ensure that The Academy for G.O.D. functions smoothly and efficiently. Alison Sherrod, her husband Tim, and their children live in Old Hickory, TN and have been serving with the organization of G.O.D. International for the past 10 years. School administration and curriculum development is a need that Alison has witnessed around the world and specifically in South East Asia where she and Tim contribute as vocational development workers.
Mr. B. Galford
Brandon Galford has a Biblical Studies degree from The Institute for Global Outreach Developments Int’l. He has been married for eight years and has four children. Brandon has been studying Biblical Hebrew since 2006 and has experience teaching it at the college level, as well as to children. He is passionate about helping students establish a firm biblical foundation, which will guide them in making good, ethical decisions throughout their lives.
Rachel Nowlin has been educating children stateside and abroad for the past 7 years. Her Biblical Studies degree has trained her to incorporate Biblical values into everything she teaches. Rachel's focus is on early childhood education though she has experience teaching through middle school in various cultural settings. She desires to see all children receive excellent education so they can reach their full potential and positively impact the world around them.
Mr. Garner, headmaster
Gregg Garner is the Founder & Headmaster of The Academy for G.O.D. He teaches Ethics, Music and Bible classes to all levels of students. He has over 15 years of experience teaching in the classroom from the elementary level to the graduate collegiate level. He's really great with the kids, and is really smart.
Joel Olson is the Building Fundamentals teacher at The Academy for G.O.D. Joel's experience with building and design has developed over the past decade. He graduated from Bethel College in 2003 with a bachelors degree in Finance and Art. Joel has an interest in sustainable development and has been implementing his skills both at G.O.D. Int’l headquarters in Nashville, as well as in the Philippines, where he and his family serves. Joel’s creative approach to teaching students to think through the complexities of providing adequate housing and living environments for people around the world is an invigorating challenge for students to partake in!
Mr. M. Davis
Michael Davis is the Problem Solving teacher at The Academy for G.O.D. Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Logistics and Transportation. Michael is also the Director of Resource Management for G.O.D. International. Problem solving is a daily task that Michael engages in, and is looking forward to breaking down and teaching the skills he’s learned over the few decades to students.
Stefanie Price is a homeroom teacher for the 6-7 year old students. After graduating with a B.S in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Health from MTSU, Stefanie enrolled in the Biblical Studies and Community Development Work programs at the Institute for G.O.D. She is currently working on completing the dual program. She has always had a heart for working with children and youth which is most recently seen in her involvement as a lead tutor in C.A.S.E. (a local literacy based after-school program), coaching soccer at a local middle school, and assisting with teaching in a primary school in Uganda. These have all played a part in inspiring her and preparing her for the students at The Academy. Stefanie brings her passion and commitment to the classrooms at The Academy where she strives to bring a holistic education to her students rooted in God’s word. Stefanie is a homeroom teacher, and also teaches courses such as Coordination & Balance, Arts, Problem Solving,Team Building, and Chores.
Corey Foster graduated from Augusta College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2006 with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Prior to moving to Tennessee in the Fall of 2014, she worked extensively with Deaf and hard of hearing students in rural Minnesota in special education. She worked with children ages 0-18, as well as their families, to teach social skills, various subjects, and language learning. During her time teaching Deaf and hard of hearing students, her primary focus was related to children’s literacy. She has now been with the Academy for G.O.D. for over a year as both a homeroom teacher and academic tutor. Corey is a homeroom teacher for the 7-8 year old students and her favorite part of working with 7 and 8 year olds is the relational dynamic and curiosity that they bring to the classroom. She enjoys watching how quick they are to serve those around them when they are challenged by God’s word.
Stephen Ownby holds Biblical Studies and Community Development degrees from the Institute for G.O.D. Int’l. He has served with G.O.D. Int’l since 2003 when he participated on a Summer Internship to Kenya, East Africa.. Since then Stephen and his wife, Kim, have committed to God to serve the people of East Africa. Stephen specializes in youth empowerment, and has been teaching at the Academy for GOD since 2013. Stephen and Kim have four children (Shae, Stephen, Sasha and Shepherd) of which two of them attend the Academy. He is also the director of the youth soccer league (Mid State Youth Sports) - a sports venue for many of our Academy students! He loves teaching kids of all ages, and creating an exciting atmosphere for learning!
Ashley Moore graduated from the Institute for Global Outreach Developments International in the Spring of 2013 with a double major in Bible Studies and Third World Development, with an emphasis on Literacy and Linguistics. She has spent over 1 year in East Africa where she taught at an elementary school in a slum area of Uganda’s capital city, working with 10-14 year old students. She especially loves working with Jr. High and High School students because it’s such a formative time in their lives where she wants to bring a positive impact. She charges her students to think about how the decisions they make even now will affect how they can serve the Lord in the future. Ashley is a fun-loving person with a positive outlook on life. This attitude is contagious in the classroom environment and has helped her develop rapport with our students.
Derek Bargatze is a homeroom teacher for 6-7 year old students. He is married to Celesta Bargatze and they have 4 children. Derek graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2005 with a degree in Communication and now teaches Communication and Preaching Courses at the Institute for G.O.D. At the same time, Derek continues studying the Bible and Community Development at the Institute for G.O.D. as he values being a lifelong learner. For the Academy, Derek is a homeroom teacher, and teaches Coordination & Balance, Problem Solving, and Intro to Torah. Teaching is important to him because he understands from the bible that educating children is one of the most important things anyone can do. In Deuteronomy 6, Moses teaches the people God’s commands so that their children and their children’s children will fear the Lord all the days of their life and do all that he commands. Derek is thankful to God to be trusted to educate students at The Academy to be responsible and mature people who will love God with everything.
Rachel Hartnell is a lead teacher at the Academy. She graduated from Rhodes College in 2011 with a Bachelors in Economics and Mathematics and is currently enrolled in the Biblical Studies Program at The Institute for G.O.D. International. Rachel also works on an educational committee that is developing curriculum and training teachers in East Africa, where she plans to teach in the future. Rachel is a high energy teacher that loves to get her kids out of their chairs and interact with the material they are learning both kinetically and socially. Her desire is to challenge and inspire her students to gain a character rooted in the word of God allowing them to become socially, academically, and spiritually developed.
Grant Dailey is the lead teacher for the High School class at the Academy. Grant graduated from Lee University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Christian Education. Grant worked as a High School Youth Director for four years in the United Methodist Church before moving to Nashville with his wife, Stephany Dailey. He is currently enrolled in the Institute for G.O.D. International, continuing his education in Biblical studies. He also serves with G.O.D. International doing development work and ministry in India. Grant is passionate about teaching the Bible and bringing biblical theology into any class, whether literature, history, or even music. Grant has two incredible children and is eager to play blues/rock lines on electric guitar, when time allows.
Stephany Dailey is the lead teacher for the Junior High class at the Academy for G.O.D. Mrs. Dailey graduated from Lee University in 2009 with a Bachelors in History and a minor in Studio Art. She moved to Nashville with her husband Grant Dailey in 2011 as a result of God’s call to learn the Bible. Mrs. Dailey is currently enrolled in the Institute for G.O.D. International continuing her education in Missiology. She and her husband Grant also serve with G.O.D. International doing development work in India. Mrs. Dailey has been teaching at the Academy for G.O.D. since 2014 where she specializes in art and music courses. As Lead Teacher for the Junior High students, Mrs. Dailey is particularly gifted in helping the students see how their actions affect themselves. She takes joy in guiding the students through some of their more formative years. Mrs. Dailey also enjoys leading worship, gardening, art, music, acting, and cooking.
Rebekah Davis teaches a variety of Academy classes, as well as being the Homeschool Tutorial Program Liaison. Having been homeschooled from Kindergarten through 11th grade, she appreciates the benefits of homeschooling coupled with the unique experience that a school setting offers. She has earned degrees in Biblical Studies at both Multnomah University and the Institute for G.O.D. Teaching God’s word continues to be a primary passion for her. Ms. Davis is a classical pianist, bringing her love for music into every class possible. She also serves with G.O.D. International as a part of the India Regional Team, in the field of primary education.
Alyssa Kurtz studied International Business/Finance at Bethel University before graduating and moving to Nashville with her husband, Josh, in 2005 to begin learning the bible. Alyssa has served with G.O.D. Int’l for the last decade, including a 6 month stay in Uganda with her husband and 3 children. Over the course of the last decade, Alyssa has served in varying capacities within our organization’s Resource Management department. While abroad, her weekly volunteerism in a local primary school compelled her to use her skills in writing and finance to serve at the Academy. Since the spring of 2013, Alyssa has functioned as the Academy’s Financial Manager, and she currently teaches Language Arts for our 9 - 10 year olds.
Mrs. Mathews, vice principal
Meg Mathews graduated with a Community Development degree from the Institute for G.O.D. in 2010. Meg, her husband, and their two children are part of the South East Asia regional team, a program of G.O.D. Int’l. They recently spent three months in the Philippines working at a local high school, meeting the needs of the filipino youth abroad. Meg is passionate about school administration and education for students at a secondary level to ensure that they have a positive learning experience rooted in God’s word.
Nathan Cameron graduated from the Institute for G.O.D. Int’l l in the Fall of 2008 with a Biblical Studies degree and has nearly finished the Masters of Theological Studies. His first experience teaching elementary age children was on a 5 month stay in the Philippines in Spring of 2009. He and his wife, Cannon Cameron, have made several trips since then. He spent his teenage years and more working in the window and door trade, giving him the skills he employs in teaching building classes and has become the Tech Specialist at the Academy for G.O.D in light of his technical intuition and attentiveness to the use of electronics in education. Nate enjoys seeing children grasp the practical skills he’s had the opportunity to learn over the years.
Craig Duffy graduated from the Institute for G.O.D. Int'l with a degree in Biblical Studies and is now a lead teacher at the Academy. Craig has spent several months engaged in missions in Tijuana, Mexico and over 6 months in South East Asia working alongside squatter settlements and the incarcerated populations of the Philippines. Craig loves teaching the 8-10 year old students because of their boundless energy and the emergence of logical thinking. Craig is married and has three children which he often refers to in his storytelling with the students.
The Academy for G.O.D.
401 Center Street, Old Hickory, TN 37138, (615).722.7107