At CCA we are proud of our nurturing Christian environment and our excellent end of grade test results.  However, these results are primarily a reflection of the quality of teachers that we have here at Carolina Christian.  Our teachers are hired and evaluated on Christian character, teaching skills, classroom control, creativity and love for children.  We can say without doubt that each teacher is a professing Christian who loves the Lord and loves their job!


A biblical view of educating children speaks of parental involvement.  Our teachers are committed to working with parents in a true partnership in educating students at CCA.

Tammie Hanna - Daycare Director

Mrs. Tammie has been an employee of Carolina Christian Child Development Center for over five years. She has completed all coursework in early childhood development mandated by the state of North Carolina and is currently enrolled at Tri-County Community College pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree.

Chris Rumfelt - Pastor; PE Instructor

Pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville. Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.  18 years teaching experience.

Crystal Rumfelt - Superintendent

Director, Co-founder of CCA, Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision. 17 years teaching experience.

Larkin Giddens - Principal Carolina Christian Academy

Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Georgia, Master of Arts in Education at Grand Canyon University.  9 years teaching experience.

Laurie Porter - Church Administrative Assistant

23 years of pastoral administrative support

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Crystal Matheson-Kindergarten

​Co-founder of CCA ,  11 years teaching experience (kindergarten through 2nd grades). 12th year wtih CCA

Marilyn Hartness-1st Grade

Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State; ​Masters of Education in Early Childhood education from Western Carolina University. 34 years teaching first grade. Retired from Cherokee County School System. 3rd year with CCA

Tava Fulford-2nd Grade

Bachelor of Science in  Education from Berry College.  4 years experience as a classroom teacher, 9 years homeschooling her own children. 4th year with CCA

Teresa Davenport-3rd Grade

​Masters of Education in Early Childhood education (grades K-4) from Western Carolina University. 34 years teaching experience. Retired from Clay County School System. 2nd year with CCA

Shawna Rose-4th & 5th Grade History and ELA; Drama

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education from the University of North Carolina Ashville. Experience in various teaching, marketing and communications. Head of the drama department. Seventh year with CCA.

Dr. Mark Leek- 4th & 5th grade Math and Science

Bachelor of Science in Middle grades education from Western Carolina University, Master's in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, Doctorate in education from Western Carolina University. 31 years experience in both teaching and administration. Retired from Clay County School System.

Carolyn Filer-Music & Spanish

Associate of Fine Arts in Music. Taught music privately for 37 years. 16 years teaching experience with 11 of those at CCA.

Misty Tice - Art

Taught music and drama at Grace Christian Academy in Bainbridge, GA. She has spent countless hours creating props, costumes, and sets and is ready to lend her creative talents to CCA's art department.

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