Students at Harrells Christian Academy will encounter some new faces in their classrooms and around campus.
Ten new teachers and staff members have started the school year as Crusaders, coming from as close as Garland and as far away as California.
“We are excited to welcome such a talented group of educators and administrators to our school family,” headmaster Kevin Kunst said. “These individuals bring a wealth of experience from local public schools, from other private schools, and from the business world. Their poise, their energy, and their immense talents are truly a blessing to our students and to our community at large.”
In the upper school, Nell Sloan joins the math department after 26 years teaching in Pender County Schools. Sloan serves on the session at Wallace Presbyterian Church and loves going to the beach with friends.
In the middle school, Jessica Register teaches English and Steve Le Roux teaches science. When she’s not with students at Harrells, Register enjoys spending time with her three children, traveling, and creating delicious meals with her husband, chef Matt Register of Southern Smoke BBQ.
Originally from South Africa, Steve Le Roux has settled in Rose Hill, where he and his wife welcomed their first child, Charlotte, this summer. Steve has taught in schools all over the world, including Harrells Christian Academy.
In the lower school, Rhonda Spell teaches 4th and 5th grade writing, and Angelia Bass teaches second grade. Spell hails from Clinton and loves kids of all ages, but most especially her grandson Ryan. Bass, also from Clinton, is the mother of HCA Bible teacher Emily Smith. She is the pianist and children’s ministry leader at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. Missy Tart is from Clinton and graduated from HCA, as have her three daughters, with a son set to follow suit in 2021.
In the athletic department, Jason Arnette coaches football and Christian Rogers serves as assistant director of athletics. Both men teach strength and conditioning or PE to students across all age levels at HCA. Born in Wilmington and raised in Clinton, Arnette loves teaching his young son Jake to fish. Rogers was born in Asheville and raised in Weaverville, and has worked at independent schools in Asheville and California. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, being active, and being with loved ones.
In the advancement department, Eva Thornton serves as the director of advancement and Alicia Sutton assists as advancement associate and upper school administrative assistant. Both are HCA parents and both live in Clinton. Thornton comes to HCA with many years of entrepreneurial and marketing experience.