Carleigh White is a graduate of Cottage Hill Christian Academy class of 2019. In May of 2023, she will graduate from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management. Carleigh is also a gifted worship leader and plays a vital role on the worship staff at Cottage Hill Baptist Church. She loves to tell stories, make people laugh, and brings an energetic spirit to CHCA. Carleigh is thankful for the opportunity to build relationships with students and serve the Cottage Hill family as the West Campus Office Manager.
Shelby Ward graduated from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, Alabama. She moved to Mobile in August of 2019 to attend the University of South Alabama where she was a member of the Honors College and received the USA Provost Scholarship. She graduated in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in History.
Mrs. Sarah Peoples is a West Campus History teacher and the Varsity Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at CHCA. She graduated from the University of Mobile in 2014 with a degree in Education. She is currently a student at Coker University pursuing her Master's Degree in Higher Level Athletics. Mrs. Peoples has a wonderful husband, Jordan, and son, Colt, who just turned four. Mrs. Peoples started her career at North Mobile Christian where she was a teacher and became Athletic Director. Mrs. Peoples and her family love Mobile and being a part of the CHCA family.
Krista Womble is a native of Mobile, AL where she grew up in the softball world around the gulf coast. After establishing residency in Georgia and briefly in Louisiana, she and her family have made their way back home. She and her husband, Seth, along with their 13-year-old son, Ethan, their 5-year-old boy/girl twins, Elliott and Elleana, and 2-year-old, Emmie are very excited to be a part of an excellent Christian school/church/family that teaches all of the values that they have so deeply missed being away from their home church (Creekside Church- Cumming, GA) in Georgia.
Krista began to pave her path of coaching and mentoring young student-athletes after a glamorous playing career beginning at Shaw High School where she lettered in volleyball and softball. She won many awards including Mobile County Athlete of the Year, Mobile All-County Team (3 years), Mobile Press-Register Super 12, Kiwanis Club Player of the Year, and United States Marine Corp Distinguished Athlete Award under Coach Kathi Smith.
Krista went on to play junior college ball for Bishop State Community College in Mobile, AL and was a NJCCC All- American.
She then transferred and played NCAA softball at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL winning 2 conference championships, and completed her Bachelor's in Political Science with minors in English and History. Krista also has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Troy University.
Over the past 15 years, Krista has worked in advertising and marketing for AT&T along with coaching elite travel softball across the country. She is now a part of the Marucci Patriots organization where she heads up the Gulf Coast region and handles recruiting and social media for the entire organization.
She is also very excited to put her degrees to use again after many years in marketing and looks forward to the energy and expertise she can bring to our softball program!
Mrs. Charlet Fuller teaches science here at CHCA. She graduated from Old Dominion University and has 13 years of teaching experience. Mrs. Fuller's areas of expertise include the biological and physical sciences. She is married to her husband, Ashley, and they have 3 children who attend or have attended CHCA. Mrs. Fuller and her family have lived all over the world while being a military family, and they still love travel and missions since settling in Mobile in 2016. She and her family are members of Cottage Hill Baptist Church.
Mrs. Shaw teaches biology and zoology. This year she will also be teaching a food science elective. Mrs. Shaw has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She also has an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. Mrs. Shaw is currently pursuing an Alternative Master of Education: Secondary Science from the University of South Alabama. She loves to learn and share her love of science with her students. Mrs. Shaw and her husband, David, have been married for over 21 years and have 5 children. The Shaw family has been a part of the Warrior community for several years as parents of 2 CHCA students and 2 CHCA graduates. This is Mrs. Shaw's third year teaching at CHCA.
As a veteran English teacher, Mrs. Jones has taught middle school and high school English in several states, in Europe, and online for the Alabama State Department of Education. Her teaching assignments encompass regular, honors, and advanced placement language arts. Upon graduating from the University of Mobile, she began her teaching experience at Davidson High School and subsequently moved to a Georgia school system. Almost two years later, her husband’s new assignment in West Point, New York gave me an opportunity to start graduate school at the C.W. Post Graduate School of Long Island University. After three enriching years in the Hudson Valley area, she moved to Germany where I taught high school English for the Department of Defense. While living in Bavaria, she enjoyed touring most countries in Western Europe before moving to Washington, D.C. During her husband’s tenure at the Pentagon, she experienced a diverse classroom of international students as an English teacher in Fairfax County. Before professionally relocating to a rural Louisiana school system, she enhanced my teaching certification with additional graduate classes from the University of Virginia and George Mason University. Mrs. Jones returned to “Home Sweet Alabama” to teach English at Murphy High School as a highly qualified English teacher. In 2020 she retired from the Mobile County Public School System. Her Alabama home is now close to Cottage Hill Christian Academy where she says she is blessed to be a faculty member.
Mr. Patrick Morris has taught sophomore, junior, senior, and AP English courses here at CHCA for 14 years, being named the AISA 3A state teacher of the year in 2017-2018. Mr. Morris graduated from Auburn University with degrees in English and Psychology. He returned to school to get a teaching degree from Gulf Coast State College as well after four years of teaching in the public school system of Holmes County High School in Florida. Mr. Morris spent six years in ministry working for Baptist and Methodist churches in Savannah, Panama City, and Mobile before settling into the role of a full-time teacher. Mr. Morris’s wife Mitzi is a nurse at Mobile Infirmary, and he has two children, Alan, a graduate of CHCA, and Maddox, a current student.
Mr. Jones graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1974, he completed a Master of Science in Operations Research degree at Georgia Tech. Mr. Jones has also completed work at the University of New Hampshire, George Mason University, and McNeese State University.
Mr. Jones served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army for 20 years. Following his retirement from the Army, he taught high school physics and mathematics at DeRidder High School, DeRidder, Louisiana for 10 years. He next taught math for 17 years at Murphy High School and then Aerospace Technology at BC Rain High School in Mobile, Alabama.
Mr. Jones is a native of Brandon, Mississippi and graduated from Brandon High School. He and his wife attend Christ United Methodist Church. Mr. Jones enjoys riding his bicycle, golfing, backpacking, and working out in the gym.
Mrs. Lauren Lanier comes to us from Pensacola, Florida. She was an honor graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. While there, her love of the arts through music afforded her the opportunity for leadership training, and she was chosen head Drum Major for The Marching Wildcats during her junior and senior years. Mrs. Lanier also enjoys the discipline of dance and was honored with the lead role in her ballet company’s senior recital. She grew strong in her faith and loves sharing about her love of God and her “mountain top experiences” while attending yearly conferences at Lookout Mountain in Montreat, NC.
Mrs. Lanier obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 2022 from the University of South Alabama where she was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She realized her love of math early and shares this love by tutoring friends and students.
Mrs. Lanier is married to her husband, Riley, and enjoys supporting him as he teaches and coaches football and baseball. She is very excited to embark on this new journey at Cottage Hill Christian Academy teaching the fundamentals of mathematics while implementing mathematics into the daily lives of her students.
Mrs. Kimberly Tharp loves being a Cottage Hill Warrior! A lifelong Mobilian, she attended Cottage Hill Baptist School from K4 through the 8th grade. Mrs. Tharp remained a Warrior at Davidson High School through graduation, when she became a University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagle. A passion for technology led Mrs. Tharp to the University of South Alabama for her Master's degree in Instructional Design with technology. Mrs. Tharp and her husband Randy have been married 24 years and have 3 children. Mrs. Tharp believes she is blessed to have Cottage Hill as an important part of her life as a student, a parent, and now a teacher for 13 years.
Mrs. Kendall Morgan is the Spanish I - IV here at CHCA and has been a part of the CHCA faculty since 2014. Mrs. Morgan graduated from William Carey University with a degree in English and a minor in Spanish in May 2009. She received her Master of Education from William Carey University in May 2018. Mrs. Morgan has served as a missionary in Grand Isle, LA, and formerly served as the Spanish, Debate, and Public Communications teacher at South Panola High School in Batesville, MS. Originally from Tupelo, MS, Mrs. Morgan has fallen in love with the Mobile area and has made both CHCA and Mobile home with her husband, Tim. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan are very active in their church, Kushla-Bethany Baptist Church, where Tim serves as the Head Pastor and Mrs. Morgan serves in various roles such as VBS Director and Praise Team.
Coach Mike Smith is very excited to be entering his second year of Teaching and Coaching at Cottage Hill Christian Academy. Coach Smith serves as the head baseball coach and offensive coordinator for the football team at CHCA. Coach Smith has 15 years of coaching experience at the high school level. Coach Smith comes from Murphy High School, where he served as the head baseball coach for two seasons. He currently teaches 12th-grade Government/Economics and Finance for Teens at CHCA.
Coach Smith’s previous coaching experiences were at Baker High School, where he served as an assistant baseball and football coach for six years. In 2006, he was a member of the coaching staff for the 6A State Championship baseball team. He served as an assistant baseball and football coach at Saraland High School, where he was a member of the coaching staff for the 2014 6A State runner-up football team. Other coaching experiences were at Satsuma High School (14) UMS (13), and Mobile Christian (09).
Coach Smith is a Graduate of Mobile Christian (00). After High School, Coach Smith played collegiate baseball under Hall of Fame Coach Joe “Jabo” Jordan at Southern Union State Community College from 2001-2003. After playing baseball, Coach Smith earned a business administration degree at Waldorf College. He earned his master's in Special Education at the University of West Alabama. Coach Smith has eight years of teaching experience. He has teaching certificates in History, Business Education, and Special Education. Coach Smith is a proud husband to his wife, Kayla, and a father to their very energetic sons, Sam and Chase. Coach Smith and his Wife Kayla have a vested interest in the mission of CHCA by having experienced little warriors Sam and Chase who attend the PreK Academy.
Micah Steadham has grown up in Mobile, where he gained a strong foundation in the musical arts at Satsuma High School within the band program. He later attended the University of Mobile on scholarship for the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts in ensembles including the UM Jazz Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, and a traveling ensemble RamCorps, an elite, auditioned high-impact brass and percussion performance group, in more than 100 concerts each year.
Micah was also a member of the University of Mobile Ambassadors which is a select group of students who demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills, enthusiasm for the university, proven leadership abilities, positivity, sound judgment, and reliability, and serve the University through intentional Biblical leadership. He graduated University of Mobile in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in music education.
This year will be Mrs. Nicole Sweatt's ninth year at CHCA. She has been the Yearbook facilitator as well as led chapel for the preschool and elementary school students in her time at CHCA. Mrs. Sweatt and her husband David have three children, Kathleen, Ryan, and Mallory, who have all attended CHCA. Kathleen and Ryan are CHCA graduates and proud alumni. Mrs. Sweatt and her family attend Cottage Hill Baptist Church. There, she is the Kid's Worship Director.
Molly is a graduate of St. Paul's Episcopal School and Auburn University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. For 26 years, Molly has been a teacher but not always in a traditional classroom setting. After teaching middle school for four years, Molly worked at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church where she served in various capacities including teaching and leading youth, designing the Christian Education curriculum, and pioneering a church-based college ministry. After her years in church ministry, God called her to teach religion to sixth-graders at her high school alma mater. Molly has also taught job skills through Ransom Ministries' Jobs for Life program.
Molly has been married to her husband, Chris, for 22 years. Together they have two children: Hannah, who is a junior at Davidson High School, and Hampton, who is a 9th grader at CHCA. When she not teaching, Molly enjoys running, reading, and walking her dogs, Bean and Buttercup. She is passionate about following Jesus and cherishes the opportunities teaching brings to share His love and make Him known.
Mr. Morgan graduated from William Carey University with a B.A. in English and Religion in May 2009. He also graduated with a Master of Divinity with an Emphasis in Biblical Languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2018. Previously, Mr. Morgan served as a Children’s Ministry Intern in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as pastoring two churches in Mississippi (Columbia and Batesville). He has now been teaching at Cottage Hill Christian Academy since 2016 and serves as the pastor of Kushla-Bethany Baptist Church in Eight Mile, Alabama. He enjoys running, reading, drinking coffee, and spending quality time with his wife Kendall who teaches on the West Campus.
Ms. Stabler graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. As a member of the Bay Area Art Educators, Mobile Art Association, and the Mobile Watercolor and Graphics Society, she enjoys promoting students' work in the area and showcasing the many talents of CHCA students!
Mrs. Sanders graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Music Education/Voice. She feels blessed to have been given her heart's desire when He lead her to CHCA 28 years ago. From Broadway Production Dinner Theaters over the past 13 years to almost 200 elementary children singing at Christmas Magnificent and Spring Fling, she has a front-row seat at seeing God moving in the hearts and lives of our faculty, students, parents, and friends!
Mrs. Sanders has been married to her husband, Barre Sanders, since 1980. They have three children, Rick, Jenni, and Keri, and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Sanders and her family have attended Cottage Hill Baptist Church since 1993.