Faculty & Staff

Our caring faculty provides the security and encouragement for students to have confidence in exploring new knowledge.

Ascension Leadership Academy is part of the accredited Presbyterian Home for Children Education System. The school opened to meet the educational needs of the Home and the community in 1997. Ascension Leadership Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees elected in part by the North Alabama Presbytery, Presbytery of Sheppards & Lapsley, and the Presbytery of South Alabama and operated by a Director of Education and the PHFC President and CEO.

Faculty/Staff

  • Linda Harris

    Director of Education

    lgharris@phfc.org

    Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Mathematics and Psychology
    Jacksonville State

    Master of Arts in Education, Gifted Education
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Master of Arts in Education, Certification in Administration
    The University of Alabama

  • Kendell Creel

    Teacher

    Bachelor of Science in Special Education K-12
    Jacksonville State University

  • Carolyn Estelle

    Physical Plant Assistant

    Central Alabama Community College

    Nurse Assistant Certification

    Sign Language Certification

  • Sue Gallahar

    Assistant to the Director of Education

    Central Alabama Community College

    School system bookkeeper and secretary responsible for school’s accounting procedures and day-to-day operation of the school’s office

  • Angie Harris

    Elementary Instructional Assistant

    L.B. Wallace Community College

    Children’s minister supervising day-to-day operation of church children’s ministry department

    Pre-school teacher at Lowndes Academy and multiple instruction programs as a substitute teacher

  • Terry Liner

    Assistant

    Gadsden State Community College

    Resource Development and Administrative Services at PHFC, ten years experience in production at the Daily Home Newspaper

    Substitute teacher, Zora Ellis Middle School

    CPR Certified, Notary Public

  • Elaine Keener

    Teacher

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-9
    Jacksonville State University

    Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education P-3
    Jacksonville State University

  • Charles Ponder

    Teacher

    Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Mathematics
    Jacksonville State University

    Master of Arts in Secondary Education, Mathematics
    Jacksonville State University

    Education Specialist, Mathematics
    The University of Alabama

  • Donna Shivers

    Teacher

    Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, English and Economics
    Jacksonville State University

    Master of Arts in General Studies
    Jacksonville State University

Presbyterian Educational System

  • Linda Harris

    Director of Education, Presbyterian Home for Children

    lgharris@phfc.org
  • Doug Marshall

    President and CEO, Presbyterian Home for Children

    dmarshall@phfc.org
  • Felicia Ayers Storey

    Vice President of Program Operations & Services, Presbyterian Home for Children

    fstorey@phfc.org