Brookstone School

2012 New Faculty


Lindsey Bader will work as an assistant teacher in second grade with all three classroom teachers. Lindsey graduated from Thomas University where she played soccer and earned a B.S. degree. She previously taught kindergarten and first grade at St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School. Lindsey, her husband David, and their two sons, Avery and Case will be moving to Columbus from Fortson, GA. The Bader family welcomed a baby girl to their family in July!

Sara Berry, a 2004 graduate of Brookstone School, will join the Lower School faculty as a second grade teacher. Sara has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi and an M.Ed. with a specialization in reading from Southern Methodist University. She has worked as a kindergarten teacher at All Saints Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL, and instructional assistant at a preschool program for children with disabilities, and most recently as a literacy coach at University Park Elementary in Highland Park, TX.  

Dorothy Cheruiyot will teach Biology in the Upper School and assist with Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Track. She obtained a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Columbus State University. She will complete a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Auburn University in August of 2012. Currently, Dorothy is working as a part-time lecturer and graduate teaching assistant at Auburn in the department of Biological Sciences. A native of Kenya, Dorothy has a thirteen-year-old daughter, Elenor Jeruto, a freshman at Kabarak High School in Kenya. 

Lea Ciuba will teach seventh and eighth grade Latin part-time in the Middle School.  She has a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from The University of Georgia. She previously taught at Haynes Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta, GA, and Evans Middle School in Augusta, GA. Lea currently lives in Columbus with her husband of twenty-one years, Doug, and their four children, Cady, Hunter, Carsyn, and Chandler. 


David Cowser will assume the position of Fourth Grade Teacher in the Intermediate School and serve as Assistant Middle School Cross Country Coach. David has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Psychology Concentration, and a Middle School Social Science Endorsement from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, and a Master in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada. He has taught second and fifth grades at Twitchell Elementary School in Henderson, NV.  David has moved from Las Vegas, NV to Columbus, with his, Bethany. 

Brad Dehem will teach Algebra II in the Upper School and also serve as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Brad holds a B.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, and is also certified for both High School and Middle School math. This April, Brad graduated with a Masters in Sports Management in Interscholastic Athletic Administration. Previously, Brad has served as the Math Lab Coordinator at Wesleyan School, served as the Head Coach for boys and girls tennis, and also the Offensive Coordinator for the football team. Brad will be moving from Dunwoody, GA with his wife, Megan, and their son, Cade. The Dehem family is expecting a baby boy in early September!

Stephanie East will teach French part-time in the Upper School. Stephanie has a B.A. from The University of Tennessee and has done coursework at Institut Catholique de Paris and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught at Cook Middle School and Kingswood School in Winston-Salem, NC, and Red Bank High School in Chattanooga, TN. Stephanie has most recently been a part-time and substitute teacher at Brookstone.


Christy Jones joins the Intermediate School as Trace' Copeland's assistant. Christy graduated from Auburn University with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism. After a short career outside the home she became a stay at home mom to her two boys. Bo and Ben both attend Brookstone Upper School. She and her husband, Bill, are both from Columbus and love watching their boys play Cougar Football!

David Joyce will join the Upper School Social Studies Department. He has a B.A. in American History and Government from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. in History from Duke University. David has taught at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA, Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, Wheeler School in Providence, RI, and Viewpoint School, Calabasas, CA. David will also sponsor Mock Trial and serve as an Assistant Varsity Tennis Coach. He will be moving to Columbus from Arizona.


Becky Kenimer will teach sixth grade Earth Science and sixth grade Literature and Grammar. Becky has a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbus State University, where she has also completed work for Middle Grades certification. She previously worked as a middle grades teacher for the Chattahoochee County Educational System. Becky, along with her husband, Guy, reside in Columbus and currently have three children attending Brookstone School, Guy, Meg, and Katie.


Jarrett McCall will teach seventh grade Life Science and eighth grade Physical Science. Jarrett has a B.A. in Middle Grades Education from Brewton Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA. He currently resides in Stephens City, VA and teaches at Skyline High School in Skyline, VA. Jarrett will also serve as Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach and Assistant Middle School Football Coach.

James McKeel will teach Physical Education and also serve as Assistant Varsity Football Coach and Assistant Track Coach. He has a B.A. in Health and Physical Education from Louisiana College and a M.Ed. in Administration/Supervision from Liberty University. Currently, James lives in Norcross, GA and is employed at Wesleyan School where he teaches eighth grade PE, serves as Eighth Grade Boys' Grade Chair, and coaches football and track and field. He has also taught and coached at Evangel Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Mundy McQuinn joins Brookstone as a Development Associate. Mundy attended Columbus State University and has worked for the TSYS/Synovus family for the past 28 years in various positions. Most recently, she held the title of Business Analyst in the IT OPS Financial Management Department within the Operations Division. Mundy lives in Midland, GA with her husband, Ron, and their daughter Rachel.

Hannah Mize has accepted the position of Director of Guidance and will concentrate on guidance activities in the Middle School. Hannah has a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences and Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Georgia State University. Hannah currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she has served as School Counselor at Saint Francis Elementary School in Roswell, GA for the past two years. Hannah will be relocating to the Columbus area with her husband, David. 

Sarah Pollatie joins the Lower School faculty as an assistant teacher.  Sarah graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2009 with a B.S. in Education with an emphasis in middle grades education
and concentrations in social studies and language arts. Sarah has previously taught at Claxton Middle School, Effingham County Middle School, Ebenezer Middle School, and Bulloch County Middle School.

Bonnie Smith will teach Middle School technology classes and will assist teachers in all divisions with integrating technology into classroom lessons. Bonnie has a B.A. in English from Mercer University. She is presently teaching at Wichita Collegiate School where she has served as Sixth Grade English Teacher and Sixth Grade Team Leader for the past seven years. Bonnie, along with her husband, Brumley, and two children, Elley, a future eighth grader at Brookstone, and Clark, a future fifth grader at Brookstone, moved to Columbus this summer.

Bentley Sparks will teach Physical Education and serve as the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Head Boys Golf Coach, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach. Bentley has a B.S. in Exercise Science form Berry College and an M.A. in Teaching in Health and Physical Education. Most recently, Bentley worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Columbus State University Athletic Department, specifically with the men's basketball team, and has previously served as Football Strength and Conditioning Coach for Brookstone. Bentley currently lives in Columbus and is recently married to the former Mary Brugh, a Ninth Grade English Teacher at Brookstone. 

Elizabeth Thorne will teach seventh and eighth grade French and sixth grade English Literature and grammar, and will also serve as the Beta Club sponsor. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia, where she also earned a minor in French. Elizabeth has been a Brookstone parent since moving to the area in 1996, residing in Columbus with her husband, Ted, and three children, Kelley, Kate, and Trey. 

Cindy Todt joins the Upper School Math Department and will also serve as Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Tennis Coach. She has a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Bible from Milligan College and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Georgia State University. For the past two years, Cindy has worked as an Adjunct Instructor of math and ESL at Gadsden State Community College. Cindy has relocated to the Columbus area from Anniston, AL with her husband, Ryan, and her three children, Hailey, Sam, and Elijah.

Garrett Tovey will teach Life Science in the Middle School and Ecology in the Upper School, and will assist with Wrestling and Varsity Baseball. He has a B.S. degree in both Biology and Ecology from the University of Georgia. He has worked as a Wildlife Biologist with Chiulista Management, Inc. and as a Naturalist with Girl Scouts of Historic GA, Inc. Recently, Garrett relocated to Columbus from Atlanta, GA and served as the Long-Term Substitute at Brookstone for the month of May.

Erin Trotter joins the Lower School faculty as an Assistant Teacher in Tammy Shortnacy's kindergarten class. Erin earned a B.A. degree in Spanish from Wofford College, and completed studies at the Educator's Preparation Institute at Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL. Previously, she taught first grade at Pinewood Elementary School in Eagle Lake, FL and Prekindergarten and Spanish at First Presbyterian Day School in Columbus, GA. Erin resides in Columbus with her husband, Collier.