Faculty in Mt Pleasant

Lathan Carey, Principal, High School Bible Teacher
email: lathancarey@crownla.org
Lathan Carey was educated at Kingswood College in South Africa. He later obtained his B.A. in Theology from Oral Roberts University. Carey served as Youth Pastor and Administrator  in Williamsburg, VA, and as the founding pastor of King’s Lighthouse Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC. He has also served on the Christian Education Board for the East Virginia Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and as Christian Education Director for the Charleston District from 2001-2005. Carey taught Bible at a local Christian school in Mt. Pleasant, SC and served as the Spiritual Director for the campus.  He has also led many international missions trips with both young people and adults to many places around the globe.  Lathan is married to Sara Carey and they have five children: Amanda, Duncan, Terence, Scott, and Maggie Ann. The Careys’ children are their pride and joy and they credit these accomplished children as the driving force behind their passion for young people.

Sara Carey, Assistant Principal, Cheerleading Coach
email: saracarey@crownla.org
Sara Carey holds a B.S. in Special Education from Oral Roberts University.  Her teaching experience ranges from small group to whole class instruction.   She also started an internet-based company, JoyDance, which networked Christian dancers throughout the country, provided Instructional Dance Videos, and opened doors for her to speak and perform at various Christian conferences. Carey is an accomplished cheerleading coach, who led her cheerleading squad to the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleading National Competition, where her squad won first place in their age category.  She also served as a cognitive trainer for 3 years and enjoys tutoring children in small groups.   She is the mother of five (amazing) children, including three Crown graduates.

Tonya Wooddy, Administrative Assistant
email: tonyawooddy@crownla.org                                                                                   
Tonya brings her passion for education to Crown as a full-time administrative assistant. She has been involved with Crown since its inception in 2010, having served in various capacities including as a member of the school board from 2010 to 2013. She is married to Jud Wooddy and is the proud mother of two graduates of Crown, one of whom is pursuing an Interior Design degree at Savannah College of Art and Design.  The other is an entrepreneur who owns an apparel company, Live Your Paradise. Tonya has also served with various other non-profit organizations over the years including the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Seacoast Church and Dayspring Church. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family and friends and being outdoors as much as possible with her 3 dogs; Cooper, Mae and Max.

Katie Trull, Kindergarten & 1st Grade Teacher
email: katietrull@crownla.org

Katie Trull has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Liberty University.  During her 18 years of teaching, she taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, and served as a Cheerleading Coach at a local private school.  She has also served as a nanny to both infants and school age children.  Katie is passionate about young kids and building the creative minds of children.  She loves encouraging and teaching them in all areas of life. She is the mother of 3 beautiful girls, all of whom have gone on to college.

Hannah Butler, 2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher
email: hannahbutler@crownla.org
Hannah Butler graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in psychology. Hannah has been working with children her whole life. She loves to watch children grow spiritually and academically. Hannah came to Crown after teaching pre-school at a local Christian school for two years. Before that she was working as a substitute teacher at a pre-school while she was earning her teaching degree. Hannah loves working with all ages and has pre-school through middle school aged children. She has a passion for working with kids and helping them realize the life changing plan God has for each one of them. Hannah lives in Hanahan, SC where she has lived for many years. She has no children yet but claims her beautiful niece and nephews as her own! She currently attends Life Church Charleston, where her father and mother are the pastors. She works with the children at the church in the nursery, children’s church, and she is the youth pastor.

Lauriel Sawin, 4th & 5th Grade Teacher
email: laurielsawin@crownla.org

NaTasha Eickhoff, 4th and 5th Grade Teacher, Athletic Director
email: natashaeickhoff@crownla.org

Michele Kern, Middle School Homeroom, MS and HS Math Teacher
email: michelekern@crownla.org
Michele Kern has a B.A. in Education from the College of Charleston. She has 21 years of teaching experience with grades Kindergarten through High School. Her primary subject focuses are math and history. She has also served in administration and mentoring roles in the school setting. Michele is passionate about training youth to actively engage in helping build up and better their communities. She loves creativity and uses woodworking as her medium of expression. She enjoys creating pieces that serve a purpose and bring others joy.

Mark Roberts, MS & HS Social Studies Teacher
email: markroberts@crownla.org

Mark Roberts is a South Carolina certified Social Studies teacher with 9 years of teaching experience in South Carolina. He spent 6 years teaching and coaching at one of the top rated charter schools in the state – Brashier Middle College Charter High School in Simpsonville. SC. Prior to teaching at Brashier, Mark spent about 25 years in the business world in operations, sourcing, logistics and purchasing for several companies, including Graco Children’s Products and Warnaco. He is the proud father of 5 kids, all of whom have gone on to college and 3 have completed graduate work.

Lauren Crittenden, Middle School English and Homeroom
email: laurencrittenden@crownla.org
Lauren Crittenden holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Trinity International University. She previously worked at Dade Christian School in South Florida and spent eight years working at Seacoast Church in the elementary, middle and high school departments. Lauren has written curriculum for the children and student ministries as well as full production plays for Seacoast Church. She has also discipled middle and high school students for the past ten years. Lauren is the mother of two uncommonly adorable children, Avonlea and Lincoln, and is the wife of the “world’s greatest” skateboarder, surfer and youth pastor! She enjoys all things Disney, strolling through Magnolia Gardens and reading Jane Austen in her extremely rare spare time.

Lisa Harrell, Middle and High School Science Teacher
email: lisaharrell@crownla.org
Lisa Harrell is so excited to begin her 28th year in education here at Crown! A Summerville native, Lisa spent the first 14 years in Dorchester District 2, before being led to Christian education. She fell in love with science her second year teaching and she is thrilled to share this passion with students! Lisa has been married to her college sweetheart, Tom Harrell, for 29 years. He is an engineer with Summerville Fire and Rescue. Lisa’s daughter, Caroline, is a rising senior at Anderson University. She just passed her two Praxis exams and is carrying on the family tradition of majoring in education, becoming the fourth generation educator in the family! Despite being dogs, Lady Grey, Lola Ruth, and Tipper round out they family. Grey and Lola are mini dachshunds and Tipper is a black lab mix. When not planning or researching cool science ideas, Lisa enjoys reading and spending time with family or enjoying tea or cocoa at Starbucks!

Sheila Smith, High School Homeroom & English Teacher
Sheila Smith has a B.A. in English and History from Clemson University and an MAT (focus in English) from The Citadel.  She has taught both middle and high school English courses and currently teaches high school English at Crown.  She also has expertise in cognitive training.  Sheila is passionate about writing, the power of words, and unlocking students’ creative expression.  She loves being a mentor to teens and watching them discover and develop their gifts and talents.

Julia Metropolis, High School Homeroom & Math Teacher
email: juliametropolis@crownla.org
Julia Metropolis has a B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston. After graduating in 2012, she spent a year at Barrier Island Environmental Education Program teaching and playing in the pluff mud. Then she worked for Jantzi Test Prep as a tutor and business administrator for 2 years. Julia loves working with kids, encouraging and teaching them in all areas of life. Her desire is to lead young people to discover God’s grace and greatness while living every day to the fullest. She and her husband, George, have been married since 2014. They love to bike, sing really loudly and drink chocolate milk.

Nikki Clark, Foreign Language Teacher
email: nikkiclark@crownla.org
Nikki Costas received a B.A. in Spanish from Francis Marion University with a minor in English Secondary Education. In addition to Spanish and English, she has dabbled in French, Latin, Greek, and American Sign Language. Nikki loves all languages and continues to study them every day. Her interests in language and culture have led her to travel to Greece, Costa Rica, Spain, Paris, and London. She enjoys working with kids of all ages and her former students vary in age from preschool to high school. Nikki is passionate about educating the youth of South Carolina by sharing her love of language and culture and prefers to keep as much creativity in the classroom as possible. Nikki and her husband Nick live on John’s Island with their two sons Hunter (9th grade) and Rémy (newborn) and their tuxedo cat, Tercio. When she’s not studying languages, she spends her time singing along to Broadway musicals or swing dancing at Lindyhop exchanges throughout the Southeast. Her biggest dream is make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs; never tell her the odds!

Michael Shestko, HS Guidance & Independent Study Coordinator
email: michaelshestko@crownla.org
Michael Shestko holds a B.S. in Business and Psychology (dual major) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his spare time, he earned a Master’s Degree of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Education with a teaching certification from Schreiner University. After a twenty year military career, he taught 3rd grade in Louisiana for a year and 8th grade in Hollywood, South Carolina for another year. Michael is married to Barbie Shestko, herself a retired Air Force Officer and currently employed as an attorney at SPAWAR. They live on Daniel Island with their son, MG, a high school student at Crown. After moving over 15 times in 20 years, they feel blessed that they have settled in their own perfect place.

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