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The Upper School program prides itself on “providing big school opportunities in a small school setting.”

By designing the curriculum to offer maximum flexibility in course options, Upper School students can pursue their areas of passion in an academically rigorous environment.

Mount Pisgah offers Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in all core classes and electives that meet the diverse interests of our student body. 

Click here for 2020-2021 Upper School Curriculum Videos.

Head of Upper School


Building meaningful, mentoring relationships requires opportunity and the investment of time. Our annual spiritual retreat to SharpTop not only provides ample time, but also a special environment. Why is it so important to leave campus for this retreat and invest three days each September? This spiritual retreat sets the tone for each school year and allows faculty and students to step out of the daily routine, out of the busyness of each day and unplug from everything for three glorious days in the North Georgia Mountains.

SharpTop gives us the opportunity to see each other in a different light, establish relationships beyond the classroom and connect with each other. Working alongside one another on the ropes course presents opportunity for true team building, far beyond the reaches of our classrooms. Intentional chapels allow everyone the chance to establish or even re-establish a relationship with Christ. This annual retreat began over 14 years ago and continues to be the highlight of each school year. Ask any Mount Pisgah graduate about their favorite memories and SharpTop is always at the top of the list. As one of the new faculty members shared at a recent meeting, “What a blessing it is to work in a school that understands the value of building relationships and intentionally allowing for the opportunity to do so at a great place like SharpTop.”

Teachers’ mentoring role with students started even before they left for SharpTop. In August, students met with their teacher advisors. Since then, advisory groups have been hard at work building small group communities by sharing life stories, assessing their personality and evaluating who they are as students. Moving into the end of the first quarter, advisory groups will focus on academic preparation.

Homecoming week in any upper school is a fall highlight. Building school spirit is a vital part of building community. The festivities of the week allow students to express school pride and enjoy the atmosphere leading up to the big game and crowning of the queen. Homecoming week closes on Saturday night with the annual dance. 

Building community and relationships in one another and in Christ are cornerstones of Mount Pisgah Christian School. It is not lost on the upper school faculty that our daily interaction with students is precious but finite, and we continue to be blessed by the journey with your family. Thank you for allowing us that gift.

US Faculty

  Name Title Contact
Danae Anderson Anderson, Danae Art Instructor
Latonia Anthony Anthony, Latonia Teacher - Science/AP Coord/Scheduling 678-336-3402
Lauren Coleman Coleman, Lauren Teacher - PsychologyWorld Geography
Alison Cuppia Cuppia, Alison Teacher - Science 678-336-3402
David Darnell Darnell, David Student Life 678-336-3402
Kelsey Dedels Dedels, Kelsey Teacher - Spanish
Alec Degnats Degnats, Alec Teacher - Band
Tiffany Diebold Diebold, Tiffany Teacher - ESL
Greer Dover Dover, Greer Teacher - English 678-336-3402
Mike Forester Forester, Mike Teacher - Bible/Football Coach 678-336-3402
Nathan Goodroe Goodroe, Nathan Teacher - Math 678-336-3402
Daniel Hilton Hilton, Daniel Teacher - Drama 678-336-3351
Matt Hixenbaugh Hixenbaugh, Matt Assistant Head of Upper School
Anita Hunter Hunter, Anita Teacher - Art 678-336-3351
Audriana Johnson Johnson, Audriana Teacher - Chorus/Choral Director 678-336-3351
Jody Johnson Johnson, Jody Teacher - Math/Equestrian Coach 678-336-3402
Clay Kelsh Kelsh, Clay Teacher - Latin 678-642-5080
Megan Koch Koch, Megan Academic Dean 678-336-3402
Paul Martini Martini, Paul Teacher -History/Sports Information Director 678-336-3351
Craig McGaughey McGaughey, Craig Substitute Coordinator 678-336-3300
Ambrey McWilliams McWilliams, Ambrey Teacher - Science/Media Arts 678-336-3402
John Messinger Messinger, John Teacher - Science/Athletic Trainer 678-336-3300
Melanie Murphy Murphy, Melanie Teacher - Spanish/Student Life 678-336-3402
Diane Nardella Nardella, Diane Upper School Counselor 678-336-3402
Grant Norwood Norwood, Grant Teacher - Business Instructor 404-447-6607
Emily Payne Payne, Emily Teacher - Bible 678-336-3402
Andrew Perry Perry, Andrew Teacher - Science 678-336-3402
Susan Reilly Reilly, Susan Director of College Counseling 678-336-3402
Molly Richey Richey, Molly Receptionist 678-336-3402
Bradley Smith Smith, Bradley Teacher - Math 678-336-3402
Orrin Swayze Swayze, Orrin Teacher - English
Shane Tomashot Tomashot, Shane Teacher - History 678-336-3402
John Whitehurst Whitehurst, John Teacher - History/Instructional Coach 678-336-3402
Maria Williams Williams, Maria Teacher - English 678-336-3402
Rufus Wilson Wilson, Rufus Student Support
Jamey Woods Woods, Jamey Teacher - Health/Baseball Coach