Head of School
Amanda comes to us with nearly 10 years of experience in education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of North Carolina Pembroke, an Exceptional Children’s add on license from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Kansas, and an Educational Leadership and Administration license from Gardner Webb University. Her specialty is in high incidence disabilities and differentiation of curriculum. Amanda has taught exceptional children in public, charter, and private schools in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. She has worked with a wide variety of special needs students ranging from severe and profound to mainstream inclusion. Amanda has implemented Multi-Tiered Support Systems, differentiation, and catering curriculum to encompass student needs in several North Carolina public schools and Noble Academy which is also a private school in Greensboro specializing in exceptional children. In Iredell County Schools Amanda worked as an exceptional children’s specialist and most recently at Langtree Charter Academy as Student Services Specialist and Principal Intern. Amanda has been married for 9 years to Jason who is a high school head football coach and teacher. They have two sons, Paxton and Gunnar. Amanda is excited to grow and expand upon an already amazing school that aligns to her educational philosophy of successful learning for all through rigorous teaching based on each child’s needs.
Ja'Net Brown, Elementary Director, Elementary Education Teacher
Ja'Net was one of Crossway Academy's first parents. She has been with us for 3 years and has over 19 years of teaching experience in both public and private settings. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. For 5 years, Ja'Net owned an Academic Pre-School and Afterschool Program. She has worked in intervention and enjoys helping children learn. Ja'Net enjoys spending time traveling with her husband and son.
Rebecca Dillard, General Special Education Teacher
Rebecca Dillard has a BS in General Special Education K-12 from Appalachian State University. She has a Diploma in Computer Information Technology and is a certified Software and Database specialist from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. She came to Crossway in 2013 in hopes of being able to help children with their individual educational and social needs.
Donna Tennyson, General Special Education Teacher
Donna Tennyson grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she attended Baruch College and earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. She made Charlotte my home in 1994 and worked at various jobs for a time. She obtained her Master's Certificate in Special Education and her teaching license in 2001 from UNC Charlotte. She has been teaching students with special needs for sixteen years now. Her experience includes elementary, middle and high school.
She has two grown daughters and a grandson, who is in college. Her hobbies include reading, shopping, watching movies on television, and taking long walks on cool days.
Hanna Snyder, Teacher Assistant