Dr. Alanna Staton
School Director, Special Education Teacher
Alanna has over 16 years of experience in education. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education, a Master's in Special Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She then attended Liberty University, where she completed her doctorate of education. Her specialty areas are in learning disabilities and autism. Although Alanna is a native of North Carolina, she has lived all over the world with her family. While living in Ethiopia, Alanna was a K-12 special education teacher for an international school there. She also taught and lived in Chicago, the United Arab Emirates, New Jersey, Ecuador, and Iowa. While living in New Jersey, Alanna led a special education program across 19 schools in Bergen County. She was also hired as a consultant with the New Jersey Commission for the Blind to create a curriculum for students with vision loss. Throughout her time in New Jersey, she led multiple parent and teacher workshops on best learning practices for students with disabilities. Prior to returning to North Carolina, Alanna was the principal of a Christian school in Iowa. During her time there, she revamped the curriculum to include a more student-centered approach to learning. Alanna has been married for nearly 11 years, and has two children. Her son is also a student here at Crossway. Alanna joined the team at Crossway in 2017 because her philosophy of education perfectly aligns with Crossway's mission to meet the academic and social needs of students by providing an individualized education program.
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