Our People

Dedicated Admin, Faculty, & Staff

We desire that all GCA faculty and staff members have an active and faithful walk with Christ, a true love for teaching children, and a commitment to the classical, Christian educational model alongside an evident love of learning and mastery of their individual disciplines that inspires students to do the same.


Craig Bouvier

Head of School

Dr. Bouvier has over 20 years of Administrative experience in both Christian and classical schools. His degrees include a B.B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from Augusta University, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Covenant College, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership with a specialization in Culture and Social Studies from the University of Alabama. In addition, he received his South Carolina teacher certification from the University of South Carolina and is currently certified by both South Carolina and Georgia.

Dr. Bouvier and his wife, Sheri, have two grown children. The Bouviers are members at Fellowship Presbyterian Church where Dr. Bouvier regularly teaches adult Sunday school classes.

Russell Freeman

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Freeman has served at GCA in several roles; first in both the History and Bible departments and then as Upper School Principal. Currently, as Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Freeman is responsible for maintaining GCA’s commitment to our Academic Plan.

Dr. Freeman earned a B.A. in Christian Studies from North Greenville University and a Masters of Divinity and Ph.D in Apologetics from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Russell and his wife Katie have three children who attend school at GCA.  The Freemans attend Christ the Redeemer Church in Greenville, where Dr. Freeman serves as an elder.

Michael Murphy

Upper School Principal

Mr. Murphy has served at GCA in several roles; as  History, Bible, Computer, Logic, and Mock Trial teacher, as well as a House Governor. He currently serves as Upper School Principal. As a veteran educator, he is responsible for supporting Upper School faculty and promoting a classical culture among Upper School students and families. 

Mr. Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters in Education from Bob Jones University. Michael and his wife Abbie have one son who attends GCA. The Murphys are members at Palmetto Hills Presbyterian Church.

Jeremy Smith

Grammar School Principal

Mr. Smith served as a GCA Upper School teacher and Athletic Director following many years in Greenville County schools. He brings a wealth of experience and common sense to GCA’s Grammar School, where he is responsible for cultivating a sense of wonder and joy in learning from our smallest learners to those in fifth grade. Jeremy and his wife Lana have two GCA students; one graduating this year and one in tenth grade. The Smiths are long-time members of Rocky Creek Baptist Church.

Abbie Murphy

Director of Enrollment

Mrs. Murphy has earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History from Bob Jones University. She comes to GCA with multiple years of admissions, communications, and teaching experience. Mrs. Murphy is married to Michael, GCA’s Upper School Principal, and they have one son attending GCA. The Murphys are members of Palmetto Hills Presbyterian Church.

Jeff Lansner

Director of Advancement

Mr. Lansner earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts, and he and his family have recently moved to the Upstate from Enfield, Connecticut. Jeff and his wife Kristen have two children, and their oldest attends GCA. The Lansners attend the Harrison Bridge Campus of Grace Church in Simpsonville, and currently serve as teachers within the children’s ministry.

Ana Fuller

Director of Operations

Mrs. Fuller has worked at GCA since 2019. Born in Spain and raised in Australia, she has previously worked in pharmaceutical research and has a degree in office administration. Mrs. Fuller is married to Tim, and has three daughters enrolled at GCA. She and her family are members of Grace Bible Church in Moore.

Lower School Faculty

Janet Godwin
Lindsay Smoak
K4 Teacher & Afternoon Enrichment Coordinator
Joy Bowman
Rebekah Hoyle
Lynne Howard
Diane Bales
1st Grade
Vanessa Sexton
1st Grade
Jodi Ellis
2nd Grade
Hannah Phillips
2nd Grade
Mary-Catherine Tuten
3rd Grade
Emma Johnson
3rd Grade
Christine Andreasen
4th Grade
Lesley Fox
5th Grade
Trista Tilley
Grammar School Art
Anna Brown
Grammar School PE

Upper School Faculty

Chad Ashby
Math, English
Katelyn Beach
Amanda Bump
Megan Conner
Latin, Science, History
Amanda Farrar
Emily Harvey
Lia Johnson
Jessica MacQuarrie
Head of Fine Arts
David Pendergrass
Thomsal Rolf
Veronica Rydzewski
Naomi Stefanet
Leslie Traylor
Melissa Weaver
Computer, History


Audra Erkens
Office Assistant & Upper School PE Teacher
Courtni Laps
Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator
Lauren Lunsford
Office & Facilities Manager
Cory Marshall
Fundraising Events Coordinator
Lisa Peach
Athletic Director
Michelle Roberts
Nina Summerlin
Administrative Assistant
Katherine Mauch
Kindergarten Teacher's Aide
Dana Ulmer
K4 Teacher's Aide
Melissa McAllister
1st Grade Teacher's Aide
Jennifer Percic
1st Grade Teacher's Aide
Melanie Stiksma
2nd Grade Teacher's Aide, College & Career Counselor
Farley Young
3rd Grade Teacher's Aide
Mary Anest
4th & 5th Teacher's Aide