Middle School Staff


Susan Barfield

Susan Barfield has an A.S. in secretarial science as well as a B.S. in art education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Barfield attends church at Islands Christian, and her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Barfield most enjoys showing her students that our lives are empty canvases like the ones in her classroom. No matter students’ artistic styles in the classroom and in their relationships with the Creator, Barfield wants them to finish with a masterpiece that hangs on the wall and in their hearts.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2002


Bryce Bielec

Bryce Bielec received a B.M.E. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He attends Coastal Bible Fellowship in Rincon, where he co-leads the youth group. Bielec lives by Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” Bielec is excited to be part of the Calvary family and to share his passion for the Lord and for music. Bielec enjoys playing in the snow, throwing the frisbee, and playing the trombone.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2012


Lacey (Toole) Bragg

Lacey (Toole) Bragg earned her B.S. in art education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She attends Jasper Springs Baptist Church in Garden City, and her favorite verse is Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Mrs. Bragg and her husband Robert recently renovated a house. When not at school, she enjoys crafting, working out, and caring for animals.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2011


John Carr

John Carr graduated from Calvary Day School in 2010 and received his B.A. in history from Brewton-Parker College in 2014. He attends Calvary Baptist Temple, where his wife, Laura, serves as the Director of Preschool Ministries. Carr is motivated daily by Luke 9:23, “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” In addition to teaching science, Carr serves as a coach in the Baseball and Softball programs at Calvary.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2014


Caroline Cronk

Caroline Cronk earned her B.A. in mathematics from the University of Mississippi. She is originally from Atlanta but has recently moved to Savannah. She is motivated by Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” She enjoys teaching math, travelling, going to the beach and meeting new people.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2016


Sherry Griffin

Sherry Griffin received her B.S. degree in physical education for grades K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Griffin attends First Presbyterian Church and thrives on Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are my God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” In addition to spending time with her husband and two children, Griffin enjoys working with girls who are as passionate about softball as she is.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2002


Jackie Hamilton

Jackie Hamilton holds a B.S. and an M.Ed. in health and physical education from the University of Georgia. Hamilton attends Calvary Baptist Temple and lives by John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” He enjoys his family and friends, sports, and the successes of his students.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 1989


Rich Hatch

Rich Hatch received his B.A. in theatre from Messiah College in Grantham, PA, after growing up in southeast Massachusetts. He served as an Associate Pastor in north-central Pennsylvania for several years, during which time he received his Master of Ministry degree from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. Hatch is also working with the pastoral staff at Calvary Baptist Temple to contribute to the drama ministries of the church. His favorite verses are I Corinthians 15:34, “Awake to righteousness and sin no more; for some have not the knowledge of God. I say this to your shame” and Hebrews 13:20-21, “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” His favorite verse is also — you get the idea. Hatch loves the coast, but he will always miss the wilderness of PA. He’s thrilled to be meeting and laboring with his southern brothers and sisters in Christ!

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2013


Budd Keith

Budd Keith earned his B.S. in mathematics and economics and his M.B.A. from Shorter University. He and his wife, Mary, attend Calvary Baptist Temple. Keith draws inspiration and peace from Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” In addition to teaching Middle School math and social studies, Keith coaches in Calvary’s Football and Baseball programs.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2011


Carolyn Mackey

Carolyn Mackey received her B.S. in biology and her M.Ed. in education and special education from South Carolina State University. Mackey attends First Baptist Church of Pooler, and her favorite verses are 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Mackey most enjoys witnessing the transformation of students as they are nurtured academically and spiritually at Calvary Day School. In her spare time she enjoys reading, working crossword puzzles, and traveling. She has two children and three grandchildren, which includes her ‘favorite’ granddaughter.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2007


Katie Martin

Katie Martin earned her B.S. in political science from the University of Georgia and her M.A.T. in middle school language arts and social studies from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She is a member of Community Bible Church, and she lives by Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Martin loves to spend time with her family, go to the beach, read, and play with her dog, Foley.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2012


Sammie Murphy

Sammie Murphy holds a B.A. in education and religious studies from Sacred Heart University and an M.A. in applied linguistics from the University of South Florida. Teaching for over 25 years, Murphy enjoys being able to teach teenagers (that fleeting stage between kiddom and adulthood), and in 2013 she started Calvary’s equestrian team, the first Middle/High School equestrian team in Savannah. She says that the most challenging and the most rewarding part of her job is maintaining a positive reflection of Christ for her students as they approach adulthood. She attends The Sanctuary, and her favorite verses are 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Serving Calvary Day School Since 1999


Angela Norris

Angela Norris received her B.S. in physical science for chemistry from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and her M.S. in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. She attends Savannah Christian Church. Her favorite verses are Psalm 27:4-5, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.” In addition to spending time in God’s Word, Norris loves spending time with her husband and children. She loves teaching chemistry as much as she loves learning it.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2008


Derward Poole

Derward Poole has a B.S. in physical education, recreation, & health from Armstrong State College, a Master of Divinity in religious education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Covington Theological Seminary. Poole is the Associate Pastor at Calvary Baptist Temple. He has been married to the former Suzanne M. Ritter, who is a third grade teacher at Calvary Day School, for 26 years. He has two daughters, Tiffany and Ashley, and has many “adopted children and grandchildren” through 28 years of teaching, coaching, and ministry. The apple of his eye is his granddaughter Addie Grace. One of Poole’s favorite verses is Isaiah 40:31, “Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2000


Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor received her B.S. in elementary education for grades one through six and her M.Ed. from Bridgewater State University. She attends Calvary Baptist Temple and lives by Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Taylor enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places, cooking, and gardening.

Serving Calvary Day School Since 2006