Granville Academy Staff

Meet the Granville Academy Team

Mrs. Bethany Young: Middle School Science and Math

Mrs. Bethany Brown just finished her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from UNCW. She also obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from UNCW in Marine Biology with a minor in Chemistry.


She loves reading, running, and anything to do with the outdoors, but one of her favorite places is anywhere with salt water. She loves most animals, especially marine ones. She and her husband got married in 2015 and recently moved from Wilmington to Wake Forest.

Mrs. Carol Nelson: Middle School English and Social Studies

This is Carol Nelson's twenty-eighth year teaching for Granville County Public Schools. She was born and raised in the Grassy Creek community and lives there on the lake with her family. Her husband, Jeff, is from Creedmoor and is finishing his thirtieth year teaching with Granville County Public Schools. Miranda, their daughter, is a senior at J. F. Webb High School of Health and Life Sciences. They have three completely spoiled dogs and two horses. She loves to read mysteries, travel to cities, spend time with her animals and people, watch her daughter show horses, and teach kids. Her undergraduate degree in middle grades ELA/SS is from UNC-Chapel Hill and her master's degree in Reading Education is from East Carolina University.


Mrs. Nelson looks forward most to the small groups of students and the ability to personalize learning for each. She also is grateful for the family atmosphere at Granville Academy since she has already met almost every single parent. Please feel free to contact her at nelsoncw@gcs.k12.nc.us or stop by before or after school.

Mrs. Lorie Jameson-Phillips: Elementary Teacher K-2

We would like to welcome Mrs. Lorie Jameson-Phillips to the GA Team! Mrs. Phillips has been teaching in Granville County for ten years! She has worked at Mt. Energy, Stovall-Shaw, and Tar River elementary schools. For the past seven years, she has taught Kindergarten. She also has experience teaching 1st and 2nd grade. For the last five summers, She has had the pleasure of assisting 3rd grade students build confidence with their literacy skills at GCPS reading camp.


Prior to obtaining her teaching license, she worked as a Kindergarten Teacher Assistant for three years. She is extremely excited to be the K-2 Teacher for Granville Academy!


Outside of school, Mrs. Phillips has been married to her husband, Marc, for twenty-seven years. They have two adult children. Corey recently earned his master's degree in Chemistry from Wesleyan University in CT. He is in the process of relocating to Greenville, NC for his first job. Courtney is a junior at Immaculata University in PA. She is an exercise science major and plays on the soccer team. Mrs. Phillips keeps busy on the weekends running long-distance road races and traveling to visit family.

Mrs. Maryellen Bickel: Elementary Teacher 3-5

The GA Team would like to give Mrs. Maryellen Bickel a huge welcome as the Granville Academy Elementary School Teacher for grades 3-5!


Mrs. Bickel has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary from Providence College. She has 18 years teaching experience. She has taught in 4 different states and has been in North Carolina for 7 years. She is married and the mother of 4 adult children and has 2 grandchildren.