Granville Academy & 5 STAR Academy

Meet the GA & 5 STAR Staff 2022 - 2023

Principal Tinisha Wharton

Hello Family!


My name is Tinisha Wharton and I am excited to be the Principal of Granville Academy for the 2022-2023 school year! The 2022-2023 school year will bring in my 14th year in education and my fourth year in administration. I received my Bachelors degree from North Carolina Central University, Masters, from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I am completing my Doctorate at Northeastern University.


My journey as an educator has afforded me the opportunity to live and travel abroad, and develop a better view of education worldwide. With that said, my philosophy is very simple. I believe that every student can learn, but in very different ways, at different paces, as well as different levels of sophistication. I believe that it is our responsibility as educators to assess student-learning abilities and meet students where they are.


In choosing a career in education, I made the commitment to empower, equip, model, serve, challenge, and support in every building I enter. I am very passionate about my work in education, and I look forward to continuing that work here at Granville Academy!


Pirate Pride!!

Mr. Michael Spradlin: Dean of Instruction

Mr. Michael Spradlin received his Master's Degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2011. He received his Bachelors Degree in both History and Religious Studies from Brevard College in 2008.


Before coming to Granville County in 2016 he worked for 5 years as an outdoor educator for the YMCA and other non-profits. He spent the majority of this time teaching group development, ecology and facilitating high ropes. This only increased his love for the outdoors. Some of his other interest include cooking, reading, board games and video games. During the fall and winter he enjoys spending time cheering for his Tarheels in both football and basketball.

Ms. Gayzelle Parker: GA Academic Advisor

Granville Academy welcomes Ms. Gayzelle Parker as our School Academic Advisor!


Mrs. Parker is a native and graduate of Granville County Schools. She graduated from North Carolina Central University( Cum Laude) with a BA in Sociology and Social Work and a Masters Degree in Sociology and Counseling Education. She has been employed with Granville County Schools since 1998. She worked at West Oxford Elementary from 1998 to 2014, and transitioned to JF Webb High School in 2014 where she was the counselor for 9th and 10th grade students. Ms. Parker is looking forward to spending her last few years at Granville Academy.


Ms. Parker says, "I have a love of people in general but my love for my students is special. Watching the growth and maturity in students is what I long for. I push students to do their very best in hopes they will recognize their potential and ability to NOT GIVE UP!"

Ms. Jaime Melton: GA Elementary Teacher K-2

Mrs. Jaime Melton is the K-2 teacher for Granville Academy.


Mrs. Melton has a bachelor degree in Elementary Education from West Liberty University. She also has a Masters degree in reading from East Carolina University. She grew up in Ohio where she was a long term substitute teacher for over a year before moving to North Carolina. This is Mrs. Melton’s 19th year teaching in Granville county schools but her third year with Granville Academy.


Mrs. Melton has been married for 14 years and has 2 daughters. In her spare time Mrs. Melton likes to read, bake, and watch her girls dance. She also loves coffee and colorful pens.

Ms. Kayla Stancil: Granville Academy K-2 Teacher Assistant

Ms. Stancil is the K-2 Teacher Assistant for Granville Academy.


Ms. Stancil shared:

"My name is Kayla Stancil, I am 23 years old. I was born in Oxford, NC but raised in Holland, MI. I am a full time Teacher Assistant at Granville academy, a full time student at Vance-Granville community college, and I work part time at two wedding venues here in Oxford. Teaching is something that I did not realize how passionate I was about until I was in the role. I am hoping to make a difference in many lives but even just one students life would make an impact. I am excited to start and further my career in teaching through Granville Academy. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my dog, and tending to my many house plants."

Ms. Nancy Odom: GA Middle School ELA & Social Studies

Mrs. Odom is the 6-8 Social Studies and English teacher for Granville Academy.


Mrs. Odom has Masters degree in Education with a minor in adult education from East Carolina University. She grew up in Massachusetts, moved to Tennessee, then made North Carolina her home in 2001. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and eight pets! She enjoys spending time with family, hiking with her dog, photography, volunteering for various animal advocacy groups, and reading in her spare time.

Ms. Pamela Perry: GA Middle School Math & Science Teacher

Ms. Perry is excited to join Granville County Schools. Ms. Perry's 25 years of teaching experiences have allowed her to teach Middle School Mathematics and Science in much of the tri-county region including Franklin, Vance and Wake counties. She is a former NC Teaching Fellow and an alumnus of North Carolina Central University.

Mrs. Bethany Young: High School Science

Mrs. Bethany Young is a fifth year teacher and loves teaching at Granville Academy!

She received her Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and minor in Chemistry from there as well.

Her favorite thing to do is to get students excited about learning and doing science! She is excited to be teaching our high school students in their science courses this year!

Growing up on a farm, she has always had a love for the outdoors that has only increased as she has gotten older and one of her favorite places to be is the beach. She also enjoys hiking, running, reading, and painting. She lives with her husband, Brandon.

Mr. Warner Heartwell: High School Math

Warner L. Heartwell Jr is joining Granville Academy this year! He is a husband and father of 7 children, having served in the U.S. Army before embarking on his teaching career. He has 12 years experience teaching Middle and High School math, and since his move to Granville County Public Schools, he has taught on all 4 levels of High school Math including Foundations of Math 1 and Introduction to High School Math.


Mr. Heartwell says, "I am very excited about my first year teaching at Granville Academy, looking forward to learning and growing together with my Colleagues and students."

Mr. Barry Moore: High School English

English teacher for Granville Academy and Granville Online


"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them" Mark Twain

Mrs. Madison Shepherd: 5 STAR Elementary Teacher K-2

Mrs. Shepherd is the K-2 Virtual Learning teacher at Granville Academy!


Mrs. Shepherd has been teaching for 5 years and has enjoyed every second of getting to know the students in each of her classes she has taught! She is married and has been to her wonderful husband for 4 years now. She and her husband met at college and both played a college sport! Her husband played baseball and she played softball at Liberty University in Virginia. Together they have a 4 year old German Shepherd who is a big baby :)


Mrs. Shepherd loves to be active in her spare time! her secondary job is Personal Training and she has always loved and lived in fitness!

Ms. Jenni Preddy: 5 STAR Elementary Teacher 3-4

Ms. Jenni Preddy is originally from Australia where she received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is beginning her 24th year of teaching, 21 in Granville County, but this will be her first year at Granville Academy. She met and has been married to her Granville County native husband for 18 years, and has 2 beautiful daughters, 15 and 13. She also has a black lab named Bailey. Her children are very involved in sports, and in any spare time they have, they like to go camping.


She says: "I am looking forward to a great year here at Granville Academy!"

Mr. Clayton Ramsey: 5 STAR Middle School Math & Science

Mr. Ramsey has been a teacher for 18 years. This is his first year in Granville County Schools. He has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech and a Master's in Statistics from NC State University.


In the past he has taught high school math classes ranging from Algebra I to AP Calculus AB, as well as high school Physics, Engineering Design, Computer Programming, and Makerspace.


He is originally from Asheville but has lived in Oxford since 2010 with his wife and two kids. He enjoys board and video games, gardening, programming, reading, and learning new things.

Ms. Rhonda Jackson: 5 STAR Middle School English & Social Studies

Ms. R. Jackson is the 2021-2022 ELA/Social Studies 6th-8th Grade Teacher. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina and like most of her family members, she has been teaching for over 20 years. In the past, She was the lead teacher and taught first grade thru fifth grade concentrating on Language Arts and Writing. She also taught and choreographed dance, created school programs and plays at a prior school.


Ms. Jackson says: "My belief is that every classroom has its own unique community; my role as the teacher will be to assist each child in developing their own potential and learning styles. I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day.I make the content relevant to the students' lives by incorporating hands-on learning, cooperative learning, projects, themes, and individual work that engage and activate students' learning."

Ms. Stephanie Cash: Math Instructional Lead & Curriculum Specialist

Ms. Cash has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from UNC Pembroke. This is Ms. Cash’s 17th year teaching in Granville county schools but her first year with Granville Academy.

Mrs. Marva Smith: High School Lead & GO CTE Teacher

Mrs. Marva Smith is a Granville County Native. She has 8 years of teaching experience. She started teaching at Butner-Stem as a part-time 8th grade math teacher before transitioning to JF Webb High School for 2.5 years teaching Business and Computer Science courses. She is returning to Granville Academy after teaching middle school business and computer classes in wake county for 4.5 years.


Mrs. Smith has been married to an amazing husband for 6 years and they just welcomed their first child, a baby girl, this July. In her free time she enjoys walking and trying new restaurants or recipes.

Mrs. Phyllis Cameron: Exceptional Children Teacher

A veteran teacher of 30 years, Mrs. Phyllis Cameron has worked across all settings in all grade levels. She attended Fayetteville State University where she completed a M.A. degree in Learning Disabilities and Mental Retardation. She received a B.S. degree in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University, and attained her initial certification in Early Childhood Education from Greensboro College. She now lives in South Hill, VA, with her husband, Bain, who is a geologist turned high school math and science teacher. She has two adult children, both of whom graduated from J.F. Webb High School.

Mrs. Cameron recently left public education for several years and spent that time along with her husband developing programs for a local system of food pantries in their capacity as coordinators. They also volunteer with Remote Area Medical, which provides free medical, dental, and vision services to underserved populations across the country. She loves to travel and was fortunate to travel with family aboard the National Geographic Explorer to Antarctica in January. In addition to travel, she enjoys crafting and reading.

Mr. Stephen Priest: 3-8 Intervention Specialist

Mr. Stephen Priest is the Granville Academy Intervention Specialist. He received his Bachelor of Science from Western Carolina University and Education certification from North Carolina Central University.


He taught at every level in the K-12 system. He worked with elementary, middle, and early college high school students over the past 22 years. Before becoming a teacher, he worked in hotel management, the nonprofit world and director of a Recreation program.


Mr. Priest says, "Through personal and professional experiences in the educational process I understand that the path to educational success is different for everyone. To help a student discover their successful educational path is my goal."

Mrs. Mazie Marlin: High School Student & Staff Support

Mrs. Mazie Marlin earned her BS degree at Winston-Salem State University and MS from Indiana University. She had a total of 42 years of teaching experience before retiring from GCS in 2017. Currently, she works as lab facilitator for Granville Academy’s high school students.


Her mission is to ensure that the high school students know how to navigate the various learning management systems and are able to maintain academic success,

Mrs. Barbara Poole: High School Student & Staff Support, English & Creative Writing Teacher

Barbara Poole is a teacher of English, Journalism and Creative Writing and also serves as student and staff support coordinator for Granville Online. She graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grade Education and received her Master's Degree in Education from Fayetteville State University. Mrs. Poole began her career as a teacher's assistant while she attended college getting her degree. She has taught for more than 40 years, and has worked in Granville County for the last 12 years. She was part of the first online education programs in North Carolina, CCS Web Academy.


She is energized every day working with the wonderful staff and students of Granville County!

Mrs. Monique Feast: 9-12 Academic Support

Granville Academy is welcoming Mrs. Monique Feast to our team as academic support to our students in grades 9-12!


Mrs. Monique Feast is married with two daughters in college. Mrs. Feast and her husband are from New Orleans, Louisiana. Mrs. Feast and her family attend Henderson Church of Christ in Henderson, N.C. where she serves as a ladies bible class teacher for women of all ages.


Monique has a B. A. in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans. Monique has worked in the school and hospital settings as a social worker. She worked as a Foster Care social worker for Wake County Human Services before leaving the workplace to raise her daughters at home.


Mrs. Feast is blessed and humbly grateful for the opportunity to serve and work with the faculty, students and parents of Granville Academy.

Mrs. Leah Powell: Digital Teaching & Learning Advisor

Mrs. Powell is a Digital Teaching & Learning Advisor that supports blended learning within the GA community. She is also a Granville Online & Granville Academy Spanish teacher.


She has worked for GCPS for a total of 13 years. She began her career as a Teacher Cadet and Spanish teacher at South Granville High School and for Granville Online. In 2015, Mrs. Powell joined the Technology Team as a district Instructional Technology Facilitator and continued to teach for Granville Online.


Mrs. Powell truly loves being apart of the Granville Academy community!