Granville Academy

Meet the GA Staff 2023 - 2024

Principal: Mrs. Kelly Helner

Mrs. Kelly Helner is the principal of Granville Academy, the district’s flagship blended in-person and virtual K-12 school. Mrs. Helner has served Granville County Schools for 5 years as an Assistant Principal at Granville Central High School and then at Creedmoor Elementary School. She began her public education career as a Business Education teacher in Orange County Schools after having served as a Corporate Executive. Mrs. Helner holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, History and a Masters in School Administration from UNC. She and her husband are the proud parents of two sons both of whom are graduates of North Carolina Public Schools and now East Carolina University.

Dr. Stan Winborne, commented on her role, saying “Mrs. Helner brings a unique set of professional experiences to her new role. Her leadership will be an excellent fit for this dynamic and innovative school. I look forward to working with her as Granville Academy continues to grow and serve the diverse needs of students and families who are seeking a flexible, personalized learning environment. We are excited about the future of this school!”


Mrs. Cierra Harris: Dean of Instruction/Assistant Principal

Cierra Harris is a native of Vance County. She graduated from, Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education(K-6). She also graduated from High Point University with her Master of Education in Educational Leadership. She has been teaching for 8 years. She taught for 7 years in Vance County. This is her second year in Granville County. I am very passionate about student growth academically and socially. I am also excited to work with our school community to provide the best education for our students.

Cierra enjoys spending time with her family, singing, fishing, and playing board games. Cierra has been married to her husband for five years and currently lives in Vance County.

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. Shernicka Roberts: Student Information Data Manager & Receptionist

Granville Academy's Student Information Data Manager & Receptionist is Ms. Shernicka Roberts. She is a 2004 graduate of JF Webb High School. She attended Elizabeth City State University from 2004-2006. She has worked for Granville County Public Schools for about 5 years. She was first a district receptionist and now data manager. She is very passionate about children and education. She enjoys anything where she can be creative. She likes to sing, draw, paint, write poetry, read and craft!

Ms. Alicia Guiton: Long Term Substitute

Ms. Guiton joins Granville Academy as a Long Term Substitute.

She lives in Oxford, NC and she has two children. Her son is a student at ECU and her daughter is a sophomore at FLA. She loves working with children, especially at the high school level. Her favorite spot is on a beach with her family or spending summers by the pool.

Ms. Guiton shared: "I look forward to a new year with Granville Academy and meeting new students and families."

Mrs. Madison Shepherd: K-2 Teacher

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

Mrs. Shepherd has been teaching for 6 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 5 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 5 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. Jaime Melton: 3-5 Math & Science Teacher

Mrs. Jaime Melton is the 3-5 Math & Science 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 20th year teaching in Granville county schools but her third year with Granville Academy.

Mrs. Melton has been married for 15 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. Jenni Preddy: 3-5 Social Studies & ELA Teacher

Ms. Jenni Preddy is originally from Australia where she received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She is beginning her 26th year of teaching, 23 in Granville County, but this will be her third year at Granville Academy. She met and has been married to her Granville County native husband for 20 years, and has 2 beautiful daughters, 17 and 15. 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 stay at home and relax.

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

Ms. Pamela Perry: 6-8 Science Teacher

Mrs. Pamela Ayscue Perry is the 6th-8th Science Teacher in the Granville Academy Middle School program.

Her 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.

This is her fourth year with Granville Academy and her 26th year of teaching.

Ms. Ann Grey Newcomb: 6-8 English Teacher

Mrs. Ann Grey Newcomb is the 6-8 English Language Arts Teacher for Granville Academy.

Mrs. Newcomb holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Education, a Master’s in Supervision and Administration, and is licensed as an Instructional Specialist and ESL Teacher. She completed all of her coursework at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She grew up just over the state line in Clarksville, Virginia, and has worked as an educator in many different grade levels and settings for the past 25 years. This is her first year teaching online for Granville Academy.

Mrs. Newcomb has been married for 24 years, and has two daughters ages 17 and 19. Emma is following in her footsteps at Longwood University, and Gracie is finishing her senior year at Mecklenburg County High School. In her spare time, Mrs. Newcomb enjoys reading, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family at the lake.

Ms. Nancy Odom: 6-8 Social Studies Teacher

Mrs. Odom is the 6-8 Social Studies 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.

Mr. Clayton Ramsey: 6-8 Math Teacher

Mr. Ramsey has been a teacher for 19 years. This is his second 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.

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

Ms. Stephanie Cash: High School Math

Ms. Cash has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from UNC Pembroke. This is Ms. Cash’s 18th year teaching in Granville county schools but her first year with Granville Academy.

Mr. Kaleb Cahoon: High School Social Studies


Mrs. Phyllis Cameron: Exceptional Children Teacher

A veteran teacher of 31 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. Anne Nelson: Academic Support Coach

Mrs. Anne Nelson joins Granville Academy as an Academic Support Coach.

Mrs. Nelson is excited to have the opportunity to work with the students, staff, and families of Granville Academy. She has over 17 years of teaching experience. She enjoys reading and music. She is thankful for the opportunities that education has afforded me.

Mrs. Nelson shared:

I am a …

  • resident of Person County

  • wife of my high school sweetheart

  • mother of three adult sons

  • grandmother of a precious grandson

  • proud graduate of North Carolina Central University with a BA in Elementary Education and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters in Special Education

    My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one’s purpose, how to overcome fear and to stand up for causes bigger than one’s self.”

    Coretta Scott King

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!