lyndon academy

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Linda Murdock

Head of School

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Lycoming College, State University of New York

  • Years of Experience: 50

Dr. Dwight Pullen

Assistant Head of School

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist, Doctorate

  • Auburn University, University of Georgia, Central Michigan University

  • Years of Experience: 41

Peter Murdock

COO & CFO

Shanna Rein

Director of Admissions
Director of Parent and Student Relations

Caleb Boone

Director of Academic Planning

“People often say, “I’ll be happy when…” Being happy does not mean to always get what you want. Happiness comes when you love what you have and you are grateful for it.”

“It is never wrong to do the right thing.”

– Mark Twain

“Live life by laughing a lot, dreaming big … when you fall, get up and run faster. Life is not about me, it’s about the people that surround me.”

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. If I can make a difference in the lives of children and allow them to continue to make a difference in mine, then I am fulfilled.”

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Linda Murdock

Head of School

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Lycoming College, State University of New York

  • Years of Experience: 50

“People often say, “I’ll be happy when…” Being happy does not mean to always get what you want. Happiness comes when you love what you have and you are grateful for it.”

Dr. Dwight Pullen

Assistant Head of School

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist, Doctorate

  • Auburn University, University of Georgia, Central Michigan University

  • Years of Experience: 41

“It is never wrong to do the right thing.”

– Mark Twain

Peter Murdock

COO & CFO

“Live life by laughing a lot, dreaming big … when you fall, get up and run faster. Life is not about me, it’s about the people that surround me.”

Shanna Rein

Director of Admissions
Director of Parent and Student Relations

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. If I can make a difference in the lives of children and allow them to continue to make a difference in mine, then I am fulfilled.”

Caleb Boone

Director of Academic Planning

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Jim Anderson

Director of College Planning

Kevin Rein

Athletic Director & Math Teacher

John Serna

Music Director

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Adventist University of Colombia, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music

  • Years of Experience: 22

Laura Dollar

Director of Student Activities

Dr. Shelly Boardman

Director of Student Affairs

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

  • James Madison University, University of Georgia

  • Years of Experience: 35

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

– Tim Duncan

“I firmly believe that Music Education is a powerful tool for social transformation.”

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out a way to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

-Michael Jordan

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jim Anderson

Director of College Planning

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Kevin Rein

Athletic Director & Math Teacher

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

– Tim Duncan

John Serna

Music Director

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Adventist University of Colombia, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music

  • Years of Experience: 22

“I firmly believe that Music Education is a powerful tool for social transformation.”

Laura Dollar

Director of Student Activities

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out a way to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

-Michael Jordan

Dr. Shelly Boardman

Director of Student Affairs

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

  • James Madison University, University of Georgia

  • Years of Experience: 35

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pam Bonitatibus

Biology & Health Teacher

Eric Burin

History Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • The Bowling Green State University, Kennesaw State University

  • Years of Experience: 17

Cameron Chiostergi

Math & PE Teacher

Sue Coll

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

  • Working towards Bachelor’s

  • Liceo de Artes en Puerto Rico

  • Years of Experience: 19

Diana Dowd

Mandarin Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Kennesaw State University

  • Years of Experience: 15

“The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”

— Harper Lee ~ To Kill a Mockingbird

“Choosing to be an educator is choosing to be a perennial optimist. You’re buying into the future. You’re playing a part in the foundation of the lives of your students”

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

– Confucius

“No one should have to choose one language and culture over the other because having both is undeniably better than having just one.”

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to person excellence.”

– Confucius

Pam Bonitatibus

Biology & Health Teacher

“The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”

— Harper Lee ~ To Kill a Mockingbird

Eric Burin

History Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • The Bowling Green State University, Kennesaw State University

  • Years of Experience: 17

“Choosing to be an educator is choosing to be a perennial optimist. You’re buying into the future. You’re playing a part in the foundation of the lives of your students”

Cameron Chiostergi

Math & PE Teacher

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

– Confucius

Sue Coll

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

  • Working towards Bachelor’s

  • Liceo de Artes en Puerto Rico

  • Years of Experience: 19

“No one should have to choose one language and culture over the other because having both is undeniably better than having just one.”

Diana Dowd

Mandarin Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Kennesaw State University

  • Years of Experience: 15

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to person excellence.”

– Confucius

Elizabeth Ernst

English Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • University of Georgia, Georgia State University

  • Years of Experience: 7

Janet Gillam

Language Arts Teacher

Tracey Gunter-Rosen

Technology Teacher

Jaime Gutierrez

History & Spanish Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • La Sabana University, University of Salamanca

  • Years of Experience: 25

Christine Hill

Math Teacher

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

– John Locke

“Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”

– Steve Jobs

“Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”

– Mahatma Gandhi

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”

– Bob Talbert

Elizabeth Ernst

English Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • University of Georgia, Georgia State University

  • Years of Experience: 7

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

Janet Gillam

Language Arts Teacher

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

– John Locke

Tracey Gunter-Rosen

Technology Teacher

“Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”

– Steve Jobs

Jaime Gutierrez

History & Spanish Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • La Sabana University, University of Salamanca

  • Years of Experience: 25

“Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Christine Hill

Math Teacher

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”

– Bob Talbert

Cindy LaSalle

Business Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Montana Tech, University of Montana

  • Years of Experience: 17

Nancy Lee

Mandarin Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania

  • Years of Experience: 22

Amanda Lough

Math Teacher

Lorena Morgan

Spanish Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Escuela Normal “Miguel F. Martínez”, Centenaria y Benemérita, LaGrange College

  • Years of Experience: 24

Janice Placanica

Science Teacher

“No child left behind.”

– Montana’s Office of Public Instruction’s policy

“People at birth are naturally good. Their natures are similar; their habits become different.  If, negligently, not taught, their nature deteriorates. The right way to teach, is with absolute concentration … Jade that has not been polished cannot be used. Person that has not studied cannot know righteousness.”

– Three-Character Classic poem by Wang Yinglin

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“I’ve heard before that learning a second language not only gives you a whole different and new way of thinking but, most importantly, it gives you an insight into the culture of the people who speak it that you would never have otherwise gotten, in other words, To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

 – Charlemagne

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

– Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Cindy LaSalle

Business Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Montana Tech, University of Montana

  • Years of Experience: 17

“No child left behind.”

– Montana’s Office of Public Instruction’s policy

Nancy Lee

Mandarin Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania

  • Years of Experience: 22

“People at birth are naturally good. Their natures are similar; their habits become different.  If, negligently, not taught, their nature deteriorates. The right way to teach, is with absolute concentration … Jade that has not been polished cannot be used. Person that has not studied cannot know righteousness.”

– Three-Character Classic poem by Wang Yinglin

Amanda Lough

Math Teacher

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Lorena Morgan

Spanish Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Escuela Normal “Miguel F. Martínez”, Centenaria y Benemérita, LaGrange College

  • Years of Experience: 24

“I’ve heard before that learning a second language not only gives you a whole different and new way of thinking but, most importantly, it gives you an insight into the culture of the people who speak it that you would never have otherwise gotten, in other words, To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

 – Charlemagne

Janice Placanica

Science Teacher

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

– Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Goldie Robinson

Art Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Yeshiva University, Columbia University

  • Years of Experience: 10

Maite Rolon

Spanish Teacher

Jason Smith

English Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist

  • Savannah College of Art & Design, Kennesaw State University

  • Years of Experience: 7

Bobbie Spamer

Social Studies Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Piedmont University, Georgia Southern University

  • Years of Experience: 2

Denise Stanford

Science Teacher

“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.”

– Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

“No importa lo lento que vayas, siempre y cuando no te detengas.”

– Confucio.

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

– Albert Einstein

Goldie Robinson

Art Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Yeshiva University, Columbia University

  • Years of Experience: 10

“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.”

– Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

Maite Rolon

Spanish Teacher

“No importa lo lento que vayas, siempre y cuando no te detengas.”

– Confucio.

Jason Smith

English Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist

  • Savannah College of Art & Design, Kennesaw State University

  • Years of Experience: 7

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Bobbie Spamer

Social Studies Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Piedmont University, Georgia Southern University

  • Years of Experience: 2

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Denise Stanford

Science Teacher

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

– Albert Einstein

Kelly Webb

Language Arts Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Mercer University, Walden University

  • Years of Experience: 21

Nicole Zerr

Kindergarten Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • University of North Georgia, University of Georgia

  • Years of Experience: 11

Karen Bird

Paraprofessional

Aleathea Ostman

Kitchen Manager

Kiya Morgan

Assistant Kitchen Manager

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

– Dr. Seuss

“The strength of our student relationships makes the difference in translating our passion for teaching into their passion for learning.”

– Beth Morrow 

“I want to be that teacher that when my children look back on their education they feel love in their hearts, have a smile on their face and can truly say they knew I cared.”

“My kids look forward to going to school every day, and I look forward to going to work each day with them. I feel the warmth and enthusiasm of each and every student. I am truly blessed to be part of something great.”

“In order to thrive and succeed in life, every living species must be properly nourished. We feed their minds, their creativity, their hearts, and their bellies. I love hearing children say, “Thank you lunch lady!””

Kelly Webb

Language Arts Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • Mercer University, Walden University

  • Years of Experience: 21

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

– Dr. Seuss

Nicole Zerr

Kindergarten Teacher

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s

  • University of North Georgia, University of Georgia

  • Years of Experience: 11

“The strength of our student relationships makes the difference in translating our passion for teaching into their passion for learning.”

– Beth Morrow 

Karen Bird

Paraprofessional

“I want to be that teacher that when my children look back on their education they feel love in their hearts, have a smile on their face and can truly say they knew I cared.”

Aleathea Ostman

Kitchen Manager

“My kids look forward to going to school every day, and I look forward to going to work each day with them. I feel the warmth and enthusiasm of each and every student. I am truly blessed to be part of something great.”

Kiya Morgan

Assistant Kitchen Manager

“In order to thrive and succeed in life, every living species must be properly nourished. We feed their minds, their creativity, their hearts, and their bellies. I love hearing children say, “Thank you lunch lady!””

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