Meet Our Staff


Headmaster – Jeff Johnston

Jeff JohnstonAfter earning his bachelor’s degree from Brock University, Jeff worked for a short time as a youth pastor. Feeling the call to serve young people as a classroom teacher, he moved from his home in Canada to Grand Rapids, MI, to pursue teacher certification from Cornerstone University, where he was recognized as Student Teacher of the Year. He began his teaching career by opening a home school cooperative then later joined with National Heritage Academies as a middle school instructor. He continued teaching in Greensboro after marrying Laura, a native to North Carolina. In 2004, Jeff accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Greensboro Academy, while working to complete his master’s in educational leadership/curriculum and instruction from Calvin College. Through the years of moving from student to instructor to administrator, Jeff’s passion for classical, Christian education deepened. The Christian Education Society of Mebane, Inc. was born out of his vision as he shared it with other local parents through monthly meetings beginning in 2004. Years of prayers were answered when Bradford Academy opened its doors in 2008.

Jeff and Laura are parents to four children who all attend Bradford. Jeff’s service as a Sunday school teacher combined with his school teaching has afforded him opportunities to teach students from age three through twelfth grade. He still teaches Latin and logic in the Upper School at Bradford Academy.

Executive Assistant – Laura Johnston

IMG_0009Laura is the middle of three children, born and raised in the great town of Mebane, NC. After graduating from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, she was employed by PurEnergy Health and Wellness Services as executive assistant until she and Jeff married in 1999 and moved to Michigan. Shortly after returning to North Carolina, their first child, Avonlea, was born in 2002. Laura was thankful for the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom while their children were little. During that time, she helped run a ministry for moms at Grace Reformed Baptist Church for 10 years, worked as a transcriptionist, and volunteered frequently at Bradford until officially joining the staff in 2014. Laura counts it an immense privilege to work alongside her husband, Jeff, serving the teachers, students, and families of Bradford Academy for the glory of God.

Laura enjoys running, coaching cross country, watching her children play sports, serving as team manager for travel soccer, and teaching a kindergarten Sunday school class.

LOWER SCHOOL (Kindergarten through Sixth Grade)

Kindergarten (Full Day) Instructor – Barbara Rivera

IMG_0034Barbara was born and raised in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a double major in political science and history. She has over 20 years’ experience teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and was a director and teacher of the Awana program which focuses on teaching children the Bible and Bible memory. She enjoys reading, especially in history and theology, but her greatest passion is serving others in the name of Christ. Barbara has been actively involved in various mercy ministries both locally and internationally. She has been teaching at Bradford since 2015.




Kindergarten (Half Day) Instructor – Megan Jones

Megan JonesMegan began teaching at Bradford in 2016 and loves kindergarten students. A native Texan, she graduated with a degree in business management from Texas A&M, then worked as a graphic designer for several years at Providence Classical School in Houston. While there, she also began working as a substitute teacher and found her passion for teaching! She has served the Lord by teaching Bible classes for both children and women. Megan absolutely loves the beautiful seasons of North Carolina and is enjoying her fifth year of living here. In her spare time she also enjoys painting, knitting, exploring God’s gorgeous nature, and singing. Some of her greatest joys in life have come from getting to raise her two children, Mallory and Will, both students at Bradford.



First Grade Instructor – Jenny Campbell

Jenny CampbellJenny is a native of Alamance County and came to Bradford Academy after many years of homeschooling her four wonderful children (who now attend Bradford). She met her husband while on the mission field at an orphanage in Vlore, Albania, during her senior year of college. Jenny graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio with a degree in elementary education. She worked at E.M. Yoder Elementary School  here in Mebane before having children. Jenny, her husband Mike, and their children attend Grace Reformed Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday school. She has loved serving Christ and ministering a Biblical education to our students since 2014.




Second Grade Instructor – Rachel Stevenson

IMG_0106Rachel is the oldest of seven and loves working with children. She graduated with a major in language from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She became a Christian as a young person and believes the Bible gives a solid reference point for all things, keeps the world in perspective, and is the greatest source of comfort. She is a member of Grace Reformed Baptist Church. Rachel loves sharing faith in an academic setting. She lives by Phil. 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Rachel has been teaching at Bradford since 2012.



Third Grade Instructor – Ellen Mitchell

IMG_0140Ellen and her husband Brent have been married 30 years and have six children. Of their six, Hannah, Lydia, and Jacob have completed their education and are working, Aaron is in college and Mary Grace and Andrew attend Bradford Academy. The Lord called Ellen to homeschool her older children for 15 years. Part of that journey included being introduced to classical education through Classical Conversations, where she taught 5th and 6th graders. Three of her children attended public school for some time. This broad spectrum of experience has been an education in itself and has honed her desire to teach in a classical school. She and her husband currently serve the Lord through Crosslink Community Church where they coordinate infant through fifth grade children’s ministries. She is thankful for the blessing of being part of the Bradford community and says it is like a dream come true! We are blessed this year to have her guide our third graders through their academic journey. Ellen has been teaching at Bradford since 2012.

Fourth Grade Instructor – Ana Hamilton

IMG_0157Russian-born pianist Ana Palanciuc Hamilton came to Bradford Academy after an award-winning performance career under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed pianist Mark Zeltser. Before coming to Bradford, she spent much of the last decade working with young people in the indigent communities of Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and inner-city America. She is now in her tenth year of teaching. In her spare time, she is working on completing her master’s degree in piano performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ana has been teaching at Bradford since 2014.




Fifth Grade Instructor – Amanda Windes

Amanda WindesAmanda Windes is originally from Kingsport, TN, where she grew up with an older sister and two younger brothers. She graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania as an English major and history minor, and is glad to be part of the Bradford team! She wanted to teach because she loves both learning and students! She especially enjoys fifth graders for their energy and enthusiasm for learning as well as their growing and questioning minds. She is thankful to be teaching at a classical Christian school where she can share with her students the same love of learning blended with a love for the Lord that many of her teachers and professors have shared with her throughout the years. In her spare time, she loves pursuing art, taking ballet classes, reading, running, playing frisbee, traveling, being outdoors, and having a good conversation over a cup of tea. Amanda has been teaching at Bradford since 2012.


Sixth Grade Instructor – Virginia Garrett

Virginia GarrettGrowing up in Houston, Texas, Virginia longed to be surrounded by nature. Thankfully, she was able to move to the hills of Tennessee for college. There, she fell in love with art, literature, and history at The University of the South in Sewanee. After obtaining her degree, she served and taught teenagers through Young Life in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as through The Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools. In 1996, she began her master’s of divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, where she met her husband, Chris. The couple moved to the Philippines for missions work in 2003, where Virginia homeschooled her eldest daughter, Caroline. Teaching women and children in the Philippines through summer Bible camps and women’s groups was an honor for Virginia. Her other three children were born in the Philippines: John, Brooke, and Christopher. Upon returning from overseas work in 2007, Virginia began homeschooling her four children and teaching in home school cooperatives in Cary and Durham. She also currently volunteers at her church with the children and women’s ministries. Virginia began teaching at Bradford in 2016.


Seventh-Eighth Grade Math – Holly Orlowski

Holly OrlowskiHolly Orlowski teaches algebra and pre-algebra as a part-time instructor with Bradford. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University in computer science. After working in the corporate world for eight years as a programmer for IBM, she raised four children, teaching her own and others in the classical Christian model of education. She has taught mathematics and Latin in private Christian schools. She is currently an office administrator at Grace Reformed Baptist in addition to teaching at Bradford. She enjoys the small classroom environment of Bradford and looks forward to getting to know her students, helping them to grow in their enthusiasm for the order and beauty of mathematics as a reflection of our God, and building their confidence in understanding. Holly enjoys spending time with family, and enjoys spending time outdoors walking, playing tennis, or reading. She began teaching at Bradford in 2016.


Seventh-Ninth Grade Humanities – Jesse Hamilton

Jesse HamiltonJesse Hamilton teaches humanities and composition in middle and high school. He holds a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, an M.A. (with distinction) in philosophical theology from the University of Nottingham, and is a Ph.D candidate in philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, where he is writing his dissertation on the problem of evil. He has 12 years of teaching experience at various levels. Before coming to Bradford, he served as a missionary to China for over seven years. In his spare time he enjoys writing poetry and spending time in nature. Jesse has been teaching at Bradford since 2014.



Ninth Grade Math – Lori Byrd

Lori ByrdLori Byrd is a part-time geometry instructor at Bradford Academy. She holds a B.S. in mathematics and physics from Roanoke College. Lori spent two years teaching math and science at a Virginia high school and six years teaching math to underprivileged students through a federal program, Upward Bound. In more recent years, she has enjoyed homeschooling her four children, especially when it comes to math and science. She and her husband, Stephen, enjoy serving together at Grace Reformed Baptist Church where Stephen is a lay elder. A special focus is their ministry to college and career students. Lori’s current hobbies include efficiency cooking, cheering and stats keeping at her boys’ basketball games, and being an “adopted mom” to college students. She began teaching at Bradford in 2016.


Ninth Grade Spanish – Ashley Morrison

Ashley MorrisonAshley Morrison serves as ninth grade Spanish I instructor in the Rhetoric School. She holds a double B.A. in Spanish and international studies from UNC – Chapel Hill, which included a yearlong study abroad program in Seville, Spain. Prior to working at Bradford as a Spanish teacher, Ashley served Bradford as a teacher’s assistant. For ten years, she worked in the textile industry in the export department serving Latin American customers. Ashley honed her love for Spanish while teaching an ESL class at ACC and managing a small Spanish online Christian bookstore. Ashley and her husband, Brad, are the proud parents of three, two of whom are Bradford students. She returned to teaching at Bradford in a part-time role in 2016.



Seventh-Ninth Grade Science –  Kenneth Duke James, Jr., Ph. D.

Dr. Ken JamesDr. James is an entrepreneur and consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. A founder of two companies, he is an inventor of four drug candidates and one repurposed drug that have been out-licensed or sold to other companies for further clinical development. Prior to his work in pharmaceutical discovery and development, his studies took him to places such as the Galapagos Islands and the rain forests of Costa Rica studying the ecology of those regions.  Kenneth received his B.S. from Furman University with a double major in chemistry and biology. He also received a doctorate in organic chemistry from Indiana University, working in the field of molecular evolution supported through NASA’s exobiology program. Kenneth worked as a visiting scientist at Albert Ludwig’s Universitaet (Freiburg, Germany) supported by a grant from NATO. He concluded his academic training with post-doctoral research at Duke University. He has 15 U.S. patents, over 100 foreign patents, and approximately 50 scientific publications. Kenneth is a deacon of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, where he also serves as treasurer.


Ninth Grade Paint – Amy Fairchild

Amy FairchildAmy is currently teaching logic and rhetoric level art at Bradford Academy as a part-time adjunct instructor. Her love for art has always been a big part of her life and even as a child she spent countless hours creating “masterpieces.” In recent years she has helped to start an interior design business and has sold her artwork through multiple outlets. Amy spent most of her childhood in Mebane attending Grace Reformed Baptist Church. The highlight of her life was when Christ saved her as a teenager. God patiently taught her to depend on Him and trust in Him alone. Amy’s greatest desire in teaching art at Bradford Academy is to teach the students to look for the truth and beauty of Christ in their surroundings and in their lives. She is praying that students at Bradford would regain some lost battleground in the world of art and, by God’s grace, have a platform to speak truth and share the gospel through their message of art. Amy began teaching at Bradford in 2016.

K-Eighth Grade Music – Allison Gregory

Allison GregoryAllison Gregory joined Bradford in 2016 as a part-time music teacher.  She was born in Texas and attended Liberty University where she studied as a vocal performance major for three years. She performed in Liberty University’s opera and was a member of the Liberty University Chamber singers. During her freshman year, she won the regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition for freshmen sopranos. While at Liberty, Allison met her husband, Daniel Gregory, to whom she has been married since May 1999. She received her bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from Liberty University in 2003. Since 2000, Allison has been an active choir director at each church in which her husband has been pastor. Currently, her husband Daniel is the pastor of Mars Hill Baptist Church in Hillsborough, NC, where she directs the choir and fills a few other volunteer jobs. She and Daniel have one daughter, Grace Gregory, who is a student at Bradford Academy. Allison believes the most important part of life is giving glory to God. She feels music is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable ways to give God glory.

Bradford PLUS

Danielle Vanlandingham – After-School Program Director

 Danielle VanlandinghamDanielle joined the Bradford team in 2016 as Director of Bradford Plus – our exciting after-school program! She has many years of experience working with children through the public school system and kids ministry in her church. Danielle has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American Public University. In her free time she enjoys creating art, jogging, biking, and spending time with her son Kolby. Her family moved to the Piedmont from Missouri due to her husband’s work, but are loving the adventures being had in North Carolina! They have joined Crosslink Community Church and are eager to dive deeper into becoming Mebanites! Danielle is pleased to have joined the Bradford Academy team and she looks forward to helping families with their after-school care needs.