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Here We Grow Again

On behalf of the Leadership Team of The King's Academy, it is my honor to inform all stakeholders of four exciting additions to our teaching faculty. I am genuinely excited to have these ladies join our team as I believe they are called to serve at TKA for such a time as this.

Due to our continued growth, we have added two new teaching units that needed to be filled (4th and 5th), along with vacancies in first and third grades. As previously announced, Mrs. Kerri Rippetoe has moved from K5 to 5th grade, creating a vacancy in Kindergarten that required being filled.

Our Lord has made His direction clear to us as we have sought His will and discernment in filling the new and existing roles in our elementary department. Please join me in welcoming these ladies to our team here at TKA.

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur


Ms. Brianna Connatser

Brianna Connatser (TKA Class of 2017) will be joining our teaching team in First Grade as a first-year teacher. Ms. Connatser received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-5 and ESL K-12 in 2021, as well as her master’s degree in Holistic Education in 2022 from Johnson University. Brianna enjoys all things sports (playing collegiate volleyball), being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. The King’s Academy played a foundational role in her life, and she is overjoyed to have the opportunity to return to TKA and provide young learners with the same God-centered education she received. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Brianna Connatser to our TKA teaching faculty.

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Mrs. Erin Fuller

Erin Fuller joins our teaching team in Kindergarten with eleven years of experience (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and special education).

She is the mother of Grayson (7) and baby Johnathan who was born in June. Originally from Florida, Mrs. Fuller has enjoyed her time in East Tennessee and is excited about joining the TKA teaching faculty. Mrs. Fuller is a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church where she also helps teach Children’s church for the Pre-K/K age group.

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Erin Fuller to our TKA teaching faculty.


Mrs. J.C. Gardner

J.C. Gardner joins our teaching team in Third Grade with seven years of classroom experience in Christian Education.

Mrs. Gardner graduated from Johnson University with a B.S. in Elementary Education (‘11) and an M.A. in Holistic Education (‘12). She taught for 7 years at Freedom Christian Academy in Knoxville. The past three years she has stayed home with her son (Maverick) and taught Chinese students online through VIPKID.

Mrs. Gardner has been married to her husband, Richard, for 13 years and they have three children: Malachi (10), Macie (7), Maverick (4). She enjoys spending time watching her kids play sports, coaching middle school volleyball, and being with friends and family.

Mrs. Gardner is excited for the opportunity to step back into the classroom and serve at a school her family already loves. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. J.C. Gardner to our TKA teaching faculty.

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Mrs. Morgan Kulig

Morgan Kulig joins our teaching team in Fourth Grade with six years of classroom experience in Christian Education (1st, 3rd, and 4th). Mrs. Kulig graduated from Truett-McConnell University, in 2016, with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She has been married to Corwin for 6 years. They have a daughter, Esther Reese. Mrs. Kulig attends church at First Baptist Church of Sevierville where her husband is the student pastor.

Mrs. Kulig loves good coffee, sunshine, being outside, reading, and spending time with family! Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Morgan Kulig to our TKA teaching faculty.

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