Rebekah Shaffer is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. Mrs. Shaffer taught school for four years before deciding to stay home with her two children, Grace and Luke. After her children enrolled in Covenant School, she began serving here as a substitute teacher, art teacher, and full time first grade aide at Covenant School. Mrs. Shaffer is now in her third year teaching the kindergarten class. Rebekah’s husband, Jeremy, is the executive pastor at Lewis Memorial Baptist Church and teaches theology at Covenant. Rebekah also serves as our Grammar Principal.
Mindy Stanley has been teaching school for 43 years, the past 22 at Covenant. She loves working with young children and showing them how much fun learning can be. Mrs. Stanley’s goals for her classroom include instilling a love of learning, shepherding children’s hearts, and infusing a love for—and awareness of—Christ in all areas of life. She is regularly amazed at the progress and maturity demonstrated by six- and seven-year-old children. Mrs. Stanley is convinced that educating these students is “educating for eternity.”
Mrs. Willis is a member at First Baptist Church of Kenova, where her husband is the lead pastor. She has a B.S. from WVU in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood education and an M.Ed. from Regent University. She has taught first grade for several years, and she currently works as a private practice dyslexia therapist. Her specialized knowledge of reading therapy are a great asset to our lower school team.
Susan Jimison is a 1992 graduate of Marshall University, with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. She taught for one year in Cabell County Schools before starting at Covenant. She helped develop the kindergarten program and was the original kindergarten teacher. Although a veteran of many years in the classroom, Mrs. Jimison is still amazed by both the academic and creative abilities of her students. She considers it a privilege to come alongside parents and guide young minds, from both a classical Christian education approach and a biblical perspective.
Leigh Bucklad graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. Over the last 17 years she has taught a variety of grades, including pre-kindergarten, first, second and fifth grades. She “absolutely” loves teaching and creatively engaging students with the curriculum and seeing them grow during the school year. Leigh’s husband, Brad, has been the area and college director for Young Life in Huntington since 2013. They have three children; two of which are current Covenant students and the youngest one a future student.
Beth Butcher is a graduate of Marshall University, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in early childhood special education. For the past 14 years she was a teacher in the Rock Hill (Ohio) School District. Kyle, her husband of 14 years, is a radiologic technologist at Cabell Huntington Hospital. The Butcher family is active at First Baptist Church of Kenova, where Kyle is a deacon. Mrs. Butcher helps with FBC’s AWANA program and American Heritage Girls, and is on the praise team. They have four children; the three school-age kids attend Covenant.
Sixth grade teacher Sheree is also a licensed professional counselor, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling from Marshall University. Prior to teaching, her work focused on counseling women, children, and families experiencing emotional and physical abuse. God led her to Covenant as a parent and eventually opened the door for her to teach. Prior to her current position, she served as a substitute teacher and assistant teacher. Mrs. Yeager enjoys exploring new concepts and watching students’ critical thinking skills expand. She is married to Matt Yeager. Their children, Emma and Eli both attend Covenant.
Born and raised in Parkersburg, Travis graduated from Parkersburg High School in 2010 and has lived in the Huntington area since then. He graduated from Marshall University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a minor in chemistry, math and physics. Continuing his education, he earned a Master of Arts in teaching (ages five to adult) in 2016. He is married to his high school sweetheart, McKenzie, and is a member of 26th Street Church of Christ in Huntington.
Larry Bryant attended Morehead State University and has bachelor’s degrees in health and physical education and history, and a master’s degree in secondary education. He has 42 years of teaching experience, the last seven at Covenant. Mr. Bryant says that children who understand history are better equipped to become citizens. “Since we live in a representative government, citizens should know what has been successful or failed in the past to make wise choices on promises of candidates today,” he says. Larry and MaDonna have been married for 43 years; they have four children and two grandchildren and attend Expression Church of Huntington.
Sarah Lafferty is the band, music, and art instructor at Covenant. A 2009 graduate of Morehead State University, she has a Bachelor of Arts in music education and is licensed to teach pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and vocal music. “Along with our curriculum, I encourage my students to be compassionate, empathetic, and giving through outreach,” she says.
Jeremy Shaffer, D.Min.
Dr. Jeremy Shaffer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Pensacola Christian College, a Master of Divinity from Pensacola Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Liberty (University) Baptist Theological Seminary. The executive pastor at Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, he has taught Bible classes at Covenant for six years. “My desire is to motivate and encourage students to be active listeners rather than passive ones because education is only one part of the learning process,” he says. “In whatever class I teach, the Scriptures are the sole authority.” He and his wife, Rebekah (kindergarten teacher), have been married for 16 years.
Mrs. Shane Artrip teaches secondary math, science, and grammar Latin. Mrs. Artrip holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Texas State University and a Master’s degree in mathematics from Marshall University. She has taught for 30 years at varying levels from grammar school through university. She and her husband, Jim, attend Rock Branch Independent Church where she serves as the choir director and as an assistant in children’s music ministry. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Mrs. Artrip served as Covenant’s Headmaster for 5 years and currently serves as Upper School Academic Advisor.
Franklin Norton teaches Upper School Latin and Journalism. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Marshall University. He has previously worked on the communication teams for the Huntington Mayor’s Office, the Huntington-Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Marshall Artists Series, and Marshall University, where he also served as Managing Editor of the university newspaper. Mr. Norton is a member of Redemption Church and is a leader with the Greater Huntington Young Life ministry.
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Jonathon Wylie, Ph.D.
Dr. Wylie has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his doctoral program, he studied Ancient Languages and Biblical Archaeology at Wheaton College. He has served as a lecturer in the Department of Hebrew at the University of the Free State in South Africa since 2016, teaching ancient Hebrew, Syriac, and Ugaritic. He has spent many of his summers excavating in Israel, and is an ordained deacon in the Anglican Church in North America. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Meghan, whom he met on an excavation site in Israel. He is also an avid runner and hiker.
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Ms. Black received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations, from Marshall University. She has previously worked as an anchor/producer at the award-winning university radio station, WMUL, where she also served as the Promotions Director. Ms. Black is a member of Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, where she serves as the church’s Creative Assistant.
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