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MEET OUR FACULTY AND STAFF

Teachers at Noble Academy work closely with each student to adapt assignments and projects to complement individual strengths.

Executive Leadership

Amanda Carter is the Head of School at Noble Academy. Prior to becoming the Head of School, Amanda served for three years in the role of High School Dean of Students, helping to solidify a culture of acceptance and excellence in a school that empowers students with ADHD and learning differences to pursue their highest potential within a comprehensive, supportive educational environment. Prior to coming to Noble Academy, she worked at the Lawrence School in Ohio, which has a similar focus as Noble Academy, as the Dean of Campus Life. In her free time she enjoys being a nationally rated competitive gymnastics judge, spending time with her family and friends, and reading. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Miami University (OH) as well as a master's degree in Non-Profit Management from Kent State University.

Jan Linder received her bachelor’s degree from Elon University in Business Administration and Accounting. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Accounting from Appalachian State University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Her extensive financial background working in nonprofits, retail, manufacturing and service industries brings a wealth of financial knowledge to Noble Academy. In her free time, she founded and manages a nonprofit, Bingo Pet Hospice, specializing in the care of aging pets.

Christy Avent earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from East Carolina University. She also obtained a second undergraduate degree in Political Science and her master’s degree in Public Affairs, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has extensive experience in the collegiate environment having worked at UNCG from 1997-2011. She also had a short stint in the sales world working with the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau where her market was in education. Christy joined the Noble Academy family in September of 2013. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and going to the movies in her free time.

Jennifer Aceves was awarded her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Davidson College and is certified by North Carolina in Learning Disabilities. She received her master’s degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is also a Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, leading a Girl Scout troop, hiking, and reading.

Erin Cawley is a graduate of Elon University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Social Studies and Science. She also earned her master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities from East Carolina University in 2011. Erin has over 15 years of teaching experience in various subjects and grade levels, in addition to more than a decade spent working within the Athletic Department. In 2020, she was named Head of Junior High after serving as Junior High Dean for several years. She works hard to enhance student life at Noble and in her free time, enjoys visiting with family and friends, traveling, and spending time with her kids.  

Jenny Rundle holds a bachelor's degree in Education with certifications in both Elementary and Special Education, an M.Ed. in School Counseling and a North Carolina School Administrator License. Additional certifications include English for Speakers of Other Languages and Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner. Jenny is passionate about providing a supportive environment for students who learn differently and loves working at Noble Academy where all students are celebrated for their individual talents and strengths.

Chere Flowers | Director of Development

Chere Flowers earned a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Economics from James Madison University. She brings over 14 years of passion and experience in fund development and building meaningful community relationships on a local, national, and international level. She looks forward to enhancing the Knights First Fund, getting to know Noble students and parents, and asking our community, "How do YOU want to impact the world?" Chere enjoys listening to podcasts, having the sunshine on her face, and going on adventures with her son.

Francisco Guijoza, Jr. graduated from ECPI University with an associate's degree and a bachelor’s degree in IT Network Security. He enjoys spending time with his family, learning about new technology, and playing sports.

Ashley Lumpkin holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Hampton University and a master's degree in Math Education from Wake Forest University. After teaching in the NC public school system for eight years, she was ready for a change. She is passionate about specialized math instruction and creates many of the curriculum materials used in her classroom. Outside of school, Ashley is an award-winning performance poet. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends.

Ben Maynard holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in History from the University of West Georgia. Benjamin has also earned an MLIS from the University of North Texas. Before coming to Noble Academy, he spent twelve years working as a teacher, librarian, and technology coordinator for Inner Harbour, a therapeutic residential school in Douglasville, Georgia. In his free time, he enjoys exploring North Carolina’s natural beauty with his family.

Cinthia Maupin | Junior High & Lower School Counselor

​Cinthia holds a master's degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both North Carolina and Florida, who recently relocated to Greensboro to be closer to family. Cinthia has over 12 years of counseling experience, working in a variety of mental health and school settings. She has provided counseling and support for exceptional and at-risk students in schools, facilitated in-home family counseling, was a program therapist, and advocate for children with severe emotional/ behavioral difficulties, as well as a clinical supervisor for an in-home therapy program for children. Aside from spending time with her husband and two small children, she enjoys hiking, traveling, trying out new food and recipes, and crafting.

Lance is a NC Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. He has 13 years in the counseling field in a variety of different roles and settings. Much of his counseling experience has included meeting with students and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds to address various mental health, learning, and/or intellectual challenges. He has provided support in multiple high schools to include student and teacher support, counseling, classroom monitoring, and assistance in the development of behavior, academic, and support interventions. Lance is married and his wife is a Special Education Language Arts teacher. He has a young son and daughter. He is also a certified yoga teacher and frequently teaches at studios and gyms in the community.  

Aimee Picon earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood – both earned with honors from the University of Florida. She is North Carolina certified in Early Childhood (birth-Kindergarten), Elementary Education (K-6), and Special Education (K-12), and a Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist and Wilson® Credentialed Trainer. She brings 16 years of experience as an educator which includes training teachers in research based literacy instruction. Aimee enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Jenn Romero | Associate Head of High School

​Jenn Romero graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a field of specialization in Visual Studies. She is certified in Art Education K-12 by the State of North Carolina. After teaching K-12 visual art at Noble Academy for seven years she readily took on the role of High School Dean, and now serves in the role of Associate Head of the High School. Jenn brings with her experience in relationship building and cultivating a positive community for students. In her free time, Jenn enjoys being with her family and relaxing at home.

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Campus Leadership
High School Faculty

Travis Blair graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations. He attended UNCG in order to earn his teaching license for 7th - 10th grades. Before coming to Noble Academy, he taught in Guilford County Schools and at the North Carolina Leadership Academy. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, studying martial arts, reading, writing, playing video games, and collecting comic books.

Calvin Chadwick

Calvin Chadwick holds a bachelor’s degree in History from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and a master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.  Before coming to Noble Academy, he taught in Guilford County Schools, Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and Virginia Public Schools in Danville as a Special Education Teacher. In his free time, he enjoys being with family and friends. 

Sharon Coppley

Sharon Coppley graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Spanish. She later became a police officer for the Winston-Salem Police Department. After becoming a single mother, Sharon decided to complete graduate studies in a medical interpreting program offered at Wake Forest University based on interpreting/translating Spanish and the methodology of teaching Spanish. She began teaching Spanish at DCCC and later at various charter schools (elementary, middle, and high schools). She is a proud mom of a daughter attending NC State University and son attending UNC Chapel Hill. She loves being a high school Spanish teacher and a Varsity Volleyball Coach at Noble Academy. She values time with her family and friends, loves motorcycling, and bingo.

Eric Gal grew up in Kernersville, but spent most of his educational life in Greensboro. He graduated from Noble Academy, then Guilford Day School in 2005, and spent six years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While there, he obtained undergraduate degrees in Theatre Education and English Education, and afterwards, was hired by his former high school to teach English. Some of his favorite activities are: reading, acting, stage combat, Tai Chi and mixed martial arts, watching movies and hanging out with his brother, who is a teacher in Winston-Salem. Eric is very proud to have returned as a teacher at Noble Academy.

Susan Hughes received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Secondary Education and English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a certified teacher in North Carolina in English, grades 9-12. Prior to coming to Noble Academy 28 years ago, Susan taught in the public school system in Georgia. Luckily, she considers teaching her “calling.” In her years at Noble, Susan has enjoyed discovering new novels and developing writing programs for the high school. She has also been fortunate to serve as a senior advisor, creating the current program for Noble’s graduation and also initiating the internship program. Additionally, Susan stays very involved in community service, loves to read, attend theater productions and movies, and spend time with her five grandchildren.

Barbara Knight

Barbara Knight is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Pre-medical Studies. She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology at the American College of Education. Barbara has over a decade of teaching experience and loves finding creative ways to keep her students engaged. She has two children, Connor and Emma, who are just as enthusiastic about comic book heroes as she is. In her free time, she likes to exercise, write, and go on adventurous hikes with her husband, Justin.

Linda Mahanes is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with bachelor degrees in Math and Math Education. She has worked as an actuarial student, a tutor, and a math teacher. She has three children and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to her love of being active by playing tennis, swimming, and walking, she is an avid reader.

Vicki Payne

Bob obtained bachelor degrees in History and Teaching English as a Second Language. He has taught both subject areas in middle school to collegiate levels in many different countries across the world. He is passionate about history and has a lot of experience differentiating his instruction. He has created much of his own curriculum materials to meet the needs of his students, including writing a set of supplemental textbooks. Bob is very happy to be a Noble Academy teacher where his son has been a student at for several years. He is a strong believer in our mission statement and is thrilled to be a part of our school.

Samantha graduated with a double-major in Engineering Science and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.  After work as a technical writer and small-business owner, she went back to school for her teaching certificate.  She received her teaching license from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro through their NCTeach program. After four years in the public schools, she joined the Noble Academy staff in 2011. She is married with two college-aged sons. Andrew is at NC State University and Jack is at Appalachian State University. She has a dog named Buster and a grand-dog Bulldog named Bella. 

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