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Current Faculty Fellows

Sara Bachtel

Sara Bachtel is teaching first grade alongside Laura Scheer and is assisting with the Wolf Players fall play. She will also assist with the Wolf Players winter musical and spring play.

Sara attended Artios Academies of Gwinnett and earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Georgia. She attended the Awakening in Athens while she served as an intern at the Wesley Foundation for two years after graduating in 2016. She enjoyed teaching students about God’s heart for the nations and prayer. Sara is the sister-in-law of another faculty fellow, Garrett Adams.

"I enthusiastically accepted this opportunity at Wesleyan because of my love for children, teaching, and theater. I love what Wesleyan stands for and am so excited to get to know the families and learn from the incredible faculty!"

Ellen Riggins

Ellen Riggins is teaching high school English classes with Katie Wischerth. She is coaching JV volleyball and will also coach JV basketball and varsity tennis. Ellen is a graduate of Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, TN.

In 2017, Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Samford University where she played basketball as a teammate of Wesleyan alumna and middle school English teacher Brittany Stevens. After graduating from Samford, Ellen worked for Lululemon in Chicago and attended Grace Presbyterian Church of the North Shore in Winnetka, IL.

"I happily accepted the opportunity to be a Wesleyan Faculty Fellow as the mission and purpose of the program coincides tremendously well with my future personal and career aspirations. I look forward to learning under the leadership of my mentor teachers and the Wesleyan community, enhancing my educational, leadership, coaching, and spiritual development!"

Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards has joined the sixth grade team, teaching social sciences alongside Robert Holmes. He is coaching middle school softball and will also coach middle school basketball and JV baseball.

Blake graduated in 2012 from Pike County High School in Zebulon, GA. He played baseball at Columbus State University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2016. Blake left a position as a sales representative at SalesLoft to fulfill his desire to give back to the next generation by working as a paraprofessional and baseball coach at North Springs High School. Blake and his wife Chelsea live in Dunwoody and are actively involved in the college ministry at Passion City Church.

"I chose the opportunity with Wesleyan in the hope of equipping, encouraging, and inspiring students to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. I am excited to be mentored and build strong relationships with faculty, coaches, and students at Wesleyan."

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith is teaching middle school science classes with Susannah Smith. Additionally, she is coaching varsity cross country. This winter, Shannon will assist with after care and enrichment programs, and she will coach middle school track in the spring.

After graduating from Avery County High School in Newland, NC, Shannon attended Furman University where she was a member of the track and field team and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences in May. Last summer, she served as the Youth Summer Program director for Momentum Bike Clubs in Greenville, SC, and has continued to mentor youth through the Momentum Bike Clubs.

"The life experiences, internships, and relationships I had with family, friends, and mentors during my time at Furman University allowed me to discover my passion for positive youth development. I want to make the most of the life the Lord has given me by educating, loving, and serving His people; from the moment I first stepped on Wesleyan's campus, I could feel that everyone here had the same mission. I am so excited to become a part of the Wesleyan family!"

Kaile Deloney

Working alongside Barbara Lewis, Kaile DeLoney is teaching fifth grade history. Kaile, who was a UGA cheerleader, is coaching middle school cheerleading. She will assist with Winter Guard this winter and middle school track in the spring.

Kaile is a Grayson High School alumna and graduated in 2015 from University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business and Marketing degree and a minor in Spanish. Following graduation, she worked as a marketing specialist for Rockin’ Overstockin’ in Cumming. She is active in Passion Kids at Passion City Church, where she disciples a group of fourth grade girls.

"I accepted this opportunity because I have personally seen how the faculty and Christian mission at Wesleyan have influenced the lives of several of my friends who went to school there. I want the opportunity to contribute this type of influence in young people’s lives, and there’s no better environment to do this than Wesleyan."

Garrett Adams

Garrett Adams is teaching high school Bible classes with Josh Smith and is also coaching varsity cross country. This winter, he will assist with Omicron/Christian Life activities, and he will coach middle school boys soccer in the spring.

Garrett graduated from Brookwood High School in 2014 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Georgia State University in December 2017. Prior to marrying Alicia Bachtel in July, Garrett served as the college intern at Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville.

"I chose to be at Wesleyan this next year because I love being around students and I love sharing what I know with people. I love being a part of people’s stories and getting to lift them up and support them in all ways. It truly is a blessing for me to get to be a part of this community for an entire year!"