Meet our Staff

2020-2021 Staff Updates and additions Coming Soon!!! 

Our Faculty



Courtney is originally from Central and currently resides in Central with her husband, Brock, and their two children. Prior to college, Courtney had the incredible opportunity to be part of numerous mission trips within the USA as well as Peru and Romania. Courtney earned a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, with a minor in Psychology and concentration in Recreation Administration, from Mars Hill College. Several years later, she earned an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Greenville Tech. She has worked as an OTA in school settings, a private pediatric clinic, and nursing homes. She and her family spent a few years in Arkansas, serving as missionary staff, before returning to SC. Her homeschool journey began when their first child was a toddler. Courtney is thankful for the opportunity and freedom to be able to homeschool her children.



Jennifer Lawing is the First Grade Teacher for CCA Clemson Campus. She retired from Anderson School District One almost 5 years ago after teaching 32 years. She graduated from Clemson University, holding certifications in Early Childhood Education, Middle School ELA, and a Masters in Elementary Education. Ms. Lawing has been a resident of the Patrick Square Community in Clemson for almost 9 years and enjoys her community. She also loves teaching children to find their confidence with learning while having fun! She is honored to be a part of CCA and sharing the love of Jesus with her students.


Carrie and her husband Micah have two sons Chasen and Samuel. Carrie has a degree in Political Science and Education from Clemson University. She teaches 7th, 8th, and 9th grade history.



Amanda Odom and her husband of 15 years, David, live in Seneca, SC with their four fun, rambunctious sons. Amanda graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys reading, watching sports (Go Braves and Bulldogs!), digging her toes in the sand, spending time with her family, and Diet Coke.  Amanda is excited to journey through the subject of Latin with her CCA students!



 Leia graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, with a degree in Child Development. She taught in a preschool before deciding to stay at home after the birth of her first child. She and her husband have four children, two girls and two boys, ages 20, 16, 12, and 10. Her family lived in Virginia and North Carolina before moving to Clemson in 2013, and they love it here! 


Tina Shields

Tina currently teaches second grade at CCA. She brings 22 years of experience in public and homeschooling education. After graduating from Georgia State University with a BS in Early Childhood Education, she earned her MS in Educational Leadership at Jacksonville State University. While providing academic instruction, Tina believes it is important to provide a biblical worldview in all subject areas for young students to discover God’s sovereignty within His creation. 

Tina lives in Central with her husband, Kyle, and twin sons. She is a true Texan at heart but has adopted South Carolinian traditions. Her much-loved hobbies are visiting exhibitions, reading, exercising, and ATV touring.



 This year is Lorrie's 6th year teaching Kindergarten and her 16th year teaching overall. She comes to CCA with a degree in Elementary Education from Clemson and a master’s degree from Clemson in Special Education. She and her husband Daron have two children, Parker (11) and Lydia (8). This summer, they added a black lab puppy, Gracie, to our family. They enjoy hiking to nearby waterfalls, cheering on our Clemson Tigers, and worshipping at Foothills Church. 


Railey studied Fine Arts and Theology at Anderson University. She also received a Masters degree in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She currently lives in Anderson with her husband and is the Director of Childcare and Kids' Discipleship at Renewal Church of Anderson. She has  enjoyed teaching art for several years. 


Hannah and her husband James have 5 children ages 26 down to 13.  After many years working cross-culturally, they moved to Anderson in 2017 in order for James to serve as Director of Campus Ministries at Anderson University.  Even though they have adopted South Carolina as home,  Hannah is still drawn to the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee where she grew up.  Besides spending time with her family, she enjoys traveling, hiking, backpacking, reading, baking, quilting, and gardening.


Bethany Lee has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Texas A&M (Gig’em!), and has been teaching and tutoring homeschool students in science since 2014.  She has a passion for connecting the incredible beauty and complexity of God’s creation with the science we use to describe it.  Her and her husband, Alan, were both homeschooled, and love the opportunity and flexibility CCA creates to extend that experience to their three children, JoJo, Micah, and Nathaniel.  When not teaching Bethany and her family enjoy competitive board games, hiking, and serving with local ministries. 


 I came to CCA from Ravenel Elementary School where I worked with Kindergarteners.  I currently am teaching first grade in Seneca and third grade and fourth grade writing in Clemson.  I am married to Matt and have 2 beautiful children, Braedan, age 14, and Caitlyn, age 12.   I love the beach,  reading and spending time with my family.  We are huge Clemson Tiger fans and enjoying watching college football on weekends in the fall.  I also enjoy watching my son play baseball and my daughter do gymnastics.


Lynda lives in Pendleton with her husband Peter. She graduated from Southwestern Community College with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, and she received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten from Western Carolina University. Lynda has more than 15 years experience in teaching preschoolers and many years of homeschooling experience with her three sons. She is passionate about making children's literature come alive to her students by using props and puppets. During her time off she enjoys working with the youth in her church, traveling with her husband and visiting their children and grandchildren.


Kayla graduated from Clemson University in 2006 with a degree in elementary education. She taught for seven years prior to deciding to stay home after her first daughter was born. She is so excited to be back for her second year at CCA.  She feels it is such a blessing to be a part of the Clemson Classical Academy community! 

Kayla and her husband, Brad, met while attending Clemson University. They have been married for 12 years and have two little girls, Kate (7) and Molly (5). They enjoy spending time outdoors together and supporting their Clemson Tigers!