Centerville Christian School is a ministry of the local Martin Memorial, Hohenwald, and Columbia Seventh-day Adventist churches, and the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Our team consists of two full-time certified teachers, one teacher's aide, one student teacher, and several volunteers. The school is governed by an eight-member school board made up of members from the constituent churches.
Mama J, as she is affectionately known by her students, is a veteran teacher of more than 20 years. She is married to a loving Christian man, Tim Jones. Together they have six children and four grandchildren. She loves God, family, teaching, camping, and yardwork.
Mama J is especially excited about teaching at Centerville Christian School where the students learn more than just math and reading. Her goal is to connect students to Christ and to the community through agriculture, life skills, and outreach.
Clarissa Milano is our teacher assistant. Her flexibility and creativity gives her the ability to keep up with the sudden changes that can happen in a classroom. Clarissa’s background in childcare and interest in child psychology aids in her ability to manage groups of pupils and deal with challenging behavior. Clarissa is fueled by her passion to become a teacher and for empowering students to learn and develop their God-given skills and abilities. When Clarissa is not in the classroom she is a down to earth country girl and musician at heart who loves the outdoors and a good mountain hike. Other things she enjoys are cake baking, gardening, songwriting and spending time with family and friends.
Katherina was born in Nebraska and has moved about 20 times due to her dad's occupation (Army chaplain). She was homeschooled and has always loved living in the country. When she was 16 years old, she found her love for teaching children through giving piano lessons. She studied through Liberty University Online and obtained her Bachelor's of Science Elementary Education degree in 2021. Her favorite part about teaching is watching students develop personal relationships with Jesus and seeing their sweet smiles everyday. She enjoys almost anything that pertains to the outdoors, especially gardening, hiking, and camping. She also enjoy baking, sewing, singing, and playing music on the piano and cello. Her truest desire is to serve God through training children to love and honor Him in everything they do.
Naomi Polley recently joined the team as a teacher’s assistant for the upper grades. Originally from Detroit Michigan, she was drawn to the area due to her granddaughter’s enthusiasm from attending the school when she was in the first grade. Naomi has a background of teaching as a student missionary in the Marshall Islands, houseparenting in various settings for troubled youth and homeschooling her three adult children while serving AFM in Mali, West Africa and stateside. In her spare time she loves to garden, read, hike and assist moms with breastfeeding needs with her lactation business.