Principal/Music Director | Dr. J. Philip Williams
“I choose Greater Memphis Adventist Academy because I believe in the power of a Christian education to transform children’s lives, giving them the best opportunity to achieve success in this life and prepare for the next.”
J. Philip Williams holds the Doctorate of Educational Leadership (Argosy University), the Educational Specialist's degree in Educational Leadership (Argosy University), a Master's degree in secondary education (Xavier University), the Masters of Divinity degree (Andrews University), and the Bachelor’s degree in theology and piano performance (Oakwood University). During his forty-four year career, he has been a church pastor, school chaplain, and teacher from pre-K to university. As a musician, he has directed school and church choirs and bands.
He enjoys performing vocal and instrumental music, reading, writing, staying fit, and tackling difficult problems in prayer.
Dr. Williams joined Greater Memphis Adventist Academy in 2016.
Third-Fifth Grade Teacher | Patrice Laura
“I choose Greater Memphis Adventist Academy because I believe in two great influencers that shift trajectory in life: The Holy Spirit and Education.”
Patrice Laura holds a Master of Educational Leadership degree (University of Indianapolis), a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (Marian University), and the Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Tennessee State University). She is Orton-Gillingham Certified through the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) with a passion to eradicate functional illiteracy across America.
She enjoys volunteering, hiking, swimming, traveling, and spending time with her seven children and five grandchildren.
Ms. Laura joined Greater Memphis Adventist Academy in 2020.
Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher | Natalie St. Bernard
“I choose Greater Memphis Adventist Academy because I enjoy the excitement for learning and the curiosity of young children. It is great to help guide these little ones as they grow and develop.
Natalie St. Bernard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations (Boston University). After successfully homeschooling her own children through seventh-grade, she recognized that she has a passion and gift for teaching young children. She is completing requirements for elementary education certification.
Natalie enjoys spending time together with her family, going for walks, creating and designing, and gardening.
Mrs. St. Bernard joined Greater Memphis Adventist Academy in 2018.
Middle School Teacher | Cheryl Williams
"I choose Greater Memphis Adventist Academy because I believe in teaching to the whole human being and honoring the unique person each child is.”
Cheryl Williams holds the Master of Arts in Teaching (Computer Literacy) (Xavier University) and the Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Biology (Oakwood University). She holds teacher certifications for elementary and secondary education and has taught elementary, middle school, high school and college courses for over 30 years.
She enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, traveling and meeting new people. Helping young people get to know Jesus is her passion.
Mrs. Williams joined Greater Memphis Adventist Academy in 2016.