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A Little History

From its humble beginnings of instruction in only eight grade levels in the fall of 1969, David Emanuel Academy has grown to encompass pre-k through twelfth grades. Through these halls, traditions abound and a strong academic curriculum has set the pace for decades.

During the 1960’s, local parents pushed to refurbish two brick school buildings that had served in years past as Stillmore School. One of such buildings was an impressive two story Greek revival structure that housed an upstairs auditorium and remained in use until it was destroyed by fire on August 14, 2010.

In its first year of operation the school was directed by local business owner and parent, Mrs. Virginia Snell, and originally consisted of only grades first through eighth. Within the next year, under the supervision of Mr. David Beecher, the school’s enrollment increased to encompass twelve grades. It was during his tenure that the school expanded its faculty and extracurricular offerings to help guide DEA into becoming the school it is today.

David Emanuel Academy currently draws students from 5 surrounding counties and has consistently produced both athletic and literary graduates who succeed in continuing an advanced education. It continues to be a cornerstone of success by nurturing a family atmosphere, providing strong academic curriculum, encouraging athletic involvement, and spiritually connecting them all together.

SAIS Accreditation


David Emanuel Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and Cognia.

Faculty & Trustees

Head of School 
Haylee Free

Guidance Counselor
Andy Sutton

Amanda McNure, LPC, RPT

Administrative Assistant
Melissa Sapp

Athletic Director
Clint Inman

Financial Secretary
Courtney Rowland

Director of Academics and Students
Mandy Moore

Director of Development
Allison Martin

School Resource Officer
Tim Moore

Missy Mills

K3 Aide
Lindsey Bass

Tamara Williamson

K4 Aide
Lindsay Claxton

Amy Walden

K4 Aide
Malia Ely

Lindsey Howell

K5 Aide
Amanda Simmons

First Grade
Dana Durden

Second Grade
Renee McGraw

Third Grade
Dianne Lawson

Fourth Grade
Brandi Mills

Fifth Grade
Carla Kidd

Middle School History
Hannah Claxton

Middle School Math
Laura Vines

Middle School English
Michelle Parker

Middle School Science
Sara Youmans

Amanda Johnson

English / Literature
Mabel Gibbs

Daniel Flowers

Clint Inman

Donna Campbell

Kay Moyer

Ashlei Boatright

Performing Arts / Literary / STEAM / Bible / WINGS
Ashlei Boatright

Health / Physical Education
Kristi Flowers

Clint Inman

Daniel Flowers

Varisty Cheerleading
Malia Ely

Missy Mills

Middle School Cheerleading
Allison Martin

Cross Country
Brandi Mills

Clint Inman

Varsity Softball
Laura Webb

Middle School Softball
Kristi Flowers

Kristi Flowers

Clint Inman

Girls Soccer
Amanda Johnson

James Gunter

Cafeteria Manager
Amanda Tanner

Cafeteria Assistant
Whitney Averett

Cafeteria Assistant
Rhonda Glover

Cleaning Support
Rachel Hall

Russ Yeomans (Chairman)

Dean McNure

Jim Beecher

Bonnie Gowen

Ken Tomlinson

Mark Beecher

Leck Boatright

DEA is currently seeking candidates for the following positions:

  • Baseball Coach
  • Middle School Teacher – History
  • High School Teachers – Math and History
  • Substitute Bus Driver (morning/afternoon route – 1 stop each)
  • Substitute Teachers

Positions are for the 2024-2025 school year. Resumes should be sent to Head of School, Haylee Free, at

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