SENIOR PROFILE: Shauntell


Week #3: Each senior is being featured on Facebook and Instagram and we will also share pictures from their final day celebration for just them 🙂

“I have been at Brookwood Christian for 9 years. My favorite thing about Brookwood is that it feels more like a family than just a school. My advice to 8th & 9th graders is don’t try to always fit in, be yourself.”

Shauntell plans to work at the Acworth Jail and then attend the Police Academy, among her hobbies are participating in the Acworth Police Department‘s Acworth Explorers Program, dancing, and hiking.

“My long term career plan is to become a K-9 police officer for the Acworth Police Department. I eventually see myself with a career in law enforcement helping people and my community.”

#ClassOf2020 #2020Unique #2020Strong

SENIOR PROFILE: Patrick

Week #3: Each senior is being featured on Facebook and Instagram and we will also share pictures from their final day celebration for just them 🙂

“I have been attending Brookwood Christian for 2 years. What I really love about this school is the class sizes, the teachers, especially the way they teach, and my friends. I would tell those in 8th/9th grade to make sure you show up and do your homework.”

Patrick plans to attend Westminster College in Missouri as well as continuing his hobbies such as off-roading, cars, birds, drones, and flying model planes.

“After completing school at Westminster College, I hope to pursue a career in software developing and quality engineering. I hope to eventually own my own home and have a successful career.”

#ClassOf2020 #2020Unique #2020Strong

SENIOR PROFILE: Will

Week #3: Each senior is being featured on Facebook and Instagram and we will also share pictures from their final day celebration for just them 🙂

“I have been at Brookwood Christian since 2016. My favorite thing about Brookwood was being able to make friends who were different from me. My advice for those beginning high school is to stand up for what you believe is right, even if it is scary and painful.”

Will plans to attend Chattahoochee Technical College to complete his core classes then  transfer to Kennesaw State University. He enjoys discovering 1950’s through 1990’s music like Sam Cook, Bread, Dan Fogelberg, Seals and Crofts, and The Spinners.


From the MercyMe concert in November 2019. From left to right: Will, opening act, Micah Tyler, and Will’s sister, Alicia.

“After completing my core classes at Chattahoochee Technical College, I plan to major in Mathematics at Kennesaw State University . I am focusing on math in college to find a specific area that I can find a career in. Then, I can enjoy my career path. I hope to get married, and I will hopefully have Will Jr. I am excited for my future.”

#ClassOf2020 #2020Unique #2020Strong

SENIOR PROFILE: Elizabeth

Week #3: Each senior is being featured on Facebook and Instagram and we will also share pictures from their final day celebration for just them 🙂

“I have been at Brookwood for almost 2 and a half years. My favorite thing about this school is the learning environment. It allows me to speak on what is on my mind. If I were to give advice to 8th/9th graders I would tell them to focus these next four years because these years set you up for your future, but to also have fun and enjoy yourself because these can be some of the best years of your life.”


Elizabeth plans to attend Chattahoochee Technical College and then continue at Kennesaw State University. She plans to continue enjoying her recent hobbies such as hiking and rock climbing, and by the looks of the picture, possibly also herpetology! 😉🐍

“After I finish 2 years at Chattahoochee Technical College , I plan to study early childhood education at
Kennesaw State University I am not sure where I see myself in 10 years. I want to just take life how it comes at the moment.”

#ClassOf2020 #2020Unique #2020Strong

Ms. Noelle Tells Her Story to the Georgia Senate

On Wednesday, February 26, the day after Dyslexia Day at the Capitol, Ms. Noelle spoke before the Senate Education & Youth Committee regarding Senate Bill 386 and its possible impact on the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (SB10). Her story, along with so many others, is so compelling that we wanted to share it. Below is her speech. If you would like your story featured, please EMAIL it, along with a picture.

“Thank you for taking the time to listen to me and my story.


“Let me introduce myself. I am Noelle Smith. I have a BA in Architectural Studies and a Master of Library and Information Science degree. I am a divorced mother of 3 young women, and we live in Acworth. My oldest daughter, Cheyenne, is studying to be a commercial pilot and graduated in 2011 from Harrison High School in Cobb County. My middle child, Charlotte, is a senior at Kennesaw State University and is studying Electrical Engineering and Mechatronics. She graduated in 2015 as valedictorian from Brookwood Christian School in Cobb County. My youngest, Collette, is a junior studying Neuroscience/pre-med at the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in 2018 as 4th in her class from Harrison High School. We were a military family for 22 years and stayed in Georgia after my ex retired from the Marine Corps.


“My daughter Charlotte and all the other children with learning disabilities are who I am here to represent today. Let me tell you Charlotte’s story. We had known since she was 5 that there was something going on with her ability to learn letters. They just did not make sense to her. I tried to have her tested at the schools we were at; however, this was immediately after 9/11 so we were transferred to Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana in quick succession. Charlotte received her first IEP in 2004 and a diagnosis of dyslexia.


“In 2006, we moved to Atlanta. Charlotte was in 4th grade. I immediately began the process of having a new IEP issued. At this point, she attended Vaughan Elementary in Powder Springs. She loved school but struggled because she was different and could not read more than simple words at this point. I knew unless she received intensive, one-on-one specialized instruction, she was going to be lost in the public school system and maybe never be able to read. I began to look for a school that specialized in helping students with learning disabilities. I found Brookwood Christian School in Acworth.


“Luckily, Charlotte had an IEP in place and the state of Georgia had just begun the SB10 program. This scholarship enabled me to place my child in a small school with specialized instruction and small classroom sizes. Best of all, all the students had a learning disability of some kind, so everyone was on a level playing field. She thrived.


“When Charlotte was in the 9th grade, my husband and I divorced. He was unwilling to help with her private education, so the SB10 scholarship literally saved my child. I am a teacher and my income was not enough to keep her in a private school. She was able to stay at Brookwood Christian School only because of the SB10 Scholarship. I knew fighting to keep her at Brookwood was worth all the hardships when she began reading books for pleasure. Now she is excelling at Kennesaw State University and has a 3.52 GPA.


“I fell into teaching because my child needed me, and as a teacher of students with learning disabilities, I have seen how the SB10 has changed lives. There are many success stories to hear. There could be many more. I have seen students that want to attend Brookwood Christian be unable to because their families were unable to pay the tuition. Many of these students had a 504. Many returned to the public school system in an attempt to obtain an IEP.  Some were successful at gaining an IEP and were able to enter Brookwood Christian. I have seen several who were unable to obtain an IEP. I remember one such student who dropped out of school. I fear for him. He has fallen between the cracks.


“I ask that you please expand this program to include all children with disabilities; be a part of the success stories. 


“I appreciate your time. Thank you.”

~Noelle Pearson

And THANK YOU Ms. Noelle, for taking the time to advocate for our students and other special needs students!

You can also read Mellie’s Story in our 2018-2019 Annual Report, and Blake’s Story in our 2017-2018 Annual Report, both are compelling, and the statistics for students who do not get appropriate reading instruction are grim, and outlined in the Progress Reports in both stories. You can also see the statistics regarding the success of our programs HERE.

Get to Know Families Impacted by Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship.

Noelle Smith, Teacher, Brookwood Christian School.

#SayDyslexia #UntilEveryoneCanRead #1in5 

Keyeion went to Peru!

Recent graduate, Keyeion Ashley, went on another adventure this summer to Peru, as part of the Smithsonian Student Adventures service trip. These educational immersion programs, highlight a shared mission of learning and discovery, and offer a unique opportunity for student travelers to explore the world in a meaningful way. These programs are open to individual high school students who are interested in traveling with other students from across the USA to select destinations around the world. Candidates are accepted based on the strength of their application and teacher references. Last year Keyeion participated in the Surf & Service in Costa Rica trip which inspired him to take this trip.

Way to go Keyeion, our world traveler! 🙂

You can view more pictures from Peru HERE.

2018 Commencement Exercises

Congratulations to the 2018 Brookwood Christian Graduates:

  • Keyeion Alexander Ashley
  • Tyler Scott Crawford
  • Samuel Keith Kull
  • Nathan Nails, Jr.
  • Mychael Allen Pharr
  • William Tyler Pike
  • Luke Carter Richards
  • Carter Hill Smith, Jr.
  • Michael Tanner Thompson

Graduation will be held at 6 PM at

First Baptist Church of Acworth,
4583 Church Street Acworth 30101

Graduates should arrive by 4:30 PM for rehearsal, and parents and families can start arriving at 5:30 PM.

Congratulations  #The9