Academy of Arts & History: Music
James has been married to Sarabeth Peavey since 2001 and is the proud father of 7 girls ages 1-12. He has taught Sunday School at Eagles Landing FBC and is involved in their deaf ministry. He holds a Masters in Management of Information Systems and is the network administrator for a local company. With a passion for teaching and a gift for making complex topics easily understood, James is excited to be teaching at Artios!
Sarabeth is the wife of James Peavey, and mother to 7 girls (6 living) ages 12 and under. Formerly, Mrs. Peavey was an elementary school teacher and holds a current certifcation in Early Childhood Education. She has been involved with Artios of Gwinnett for several years in various capacities and was led by God to open a new branch of Artios on the south side! She is a lover of God, strong in patience, faith, and servanthood. She is a long-time member of Eagles Landing First Baptist Church and continues to be involved in various Sunday activities. She and her husband James have led an adult Lifegroup there in the past.
TAMMY JANE BARTON
Academy of Arts & History: Theater; Language Arts
Conservatory: Intro to Theater; Drama Club Stage Director
Private/Semi Private Acting Lessons
Tammy Jane Barton is honored to be working at Artios Academies of South Atlanta. Mrs. Barton has been active in theatre for over 43 years and has been working as a professional actress/director since 1989. She has worked in or created school, community, civic, professional, Christian and special needs theatre programs nationwide. Tammy has directed well over 150 productions to date, is a published playwright with Heurer Publishing out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a theatre workshop and drama camp instructor and curriculum creator. Tammy has been a private acting coach for over 25 years and seen many of her students enjoy professional careers in theatre, movies and television. Tammy attended Cerritos College in California with a major in Theatre Arts, where she was active in theatre productions and professional tours. She has directed for numerous local theatre companies including The Front Porch Players, Twilight Theatre and Southside Theatre Guild as well as served as Artistic Director for many years for Fayette Community Theatre, Inc., Fayette Coweta Family Theatre, Inc., Sharpsburg Onstage and A Company of Friends Theatrical Productions. Tammy currently is the owner and Artistic Director of A Company of Friends Educational Productions. She is a former Arts For Learning/Atlanta Young Audiences Teaching Artist and a former Disney Cast Member.
Tammy strives to bring God and all his goodness into every theatrical endeavor that she undertakes. She knows that it is all because of HIM that she is able to share God’s creative gift of theatre with others. Tammy and her husband, of 26 years, Kevin Barton, live in Senoia, Georgia with their three dogs, Rudy, Rhett and Rocky and two kitties, Ruxy and Rebel. She has been a Christian since she was baptized into Christ in 1973 and gives all the praise and glory for her everything in life to GOD!
Thad Berrey has been the senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Hampton, GA, for over ten years. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Thad has additional education and experience as a pastoral, Biblical counselor, specifically in marriage and family and crisis counseling. He and his wife, Chaya, have been married for 12 years and they have seven daughters. When he’s not involved at church or spending time with his family, he enjoys hunkering down with a good cup of coffee and a book. He has also orchestrated the remodeling of five houses.
Artios Plus: Elementary Chorale; High School Ensemble
Studios: Private Piano
Julie Conrad graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in choral music education. She has 25 years’ experience as a choral director and 30 years’ experience as a professional accompanist. Mrs. Conrad teaches private piano and voice lessons, and she serves as the pianist at Jodeco Road United Methodist Church. Mrs. Conrad also serves as the accompanist for the Henry Singers. She has had the opportunity to play for several Henry Players’ productions, including “Mary Poppins” and “All Shook Up.” Mrs. Conrad enjoys birdwatching in her spare time. She has been happily married to her husband Chris for twenty years, and they have two wonderful children.
High School Language Arts, History
Laurel Foust is a wife, mom, teacher, and entrepreneur. She graduated with a Masters of Education from Troy State and an Educational Specialist degree from The University of West Georgia. She taught in the public school system for 16 years before leaving to homeschool her youngest child for the 2018-2019 school year and finding Artios for him.
Being a part of the Artios family allows Laurel to use her gifts to work with students while still being able to homeschool. She loves building relationships with students and seeing them blossom in the arts, academics, and life. Laurel currently teaches High School Language Arts and History.
Conservatory: Digital Photography; Intro to Media Arts
After graduating from Georgia State University with a M.A. in Film & Video Production, Brandon began his film career as a Producer’s Assistant and Set P. A. for Tyler Perry Studios. After a 2 year tenure at Tyler Perry Studios, Brandon continued to freelance in the Atlanta area, working on various TV shows, as well as feature films. Gradually, he transitioned into freelancing as a camera operator and producer, creating videos for national corporate clients such as Author Solutions, Boys & Girls Club of America, as well as various local Atlanta businesses and artists. In 2011, he created Moboc Productions, a turnkey production company. Grabbing the attention of Atlanta Children’s Theatre, the Theatre Director hired Brandon to develop a film curriculum for children. With the success of the curriculum, the Children’s Theatre hired Brandon to teach children in the local area. The program grew to serve various public and private schools in Atlanta. In 2013, Brandon formed the after school film program “Kids TV”, which now serves 11 schools and caters to over 150 kids annually. In 2014, he was invited to join the Advisory Council for Media/Film Department for Atlanta Technical College, and in 2016, he was hired as a film instructor to teach video classes for the college. During his freelance years, Brandon actually worked with the family of Artios Director, Sarabeth Peavey. While working with Mrs. Peavey, he learned about the Artios Mission and Christian focus, which aligns with his own company’s vision. Moboc Productions stands for “Members of Body of Christ productions. Brandon holds his Christian faith with the highest priority and hopes to create content to further the purpose of the kingdom.
Academy of Arts & History: Art
Drama Club Musical Director
Conservatory: Fundamentals of Music
Karla Metcalfe has been homeschooling her 3 boys, Micah (18), Jeremiah (17), and Jonah (17), for 10 years with the wonderful support of her husband, Shane.
She has worked with children for 20+ years, including a previous job as Children’s Director at Henry Baptist Church before taking the homeschool plunge and becoming a full-time mom. Being able to pour into her boys so intensely has been the best investment of her life.
Karla grew up in Oklahoma as a music director’s daughter. As a preteen, her family moved to Georgia and soon after her father felt the Lord was calling him to be a missionary to Africa. Missions and music are engraved deep into her blood; she would call them two of her greatest passions! She is highly involved in her church in both the music ministry, as well as, a disciple-maker in their Summit ministry for teens. She also greatly enjoys art and drama.
She loves how Artios incorporates so many of her passions into the integrated program and is so grateful to be a part of the team. She prays that God uses her in teaching to help the kids see their purpose for Christ and use their lives even at an early age to serve and honor Him!
Artios Plus: Science
Esther Pasedag has been married to Andrew for 22 years. Andrew and Esther are the parents of 5 children (1 girl and 4 boys) ages 6-20. They have have home schooled each of their 5 children with their their oldest Hannah, now a 2nd year college students, being the first to graduate. Esther has been a leading home education since the late 1990’s and she is now recognized by many as an early leading advocate and home school leader in the area, having helped many parents understand the value of home education, debunked many homeschooling myths, linked others to resources and helped others successfully transition to homeschooling.
Over the years, she has been actively involved (as participant, teacher, leader) in many local home education programs, co-ops and support groups. Some of these include, H.O.M.E. of Fine Arts, Masters Academy, J.C.H.E. (Jasper County Home School Educators), Macedonia Coop, Cherish Coop, many home school moms support groups, along with other programs. Esther has taught children in church settings for 35 years and is trained in many nationally recognized children’s training programs, both as a participant and trainer/teacher of others. Additionally, she has created and developed several children’s ministries and programs, overseen several growing children’s ministries, developed her own curriculum, resources and children’s discipleship materials, and helped enhance and refine established children’s ministries and programs.
Overall, Esther is a beloved teacher and has a gifting and passion for teaching and training children to have a Christian worldview, be critical thinkers, have a heart for life long knowledge and know and love God and live out His purpose for their lives.
American Sign Language
High School History
Niki is the wife of David Wilson and the mother of Jillian, who is 12 years old. She has a Bachelor’s in Education with a double major in History and Language Arts. She is a member of Henry Baptist Church. Niki taught for 10 years in the public school system before deciding to stay home with her daughter when she became school aged. She currently homeschools her 6th grade daughter. Her passions include her relationship with Christ, her family, cooking, and history. She has served in church leadership over preschool-aged children and considers all those she teaches as “her children”.