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High School Staff

Churchill Academy’s High School teachers prepare their students for standard & advanced diplomas.

Cindy Robinson

Cindy brings to Churchill Academy an abundance of experience in the special education field – as a resource teacher, as a self-contained special education teacher, and as a special education administrator.

She holds degrees from Auburn University, a master’s degree in K – 12 Learning Disabilities and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with emphasis in Special Education.

Throughout her career, Cindy has garnered professional recognition, including Wares Ferry Elementary Teacher of the Year (two times) and WSFA TV’s Class Act Award.

Cindy’s real reward is working with the children, having done so for many years with students of all ages and with an array of challenges and learning differences.

Email: cRobinson@ChurchillAcademy.net

Mark Zienert

Mark S. Zienert is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

While there, he received a bachelor’s degree in General Studies, with a minor in Computer Science. He later earned his master’s degree in Computer Resource Management from Webster University.

Mark is also an Eagle Scout and a BSA Leader (Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts).

He teaches Science, Math, and Computer classes here at Churchill Academy.

He says that he most enjoys “finding the switch… seeing the light-bulb go on when a student grasps a concept.”

Email: mZienert@ChurchillAcademy.net

Gayle Rogers

Gayle has a Masters in Education from the University of Alabama, and a Masters of Education in Library Media from Alabama State. She has been teaching and working as a librarian for 29 years. She is certified in the area of specific learning disabilities. Gayle says, “I have a lot of fresh, creative ideas I will use with my students in order to teach in a variety of ways.”

Email: gRogers@ChurchillAcademy.net

Kristie Kiernan

Kristie holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Education, and she is certified to teach Special Education, grades kindergarten through twelfth.

She has a particular passion for History as is evidenced by numerous artifacts throughout her classroom!

Before coming to Churchill in 2016 Kristie taught middle and high school students at a variety of Montgomery public schools. At times she taught special needs students, while at others she taught History.

Kristie says that Churchill is her dream job because she is able to work with both passions, History and Special Education!

Kristie’s strengths include organizational and communication skills. She also has a very compassionate spirit which guides her interactions with both students and staff.

Judy Hall

Judy Hall came to Churchill Academy in 1997 and has taught in Classrooms E through high school.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Troy State University in 1973, and later received her master’s degree in Specific Learning Disabilities from Auburn University Montgomery.

Prior to coming to Churchill Academy, Judy taught 25 years in the Montgomery Public Schools as a Learning Disability Resource teacher, Math and English LD Resource Teacher/Inclusion Specialist.

After teaching at Churchill Academy for 13 years, she moved into the Coordinator of Support Services position and served there for 2 years.

In 2012 she moved back to the high school where she teaches English, Journalism, Creative Writing and Dance.

We are grateful to Mrs. Hall for her many talents and her flexibility!

Email: jHall@ChurchillAcademy.net

Yahnira Backus

A native of Puerto Rico, Yahnira claims Spanish as her first language.

Her past experience working in the medical field helps her take biology lessons beyond the textbook, as she enthusiastically shares her science knowledge and expertise with her students.

Yahnira holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Troy University. “My ultimate goal is to have every child succeed,” Yahnira says.

Not only a Churchill Academy teacher, Yahnira is a Churchill Academy mom as well. Her oldest son, Gary, graduated this past school year and son Richard is a current student in classroom G.

Yahnira serves on the Churchill Academy Parents Association, is active in scouting, and in her spare time writes a column for the East Montgomery edition of the Montgomery Advertiser.

Email: yBackus@ChurchillAcademy.net