Faculty and Staff

Matt Baker

Head of School


Matt Baker has more than a dozen years of Senior Pastor experience in two different Baptist churches here in Northeast Georgia, and currently serves as Associate Pastor at NewBranch Community Church. His love for education grew after his first two children were born and he and his wife, Brandon, began to explore education options that would best suit their family. During this search they discovered Classical education and have been classically educating their children since 2014. Matt has taught at the high school level from 2014-2015 — and has been a Rhetoric-level classical educator since 2017. Matt and Brandon have four children and when they aren’t involved with their church and school communities they love being outside. Matt earned an Associate of Arts degree from Truett McConnell College and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.


William Deagle

Director of Administration


Ruth Knuteson

Operations Coordinator and Office Manager


Ruth Knuteson’s love for excellent education began with undergraduate studies focused on it, then grew as she served as a preschool teacher at a Christian school, and later homeschooled her own children using a Classical curriculum. With private sector experience in administrative, customer service and sales positions, Ruth brings a unique blend of project management, hospitality and organizational planning skills to her position as Operations Coordinator & Office Manager for Oak Hill. Ruth is married to Scott, and their three school-aged children are enrolled at Oak Hill, with the fourth eagerly awaiting his turn. Their family attends NewBranch Community Church.


Oak Hill Acorns Faculty


Leah Recker

Director and Instructor


Sofia Gomez

Acorns Assistant


Lisa Ogg

Acorns Assistant


Connie Sharp

Acorns Assistant


Emily Ammons

Acorns Assistant


Grammar School Faculty


Jeri Hanson

K4 Instructor


Jeri Hanson has worked with 4-year-olds since 2003. For 4 years, she served as Teacher’s Assistant at Rolling Hills Preschool before coming to Oak Hill as K-4 Assistant. She has been K-4 Teacher at Oak Hill since 2008. The Lord has given her a heart for little ones and she is amazed at their capacity and excitement for learning and memorizing! Jeri and Michael have been married since 1998, and they attend Gwinnett Church. They have one daughter, Alyssa, who is a Sophomore at UGA.


Stephanie Ammons

K5 Instructor (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)


Stephanie Ammons received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia College in 1998. She taught 2nd grade for two years in Charleston, SC. She has been a part of the Oak Hill community since 2007. She taught K4 for one year and Kindergarten for 8 years. Stephanie attends Restoration Presbyterian with her husband, Shane, and children, Emily, Grace, Micah, Josiah and Spencer.


Jennifer Downs

K5 Instructor (Tuesday and Thursday)
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Jennifer Downs graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition. She worked as a registered dietitian for three years before staying home to raise her three children. She has taught Kindergarten at Oak Hill for the last seven years. She enjoys reading and spending most of the summer at the beach with her family. She and her husband, Kevin, have 3 children, Thomas, Claire, and Katie. She and her family are active members of Restoration Presbyterian Church in Buford.


Susan Rucker

First Grade Instructor | Director of Early Education


Susan Rucker has been teaching at Oak Hill since 2012. She is currently teaching 1st grade. Susan earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Auburn University. She taught in Plano, Texas, for three years and Cobb County for 2 1/2 years, before staying home to raise her four boys. She returned to the classroom (at Oak Hill) when her oldest was a senior in high school. Susan’s husband, Ken, is pastor of New Branch Community Church and serves on the Board of Trustees for Oak Hill. Their oldest son, Awbrey, lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama. Andrew, their second, serves the army in the 75th Ranger Regiment and is stationed in Savannah, Georgia. The youngest two, twins David and Jonathan, graduated Oak Hill in 2020.


Carey Feldman

Second Grade Instructor


Carey Feldman has been a teacher since 2005, serving at Oak Hill from 2016-2019 and again since 2020. She and her husband Dan attend 12Stone Church, and have four adult children who attend college or work full time. Carey earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education from Georgia State University in 1995, and is also a registered nurse, having earned her degree from the University of North Georgia in 2015.


Stephanie Gibbons

Third Grade Instructor


Stephanie Gibbons received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Oak Hill in 2020, she worked in Special Education for Gwinnett County Schools. Stephanie is a member of Snellville United Methodist Church, where she attends regularly with her husband Stephen and son Collin, who is a student at Oak Hill. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crochet/knitting, the outdoors, playing with her dogs and cats, photography and spending time with family.


Allison Tavani

Fourth Grade Instructor


Allison Tavani earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University and is currently working on her Masters of Education, also at Brenau. Allison began teaching at Oak Hill in 2020. Prior to coming to Oak Hill, she taught 5th grade for a year at Gwin Oaks Elementary, and had worked the previous 15 years with children in the preschool and afterschool programs at Cannon United Methodist Church in Snellville. She is married to Nick, and has a daughter, McKenna, who attends Brookwood High School. In her spare time, Allison enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, and fostering cats and kittens.


Henry Hubler

Fifth Grade Instructor


Henry Hubler earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2018. For the next two years, he specialized in the repair of U.S. Navy aircraft carrier piping systems as an engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding. Even throughout his time as an engineer, he has always had a passion for the humanities. As a former president of the University of Virginia chapter of the G. K. Chesterton Society, he loved leading fellow students in discussions around great literature. And as a grateful product of K-12 classical Christian education himself, he hopes to continue promoting the love of truth, beauty, and goodness to the students at Oak Hill. In his spare time, Henry can be found wrestling with his dog, watching a good film with his wife Caitlin, or writing and editing his fiction stories.


Logic and Rhetoric School Faculty


Alyssa Luttjohann

Sixth Grade Instructor


Alyssa Luttjohann graduated from Wheaton College with degrees in Political Science and French. After graduating, she worked for the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., where she helped promote ideas of judicial restraint and strict reading of the Constitution, as well as studying the trend toward global governance and its effect on American sovereignty. After moving to Georgia, she was the director of operations at a student scholarship organization and for the past 6 1/2 years, has been a stay-at-home mom. She has 3 kids, two of whom are currently at Oak Hill. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys knitting, reading and music.


Holli Gray

Logic School Math and Science Instructor


After graduating from The University of Mississippi in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics education, Holli Gray went on to marry her husband, Nathan, of 8 years. From there she stayed at home to raise her boys in their hectic military life. Her family was involved in building a children and youth group ministry at a small church in Reedsburg, Wisconsin from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, her family was sent to Georgia where she grew up and this is where her family has settled. Since becoming a military wife, Holli has been involved with private tutoring and homeschooling groups. In Holli’s spare time she enjoys playing her flute and spending time with her children. Both Clayton and Chandler attend Oak Hill! Holli loves the community and family atmosphere at Oak Hill and looks forward to continuing her teaching career in this wonderful community.


Wesley Scheidt

Logic School Logic, Recitation, and Bible Instructor


Wesley Scheidt graduated from Berry College with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. Before joining the faculty of Oak Hill, he taught 5th grade, general music, and choir in classical schools over the course of six years. Wesley is a Masters of Divinity student of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with hopes to teach and preach in the local church. As a lifelong learner, he delights to share with students the rich truth Almighty God is teaching him every day. Wesley and his wife Hannah have two little boys, Henry and Finn. Together they enjoy singing and making music, reading fairy stories, and eating Hobbit food. The Scheidts worship in the Body of Christ at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Buford.


Sub-Creator Instructors


Laura Mattison

Sub-Creator Instructor: The Body and Physical Education


Laura Mattison graduated from Berry College in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science where she was also a four-year member of the women’s basketball team. She holds a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from Armstrong State University. Laura has worked in the fitness industry since 2011 as a strength coach, group fitness trainer, and youth fitness coach. Laura joined the staff at Oak Hill in 2017, bringing her knowledge of human movement and fitness to the physical education program. She believes physical literacy is an integral part of a holistic education. She also serves as the Logic School girls basketball coach.


Heather McAllister

Sub-Creator Instructor: The Musical Arts


Heather McAllister earned a Bachelors in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from Toccoa Falls College in 2009. She then worked at Perimeter Christian school for 6 years as their music director for the middle school musicals, directed 7th & 8th grade chorus and was the Administrative assistant for their school of the arts while teaching vocal and piano lessons. She has been at Oak Hill for two years and currently teaches general music to K4-5th grade. She also loves serving on the worship team at Restoration Presbyterian by playing piano or singing and enjoys long distance running in her spare time. Heather is married to Cameron and they have two children, Dylan and Olivia, in Oak Hill Acorns.

Faculty and Staff