Jefferson Davis Academy Faculty and Staff

Welcome To Jefferson Davis Academy

On behalf of the entire Jefferson Davis Academy family, we welcome you to our website! Since coming to JDA as the Head of School and having seen first-hand the legacy JDA carries in the Barnwell County area, JDA has a significant role in this community.

Jefferson Davis Academy provides a strong academic education, but beyond that we emphasize values that are so necessary for true success in today's ever-changing world.  One of these primary core values is the commitment JDA makes to provide a college preparatory education in a Christian environment.

Having been in existence for over 50 years, JDA benefits from decades of success, and we believe Jefferson Davis Academy has a very bright future. We continue to see our current families and students that come from local and international locations embrace the culture and believe "greater things are yet to come."  We desire to prepare the next generation of leaders so they are well-equipped for their life's work.  At JDA, our students graduate with so much more than a diploma!

After exploring our website, we encourage you to visit our campus and see what Jefferson Davis Academy has to offer.  I would enjoy the opportunity to meet you.  We Are....JDA!


Dr. Walter Banks

​Head of School

We at Jefferson Davis Academy would like to give a big welcome to our new teachers and staff.

JDA Faculty and Staff
Dr. Walter BanksHead of Schoolwbanks@jefferson davisacadmey.info
Shannon ChavezGuidance Counselor


Sandy BrownAdministrative Assistantsbrown@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Sandy BrownFinancial Director, Yearbook
Michael TindallAthletic Directormtindall@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Alicia StrockLibrary, Media Center Managerastrock@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Brooke Bolton
Library Aide
Linda Moors
Custodian / Maintenance
Sandy BrownLunchroom Managersbrown@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Joy Ray
Lunchroom Staff

Dianne Applegate
Lunchroom Staff

Francis Hiers
Lunchroom Stafffhiers@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Caroline Ramirez
K3 Teacher
Annie Carver
K4 Teacher

Shannon CraigK5 Teacher
Susan Hilton
K5 Aideshilton@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Bonnie Simmons
1st Grade
Elizabeth Hutson 2nd Gradeehutson@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Meletta Kaigler
3rd Grademkaigler@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Alana Carr
6th Grade Homeroom/ 4th, 5th, 6th Science & Social Studies
Kayla Platts
4th Grade Homeroom / 4th, 5th, 6th Math and Spelling
Robin Lott
5th Grade Homeroom / 4th, 5th, 6th ELA
Emily McAlhany
Upper School Mathemcalhany@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Nancy West
Upper School Mathnwest@jeffersondavisacademy.info
James Strock
PE , Computer, History
Shannon ChavezUpper School Sociology, Psychology, Art History, Career
Brooke Bolten
Upper School History,
Alicia StrockUpper School English, ACT/SAT Prep, Creative Writingastrock@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Chris Delk
Upper School Science, Robotics, Science Faircdelk@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Vivian HollidayUpper School Englishvholliday@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Joy Ray
Lower School Musicjray@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Dianne ApplegateArtdapplegate@jeffersondavisacademy.info
Michael TindallPhysical Educationmtindall@jeffersondavisacademy.info

Jefferson Davis Academy Board of Directors

Lloyd Morgan  Chairman   At Large Seat     803-541-1978

Tracey Polston   President    Barnwell Seat    803-671-2827

Kelvin Phillips     Vice President   At Large Seat   803-247-3312

Kay Atkins          Secretary  North Edisto Seat    803-664-4773

Kevin Webster     1st Vice President Williston Seat      803-646-1462

Scotty Sandifer    Denmark Seat    803-383-1226

Dave Craig      Blackville Seat   803-300-7722

Jason Still      At Large Seat  803-259-6893