Kristin Taffin–High School Teacher
Buddy Smith–High School Teacher
Kerri Ann Sanford–Middle School Teacher
Keslan Fendley–Ministry Assistant
The purpose of the staff at CLC is to create an environment that rightly exalts the Lord in a manner that greatly influences the future generations of our community to continue in serving one another and Christ. Each job position does this differently, but the goal is still the same–as Psalm 34:3 states, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His Name together.” We as a staff are determined to glorify the Lord in our personal lives as well as professional lives. We each consider our positions to be an honor, and we seek the Lord diligently as He uses us to impact our students.
Kristin was born and raised in GIlmer County. She loves coming to the CLC everyday and teaching the students about the love of Christ. When she isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, designing candy buffets, and most of all, spending time with her husband, David, and their three sons: Joshua, Nathan, and David.
Buddy grew up in Pickens County and is at home in the mountains. The most important thing about him is that he loves God’s Word and he loves to teach it to others, especially high school students who are looking for answers to their questions. He graduated from Truett-McConnell College with a degree in Christian studies with a concentration in Bible and Theology. He also directs the outreach program at his church.
He’s been proudly married for 7 years and have one toddling daughter, as well as a boy on the way.
Kerri Ann is the Gilmer CLC’s 6th grade instructor. She has worked in youth ministry, in some capacity, for over five years. She loves getting to work with our energetic 6th grade students and teaching them how to live out their faith through the awkward time of being a middle schooler. Kerri Ann enjoys running with her husband Reece Sanford, playing with their two dogs, and traveling to cool, new places.
Keslan has grown up in Gilmer County and is a recent graduate from the University of North Georgia. She took CLC her freshman year of high school and decided then that the CLC was a place she would love to work. Being the ministry assistant is a blessing to her, and loving on the students is her favorite thing to do.