Cedrick Dickens is the director of Kingdom Unity and is the KU Council chairperson. He is married to Princess Dickens, who is an educator in the Anne Arundel County Public School system. Their three beautiful daughters, Trinity, Serenity, and Chastity, attend AACS. Prior to being hired in 2018 as the Director of Summer Programs, Cedrick served for nearly 20 years as a health, physical education teacher, and athletics coach in the public, charter, and Christian school systems. Furthermore, He serves in higher education as an adjunct professor at York College & Bowie State University. He has a seminary master's degree in Christian leadership and believes in Christian education. Cedrick serves at his church as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and on the security team. He is a firm supporter of what he calls a “Kingdom growth mindset.” His philosophy about Christian education states that, in order for a Christian educator to be effective in engaging students to be lifelong, active learners, they should always be growing as believers in the body of Christ. Administrators and teachers must support the students in their intellectual journey, helping them “see God as relevant in the academic process as well as integrating Him in their social, emotional and physical development. It is imperative to the Imago Dei of every individual person. The Christian school curriculum is key to a truly Christian education" (McCullough, 2013, p.181).
Carolyn Beall came to AACS in the summer of 2015 after spending almost 15 years in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. In her former jobs, she taught first and second grade and special education. She was also the special education department chair for her school. As part of the Superintendent’s leadership team, she oversees the K-12 Educational Support Program at AACS and serves as the coordinator for the Annapolis lower schools. She loves working with students and helping them to figure out how they learn. There can be such a joy that comes from learning new things whether it’s reading and math or learning about how to be a good friend. One of her great passions is helping to integrate all students, including those who learn differently, into the larger body of Christ. She’s thrilled to be part of a school where families and teachers walk alongside each other every day to encourage students to display God’s splendor to those around them.
Megan Lamb has been an AACS community member since 2014; first as a parent and employee in 2017. Megan earned her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. She taught Language Arts in Queen Annes and Anne Arundel County Public Schools systems and is blessed that the Lord called her to serve families and students at Annapolis Area Christian School. Beginning in 2016 she worked as a Specialty Counselor in Eagles Explorations Summer Program with children in grades K-10 of varying backgrounds and diverse abilities. Megan began her full time employment as an Instructional Aide and inclusion advocate for students who learn differently. Currently she works as the Educational Support Lead Specialist at the Upper School. She continues to serve on the AACS Board Nominations Committee, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Megan is mom to AACS alumni Maddie, (2021), AACS 9th grader, Vivi (2025) and AACS 6th grader Addie (2027).
Bishop Al Way of FAME Church International in Washington, DC, extends his outreach far beyond his church ministry. He is a widely sought motivational speaker and corporate business trainer, working with a variety of businesses and organizations including, The U. S. Army, The Internal Revenue Service, Johns Hopkins University, American Airlines, and Hewlett Packard, Bishop Way has a unique way of making complex behavioral principles all come together so people can understand and act on what they have learned in his sessions.
He holds a degree in Communications and design from American University and served in the AU School of Communications as an associate adjunct professor for 18 years During that time, he taught classes in the Division of Adult Education. Bishop Way is a compassionate champion in his community and gives back through his work in local prisons, homeless shelters, churches, and faith-based communities. Over the years, he has received several awards and accolades for his work in strengthening families, often through fathering training and support. In 2006, he took on an additional leadership role as the Head Basketball Coach for Grace Brethren Christian School, where he mentored middle and high school boys to become leaders. Al used the sport of basketball as a metaphor to teach life skills and to mentor character and discipline. In 2007, he was certified as a master trainer for the National Center for Fathering.
Bishop and his wife Tee who serves as Fame's first lady and assistant pastor, have one daughter, Alexis. She is a 2021 graduate of AACS and is working toward her undergraduate degree at High Point University in North Carolina.
Mr. Way’s sphere of influence continues to reach across America and around the world to help ordinary people do extraordinary things with their lives. He is currently writing two books on leadership and marketplace motivation. As an educator, he is a continual student of leadership and human behavior. One of the trademark lines in his speeches says it all …“people do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. This is his passion, purpose and philosophy.
Sheyda Gill has been an AACS community member since 2015. She brings more than 30 years of corporate, government, nonprofit leadership, operations management, and development expertise to her work and volunteerism at AACS. First, as a parent, she gives generously of her time, advising on strategic initiatives and serving in the spiritual, academic, performing arts, and athletics arenas. She was elected to a three-year term on the AACS Board of Governors in 2019. That term would be cut short by one year in June 2021 when she accepted the call to join the AACS Central Office team as the director of development. AACS is the beneficiary of her business acumen developed over nearly three decades at Marriott International, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Capital Area YWCA. Her understanding of quality control, budgeting, customer service, human resources, recruiting, training, adult education, and organizational development are evident whether she is discussing best practices for institutional growth with key members of the school's leadership or coordinating meals for the spring musical during tech week. As a former board member for eight nonprofits, she worked tirelessly to ensure mission focus while helping broaden each organization's reach and influence through community connections and fundraising. Sheyda and her husband Geoff attend First Baptist Church of Glenarden. They have two beautiful children, Christian '18 and Gabrielle '23, who follow in their parents' footsteps as Christ's image-bearers, using their spiritual gifts to spread the gospel message.
As an AACS parent, board member, and DEI Council member, Jina Simmons is deeply committed to helping cultivate a Christ-like school culture that embraces and celebrates the God-designed diversity among us. She has always had a heart for serving, especially in communities that are under-resourced. Simmons spent the majority of her career as program director for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC where she designed, implemented, and oversaw youth development programs for students facing the many risk factors of poverty. There, she also wrote and delivered volunteer and staff trainings on various topics, including racial sensitivity and cultural competency. Having experienced and witnessed discrimination in numerous ways throughout her life, she understands the importance of creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where every individual feels safe and supported. She is encouraged by the commitment AACS leadership has made to working toward a community that is truly one in Christ. Simmons is energized by hope and grateful for the opportunity to lend my experience as she serves the AACS community through the DEI Council.
Lynnette Pair Young started her career at National Institutes of Health, Library of Medicine where she served on the Office of Personnel, EEO Council and learned firsthand the importance of Kingdom unity. She worked with a team of experts to review numerous NIH discrimination cases. As a former director of human resources, she developed hiring standards, onboarding procedures and training programs that addressed discrimination, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Since 2013 when she and husband Paul enrolled their children Alexis '21 and Christian '23 in fifth and third grades, respectively, at the Annapolis Lower School, the STEM program has flourished in large part to her investment of time, resources, and expertise. She has advanced AACS STEM education through after-school programs, including SeaPerch and National STEM competitions.
Additionally, Pair Young is a charter member and chair of the Education and Youth Development Committee for The Guild. Previously, she served as a chief program officer and a member of the executive leadership team for a nationally recognized nonprofit organization. Young has twenty-five years of executive leadership, business and operations management, partnership development, contract, and grant management experience. She has directed and developed culturally sensitive training programs for organizations including the White House Faith Based Initiative, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She believes in Christian education as the biblical foundation that offers our children the fortitude to tackle life changes and challenges as they grow in the Christian faith and become good stewards for Christ.