Tabitha Merritt, Director
Tabitha & her husband David came to Peachtree by way of an art class for their then-junior high age daughter and soon fell in love with the mission and the spirit of Peachtree. With experience in choir & piano, she soon became part of the burgeoning music program and has worked closely with Peachtree’s high school & junior high choirs since their inception. As the Merritt family grew older, it became apparent that the Lord was calling them to work together in His Mission to redeem the arts for His Glory, and to participate in creating excellent art as well as training younger minds to desire excellence in creativity. When Peachtree needed a new director just after her younger daughter finished high school, she felt God’s equipping in her love for arts and also her business background. As director, her goals are to steward well the seeds God has planted & is planting, and also to continually see and call out His creative gifts in every child that participates here. Excellence in all creative disciplines uniquely equips people to bless the world and draw minds & hearts toward the ultimate Creator, and Tabitha is blessed to participate in the work God is doing through Peachtree to do just that.
Brianne Pryor, Office Faculty
Brianne Pryor is the author of the Wynthall Manor Trilogy, an English Regency/action-adventure; and young adult/Christian fiction series, The Unforgotten Past. She grew up with her parents, grandparents, brothers, and a sister in Middle Tennessee, where they currently run a small produce farm and lumber mill in Putnam County. Brianne was homeschooled from kindergarten, graduating in 2015 from Homelife Academy. She has studied English Composition online and received a certificate of completion in Music Business from BurkleeX, an online learning initiative of Berklee College of Music. In 2016 Brianne's first novel, The Unforgotten Past became an Amazon Best Seller, from there she went on to publish five more books including her latest, Gardemore: Wynthall Manor II a participant in the 2020 UK Kindle Storyteller Contest. Brianne believes that specific life talents are gifts from God and are to be used as in 1 Peter 4:10 to "minister to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God".
When not engrossed in the pages of a new book, Brianne enjoys spending time with family and friends, working both office and farm, and driving her family's old John Deere while listening to her favorite music.
Amy Farmer, Bookkeeping
Amy holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Tennessee Tech. After graduating her two daughters from homeschooling, Amy joined Peachtree's staff as our bookkeeper. She also loves pouring into the families she meets here.
Sonya Henderson, Office Faculty
Sonya is a wife of over 30 years, a mother of 6 children and grandmother of 5. She began homeschooling her first child in 1995 and has now graduated the youngest in June 2021. Before having children, she earned a degree in Early Childhood Development and taught preschool at U.T. Knoxville’s Child Development Center. She is excited to begin working with preschoolers again on a regular basis and counts it as a blessing to do that in the sweet environment of Peachtree. She will be teaching a literature-based class which will include music, crafts/art and games. She also works in Peachtree’s office on Mondays
Cadence Howell, Office Faculty