Canterbury is a Classical Christian Academy, grades K-8th. We will add a grade each year as our children grow. The classical philosophy is a unique approach to education in that it embraces old, and proven methods. We believe that there is great wisdom in looking back for the answers on how best to move forward!
Satu Lord (Kindergarten)
Satu attended college in the beautiful state of Vermont where she attained her BA in fine arts with a minor in k-12 education. Satu worked at a preschool for three years where she continued to gain an understanding and passion for education. Shortly after settling down in Asheville in 2012 she began to volunteer at Canterbury Classical School where Satu knew she found a loving and caring community that is just as passionate about education as she is. Satu knows she found her new home here at Canterbury and is overjoyed for the opportunity to continue her teaching career here in North Carolina. In her spare time Satu can be found creating mixed media art, taking her dog for hikes, tending to the cows on the farm and enjoying a cup of coffee nestled with a good book.
Kristina Sanford (1st/2nd grade)
Kristina Sanford is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University located in Nashville, Tennessee where she received a B.S. in Education with minors in Early Childhood Education and Christian Education. Kristina has spent most of her career running Christian education programs for churches across the South East for ages birth through 6th grade. She began her career at Canterbury Classical School in the fall of 2014, finally enabling her to couple her passion for Christian Education along with her love of the elementary classroom. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and three children, sitting on her front porch with a cup of coffee and a good book, and taking on sewing and craft projects.
Stephen Miller (3rd/4th)
Stephen Miller is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where he received a double major in English and Political Science / History. He has a K-12 administrative degree, a Master’s Degree in English Education and is currently working on his Master of Divinity. Stephen has worked as an English teacher in public schools in New York, Texas, and Michigan, working with students on becoming life-long learners. Mentoring younger students has always been a passion for Steve as he has been a Christian Education director, a VBS programmer and coordinator, a youth mentor, and a leader on missions’ trips. Stephen married his wife, Jennifer, in 2012 and they have a two and a half year old daughter and a less than six month old son. Besides studying to become a priest, Stephen enjoys taking his kids to the park and the endless shoulder rides that go with it. He likes to write plays, poems, and stories, as well as act and sing.
Shirley Miller (4th/5th grade)
Shirley Miller has been teaching at Canterbury (formerly Christian Heritage) since 2013. She has taught kindergarten, 1st grade and 5th grade. She very much enjoys teaching and mentoring young people. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA, she went back to school at Southern Oregon State College and earned a teaching certificate with an additional 60 units towards a Master’s degree. She has taught 1st and 2nd grade as well as substituted in all the elementary levels. Before coming to CHA, Shirley was involved in lay ministry in several churches where her husband has been pastor, including in California, Michigan, Oregon, New York, Virginia and North Carolina. She taught Sunday School, managed the Camp Program, directed VBS programs and designed and participated in the weekly Kids Club. Shirley and her husband married in 1978, and they have a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. In her spare time, Shirley enjoys nature walks, knitting, crocheting, and singing in the choir.
Heidi Dean (7th/8th grade)
Heidi Dean comes to Canterbury from Durham, NC, where she taught upper-school humanities and had a
teaching ministry in the local church. She graduatedfrom Covenant College (Music and Philosophy) before turning to historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.) and Duke Divinity School (Th.M.). She loves to bring art-and-music history into the humanities and to help students discover how truth is also beautiful and desirable. Heidi spent childhood practicing her teaching skills on four younger siblings, who have yet to pay her. She has since worked in curriculum publishing with Christian Schools International. Heidi is married to Stephen, an entrepreneur, and they have three young girls. They enjoy being with people, especially over a meal, game and coffee.