Timbersong Flat Creek Faculty
Carol Sowers, M.Ed.
Before joining the Flat Creek faculty at Timbersong, Carol was an Assistant Principal at the Islamic Saudi Academy in DC where she also taught IB History. She holds a B.A. in History and an M.Ed. in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction. Carol has worked in a variety of educational settings including as an autism paraprofessional, an ESL teacher, and a dorm parent. Her combined experiences have helped her strengthen her passion for education and informed her educational philosophy.
Jessica Stewart, B.A, M.ED
Director of Learning Services
Jessica has spent her career working with young people in therapeutic settings, including at the Autism Society of Western North Carolina where she helped children on the autism spectrum build community skills. She is passionate about helping diverse learners gain confidence in themselves. Jessica holds a B.A. from Brevard College in English with a focus on secondary education and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in special education from Western North Carolina.
Michael’s teaching career has taken him all over the country and the world. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science, he spent two years working for the Peace Corps as a math and science teacher in Sierra Leone. His time in West Africa was transformative and helped shape his teaching skills. After his time abroad, he taught in several other schools. He loves working at Timbersong Academy and using his diverse experiences to help students achieve success.
Mark Wonnacott, Ph.D
Mark has over half a decade of experience teaching teens in private high school settings in North Carolina. He holds a PhD in communication from the University of Kansas and an MA in Communication from the University of Central Missouri. Mark’s favorite aspect of teaching is the relationship building that accompanies it.
Talin Brown, M.S.
Talin grew up in North Alabama, where he taught science to students of all ages at a hands-on science center for eight years. He graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a B.S. in Biology, and then moved to Miami where he earned a Master of Science degree in Biology from Florida International University. After moving to North Carolina, Talin completed a teacher training program through the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Talin brings to Solstice East a passion for science and an enthusiasm for teaching through hands-on, experiential lessons. When not in the classroom, Talin enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and gardening.
Anne-Marie Farmer, B.S.
With experience teaching in numerous independent, public, and therapeutic academic environments, Anne-Marie is passionate about building engaging, individualized lesson plans to help meet each student’s needs. Over the course of her career, she has designed her practice around helping students feel empowered to find their voice and expand their ability to communicate with the outside world through literature. Anne-Marie holds a teaching certification in English from the State of Vermont and has completed a four-year secondary education program at the University of Vermont.
Dustin’s varied experiences working as a touring professional musician and as a direct care staff in inpatient and residential treatment settings help provide him with a wealth of knowledge in both music education and behavioral health. He has taught individual instrument lessons and classes in marketing and music history at secondary and collegiate classroom environments. He currently splits time between teaching at Timberson and building custom guitars.
Nikki Shoneman, B.A.
Nikki has been oil painting almost all of her life and explores and expresses herself through a variety of mediums including photography, ceramics, and drawing. She is the founder and past director/ art facilitator of MOVE, a non-profit art organization that helps provide alternative outlets for struggling youth in Northern California. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from UC Santa Cruz, where she was honored as a California Art Scholar. She loves teaching art to students and is passionate about using art as a mindfulness practice.