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Current Faculty Fellows

Brooks Hanrahan

Brooks Hanrahan is teaching alongside Joe Tamel and Joseph Cooper in the English department and will be assisting with Fine Arts extracurricular activities all year. After graduating from Hoover High School in Alabama, Brooks attended Samford University, where he participated in the University Fellows and Brock Scholars programs and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Marketing. While earning the Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, Brooks served as the director of contemporary worship at Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church in New Hope, Pennsylvania. He attends Peachtree Presbyterian Church where his wife Amanda is a middle school ministry associate.

"I accepted this position at Wesleyan for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the Fellows program is a unique opportunity to gain practical experience as an educator with a significant amount of support, formation, and edification. Furthermore, I wanted to begin my teaching career at an institution that prizes Christian education and academic rigor. I am already experiencing the benefit of this program and cannot wait to continue serving the Wesleyan community over the course of this academic year.”

Josh Kimberlin

Josh Kimberlin is teaching 8th grade Bible with Libby Sedgwick and 6th grade PE with Justin Krueger. He is coaching JV football, will assist with Omicron activities, and will coach middle school track. Josh is a graduate of Northpoint Christian School in Southaven, Mississippi, and Samford University, where he was a member of the football team. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Administration, he pursued ministry training at Highlands College and gained ministry experience while interning at Church of the Highlands, in Birmingham, Alabama. Josh and his wife, Wesleyan alumna Savannah Newman Kimberlin, attend Northlands Church in Norcross.

"I accepted the opportunity to join the Faculty Fellow program to immerse myself in the culture of Wesleyan School and discern whether or not this career path is the one in which I will take. This program allows me to better equip myself as a leader while obtaining hands on experience in the classroom and on the field. I look forward to all that is to come during this next year!"

Emma Grace Laird

Emma Grace Laird is teaching 3rd grade with Madison Thomas, is coaching JV cheerleading, and will assist with Omicron activities and the middle school spring play. Emma Grace is a graduate of All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from Auburn University, where she served as chief of staff for the Student Government Association. After graduating, Emma Grace worked as an intern with Campus Crusade for Christ in Auburn. She attends Atlanta Westside Presbyterian Church.

"The opportunity to work at Wesleyan was one I knew I could not turn down. As I was evaluating other opportunities, Wesleyan’s mission stood out as incredibly unique and aligned faultlessly with my career aspirations. Having the ability to bring the Gospel into the classroom, after school programs, and throughout campus has challenged me both professionally and spiritually in the best of ways. I could not be more grateful for the exceptional students, faculty, and overall community at this school! I have already been tremendously impacted by Wesleyan in these first few months, and I am beyond excited to discover the impact it will have on me for the rest of the year!"

Sydney Leimbach

Sydney Leimbach is teaching World History with Ted Russell and is coaching JV volleyball. She will also coach high school swim and dive. An Atlanta native, Sydney graduated from Marist School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Emory University. A stand-out volleyball player in high school, Sydney was a four-year member of the Emory volleyball team and served with her team on a mission trip to Nicaragua. This past spring, she shared her expertise and love of the sport as an assistant coach of a twelve-year-old girls club volleyball team. Sydney is a member of Shallowford Presbyterian Church.

“The Faculty Fellows program provides a very unique opportunity that I couldn’t have found anywhere else. I was drawn to the program for the support it offers in terms of developing as an educator as well as Wesleyan's welcoming community. The program fit my passion for working with youth and gives me a chance to gain knowledge from my master teacher and all of the incredible faculty here."