Kamilah Bowers, MEd, Principal

Mrs. Bowers joins Park Place with extensive experience teaching in a variety of school settings.  She is currently working toward her Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Leadership and Renewal.  She is excited about the opportunity to lead Park Place School and its students – and dares us to DREAM – to imagine and fulfill the many opportunities that God has created for us to achieve.  Mrs. Bowers welcomes each learner and parent, as well, to the Park Place School Family, and encourages everyone to stop in and get acquainted – and involved!

  • Regent University, Master of Divinity, Interdisciplinary Studies Program
  • Regent University Master of Education, Master Teacher Program
  • Old Dominion University  Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies

Mrs. Bowers is the widow of the late Rev. Gene Bowers, Jr, and mother to three amazing, young adults. Her 25 year old daughter is pursuing her master’s degree in psychology at Regent University. Her 18 year old, son and daughter twins attend Virginia State University and James Madison University, on track scholarships. Mrs. Bowers is also a licensed minister. She established three ministries which serve once-hurting, now-thriving women, children, teens and young adults. She is the Director of the Children’s & Youth Ministry at her church.

Brenda Garrett, MEd, Operations Manager

Ms. Garrett has worked with children and their families for more than 25 years, through social work, work readiness and education.  For the past 14 years, she served as Executive Director for KidsPriorityOne, and has been offering training in Positive Discipline and Trauma Informed care for the past 8 years, working with human services staff and educators, and teaches parenting classes, as well.  She is excited to be a part of the Park Place School team.  In her heart, she believes that God has given each one of us meaningful gifts – and that when we discover – develop – and share them – we all are blessed.  Our greatest joys in life come in lifting others and in joining our talents one with another.

MEd, Education/ Special Education, The College of William & Mary

BA, Psychology and English, The College of William & Mary

Rev. Mike Harris – School Chaplain

Jennifer Whittington:  Administrative Assistant

Jennifer has served as a core Park Place School team member for 5 years, and we are so blessed to have her.  She brings amazing organizational skills to our demanding administrative needs – helping with student enrollment and record keeping, staff on-boarding, paying bills, banking, processing donations and sending thank you letters – not to mention taking calls from parents.  And the demands of our students frequently attempt to turn the front office into a clinic!  She exemplifies the love of Christ as she selfishly and tirelessly serves others in whatever capacity presents itself.  Thank you, Jennifer!



  • Ms. Douglas:  3rd Grade

  • Mr. Davis:  4th Grade

  • Mrs. Ehlers, MEd:  5th grade

  • Ms. Whitfield:  6th, 7th, 8th Grade Language Arts (6th Grade homeroom)

  • Ms. Barnes: 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Science & Social Studies (7th Grade homeroom)

  • Mr. White:  6th, 7th, 8th Grade Math (8th Grade homeroom)

Alphie Douglas – 3rd Grade

Alphie Douglas is an energetic veteran teacher with over 20 years of experience. Her love for the Lord and teaching are evident in her class and in the long term relationships she has maintained with her parents and students over the years. She earned a BS degree in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies, and has post graduate credits, as well. Her varied experience has been garnered working with children overseas in Africa, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, as well as in the United States. Mrs. Douglas fully embraces a statement coined by Dr. Howard Hendrick that “If a teacher stops learning today, he/she should stop teaching tomorrow.” Therefore, Alphie has become a lifelong learner, always seeking what is relevant and on the cutting edge in education. She definitely believes the old can be relevant with a new twist.

Alphie is married to her best friend and together, they have two young adult children. She enjoys reading, writing, seafood, and spending time with her family and friends. She has a passion for gathering God’s people to come and pray to make a difference in our world that will glorify Him.

Troy Davis – 4th Grade

Hello, I am Troy Davis. I was born in Norfolk and have lived locally all my life. I earned my Associates degree in Education at Tidewater Community College and received my bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion University.

I knew at 17 years old God had gifted me to work with kids. I also serve in my church’s children ministry. I have led children’s ministry teams in Mexico for 9 years. Prior to coming to Park Place School, I worked at Norfolk Public Schools. I absolutely love teaching at PPS.

Kelly Ehlers, MEd – 5th Grade

This is Kelly Ehlers’ first year at Park Place School, however Kelly has been teaching and mentoring over 30 years. She graduated in 1990 from Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio and received her Masters in Education from Regent University in 2004. Kelly received “Teacher of the Year” award from Veritas Collegiate in 2012, and “Staff of the Year” from Joy Ministries for her work as Director of Educational Outreach in Chesapeake.

Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children. Her youngest, Connor, is a first year student at UVA. Kelly is passionate about creating a joy-filled, creative, and loving educational environment for all children, which is evident in her classroom here at Park Place. Kelly’s favorite things to do include sitting on the beach enjoying the ocean sounds and views and attending Bible studies. In addition to teaching here at Park Place, Mrs. Ehlers plans to complete and publish her first book very soon!

Keisha Whitfield – Language Arts, Middle School

Hello! I am Keisha Whitfield and I am excited to be joining the faculty of Park Place School as the Middle School Language Arts instructor. I have extensive experience working inside and outside of the classroom from being in childcare, a full-time nanny and teaching at another private school as a Pre-Kindergarten assistant as well as Sunday School. I am excited to instill my knowledge of Language Arts and my love for reading with these students! I am also furthering my studies to become a Reading Specialist and Handwriting Specialist. I strongly believe that reading and writing comprehension unlocks ALL doors for students to fully be who God has designed them to be. My greatest joy as a teacher has been seeing that moment of frustration and confusion turn into confidence when a student finally masters the skill that has eluded him or her for so long.

A little about me: I am a lover of adventure and travel! I have done most of my travel in missions to Uganda, Africa, where I taught music camps and led praise and worship ministry. I also have traveled to Dubai and Belize and hope to continue to add more! I enjoy outdoor activities, except most water activities! A few of my favorite things to do are hiking, mud runs, kickboxing, tubing (if the water is SHALLOW!) and ziplining.  I have lots of brothers (6 to be exact!) and NO sisters! My mother owned a childcare center from when I was 9 until about 2014. My father is a minister and former pastor. One of my other favorite subjects is History. My hope one day is to do a European castle tour and see as many castles as possible.

Tanya Barnes:  Science & Social Studies, Middle School

Mrs. Barnes is a Norfolk Native who has been teaching for 16 years.  She earned her BS from Old Dominion University and her M.Ed. from Regent University.  Here’s what she has to say about herself…

I have high expectations for my students with the understanding that each student will meet those expectations in their own way. I enjoy teaching Science because so much of the content comes to life with hands on applications. Teaching Social Studies allows me to show my students how history is connected to the Bible.

Teaching is my dream come true. I spent 2 years teaching in the public school, but most of my teaching career has been in private Christian school which I prefer so that I can share my love of Jesus with my students. I have been involved with children most of my life from babysitting when I was a teen and a Nanny when I was in college  to overseeing  before and after school programs to running summer camps as well as directing the children’s and middle school ministries at my church.

I have a grown daughter who recently moved to Missouri . On the weekends I volunteer my time as an EMT in Virginia Beach.

Anton White:  Math, Middle School

Mr. Anton White is a 16 year teaching veteran who has served in numerous capacities, from Athletics Coach to Department Chairperson.  A resident of Park Place currently, he prides himself in preparing the whole learner for the world inside the classroom and outside of it, as well.  Presently, he serves as the middle school Math teacher and helps with student recruitment and admissions.  His goal is to enlighten and empower students to be the best they can be for their community.

He earned his Bachelors degree from “the best HBCU in VA”—NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY, and his professional certifications from Old Dominion University. He enjoys relaxing with family and helping out in his community, both physically and spiritually.  He believes that effort and preparation equals performance! “Hard Work Pays Off”

Christina Morton: Music Teacher

We are truly blessed to have this accomplished musician, instructor and orchestra leader teaching our students violin each week!  Now in her 25th year as the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia lead conductor, Chris has performed professionally with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for 30 years.

She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern University and a MS in Education from ODU.  Mrs. Morton has directed string orchestra and harp programs for Norfolk Public Schools, conducted local All-City Programs and Regional/District Orchestras, and served at Suzuki workshops as a clinician.  She is the past president of the Suzuki Teachers’ Association of Hampton Roads.

She teaches violin, cello and harp, and is on the faculty of the Academy of Music.  Mrs. Morton instructs and conducts a number of local youth string and harp programs.  She enjoys traveling with student ensembles and has been to Peru, Italy, Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, the Czech Republic and Ireland.

Dottie French: Art Teacher

Tina Culver: Music/Violin Teacher

Tina Culver is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in violin performance.  A few years after college, she started working for the Academy of Music where she became a violin instructor with Parkview Elementary and the AOM Suzuki Strings program.  She is also a piano accompanist with AOM Suzuki Strings.

Tina works for Young Audiences of Virginia (YAV), helps teach harp at Blair Middle School, and plays viola with Symphonicity.  This is her first year at Park Place and she is excited to see what God has planned for her!

Patty Wainger: Global Citizenship

Roy Karp: Global Citizenship