Eric Van Gorden, Headmaster

Originally from Scranton, Penn., Mr. Van Gorden grew up in Maryland and attended Edison Community College in Ft. Myers, Fla. He has worked in education since 1988, and in 1996 came to work with his family at Eagles Nest Academy, founded by his father, the late Rev. Dale Van Gorden, and mother Linda. He and his wife Cathy (also a TCA teacher) live in Franklin with their four children, three of which are students at TCA.

Eric Hale, Academic Principal, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher

Mr. Hale is a native of Nashville where he graduated from Ezell-Harding Christian School.  He attended Lipscomb University, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Music Education with a voice/choral emphasis and Vocal Performance.  He attended graduate school at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he earned his Master of Music degree in Composition. He has taught at Ezell-Harding Christian School and The Classical Academy of Franklin since 2006.  He and his wife, Kimberly, met at Lipscomb and have three children.  As principal at The Classical Academy, Mr. Hale is excited to continue his involvement in “recovering the lost tools of education” for future generations of leaders trained to serve God.


Linda Van Gorden, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Rebecca Johnson, Kindergarten Teacher

A native of Centerville, Tenn., Mrs. Johnson has taught kindergarten at TCA since 2007 and has more than 12 years’ experience in private schools. She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Freed Hardeman University in Jackson, Tenn. She has one son and one daughter, and recently welcomed her first grandchild, Tate.

Jenni Moyer, First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Moyer grew up in Lakeland, Fla., and has taught at TCA since 2004. She received her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Mississippi and her Master’s in English from the University of Alabama. She and her husband Dean have three sons, two of which are students at TCA.


Cathy Van Gorden, Upper/Lower School Math Teacher

Originally from Naples, Fla., Mrs. Van Gorden double-majored in Education and Math at Flagler University in St. Augustine. She began teaching in 1993 and joined TCA (then Eagles Nest Academy) in 1996 with her husband, Eric. They have four children, three of which are students at TCA.


Rev. Joe Thacker, Middle/Upper School Humanities

Joe is the pastor of St. Mark Reformed Church in Brentwood. Born and raised in Maryland, he attended Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, Ga.) and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, followed by a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, Miss.).   He and his wife, Deborah, have four children, two of whom attend TCA. In his fifth year of teaching, Pastor Thacker is glad for the endeavor of helping students grow in their love and knowledge of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as revealed in Holy Scripture.

Karen Holland, Second/Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Holland has taught art, Latin and French since joining TCA in 2003. She received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Maryville College and helped found Regents School of Oxford in Oxford, Miss. She and her husband have been married 22 years and have four children, the youngest of which attends TCA.



crystal-dunnCrystal Dunn, Art Teacher