Welcome to Savannah Christian Preparatory School.
Savannah Christian Preparatory School’s rich tradition of success has made us an educational leader in Savannah for the past 70 years. Our success is built upon the remarkable dedication of those that work at SCPS because they are passionate about Christian education and shaping young lives. Everyone at SCPS is committed to the success of our students. Our teachers love our students, develop a relationship with them, and actively engage them in rigorous academic preparation. Beyond the classroom, our students have the opportunity to excel on the artistic stage or athletic field of competition with the express mission to, develop the whole person for the glory of God.
While our website will give you an overview of our school, nothing compares to the real thing. If you have not had an opportunity to visit our campus, I encourage you to do so. Nothing compares to the warmth and care we provide to our school community. I am confident you will enjoy visiting us as you witness each of us striving for what is best for our students.
Chris Harmon, Ed.D.
Rich Tradition and
an Exciting Future
Meet the School Leadership
Debbie Fairbanks, Senior Director of Advancement
Mrs. Debbie Thomas Fairbanks graduated from SCPS in 1981. After graduating from the University of Georgia in Fashion Merchandising, she returned to college at Armstrong University to receive her teaching certificate in Middle Grades. Mrs. Fairbanks began her career at SCPS in 1994 as a middle school teacher and cheer coach. She was the Director of Admissions from 2003 until 2020. Mrs. Fairbanks serves the school as Senior Director of Advancement. She has been involved with SCPS for the past 48 years as a student, an employee, a parent, and now a grandparent at SCPS.
Becky Knight, Lower School Principal
Dr. Knight is the Principal of the Lower School at SCPS. The Lower School is the front door of the school where many of our graduates start their school careers. Dr. Knight has been in education in several capacities for 18 years, rising through the administrative ranks due to her strong academic leadership. Dr. Knight has a BA in elementary education from Elon University and MEd in school leadership with an emphasis on curriculum from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her Doctorate in Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University.
Jamie Bopp, Middle School Principal
Originally from Fort Wayne, IN, Mr. Bopp is a 2003 graduate of Wabash College, where he was a two-time captain of the Wabash College Football Team. Mr. Bopp has served in various roles (teacher, coach, and principal) at Merritt Island Christian School since 2005. Earning his master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education in 2013, Mr. Bopp shared that “being a principal has been so rewarding. The opportunity to lead others has been inspiring.” He was honored to be named the 2017 Brevard County Breakfast of Champions Administrator of the Year.
Beth Straight, Upper School Principal
Mrs. Straight is a native of Savannah, Georgia. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University (1993), an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Florida State University (1996), and an M.Ed in Counseling Education from Georgia Southern University (2005). Since she began working at SCPS in 2005, Mrs. Straight has held multiple positions, including School Counselor, Dean of Academics, and Girls’ Golf Coach.
Connie Chambers, Director of Teaching and Learning
Megan Jurick, Director of Finance
Megan grew up in Savannah and attended Savannah Christian Prep for High School, from which she graduated in 2005. From there, she attended Georgia Southern University and earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting (2009) and Master of Accounting (2011). After graduate school, she worked for a regional public accounting firm with a focus in financial statement audits. In 2017, she came home to SCPS and joined the administrative team.
Julie Jones, Athletic Director
Mrs. Julie Jones graduated from Savannah Christian in 1993. After graduating from Georgia College & State University with a major in Health & Physical Education, Mrs. Jones returned to begin her career at Savannah Christian. Over the past 23 years, Mrs. Jones has held numerous positions including teaching, Assistant Athletic Director, Dean of Students, Head Soccer Coach, Assistant Basketball, Assistant Track, and will begin her 23rd year as the Head Volleyball Coach.
Leighton Upton, Director of Campus Life
Leighton Upton was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. He received a B.A. in Religion from Bob Jones University and an M.A in Christian Education and Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee with a focus in Educational Leadership. Mr. Upton has a passion for developing the next generation to become leaders in their spheres of influence and become dedicated followers of Christ. Leighton is married to Janelle Upton and together they have a son, Calvin.
Lucy Biemiller, Fine Arts Coordinator, Visual Arts
Lucy was born and raised in Savannah. She received a BSEd in early childhood education from the University of Georgia and an MEd in early childhood education from Georgia Southern University. Lucy began volunteering in the Fine Arts program as her children enrolled at SCPS and developed a passion for supporting and promoting Fine Arts as an essential part of our school. Lucy is married to Marc, and they are parents to Marc Jr., SCPS ’16; Jackson, SCPS ’19; and Lucy Smith, SCPS ’23.
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees exists to approve plans, policies and make decisions that glorify God and best ensure the viability of the school’s mission for future generations. The Board meets monthly throughout the year, usually the fourth Thursday of each month.
Board of Trustees
Mr. William T. Daniel, Jr. (Bill)
Retired Vice President—Vaden Automotive Group
Mr. J. Daniel Falligant
Mr. Carl G. Kleeman III
Vice President, District Manager—TIC – The Industrial Company
Mr. Donald Martin, Jr.—Chairman
Director of Environmental Services—Whitaker Laboratory, Inc.
Lt. Col. Joan H. McLeod (U.S. Air Force, retired)
Executive Director—5 Linx
Mr. James C. McCurry, Jr. (Jamie)
Chief Administrative Officer—Georgia Ports Authority
Mr. Raymond B. Padgett
Retired Vice President—SunTrust Bank
Mr. Daniel W. Pinyan, Jr. (Danny)
President—The Pinyan Company
Mrs. Cindy P. Robinett
Managing Director—Sterling Seacrest Pritchard, Inc.
Mr. Edward S. Wilson III (Eddie)
Manager—Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company
Mrs. Elizabeth S. Jackson (Libby)
Retired—Educator and Administrator
Mr. Paul D. Meyer, Esq.
Partner—Meyer & Sayers, LLP
Mr. S. Elmo Weeks (Deceased)
Board Member Emeritus—Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors