Canterbury is a Classical Christian Academy, grades K-10th. We add a grade each year as our students grow. The classical philosophy is a unique approach to education embracing the old, and proven methods. We believe there is great wisdom in looking back for the answers on how best to move forward!

our faculty

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Heather Covington, Kindergarten

Heather Covington joined the faculty of Canterbury in the fall of 2018 with an extensive knowledge of classical education and experience in home schooling her own children.  She is a native of Michigan and attended Asbury University in Wilmore, KY graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Ministries/Missions.  She and her husband, Jason, reside in Hendersonville with their two sons, Stephen and Jonathan.  They are active members at Biltmore Church in West Asheville. In their free time, they all love to travel-whether that means a day trip, camping or heading out of the country.

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Kristina Sanford, 1st Grade

Kristina Sanford is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University located in Nashville, Tennessee where she received a B.S. in Education with minors in Early Childhood Education and Christian Education.  Kristina has spent most of her career running Christian education programs for churches across the South East for ages birth through 6th grade.  She began her career at Canterbury Classical School in the fall of 2014, finally enabling her to couple her passion for Christian Education along with her love of the elementary classroom.  In her spare time, Kristina enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and three children, sitting on her front porch with a cup of coffee and a good book, and taking on sewing and craft projects.

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Ashley Alexander, 2nd Grade

Ashley Alexander is a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in Business Management. She will began her career at Canterbury in the fall of 2018. She and her husband, Myles were married in 2001 and have three children.  Prior to joining Canterbury, she has worked in Human Resources in various capacities and  has six years experience classically homeschooling her own children. She has a deep appreciation for the classical model of education and is thrilled to be teaching again, pursuing her passion for Christian, classical education and mentoring young children.  When she is not in the classroom she enjoys spending time with her family, trail running, cycling, and lifting weights.

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Hannah Callahan, 3rd/4th Grade

Hannah Callahan is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Business Administration and Law. She has five years of professional childcare experience caring for children birth to ten years old. She was classically educated through a homeschool environment and has a deep appreciation for the classical model of education. She began teaching at Canterbury Classical School in winter of 2017. When not in the classroom, Hannah enjoys the outdoors, exercising and spending time with her family.

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Suzanne Carlisle,
5th/6th Grade

After being awarded a B.A. from Michigan State University, Suzanne has had a variety of teaching experiences.  Among other jobs, she was the Media Aide for a large elementary school and has had years of teaching adults how to use complex computer systems.  In addition she had the privilege of being the Children’s Ministry Director at East Jordan Community Church, before moving to Asheville. One of her passions is bringing any subject matter alive for students.  She is very excited about joining the amazing team at Canterbury Classical School full-time, and has a deep respect for classical education. When not reading or gardening, Suzanne loves to spend time with her family, especially the newest addition, her granddaughter.

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Nathan Aylestock, 7th - 10th Grade

Nathan Aylestock is a graduate of Columbia International University located in Columbia, SC where he received a B.A. in Bible and Youth Ministry as well as a general M.A. in education and counseling.  Nathan serves as the full-time homeroom teacher for 7th-9th grade and teaches Literature, Composition, Christian/Classical Studies, and Logic.  Nathan has spent most of his career in ministry as a youth pastor and Christian school educator.  He and his wife, Melody, have three children: Davis, Caedmon and Phoebe.  In their spare time, the Aylestock’s can be found exploring the outdoors and riding their bikes.

7th-10th Grade Faculty

Canterbury Classical School is served by several part-time faculty members with areas of focus in pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Classical & Christian Studies, Government, Latin and Physical Science.

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Desiree Monstrola, Executive Director

Mrs. Monstrola serves as the Executive Director of Canterbury Classical School.  Desiree was classically educated through a homeschool environment and has extensive experience in classical education and curriculum.  She loves to instill the joy of learning in each student and to help them grow in their knowledge of the Lord and godly character.  Additionally, Desiree utilizes her deep knowledge of operations and non-profit organizations to help Canterbury grow and fulfill their vision and mission.  When not serving at the school Desiree enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, being outdoors or curled up with a good book.

Board of Directors

Gary Ball – Founder & Chairman of the Board, Brenda Canter – Treasurer, Cecil Beumer – Board Member, Chad Harding – Parent Board MemberSean McCann – Parent Board MemberEdward Renz – Board Member

Canterbury is an answer to our prayer! The staff love the children and care deeply about the information they impart. Canterbury has been life-changing for our family.
— Parent, 5th Grade

Quick Statistics

  • Kindergarten - 10th Grade

  • 75 Students

  • Latin is taught 1st- 9th grade

  • Best educational value in Asheville