Mr. Chris Barton, Technology


B.A. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina


Mr. Barton has been teaching for fifteen years and is very excited for his first year at Sullins Academy. Mr. Barton has taught in many interesting places including North Carolina, The Czech Republic, China, Indonesia, and Japan. He is also fluent in Indonesian and Japanese and enjoys watching television programs in these languages. He has taught a variety of subjects, including three years of technology teaching. In his free time Mr. Barton is usually playing video games or building arcade cabinets. He is an avid soccer fan and a supporter of Liverpool.  


"Learning is a fundamental part of growing as an individual. I pride myself in finding fun and unique ways to teach my students. Being a part of the educational process is both a joy and a privilege for me."


Mrs. Margaret Foley, Librarian


B.S. Elementary Education, Radford University
M.A. Reading Education, Appalachian State University
National Board Certification, Early and Middle Childhood Literacy

Mrs. Foley comes to Sullins with 14 years of teaching experience with six of those being in Bristol. She loves to spend time with family and friends and enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling when she isn't teaching. Sullins is extra special to her as she gets to spend her days teaching at the same school her two children attend.

"I teach because it brings me so much joy to see my students grow and become life-long learners. I'm excited to teach at Sullins because of the solid learning foundation it provides for future success. I'm impressed by the school's emphasis on community service and the importance of character education. I loved the warm welcome my family received when we moved to Bristol."


Mrs. Zamantha Goldsmith, Spanish


Mrs. Kim Long, Physical Education

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems, Virginia Highlands Community College

Mrs. Long has worked with children in education for 20+ years. She has been part of the Sullins team for nine years. Mrs. Long loves kids, all things Disney, and has a healthy appreciation for chocolate.

"I want to make sure my students are learning teamwork and perseverance while having fun staying fit! Athletics is a great tool for teaching character and personal growth."


Mrs. Jill Roberts, Art and Music

B.S. East Tennessee State University

Post Graduate Hours, Milligan College


VH1 National Keys + Kids Award Winner

Three-Time Tides Foundation Art Grant Recipient

Grammy nominated “Music Educator of the Year"


Mrs. Roberts has taught for 16 years, 13 of those years at Sullins. Her two oldest boys, Nicholas and Nolan, attended Sullins. Her youngest son, Branson, is currently in Junior Kindergarten, and her daughter, Ella, is a first grade student. Mrs. Roberts loves to play the piano, go to ETSU ball games, and enjoys singing anywhere she goes.


"I teach to see the very instant that a child “gets it“ - the moment everything that you have taught them becomes relevant in their life and in their eyes - the moment they believe that anything and everything is possible."