Georgeanna Wiest

Georgeanna was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina and now lives with her husband, Chris, and their 5 kids on a farm in Holly Springs. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2006 and worked for 7 years as a Postpartum/Newborn nurse. After bringing their daughter home from Taiwan in 2013, Georgeanna quit her job to stay home and care for her medical needs, which marked the beginning of their family’s homeschool journey. Given life’s circumstances, homeschooling was the best option, but still not their family’s ideal.

After her second child started Kindergarten, Georgeanna began to seriously consider what her role might be in starting a hybrid school in the Apex/Holly Springs area. Over the next couple of years, God made it clear that the need was great and He wanted her to take the lead in opening a University-Model® School. It has been amazing to watch what God will do when we simply put our “yes” on the table. She is honored to play a part in the story God is writing through HLA.

Carl Chaney
Head of School

A desire to serve others by using the abilities and gifts God gave Carl instilled in him a deep passion for teaching and education, which led him to the mission field of the public school system here in Wake County for ten years where he was a lead teacher at Cary High School. In 2014, Carl took his first trip to South Sudan where he led teacher and administration workshops to the South Sudanese establish schools. It was then that God started laying on his heart a desire to work with teachers as a coach and mentor. God has opened many doors since in preparation for this role at HLA. Carl is overwhelmed by God’s graciousness and faithfulness as He continues to do more than we could ever hope or imagine in and through HLA to make His name great here in our community and across the world.


Carl is a husband to Elizabeth and father to three nonstop, beautiful children: Zeke, Haven, and Amelia. He holds a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and History degree, and had the privilege of impacting close to 2,000 students at Cary High over his ten year tenure. Carl was honored as Cary High’s Teacher of the Year during his time at CHS as well as taking a lead role in initiating several programs to promote teacher development and growth for WCPSS. He also started a club called “Students for South Sudan” as a way for students to partner with the schools in the world’s newest country and has continued this partnership with the community at HLA. Carl continues to be blown away by God’s goodness and faithfulness in guiding HLA to raise up the next generation to impact the world for Christ!

Allison Bertholf
Apex MS/HS Site Administrator

Allison is excited to be back at HLA for another amazing year.  This year she is serving as site administrator for the Middle School and High School in Apex.  She also continues to serve as the Classreach Coordinator for all of HLA.  Allison is overwhelmed with excitement to be able to be used by our LORD in a variety of different ways. It is her prayer that GOD uses the gifts He has equipped her with along the way, as well as continue to grow new talents within her.

Allison and her family are fairly new to North Carolina, as they recently moved from Seoul, South Korea, where they served as missionaries with Network of International Christian Schools (NICS).  There Allison had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects, such as science, English, and Aquatics.  Allison and her husband have three children, all who were born in South Korea. Her love for missions and reaching out to the international community runs deep, as she has been living abroad for the past 16 years. In addition to serving in a school setting in Seoul, Allison’s family has taken short-term mission trips to places like Indonesia and the Philippines. They have enjoyed leisure travel abroad as well, including visiting countries like Australia and Singapore. Allison comes to HLA with a B.A. in Education with certification in Elementary Education, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning for the Middle School Grades.

Marcia Agar
Apex K-6 Site Administrator

Since beginning teaching years ago, Marcia has spent 16 years in language arts education. Nine of those have been in traditional classrooms – mostly Christian schools, and four of those teaching years were spent homeschooling her own middle and high schoolers while teaching in co-ops and private writing classes. God has also allowed Marcia to spend five years in instructional design writing and editing digital curriculum for adult learners. She holds additional certification in reading which complements her licensure in middle school language arts.

An Eastern NC native and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Marcia lives with her husband and two sons in Fuquay-Varina. She enjoys tennis and may be seen jet-skiing around the lake during the summer.

Jacky Hutton
RTP/Durham Site Administrator

Jacky and her husband Andy have three wonderful children: Harrison, Harmony, and Lincoln, who all attend Heritage Leadership Academy. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and worked as a nurse educator and registered nurse in oncology and hospice care. It was as a nurse educator that Jacky first fell in love with teaching others. Called to non-vocational ministry, Jacky and Andy invested a year on mission in California for training in evangelism and discipleship. At the conclusion of the program, Andy’s job relocated them to Sacramento, CA and then to Durham, NC, where they have lived for the past five years. Before joining Heritage, Jacky homeschooled her children from Kindergarten through 4th grade and tutored in a Classical Conversations community. Most recently, Jacky served as the Girls Ministries Coordinator for her church with a focus on curriculum development and mentor-based leadership. Jacky’s own love of learning is contagious, and she takes great joy in seeing what God is doing in and through each child. She feels it is a blessing and an honor to be part of the 1st grade teaching team at Heritage.

Laura Claggett
North Raleigh Site Administrator
Laura Claggett was raised by two godly parents and when she was nine she took the faith she saw evident in her parents’ lives as her own. She knew then that their faith wouldn’t save her and that she needed to be personally saved through the work of Christ on the cross. Laura is a faithful servant member at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh.
She has been teaching since 2009 when she graduated from Cairn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Master’s degree in Education. Since becoming a mom in 2013 she has enjoyed teaching at two different University Model schools. She loves that the model gives her the opportunity to invest in all the gifts God has given her — her passion for teaching, and her home and family. She was a 4th grade teacher at HLA for 3 years. Now she has the amazing opportunity to continue to utilize and further develop her leadership and administrative skills serving both parents and teachers as the HLA Durham Site Administrator.
Diane Allen
Director of Program Support

I come from a family with generations of teachers and farmers from Eastern NC. Perhaps it was inevitable that, following my graduation from NCSU, I began my career teaching high school science in a rural k-12 public school. After motherhood, I transitioned to teaching part-time in an adult literacy lab at the community college and tutoring in math and science. This period was formative in my understanding of how some students struggle and I truly began to understand techniques for helping a diverse range of learners. In 1983, not long after it became legal, I began homeschooling my children; a career which lasted 23 years! During these two decades, I developed a testing business within the homeschool community, taught in an online environment and traveled the country teaching science workshops. In 2016 I was surprised when God opened the door for me to work in the office of administration for non-public schools at the state level.
After such a winding professional path, I am thrilled to join the team at Heritage Leadership Academy and hope to use my diverse experiences to benefit our students, families and faculty. Coming from both the traditional and homeschool educational models helps me bridge the gap as we navigate curriculum and instructional planning and implementation in the University Model. I am excited about the possibilities this model provides to build family relationships and provide exceptional education to a wide range of students. I most enjoy researching curriculum and learning strategies to develop workshops for both teachers and co-teachers on how to effectively move students forward academically.
My husband and I enjoy outdoor activities and grandchildren! We serve at Bridgepointe Church where we lead Precept Bible Studies.

Meagan Seymour
K6 Instructional and Curriculum Specialist
Meagan is a teacher at heart and has been in the world of education since 2003. After previously teaching in public schools and for the NC Virtual Public School, Meagan joined the HLA family during its second year to teach first grade. She taught first grade for three years at HLA before moving into the role of Instruction and Curriculum Specialist. Meagan holds a BA from Wake Forest University and earned her NC teaching license from NCSU. 
Meagan has a sincere heart for discipling younger generations. It is her fervent prayer that the Lord will use her as His servant in the process of growing and nurturing the students of HLA. She is honored and humbled by the opportunity the Lord has given her to serve the HLA teachers and families through her administrative role. Meagan is wife to Aaron for 19 years and mother to three beautiful, wiley little boys, Collin, Tanner, and Cole. All three of her children attend HLA with her.


Jen Mitchell
Business Manager
Jen loves being a part of HLA as both a parent and staff member.  She has been married to her husband, John, since 2006 and has two wild, hockey-crazy boys Cole and Ty that keep her on her toes.  After graduating from Meredith College in 2002 with a BS  in business Administration she joined her family business working in the Green Industry.  While her main role was the business side of things, she did enjoy getting her hands dirty with the plants, soil, and landscape materials.  She loves learning and playing outdoors.
After taking a step from the business to focus on her family, Jen not only has had the chance to co-teach her children, but also use her talents in a business role at HLA.
Jenn McLain

Jenn McLain moved to North Carolina from sunny Southern California in 2014. She has been married to her husband Tim for 16 years and together they have 2 children who both attend HLA. Recently, Jenn and her family started Emma’s Foster Closet in an effort to come alongside foster families by providing gently used clothing for foster placements. Jenn enjoys spending time with her family, the beach, horses, and reading. Being a part of HLA community has been a huge blessing for her and her family and she is excited to be on staff this year.

Michelle Marshall
High School Counselor – Apex

Michelle joined HLA-Durham in 2018 after spending 10 years as an Army wife and a homeschooling mom. In 2019 she moved to the Apex team to continue to teach as well as serve as a school counselor in the high school.

Michelle received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Westmont College, a M.A. in Counseling Ministries from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and graduated from the Focus on the Family Institute. In private school settings, she has taught Spanish, Bible, and has served as a guidance counselor. Michelle is passionate about discipleship and encouraging others in their walk with Jesus. She treasures investing in students and supporting parents in their journey.