Principal, G.R.E.A.T. Club, & P.E. III (1st Semester), Senior Class Sponsor

Chadd Watkins graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2002 with a degree in Physical Education, Health and Wellness. He’s currently working towards a Masters in Leadership. Chadd has served Madison Academy and Highland Academy as Teacher, Coach, Dean, Vice Principal and Principal. Chadd is married to his lovely wife Nikie and they have two boys Carson and Camdon. In his spare time you will see Chadd playing golf, participating in sports, enjoying family, and bird watching.

Six word story – Called, then equipped, for the journey.


Music Director, Spanish 1, Spanish 2

Haroldo Álvarez attended the Adventist University of Colombia in Medellin, graduating with a degree in Music Education. In graduate school, he completed a program in Choral Conducting at California State University at Los Angeles and a Masters of Arts in Teaching with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction at La Sierra Academy in Riverside, CA. It has been an honor to participate in the life of thousands of young people through music education in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Southern California, and Portland, TN. Haroldo is married to Liana and they have three children, Albany, Lestter and Melodie. The whole family enjoys trying to educate three dogs and a cat without much success.

Six word story – Jesus: Master, Savior, Teacher, Friend, Mine.


Algebra II, Computer Applications, Physics, Precalculus, Survey of Science, IT Support, STEM Club

Larry Ashcraft graduated from Georgia Cumberland Academy in 1977, Southern Adventist University with a B.A. Math and Physics, and NCATE Teacher Training in 1981, and Andrews University, M.A.T. Physcis in 1983. He began teaching in Louisville for 2 years, then taught public school in North Carolina for 29 years. He as been a part of the Highland Academy team since 2014. Larry is married to Linda Ashcraft who is a Highland Academy Alumnus. They have two daughters Claire and Amelia. In his spare time, Larry enjoys road bicycling, fixing electrical/electronic/mechanical stuff, and conversing with people about God’s character.

Six word story -Jesus, The Father: indistinguishable characters—Wow!

Accounting Assistant

Linda was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, and is a Highland Academy Alumnus. She graduated with an AS in accounting from Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University.) She has been a part of the Highland Academy team since 2014. She lives here in Portland with her husband, Larry and they have two daughters, Claire and Amelia. When she’s not working, Linda enjoys playing with her dog, reading, listening to audiobooks, knitting, and learning to crochet.

Six word story – Christian-educated for years, Christian for life.


Esquestrian Director

Sara Bagshaw was born and raised in Portland, TN, and is a proud graduate of Highland Academy’s class of 2016. After graduating, she went on to obtain a Veterinarian Technician Assistant license as well as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician License. She is also a certified instructor through Certified Horsemanship Association. When she is not riding and working with horse’s she enjoys boating, camping, canoeing and simply being with her dog.

Six word story – You will never regret being kind.