About CCS
Leadership & Faculty

Shonda Caines

Lower School Head, Director of Exceptional Education Programs
5 Years of Service
BA English, Covenant College
MEd Special Education, UTC
Tennessee Teaching Certification K-12 Special Education

Shonda Caines, Lower School Head and Director of Exceptional Education Programs, joined the CCS staff in 2014. She is married to JR Caines, an alumnus and former faculty member and the current senior pastor at East Ridge Presbyterian Church. Shonda and JR have three children: Emma, who currently teaches at CCS, Jack (11th grade student at East Lake Academy), and Lou (11th grade student at CCS). Shonda has extensive experience working with students with disabilities, both as a special education teacher and as mother to Jack, who was born with Down syndrome and later received a diagnosis of autism. She received her formal training at Covenant College (BA English) and UTC (MEd Special Education) and is a National Board Certified Teacher.