Teacher Bios

Sonya Byrd

I am a believer of Jesus Christ, a wife to my partner in life Shane and a mother of three amazing girls. I enjoy teaching Matwork (Christian Yoga), Paddleboarding, coaching cheerleading for Mooresville Youth Association, spending adventurous time with my family and volunteering at my church, The Bridge. My past experiences are being the Youth Ministry Coordinator at The Bridge Church, leading children’s ministries programs and I was the School Age Director at the Lowe’s YMCA. Although I have my Bachelor’s in Business Administration, much of my professional experience has been leading groups of people that mentor, lead, teach and love children. To see a child grasp a skill or task at hand and the assurance that the students of The Bridge Academy will know who created them and loves them, Jesus Christ, is what inspires me.


Family Ministries Director


Robyn Zwilnske

My husband, Joe and I are originally from New York City, moving to Mooresville in 2010, and simply love living here. It is a great place to raise a family. We have 2 daughters, Isabella and Madison, who has attended the Bridge Academy since she is 2. We also have 2 dogs, Austin & Brownie and a cat named Bailey.
We are a strong Christian family that believes that our Heavenly Father is present in all aspects of our daily lives. We are active members of St Therese Church.
I have been in the education field for 16 years, 5 of those years I’ve been at the Bridge Academy. I have several years of experience and training in Early Childhood education and childhood psychology. In my spare time I enjoy spending it with my family. I enjoy watching my girls grow and learn more and more every day. One of my favorite hobbies is reading.

Tina Foskey

My name is Tina Foskey. I am the Transitional Kindergarten Teacher for Bridge Academy in Mooresville, North Carolina.

I attended Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee, where I met my husband (years ago). I graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina with a major in sociology and a minor in social work. I have taken continuing education classes on early childhood education through The Iredell County Partnership for Young Children, online classes through Scholastic and classes at Education Express.

I began teaching preschool when my children were in high school. As a preschool teacher I taught in the two year old class for 3 years and the four year old class for 8 years. I enjoy watching your children get excited about learning and growing. It is an honor to be a part of their life and learning. It is especially exciting to see their growth from the beginning to the end of the year. As Transitional Kindergarten students they will learn kindergarten skills as well as sight words and reading.

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher


Courtney Synder

Hi, my name is Courtney Snyder. I have lived in Mooresville for three years. I am originally from Tennessee. I am married to my wonderful husband Donald Tompkins, who has been in the military for 10 years. We have one daughter named Kylie, she graduated from the preschool in May 2016. I have worked with the twos’s class in the past, but this is my second year as lead teacher. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to teach your children.

Nanette Bowman

My name is Nanette Bowman. I’ve been married to Bob Bowman for 25 years. We have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. I’ve lived in Mooresville for 30 years. I just retired from the state of NC as a teacher assistant June 1st. I worked at Mt.Mourne Elementary for 4 years. The last 10 years I’ve worked at Pine Lake Preparatory Charter School. I have been an active member of The Bridge Church for 15 years. I’m very excited to work at The Bridge Academy as a pre-school assistant.

I hope I will not only be a Godly inspiration to our students and families but them be an inspiration to me.


Christina Raposa

My name is Christina. I am the mother of 2 wonderful children. My daughter is 11 years old and my son is 10 years old. My children and I share our home with my niece who is 4 years old. We attend Jackson Park Baptist Church in Kannapolis. I am from a small town in South Carolina but grew up in Kannapolis North Carolina. I attended A.L. Brown High school where I graduated in 2002. I continued my Education in Business. After working for many years in financial institutions, I decided to follow where God wanted to lead me and attended Kaplan university in the psychology/child development program. My goals are to continue my Education and earn a bachelor degree in psychology.


Lacy Turner

Hi, my name is Lacy Turner or “Miss Lacy” as children like to call me. I am the assistant teacher in the 3’s class. I was born and raised in Statesville, North Carolina. Jesus Christ is my Savior, Lord, friend and reason for living.

My home church is Bible Baptist in Statesville, where I have been a member for 10+ years. I currently serve at Elevation Church as well. I have served as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader and worked as a nanny of two children from the ages 1 to 6 years old. My passions are reading, writing, photography, playing guitar, volunteering and continuing my education online.

I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team at The Bridge Academy! I truly believe children are blessings from God. As a compassionate teacher’s assistant, I look forward to watching your little blessing learn and grow to apply the love of Jesus Christ in every aspect of their lives.



Rachel Boyd

Hi!! My name is Rachel Boyd. I was born and raised in Mooresville, NC. I am married to my high school sweetheart Raheim and we have two kids of our own, a son and a daughter. We also have a dog named Queen. I have attended The Bridge Church since I was a little girl. I love taking pictures and spending time with my family.  I am blessed to have a relationship with Jesus. I am thankful for His grace and love. He is my everything!

3’s Assistant Teacher

Shannon Massi Yuri

Hi! My name is Shannon Massi Yuri and I’m very excited to be a part of The Bridge Academy! My husband and I have three children. Our oldest is in elementary school and our twins are in one of the preschool classes. I moved to Mooresville when I was a 7 years old and lived here until going off to Gardner-Webb University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. I knew that God really wanted me to work with children and continued my education and received a Masters in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I met my husband and we were married a year later in Argentina, where we lived for five years. Because of this, I am able to speak some Spanish, as well as our children. We have been back in Mooresville since August 2015 and have enjoyed getting to meet so many new people.

I asked Jesus to come into my heart as a little girl during Vacation Bible School at the church I grew up in. So many wonderful people poured into me there and I first started to work with children there as a young teen. We are members of Christ Community Church Mooresville and I am one of the two and three year old teachers on Sunday mornings and my husband is a drummer on the praise team.

I have spent many years working with children, whether it was in church nursery, day camps I was a counselor for, being a teacher’s assistant while working on my Masters degree, and by being a mother. I am very excited to be a 4 year old teacher at The Bridge Academy! This is such an exciting time in their lives as many of them have this year left before starting elementary school. We are going to play and learn and get prepared for their futures!

Candace Redmond

Hello!! My  name is Candace Redmond and I am excited to become a part of The Bridge Academy family!! I have worked in childcare for over 4 years and have my Early Childhood credentials from Mitchell Community College. I am currently attending Strayer University online full­ time. In my free time,  I love to be with my family. I attend Higher Purpose Church here in Mooresville. I am a Sunday school teacher for the KIDS church. I love God and working with children has always been a love and passion of mine. Just being able to show my love for God and teach his word is just amazing to me. I cannot wait to see your children learn and grow!!