Mr. Robbie Hinton


Mr. Robbie Hinton has served as Cary Christian School’s Headmaster since 2018. Mr. Hinton earned a degree in marketing from the University of Tennessee and an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary. His diverse background of leading two classical Christian schools, as well as serving as a campus minister and a church planter, has prepared him to love our students, families, and staff, while helping us achieve our best as a school through strong operational management.


Mr. Kevin Seitz

Dean of Academics

Mr. Kevin Seitz serves as Dean of Academics. He was formerly the Dean of the Lower School (K-5th). Mr. Seitz comes to us from a Classical Christian School in California, where he taught and served as Grammar School Dean/Principal over the last four years. Mr. Seitz also has 15 years of special education and administrative experience in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Seitz holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential and degrees in Education Administration from California State University, Northridge (B.A. and M.A.). Mr. Seitz and his wife, Janelle, have three children.


Mrs. Diane Hillsgrove

Dean of Students

Mrs. Diane Hillsgrove serves as the Dean of Students. Prior to her time at Cary Christian School, she worked 27 years at the YMCA in positions focused on youth and leadership development.  Her most recent roles were as a Regional Vice President and the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Seafarer. With an obvious passion for youth, Mrs. Hillsgrove’s focus at CCS is to support and nurture the teacher-student relationship as well as to be a resource for students as they navigate their social and academic lives. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Communications. Mrs. Hillsgrove and her husband, Steve, have two children who began their CCS education in Kindergarten.


Mr. James Dickman

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Jim Dickman serves as the Chief Operations Officer. Prior to working at CCS, he worked for IBM for 32 years, holding various technical and executive management positions working on the NASA Space Shuttle and Space Station programs and in IBM Global Services. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He and his wife, Carla, have two daughters who graduated from CCS and now attend graduate school at The University of South Carolina and The University of Pennsylvania.


Mr. Jeff Poore

Athletic Director

Mr. Jeff Poore is from Birmingham, Alabama. He and his wife, Teresa, have two children (twins) named Abby and Alex. Abby is a graduate of Lee University and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Lee. Alex is a graduate of Mississippi College and is currently working in the UNC Hospital System as a Perioperative Nurse. Alex recently married his college sweetheart Allison, also a graduate of MC and now a nurse at Duke, in July of this year. Mr. Poore has a B.S. Business Finance from Auburn University and B.A. Education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His wife Teresa is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham.


Mrs. Kelly Gardner

Lower School Academic Dean

Mrs. Kelly Gardner serves as the Lower School Dean.  Before serving in this role, she was the Lower School Assistant Dean.  She has taught first, third, and fourth grade with fifteen years of classroom experience including teaching abroad in Vietnam and Kenya. Mrs. Gardner graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Elementary Education and holds an ACCS Master Certification.  She and her husband, Bob, are devoted to classical, Christian education, and are delighted to have two children enrolled in CCS since Kindergarten.  Go Knights!