Our Team

Kristie Campbell
Founder and Director

Kristie Campbell

Kristie Campbell has been a part of the Effingham community since she returned in 2004 to create firefly grill with her husband, Niall. A self taught educator, Kristie began to define her vision for a progressive school when she was pregnant with her daughter Camden. Buckeye Friends School is based on a deep belief that all kids have limitless potential and a great opportunity to thrive when they are given the freedom to explore, create and pursue their own passions. Kristie wants Buckeye to be the most interesting place on earth for her students, and a space where the only reason they look at the clock is because they are afraid there won’t be enough time left in the day.

Christy Dietzen
Co-founder and Co-learner

Christy Dietzen

A native to Effingham, Christy Dietzen graduated from the University of North Texas with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. She began her teaching career in Plano, TX as a Learning Disabilities and 1st grade teacher. After meeting the love of her life, she returned to Effingham and had her two children, Abigail and Teddy.  Christy’s passion for teaching has led her to dive into the instruction of everything from senior fitness to movement classes for children to diverse special education classrooms, including time as director of a three year old preschool program. She’s excited to take the next step in her education journey as a Co-Learner at Buckeye Friends School.

Carrie Huff
Co-founder and Co-learner

Carrie Huff

Carrie Huff has been an educator for over 40 years. She began teaching middle school Language Arts in St. Louis in 1970 and then moved to Maine, where she taught Language Arts, Theatre, French, and Biology for 12 years. She and her family moved to North Carolina in 1992, where she joined the staff of the Carolina Friends School (CFS), a small Quaker school in the woods. During her 25 years at CFS, she was both a teacher and an administrator. After her retirement, Carrie and her husband Greg moved to Effingham in 2017, and she is the very proud mother of 3 grown children and 5 amazing grandchildren. Carrie is excited to be a part of the new Buckeye team!