3rd Grade Teacher
NCA Lower School
I graduated from Claflin University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary
Education and Educator Certification from ACSI. I was born in Bronx, New York, but I grew up
and attended school in Charleston, SC. I was married to the late Elder Julio A. Cruz, and the
proud parent of three children and one grandson.
The guidance of the Holy Spirit led me to leave a career in public school education, and I
have served as a Christian school educator for the past 18 years. I believe God’s Word takes
precedence over everything else. With Jesus Christ being our primary focus, we are able to
partner with parents in raising children up to their potential by sharing God’s truth. This can be
accomplished through direction from the Holy Spirit.
After the passing of my husband and my mom, my desire was to continue to do what God
has called me to do, and to be near my children and grandson. I took a leap of faith and moved to
Columbia to teach at Northside Christian Academy in 2016. It has been a joy and a pleasure to
serve along side my brothers and sisters in Christ, and to continue doing what I love doing, and
that is discipling young ones for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
“And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto man.”
(Colossians 3:17, 23)
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