Michelle Brewer - Assistant Head of Schools/ Lower School Principal
Glenn Smith - Upper School Principal
Glenn has over 25 years of Christian school experience serving as a teacher, coach, Development Director, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, Principal, and most recently as a Head of School. He loves investing in others in order to help them reach their goals and desires to be a close resource for our teachers, an advocate for our students, and in constant collaboration with our parents.
He believes that Christian education must be like a two-sided coin. It must first be clearly distinct as it honors God in its purpose, and delivery. In addition, a Christian school must also strive to be academically challenging as it prepares students for college and life beyond.
Glenn’s greatest desire is to see our students grow in all areas of life and finds that definition of balanced growth in Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom (academically), stature (physically), and in favor with God (spiritually) and men (socially).”
Glenn has a M.S. from the University of North Texas, a B.S. from BIOLA University and earned his teaching certificate from Texas A & M in Commerce, Texas. He recently completed his lifetime ACSI Administrator Certificate in 2014.
Glenn is married to Sandy, and they have three children at NCA – Nathaniel (16), Darcy (15), and Luke (13). He loves education, watching all sports, playing golf, and traveling with his wife and family.
Kathy Lord - Dean of Students
Though a Mississippi girl by birth, she has called Lexington County home for over two decades. She is married to Alan Lord and has been blessed with two children, Ally (18) and Matthew (17).
Less than twenty four hours after finishing her last class in Secondary Math Education (BS) at Mississippi State University, she began her teaching career at Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, MS.
In 1991, she was hired to teach high school Alegebra at Swansea High School. She spent three years serving the Swansea community not only through teaching but also as the Varsity cheerleading coach.
Five years ago she was hired to develop and teach high school honors math courses at Midlands Home Schol Resource Center (MHSRC). The math courses included Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Advanced Math, Discrete Math and Probability & Statistics. Over the years she expanded her course offerings to include three fine arts courses (architecture, art history, and Shakespeare), honors Economics, and honors American Government.
Missy Harold- Dean of Academics
My name is Missy Harold. I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. I attended Tennessee Technological University for my Bachelor’s degree in Education and recently received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration from Carson-Newman University. The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to be an educator for over 15 years in both the public and private Christian school settings. Missy deeply believes in the powerful impact that Christian education has on students, families, teachers, administration, and the entire community. Missy has taught in the states of Tennessee, Georgia, and now South Carolina. I have had a wide variety of teaching/educational experiences which include (EIP) Early Intervention Program teacher for reading and math, Problem Solving Coach (grades 1st-5th), K-8th grade math teacher, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra 1 teacher, Middle School Student Council Sponsor, Middle School Dean of Girls, and Voice Instructor to ages 10-18 year olds. I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work at Northside Christian Academy, where Christ is the main focus every day. I believe that God created every student for a mighty purpose. It is a significant calling to have the opportunity to help students discover the power of God’s words and see God alive and at work in their own lives! “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Melanie Green- Curriculum Facilitator
It is a privilege to serve at Northside as the curriculum facilitator. I am looking forward to another year of knowing and loving on the children God has placed here. I firmly believe in the importance of Bible-based education and attended a Christian school from the age of four through junior high. Through the positive influence of that school and the teaching of truth in my Christian home and church, I became a Christian at an early age. My past experience in education includes more than ten years of teaching at the elementary and middle school grade levels. My professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Covenant College, training in educational therapy from the National Institute for Learning Disabilities, a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia International University, and further graduate studies in teaching k-12 English as a 2nd language.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Elizabeth Chiarel- Career & School Counselor
Jason Harman- Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Basketball Operations
Coach Jason Harman is the Director of Basketball and Assistant Athletic Director at Northside Christian Academy. Coach Harman is also the Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach. NCA has seen tremendous growth within the basketball program under his leadership, setting school records for wins and playoff berths. A former college basketball player at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Jason received his Bachelor’s Degree from USCA in business administration in 2001. He later graduated from Clemson University with a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development. Jason is currently the South Carolina State Director for Nike Basketball Camps, and he is also the Founder/Director of 3D Hoops Basketball located here in the Midlands.
Jason is a graduate of the Leadership Lexington County and Leadership Columbia programs. He has served in many different leadership capacities within the local church and has participated in many sports ministries, such as FCA. He has traveled to places such as Ethiopia for competitive basketball mission trips and loves to see how God uses sports to lead people to Christ. God led Coach Harman to Northside Christian to coach basketball in 2012 and Jason now facilitates growth in all of the Crusader sports programs. Jason is married to his wife Christina, and they have four children, McElson (6), Madison (5), Jase (3), and Jacob (1).
Colossians 3:23 is one of Coach Harman’s favorite Bible verses that he instills to all his players. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord and not for men”.
Jenny McPherson- Admissions Coordinator/Asst to Pastor Scott Crede
My name is Jenny McPherson, and I am excited to join the Northside staff. God lead our family to NCA in 2014 when my daughter was in 2nd grade. I love the heart and mission of NCA, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to use the administrative gifts God has given me to serve the staff and student body. I have previously served as an Admissions Coordinator at Columbia International University, and as an Administrative Assistant in several settings. Most recently, I’ve most recently been a stay-at-home mom with my 3 kids, Abby (14), Katie (11) and Jake (6). My oldest daughter, Abby, was born with Congenital CMV, and has many medical needs as a result. God has used the experience of being a parent of a special need’s child to teach me to rely and depend on Him completely. My husband, Archie, and I have been married for 20 years. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping and playing sports.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Tracy Rauch- Financial Coordinator
Tracy Rauch graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Religion with an emphasis on Christian Education. She is also currently attending Liberty University for graduate school. After a successful career in finance she felt the call to join the staff at Northside Christian Academy during the 2013-2014 school year. She has a heart to serve the students and families at NCA.
Tracy and her husband have been married for eight years and reside in Lexington where they are active members at Northside Baptist Church. Both Tracy and Jason serve in the worship ministry at Northside.
Psalm 62:5 "For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken."
Jessie Owen- Upper School Administrative Assistant
I was raised in a small town called Purcellville, VA, just south of the Maryland border and within the Washington, D.C. metro area. I worked for Loudoun County Public Schools as the Secretary of Diagnostic and Prevention Services until two years ago when my husband Matt felt the call to take a new job that led us to Lexington, SC. I decided to stay home with our two girls, Ellie and Sarah, when we moved but after a year I felt that God was calling me to go back to work. Following God’s call, I feel very blessed to say I work at Northside Christian Academy. My husband and I are members at Northside Baptist Church, we are active members and volunteers within our Life Group, and I volunteer as a preschool teacher on Sunday mornings as well as a Cubbies leader during AWANA. My two daughters, Ellie and Sarah are students at NCA.
Heidi S Hoffman- Administrative Assistant
Aubrey Delinsky- K4 Teacher
Rebecca Hamrick - K4- Assistant Teacher
My name is Rebecca Hamrick and I am honored that God has blessed with the opportunity to teach and love the students here at NCA. I was born and raised here in Lexington, SC. I graduated from University of South Carolina Upstate, with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught preschool and second grade in West Virginia for a few years, before God put the call on my life to return to Lexington and begin teaching here. In 2013, I married my wonderful husband, Mason Hamrick. Since then, God has worked in our lives in many ways, and has blessed us with our lovely daughter, Charlotte. As a teacher, many of my objectives for the year involve teaching the children fourth grade academics. However, my main goal for each school year, is that I lead and guide my students to know the love of Jesus Christ, so they are able to go out in the world and share the love and good news of Jesus with others. My hope and prayer for my students is summed up in the verses of Ephesians 3:17-19, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Linda Fox- K4 Teacher
My name is Linda Fox, this is my first year at Northside Christian Academy. I was born and raised in a small town in Minnesota. I attended Trinity Bible College where I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and Biblical Studies. After graduation in 2006, my husband Paul and I moved to South Carolina and I have been teaching preschool and kindergarten in the area ever since! We have 3 wonderful children who are attending Northside with me also.I am so excited to be part of the Northside Family and I can’t wait to see what God will do this year!
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Anne Curiale- Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Anne Curiale and I am extremely blessed to be teaching Kindergarten at Northside Christian Academy. I have a Bachelor's degree with a minor in Early Childhood Education and a major in Psychology. My Master's degree is in Special Education. I have three children, Matthew, Joshua and Sarah. Together we enjoy camping and horseback riding. At Northside, we all have one main goal and that is to love and serve our Lord. Each year many students come to know the Lord and that is the best accomplishment of all.
Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.
Emily Schreck - Kindergarten Teacher
Jessica Osbun- First Grade
My name is Jessica Osbun. I was raised in a small beach town in Florida. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. I have been thrilled to see how God has worked in my life to bring me to NCA and to see His faithfulness play out throughout my life so far. I absolutely feel called to be a teacher and cannot wait to work with my students and the wonderful teachers I will be walking alongside. My favorite verse is Ephesians 3:17b-3:18: "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." I love this verse because the terminology reminds me of the ocean and how Jesus loves us even more than the size of the ocean.
Wendy Woods- Kindergarten Assistant
Hello! I am Wendy Woods and I am the K5 teaching assistant at NCA. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, I spent 12 years in the business world as a human resource manager. After the birth of my daughter in 2001, I became a stay-at-home mama. In 2006, I began teaching preschool and have thoroughly loved it.
My journey to NCA began really before the school even was open. I had been blessed with a Christian education and was happy to pray for the concept of NCA. In 2011, I began substituting at NCA and fell in love with the school. I am excited to be a part of such a special school.
Karen Blake- 1st Grade Teacher
Ashlyn Oren- 1st Grade Teacher
My name is Ashlyn Holland. I was born and raised in West Columbia, SC. I attended Emmanuel College where I received my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently serving at NCA as a 1st grade teacher. In addition to being a teacher, I also serve as the Children’s Pastor at my home church. I have always had a passion for working with children. I know that my calling and purpose in life is not only to teach the basics to children in school, but to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. I am honored that God continuously gives me opportunities to minister to children at church and at school. Though there are many verses that I could use as my favorite, the one that has been relevant throughout every season of my life is Hebrews 11:1; “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” No matter what I do, I strive to bring glory and honor to God. There are many things in my life that I may not be sure of what is to come, but with faith and God on my side, I can accomplish and hope for anything. “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Katie Metts- Second Grade Teacher
My name is Katie Metts and I have the privilege of teaching second grade. I was born and raised in Lexington, SC. I attended Charleston Southern University for my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I have had the opportunity to be an educator in both the public and private school setting. I started my teaching career teaching first grade in Charleston, SC. I married my husband, Dustin, in 2012 and we moved to North Carolina. We lived there for 5 years and I taught first grade at a Christian School. This was my first experience with Christian education and I fell in love with it! We have two children, Philip is 3 and Ellie is 1. Our family had the opportunity to move back to Lexington this year and we were thrilled to be back home. I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach at Northside Christian Academy. I pray the Lord will use me to impact all of my students and their families in a way that glorifies Him. A verse I hold dear to my heart is Philippians 4:8 - “ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Brittany Adams- Second Grade Teacher
My name is Brittany Adams, and I have the privilege of teaching second grade this year. I am originally from Salisbury, North Carolina, where I was blessed to attend a Christian school until I graduated in 2012. I then pursued an Elementary Education degree from Pensacola Christian College and graduated in 2016. Since then, I have taught fourth grade at a Christian school in North Carolina, married my wonderful husband, and moved to Aiken, South Carolina. I am excited to be at Northside and look forward to God's plan for this year.
2 Samuel 22:33 - God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.
Betsy Smith- Third Grade Teacher
Krystel Martin- 3rd Grade Teacher
My name is Krystel Martin and I am joyfully blessed to be serving as one of the third grade teachers at Northside Christian Academy! Originally from Great Falls, SC, I obtained my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. After marrying my husband, Jonathan, I continued my education at Columbia College in Columbia, SC and obtained my Master’s in Education degree. The Lord has graced us with two children – Karlee and Dalton. My passions include being a humble servant of Jesus Christ, Christian education, and being an advocate for the vulnerable and less fortunate. One of my favorite verses comes from Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sharon Cruz- 3rd Grade Teacher
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.
Kecia Rodgers- 4th Grade Teacher
My name is Kecia Rodgers, and I am extremely blessed to be apart of the Northside team. I attended the University of South Carolina where I received my undergraduate degree majoring in Hospitality Management. In 2014, I married my wonderful husband, Blake. In May of 2015, God called me to teach. So, I continued my education at the University of Phoenix where I received my Master's degree in Elementary Education. God has blessed us with one awesome son, Wyatt, who attends the EEC. Together, we love being outside, traveling, and watching sports, especially the South Carolina Gamecocks! I am so grateful God led me to NCA. My prayer is that my students see God's love through me every day, and that they go and share His gospel with others.
Tahma Jeffrey- 4th Grade Teacher
I am so thrilled to be teaching 4th grade at NCA! My name is Tahma Rowe Jeffrey and I LOVE my job! God called me here to teach in 2011, after a long season of homeschooling my 4 children (3 boys and a girl). After attending Columbia College for 2 years, I completed my education at Coastal Carolina University and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I married Joe Jeffrey in 1996, taught preschool for a while, and then began the adventure of a lifetime with homeschooling and raising 4 children. During that time, I had the pleasure of teaching Group Fitness/Aerobics Classes at Gold’s Gym for 10 years, teaching in children’s ministry, facilitating/teaching women’s Bible studies, and serving the community as Assistant director of a Mom’s Club.
Some of my favorite quotes are from Ben Carson, and these hold true to my beliefs: “The MOST important thing for me is having a relationship with God. To know that the owner, the creator of the universe loves you, sent His Son to die for your sins; that’s very empowering.” Also, “There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness. But what, in fact, DOES (bring happiness) is having a cause, having a PASSION. And that’s really what gives life’s TRUE meaning.” (Ben Carson)
I praise God for giving me a passion to teach and love for our families at NCA. The best part is that I get to do this in a Christ-centered environment!!! God’s presence and hand is upon NCA! I am thankful He has led me here.
Cami Coulter- 5th Grade Teacher
My name is Cami Coulter, and I am a fifth grade teacher at Northside Christian Academy. I received my undergraduate degree from Liberty University in Elementary Education and a minor in Biblical Studies. I also have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina. I absolutely love teaching and sharing with students how much God loves them, and that He has an amazing destiny for their lives. This will be my eighteenth year in the classroom!
I moved to South Carolina when I was a senior in high school, but my family roots are in the great state of West Virginia! I enjoy watching college football, especially the South Carolina Gamecocks and spending time with family and friends.
"Trust in the LORD with ALL your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and He WILL direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Shelley Spradling- 5th Grade Teacher
My name is Shelley Spradling and I grew up in the small town of Point Pleasant, WV located on the Ohio River. I received my BA in Elementary Education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. We Are…Marshall! After graduating, I married my husband, and we began a journey that has taken us to five states over the last 22 years.
I knew at the age of 10 that I wanted to be a teacher. I love children and God has blessed me with the gift of teaching. I desired to use that gift to honor Him by teaching in a Christian school. After teaching for eleven years, I took time off to stay home with our daughter Gracie. I returned to the classroom three years ago and this will be my first year at Northside Christian Academy. I am excited to be part of the NCA family!
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Jennifer Laws- Lower School Art Teacher
Romans 1:20 says that "For ever since the world was created people have seen this earth and sky. Through everything God made they can clearly see his invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." It is such a privilege to teach art and share my love of the creator and His creative nature. I earned a BA in Art K-12 and elementary education from Calvin College and a MA from Montclair State College in studio art. I moved to South Carolina in 2006 with my husband and 2 children.
Heidi McKay- Lower School Art
Hello my name is Heidi McKay. I’m so excited to be a part of Northside Christian Academy. I love working in an environment that supports the diverse way that children learn. It’s exciting to be able to intergrade God’s creativity into lessons that help develop the growth of His children in mind, body, and spirit. I strive to work as if I’m working for the Lord. I received my bachelors degree in Education and Communications from North Greenville University. I pray that the Lord will use me to encourage children with different learning styles to preserve and not give up. My hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, exercising, painting, drawing, photography, singing, hiking, and anything that involves Disney World. I hope I can encourage children to reach their goals and cultivate their passions.
Philip Castro- Lower School Music Teacher
Philip David Castro began his piano studies with his grandmother at the age of nine. After a long break he restarted lessons with Ms. Iby Kovacs at the Classical Piano Academy in 2005. Since then Mr. Castro has been studying classical and jazz piano. He completed his B.A. in piano performance from Texas State University - San Marcos where he studied classical piano under Dr. Jason Kwak. After completing his degree in 2013 he took the position as the piano program coordinator for the McAllen IDEA public schools. As coordinator Mr. Castro taught and organized the elementary and middle school group piano classes.
In the Spring of 2016 Mr. Castro completed a M.M. in piano pedagogy from the University of South Carolina as well as a Graduate Certificate in Jazz Performance. While at USC he taught group piano courses to undergraduate students and studied applied lessons with Dr. Joseph Rackers (classical) and Mr. Bert Ligon (jazz). Mr. Castro’s passion for teaching is matched with his passion for performing. He has enjoyed performing with classical chamber groups as well as jazz ensembles. In 2013 he was the pianist for the Hill Country Jazz Bones. With the group they recorded an album and won first place in the ETW International Competition.
Ann Lonon- Lower School PE Teacher
I am currently blessed to be teaching Lower and Middle School Physical Education at NCA. I am a 1986 Graduate of The University of South Carolina, having earned a BA in Health Fitness. Upon graduation from USC, I returned to my high school as a Middle and High School Physical Education Teacher and over the years have coached Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, and Swimming. After marrying my sweetheart, and three years later expecting our first child, I "retired" from teaching but continued coaching. I have been married to my husband, Gerald, for 26 years and we have 4 amazing children, two of whom are currently students at Northside. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to get back into teaching Physical Education and grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31
Lynn Mizzell- Lower School PE Teacher
Debbie Schreck- Librarian
Michael Ritch- Middle School Science
Hello, my name is Michael Ritch and I teach upper school science. The Lord has blessed with the love, joy, and gift with working with youth. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Winthrop University. I spent thirteen years teaching in Fort Mill, SC. My wife and I also worked together in youth ministry at our church. We felt God calling us into a different direction and though much prayer we decided to move closer to family and moved to my wife's hometown of Lexington. I taught for 1 year in a Lexington school district, but the Lord continued to move in my heart and He led me here to Northside. I am supper excited for all that He is doing at NCA.
My wife and I are blessed to have two amazing sons, Tobias and Theodore. They attend the early education center at Northside. My family loves to hang out together, ride on my father-in-law’s boat, and play games. I love playing church league softball, golf, and watching almost any sport.
"Trust in The Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Nik Ellison- Upper School English/Bible
Born and raised in Athens, GA, I came to Columbia for my education. I received a Bachelor's of Arts in Biblical Studies and Humanities from Columbia International University. Recently, I began the wonderful journey of marriage with my amazing wife, Christa.
Because of how God shaped me through my Christian education, I became passionate about the possibility of teaching. I am excited and privileged to be serving at Northside this year. I look forward to seeing how God works in this school and ministry!" For from him, and through him, and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen." Rom. 11:36
Terrance Harris- Chaplain & Bible Teacher
“Some people come into our lives and quietly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.” Flavia Weedn
This quote beautifully expresses the indelible impact others have made on my life through the years. I started attending a Christian school in Florence, SC as a freshman in high school. It was there that God used several coaches and teachers to really impact my life for Jesus Christ. I also believe God used it to plant seeds in my heart as to what I would do with my life vocationally.
After high school I went to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. I’ve been married 16 years to my lovely wife, Sara and we have 3 beautiful daughters! The last 13 years as been an incredible journey with Jesus as I spent 10 years in Christian education and 3 years as an associate pastor in Texas and Ohio. My journey to Northside is a result of God’s faithfulness and the burning desire in my heart to make a difference in the lives of students like many did for me years ago! I’m excited to be the Campus Chaplain and high school Bible teacher! I’m also excited to see what God does in the lives of students and families!
Blake Hedrick- Upper School Bible/History
Jennifer Fits- Upper School Language Arts/History/Latin
Rick Carter- Upper School English/ Bible
My name is Rick Carter and I teach upper school English and Bible. My path to NCA has been quite an adventure. After earning a BA degree in English from USC I pursued a career in the corporate world – working for over 30 years as a corporate trainer at a fortune 500 company. During my time there I began feeling the Holy Spirit pulling me in a new direction. In 2014 I followed God’s calling and stepped out in faith to follow His leading into Christian education.
I have been a youth leader and teacher in my church for many years and have a passion to lead young people to a deeper walk with Christ. Over time, this passion led me to make a major life change and pursue a career where I could use my educational skills, English training, and gift to lead young people in a school that honors God.
Our world is rapidly changing and is becoming increasingly hostile to the Gospel of Christ. Religious slogans and shallow faith will not cut it. Our young people need a deeply rooted, personal faith in the living God to be the people our world now requires. My desire is to help them in finding their calling and place in this ever-darkening world – to be the salt and light to their generation. I have been married to my wife, Sue, for 28 years. We have been blessed with 4 wonderful children ranging in ages from 15 to 25.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” – Ephesians 2:4-5
Emily Farr- Upper School English
My name is Emily Farr and I am so humbled that the Lord has called me to serve Him at Northside Christian Academy. I grew up in Asheville, NC and graduated with a BA in English from North Greenville University in 2011. My husband and I met while we attended college together and although he graduated with a BA degree in youth ministry, he is currently serving our community as a Senior Sheriff's Deputy. In 2015 we welcomed our daughter Everly Kate and we are so grateful to be raising her in a godly environment with our church family at Northside Baptist.
I have taught in the South Carolina public school system for five years, and I have had the opportunity to work with students in middle school and in high school. The Lord has used me in so many ways to be the hands and feet of Christ and to minister to my students, and I thoroughly enjoy using works of literature along with the English language to do this. In each chapter of my life I have felt the Lord leading me and helping me to grow closer to Him. I can remember growing up and having positive, godly role models who inspired me. It is my honor to now serve in this role and to make a positive impact on the students at Northside Christian Academy.
"See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me" -Isaiah 49:16 NIV
Trudy Scurry- Upper School Math
I am a Lexington native and a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in mathematics. My husband is from Darlington, and we have two boys - Jay and William. In June, I retired from Lexington District One and the highlight of my career so far has been teaching both of my children, along with a beautiful girl named Lauren. We didn't know it at the time of course, but Lauren married my oldest son two years ago and is now my daughter-in-law! God plans such wonderful surprises in our lives, doesn't He?
Now I am beginning a new chapter of my life here at NCA, and I couldn't be more excited! As a teacher, I believe I am charged by our Heavenly Father in Matthew 28:19 - 20..."Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." I am truly looking forward to getting to know "my kids" and see all that they are going to accomplish this year - it's going to be a great one!
Ali Woron- Upper School Math
My name is Ali Woron. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I attended Furman University for my undergraduate degree and received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from Augusta State University. In addition to teaching, I have been a middle school track and cross country coach and worked as a therapist for children with autism spectrum disorder. I am so blessed to work at Northside Christian Academy, where Christ will be in the daily lives of our students and faculty. I believe students should follow Him, as written, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52) One of my favorite verses is Luke 18:27. We must remember to turn to God when things seem hard and praise Him in times of glory
Gayle Clark- Upper School Math
Gayle (Gay) Clark is excited about her first year as an Algebra 1 teacher at Northside Christian Academy. She has many years of experience teaching algebra. She has taught at Brookland-Cayce High School and Lexington High School, and has also worked extensively in Adult Education in both Lexington District One and District 2. Her professional qualifications include a bachelor's degree from Winthrop University and an MAT in Mathematics from USC.
She believes that education opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities. She hopes to share her love for math with her students and instill in them a confidence that will enable them to be successful and feel comfortable with math as an important life long skill.
As her name represents, Gay hopes to always have a smile on her face. This is also represented in her favorite Bible verse: “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.” John 15:11. She is an active member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, where she participates in several Bible studies, as she has become passionate about learning the Word of God.
Gay is the mother of two children: Rhett, his wife Emily, and children live in Columbia; Katy, her husband Stephen Lever, and their children live in Lexington. She states that her greatest blessing is being the grandmother of three precious little ones, ages 3, 2 1/2, and 8 months, and two step grandsons, ages 14 and 11.
Gay feels extremely blessed to be teaching at NCA and to be able to witness how God is becoming an integral part of her students' daily lives.
Bradie Daniels- Upper School Science
Lucas Hargrove- Upper School PE
My path to NCA has been a great one and I’m in a place where I’m really enjoying my fellow faculty and staff members. I believe God has inspired a passion in me to help the youth and I can’t think of a better place to do that than NCA. My favorite bible verse in Philippians 4:13. I want to inspire the students to always know that anything is possible through prayer and dedication. I have been saved since a child and enjoy getting closer to God each and every day.
Lucas Hargrove is entering his seventh year of coaching and his first year as Associate Head Coach here for the Northside Christian Crusaders basketball program. He played three years professionally between the National Basketball Association and in Europe.
Hargrove is no stranger to the hardwood or to the Midlands, having been a high school standout at Richland Northeast High School, where he gained All-State honors his senior season, averaging 15.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 blocks for the Cavaliers.
Hargrove went on to play collegiately at Auburn University, lettering all four years for the Tigers and started all 32 games his senior season. That year he led Auburn in rebounds, averaging 7.0 a game and also averaged 12.8 points per game.
During his time on the Plains, the Tigers made the postseason once, reaching quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament in 2009.
The Pontiac, S.C., native is a 2010 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.
Hargrove and his wife LaToya have two daughters, Leila Jayde and Lyssa Jordan.
Danielle Rockey- Upper School Spanish Teacher
My name is Danielle Rockey and I teach 9th, 10th and 11th grade Spanish. This fall I will start my 3rd year at Northside, my 10th year teaching Spanish, and my 11th year teaching over-all.
I attended Coastal Carolina University from August of 1999 to December of 2003. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and minored in Spanish. In the fall of 2004, I was hired to teach 3rd grade at Conway Elementary School. By the end of the school year I knew that public school was not where God wanted me to be. I began searching for a job in a Christian school. In the fall of 2005, I started teaching high school Spanish at Conway Christian School and did so for seven years.
In 2012, my husband and I felt that God was calling us to move to the Columbia area. We left Conway and headed to Columbia with no idea where we would work. But our faithful Father supplied our needs and we both found jobs.
I am truly enjoying teaching at Northside. It is, by far, the best school I have worked at. I am so grateful that God placed me to work with such amazing people: the administration, my fellow teachers, the parents, and the students. It is my prayer that during the years that God has me here, He will use me to impact the lives of my students.
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Michael Schreck- Technology Upper School
My journey to Northside Christian Academy began in 2008 about 4 years before the started. Through various circumstances, God made clear to me that my time serving in my current ministry was coming to an end. At the time I really felt like a life-long dream was dying and I did not understand why God would be taking this dream away from me. During the next four years God guided me through a series of jobs which would eventually conclude with my arrival at NCA. I now know why the one dream had to end. It was so a new one would begin. What an amazing blessing to be able to use the skills and abilities that God has give to me each and every day.
Since my junior year in high school, I have believed God has wanted me to be serving in a ministry. He has always been faithful and has provided the opportunity through Christian schools. I am thankful that I can use my education background in Bible (BS, Carin University) and technology (MA, Nova Southeastern University) to help shape the lives of the students at NCA.
My prayer is to rise up a generation to be a witness “a witness in the sense that I am using the word is to have a life and faith which is so completely one, that when the challenge comes to step out and testify for that faith that one does so. Disregarding all risks and accepting all consequences.”
Xu Khuc- Upper School Music
Karie Phillips- Upper School Art Teacher
"GOD HAS GIVEN EACH OF YOU A GIFT FROM HIS GREAT VARIETY OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS. USE THEM WELL TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER." 1 PETER 4:10
I am a native of Irmo, SC and have a BFA in Art Education from the University of South Carolina. I taught for 5 years in Charleston SC before moving back home to be close to family and have children. My husband, Andy, and I have been married for 10 years and have one child here at NCA and one child in heaven. I have stayed at home the past 6 years to raise babies and am excited to be back in the classroom again. I have a photography business and enjoy writing and sharing our journey with our first born and what life is like after losing a child at kariephillips.com I think each moment is a chance to enjoy God’s gifts and share his promises with others. I love being around teenagers and encouraging them in creating art and living a life that honors God.
Heidi Hoffman- Upper School Precepts Teacher
My name is Heidi Hoffman, I have an amazing husband and three beautiful children. I was born and raised in Bamberg, South Carolina and moved to Lexington, South Carolina in 1998.
In 2010, I became a stay-at-home mom and shortly after that the Lord made it clear He had called and equipped me to lead Precept Upon Precept Bible studies at my church. In 2016 the Lord so graciously gave me the opportunity to teach high school students at Northside Christian Academy; investing in the next generation, impacting their lives for the Lord and most importantly, seeing them established in God’s Word.
I have a passion for teaching young people how to study the Bible inductively so that they can know God’s Word for themselves. God has blessed me beyond measure in allowing me the opportunity to do so at NCA.
Opposition to Jesus is ever growing in our culture and truth is constantly redefined. Our young people need to know Who God is and His Truth so they can stand firm in what they believe. Observing what the text is saying, interpreting what the text means and most importantly applying what they have learned and walking in that truth.
I believe we have a responsibly to diligently teach our children God’s Word, talk of Them when they sit in your house, when they walk by the way and when they lie down and when they rise up. Deut 6:6-7.
“But the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Daniel 11:32b
Stacy Bell- Athletic Fitness/Varsity Football Coach
Fine Arts Instructors
Xu Khuc - Fine Arts Director and Piano Instructor
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Corinthians 13: 4-7
Xu Khuc, affectionally known as "Miss Xu" by her students, started playing the piano since she was 5 years old. Miss Xu taught her first piano lesson when she was 17 and knew since then that she wanted to become a piano teacher. Miss Xu earned both a Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Pedagogy from California State University, Fullerton where she was awarded the Undergraduate Keyboard Award and Richard Chronister Piano Scholarship.
A native to Orange County, California, she moved to Columbia, South Carolina to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy with a Doctoral Minor in Music Education at the University of South Carolina (USC). At USC, Miss Xu taught group piano and advanced group piano as a graduate teaching assistant for non-keyboard undergraduate music majors. Miss Xu is working on her dissertation on the importance of solmization and memory retention in piano studies.
Miss Xu plays the piano/keyboard for the worship choir and praise band Worship and Arts Ministry at Northside Baptist Church and is the Fine Arts Director for Northside Christian Academy. She believes all students have the ability to achieve in music and may glorify God to use their gifts through praise and worship.
“Discipline your children, and they will give you peace, they will bring you the delights you desire.” Proverbs 29:17
Tracy Hollingsworth - Drum Instructor
Tracy Hollingsworth - Drum Instructor
Though I was born in Greenville, my family moved when I was 6 weeks old and I was raised right here in West Columbia. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Studio Art from Charleston Southern University, I obtained a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from the seminary at Columbia International University. I have been a drummer since 1977 and have been playing and performing both live and in the studio for bands and solo artists since 1981. I have also taught drums and percussion to all ages since 1986.
I have been a drum & percussion instructor here at NCA since 2014. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Fine Arts Program as the supportive environment here for students is unlike any I have seen in other schools. Here, both staff and parents work very well together to provide an atmosphere of encouragement and motivation that has already helped produce many talented and well-rounded young musicians. And personally, I have received many hours of great joy in watching my students actually have fun in learning the sometimes elusive skill of time-keeping. There is nothing in the world quite like the smile on their face when they put it all together and make music.
I truly love my job!
"For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority." - Colossians 2:9-10
Nathan MacAvoy - Piano and Cello Instructor
Originally from Pennsylvania, Nathan came to South Carolina for a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Bob Jones University. After graduation, he married his wife, Martha, and moved to Columbia to work on a MM in Piano Performance at the University of South Carolina. At USC, he has been a graduate assistant accompanist while teaching privately for both the Center for Piano Studies and NCA’s Fine Arts Academy. He completed his Master’s degree this past May.
Last Christmas Eve, Nathan and Martha had the unique experience of spending the night at the hospital. They were joined by a healthy baby boy early Christmas morning. Caleb is an incredible gift for which they are continually thankful to God.
Currently, Nathan is pursuing the DMA program at USC in Piano Pedagogy. His graduate assistant position will be divided between accompanying and teaching one section of group piano. He is also this year’s president of USC’s collegiate chapter of MTNA.
Throughout his life, one of Nathan’s favorite verses has been 1 Peter 5:7. “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” It is such a comfort to know that nothing we go through goes unnoticed by God. We have the privilege to bring any burden to Him with the assurance of His perfect love.
Emily Stumpf - Flute Instructor
I am excited to be joining the NCA Fine Arts program as Flute Instructor! I am committed to working with people and making my community a better place as an artist citizen by sharing my joy and passion for the flute and music making. I am currently a DMA candidate in flute performance at the University of South Carolina. Everything I do is for the glory of the Lord and as I seek to teach my students the joys of music I hope to model how we can enjoy the Lord and bring Him glory. 1 Corinthians 1:20-25