Scott Crede - Administrative Pastor & Head of Schools
Pastor Scott Crede graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in business. He also attended Luther Rice Seminary. Scott is also a graduate of Leadership SC, Leadership Columbia and ACSI Leadership Academy. After a successful career in business, Pastor Crede followed God’s call and joined the staff at Northside Baptist Church in 2001 as an Associate Pastor. He was ordained and licensed into the gospel ministry in 2002.
God placed Christian Education on his heart, as he co-founded Northside Christian Academy, over 7 years ago. And now after a great deal of prayer, hard work and more prayer, we see God’s blessing at Northside Christian Academy as it continues to flourish.
He serves on numerous boards, councils and committees including: The Printing Industries of the Carolinas Board of Directors - Chairman/Trustee; Richland School District One Education Advisory Council; Columbia Chamber of Commerce Teachers Recognition Committee - Chairperson; Cultural Council - Board of Directors; South Carolina Independent School Assoc. – Board of Directors; Family Service Center - Board of Directors and Junior Achievements. Pastor Crede is married to Tracey, and they have two children - Garret (23) and Jessica (20).
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 is one of Pastor Crede’s favorite verses; one that he has strived to live by and one that has shaped his life.
Michelle Brewer - Assistant Head of Schools/ Lower School Principal
My name is Michelle Brewer. I am the Assistant Head of Schools and Lower School Principal of Northside Christian Academy. I am so amazed at how God has been preparing me for this journey my entire life. Truett Cathy founder of Chick-fil-A has often stated "Find something you love and you will never work a day in your life." I can honestly say that from my very first day of teaching until now, I have never felt like I was going to work. At eighteen years old I entered my first classroom as a substitute teacher. I had the time of my life. I could not wait to be a teacher. I finished my BA in education from Tennessee Technological University in three years. I was blessed to be a classroom teacher for the next twelve years. The Lord then led me to pursue a Master's Degree in curriculum with an emphasis in guidance and counseling. I wanted to focus on helping children emotionally. After receiving my Master's degree I had the privilege of serving the Lord for eleven years as an Elementary Counselor. The summer of 2008 the Lord moved us to Lexington, South Carolina because of my husband's work. Shortly after we moved here we began to pray for the Lord to raise up a Christian School in Lexington, where children would learn His Word and bring glory to His name. He gave me the verse Habakkuk 1:5 "Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you." Everyday I am truly "Utterly Astounded" at how God is at work at NCA!!
I thank the Lord that He chose me to be a part of His school. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Greg Brewer for the past eighteen years. We have two precious daughters that will attend Northside Christian Academy; Jansey will be in the 8th grade, and Maryn will be in the 4th grade. We enjoy our two dogs, Mia and Prince and two cats, Dixie and Maddie-Rose. We love the beach and visiting family and friends in Tennessee. Most of all, we love seeking the Lord and growing in His Word.
My life verse is 2 Cor. 12:9: "And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. " Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. "
My ministry verse is Is. 61:1-3: "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. "
I pray that as I serve the Lord at NCA that I will always bring Him glory.
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.
Elizabeth Chiarel- Guidance Counselor
Jenny McPherson- Admissions Coordinator/Asst to Pastor Scott Crede
Melanie Green - Curriculum Coordinator
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
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 Jason are members of Northside Baptist Church and are both active members in the Worship and Arts Ministry. Tracy and her husband have been married for seven years and reside in Lexington.
Ali Woron - Upper School Math Teacher
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.
Debbie Schreck- Librarian
Ann Lonon - Physical Education Teacher (Elementary)
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
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.
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
Bryan Rabon - Upper School Bible Teacher
I teach middle school history and Bible at Northside Christian Academy. The Lord Jesus, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, has given me the gift of teaching. I was searching for a ministry in which to exercise that gift and the Lord led me to NCA. I graduated from Charleston Southern University in 1996 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in History. In 2008 I graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master of divinity with biblical languages. I have been teaching Bible related classes to multiple age groups in churches since 2001. Reaching the coming generations with the gospel of Christ and helping them to construct a biblical worldview is the most important thing that I can do as a teacher. I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who life but Christ lives in me; and the life, which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me. This is my favorite verse because it is the Gospel in a single verse. I enjoy reading, fishing, playing golf and spending time with my family.
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
Danielle Rockey- 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 bachelors 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."
Emily Schreck - Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Emily Schreck and I am so excited to be a kindergarten teacher at NCA! I am in awe of how God has led me to NCA as it has been an incredible journey and to Him I give glory! I graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I emphasized in Reading and Fine Arts. I have also been certified by the Association of Christian Schools International as an Elementary Teacher. It is an exciting adventure to see a child realize and achieve their potential in a classroom setting. I have been a dancer for eighteen years and have a love for all forms of art. I look forward to getting to know students and encouraging them to do their best as I show them the love of Jesus.
Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
Janice Baskin- Upper School Science Teacher
My name is Janice Baskin and I grew up in a small town called Marshvile, NC. I obtained my B.S in Biology and Science Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I now live in the small town of Cameron, SC and God has blessed me with a wonderful husband, Ems and three beautiful daughters, Mallory Elizabeth (21), Mackenzie (18), and Madison (15). I have 10 years of experience teaching of teaching Chemistry, Physical Science and Environmental Science in a private school. I also got the opportunity to be the sponsor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Students and National Honor Society! I am so excited to be part of the NCA family and feel God has orchestrated my move here every step of the way. I pray that God will use me to spread His love!
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
Jay Sikkema - Upper School Bible Teacher
I am excited that God has called me to join the ministry of Northside Christian Academy, where I will serve as Upper School Bible Teacher. Although this will be my first year at NCA it will be my 25th year in Christian Education. My previous positions included teaching Bible and serving as a Middle School Principal. I have earned a B.S. degree in Bible Teaching, and an M. Ed. in Christian school Administration, both from Columbia International University. My passion is to be used of God in equipping the next generation of believers with a Biblical worldview built upon the foundation of God’s truth so they may carry on the mission in advancing the Kingdom of God. I enjoy college football, camping, and spending time with my family. One of my favorite verses is Galatians 2: 20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Jennifer Laws -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.
Judy Alvarez - Upper School Science
Two of my passions are teaching children and studying God’s creation. How excited I am to teach science at Northside and have my passions collide! I received a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in biology and a Master’s degree in biblical counseling, both from Bob Jones University. For fourteen years I taught at Saluda School District One; first at Saluda High teaching science and then at Hollywood Elementary School teaching English as a Second Language. My husband and I recently moved to Lexington and I am grateful for this new opportunity God has given me to instill a confidence and love for His Word in the minds and hearts of the next generation.
“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” John 17:17
Jessica Osbun- K5 Teacher
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 can not wait to work with my class of First Graders 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.
Karen Blake - 1st Grade Teacher
I am so excited that God has called me to be a 1st grade teacher at NCA! I am originally from the great state of GA, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Kennesaw State University. I moved to SC with my family 21 years ago, and have lived in Lexington for 12 years. I have taught 2nd grade in a public school, homeschooled grades 3, 4, and 5, and taught 3K in the EEC at NCA. I have three sons and one daughter who are so "fearfully and
wonderfully made" that it takes my breath away that God entrusted them to me, and I feel the same way about my students! My husband, Tom, and I have been married since 1991 and enjoy spending time with our family watching sports, traveling, and playing on Lake Murray. I am grateful to be a parent and teacher in a school that seeks, first and foremost, to share the love of Jesus Christ in everything it does. "Let us not become weary in doing
good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
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.”
Michael Ritch - Upper School Science/Chemistry Teacher
Hello, my name is Michael Ritch and I teach upper school science. The Lord has blessed with with the love, joy, and gift with working with youth. I received both my undergraduate and graduated 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 lead 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 hangout together, ride on my father-in-laws 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
Michael Schreck - Computer Teacher/ Technology Specialist
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.”
Nik Ellison - 6th Grade Teacher
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
Rachael Redmond - Lower School Music Teacher
I am honored and excited to teach elementary music at Northside! As a Junior in high school, I began teaching piano lessons during my study halls and continued teaching for 18 years. I had the pleasure of teaching elementary music for 8 years and working in Christian education for 12 years. My passion is teaching and encouraging students to be the best they can be while demonstrating and sharing the love of God with them (James 1:22). In 2016, my husband, Nathan and I followed God’s leading here to Columbia, SC with our 3 precious boys from Ohio. We found peace in Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” We love hiking, mountain biking, going camping, playing sports together, and exploring new places. My family and I are so grateful and thankful to be a part of the NCA family.
Meredith Shirk - Upper School History Teacher
Rebecca Hamrick - K4- 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.”
Rebekah Gooding - 2nd Grade Teacher
I'm Rebekah Gooding and I'm very excited and blessed to be apart of the Northside Christian Academy team! I moved to Chapin 6 years ago and have recently graduated from North Greenville University as an Elementary Education major. Along with teaching, I enjoy photography, a good adventure, cooking and baking. I also love my animals. I will forever be grateful for the confidence my teachers had in me as a student and my desire to one day become a teacher. Since I've graduated, I asked for the Lord to open a door for me where He wanted me to teach. He answered my prayer by keeping all doors closed except the door He desired, and that door was Northside Christian! I'm am excited to see what the Lord has planned on this exciting adventure for me and my class this year!
The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk3:19
Rick Carter - Upper School English/Bible Teacher
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
Seth Skogen - Bible & Physical Education Teacher
My name is Seth Skogen and I am from Lookout Mountain, Georgia. I attended and played football at Wheaton College, in Wheaton Illinois, and I have been teaching and coaching overseas in Bogota Colombia for the past two years. I have a wife, Lara, and a 2 month old girl, Ellie Grace. We are very excited to be working with NCA and the football team this year. Football is a great tool that the Lord uses to teach us very important lessons and virtues that directly correlate with our Christian lives. By the Lord’s grace, we will be a reflection of Christ in the way we compete on the field, and live off the field.
2 Corinthians 12:10 "For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
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.
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 17 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.
“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)
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
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.
Trudy Scurry - Upper School Math Teacher
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!
Wendy Woods - Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
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.
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
Jordan Finley - Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet and Flute Instructor
Hello! My name is Jordan Finley, and I am currently a student at the University of South Carolina studying Music Education. I am in my third year of study at the university, and have been formally trained on trombone, tuba, euphonium, trumpet and flute, and could help any age from beginners to high school. I am so blessed to have been given an amazing family that supports me, and my interest in music throughout school; and I hope to share that with other children through teaching them. Earlier this year, I felt a strong push from God telling me to go and pursue more opportunities that would help me let Him live through me. So I became more involved with the church community around me, and now I am taking the next step by including the talent God blessed me with – music.
I am elated to be on staff with Northside Christian Academy, and very excited to what God’s got planned next.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 “If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
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