Laura is a 2001 graduate of Clemson University where she was a Philip H. Prince Presidential scholar. She then gained practical customer service experience with Wachovia Bank. Laura later became the office manager for a dental practice where she provided leadership for the administrative staff and managed the billing and insurance filings. She joined our Athletic Department in 2016 where she manages the many administrative duties related to fielding our teams .
Prior to coming to Southside Christian, Jennifer taught for four years at another Christian school. She joined our faculty in 2007 and currently focuses her career on teaching our youngest Lower School students in first grade. She is also the Lower School Bible Quiz Coordinator and served her church as an Awana leader for 15 years.
Diana joined the SCS family in 2013, bringing a strong background in education. Over her career, she has served in a wide variety of roles, from kindergarten teacher and special education instructor to school administrator and adjunct faculty member in the department of education at Southern Wesleyan University. She holds an ACSI Lifetime Educator’s Certificate and has received multiple professional awards, including most recently in 2015, when she was recognized by the Greenville County Science Teachers Association as Outstanding Science Teacher.
Prior to beginning her career in education as a middle school science teacher, Yvonne gained practical experience in the sciences as a medical technologist at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood, SC and as a cytogenetic technologist at the Greenwood Genetic Center in Greenwood, SC. She became our US biology teacher in 2001 and currently serves as an AP Reader each summer for the College Board AP Biology Exam. Yvonne is the mother of three Sabres – Jonathan ’11, Anna ’12, and Elizabeth ’17.
Dr. Barfell began his career in Christian education in 1983. Before his appointment as superintendent of Southside Christian School in 2015, he had most recently served as vice president of professional development for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) where he led the team that created and delivered professional development to Christian school educators around the world. His career in Christian education began as a social studies teacher and coach, followed by a promotion to K-8 principal. He then became administrator of Bethel Christian School in Erie, PA followed by eleven years as superintendent of Liberty Christian School in his home state of Indiana where the school tripled in size under his leadership. He then joined Blackhawk Christian School in Fort Wayne, Indiana as superintendent before going to ACSI.
Dr. Barfell served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Non-Public Education Association. He has chaired numerous accreditation teams to Christian schools and presented at many teachers and administrators conferences internationally. He was also an adjunct graduate professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and Huntington University.
After graduating from Bob Jones University in 2010, Fred started teaching at Artios Academies of Greenville, a home-school conservatory. During his six years there, Fred grew the music program from three students to well over 30. Fred was actively involved in the musical theatre program at Artios serving as an assistant director on five musicals. Fred is a board member of the Simpsonville Arts Foundation and is active in promoting the fine arts in the Simpsonville community.
Meg is a 2002 graduate of Southside Christian School and returned to her alma mater to join our Early Education teaching staff in 2007. Meg is the wife of Michael Benthall from the SCS class of 2001.
Prior to joining SCS in her current role, Jackie was most recently the office manager for a busy dental practice where she was responsible for patient relationships, scheduling, and accounting. She previously served SCS in our physical education department and as a long-term substitute. In addition to supporting our accounting staff, Jackie represents SCS to our families regarding our tuition and financial aid programs. She also provides administrative support for our International Homestay Program.
Christy began her teaching career in 2000 and was named 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year at the elementary school where she was teaching third grade. She was also the chairperson of the School Improvement Council 2006-2007 and was a two-time Beacon Award Winner. Christy currently serves as the lead teacher for our fifth grade. She and her husband, Paul, who serves on our facilities team are the parents of two Sabres – Colby ’14 and Nick ’17.
Stephanie began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Kansas City, Missouri. She also taught kindergarten and first grade in the Greenville County Schools for a total of five years. She joined Southside Christian School in 2007 and while here, has taught kindergarten, Pre-K 4, and Pre-K 5.
Valerie joined our Early Education team in 2005. She holds a SC Early Education Credential. As a student at the University of South Carolina, she was a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor and Service Society. Valerie and her family are volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Miracle Hill Ministries. They have also served on domestic mission trips to help build a church and host vacation Bible school. Valerie has served her church on both the Women in the Church and Children’s Ministry Committees.
Chelsea studied Latin, ancient Greek, and biblical Hebrew at Furman University. While there, she published research on a Roman funeral inscription. She also received the Most Outstanding Student in Classics Award her senior year. In addition, Chelsea was a double major in sociology and received the Dan Cover Most Outstanding Research Paper Award for a paper she presented at a regional conference. Chelsea asserts that Latin is not a dead language, but is the language of scholars, which is why she is passionate about teaching it to students at SCS. Chelsea also serves as one of our JV and varsity girls’ soccer coaches.
Rob is the son and grandson of elementary school principals. He began his career as an educator in 2004. He taught middle school music, literature, and high school English at Richard Winn Academy where he also coached the varsity soccer team. Rob then joined Ben Lippen School where he taught ninth-grade English, coached girls’ soccer, and was student council advisor. From 2011-2016, he served our Upper School as the assistant principal for student and international relations. He directed the International Homestay Program, helping SCS engage with prospective students from around the world. He also served as the Student Government Association adviser and provided oversight for co-curricular activities and groups. Rob became our Lower School principal in 2016.
Before pursuing a career in education, Sherri worked as an RN at Greenville Health System for seven years. She took additional coursework to qualify for an ACSI certification in elementary education. Serving at Southside Christian School since 1997, Sherri has taught eighth-grade science, grades 3-5, and led our Lower School science lab. She became our Lower School assistant principal in 2007 and holds an ACSI certification as elementary principal at the professional level.
Russ comes to us from the computer/electronics industry, where he worked for almost 18 years as a hardware design engineer. His background includes positions with NCR, AT&T, and Aeronix. He accepted the role of facilities manager in 2005 and became the director of operations in 2006. Russ provides general oversight for our IT department and campus security. He has managed the construction of several capital projects on our campus, including the Schroeder Science Lab; the Swain Art Studio; and the Sabre Stadium bleachers, track, and lighting upgrades. Russ also serves as a defensive line coach for our football team.
Bernice holds multiple Advanced Placement certifications including AP Language, AP Literature, AP Government, AP US History, and AP World History. She brought extensive teaching experience from both public and Christian schools when she joined our faculty in 2016. Her career in Christian education has taken her from the South Carolina mountains to the sea at Hilton Head Christian until joining our Social Studies Department teaching world history and economics.
Julie’s college work in elementary education included an emphasis in special education. She has been a part of our Early Education program since 2000. Julie is an active volunteer at her church where she has lead middle school and high school small groups and made numerous mission trips to Haiti. Like many of the SCS family, all of Julie’s children are proud graduates of SCS – Cole, McKenna, and Mary Caroline, are all from the class of 2013.
Martha began began her career at Southside Christian School soon after she completed college. She has served in a wide variety of roles including elementary teacher, elementary principal, high school teacher, high school guidance counselor, Upper School drama director, interim administrator, and Upper School instructional director. Her son Collins is a member of the SCS class of 2005.
Ashley came to SCS in 2011, having worked with students from six months of age to four years old at two other preschools. She has been an active volunteer at her church as a Sunday school teacher, an Awana leader, and assistant with children’s church.
Ruby has worked with two-year-old children in our Early Education program since 2001. She was named one of the “teachers who make magic” by Magic 98.9 after being nominated by the parent of one of her students. Outside the classroom, Ruby volunteers her skills and experiences as an educator to help others. She was part of a team that traveled to Kenya where she led the training for a group of children’s leaders from area churches. Ruby is the mother of four alumni – Emily ’10, Taylor ’12, Caleb ’14, and Hannah ’17.
Mary’s career has been devoted to people and project management in retail and educational environments. She joined our team in 2004 bringing leadership skills developed in management and director-level positions. Mary currently directs our after school programs and summer camp experiences along with other administrative duties in our Early Education program. She also volunteers in our community and has served as a committee member to plan Hands On Greenville Day. Mary serves her church as a Sunday school teacher and as leader of their vacation Bible school.
Gina Cleminson brings ten years of professional teaching experience to the Southside Christian family. She has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels, and she loves to share her contagious passion for excellence and growth in English.
Alicia joined our Early Education program in 2007. She previously taught third, fourth, and fifth grade at another Christian school and also gained experience teaching three and four-year-olds. Alicia has completed training in the Orton Gillingham approach, learning strategies that are helpful in teaching reading. She also serves as a teacher at her church and has worked with young people in camping.
Tammy began her career at SCS in 1992 and has served in a variety of roles. She began as a kindergarten aid and transitioned to our accounting department. Later she served in our records department before becoming a part of the Lower School team in 2004. She currently provides administrative support to the Lower School principal. Tammy is the mother of two SCS graduates – Ashley ’04 and Carley ’07.
Tina joined the Southside Christian School administrative support team in August of 2000 bringing a customer service background that she developed in the banking industry. She currently serves in our Department of Enrollment Management and works with prospective families as they learn more about our school. From obtaining records from schools currently attended by applicants to setting up a help desk in the mall during re-enrollment, Tina assists parents with the entire enrollment process. Her daughter, Megan, and son-in-law, Blake, are members of the SCS class of 2011.
Stacy is a veteran educator with broad experience in a variety of schools. She has taught seventh and eighth grade English, as well as K4, K5, first, and third grade. She rejoined our faculty in 2012 and is the mother of two SCS alumni – Tyler ’14 and Noah ’16.
Elizabeth began her service in Christian education in 2013, teaching English and fine arts including music, drama, and speech and debate. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in theatre from Regent University. Elizabeth holds an ACSI certification in English and music and is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association. She also directs our fall and spring drama productions and has coached winning competitive drama teams participating in the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association Festival.
Terry began her teaching career at Southside Christian School in 1987. She has continued her professional development during that time with course work at Clemson, Furman, USC, and Greenville Tech. Terry is one of our Distinguished Alumni and was named Gifted Teacher of the Arts in SC for her many murals in businesses, daycare centers, and private residences in Greenville and the surrounding area. Terry teaches art to students spanning grades 2 – 12 including AP Drawing for seniors.
Lindsay graduated from SCS in 2008. She also attended the Pearl Center for Learning, where she received NILD Therapy through her high school years. After high school she attended North Greenville University as a Theatre major. Upon graduation, Lindsay worked briefly as the Director of Drama Productions for Southside. She is happy to return to SCS as an Academic Resource Teacher. Lindsay teaches Academic Support as well as NILD Therapy and Search and Teach.
As director of enrollment management, Susan has the pleasure of combining two of her favorite things: meeting new people and a love for Christian education. Previously serving as the volunteer and community relations coordinator at SCS for seven years has allowed her to excel at embracing new families as she connects them with the academic offerings, extracurricular activities, and current SCS families who epitomize the excellence and warmth that characterize Southside Christian School. Susan was formerly the area manager for the Clemson University Small Business Development Center of Greenville and was named one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest Under 35. She received the Association of Small Business Development Center’s State Star Award, the Cathy R. Faulconer Scholarship for Leadership Greenville Class XXVI, the David Taylor Consulting Performance Award, the Small Business Development Center’s Manager of the Year Award, and the Clemson University College of Commerce and Industry Staff Award.
After earning two undergraduate degrees and taking additional undergraduate and graduate courses, Paul taught a wide variety of science and math classes for 11 years at another Christian school. He then worked in the for-profit world before returning to the classroom at Southside Christian School in 2008. Paul holds ACSI certifications for both mathematics and science.
Carla has held various teaching positions from kindergarten through adult studies in the United States and Europe, including a term on the mission field in the Czech Republic. At Southside Christian School, she has served as the Lower School music teacher and as a teacher in the Academic Resource Center. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Carla was involved in many aspects of the International Homestay Program and now leads that program. She has also directed the Southside Christian Summer English Academy since 2012; coordinated academic support programs and group activities for international students; and worked closely with the homestay families, homestay students, and the Upper School faculty. Carla is also responsible for the general oversight of all student activities, advising of the Student Government Association, and management of student clubs and organizations.
Upon completion of her Early Childhood Credential, Layla realized she had a heart for children with developmental needs. This lead her to pursue a secondary certification in special needs which she will soon complete. She joined our Early Education program in 2007 and also works in our athletic program as the JV Cheerleading coach while assisting with intramural cheer and cheer camps.
Connie is a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist through the National Institute of Learning Development. She began work at SCS in 2002 as a kindergarten teacher. In 2006 Connie began working as an educational therapist at the Pearl Center for Learning. She returned to SCS in 2010 as an educational therapist and classroom teacher in the Academic Resource Center. Her sons Zack ’11 and Chris ’15 are proud SCS alumni.
Tim began coaching at Southside Christian in 2009 as a volunteer assistant coach for the track and field team. He became an assistant for the cross country team later that year and was named boys’ cross country head coach in 2011 and girls’ cross country head coach in 2012. Tim joined the operations department in January of 2016.
Before moving to a career in teaching, Patricia was a graphic designer for over 17 years and continues to work on freelance graphic design projects. She teaches CP Computer Applications, CP Graphic Design, and Honors Graphic Design II & III. Prior to coming to Southside Christian, Patricia taught at Greenville Technical College. She is an ACSI certified as well as an Adobe Certified Trainer.
Earlier in her career, Julia worked as a sales and marketing professional for eight years. She has also served as a volunteer with various organizations and in many different capacities. Julia has held volunteer leadership roles with the New River Air Station Officers Spouses’ Club as 2nd VP, Safe Families for Children SC as a board member, MOPs of First Baptist Church of Simpsonville as co-coordinator, and First Baptist Church of Simpsonville VBS as assistant director.
Kimberly teaches the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of the string orchestra for grades 6-12. She has performed as a cellist in the Furman University Orchestra, Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Carolina Pops Symphony Orchestra. Kimberly is a member of the National Association for Music Education and is certified by SC in music education and school administration. In August 2017, Kimberly accepted the position as Upper School Fine Arts Coordinator.
Gayle came to SCS from a varied nursing career that included work in NICU, pediatrics, community health, and teaching. She served as a substitute in our Early Education program for two years prior to accepting a permanent position working exclusively with two and three-year-olds.
Gena began her career in education in 1994 and joined our faculty in 2005. She has served on many curriculum teams through the years including the English Language Arts curriculum team for 2017-2018. In January 2013, Gena was chosen as one of the “Top Ten Educators Who Make A Difference” by Upstate Parent Magazine. She also serves with the Greenville Literacy Association in providing tutoring services for GED candidates and teaches reading to adult students. Her son, Clayton, is a 2016 graduate of SCS.
Melissa joined our Early Education program in 2006 as a Pre-K Assistant. In 2017, she accepted the role as a Pre-K 3 teacher. Prior to working at SCS, she worked as a Certified Medical Assistant in Pediatrics for 15 years. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies from SWU. Melissa is the mother of two sabres, Lana ’16 and Lauren ’23.
Prior to joining SCS in 2015, Angela’s career in education took her to the fourth grade classroom for six years as well as eight years working with fifth-graders. She also worked at Roper Mountain Science Center as an instructor in the Physical Science Department. There she taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade classes and led auditorium presentations for middle school students focusing on weather, mixtures, electricity, light, and matter.
Tory is a SCS alumna, having attended here from kindergarten to 12th grade. Prior to becoming a teacher, Tory spent five years in academic research. She conducted genetics research in the field of canine genetics, as well as molecular biology research in the field of neuroinflammation. Tory began her teaching career at the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C., where she taught 7th and 8th grade science, as well as pre-algebra. Her Husband, Graham, is also an alumnus of Southside Christian School.
Stephanie gained valuable experience in office administration and client service through a tenure of several years working in a medical office. When her daughters became students at SCS in 1995, she wanted to apply her skills to our mission of Christian education. Her two daughters are SCS alumnae – Chelsea ’11 and Sydney ’12. Her husband, Tracy, is a member of our facilities team.
Prior to joining our facilities team, Tracy was an assistant instructor with the US Army Military Police School. He also developed strong customer service skills during his years with UPS. His two daughters are SCS alumnae – Chelsea ’11 and Sydney ’12.
Cynthia has worked at Southside Christian School since 2003. Prior to joining our Athletic Department staff, Cynthia worked in a bank management training program and as branch manager and bank officer. She also served in the business office of another Christian school. Cynthia is the mother of SCS alumni Allison ’04 and Brad ’07.
Peggy earned her CPA while working in public accounting for two years. She also served as an internal auditor and plant accountant in industry for five years before returning to work part-time as SCS’s accountant. She is the mother of five Sabres – Sydna ’09, Jonathan ’10, Parker ’13, Reid ’16, and Bennett ’18.
Carolyn began serving at SCS in 2017. Prior to moving to South Carolina, she was the Director of Bands at Florida Christian School in Miami, Florida. As a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), she also served as the chairperson of District 20 of the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) and was certified as an FBA adjudicator. In addition to conducting, she enjoyed her role as principal flutist with the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. Currently, Mrs. Hutchinson plays in the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra as well as the Greenville area’s Southern Harmony Flute Choir.
Debbie has over thirty years of teaching experience, most of which have been at SCS. Her classroom experience includes teaching reading, language arts, and math to students in Grades 1-12, as well as individual tutoring, academic therapy, and college level classes. Debbie is the co-author of the book Serving Learning Disabled Students in Christian Schools and she speaks at regional and national conferences. She has also served on a number of ACSI accreditation teams and consults with other Christian schools on ways to serve children with learning needs.
As a college student, Sonja received the Business Student of the Year award in 1998 and was inducted into Kappa Gamma Pi honor society. A business professional for 28 years, she was a procurement specialist in the healthcare and automotive industries. Sonja transitioned to the teaching profession in 2007 and came to SCS in 2012, having taught second and fifth grade at another Christian school.
LeeAnn joined the Lower School faculty at Southside Christian School in 2013. Her first three years were devoted to teaching math, science, and Bible to our fifth-graders. She then became a part of the Academic Resource Center team, teaching math classes and tutorial study hall for grades 9-12.
After completing her degree in early education, LouCinda taught K4 and K5 and joined our Early Education team in 2012. In addition to her work in the classroom, she teaches fourth-grade Sunday school and serves on the Women’s Ministry Council at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church. LouCinda is a long-standing supporter of Mom’s in Prayer for our children and teachers and is currently involved in their college and career group. She is the mother of four SCS alumni – Tyler ’05, Chelsea ’07, Kaitlin ’12, and Rebekah ’13.
Mike is a veteran educator who came to SCS in 1994. He has been a member of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association since 2000. That organization recognized him with the Outstanding Service Award for 20 years in coaching. Mike has over 200 career wins as a varsity basketball coach and was named the Region Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2017. He was also named the Region Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2003. Before assuming his role as athletic director, Mike spent time in the classroom teaching Bible, boys’ physical education, CP and Honors US History, and AP US History. He is the father of three SCS graduates: Jon ’07, Jana ’11, and Joelle ’17.
Idell joined our faculty in 1990 with a primary focus on teaching Upper School history. She currently teaches all of our Upper School Advanced Placement (AP) history courses. Due to her successful track record as an AP teacher, Idell is perennially selected as an AP Reader. Idell initiated the Youth in Government Program at SCS and sponsored it for three years, providing our students with practical exposure to the political process. She also initiated our involvement with Model Arab League and has led our teams to numerous awards at the regional and national level including winning at the national tournament at Georgetown University, competing against both high school and college students. Idell has served as an adjunct professor of history at Converse College and USC Upstate. In 2005, she was awarded the SC James Madison Memorial Fellowship. Idell has been named the Greenville News Teacher of the Week, the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, and presented with a SC State House Resolution for excellence in teaching.
Emily began her teaching career leading a 4th-grade inclusion class within the Greenville County School District. She also taught 2nd grade for two years and was nominated for Greenville County School District Emerging Teacher of the Year. She joined our Lower School team in the fall of 2016 as a 2nd grade teacher.
After a career in chemical manufacturing, research and development, and environmental consulting, Susan began homeschooling her two sons and teaching science to other homeschool students. In 2005, she joined our faculty and her sons later graduated from SCS – Josh in 2013 and Andrew in 2016. Susan made the initial suggestion for a new science lab to be located in the mall area that ultimately led to the Schroeder Science Lab. In 2014 and 2016, she led a team of her engineering students to the final round of the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national STEM contest for Grades 6-12 built on environmental issues and practical solutions. The team was one of 32 middle and high school finalists to win a $10,000 prize for their school. Her students were also finalists in the 2011 NUCOR Strength of Steel Competition. Susan is the author of a Christian book, Success for Women and has spoken to women’s groups with an encouraging and inspirational message.
Elisabeth joined the Southside Christian School facilities team in 2016. She has been involved with local theater productions and dance studios in the area for five years and is also a member of the production team at her church. She offers support for all of our school events related to sound, light, and digital media.
Beth came to us in 2007 from North Cobb Christian School where she taught first grade. She holds an ACSI certification and is currently our lead teacher for second grade. Beth has two sons, Jesse ’14 and Bryce ’16, who are SCS alumni.
In addition to her work as a girls’ physical education teacher, Priscilla is our head volleyball coach. She also coaches high jump for track and field. Priscilla came to SCS in 2004, working in Lower School until 2012 when she transitioned to Upper School. She led our volleyball team to region championships in 2009, 2010 and 2016, and state championships in 2009 and 2010. She was named Region Coach of the Year in 2009, 2010, and 2013. Priscilla also received the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Physical Education and accepted the BlueCross BlueShield Wellness Award on behalf of SCS for our wellness program.
Jennifer came to SCS in 2017. Her achievements as a professional educator include the distinguished honor of being named K-8 Teacher of the Year at Joy Christian School in 2016-2017. She was also named Teacher of the Year at Gibson Accelerated School during the 2004-2005 school year. She earned her degrees from Lindenwood University, graduating magna cum laude with emphasis and credentials in Gifted and Talented Education.
Laurie has served at Southside Christian School since 1994. She currently teaches Honors and CP US History and Honors and CP Government. Laurie is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University and her Honors Government class is part of the Dual Enrollment Program that SCS offers in cooperation with Palm Beach Atlantic.
Vince became the director of the Lower School music program at Southside Christian School in 2016. He formerly served as a volunteer visual coordinator for the Wade Hampton High School marching band. As a high school senior, Vince wrote and produced a two-act musical that was staged at the Chapman Cultural Center. He currently serves as the worship director at his church.
Monica is a member of the SCS class of 1998. She joined her alma mater in 2008 as part of our Academic Resource Center faculty. Over her career, she has taught first grade, second grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, and middle school all of which were self-contained special education classes. She has also provided NILD Educational Therapy, Wilson Reading, Orton-Gillingham, and Brain Gym. Monica holds an ACSI Professional Lifetime Teaching Certificate.
Amanda brings more than eight years of professional design engineering experience with a focus on industrial control systems and instrumentation. She joined our faculty in 2016 and holds an ACSI certification for secondary school mathematics and science.
Steve came to SCS in 2013, having served as an elementary principal and as a preschool, elementary, and middle school teacher in several other Christian schools. He has also served as an interpreter for special needs students. Steve is currently pursuing a graduate degree in educational administration. He was nominated as a Disney Teacher of Year in 2004, received the Berean Christian School Coach Award in 2005, and was named the Village Christian School Teacher of the Year in 2012. Steve was also an MVP college volleyball player.
Sharon began serving at SCS in 2017. She teaches fifth grade math and science. After homeschooling her children for 10+ years, she taught third and fourth grades at Sherwood Christian Academy. There, she also served as Lead Teacher and sponsor of the Eagle Ambassadors, an upper elementary representative and service organization. Sharon is a native of Florida, but lived in southwest Georgia for the past twenty years. She and her husband Greg recently moved to the Greenville area where they enjoy spending time with their granddaughter. Sharon and Greg attend Redemption Church in Greenville
Katie began serving at SCS in 2017. Prior to beginning her career at SCS, she taught fourth grade for one year in Anderson County and four years at Covenant Day School in Charlotte, NC. For the past two years, She taught Kindergarten in Greenville County.
Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude in early childhood education from Clemson University in 2001 where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society. Over the course of her career, she has taught Pre-K 2, Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, kindergarten, and 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades in both public and private schools. Elizabeth joined our Early Education staff in 2013.
As a volunteer, substitute teacher, and teacher assistant, Brenda has served at SCS since 2000 and joined our Early Education teaching faculty in 2006. She is a Child Development Associate and holds a South Carolina Early Childhood Credential. Her daughter Lauren is an SCS alumna from the class of 2014 and her son Alexander is a member of the class of 2019.
Kristin came to us as an experienced high school teacher and joined our faculty in 2002, teaching a variety of courses in our Upper School. She began her career in human resources in 2005 and holds both the PHR and SHRM-CPP designations. Kristin also served as the teacher for the middle school newspaper. Her husband Eddie is a member of our facilities team.
Kate has been with SCS since 2017. She currently serves as one of our receptionists, providing a warm welcome for our guests when they first arrive. Kate has been a stay-at-home mom for seventeen years and for eight of those years she diligently homeschooled her children. Prior to staying at home, she held various administrative, office, and customer service positions including service in health care and experience as a flight attendant.
Dick is a third-generation teacher following the career path of both his parents and his grandmother. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, he began teaching in 1980. After six years in the classroom, Dick earned a master’s degree and worked in textbook development for almost eleven years. He came to Southside Christian School in 2000 and teaches world studies and state studies to seventh and eighth-graders. He and his wife Janet have hosted seven our our international students and Dick conducts a Bible study for middle school boys each Wednesday morning before school. He is also the SCS coordinator for the National Geographic Bee.
Michael has been with SCS since 2015 and teaches Redemptive History for our tenth grade and Systematic Theology for our eleventh-graders. Prior to joining our Upper School faculty, he taught social studies for 16 years at another Christian school. He has many years experience coaching mock trial and is currently a sponsor of the class of 2020.
Harriett began her career working with at-risk children and their parents in Spartanburg District 4 schools – first through a home visiting program and then combining home visits with a class for preschoolers with developmental delays. She transitioned to another Christian school before joining Southside Christian in 2005. Throughout her career, Harriett taught pre-K 3, kindergarten, and fourth grade before serving as our Early Education assistant principal and principal. Her son Kyle is a member of the class of 2010.
Princess has served at Southside Christian School since 2001 in a variety of roles within the Early Education program. She has experience as a teacher assistant for Pre-K 4 and Pre-K 3 as well as teaching music. She works in our after school care program and in our summer program as a Bible teacher. Princess also holds an Early Childhood Credential. She serves her church as a youth advisor, children’s church teacher, and praise and worship leader.
Kathy began her nursing career in 1990. She is a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). To qualify for this designation, candidates must be a registered nurse, hold a Master of Science in nursing, and complete advanced nursing coursework. She has been with SCS since 2003 and also works at Spartanburg Medical Center. Kathy is an adjunct instructor at USC Upstate teaching in the master’s program. She has been an SCS swim team coach since 2006.
Jessica is a 1999 graduate of SCS. Shortly after college graduation, she joined our Early Education staff where she works with some of our youngest Sabres.
Prior to joining our faculty in 2007, Rebecca worked in the insurance industry for 11 years. She was also the director of children’s ministries at Brushy Creek Baptist Church for 17 years. During her time at SCS, Rebecca has served in various capacities in our Early Education program and our Lower School. She is the mother of three SCS alumni – Kaitlyn ’11, Meredith ’12, and Jacob ’16.
Gladys is a member of the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society, Alpha Mu Gamma. She is a native Spanish speaker from Colombia with a passion for passing on to her students an understanding of the Spanish language and its rich culture. Gladys has organized a J Term trip to the Dominican Republic for a group of students to minister to the Dominican people and to learn firsthand about this Spanish-speaking country.
Donna began her career in public accounting in 1984. In 1987, after earning her CPA license, she began working in corporate accounting and finance. There she obtained a broad range of experience as an auditor, tax preparer, financial analyst, and controller. She left the corporate world in 2016 to lead our accounting staff.
At IBM, Lynn worked for four years as a chemical technician in a surface and trace analysis lab using scanning electron microscopes and an Auger spectrometer. She then worked as a chemical engineer in the metallurgy quality control department at IBM for six years. Before joining our Upper School faculty in 2011, Lynn taught middle school and high school math and science for three years at a Christian school in Upstate New York.
Laura began her career with the Greenville County School System as both a math and reading teacher. She came to Southside Christian School in 1992 and has served in both our Lower School and in our Early Education program. She holds ACSI certification. Laura is mother to two SCS alumni – Garrison ’06 and Laura ’07.
Monica is a veteran educator who brought more than 20 years of experience as both a teacher and administrator when she came to us in 2016. Over the course of her career, she has taught English ranging from 7th-12th grades including Honors English. She has also taught classes in study skills, yearbook, journalism, and AP Literature. Monica also held administrative roles having served as faculty supervisor, director of guidance, and academic director.
Rick joined our physical education faculty in 2016 with extensive experience as an educator and varsity head coach. He currently teaches middle school and high school physical education and coaches our boys’ varsity basketball team. In 2001, he was named Broward County Coach of the Year and in 2010, Dade County Coach of the Year. Rick’s wife, Monica, is our academic coordinator.
Chuck joined our faculty in 1989 after serving nine years in public schools and six years in Christian schools in his home state of Michigan. In addition to teaching math and coaching, he worked in a variety of administrative roles including budgeting and evaluating teachers. During his tenure at Southside Christian School, Chuck has taught Algebra I, Geometry, Bible, Consumer Math, and keyboarding. His three children are SCS alumni – Matt ’94, Molly ’97, and Katie ’02.
Danielle began her teaching career in 2002 and came to SCS in 2016 with a background in K-12 music education. She holds an ACSI certification and is also certified by the Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts. Danielle is the vacation bible school director at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church.
Kim first became a member of our faculty in 1994 and during her career she has taught every grade from Kindergarten through eighth, with the single exception of third grade. Kim’s history of volunteerism includes service on a medical missions team in Haiti for six weeks as well as working with our middle school students in brightening the day for residents of local elder care facilities. Her four children are all SCS alumni – Jordan ’04, Ariel ’05, Kendall ’09, and Westley ’11.
Johnette taught in public education for five years, homeschooled for four years, and joined our faculty in 2001. She holds ACSI and state certifications and has gained experience teaching every grade from first through fifth during her career. While she is qualified to teach all core subjects, language arts is her specialty. Johnette also previously served as our ACSI Spelling Bee coordinator.
Dr. Ruzicka served for over 15 years in higher education working in the admissions, financial aid, and academic advising fields. Before coming to SCS in 2015, she most recently served for ten years as the assistant director for recruitment and retention at Nova Southeastern University. She began her professional career working as a financial aid counselor at the University of Rochester in New York.
Mark served for 29 years in Thai-language missions ministry, primarily in Bangkok, Thailand. He came to us in 2013, teaching supplemental English and Bible to international students and assisting our faculty with educational technology integration. Mark is a member of academic honor societies Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi and is a former member of the Actors’ Equity Association. He was managing director of OMF Publishers in Thailand where he was also an instructor in the Old and New Testaments and Biblical Greek at Bangkok Bible College and was an adjunct professor of New Testament at Thailand Baptist Theological Seminary. His son Aaron is a 2016 graduate of SCS.
Rob provides technical insight and leadership for multiple IT projects. His professional career began in 1996 working as a computer consultant at an upstate technology firm. He would subsequently move on to work in the telecommunications field specializing in computer integration call centers. Rob transitioned to Christian education in 1999. Along with his service at SCS, he has worked as a technology consultant for several Christian education organizations across the country. Rob’s wife Staci is a 1994 graduate of SCS.
Brad joined the math department in our Upper School in 2005. Brad is certified through ACSI and currently teaches AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics. His students’ record of performing well on the AP exams earned him an invitation to serve as an AP Calculus reader for the College Board. Brad also coaches our award-winning High School Math Team and plays drums as a member of the worship team at Fellowship Greenville.
Haley is our helpful and knowledgable receptionist who has greeted and assisted our guests since 2011. While a student at Clemson University, she was chairperson of Tiger Paw Productions, a student-led organization that assisted in the management of concerts and other events on campus. Haley also worked as an event coordinator at TD Convention Center managing large events for area non-profits and community organizations. She served for many years as a nursery volunteer with Fellowship Greenville.
Mike began serving at SCS in 2015. Prior to that he was the Head Football Coach at Dade Christian in Miami ,Florida for twelve years having compiled a 98-24 career record at the school. It includes nine districts championships 3 State Semi-finals appearances and a state finals trip. He became the Head Football Coach at SCS in 2016.
Kristi joined our faculty in 2009 bringing a passion for teaching students to embrace movement, exercise, and healthy living. She has taught all ages from three years old through adults. Kristi is a NATA certified athletic trainer and holds certifications in nutrition counseling, personal training, and strength and conditioning coaching. She also holds numerous certifications for working with children with learning challenges such as Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD.
Christine has served as an Early Education assistant at SCS since 2006. She holds a Child Development Associate Certification. Her son Connor is a 2015 graduate of SCS and her daughter Carson Grace is a member of the class of 2018. Christine’s husband Mark is a pastor who frequently serves as a bus driver for our field trips and sporting events.
Sarah’s experience in Christian education has involved working with students ranging from Early Education to high school. She was the Lower School librarian at another Christian school and was chair of the committee that planned Grandparent’s Day. Sarah is an active community volunteer and has worked with the Spaulding Farm swim team, the women’s and children’s ministries at her church, and the Holly Tree HOA. Currently she serves on the Greenville County College Fair Committee and the welcome team at Fellowship Greenville.
Jan has been with Southside Christian School since 1990. Her grade level experience includes teaching students as young as first grade up through middle school. Jan currently teaches Bible to seventh and eighth-graders. Earlier in her career, she served as an elementary assistant principal. Part of Jan’s master’s thesis was published as a chapter in a book for Christian women and she currently serves her church as a Sunday school teacher.
Dr. Stouffer is a fifth-generation educator whose father was a principal for over 30 years. Bob’s great-grandparents taught in one-room schoolhouses in Iowa. He has served in both public and Christian schools as an English teacher, coach, associate principal, principal, and superintendent. He has also served as an adjunct professor for multiple institutions including 14 years teaching educational leadership at Drake University where he was presented with the Excellence in Teaching award. Bob became our Upper School principal in 2016. He had previously served for fourteen years as superintendent of Des Moines Christian School. Bob helped start Joshua Christian Academy, a school whose mission is “to build a Christ-centered academic foundation within the hearts and minds of urban children, equipping them and their families to serve God and others to their fullest potential through outstanding biblical education.” He previously served as a founding elder at Waukee Community Church and is licensed as a pastor. Bob is the author of Light or Darkness: Reclaiming the Light in Sports.
Jennifer Stout has taught in Christian schools since 2005, becoming a part of our team in 2008. She holds a certification from ACSI and has taught first grade at other Christian schools. Jennifer was selected as a judge for The Christy Award, named in honor of the bestselling novel, Christy, and considered the publishing industry’s premiere award program for recognizing excellence in Christian fiction. She also brings experience working as a librarian at the University level.
Tatum came to our Early Education program in 2013 as an aide in kindergarten. She is certified in both early and elementary education. Prior to joining our faculty, she taught elementary and middle school in two public school districts and was a lead teacher during a portion of that time. She also worked at a child development center during college and taught children’s programs in her hometown church.
Meredith has been in education since 1999, teaching English at all levels in both middle and high school including AP English. Before joining our Upper School faculty in 2007, she taught at three other schools and coached volleyball for eight years. Her husband Nick is our assistant athletic director.
After completing college in 2002, Nick served as campus pastor, Bible teacher, and coach at Colonial Hills Christian School for five years. In 2007, Nick and his wife Meredith joined our faculty. Nick served as a teacher and as dean of men for eight years prior to accepting the role of assistant athletic director in 2015.
Melissa joined our administrative staff in 2005. She formerly worked at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for five years in the Department of Agriculture and Human Sciences as a research assistant. While there, Melissa was part of a team that had several articles published related to their testing of fabrics. She gained experience in Christian education serving five years at Arkansas Baptist School. Melissa’s daughter Holly graduated from SCS in 2010.
MaryEllen began as a volunteer substitute between the church and school offices before officially joining SCS staff in early 1998. The experience blessed her with an overview of every function of the then united ministry. Transitioning to a more permanent role in the high school, she worked with student records, guidance and fine arts, and finally as the principal’s secretary. In 2005, she joined Operations to support the director and the multiple aspects of facilities, grounds, transportation, security and technology. MaryEllen is the mother of three sons – Bobby, Bryan (’00), and Donny (’02).
Amanda joined our Upper School faculty in 2015. She is a veteran educator with a broad range of experience in public and private schools. Amanda holds ACSI certification and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She was named Teacher of the Year at Walhalla High School 1992 and was the math department head at another Christian school. Amanda also served as a WorkKeys instructor for the Pickens County Adult Education program. She applies her skills as an educator at her church where she serves in the children’s ministry.
Prior to beginning his career in educational ministry, Colin served in the Local Church for four years in different capacities. He began his career working bi-vocationally at a Church plant helping launch both its Middle school and High school programming. After a year of serving that church family, he felt a call to Pastor at a church in north central Indiana where he served for three years. Towards the end of his third year in Indiana, he felt a call away from the local church and an intense focus on discipleship. In 2016, he, along with his family, moved to Greenville to accept the role of Campus Pastor at Southside Christian School. Colin seeks to see students become disciples who make disciples through life in community.
Becky has worked at SCS since 2009. She has served as a teacher assistant in Pre-K 2 and Pre-K 3. Prior to joining our Early Education program, she worked in the school system in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Becky is the mother of two of our alumni – Micah ’11 and Zack ’13.
Abby joined Southside Christian School in 2006 as the Early Education resource and project coordinator. She currently serves in our Department of Enrollment Management and works with prospective families as they learn more about the school. Abby has the joy of meeting and touring families and assisting applicants through the enrollment process. Her professional background includes accounting support, healthcare data management, patient advocacy, and contract management. Abby has volunteered in the children’s ministry at her church, teaching preschool and early elementary Sunday school. She was formerly the Early Education representative for our Volunteers in Partnership executive committee.
Vivian joined the Upper School team in 2002 as dean of women. During her time at Southside Christian, she has taught Spanish I, CP English, and served as an Academic Resource Center teacher. While serving at Dade Christian School, Vivian was awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1988 and was named Alumna of the Year in 2008. She has been a workshop speaker at conventions for both ACSI and for the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Vivian has also directed the cheer programs both here and at Dade Christian and provides leadership for the planning of Starshine, a junior/senior banquet that honors seniors with a blessing from their parents and faculty as we usher them into the next season of life while welcoming the juniors as the next spiritual leaders of the school.
Vicki has served at Southside Christian School since 1996 and holds a Child Development Associate Credential. She applies her skills with educating young children to a variety of ministry opportunities where she has taught Child Evangelism Fellowship Five Day Clubs and lead Patch the Pirate clubs. Vicki has also traveled multiple times to Liberia to provide teacher training and has written a curriculum for use in Christian schools there that is age appropriate for four-year-olds.
Kathy has been a member of the Southside Christian School faculty since 2005 and came to us with experience as a teacher in other Christian schools. Prior to working in education, she was a medical technologist and hospital administrator. Kathy began her teaching career at a community college, teaching in both the school of business and the health and life sciences. She has two sons, both graduates of Southside Christian School, Tyler ’09 and James ’12.
Nancy’s parents were missionaries who involved her in teaching Bible school at a very young age. As she grew up, she became certain that she wanted to to become a professional educator. Nancy has taught at a variety of levels including experience working with children with special needs. She came to SCS in 2009 as a long term substitute teacher for middle school science.
Christie began teaching at SCS in 2001. Previously, she taught middle school math and science to gifted students in Asheville City Schools and Wake County Schools. She holds a certification in gifted education and was certified in middle grades math and science in North Carolina. Christie also holds both ACSI and South Carolina teaching certificates. She was awarded Outstanding Elementary Mathematics Teacher by the Asheville City Schools. Christie is the mother of two SCS graduates – Josh ’06 and Mollie ’10.
Sarah began her career in education teaching first grade at another Christian school and joined our faculty in that role in 2014. She has volunteered with community organizations that serve individuals with special needs and currently serves in that way through her church. Sarah has also completed additional coursework in the areas of speech development and communication disorders, an asset when working with young students as they develop speech and literacy skills.
Angie began serving at SCS in 2017. Prior to joining our Upper School faculty, she taught high school English and AP Language and Composition for six years at Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida. Having been observed and rated a highly qualified teacher in Hillsborough County, Ms. Wilson understands the fundamentals and complexities that go into teaching English. Moving to South Carolina in November 2016, she served at Robert Anderson Middle School as their Reading Interventionist. She is currently in process of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.
Jamie worked in information technologies at Milliken and Company for 13 years as a computer programmer/analyst and business planner before beginning her career in education. She teaches algebra, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and precalculus. Jamie holds teaching certifications from ACSI and SC. She is also an adjunct professor for Palm Beach Atlantic University through our Dual Enrollment Program. Jamie is the mother of SCS graduates Andrew ’12 and Cameron ’16.
Don joined our faculty in 1988. He formerly served a term as our elementary principal and was the coach of our Academic Quiz Team for 15 years. Don currently teaches AP English Literature and AP Psychology. He holds a lifetime certification from ACSI, a certificate in pastoral psychology and counselling, and a certificate from the Child Sexual Abuse Institute of Ohio. Don is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the American Psychological Association. Don was named Teacher of the Year at SCS in 1993 and received the National League of Junior Cotillions Best-Mannered Teacher Award in 2005. In addition to his work in the secondary classroom, he has served as dean of men, faculty member, and drama director at the college level and as a minister of music at various churches. Don is an adjunct professor of psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University. HIs son, Timothy, is an alumnus from the class of 1996.
Lisa began her teaching career in 1998 and came to Southside Christian in 2010. She received the Educational Testing Service Recognition of Excellence for exceptional individual performance on selected Praxis Subject Assessments. Lisa taught at another Christian school for six years and developed a high school literature program for the Upstate Homeschool Co-op. She is the mother of two SCS Sabres – Laura ’16 and Douglas ’21.
Sheila came to SCS in 2005 from a career in IT consulting and implementation during which she worked for IBM as a marketing rep and systems engineer. She also worked for KPMG Peat Marwick in IT consulting and gained experience as a project manager with Charlotte Pipe and Foundry where she managed their SAP implementation. In addition to her work in our IT department, Sheila led our girls’ soccer team to back-to-back region championships. She is mom to three Sabres – Hunter ’10, Kasey ’12 and Mary Kate ’19.
Rachel has been with SCS since 2014, working in the Early Education classroom and with Sabre Kids Time. Before coming to SCS, she taught fifth grade for two years with Greenville County Schools. In addition to teaching, Rachel is also part of the children’s ministry team at Cross Roads Baptist Church where she teaches, helps to coordinate events, and plans and chaperones activities throughout the year.
Haley joined our faculty as a Pre-K 4 teacher in 2011. In addition, she has taught art and STEAM for the Early Education program since 2015. Prior to her work at Southside Christian, Haley taught second grade at a private K-12 school. She also taught preschool and fourth grade earlier in her career. Her daughter Madison is a member of our class of 2016.