Staff Directory

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Mrs. Susan Alonso
High School Spanish Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Susan Alonso holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education from Southeastern FWB College. She hopes to inspire a love for foreign languages in her students that might develop into a passion for spreading the Gospel. Several years ago Mrs. Alonso transitioned from elementary education to high school Spanish.

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Mr. Michael Bell
Upper School Bible and History Teacher Southside Christian School

Mr. Michael Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Slippery Rock University and is currently completing his Masters of Divinity at Shepherd’s Theological Seminary.  Mr. Bell’s knowledge of the Bible and study of philosophy enhance the classes he teaches at our upper school.

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Mrs. Sarah Bell
Elementary School Teacher — Grade 2 Southside Christian School

Mrs. Sarah Bell holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Slippery Rock University.  Mrs. Bell’s love for children and for Christian education makes her 2nd grade class a place children love to be.

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Mrs. Shelah Bowers
Elementary School Teacher – Grade 4th and 5th – Language Arts and Bible Southside Christian School

Mrs. Shelah Bowers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Missions and Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College.  Mrs. Bowers’ teaching experiences and service in Brazil bring excitement to her elementary classes.

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Mrs. Crystal Braxton
Elementary School Teacher – Grade 1 Southside Christian School

Mrs. Crystal Braxton holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She creates a loving, nurturing environment in her first grade classroom.

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Mr. Matthew Bridgers
Business Manager Southside Christian School

Mr. Bridgers has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Northland International University and is currently finishing his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University.   He has taught elementary grades at Schaumburg Christian School for 6 years and served for several years as Director of the Day Camp.    During his time serving as a Director, God placed on his heart to transition to the business side of Christian Education.   Mr. Bridgers is thankful that God has called his family to SCS.

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Mrs. Ginny Brown
Elementary and Upper School Art Teacher Southside Christian School

Ginny Brown serves as the Upper School Art Teacher as SCS.  Mrs. Brown has a BA in Art and Psychology from Wake Forest University.  She gives credit to her high school art teacher for inspiring her to pursue a career in art.  Mrs. Brown worked as an artist for licensing firms, magazines, and has taught art to students in the home school community since 1990.  She and her husband have three grown daughters and live in Clayton.

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Mrs. Emily Cain
Upper School Secretary Southside Christian School

Mrs. Emily Cain has studied Business Administration at NC Wesleyan College and Medical Office Administration at Nash Community College where she earned multiple certifications in Medical Finance Administration.   In addition to her cheerful and professional disposition, Mrs. Cain brings over 12 years of experience in  Executive Administrative Assistance to the Upper School.

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Mrs. Jenene Davis
Head of School Southside Christian School

Mrs. Jenene Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Religious Education from Faith Theological Seminary and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University.  Mrs. Davis’ love for children of all ages and dedication to mentoring her staff is rooted in her unyielding love for her Savior, which is evident in her servant’s heart.  Mrs. Davis serves as the Head of School.

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Mr. Chris Dentel
Upper School Principal Southside Christian School

Mr. Chris Dentel has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in History from Toccoa Falls College, a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University, and a M.B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He has been working in education since the 2004-05 school year and has filled different roles in schools in North Carolina and Qingdao, China.

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Melissa Dentel
US Administrative Assistant Southside Christian School

Mrs. Dentel has a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Math and Science from Toccoa Falls College and has seven years of teaching experience.    Mrs. Dentel has a passion for soccer and organization.   She has spent thirteen years coaching soccer both at Clayton Middle School and the International School of Qingdao in China.

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Mrs. Pati Edwards
Upper School Bible, Literature, and Fine Arts Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Pati Edwards received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from East Coast Bible College/Lee University and her teaching certification from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Mrs. Edwards teaches Middle School English and Bible as well as our Upper School Music Instruction.

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Mrs. Mary Evans
Elementary Stem Teacher Southside Christian School
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Mrs. Heather Forster
Elementary School Teacher — Grade 1 Southside Christian School

Heather has a Bachelors degree in Child Development from Meredith College and Masters degree in Early Childhood Studies from Walden University.    She loves to create a fun and nurturing environment for her  students so they can learn and grow to the best of their abilities.   Heather looks forward to meeting the families of SCS and serving with the SCS Team.

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Chris Gatewood
US Teacher Southside Christian School

Mr. Gatewood has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in History from Campbell University.   He has spent the last eleven years teaching individuals with disabilities in the Wake Tech Community College system.   Mr. Gatewood enjoys being part of an environment (Christian school) that places God’s teaching at the forefront of educating our children.   God has opened a new ministry for Mr. Gatewood this year and he is looking forward to serving as a teacher and as a coach with boys soccer and baseball.

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Mrs. Katherine Graver
Kindergarten Teacher Southside Christian School

Katherine Graver loves the Lord and is excited to be teaching again after a few years as a stay at home mom. She graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Her three children are an added blessing to the SCS Warrior family.

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Mr. Cutler Harris
Athletic Director Southside Christian School

I attended Greenville Christian Academy for 13 years where the Lord greatly shaped my life.  After graduating, I attended Southeastern FWB Bible College where I received my under grad with a major in Pastoral Theology.   Some of the most pivotal influences in my life came when I was in my teenage years at my Christian school.  My prayer is that the Lord allows me to be this person for a student at Southside while working with them in athletics.   The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful wife Emily, our son and my little buddy Cooper, and  sweet little baby girl Skyler.   I pray God uses me to be an influence in the future years at SCS.

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Joseph Helm
Upper School Language Arts Teacher Southside Christian School

Mr. Helm holds a B.A. degree in Theater and Vocal Performance and a B.S. degree in Philosophy from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA.   He is a certified educator through the state of MA for communication and literacy grades K-12 and is excited to now be a North Carolinian!   His passion for teaching began in 2005 when he became an ESL tutor to the village of Bassan Caiman in Northern Province of Haiti. Joseph feels extremely blessed that the Lord has brought him to the Southside Christian community!   The love of Christ should be free to everyone and Joseph wants to help spread that love and acceptance.   He loves to sing, laugh, and have enlightened conversations with his students on various topics.

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Mrs. Leah Hess
Elementary School Principal Southside Christian School

Mrs. Leah Hess serves as the Elementary School Principal.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University and her Master of Education from Grand Canyon University.  Mrs. Hess served at her previous school for eight years during which time she was promoted every few years until she began serving as Head of School in 2017.


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Mrs. Camden Keene
Elementary School Teacher — Grade 5 Southside Christian School

Mrs. Camden Keene is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.    Camden’s heartbeat has always been for children- to see them learn academically, but more importantly, to help them grow spiritually.   Mrs. Keene counts it a privilege to be apart of the SCS ministry and looks forward to the influence for the Lord that she will have in the lives of the SCS Elementary students.

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Mrs. Karen Khamis
Elementary School Teacher — Grade 3 Southside Christian School

Mrs. Karen Khamis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Writing Arts and a Master of Education from the State University of New York at Oswego.  Mrs. Khamis has more than a decade of experience in Christian education and teaches 3rd grade at SCS.

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Colleen Krauss
Upper School Social Studies Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Krauss received both her BA in Foreign Language and her MSEd from the State University of New York in Oswego.   She has been in Christian education since 1994, and she has been teaching at Southside Christian School since 2011.   Mrs. Krauss also coaches the SCS swim team, and her husband has coached both boys and girls basketball.  Her son, Daniel, graduated from SCS in 2018 and currently attends Liberty University.   Her daughter works for Liberty University’s Online Academy.

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Mrs. Becky Lambert
Upper School Math Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Rebecca Lambert has a Bachelor of Art in Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Education from Cedarville University.    She brings over 30 years of experience in teaching Math and Science from a Biblical perspective.   She looks forward to fostering a love of learning in her students at Southside Christian School.

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Mr. Ryan Lott
Upper School Math Teacher Southside Christian School

Mr. Lott holds a double bachelor’s degree from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS, in both Mathematics and Biblical Studies, as well as a minor in English. Mr. Lott is currently pursuing his MDiv degree in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He loves to teach others and sees teaching as a position of service for the students’ betterment and Christlike development. He has been married to his wife, Tonya, a fellow seminarian, for 3 years, and he considers this to be God’s greatest measure of grace toward him.

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Mrs. Jennifer McLean
MS Bible Teacher and Support Staff Southside Christian School

Mrs. Jennifer McLean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration from Bob Jones University.    Mrs. McLean enjoys teaching the 6th grade girls Bible class, subbing in our upper school, helping with our learning support program, and helping out wherever needed on the upper school campus.

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Miss Laura Mendoza
Upper School Teacher Southside Christian School

Miss Laura Mendoza holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in History from Champion Christian College. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education through Grand Canyon University and plans to graduate in May 2021. Miss Mendoza has been teaching since 2017 and joined SCS in 2020. She is excited that the Lord has lead her to SCS and is looking forward to building forever relationships with her students.

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Mr. Steven Meyer
Upper School History and Bible Teacher Southside Christian School

Mr. Meyer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Waynesburg University.   He has a passion for teaching history and Bible.    Mr. Meyer’s passion for studying Scripture and applying it to everyday life will help enhance the lives of SCS students and further develop the strong Christian worldview foundation of SCS graduates.

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Mrs. Lauren Morris
Elementary School Teacher — Grade 2 Southside Christian School

Mrs. Lauren Morris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University.   Her love for Christ and her students make her classroom an exciting and welcoming place to learn.   She looks forward to challenging her students spiritually and academically, and serving alongside the teachers and families at SCS.

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Mrs. Courtney Pace
Kindergarten Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Pace holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry with a double minor in Children’s Ministry and History from Piedmont International University. Her love for children and her desire to watch students learn and grow is what makes her classroom a great place to be.

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Mrs. Mandy Pratt
Upper School Language Arts Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Mandy Pratt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Practical Christian Training with a minor in Childcare from Bob Jones University.  Mrs. Pratt also holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Southeastern University. After serving in an administration role with Dr. Patton, Mrs. Pratt joined SCS this past year to teach middle school English, literature, and Bible.

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Mrs. Beth Purdum
Upper School Substitute Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Beth Purdum serves as the Upper School Substitute Teacher and on those days when a substitute is not needed, Beth provides office support in the US Program.

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Mrs. Angie Register
ES PE Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Angie Register has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University.  She has an Associate degree in Nursing from Pitt Community College. She is a nationally Certified Emergency Nurse.  Mrs. Register is currently enrolled at Chamberlain University for her Master’s degree in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She loves children and is currently teaching physical education for the elementary school.

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Mr. Kean Riegel
Upper School Science and Math Teacher Southside Christian School

Mr. Riegel began his undergraduate studies in Astrophysics in Pennsylvania before receiving God’s call to ministry by transferring to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with a minor in Biblical Studies and he plans to complete his Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from SEBTS in December 2019.   He loves both learning and teaching and is excited to join the Southside Warriors family.

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Mrs. Jo Scott
Elementary School Teacher – Kindergarten Southside Christian School

Mrs. Jo Scott received her Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University.  Mrs. Scott’s extensive experience and love for young people make her kindergarten class an engaging place to learn.

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Mrs. Cherie Settle
HR Coordinator and SCS Business Office Southside Christian School

Mrs. Cherie Settle holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Human Resources from the University of Phoenix and made a lateral entry into the field of education.  She gained her teaching certification through ACSI.  As a life-long learner, Mrs. Settle continues to take classes through East Carolina University.  Mrs. Settle moved from the ES Classroom the summer of 2019 to join the SCS Leadership Team and now serves as our Human Resource Coordinator and other areas of support within the SCS Business Office.

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Ms. Tracy Shouse
Elementary School Teacher — Grade 2 Southside Christian School

Ms. Tracy Shouse holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Special Education from East Carolina University.  She has also begun her master’s degree at Old Dominion.  Ms. Shouse’s experience working with children in Christian education makes her 2nd grade classroom and fun learning environment.

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Mrs. Candi Sumner
Teacher Assistant and After-School Care Provider Southside Christian School

Mrs. Sumner has thirteen years experience as a teachers assistant in the state of North Carolina. Her years of experience includes working with children in elementary and high school
and one year in administration, testing, and records. She has her Early Childhood Credentials.

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Mr. Timothy Totten
Elementary School Teacher Southside Christian School

Mr. Totten holds a Bachelor Degree from Liberty University with a major in youth ministry and a minor in music. He served as a youth pastor for 23 years in several churches in Wisconsin and Ohio.  Mr. Totten is a proud veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force.   He loves teaching students and has a passion to see young people succeed both academically and spiritually.

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Miss Melanie Turk
Upper School Science Teacher Southside Christian School

Miss Melanie Turk teaches high school general and honors science courses.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from Purdue University and a Master of Arts in TESOL from the University of South Florida.

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Mrs. Jenny Williams
First Grade Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Jenny Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Meredith College and Master and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Elon University. Mrs. Williams has worked with all ages ranging from children to seniors and is excited to use her knowledge of child development and education in her first grade classroom.

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Mrs. Jessica Wolfe
Elementary School Secretary Southside Christian School

Mrs. Wolfe holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Fairmont State University and has worked in retirement services, executive administration, and process auditing.    She has homeschooled her children and taught in various home school co-ops for fifteen years.   She and her family love music and lead worship at their church every week.

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