Staff Directory

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Mrs. Susan Alonso
Upper 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.  Mrs. Alonso has taught Spanish for the last five years and has recently transitioned from elementary education to high school Spanish.

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Mr. Michael Bell
Chapel Music Leader and Upper School Bible Teacher Southside Christian School

Mr. Michael Bell holds a BA in Philosophy from Slippery Rock University, where he also minored in both Russian and Spanish Languages & Cultures. He is currently completing his Masters of Divinity at Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, NC.

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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 5 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 and a Bachelor in Elementary Education from Liberty University.  She creates a loving, nurturing environment in her first grade classroom.

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

Ginny Brown serves as the Art Teacher for the elementary and upper school.  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. Daranda Crews
Elementary School Teacher – Grade 4 Southside Christian School

Mrs. Daranda Crews holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. Mrs. Crews has been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years and a homeschooling mom for the past 6 years. She delights in helping children grow, both spiritually and academically.  Mrs. Crews is excited to join the SCS family as a fourth grade teacher this year!

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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
Director of Strategic Program Advancement 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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Mrs. Melissa Dentel
Upper School 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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Mr. Jimmy Doyle
Elementary School Teacher – Physical Education Southside Christian School

Mr. Doyle attended Liberty University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Since graduating, he has been working as a real estate agent where he continues to work serving his clients. His passion is serving and considers it an honor to be able to teach students about God and His character. Mr. Doyle lives in Clayton with his wife, Brittany, and their three kids!

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Mrs. Heather Forster
Elementary School Teacher – Kindergarten Southside Christian School

Mrs. Forster 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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Mrs. Megan Gainer
Elementary School Teacher – Grade 5 Southside Christian School

Mrs. Megan Gainer recently moved to the area from the mountains of North Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte. Mrs. Gainer worked for nine years in public school systems in North Carolina before coming to SCS. Her love for the Lord, children, and education is what brought her to Southside Christian School.

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Mr. Chris Gatewood
Upper School History 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. Jessica George
Elementary School Teacher – Grade 4 Southside Christian School

Mrs. Jessica George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College. She has a passion to teach children to love Jesus and holds Psalm 43:11 as her priority when teaching in the classroom. Mrs. George is thrilled to be able to teach with Southside and invest in future generations.

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Mrs. Katherine Graver
Elementary School Teacher – Grade 1 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. She is excited to be a part of the Southside team.

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Mrs. Stephanie Haithcock
Elementary School – Beforecare Provider Southside Christian School

Mrs. Stephanie Haithcock is proud to serve and support SCS and the families who want to help their children know, love and serve Jesus as Savior.  She is thankful for the solid Christian education provided to her son and all the kids attending SCS.  Mrs. Haithcock received her BA in Liberal Studies from Westfield State College in MA, with concentrations in English, Psychology and Business.  She has served in many facets of children’s ministry at her church throughout the years.

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Mr. Cutler Harris
Athletic Director Southside Christian School

Mr. Harris attended Greenville Christian Academy for 13 years where the Lord greatly shaped his life.  After graduating, he attended Southeastern FWB Bible College and majored in Pastoral Theology.   Some of the most pivotal influences in Mr. Harris’ life came in his teenage years at his Christian school.  His prayer is that the Lord allows him to be this person for a student at Southside while working with them in athletics.   The Lord has blessed him with a beautiful wife Emily, their son and little buddy Cooper, and sweet little baby girl Skyler.  Mr. Harris prays God uses him to be an influence in the future years at SCS.

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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. Emily Holley
Administrative Assistant Southside Christian School

Mrs. Holley has a BS in Science Education and a BA in chemistry from East Carolina University. She has taught in high school and church preschool settings and was a preschool director for 8 years. Mrs. Holley loves the Lord and helping others in their work.

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Mrs. Camden Keene
Elementary School Teacher – Grade 3 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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Mrs. 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 has coached the 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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Mrs. Sherry Lattin
Elementary School Teacher – Music and STEM Southside Christian School

Mrs. Sherry Lattin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music degrees in music history and violin performance from Bowling Green State University.  Her teaching experiences include elementary and high school ensembles, private lessons, and AP Music Theory. Mrs. Lattin is excited to share her love of music and the Lord with the students at Southside.

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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. Called by God to serve the local church faithfully, Mr. Lott is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity degree in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He loves to teach others, understanding teaching to be a lowly position of service for the students’ betterment and Christlike development. Mr. Lott is a current student of both mathematics and Biblical Greek, desiring to pursue his Ph. D. in Greek and New Testament studies. He has been married to his beautiful 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. Cindy Love
Business Manager Southside Christian School

Mrs. Love holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from N.C. State University. She has 20 years of accounting experience in various for profit and nonprofit organizations.

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Mrs. Jennifer McLean
Upper School Language Arts Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Jennifer McLean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration from Bob Jones University.  Mrs. McLean enjoys reading and is excited to share that joy with her middle school students. She has two sons that have graduated from SCS and now attend BJU and a daughter who is a senior at SCS.

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Ms. Laura Mendoza
Upper School Math, History, Computer, PE 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 Masters Degree in Secondary
Education through Grand Canyon University and plans to graduate in May 2021. Miss Mendoza
has been teaching since 2017. She is excited that the Lord has opened up the doors at SCS and is looking forward to building forever relationships with her students!

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Mr. Steven Meyer
Upper School Bible and Personal Finance 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 helps 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. 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. Mrs. Pratt teaches middle school English, literature, and Bible.

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Mrs. Laurie Price
Before School Care and Elementary Office Assistant Southside Christian School

Mrs. Price holds a business degree from Taylor University in Indiana.  Her experience includes work in school offices at Wake County Public Schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  Mrs. Price recently became a Grammy and loves having her grandsons nearby.  She is excited to begin a new chapter at Southside Christian School and looks forward to sharing Christ’s joy with the staff, students and parents.

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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, she provides office support in the US Program.

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Mr. Kean Riegel
Upper School Science 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 a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jen, are foster parents and strive to share God’s love with children and young adults. He thrives on both learning and teaching through a Biblical worldview and cherishes interacting with and equipping the student body at SCS as a science teacher.

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Mrs. Linda Rockafellow
Upper School Language Arts Teacher Southside Christian School

Mrs. Rockafellow received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She has been blessed to work in Christian schools for over 25 years. Mrs. Rockafellow has taught most grade levels from kindergarten through 12th grade. Her joy for teaching helps to foster a love for learning within her students, and she is excited to join the Warriors!

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Mr. Tim Rockafellow
Upper School Principal Southside Christian School

Mr. Tim Rockafellow received his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Kings College and obtained his Master of Education degree from Columbia International University. He has been serving faithfully in Christian education throughout his career as teacher and coach (18 years) and as a school administer for the past 22 years. Mr. Rockafellow is eager to see all that God has in store for SCS.

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Mrs. Jo Scott
Elementary School Teacher – Grade 1 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 Administrator and Business Office Support 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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Mrs. Jennifer Smith
Elementary School Teacher – K4 Southside Christian School
Mrs. Smith has her early childhood credentials, as well as over 20 years of experience in early childhood education. She encourages a fun and interactive learning environment, weaving a biblical worldview into every lesson. She feels honored to be a part of the Southside family and loves to help children grow academically as well as spiritually.
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Ms. Candi Sumner
Elementary School – Support Help and Aftercare Provider Southside Christian School

Mrs. Sumner has thirteen years of experience as a teacher’s assistant in the state of North Carolina. Her years of experience include 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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Miss Melanie Turk
Upper School Science Teacher Southside Christian School

Miss Turk has been an educator for more than 20 years and at SCS for more than 7 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from Purdue University and a Master of Arts in TESOL from the University of South Florida.  She enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking. She also enjoys reading and making delicious desserts. Her desire in her classes is for the students to know more of who God is through the study of His creation and for her students to love Him more and more each day!

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Mrs. Jenny Williams
Elementary School Teacher – Learning Support 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 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 four children and taught in various home school co-ops for fifteen years.   She has been at SCS since 2019 and loves the families here!