Elementary Faculty

Pam Sheeley : Piano, Elementary Music, Music Appreciation

Pam Sheeley

Piano, Elementary Music, Music Appreciation

Mrs. Pam Sheeley is teaching in the music department at Northside Christian School.  She is originally from Lafayette, Georgia.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Christian School Music Education from Tennessee Temple University.  Pam was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and was led to the Lord by her mother at age eleven.  While in college the Lord directed her to study music and to serve Him in Christian education.  Pam is married to Henry and they have two daughters, Allison and Faith.  Allison is married and lives in Greenville, SC.  Faith is a sophomore at Bob Jones University.   Mrs. Sheeley has twenty-six years of teaching experience in Christian education.

Dr. Dave Shaleen : Bands, Music, and Choirs

Dr. Dave Shaleen

Bands, Music, and Choirs

Hometown: Detroit Lakes, MN

 Educational Level: Bachelors in Music and Bible – Pillsbury Baptist Bible College

Masters on Church Music – Bob Jones University; Doctorate in Ministry – Northland International University.

Salvation / Call to the Ministry: Dave Shaleen was saved at the age of 14 and was called to the ministry through the teen years and then the call was refined in the collegiate years with a focus on studying to be a church musician.

Unique: He grew up in Northern Minnesota where deer hunting and snowmobiling were constant activities in his life. Dave likes popcorn, cheese, and Mt. Dew for a Sunday after church snack.

Jodi Shaleen : Handbells, Music, Private Lessons

Jodi Shaleen

Handbells, Music, Private Lessons

Jodi Shaleen was born in Decatur, IL but spent most of her early years in Burlington,WI. After graduating from a Christian High School, she went to Maranatha Baptist University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with piano as her proficiency and organ as her minor.

Jodi was raised in a Christian home and became saved at the age of 11. She desired to serve the Lord wherever He called, but really wanted to be a piano teacher since her first year of lessons at the age of 9. She enjoys teaching private lessons, leading the elementary choir, and directing the handbells at NCS!

Jodi is married to Dr. Dave Shaleen, the music director at NBC, and she has three girls who are Kali (20), Emily (18) and Lindsay (16).

Tracy Rocha : Resource Lab

Tracy Rocha

Resource Lab

Kim Haymaker : 1st Grade

Kim Haymaker

1st Grade

Kim has taught at Northside for 30 years. She graduated from Appalachian Bible College in West Virginia.

She was saved at the age of 9 during Vacation Bible School. She has two sons, Lance and Logan, a daughter-in-law Rebecca, and one granddaughter, Colbie. She loves to shop and find great bargains, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her granddaughter.

Her life verse is Psalm 19:14 which says, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Elizabeth Woodward : 2nd Grade

Elizabeth Woodward

2nd Grade

Elizabeth grew up in Pittsburgh, PA.  She was saved in her junior high years at a christian camp.  Elizabeth graduated with a bachelor's degree from Clarion University with a dual major in Special Education and Elementary Education.  She taught Special Education in West Virginia for several years before marrying her husband Marvin.  

Marvin is an assistant manager at Food Lion.  They have three grown children, all graduates of Northside Christian School. They enjoy face time with their two grandchildren.  

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys free time activities such as crafting, cooking, sewing and working on family genealogy.

A Bible verse that has greatly impacted her life in Galatians 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me."

Rachel Thomas : 3rd Grade

Rachel Thomas

3rd Grade

Rachel Thomas was born into a missionary family in Argentina.  She is one of 5 children.  When she was 22 months old, her family returned to the United States and settled among family on James Island, SC.  She graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1981.  She is certified with  SCACS and the SC Department of Education.  She has taken graduate courses from the Citadel, Limestone College, and Adams State University.

She accepted Christ as her Savior when she was 7 years old and got reassurance of her salvation at 12. Later, she felt called to go into full time Christin service.  She is a member of Northside Baptist Church where Pastor Sibert prayed that she would become a teacher in Northside Christian School. Upon graduation, she began teaching at Northside in 1981.

She married Tommy Thomas in 1983.  They attended the same elementary school, middle school, and high school on James Island.  She went off to BJU, and Tommy went into the City of Charleston Fire Department. In 1987, they adopted their son.  Their granddaughter will be in K4 at Northside this year.

She loves to read, do crochet, learn about history, and spend time with her granddaughter.

Cindy Lynch : 4th Grade

Cindy Lynch

4th Grade

Cindy Lynch is from Charleston, SC. She received a B.S. from Bob Jones University and a Masters of Education from the Citadel. She was saved at 6 years old during a church service and has always had a strong desire to teach. In college the Lord led Cindy to teach in a Christian school.

She is married to Richard Lynch, who is a retired civil engineer. She has two adult children (Jennifer Hirschler and Jonathan Lynch) and a grandson (Luke Hirschler). Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, and playing with her grandson.

Cheri Minahan : 5th Grade

Cheri Minahan

5th Grade

Mrs. Minahan has been teaching at Northside for 18 years.

She earned her  BS degree in interdisciplinary studies focusing in education and psychology  from Liberty University. She is currently working toward her Masters degree in Education.

Cheri Minahan grew up in Charleston as a pastor’s daughter and committed her life to Jesus Christ at the age of fifteen. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Junior church throughout her teen years and believed that God had gifted her in that area, so she pursued this call to education throughout her adult life.

Mrs. Minahan was married to the late Matthew Minahan, a dedicated servant of God and country.

Together they have four children and six grandchildren scattered around the country in various avenues of work and ministry.

Mrs. Minahan has a passion for education that emphasizes a Christian worldview and loves to read, play the piano and sing. She especially desires to never stop learning and strives to instill the same passion in her students.

Cora Applin : 6th Grade

Cora Applin

6th Grade

Cora has been teaching for 14 years. For the last two years, she has taught in the elementary at NCS. She has her  BS in Sociology from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.

Cora is married and has three grown children. When she is not teaching, she enjoys helping her husband, who is the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Charleston Southern University. She also has assisted the Northside Varsity Volleyball team with her deep knowledge of athletics.

Cora's life verse is Colossians 3:23 - And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.

Abby Phillips : Private Lessons, Accompanying

Abby Phillips

Private Lessons, Accompanying

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