Elementary Faculty

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 had been teaching Second Grade at Northside Christian School for 20 years. She graduated from Clarion University with a dual major in Special Education and Elementary Education. She taught Special Education for several years in West Virginia. Her family moved here from Pittsburgh, PA 21 years ago and she started teaching at Northside the next year.

Her husband Marvin works for Wal Mart.  Their three children are all graduates of Northside Christian School.   She realized her need for salvation at a Christian camp.

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

A Bible verse that has greatly impacted her life is 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 of the Son of God who loved me,  and gave himself for me.

Rachel Thomas : 3rd Grade

Rachel Thomas

3rd Grade

Mrs. Rachel Thomas has been teaching at NCS for 30 years.  She graduated from BJU in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a minor in English.  Her parents were missionaries to Argentina where she was born.  She grew up on James Island, SC where she attended school.  As an 8 year old, she received Christ as her Savior. At 12 she dedicated her life to full time Christian service.  In 1983, she married Tommy Thomas, then, a captain in the City of Charleston Fire Department.  They live in James Island near where they were both raised.  Her husband, Tommy, a retired Battalion Chief, works with her as Custodial coordinator and building maintenance.  They have one son, Jake, and one granddaughter, Cecilia Sunshine..

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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