Faculty

It is no secret that the faculty of NHCS is what makes the institution great, but brief biographies could not possibly capture the caliber of the teachers in our employ. Therefore, we encourage prospective families to setup appointments to meet our teachers or to observe classes.

Dana Birkhead, who teaches first grade, is in her thirteenth year of teaching at NHCS. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia.  She is certified to teach in grades K-5. Mrs. Birkhead is passionate about the study and implementation of creative teaching methodologies.  Her and her husband, Paul Birkhead have a daughter at Catawba College and a son at North Hills.

Susan Colosanti, the third-grade teacher, is in her forty-seventh year of teaching. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in elementary education from Gardner-Webb College. She is certified to teach grades K-6. In 2010-2011, she was a recipient of the VFW District 12 Citizenship Education Teacher of the year. She offers tremendous longevity in education, and she is as fresh and teachable as the day she began. She remains well-loved by her students and their families.

Leslie Hunsucker,  who teaches fifth grade is in her fourteenth year of teaching at NHCS.  She attended North Hills for most of her K-12 years. She earned her Bachelor of Elementary Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is certified to teach in grades K-6.  Mrs. Hunsucker  has taught for twenty one years. Mrs. Hunsucker holds high standards that prepare students for middle school, but she couches those standards in love and tenderness.

Kay Paul earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and economics from Meredith College.  She also holds a Master of Education degree with a concentration in curriculum and instruction from American Continental University.  Mrs. Paul joined the NHCS faculty in 2011 after teaching for three years prior in another local private school.  Before joining the faculty, Mrs. Paul was a North Hills parent, and then a board member for three years.   She has been teaching English in various settings - first as tutor, then as home school mom, and then in a school - since she graduated from college.Her daughter, Katherine, graduated in the NHCS class of 2013.

Constance McGrail has taught for 12 years.  She holds dual certifications from ACSI and the state of NC in the area of mathematics. Mrs. McGrail earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She came to NHCS in 2010 and quickly proved to be a tremendous asset. She holds the bar high and cheerfully helps students meet her expectations. She teaches high school mathematics.

Doris Plummer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education with a concentration in psychology from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She has been teaching over thirty-five years, with experience in all grades as well as experience in school administration.  Mrs. Plummer serves as the school's Director of AIM, a program that serves gifted, special needs, learning disabled, and struggling students. She has received ample additional training through Summit ministries and in special education. She was named woman of the year by Franklin-Ellis Lion's Club in 2007.Her sons, Jon and Josh, are NHCS alumni from the classes of 2005 and 2007

Shanon Vickers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Piedmont International University.  She has more than a decade of teaching experience in grades 4 - 10.    Miss Vickers currently teaches middle school history and serves as lead teacher for the middle school.   

Mark Kreiss teaches high school social studies and holds a bachelor's of arts in Social Science with an emphasis in Latin American history. He is originally from Galena, IL, and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University.  Mr. Kreiss has five years of teaching experience, including one-year teaching abroad in South Korea. He is a firm believer in the value of hard work and the exploration of history which reveals life's greatest lessons. 

Jodi Hunt who teaches kindergarten is in her third year at North Hills.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Kentucky Christian University.  Jodi has 4 children; 3 attend North Hills and her oldest graduated from North Hills in 2016. She has been teaching in Christian education for 22 years, and she loves to teach children to read and write and to truly love learning.                                                                                                                                                                             

At first, Diana Young taught herself Latin in order to teach her two homeschooled children.   This led to her opening a cottage school to teach Elementary Latin to other homeschool children and then onto a large academic cooperative where she taught both elementary and beginning high school Latin.  Combined, she has over 10 years’ experience in teaching the subject and loves the challenge, FUN, and benefits that come from tackling the language.  It is her passion to create a love for Latin in the elementary years and set a solid foundation for mastery of the subject.  She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English from Liberty University.                                                    

Stacey Teague, our second-grade instructor, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in science from East Carolina University. She just finished teaching her third year at NHCS, but previously taught for seven years in public schools as well as four years as a GED Instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.  She has very high expectations and is dedicated to each of her students.  Mrs. Teague has 4 of her own children who attend the elementary, middle, and high school at NHCS.

Susan Wilson the music and elementary through high school chorus instructor has been at North Hills since 2013.  With a bachelor's degree in sacred music and performance from Appalachian State University, she has over 20 years' experience in teaching voice, piano, and music theory.   Drawing from diverse musical styles from classical to contemporary, jazz and Broadway, Mrs. Wilson delights in creating a culturally rich musical experience for our students. In true classical tradition, she demonstrates how music touches not only the soul but other subjects and every era of history. North Hills students gain confidence and appreciate God's marvelous gift of music through Mrs. Wilson's energetic, creative and  passionate instruction.

Beverly Anderson, who teaches middle school language arts, is in her sixth year of teaching at NHCS. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from High Point University and her Masters Degree in elementary education from Catawba College.  She holds dual certifications from ACSI and the state of NC. She is certified to teach in grades K-8. Mrs. Anderson is passionate about teaching language arts to middle school students.  She has four adult children and two grandsons.

Eric West is beginning his 7th year at North Hills as the physical education instructor. Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, with a minor in K-12 Special Subjects, from Catawba College. He is very energetic and is often interacting with students in the games himself. He hopes to help students appreciate their physical capabilities, as well as improve upon these, as an image-bearer of Christ.

Matthew Weaver is the Upper School Principal. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Leadership through Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in Linguistics and French. In his spare time, Mr. Weaver enjoys  about , patronizing coffee shops, reading, and playing music! 

Cher Shue, Junior Kindergarten instructor, is a graduate of NHCS. She has been involved with NHCS for nearly most of her life. Her mother, former retired teacher from NHCS, believed in Christian education. Mrs. Cher attended NHCS from Preschool through 12th grade. She earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from RCCC. She is in her sixteenth year of teaching at NHCS and her twenty-fourth year in Early Childhood Education. She has two children, a son who has graduated from NHCS in 2012 and a daughter who is a senior at NHCS. She loves teaching and believes that a Christian education is so valuable in training our children for the future.

Shameka Smith is beginning her 1st year as a 5th-grade teacher at North Hills. She obtained a BA in Elementary Education from NC Central University and is a certified K-6 NC Educator. She also received a MA in Religion from Liberty University. “It gives me joy to have a career where I can freely talk about God, and share my love for teaching.”  After working with adults for a number of years with the state and with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, she is finally able to return to where her passion lies. Shameka is the parent of two NHCS students, one 6th grader and one Pre-K child, as well as a two-year-old. She and her husband are a songwriter/producer team, making music about Christ and life situations. 

Michael Templeton is the Upper School Guidance Counselor. He also teaches High School Spanish and Bible. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and French from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and he holds a Master of Arts in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the NHCS faculty in 2016 after teaching ESL and Anglophone Literature in France. He is very excited about helping students discover the path that God has for them at North Hills and beyond. He also enjoys traveling, fitness and learning new languages. 

Kathy Sanders, Middle School Math Instructor has been known as Ms. Kathy, Nana, Mom, Kathy, and Mrs. Sanders.  She is married to the greatest man, Lynn Sanders, and has celebrated 37 years of marriage with him.  They are the parents of three wonderful daughters, who now have their own families, and the proud grandparents of Grady, Presleigh, and Ava.  She earned her  bachelor’s degree from Piedmont International University and received her Principal’s license from the University of Fresno.  She has taught school for many years in 6 different schools, in NC. and Virginia. She has completed 24 years at Wayne Christian School in Goldsboro, NC, as a middle school math teacher and 14 years as Elementary Principal.  God is so faithful as he has provided an opportunity for her and her  husband  to live closer to all three of their daughters for the first time ever.  She comes to North Hills Christian hoping to be a blessing to all and to receive a blessing from the great school and staff. 

Alicia Carpenter earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science from Western Carolina University. She has taught high school and Pre-K over the last two years. Mrs. Carpenter is joining North Hills to teach middle school science, Bible, and logics. She is passionate about teaching and helping students realize their potential.

Christy Wilson,fourth-grade instructor, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts with a minor in English from Catawba College. She holds a graduate certificate in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with licensure in K-6. Mrs. Wilson was previously the Title One reading tutor at China Grove Elementary School and is a member of First United Methodist Church in China Grove. Married to Jason Wilson, they have two daughters, Sydney and Ivey, who attend NHCS.

Aimee Rabon, our new AIM staff, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health from Clemson University. She holds licensure in Exceptional Children grades k-12, Cross Categorical.  She has taught a total of fifteen years. Eleven of her years were spent at Erwin Middle School in Rockwell. She spent the last year in sixth grade at Erwin Middle School , Exceptional Children’s Department. She is  a member of Life Church in Salisbury .Married To Shane Rabon, They have one son, Triston, who attends NHCS.

Kristie Wooten, a member of the North Hills Bible Department, teaches Middle School Bible and also coordinates Chapel activities for the Lower School.  Mrs. Wooten earned a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Thomas University in her hometown of Thomasville, GA.  She also holds Life Coach and Chaplain certificates from Abundant Life Ministries.  In addition, she has 20 years' experience leading, developing curricula, and training volunteers for children's Bible Classes in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.  Following 3 years teaching in public school classrooms, Mrs. Wooten home schooled her three children, who are now students at North Hills, and she spent 6 years in leadership with a nationally-recognized Classical Christian home schooling organization.  Mrs. Wooten, her husband JC, and their daughter and sons, attend the Salisbury campus of The Refuge.

Mrs. Rollins earned her Bachelor of Science degree and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  As the Spiritual Life Director, she is responsible to oversee the spiritual health of our staff, faculty, students and families.  Her responsibilities also include overseeing our weekly chapel programs and leading our Bible faculty. "I LOVE my job!  The Chancellor of my university would address us every Wednesday in chapel by saying 'Good Morning, Young Champions,' and it breathed belief in us every time he said it.  I now get the privilege of doing the same thing every day for the 'Young Champions' of North Hills.  It is an honor to serve the Lord by shaping the hearts and minds of the next generation."

Angela Galloway is one of our fourth-grade instructors, earned her Associate's in Early Childhood Education and her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pfeiffer University. She just finished teaching her second year at NHCS, but previously taught for 3 years in public schools.  She has high expectations, but bookends those expectations in grace and love.  Mrs. Galloway has 3 of her own children who attend the elementary, middle, and high school at NHCS.

Natalie Jester is beginning her first year as the lower school art teacher at North Hills Christian School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Wake Forrest University and has since been a full time artist and part time educator. She is excited to combine her love of artistic expression with a passion for the beauty in Gods design and creation. She hopes to foster introspection, creativity, inspiration, and excitement about classical concepts through the glue of art history.