Derrick B. Lockwood, our Head of School, has over 30 years of experience in education and educational leadership. He has served as the principal and most recently the Dean of Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA), a highly regarded preK-8th grade school in Atlanta, Georgia. Derrick is a committed Christian, husband, and father. He is married to Crystal E. Lockwood and has 2 children.
Derrick has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and has experience in both public and private school settings prior to leading at AYA. He has been a teacher at the high school and middle school levels, primarily in the area of history but he has also taught classes on race relations and Biblical studies. He was honored as Teacher of the Year in Dekalb County in 1991. He was a prestigious Fisher Fellow through the nationally known KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program).
In addition to his experience in education, Derrick is also an ordained minister of the gospel. Derrick’s enthusiasm for Christ, for education, and for student leadership is evident to all.
Terry Wilken was recently welcomed to the team at New City Christian School (NCCS) as our first full time Executive Director. Last year he completed 40 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) directing events for all three Graham evangelists. His work assignments have taken him and his family all over the world traveling 4 1/2 million air miles and 19 moves. Mary is his wife of 44 years and they have three grown sons and two grandsons. Terry comes to us with strong organizational skills as well as a love for team building and mentoring.
His responsibilities at NCCS will focus on building relationships with churches, businesses and individuals to support the ongoing work of the school and to expand the existing donor base. He will also guide the planning process as we seek to add 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the coming years.
Becoming a part of the NCCS Team is an answer to prayer for Terry as it provides a great opportunity to use his gifts and vast experience to help this Christian school to grow and accomplish it's vision and goals for the future.
Alicia Jenkins is the assistant to our Head of School. Mrs. Jenkins moved to Arden, NC from Columbus, GA in 2014. Working as office manager at Project Rebound for foster children, her passion for children and health helped her to served as fitness manager and certified fitness trainer at CJ FITS Inc, after-school community centers, and outreach programs. She served as Chapter coordinator in Youth and College division in NAACP Columbus, GA Chapter. Mrs. Jenkins is a mother and grandmother. She has a spiritual passion and responsibility for developing children's strength through love and actions. Her foundational scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:7 "Walk by faith not by sight".
Ashley Bond is our Director of Operations & Communications. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Auburn University and holds a B.A. in Public Relations. Ms. Bond was drawn to New City because she saw great potential in the school’s ability to break down socio-economic and racial barriers for future generations. She has invested heavily in the school community both as our former kindergarten teacher and as a community spokesperson. Ms. Bond is excited to work with individual and community donors to build a network of friends that love and support New City.
Courtney Lotz has been our Kindergarten teacher since 2015. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012 with B.S. in Infant to Adolescent Development. She became a certified Child Life Specialist in 2014. She has previously worked with children and families in various settings across the globe. Mrs. Lotz is thrilled to be working in an environment where she can provide her students with a hope bigger than themselves.
Andy Buckwalter joined our faculty as the first grade teacher in 2011. Born in Scotland and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he found his way to Taylor University in Indiana where he obtained his degree in elementary education. Mr. Buckwalter arrived in Asheville in 2011 and has taught our first grade ever since. He was drawn to New City because it emphasized a team approach to serve the city. He says, “Being on a team made up of students, teachers, staff, parents, volunteers, and donors – knowing we all have the same goal of success in the lives of these student – is such a powerful aspect of this school. Every day we come to school knowing we are all in it together.” Mr. Buckwalter also has the high distinction among the students of using the best voices during reading time!
Mandie Pinter has been our second grade teacher since 2010. She graduated from Elon University with a B. A. in History and three years Elementary Education experience. Since graduating she has worked with youth at Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and Trinity Presbyterian Church. It is her dream come true to be teaching at a school like New City Christian. She says, “I love being able to maximize my creativity as a teacher and seeing how that translates to student engagement and excitement in the learning topic.” Mrs. Pinter loves those moments in the classroom and out of the classroom when she overhears students talking about concepts they have learned in school.
Tonya Johnson has taught at New City since its founding in 2006. Mrs. Johnson is a graduate of Auburn University and has specialized training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction. She has also been a tutor at the Hillcrest Enrichment Center, KIPP, Asheville Youth Academy and New City Christian School tutoring services. In the summer of 2010 she was an instructor with the Asheville Augustine Project through the Literacy Council. Ms. Johnson found herself at New City following “a plea to God to make a difference.” She believes prayer is a powerful tool in nurturing lives. She is passionate about cultivating a true joy of learning in the life of each student who enters her classroom.
Matt Fuller has taught at New City since 2010. He graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management. Mr. Fuller also taught environmental education for two years with the YMCA of Greenville. Mr. Fuller loves how the environment at New City opens up more opportunities for hands-on learning. He enjoys the “Ah-ha, I got it!” moment that kids have after struggling with a difficult problem. Relational investments at New City are key to igniting success. He says, “I’ve always enjoyed the small classroom size. Knowing your students on a deeper level allows you to see their full potential. I love to challenge my students and show them that they can do it!”
Darnell Bailey has taught 5th grade at New City since 2012. Mr. Bailey has been passionate about education and art since childhood. At Kutztown University, he studied art education, art history and fine arts and subsequently received a B.S. in Art Education. Previously, he taught art and other subjects for the YMCA and other local recreation centers. Recognizing the unique needs of individual students and classes, Mr. Bailey is excited to be at New City because the smaller environment allows him to adapt his methods to meet the needs of the students.
Portia Cauthen White is New City's Academic Coordinator. Portia has B.A. in Literature & Education from Wheaton College (IL) and has spent the entirety of her adult life in teaching and education. She claims her job at New City is her "dream job" and the "opportunity of a lifetime."
Gerard Freeman is our music teacher. Gerard felt the calling of God to minister to children and youth when he was a small child. At a youth camp, right after his high school graduation, he was compelled to yield his life to Christ. Since that time he has served as an evangelist, worship leader, youth pastor, song/recording artist and music instructor. He is also an author of numerous plays, songs and other creative works and has ministered in many states and other countries. Gerard holds several degrees from S.D. Bishop State Jr. College, Liberty Bible College and St. Michael’s Seminary. He and his wife Ingrid have three children.
Linda Newton is the art teacher at New City. She heard about the school on a radio program and learned they were seeking an art teacher. She visited New City and was impressed with what the school is trying to accomplish and wanted to be part of the team. Linda has a degree in Elementary Art Education from the University of Maryland and has taught numerous women's Bible studies and couples classes.