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.
Matt Fuller is our Interim Principal and has been with New City Christian School since 2010 where he taught first grade before teaching fourth grade. He attended Western Carolina University completing his B.S. in Outdoor Leadership. Mr. Fuller started teaching outdoor education to elementary age to high school age students in 2004. In June, 2017 he stepped into the role of Interim Principal.
Mr. Fuller enjoys challenging himself in different ways from participating in Obstacle Course Racing to finding new vocabulary words. He takes the attitude of trying different challenges and applies it to the students at New City. "I like when a child has that “Aha” moment where everything clicks and they understand the problem. Learning is a process and can be a struggle. Our students at New City are more than capable of facing these challenges of learning and succeed."
Alicia Jenkins is our Administrative Assistant. 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 Communications and Operations. 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 is 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.
Mandie Pinter taught second grade from 2010-2017 and moved to first grade in August2017. 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.
Marianna Loftis teaches second grade. She graduated from University on North Carolina at Asheville with B. A. in Arts in Psychology and K-6 teaching license. She speaks fluent Russian and Ukrainian. She loves to spend time with her family, read, listen to podcasts and explore God’s creation outside. Her favorite part about teaching is watching her students have fun while learning. Ms. Loftis is inspired by her favorite quote: “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling.” -A. Toplady. Ms. Loftis lives in Asheville with her husband, Kyle, and their four-year-old son.
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.
Kerry McNeill teaches fourth grade at New City. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 96’. She spent several years in Banking and Finance where she built a successful financial planning practice helping her clients achieve their financial dreams and feel confident about their financial future. Even in the financial world, Kerry loved and enjoyed the teaching aspect of her job with her clients. Being a mom of 4 children inspires her love for all children, which was a catalyst for her to go back to school to obtain her teaching certificate from Appalachian State University. She loves working with students and watching them grow in knowledge and confidence and having the privilege of being apart of their character development. Kerry holds dear spending time with her children, family, friends and her church family. She loves studying the Bible and is known for always being up for an adventure…. especially if it relates to the great outdoors.
Andy Buckwalter joined our faculty as the first grade teacher in 2011 and transitioned to 5th grade in 2017. 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. 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!
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.