Our Staff & Board
His responsibilities at NCCS 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.
Matt Fuller is our 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 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." Email Matt at email@example.com.
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". Email Alicia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Email Ashley at email@example.com.
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 August 2017. 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.
Mary Anna Belz teaches second grade. Bio coming soon!
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.
New City Christian School, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is incorporated with the state of North Carolina. Below you will find information about our board members.
Cathy has a Master's degree in parent/child nursing. Before moving to Asheville she developed and taught an abstinence-based puberty education program still widely used in Cincinnati City Schools. Cathy is married to Dr. Jeff Heck, a family physician and CEO of MAHEC. They have five children. Cathy is also a facilitator for the Building Bridges program.
Rev. Brewster is the pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and was a key leader in allowing New City to be started at Tabernacle. He is married to Brenda and they have four children. He is affectionately known as "Red Rooster" by our younger students who have trouble saying Reverend Brewster.
Edward has an MSEE and owns an engineering firm in Asheville, NC that specializes in product development for the semiconductor and petro-chemical industries. He is married and has two children who currently attend UNC Chapel Hill and TC Roberson High School.
Coral is the founder of New City. She has a Masters degree in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health. She has served on a task force for the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. She is married to Dr. Brentley D. Jeffries and has four grown children.
Mary has lived in Asheville for 19 years with her husband, Dr. Duncan Dorris. They have 5 children. She has a B.A. in History from the University of Georgia and is a certified Academic Language Practitioner. She has home-schooled her children for the last 18 years and tutored children with language- based learning difficulties. Mary and her family have been volunteers at New City for several years. She is excited about the mission of instilling knowledge, confidence and hope in the students served by the school.
Robyn has a BA in Middle Grades Education with an emphasis on Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Before moving to Asheville, she taught for three years in the DeKalb County School System in Atlanta as a Math and Science teacher for 5th and 6th graders. Robyn also taught in the High Point School System for an additional three years as a Math and Science teacher for 6th graders. Robyn has four children who she has home-schooled for a total of twenty years with her husband Faison.
Veech has recently retired to the Asheville area after working his entire career in consumer packaged product companies focusing on international business management and strategic marketing. He has an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to Fran Johnson Li and now lives in Hendersonville, NC. In retirement, Veech has become involved in several Christ-focused ministries including Serge (formerly World Harvest Missions), Kairos Prison Ministry and Grace Community Church.
Carol is a retired business owner and is active in the community. She serves on the boards of Asheville Community Theatre and Grove Park Sunset Mountain Neighborhood Association. She was instrumental in starting a woman's golf league in Asheville. Carol and her husband Gary share a passion for golf and New City and enthusiastically co-chair New City's Annual Golf Tournament.
Mary is co-owner of Underground Fitness, a high intensity interval training (HIIT) gym in Asheville, NC. Prior to opening Underground Fitness Mary was the Director of Homeless Services for ABCCM. Mary has a BS in Accounting and Management from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from RIT. Prior to joining ABCCM she worked turnarounds for various manufacturing companies, and retired from a fortune 500 Company headquartered in Charlotte. Mary has a passion to help people improve their lives. She lives in Fletcher, NC with her husband Joe. She has two daughters who also live in the Asheville area.
We would like to thank Dianne McGlen for her faithful service to New City Christian School as our first Board Chair and for believing in the mission of New City from the beginning. She now resides in Greensboro, NC.
We also want to thank Randall Richardson, Dr. Brentley D. Jeffries, Sharon West, David Key, Portia White, Renee Brooks, Cassandra Wells, John Wood, Stanley Riordan, Laurel McClure, Bruce Goforth and Dr. John Grant for their past service on the board.