Our Staff & Board
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Graham is our Administrative Assistant. Mrs. Graham has worked in the public sector of education for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to New City. Before working in the school system, Mrs. Graham worked as a Relief Case Manager for victims of domestic violence. She also worked with homeless female veterans and single mothers. She earned her Bachelors in Social Work from Mars Hill University and Associates in Interpreter Education from Blue Ridge College. Email Kim at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Smith became our Kindergarten teacher in 2018. Barbara was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. She has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education working at a family-owned childcare center for the last 24 years as a preschool teacher. Barbara is passionate about preparing children for kindergarten through structure, fun and the love of God. Her teaching style utilizes real life experiences through play. Barbara's desire is to reach each child where they are and help them reach their full potential.
Erica Leeds recently moved to Asheville with her husband. She is a graduate of both North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and of Liberty University with a M.A. in Christian Ministry. On the weekends, you can find her either hiking or eating ice cream. She is passionate about serving the youth and children of her community. Erica is thankful that God is allowing her to be a part of the ministry here at New City.
Marianna Loftis teachers second grade. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Marianna loves being a part of New City Christian School because it offers students a way to build a strong foundation in the Lord while strengthening their knowledge of all core subjects. She enjoys the freedom she has to daily speak Biblical truths in the lives of her students. One of her favorite quote is “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling.” This quote reminds her that Jesus is all we have and all we need.
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.
Mandie Pinter has taught first and second grades at New City and is excited to serve in the capacity of our fourth grade teacher. Mandie 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.
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.
Katie Oelschlager is New City’s Art Teacher. Katie has a B.A. in Youth Ministry from Trinity International University. She taught Art Education for 8 years in Grand Cayman before moving to Asheville in 2018 with her husband and teenage sons. She is especially motivated to encourage her students toward growth in creativity, problem-solving, and self-esteem. Having spent her early years of education in a small Christian school, she values an environment where teachers model what it looks like to love and follow Christ as lifelong learners.
Listen to our Academic Coordinator, Portia White, talk about why she loves teaching at New City:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ingrid Freeman has been part of New City as teaching assistant, substitute and dedicated volunteer for five years. She previously worked at Asheville Christian Academy as a teaching assistant for 12 years.
Having served as a church nursery supervisor, Sunday School teacher, children’s church leader and curriculum writer, she has over 30 years of experience in Christian education. In 2007, she was awarded her Business Administration degree from Asheville Buncombe Technical College.
Ingrid currently works at Olive Garden as a certified hostess trainer. She is married to Rev. Gerard Freeman, New City’s music teacher. They have three married children, four grandchildren and 2 grand-dogs. Ingrid is excited to serve New City in this new capacity!
Kathey was born in Bat Cave N.C. at Valley Clinic and Hospital in 1953. She Graduated from Western Carolina University 1983 with a BS degree in Nursing. She worked at Mission Hospital System for over 30 years where is specialized for over 20 years in oncology nursing and several years in Neurology. She was also instrumental in helping form their first Diversity Committee in 1995 and served on the committee until 2011. She was given the prestigious Martin Luther King Award by the hospital in 2011.
Kathey has been the Nurse Educator, Case Manager and Fundraiser for ABIPA, (Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement) for the past 9 years. ABIPA provides preventive care education and lifestyle changes using the holistic approach to African Americans and the underserved communities in WNC.
Leslie Hill joined the Board in Spring 2019. Leslie has a B.A. in Marketing and Education from James Madison University. Leslie spent 15 years fundraising for United Way in Richmond, VA, Atlanta, GA, and Asheville, NC. Leslie is married to Jim Hill and they have 3 children. In her spare time, Leslie volunteers with the Women's Prison Ministry at Swannanoa Women's Correctional Center.
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, Dr. John Grant, Robyn Hester and Edward Cocciadiferro for their past service on the board.