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Sue Holt

Sue Holt

Position: Head Teacher / 7th & 8th Grade Teacher
Phone: 828-779-7161
Email: sueholt.smh@gmail.com

Education

Highest Degree: B. S. in Elementary Education
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: Southern College
Year Earned: 1994

Biography

I have wanted to be a teacher since first grade and love my profession!
My classroom experience ranges from lower elementary through adult education (even in the prisons!) and includes head teacher, substitute, aide, GED teacher, and ESL teacher and tutor. As the years creep by, I have been privileged to reap the intangible rewards of friendship with my students and their parents. I have watched my students take up the torch and make a difference. I am grateful to have been called to service!



Heather Darnell

Heather Darnell

Position: Grades 5 & 6 Teacher
Phone: 828-779-7161
Email: hdarnell@carolinasda.org

Education

Highest Degree: B.A. in Elementary Education
Major Field: Elementary Education with a Language Arts Emphasis, Spanish Minor
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University
Year Earned: 1998

Biography

Working with children is a grand privilege! Their lively ways invigorate me, and I enjoy investing in each one, academically, emotionally, and spiritually. My degree in Elementary Education has spawned my experience in several areas: classroom teaching, individual and group tutoring, homeschooling, Spanish interpreting, and teaching Spanish to adults and children. I look forward to helping your child reach his/her highest potential and highest calling.



Rebekah Pendleton

Rebekah Pendleton

Position: Grades 1- 4 Teacher
Phone: 828-779-7161
Email: rpendleton@carolinasda.org

Education

Highest Degree: B.A. in Liberal Arts Education
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University
Year Earned: 2009

Biography

Throughout my teaching career, I have been an advocate of the small school. I love the non-competitive, family atmosphere it provides. I believe in individual education with a hands-on, practical approach that encourages children to reach their full potential in the spiritual, mental, social, and physical realms. In my years as a mother, elementary and early childhood teacher, I strove and continue to strive, daily, to seek wisdom of the Master Teacher in order to model my teaching after His example. After all, “children are a gift from the Lord,” (Psalms 127:3) and we should value them accordingly.



Evelyn Nicholaides

Evelyn Nicholaides

Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Phone: 828-779-7161

Education

Highest Degree: B.S. in Elementary Education
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: Southern Missionary College
Year Earned: 1974

Biography

Children are young and tender. They are open to the lessons of God and nature. These young minds can drink in so much from the trees, birds, and the whole outdoor world. As a lifelong educator, it is my goal to mix creative play, and nature experiences with the discipline of school. The rewards of being able to draw on these simple yet profound lessons later in life will serve the student well and finally draw the precious child into the heavenly kingdom.



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