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Staff

Kindergarten


 

Elise Boehler / K3

My family and I are members of Crossroads Community church. My hobbies include anything outside, especially in and around water. It is such a blessing to be part of the Oaks family and I am so excited to be the K3 teacher again this year. Our classroom has a puppy dog theme, which includes our class pet Trooper, a stuffed puppy. We want to promote a playful and safe environment for the smallest of our Oaks children as we introduce them to the fundamentals of school. Our days are filled with fun activities, Christian based curriculum, and special area classes. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

STACY LEEMING, K3 Assistant

My family and I moved to Summerville a year ago from Hallstead, PA just to be adventurous.  I'm happily married to my husband Paul and we have 3 beautiful daughters Kayla, Morgan and Myah.  We are members to Crossroads Community Church.  Myah will be attending the Oaks this year.  We are both very excited to have been welcomed into the Oaks family and to start this new journey.  My hobbies include reading, painting, bird watching, walking, hiking and fitness.  I love fitness so much that I became a National Council on Strength & Fitness personal trainer in 2011.  I have worked with children and provided childcare in my home off and on since I was a teenager.  I love children and what they teach me.  Live in the moment and love unconditionally. "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me."  Philippians 4:13

Jessica Gibby / K4A

I am so excited to be teaching my third year here at The Oaks! I graduated from San Jose State University in California with a Bachelor's in Child and Adolescent Development in 2007. After that, I worked in a child development center as a PreK teacher and worked my way up to Director. In 2014 my husband's' job relocated our family to the Charleston area. We have two girls who also attend The Oaks! Brynn is in 2nd grade and Addison is in K5. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jer. 29:11

Devin Cox, K4A Assistant

This will be my 2nd year working with The Oaks, though, we have been part of The Oaks family for 6 years. I have been married for 11 years and have 2 beautiful children who attend The Oaks. I am so blessed to be with K4/ Mrs. Gibby this year. The little ones can always put a smile on my face and joy in my heart. I can't wait to see God work through them this year! "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love". Ephesians 4:2

Sarah Burroughs / K4B

I was born and raised in Charleston, SC and there is no greater place to live. This is my seventh year working at The Oaks and I look forward to another amazing year! Working for the Oaks is so rewarding in that I get to work in a field that I can experience my faith and my passion working together. I love working with children and helping them grow developmentally and academically as well as spiritually, it is just one of my many passions. I also enjoy working in youth ministry at Crossroads Community Church, anything involving music, eating (I'm a huge foodie!) and I also enjoy working out in my free time. I have been married to my amazing, supportive husband, Chas, for 4 years and I know I would not be able to accomplish all that I have without his love and support. We just welcomed our first child, Beckham, into our family on July 20  and he has already taught me so much about being a wife, a mother, and a teacher. We have another little baby and that is our beagle-hound mix, Oliver. I also recently finished my degree in business administration this June through Grand Canyon University. It has been a busy Summer!  May the Lord bless you and your family this school year! "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Ruth Avila, K4B Assistant

I am originally from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, thus I am fluent in Spanish. I have been married for 27 years and we have three beautiful daughters, and  5 grandsons. My hobbies include exercising, crafts, and traveling. My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, thus each child may learn in a different way. "I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2

Katie Hartwig/ K5A

This will be my first year teaching at The Oaks. I am so excited to join The Oaks community! I graduated from The College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. God has blessed me with many teaching opportunities over the years including overseas missions, Children’s Ministry, homeschool, K5-2nd classroom teacher and Reading Interventionist. My husband and I have been married for eleven years and we have three sweet daughters. We love to go to the library, Barnes and Noble, local parks, the pool, and the beach. Educating children is my passion. I love to find ways to incorporate picture books, real life connections, and spiritual lessons into whatever I am teaching. I am so grateful for the opportunity to nurture, teach, and support my new class of kindergarteners as they learn and grow! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

Kristan Thompson / K5B

I have my B.A. in Elementary Education and this is my second year teaching K5. As the mother of two boys, I realized how important their early years were and the positive impact I had on their growth.  I was fortunate to have been able to be a stay-at-home mom for several years to nurture them and watch them grow.  I began working at the Oaks Christian School in 2016 and am amazed by the amount of love and support that is found in this wonderful school.  I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they play.  I look forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers. My favorite verse is Psalm 73:28  It is always good to draw near to God. No matter what, we can trust in Him. 

Cheron Bryant / K5 Assistant

My name is Cheron Bryant. I am the assistant teacher for kindergarten and the head of our school's gardening program. My husband and I have been married for 16 years and have two sons that attend the Oaks. We are members of Crossroads Community Church and have been a part of the Oak's family for 8 years. I am currently working on attaining a bachelor's degree in early childhood development. The Lord has given me a heart for children and I love teaching them how very much Jesus loves them! "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-8

 

Elementary


 

Ingrid Deal / First

My name is Ingrid Deal and I am a First Grade teacher at The Oaks.  I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Summerville while a high school student.  After graduating from Summerville High School I continued my education at the College of Charleston.  I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  I have been married to my husband, Scott, for over 22 years.  We have two sons, Noah and Joshua.  My boys will both be attending Summerville High School this year.  I love introducing children to new and exciting information about the world around them and our God who created it all!  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33.

 

Crystal Rose / First

I am thrilled to be working at the Oaks Christian School. I went to Valdosta State University (in Georgia), where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Reading Education. My teaching experience spans Georgia, California, and South Carolina in both public and private education. My husband Jason retired from the Air Force and we were thrilled to relocate to the Charleston area in 2015. We have one daughter, Savannah, and a dog named Blaze. Hebrews 6:19.

  

Becky White / Second

I have a BS in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University. I came to The Oaks the second year it was open. I have taught K3, first and second grade here at The Oaks and K4 and 1st grade in the public school. I am a member of Crossroads Community Church where I am actively involved in the AWANA program and the Motorcycle Ministry. My husband John and I have 4 children--Billie, Brooks, Travis, and Kylee. We also have two precious granddaughters.  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galations 5: 22-23

Nicole Richmond / Second

My name is Nicole Richmond. I was born Charleston and raised in Summerville. I graduated from Newberry college with a degree in elementary education. I have been married to a wonderful Godly man, David Richmond, for five years. We have a handsome Shichon dog, Elvis, who is our baby. We attend Turning Point Church in Jedburg where I play the keyboard in our praise team. I love playing the piano and volleyball, and love being with my family.

 

NANCY NOLAN / 1ST-2ND SUPPORT

I am widowed and have two sons, Erik and Darris.  Erik is married to Joan and Darris is married to Nikki.  I have an adopted daughter, Vicki.  I've worked at The Oaks Christian School for 19th years.  I retired for a few days, but I missed my Oaks Family sorely.  Now I'm back!

Thanks for having me back! "It is of the Lord's Mercies that we are not consumed.  His mercies are new every morning - Great is thy Faithfulness" Lamentations 3:22-23

 

Christine Upshur / Third

This is my third year teaching at the Oaks, and my second year teaching third grade. I graduated from Clemson University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. I worked as a nanny for a year before being led to teach at OCS. I have lived with my wonderful family in Summerville all my life. Our class verse this year is Hebrews 10:24, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." I hope to inspire each of my students to live like Christ by being supportive and encouraging of each other. God directs us in scripture to love with our words and actions, especially among our fellow believers. I look forward to working with my students to create a close, loving community in our classroom this year. I am so blessed and thankful to be part of the staff at the OCS. God has led me to work with such kind people and amazing kiddos. I look forward to seeing His hand at work this school year.

Katie Hersom / Fourth

This is my third year here at the Oaks and my first year as a fourth-grade teacher! I truly enjoy teaching children and helping them reach their dreams through education. I believe that every child should be valued and treated with respect and it is my goal to instill a love of learning with all my students! My husband and I have one beautiful daughter, MacKenzie, who also attends the Oaks! We have a little dog at home named Daisy who is just like another member of our family. When I am not at school I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and going to the beach. Not only do I love working at the Oaks but I am so grateful and feel so blessed by all of the relationships I have with students, parents and colleagues as well! "For I know the plans  I have for you,” declares the  Lord, “plans to prosper   you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

 

Katie Wise / Fourth and Guidance

I am from Charleston and was raised downtown. My mother taught fifth grade ELA at Ashley Hall for 28 years and her students included myself, sister, and cousins. I then went to Bishop England, University of South Carolina, College of Charleston and the Citadel.  I am a practicing Methodist but received my first communion from St. Michaels Episcopal which was the church in which I was raised. I received a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.ed. in Elementary School Counseling. Both of my certifications are Professional and deemed Highly Qualified from the State of South Carolina. I am a married mother of three college students who attend the University of South Carolina and Trident Tech. This is my third year at The Oaks Christian School and feel very privileged to work among the greatest students, faculty and parents in my professional life. There is a very special Spirit at The Oaks and it is physically, spiritually and academically a wonderful place to be. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Tabitha Summers / Fifth

My family and I moved to Summerville in June and I am SO excited to be a part of The Oaks School family this year! I have a degree in Elementary Education from South Eastern University. My family and I have had many adventures over the past six years as we have had the opportunity to live in different places for vocational ministry. Through all my experiences it remains that it is my joy to help children grow and learn! I have two beautiful daughters, ages 11 and 14, and my husband and I have been married for 16 years. I love going to the beach with my girls, reading, crafts, and hanging out with my husband. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” Proverbs 3:5 - 6

Middle


 

Lisa Harrell / Middle Science and History

I am a Summerville native. Inspired by local fabulous teachers, I joined the teaching community in 1990. After 14 years of public school education at Newington and Flowetown Elementary, I was led to pursue teaching in a Christian environment. I taught at Cathedral Academy for 11 years, before retiring in 2015. I enjoyed a two year respite, then felt God was leading me back to the classroom. I am so excited to begin my journey at The Oaks! My husband, Tom, and I have been married 27 years this month and he is an Engineer with Summerville Fire and Rescue. My daughter, Caroline, is a rising sophomore at Anderson University, where she is pursuing degrees in both history and English. She will be a third generation teacher in our family! Our family also includes Tipper the black lab and two miniature dachshunds, Lola Ruth and Lady Grey. I enjoy reading, hot tea, Netfix binges, and the occasional hot cocoa and pumpkin loaf from Starbucks!

"But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way." 1 Cor. 14:40

Brenda French / Middle Bible and ELA

It has been said that a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill the love of learning. That's my goal. I've been blessed to be a teacher for over 25 years in various different capacities ranging from the classroom to the Sunday  School room, from homeschool to the African pori, from inner-city Chicago to teaching English in the Czech Republic. Everywhere it's the same...I love watching students discover yet another amazing aspect of this world God has so intricately designed and finding their hope in Him. Catching students' excitement as their imaginations begin to soar, and witnessing the change from being a bored student to an inspired one thrills my heart no matter what the venue! My hometown is Jacksonville, Florida and I graduated from Liberty University in Virginia. I have 3 extra-special blessings in my life named Elijah, Emily, and Anna. Elijah is 19 and working his way through college, Emily is a senior at Ashley Ridge High School, and Anna is in 8th grade at Rollings Middle School of the Arts. My passion is missions and ministry, and I'm honored to be a part of your child's life this year. Thank you for the opportunity. "Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." I John. 3:18

Jeremy DeYoung / Middle Math

I moved to the Charleston area in 1999 to attend Charleston Southern University, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Some of my most vivid memories as a child are of spending time in my dad's high school classroom where he taught government and economics. This experience began a lifelong passion for teaching. In my life, I've had the pleasure of teaching English as a second language to children, tutoring college students in math and science, and am currently teaching adults at Crossroads Community Church. The subject I was the most passionate about when I was in school was mathematics and I have been blessed with an opportunity to combine those two passions through teaching at the Oaks. All of this has been possible because of the grace of my Heavenly Father and the support of my loving wife, Aleisha. My wife and I have been married for 12 years and have a beautiful little dog named Bethly. "Jesus replied, 'What is impossible with men is possible with God.'" Luke 18:27

Isaiah 35:4 "tell everyone who is discouraged be strong and don't be afraid. God is coming to rescue you". I'm currently in Western Governors University working on my Math Education 5-12 degree. I have an amazing wife, who's a nurse at MUSC, and 2 kids.  Gibson 4, Eli 2. Gibson is in our K4 class with Mrs Burroughs.  My wife is due for our 3rd at the start of school. I grew up in Alabama and moved here with my wife in 2011. My family and I attend Ashley Ridge Church

Special Areas


 

Vicki Hanson / Library

I am a native Californian and have been in South Carolina for 6 years. My husband and I were moved here through his job. I have always loved working with students and have focused on working with Special needs students for over 10 years in San Diego. As the Oaks Librarian, I love helping students gain a love for reading. I especially enjoy showing them the adventures that await them in the printed page and their own imagination. I hope students see the library as their self directed place of learning. "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." - Isaiah 26:3

 

David Renneisen / Physical Education

I have taught at the Oaks for over 11 years. I teach P.E. for k3 through 8th grade. my philosophy is fitness is fun. I was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin and raised in Minneapolis Minnesota. Prior to coming coming to the Oaks I spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. I also coach cross country and track at Stratford high school.  "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matt. 5:14

Stan Halstead / Music

I teach Music & Performance Arts at OCS.  I came to OCS after Christmas break last school year to teach Spanish to our middle school students. I accepted the music teacher position in March 2017 as well when both those positions needed to be filled during the school year. I grew up in Cuba and am a retired US military and public safety chaplain.  My college experiences allowed me to complete degrees in Music Education, Theology and Mass Communications.  My daughter, Maddy, is in 9th grade at the South Carolina Virtual Charter School having attended OCS in 7th and 8th grade.  Mrs. Halstead is the supervisor of educational sign language interpreters for the Berkeley County School District.  The Halsteads are active members of Old Fort Baptist Church and live in Summerville.   "An evildoer is caught by sin, but the righteous one sings and rejoices." Proverbs 29:6

Sherry Perryman / Art

My name is Sherry Perryman and I have been married for 28 years and have one daughter who is an adult. We moved from Michigan to here about 9 years ago. I have loved art for as long as I can remember and have taken classes all through middle school and high school. I also attended the Pontiac Art Institute durning high school and after I graduated. I taught art at Waterford Christian Academy until we moved here and also worked as a hairdresser for about 30 years. My verse is Psalm 19:1, I picked this verse because it shows my students that God is the first and best artist. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the expanse of heaven show the work of His hands." Psalm 19:1

ZACH CALHOUN / IT

Hey! I am the IT Specialist here at the Oaks! I have lived in Summerville basically my whole life. I will be getting married this Spring to my beautiful fianceé, Sarah. I recently graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelors of Art in Student Ministry with a minor in Computer Science. I am now actively pursuing a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. While I was at CSU, I worked in the IT department as a work study for three of the four years I was there. My favorite verse that I feel applies in so many of our lives is Psalm 34:4, "I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears."

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