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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

Cheron Bryant / K4

My name is Cheron Bryant. I am the teacher for K4 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

 

Ruth Avila, K4 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/ K5

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

 

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.

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." Galatians 5: 22-23

NANCY NOLAN / 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

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

Lisa Harrell / Sixth

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 Flowertown 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, Netflix 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

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

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 during 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 fiance, 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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