Todd Clingman, Head of School
Original hometown: Springfield, MO
Todd graduated in 1992 from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance. In 1997 he received a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. He holds an ACSI Administrator's certificate and is a certified accreditation team member.
Todd has 22 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in Christian education and has served at NCCS since 2007. Prior to joining the staff at NCCS, he was the Head of School at McKinney Christian Academy in Texas and the High School Principal and acting administrator of Prestonwood Christian Academy. Todd also served at his alma mater, Dade Christian School, where he was a student from K-4 through 12th grade. During his time on staff at Dade Christian, Todd taught math, Bible, business and P.E., as well as served as Dean of Students and Director of Development.
Todd and his wife, Kathleen, married in 1992 after meeting at Liberty University. In 2003 Todd and Kathleen welcomed triplets who attend NCCS. The Clingmans attend West Ridge Church.
Todd enjoys football, basketball, baseball, reading and his family.
His favorite Scripture verse is Romans 12:1-2 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."
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Keith Bollinger, Assistant Head of School and Director of Athletics
Original Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
Keith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in History education from Clearwater Christian College and a Master of Science degree from New England College in Nonprofit management.
Keith joined NCCS in 2012 as our Assistant Head of School and Director of Athletics. He has been in Christian Education his entire 24-year career, including the past twelve years in the Dallas, Texas, area where he served in various roles as coach, teacher, Athletic Director, High School Principal and Head of School. Prior to his years in Texas, Keith taught in three different Christian Schools in South Florida. Keith has coached both girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball over the years and earned a state title with his girls team in 2004.
Keith has been married to Karen for the past 23 years and has two children. His daughter Kayli is attending college at the University of Oklahoma and his son, Zachary, attends NCCS.
In his spare time, Keith enjoys all things sports-related – especially watching college sports.
Dr. Carolyn Ware, Academic Dean, Director of Academy of Counseling, Ministry & Education
Original hometown: Memphis TN
Carolyn graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, summa cum laude. In 1995, she received a Master of Science degree in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. She defended her dissertation in 2006, completing the requirements for a Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University of Atlanta.
Carolyn holds Lifetime Teaching and All-Levels Principal certificates from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). She is the current chairperson for the ACSI Southeast Regional Accreditation Commission.
Carolyn has twenty-six years’ experience as both a teacher and administrator. Prior to joining the NCCS staff in 1998, she was Principal of The King's School in Bolton, Connecticut and taught in both public and Christian schools for nine years prior to that.
Carolyn and her husband, who also works part-time at NCCS, have two adult children and three grandchildren, who are continuing the family tradition of attending Christian schools. They are active members of Grace Community Church in Marietta.
Carolyn enjoys reading historical fiction, sewing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Her favorite Scripture passage is Psalm 103, which begins and ends with: "Bless the LORD, O my soul." Another favorite is 3 John 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
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Debbie Long, Lower School Principal
Original hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Debbie graduated in 1985 from Toccoa Falls College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2002, she received a Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from State University of West Georgia. She holds an ACSI Professional Certificate.
Debbie joined NCCS in 2005 and she has 20 years teaching experience. During her twenty years in the classroom she taught third and fourth grade. Prior to joining the staff at North Cobb Christian School she taught in the Cobb County School system.
Debbie and her husband have one child who attends North Cobb Christian School. They attend Summit Baptist Church.
Debbie enjoys scrapbooking, crafts, watching sports and spending time with her family and friends.
Debbie's favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11-"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."
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Megan Strange, Middle & Upper School Principal
Original hometown: Memphis, TN
Megan graduated in 2000 from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty University in 2009 and has begun work on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, also from Liberty University. Megan holds an ACSI All Levels-Principal Lifetime Certificate.
Megan came to North Cobb Christian in 2005 as the Director of Student Life. She has also served as a teacher, basketball coach, and assistant principal prior to being named Upper School Principal. Before joining the staff at NCCS, she served as the Director of Student Ministries at Acworth United Methodist Church and before that as the Director of Sports and Special Events at a church in Memphis, Tennessee. She has also served in leadership for the Atlanta-Marietta District of the United Methodist Church and on the board of directors for One Goal Sports in the Atlanta area.
Megan and her husband, who also teaches part-time at NCCS, have one daughter, who will be starting at NCCS during the 2012/13 school year. They attend Cedarcrest Church in Acworth where they both teach Sunday school.
Megan enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, writing, anything having to do with Apple computers, and all sports. She also blogs regularly at www.meganstrange.com and is active on Twitter as @MeganStrange.
Megan's favorite Bible verse is I Timothy 4:7-8- "Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales, but rather train yourselves to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness holds value for all things, both the present life and the life to come."
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Matthew Hendrix, Director of the Arts
Original hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Matthew graduated in 2001 from Erskine College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French. He is a member of the Rho Psi chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honorary Theatre Society. He holds an ACSI Teaching Certification.
During his ten years at NCCS, Matthew has led the theatre program to three first place finishes in the GISA One-Act Play Competition in addition to one State Championship. In 2006, Matthew was named Director of the Year in the Georgia Independent School Association Region 3AAA. In 2010, NCCS' production of "SEUSSICAL: The Musical" won its first Shuler Hensley Award under his direction. Prior to joining the staff at North Cobb Christian School, Matthew was the High Adventure Coordinator at Camp Buc, in Sapphire, NC. Here at NCCS, he teaches Academy Acting Classes, Upper School Theatre Classes, and Technical Theatre. As an actor himself, Matthew has also won multiple awards and nominations for both lead and supporting roles in the Atlanta area as well as in North and South Carolina.
Matthew and his wife have one daughter, who will be starting at NCCS in the 2012/13 school year. They attend Midway Presbyterian Church.
Matthew enjoys reading and fishing.
Matthew's favorite Scripture verse is Micah 6:8 - "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
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Kristin Cook, Director of Finance
Hometown: Topeka, KS
Kristin attended West Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University with further education at Liberty University. She is a Montessori certified teacher at the Early Childhood level.
Kristin has 23 years experience in the field of education as a teacher, Administrative Assistant and most recently the Director of Operations for three privately owned Montessori schools. Kristin has been a part of the NCCS community since 1998 as a parent and volunteer and also served as the NCCS Admissions Assistant for four years. In 2011, Kristin re-joined the staff as the Director of Finance.
Kristin and her husband have 2 children, who both graduated from NCCS. They are members of First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
Kristin’s favorite scripture verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight."
Chuck Surdi, Director of Operations
Original hometown: Buffalo, NY
Chuck served in the US Army and graduated from the US Army Electronics School with an AA in Electronics. He also attended St. Petersburg Jr. College, University of Maryland, and Oglethorpe University. Chuck holds several certifications in various business practices and IT industry related areas such as telecommunications, networking and training.
Chuck has 31 years of IT-related experience. Twenty-three years were dedicated to Wang Laboratories, Inc/Getronics in which he held many positions, the last of which was Field Level Director responsible for integrating new business practices for Fortune 100 companies. Chuck has been at NCCS for 8 years.
Chuck and his wife have two sons, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson. They attend Marietta Refuge West Church where Chuck serves as a Deacon. He also enjoys serving with the BreakFree Ministry, which has worship and counseling services twice a month at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Marietta.
Chuck, enjoys reading, gardening, woodworking and spending time with his wife and family.
Chuck's favorite Scripture is Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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Beth Wright, Director of Admissions
Original Hometown: Marietta, GA
Beth has been on staff at North Cobb Christian School since 1998 and has been the Director of Admissions since 2007. Beth also very successfully manages the Eagles Ambassador program, which is made up of 70 middle and upper school students. This program supplies student representatives for the many different activities at NCCS, including Open Houses, Grandparents Days, and special meetings. These students also host visiting prospective students.
Beth and her husband have 3 children, one currently attending NCCS and two who graduated from NCCS. They are members of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church where they all serve in a variety of ministries.
Beth enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending time with her family watching UGA football and basketball.
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