Leadership Team

Mr. Todd Clingman, Head of School

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 over 25 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."

Funny Moment in Teaching:
One of my funniest stories is when I came out of the gym having announced the basketball game at Dade Christian School. Some of my students had moved my 1975 rust-colored Toyota Corolla that had sheepskin seat covers to the other side of the parking lot and toilet papered it!

Why I love my job:
I love seeing kids grow and mature, becoming the individuals God created them to be.

Why I Chose NCCS:
NCCS is a most unique community with a very diverse student and parent body.  Our program is broad across all areas. It is an exciting time to be here as we are becoming one of the top schools in the country!

 

Keith Bollinger

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 and his wife, Karen, who also works at NCCS as the College Counselor, have two grown children, one of whom graduated from NCCS.

In his spare time, Keith enjoys all things sports-related – especially watching college sports.
His favorite scripture verse is Joshua 1:9  - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Why I work at NCCS:

Christian Education has been my passion. It has allowed me to work through Christ and mentor students through the years by building relationships so they may continue to walk in the path that God has intended for them. I know that I will have that same opportunity at NCCS.

 

Titus Wendy

Wendy Titus, Lower School Principal

Original Hometown: Hialeah, FL

Wendy graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-8th). In 2013, she completed her Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College. Wendy holds Lifetime teaching and All-Levels Principal certificates from the Association of Christian Schools International.

Wendy has 15 years of teaching experience in the Christian school classroom ranging from grades Pre K – 7th. Her teaching career began in first grade at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, VA. When she moved to Florida, she taught third grade at Northside Christian School. A family move to Georgia brought her to NCCS where she started teaching in 4th grade. For the past 10 years, Wendy has served at North Cobb Christian School in many different roles. Along with teaching, Wendy enjoys coaching Competition Cheerleading. She has been a part of the NCCS Cheerleading Coaching staff for 9 years.

Wendy and her husband Scott have 3 children, two of whom graduated from NCCS and one who currently attends NCCS. Grant is a software engineer living in San Francisco, CA. Lauren is a nursing student at Liberty University. Hunter is an active upper school student at NCCS. Their church home is First Baptist Woodstock where they are actively involved.

Wendy enjoys spending time with her husband and children, baking, cake decorating, reading, and scrapbooking.

One of her favorite Bible verses is found in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?"

Why I love my job:
I love having the opportunity to invest and make a difference in students' lives. My goal is to help the students be all that God wants them to be and more! At North Cobb Christian School, I am able to watch them grow up and become godly young men and women for Christ. I am living out my dream as a child and loving every minute of it.

Golden moments at NCCS:
In fourth grade, the teachers walk the students through the process of writing their own personal Psalm to God. Through that process, I have had the opportunity to sit down with many boys and girls and share the plan of salvation. I love seeing God touch their tender hearts and call them close to Him! There is no greater joy a teacher could have than to encourage their students to know God in a personal relationship and walk with Him!

Why I work at NCCS:
I believe in and am dedicated to Christian education and embracing all learning through a Biblical Worldview. NCCS is committed to the same values and goals that my husband and I have for our children. I also love being able to work and teach at the same school with my children. For our family, NCCS is not just a school... it is our home and family!

KonchakCraig

Craig Konchak, Middle School Principal & Director of Counseling

Original Hometown: Miami, FL 

Craig has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Professional Counseling, both from Liberty University. He is currently working on an Education Specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Craig and his wife have two boys who attend NCCS. In his spare time, Craig enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with his family in the great outdoors, running, basketball, scuba diving, and anything else that would qualify in their family "business" - "Konchak Outdoor Adventures"!

Why I love my job:
I enjoy helping young people and their families reach their God-given potential.

Why I chose NCCS:
I chose NCCS because I believe in the vision of the Head of School and his passion for his students, faculty and families.  I work at NCCS because I believe God called me to serve here.

  

Strange Megan Admin

Megan Strange, 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 an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership in 2013, 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, dean of student life, and assistant principal prior to being named Upper School Principal in 2009. Before joining the staff at NCCS, she served as the Director of Student Ministries at Acworth United Methodist Church and 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 Clint, who also teaches a law class at NCCS, were married in 2003. They have a daughter. Emma, who loves being a NCCS Eagle and a son, Eli, who will begin at NCCS in fall 2016. The Stranges attend Cedarcrest Church in Acworth where Megan and Clint are both a part of the servant leadership team.

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."

Why I love my job:
I love my role as the Principal of the Upper School because it gives me the opportunity to support our faculty and staff, our students, and our families. I am so grateful to serve with some of the brightest and most gifted educators around. We love the chance to speak truth into the hearts and minds of our students everyday. The partnership we have with parents is one of the greatest blessings in the NCCS community.

Golden Moment at NCCS:
As a principal, one of the highlights is when a student comes back to say thank you. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to deal with a variety of discipline situations that come up when working with middle and upper school students. My goal has always been to focus on the "disciple" part of discipline. It is very exciting when a student realizes that and shows their gratitude for the time that was spent talking with them and helping them learn through a "teachable moment".

Why I work at NCCS:
I work at NCCS because I can't imagine doing anything else. I genuinely love driving into the parking lot every morning, excited about what God has in store for us that day. Our faculty, staff, and students are a blast to be around and it is my pleasure to serve them each and every day.

 

Mr. Matthew Hendrix, Director of the Arts

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, Liza, have two daughters - one of whom attends NCCS and the other who will soon. They are members of 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?

Why I love teaching:
I believe that helping to lay the foundation of our future is the most rewarding thing I can think of.

Golden moment in teaching:
Several years ago, I taught a student with some fairly severe social adjustment issues, as well as some pretty significant learning differences. He came in and out of my classroom and I did the best I could to help him along, but never felt as if I was terribly successful or ground-breaking in any of my interactions with him. One year later he graduated and during the graduation ceremony he thanked me for being the most influential teacher he had at NCCS, as well as thanking me for being a "man of integrity." I'll never forget that...it taught me that you can never underestimate the impact you can have on these kids.
 
Why I chose NCCS:
I choose to work at NCCS because I believe without an ounce of doubt that this is the place God has ordained that I should be. He has prepared me to be here just as much as he has prepared this place for me.

 

Cook Kristin

Kristin Cook, Director of Finance

Original 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 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 was married to the late Benny Cook and has 2 children, who both graduated from NCCS. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Woodstock and enjoys scrapbooking, couponing and spending time with her family.

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."

 
Why I love my job at NCCS:
From the moment we walked into the NCCS Admissions office back in 1998, our family knew there was something different about this school.  We felt so comfortable and just knew NCCS was the school for our children.  The teachers truly love and want the best for their students.
 
Working as a staff member at NCCS is such a blessing.  Everyone supports each other and works together as a team to accomplish the tasks at hand.  I love having the opportunity to give back to others what many staff members have given to our family through the years.  It brings joy to my heart to have the opportunity to serve others through the ministry of NCCS.

  

Mr. Chuck Surdi, Director of Operations

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 since 2003.

Chuck and his wife have two sons, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.  They attend Church of the Apostles. Chuck currently serves on the Secretariat Leadership Council with North Georgia Tres Dias.

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." 


Why I chose to work at NCCS:

I did not choose NCCS, NCCS chose me as a result of what I believe was a 
God-led encounter with a past Head of School during a Men’s Christian retreat.  I remember the day I came to interview, walking across the parking lot and thinking this is where I will spend the next 10 to 15 years of my working career.

Why I love my job at NCCS:      
I enjoy working in a Christ-centered environment where we are encouraged to think outside the box, and have the freedom to express ourselves. I have always felt that God put me at NCCS to complete my fulltime working career.

 

Mrs. Beth Wright, Director of Admissions

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 who all graduated from NCCS. She and her husband 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.

Beth's favorite scripture verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."

Why I work at NCCS:
When I was searching for a school for my boys, I fell in love with NCCS and wanted to be a part of the ministry here. I feel very blessed to have a job that I love. I am surrounded by such wonderful co-workers, families and students!

Why I love my job at NCCS:
I love getting to share all of the great things about NCCS with prospective families.

Geter LeighAnnLeigh Ann Geter, Director of Marketing and Communications 

Original Hometown: West Point, NY

Leigh Ann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Mississippi State University.

Leigh And and her husband have 2 boys, one of whom graduated from NCCS and one who currently attends NCCS. Their church home is Passion City Church, where they enjoy serving regularly.

In her spare time Leigh Ann enjoys traveling with her family, music and cooking. Her favorite scripture verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Why I love my job at NCCS:
It gives me great joy to know that I am able to help support the mission of NCCS and its amazing students and families through my position that includes communicating with our community and marketing our school. I especially love getting to know our families and getting to interact with the students. It is an honor to work alongside our incredible faculty and staff -  I believe that the strength of our school lies in the dedication of our teachers and staff to helping our students discover their faith and helping them to know the love of Jesus by the example that they set every day. 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Our Video

Campus Address

North Cobb Christian School
4500 Eagle Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 975-0252
(770) 975-9051 Fax

Discover NCCS

We encourage you to visit our campus and discover for yourself NCCS’s warm and welcoming atmosphere where genuine commitments to excellence, community and Christ all come together. Become part of something special — Contact us today.

Open House

Make plans now to visit the NCCS Campus
More Information