Leadership Team

Mr. Todd Clingman, Head of School

Todd Clingman, Head of School

A lifelong Christian educator, Todd Clingman has 29 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Liberty University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, as well as an ACSI Administrator’s Certificate. He has previously served as Head of School at McKinney Christian Academy in McKinney, Texas; High School Principal and acting administrator of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas; and teacher, Dean of Students and Director of Development at Dade Christian School in Miami, Florida, his alma mater. Since 2007, Todd has served as Head of School at North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he has established the school as an educational leader in Metro Atlanta.

During his tenure, North Cobb Christian School has grown immensely, geographically expanding from 16 acres to over 50, while also achieving financial viability through the reduction of debt and the expansion of a robust development department and alumni association. With Todd at the helm, the school has also made academic gains, achieving climbing ACT / SAT scores, expanded technology accessibility, dual-credit high school course offerings, and rigorous advanced placement courses. NCCS’s athletics and arts departments have likewise flourished, gaining a football stadium, practice field, baseball hitting facility, tennis complex, wrestling program and lacrosse team, as well as a new Fine Arts Building for the school’s award-winning art and theatrical programs.

While these gains are impressive, most important to Todd are the spiritual milestones NCCS has hit during the last decade, including traditions of all-school worship, a structured community service program, annual Middle School and Upper School fall and spring term mission trips/educational experiences, and the cultivation of an overall positive school culture that emphasizes intentional discipleship and individualized spiritual formation for each student.

Todd and his wife of 26 years, Kathleen, reside in Paulding County with their triplets, Riley, Kayla and Anneka, who are in 10th grade at North Cobb Christian School. Todd says he feels abundantly blessed to be living out his dream of seeing children -- both his own and the nearly-1,000 students at NCCS -- grow into the individuals God created them to be. He looks forward to continuing to lead NCCS into maturity as an educational forerunner, shining forth hope and light in our community.

One of his favorite verses 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."

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

Original hometown: Springfield, MO


Keith Bollinger

Keith Bollinger, Assistant Head of School 

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.

Original Hometown: Peoria, Illinois


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Wendy Titus, Lower School Principal

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 19 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in Christian education ranging from Pre K – 7th grade. 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 13 years, Wendy has served at North Cobb Christian School in many different teaching positions as well as Academic Dean and Lower School Principal. Along with teaching, Wendy enjoys coaching Competition Cheerleading. She has been a part of the NCCS Cheerleading Coaching staff for 12 years.

Wendy and her husband Scott have 3 children, all of whom graduated from 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, scrapbooking and traveling.

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. For our family, NCCS is not just a school... it is our home and family!

Original Hometown: Hialeah, FL



Craig Konchak, Middle School Principal & Director of Counseling

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, Heidi, 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.

Original Hometown: Miami, FL 


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Megan Strange, Upper School Principal

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 and has completed further doctoral studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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 coaches the Varsity Girls Golf Team at NCCS. In addition to her roles at NCCS, Megan leads the Principals 101 group of the Atlanta Christian School Association.

Megan and her husband Clint, who teaches a law class at NCCS, have two children who both attend NCCS. Their church home is 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.

Original hometown: Memphis, TN

Hendrix Matthew LeadershipMatthew Hendrix, Director of the Arts

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. 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 - both of whom attend NCCS. 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.

Original hometown: Spartanburg, SC


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Kristin Prince, Director of Finance

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.

Original hometown: Topeka, KS


Mr. Chuck Surdi, Director of Operations

Chuck Surdi, Director of Operations

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.

Original hometown: Buffalo, NY


Mrs. Beth Wright, Director of Admissions

Beth Wright, Director of Admissions

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.

Original Hometown: Marietta, GA

DorseyTaraTara Dorsey, Director of Development

Tara graduated from The University of Georgia in 2004 with an ABJ in Advertising.

Tara has been a part of the NCCS community since 1988 when she began attending here in first grade. She was a member of the first graduating class of NCCS in 2000. Her previous work experience includes serving as project manager at a retail design firm, as well as assistant editor for Pregnancy Magazine and Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon Magazine. In 2014, Tara joined the NCCS staff as the Development Assistant, managing the annual fund and alumni relations. She assumed the position of Director of Development in January of 2018.
Tara and her husband David were married in 2004. They have two children that attend NCCS - Luke (NCCS class of '26) and Kate (NCCS Class of '28). They attend Woodstock City Church.
Tara enjoys spending time with family and friends, dating her husband, eating great food and exercising (but mostly eating), attending her children's games/recitals/meets, and cheering on the UGA Bulldogs.
Tara's favorite scripture verse is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & 13, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres...And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Why I love my job:
It's hard for me to think of a better job than helping NCCS advance and grow. This school has shaped so many childrens' lives and helped them grow into biblically-grounded, academically prepared, and socially adept men and women. Having a role that contributes to the school's ability to fulfill that mission with more excellence each year is a privilege. 
Golden moment at NCCS:
Though I have experienced many exciting moments at NCCS, the best have been when alumni come back to visit, whether it's stopping in on a school day or attending an alumni event. We have the best alumni, and hearing all of the incredible things they're doing when they leave NCCS is always such great confirmation of what we're doing in the lives of students day in and day out.
Why I chose NCCS:
For our family, there's really no other choice. My family has been part of this school since 1988, and it has had a tremendous impact on our lives. This is a special place, with a community atmosphere that is hard to find. I'm so thankful my children will have NCCS as a part of their story, as well.

Original Hometown:  Kennesaw, GA

TimmsMikeMichael Timms, Director of Athletics

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Lee University. He came to North Cobb Christian in 2008 and served in the Middle School as a math teacher and boys basketball coach. Since then, he has enjoyed coaching several sports on the varsity level including basketball, football, and soccer. In 2011, he accepted the position of Middle School Athletic Assistant and has worked in the athletic department for the past 7 years.

Mike has 25 years of experience working in Christian education. Prior to joining the faculty at NCCS, he taught middle school math, Algebra I and Algebra II. He served as assistant coach to a state-runner up boys basketball team at Faith Christian Academy, and before that as the Athletic Director at Conway Christian School in Orlando, Florida. Before moving to Florida, he taught and held positions in athletics in Mississippi and Tennessee.

Mike and his wife, Amber, who also teaches at NCCS, have two children who both graduated from North Cobb Christian School. They currently attend Mt. Paran Church of God in Atlanta.

In his spare time Mike enjoys fishing, riding his motorcycle, coaching, and spending time with his family.

Mike's favorite Scripture verse is Romans 8:28 - "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Why I chose to work in Christian Education:
I love working in Christian Education because it gives me an opportunity to build relationships with young people and minister the Word of God.

Why I chose NCCS:
The faculty and staff partner with the students and parents to win students to Christ, and there is not a better community of Godly people that I can surround myself and my family with.

My favorite thing about working at NCCS is the sense of family.

Original Hometown: Ashburn, VA


Fendley AmyAmy Fendley, Director of Marketing

Amy has an Associate’s Degree in Business and Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University.

Amy and her husband have two daughters who have both attended NCCS since Preschool. While the Fendleys believe in keeping their lifestyles simple, it is important to them that they laugh and love - big! Their church home is First United Methodist Marietta.

Amy’s hobbies include hosting weekend wellness retreats, being outdoors, reading and spending quality time with family and friends.

Amy's favorite Bible 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:
When you love what you do, it's not really a job! I TRULY love what I do at NCCS because my role offers me the ability to interface and share our family's personal testimony with parents each and everyday face to face and on a very personal & heartfelt level as I get to know each of them better. I also love what I do, because I am also able to assist in the magnificent growth of NCCS so that our wonderful school is enjoyed by many families today and in the future.

Why I chose NCCS:
As I volunteered in countless areas under the NCCS umbrella for more than a decade, I was able to see, firsthand, the goodness in the powerhouse that NCCS is. NCCS is God's school and my personal desire was to be a stronger part of God's plan in growing that powerhouse to be even stronger.... and to be able to tell even more people about it! Through my job, I am able to do that AND work with amazing people who have impacted my children AND myself in such an incredible way!

Original Home State:  Alabama




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