ABOUT

ABOUT

ABOUT

Our Story

Carroll Christian Schools began in 1973 as Carroll Christian Academy, a ministry of Church of the Open Door. Its purpose was to provide a Christian alternative to the community’s educational options. The Academy opened its doors with 34 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The school grew steadily, adding one grade per year until it graduated its first senior class in 1982. Shortly thereafter, a preschool program was started, and the school officially became known as Carroll Christian Schools in order to reflect the existence of multiple levels: preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high schools. Rapid growth prompted the construction of many new additions to the campus: the Boese Wing (1974-1976), portable classrooms (1980), an auditorium (1985), a high school building with gym (1994), a 2-classroom modular (1998), and an additional high school building with cafeteria, library, computer lab, and renovated science lab (2002).

Our Purpose

Here at Carroll Christian, faculty and staff strive to provide our students with academic and spiritual excellence through a family environment. Our mission is to partner with parents to prepare well-rounded young people to be ready to serve the Lord. Attention will be given to the mental, physical, and social development of our students. Our primary purpose is the preparation of graduates for post-secondary education. CCS is also dedicated to the evangelism of all children who have not accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Every effort will be made to promote spiritual growth and develop character so that students will be obedient to the Lord’s will and make wise decisions in life. It is our hope that they develop a biblical worldview and use their God-given gifts for the betterment of not only our school environment but society as a whole.

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Carroll Christian offers a rigorous college-preparatory academic program, which includes classes leveled to meet varied abilities and nine honors courses. We are state approved to grant diplomas in Maryland. Our graduation requirements have always met or exceeded state credit and course mandates, and CCS graduates attend a variety of colleges and universities, both private and public. The average GPA for our 2017 graduates was 3.3, and 100% are matriculating to college.

In addition to a competitive academic program, Carroll Christian offers a fully developed fine arts program as well as multiple athletic opportunities. Students develop musical and artistic talents through choirs, bands, art classes, and participation in an annual Fine Arts Competition. Our sports program includes not only high school soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and cheerleading, but middle school teams and an instructional-level elementary sports program, as well.

Our Beliefs

It is our desire that our students know what they believe and why they believe it. We want for them to know how to defend, share, and grow in their beliefs. Therefore, we attempt to incorporate the Bible as a key part of every class.
Carroll Christian Schools adheres to the following beliefs:

  1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the Christian’s final authority from God. (II Timothy 3:16)
  2. The birth of Jesus Christ is evidence of His deity in that He was virgin born and was God in the flesh. (Matthew 1:20; I Timothy 3:16)
  3. The blood of Christ shed on Calvary is the only atonement for man’s sin. (Hebrews 9:22; I Peter 1:18, 19; I John 1:7; Hebrews 10:12-20)
  4. The Lord Jesus Christ was buried. He bodily arose from the tomb.  He ascended into heaven. (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 1:11)
  5. The forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life are bestowed upon any individual who will confess his sins and accept Christ as Savior. (Romans 10:13; John 3:16)
  6. The body of Christ, which is called “The Church,” is that body composed of all believers who by faith have accepted Christ as Lord. (Ephesians 5)
  7. The personal premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ is the blessed hope. (Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 4:15-18)
  8. The Godhead exists from all eternity as a trinity; three persons but one in substance, one in nature. (Matthew 28:18-19; John 1:14)
  9. The believer’s call to a life of consecration as giving evidence to the world that the Lord Jesus saves, keeps, and satisfies.  (Romans 12:1)

Administration

DR. NORRIS BELCHER
Pastor, Church of the Open Door
nbelcher@opendoorchurch.org

  • B.A. – Bible, Bob Jones University
  • M.A. – Bible, Bethany Theological Seminary
  • PhD – Bible, Bethany Theological Seminary
  • Honorary PhD – Berean Baptist College
  • Pastor, Church of the Open Door for 25 years

Ms. Julie Wike
Principal/Administrator
jwike@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Nursing, Pensacola Christian College
  • MS – Nursing Education, Liberty University
  • Registered Nurse
  • Years of Experience: 12 years (Nursing), 3 Year (Education)
  • Years at CCS: 3
  • Life Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

MRS. LEIGHANN HAINES
Director of Public Relations
lhaines@carrollchristian.com

  • Associate’s Degree – Physical Therapy Assistant, Carroll Community College
  • BS – Exercise Science, Clearwater Christian College
  • CCS Alumni – Class of 1999
  • Years of Experience: 4
  • Years at CCS: 4
  • Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5

PASTOR AARON FUCHS
Business Manager/IT
afuchs@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – Bible, Open Door Bible College
  • Missionary in Cebu, Philippines for 10 years
  • Years of Experience: 24
  • Years at COD/CCS: 4

Preschool

MRS. SUSAN CRAGO
Preschool Director/Preschool Teacher K4
scrago@carrollchristian.com

  • Years of experience: 24
  • Years at CCS: 13
  • Life verse: Joshua 23:8

MRS. VICKI MYERS
Preschool Teacher K3
vmyers@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Education, Mt. St. Mary’s College
  • Years of experience: 13
  • Years at CCS: 11
  • Life verse: Genesis 31:49

MRS. KAREN PAREKH
Preschool Aide
kparekh@carrollchristian.com

  • Years of experience: 8
  • Years at CCS: 6
  • Life verse: Lamentations 3:22-24

MRS. DANETTE HOFFMAN
Preschool Aide
dhoffman@carrollchristian.com

  • Years of experience: 10
  • Years at CCS: 10
  • Life verse: Philippians 1:20-21

MRS. CATHI BELCHER
Preschool Aide
cbelcher@carrollchristian.com

  • IDS – Interdisciplinary and business
  • Years of experience: 4
  • Years at CCS: 1
  • Life verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

Elementary

MRS. SHAUNA BASSLER
Kindergarten Teacher
shbassler@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Music Education K-12, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • M.Ed – Elementary Education, Liberty University
  • Years of Experience: 19
  • Years at CCS: 10
  • Life Verse: Philippians 2:13

MRS. TRACEY WIKE
Kindergarten Teacher
twike@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – Elementary Education (Notre dame of Maryland University)
  • Years of Experience: 26
  • Years at CCS: 2
  • Life Verse: Philippians 2:3

MRS. PEGGY GOODWIN
Elementary Computer & K5 Aide
pgoodwin@carrollchristian.com

  • AS – Math Education, Glenville State College
  • Years of Experience: 15
  • Years at CCS: 8
  • Life Verse: John 3:8

MRS. TINA KRAIPOVICH
First Grade Teacher
tkraipovich@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – Cross Cultural Studies, Tennessee Temple
  • Years of Experience: 2
  • Years at CCS: 1
  • Life verse: Philippians 4:13

MRS. DONNA DYSON
Second Grade Teacher
ddyson@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – Education, Trinity
  • Years of Experience: 28
  • Years at CCS: 13
  • Life verse: Joshua 1:9

MRS. BRENDA MCLAUGHLIN
Third Grade Teacher
bmclaughlin@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Education, Pensacola Christian College
  • Years of experience: 33
  • Years at CCS: 23
  • Life verse: Psalm 17:15

MRS. KELLIE MULLER
Fourth Grade Teacher
kmuller@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Elementary Education
  • Years of Experience: 6
  • Years at CCS: 6
  • Life Verse: Colossians 3:23

DR. DAWN ECKARD
Fifth Grade Teacher
deckard@carrollchristian.com

  • BA, Masters, PhD – Christian Education
  • Years of Experience: 44
  • Years at CCS: 34
  • Life Verse: Philippians 1:6

MRS. LINDA BEDNARSKI
Elementary Spanish
lbednarski@carrollchristian.com

  • Years of Experience: 28
  • Years of Experience: 28
  • Life Verse: Psalms 126:6

Middle/High School

MRS. KAREN ALBAUGH
Art, Home Economics, Yearbook
kalbaugh@carrollchristian.com

  • Years of Experience: 33
  • Years at CCS: 32
  • Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

MR. JACOB PETERSON
Bible Teacher
jpeterson@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Secondary Education (Bible & History)
  • Years of Experience: 3
  • Years at CCS: 1
  • Life Verse: Jeremiah 20:7-9

MRS. JENNIFER BROWN
English Teacher
jbrown@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Health and Science, Liberty University
  • Years of Experience: 18
  • Years at CCS: 13
  • Life Verse: Galatians 2:20

MR. JAMES SKIDMORE
History Teacher
jskidmore@carrollchristian.com

  • CCS Alumni
  • BA – History/English, Pensacola Christian College
  • Years of Experience: 14
  • Years at CCS: 7
  • Life Verse: Philippians 4:6

MR. BOB LEON
Middle Math Teacher
bleon@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – German
  • BA – International Studies
  • MA – International Commerce
  • Years at CCS: 1
  • Years of Experience: 1
  • Life verse: Philippians 2:5

MR. DANIEL GRIFFIN
Secondary Music
dgriffin@carrollchristian.com

  • BM – Voice Performance, MM – Voice Performance & Church Music Conducting, Bob Jones University
  • Years of Experience: 4
  • Years at CCS: 2
  • Life Verse: Psalm 103:1-14

MR. GAVIN JENNINGS
Athletic Director/Physical Education
gjennings@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Business Management, Strayer University
  • Year of experience as AD: 9, years of experience in education: 9
  • Years at CCS: 7
  • 2004 CCS Graduate
  • Psalm 46:1

MRS. TAMMY BROOKS
Science Teacher
tbrooks@carrollchristian.com

  • AAS – Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Years of Experience: 7
  • Years at CCS: 3
  • Life Verse: Psalms 136:24

MR. DAN MCLAUGHLIN
Science/Math Teacher
dmclaughlin@carrollchristian.com

  • BS in Math/Science Education, Pensacola Christian College
  • Years of Experience: 37
  • Years at CCS: 23
  • Life Verse: Psalm 20:7

MISS JULIE WIKE
Science Teacher
jwike@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Nursing, Pensacola Christian College
  • MS – Nursing Education, Liberty University
  • Registered Nurse
  • Years of Experience: 12 years (Nursing), 3 Year (Education)
  • Years at CCS: 3
  • Life Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

MR. DAVID WRIGHT
IT/Computer Science Teacher
dwright@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – Religious Education, West Coast Baptist College
  • MA – Ministry, Luther Rice Seminary
  • Years of Experience: 6
  • Years at CCS: 6
  • Life Verse: II Corinthians 5:7

Support Staff

MRS. PAMELA DELPH
Discovery Program/Learning Resource
pdelph@carrollchristian.com

  • BS – Business Administration, Radford University
  • PCET (Professionally Certified Educational Therapist) and Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist
  • Years of Experience: 10
  • Years at CCS: 6
  • Life Verse: Romans 8:38

MRS. BECKY MENDENHALL
Educational Therapist/Speech Teacher
bmendenhall@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – Elementary Education K-8, Eastern University, AA – Teacher Education, Howard Community College
  • Certified Educational Therapist
  • Years of experience: 19
  • Years at CCS: 4
  • Life verse: Philippians 4

MR. JOHN WRIGHT
Finance/Bible Teacher
jwright@carrollchristian.com

  • BSME – Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • MA – Masters of Ministry, Open Door Bible College
  • Years of Experience: 2
  • Years at CCS: 2
  • Life Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9

PASTOR JOSH BELCHER
Secondary Chapel
jblecher@opendoorchurch.org

  • BS – Church Ministries
  • MA – Ministry
  • Years of Experience: 19
  • Years at CCS: 19
  • Life Verse: Deuteronomy 10:12

MRS. NATHANIA KIRBY
Strings & Music Lessons
nmunoz@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – Violin Proficiency, Pensacola Christian College
  • MS – Music Education
  • Years of Experience: 12
  • Years at CCS: 4
  • Life Verse: Psalm 28:7

MRS. JEN DAY
Nurse
jday@carrollchristian.com

  • Registered Nurse
  • Years of Experience: 17
  • Years at CCS: 8
  • Life Verse: Isaiah 40:30-31

MRS. BARBARA BECKER
Math Tutor and Detention
bbecker@carrollchristian.com

  • BA – Mathematics and Economics, University of Delaware
  • Years of Experience: 24
  • Years at CCS: 7
  • Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
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