Faculty & Staff

Administration & Office Staff

Administrator

Mrs. Soots attended Ball State University from 1976 to 1982. During this time she received degrees in Education and Sociology. She also obtained an endorsement in Reading Instruction.

In the years following her graduation, Mrs. Soots worked in the Department of Special Education at Ball State University. While in the department, she worked within the context of a demonstration classroom for the hearing impaired. This setting allowed parents, extended family members, as well as students from the university (and those desiring a similar program) to visit, observe, and participate in the instruction process and teacher training. Mrs. Soots' early work linking children and parent instruction has prepared her to meet the needs of CCS families and faculty members.

Secretary

Mrs. Ta​mara Fletcher

tamara.fletcher@ccsrichmond.com

Bookkeeper

Mrs. Sheri Hickman

shickman@ccsrichmond.com

Mrs. Hickman has worked at Community Christian School since August of 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University. Sheri is married to Dave, and they have four children: Matthew, Micah, Josh, and Allie. All of Sheri's children graduated from Community Christian School.

Teacher Observation & Formation

Dr. Jacqueline Schlichte

jschlichte@ccsrichmond.com

Elementary Grade Classroom Teachers

PreKindergarten

Mrs. Misti Cobb ​

mcobb@ccsrichmond.com

Kindergarten

Mrs. Heather Reese

hreese@ccsrichmond.com

First Grade

Ms. Donna Girdley

dgirdley@ccsrichmond.com

Miss Girdley received a B.A. in English from Tennessee Temple University and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Baptist University of America. She also holds an M.Ed. from Earlham College. She has worked in education since 1972. Miss Girdley serves CCS in first grade and as a literacy coach. She enjoys reading, music, and writing. God used Isaiah 54:13 to lead Miss Girdley into Christian education: God used Psalm 45:1 to encourage Miss Girdley's love of literacy: "My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."

Second Grade

Mrs. Kristina Girdley

kgirdley@ccsrichmond.com

Third Grade

Mrs. Candace Yount

cyount@ccsrichmond.com

Fourth Grade

Mr. Michael Current

mcurrent@ccsrichmond.com

Mr. Current graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Taylor University in Fort Wayne, and has worked in elementary education since 2006. Prior to working at Community Christian School, Mr. Current worked for Kenneth Christmon STEMM Academy as a teacher in 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Mr. Current also taught science at Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center, and currently serves on the board for the non-profit group, Birth-to-Five Wayne County. He has two sons (David and Cohen) who both attend CCS.

Elementary Math Specialist

Mrs. Rhonda Price

rprice@ccsrichmond.com

Mrs. Price has been teaching for over 25 years, and has taught at Community Christian School since 1997. She enjoys teaching her elementary students, and also enjoys teaching math courses to adults at Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University East. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Math Education from Miami University, which has offered opportunities for her to provide professional development in math for teachers in a variety of settings. In her spare time, Mrs. Price works at her family’s antique mall and likes to spend time with her husband and daughter checking out the area antique hot spots. Mrs. Price's daughter, Emmy, graduated from CCS in 2010.

Middle School Teachers

English Language Arts

Science

Mrs. Tina Locker

tlocker@ccssrichmond.com

Mrs. Locker received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University. She has 18 credit hours towards her Masters in Children and Family Studies. Mrs. Locker taught at Brookville High School (Ohio) before taking time out to have her children. She and her husband of 25 years felt led to have their children in Christian education and found CCS. Mrs. Locker began teaching at CCS in 1997. Both of her children graduated from CCS and come back to visit often. Mrs. Locker loves the outdoors, fishing, camping, cooking, and reading cookbooks. ​

Mathematics

Mrs. Tiffani Pentecost

tpentecost@ccsrichmond.com

Mrs. Pentecost grew up in northern Indiana. She attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and received a Bachelors in Mathematics Education in 2001. Tiffani moved to the Richmond area in 2002 and began teaching in Cambridge City, Indiana. Mrs. Pentecost stepped away from teaching to care for her young children when her oldest child was born. She answered God's call to return to the field of education when she began teaching at CCS in 2013.

Bible Education

Pastor Steve Whalen

swhalen@ccsrichmond.com

Fifth Grade History

Mr. Michael Current

mcurrent@ccsrichmond.com

Sixth - Eighth Grade History

Fifth - Eighth Grade Technology

Mr. Dennis Metzger

dmetzger@ccsrichmond.com

Mr. Metzger grew up on a dairy and grain farm in northern Illinois. He later attended Valparaiso University and graduated with a degree in History. Later he attended Indiana State University where he earned a degree in Secondary Administration and Supervision. Mr. Metzger has been involved in education for over 40 years teaching at the middle school and high school levels. During that time, he has also served as a high school assistant principal and a junior-senior high school principal. During his time at CCS he has taught 5th grade technology, 6-7-8th grade history and supervised lunch recess. “I am blessed to be able to work at CCS and it truly is ‘Christ First and Academics Second To None’; something that I could not say out loud during my service in public education.”

Specials

Physical Education

Mrs. Daniella Marshall "Coach D"

dmarshall@ccsrichmond.com

Music Education

Music Education Aide

Mrs. Nikki Brock


Art Education (PreK - Third Grade)

Mrs. Leah Deane

Art Education (Fourth - Eighth Grade)