Beth graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education and a certification in Coaching. She has been certified under ACSI and keeps current licensure under the state of Minnesota.
Beth is passionate about bringing an excellent environment to the classrooms at Northside. Her three subject areas reflect her favorite things to teach – Language Arts, American History, and Bible. Beth is thankful she can bring a Christian Worldview into each of these subjects, as well as into all the concepts that are taught and demonstrated at Northside.
In addition to teaching middle and high school, Beth has been the Drama Director at Northside for the last fifteen years, which perfectly fits her love for the arts and music. Seeing the individual students’ gifts and talents shine as they are challenged with creative assignments is a joy for Beth.
Beth has always appreciated the school experience and the community that emerges as a result of excellent programming. Her various leadership roles as a student, classroom teacher, lead coordinator of events, church Bible study leader, as well as church nominating committee lead, has prepared her to take on her newest role at Northside: School Principal.
Beth is a lover of most sports and continues to cheer the Minnesota Vikings through every season. She plays tennis and golf as often as she can. As a piano player, she continues to teach private lessons to a few students and leads worship when the opportunity arises. She has been married to her “rock” Kevin since 1986. They have a daughter, Kayla, and a son, Kole.
Beth enjoys her church family and loves to spend time digging into the Word of God and reading authors who challenge her faith. She can’t wait to see where the Holy Spirit leads her next!
Marjean graduated from Winona State University with a BS degree in Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities. She also received a MS in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities from Bethel University. Marjean is professional certified by the ACSI (Association for Christian Schools International) for Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities, and NILD (National Institute for Learning Development) as an Educational Therapist for Learning Disabilities.
Marjean began teaching 1st grade at NCS in 1981. In 1985 she left NCS to teach Child Evangelism at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, TX for 4 ½ years. When she returned to NCS in 1990 she taught 1st grade and the NILD Discovery Program. Since then she has taught nearly every grade various subjects. In addition to teaching, Marjean began her role as a school administrator in 2005, and became the Assistant Principal at Northside in 2013.
Marjean has also taught for NILD, training other teachers from all over the world to become Educational Therapists, making a way for struggling learners to stay in Christian Schools. Marjean offers on-going teacher in-service training for the teachers at Northside.
Marjean is passionate about teaching students to love Christ and to serve Him in His plan for their lives. She desires that students learn to think critically and be creative, flexible problem solvers. Students in her class are encouraged to ask high-level questions and to develop goal planning as they approach a task.
Marjean has had the opportunity to organize and travel with Northside’s middle and high school students as they took spring missions trips to Monterrey, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the east coast of our great country.
Marjean lives with one of her three sisters. She loves to study the Bible, travel, cook, paint, cross-stitch, make beaded bracelets and play games with her family (nieces/nephews and great-nieces/nephews) and friends. In summer of 2015 they became great-great aunts.
Renee is a graduate of Northwestern Bible College (2004) with a double major in Psychology and Bible. Her vocational journey began in Nashville, TN where Renee served at Mercy Ministries of America (a faith-based residential program for young women who face life-controlling issues) for five years. Her time at Mercy provided an in-depth understanding of the outcome of a life neglected or abused and the vital importance of the early childhood years.
So, with a wealth of experience and understanding, Renee returned home to Minnesota to pursue her passion of service, and caring for children and families. Renee worked for KinderCare Learning Center for three years as a Preschool Teacher and Learning Adventure Instructor (an Enrichment Program that offered Phonics, Music, and Cooking Classes). Renee is intentional in her approach and interactions with children, realizing words and actions contain the power to change a child’s perspective and life.
Renee believes in the foundation of family and seeks to establish and build relationship with parents and their children. Each day your child will LEARN through play, discovery, and unlimited opportunities and experiences to explore, ask questions, and find answers! As an early childhood educator, Renee uses developmentally appropriate practices to foster a love and excitement for learning. Her heart is to help them adjust to being away from home, acclimate to classroom structure, develop social skills, and expose them to academics in a manner that their hearts and minds can understand – and have a blast at the same time! When in doubt, her secret ingredient for success is unconditional love.
Renee is excited to see little smiling faces every day, and engages with her students with an open heart and an open mind. She counts it a high honor to have the opportunity to impact her students’ futures one day at a time! Children are a gift from God and Renee desires to instill value past performance. Learning happens when we feel safe and accepted. Each child deserves nothing less!
Renee is married and has three beautiful step daughters. She loves coffee, working out and talking with friends.
Lisa graduated from Bethel University with a BA in Elementary Education. She is currently licensed by the state of Minnesota and holds an ACSI certification.
Lisa began her teaching career at Meadow Creek Christian School in 1984. This faith-based setting ignited a passion for education centered around Christ. Lisa considers it a privilege to pour Biblical truths into her student’s lives and loves to see their love for God and one another blossom. Above all, she desires them to know they are a valued creation of the King.
With 17 years in the classroom and 10 years of private instruction under her belt, Lisa creates a safe educational environment where students are expected to treat others with kindness and respect. Emphasizing the importance of Multiple Intelligence education, she encourages her students to bring their own learning style and gifts into the classroom community. Her goal is for this community of active learners to exemplify the Body of Christ.
Outside the classroom, Lisa’s life is enriched by her husband, two daughters, son-in-law, and Yorkshire terriers. In her free time, she enjoys a life full of exercise, reading, listening to music, attending sporting events, and time spent with friends and family.
Mary attended Crown College and graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Her specialization is in Communication Arts and Literature, and she has a strong background in literacy. She is currently licensed by the State of Minnesota Department of Education.
Mary comes to NCS having taught fourth grade in the Spring Lake Park School District for 13 years. Prior to SLP, Mary taught struggling learners in the Anoka Hennepin School District. She has a commitment to three things: 1) maximizing individual student performance, 2) inspiring students’ interest in learning, and 3) instilling a sense of self-worth among all students. Teaching in a Christ-centered environment where she has opportunity to support learners both academically and spiritually is exciting to her!
Outside of school, Mary is a wife and a mother of three grown children. She especially enjoys spending time with her three young grandchildren. She is very involved in her church where she leads Bible study and small groups. Coffee and thrift store adventures with friends are her favorite past times.
Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and then went on to the Master’s program for Elementary Education with a middle school specialty in Communication Arts at Augsburg College.
In 2009, she postponed becoming a teacher to start a family. A few years later she began building a trucking business and ran that for four years before closing in 2016 and returning to her call to be a teacher, as she felt the Lord leading her to do.
Jen is excited to be working at Northside, helping kids achieve their highest potential academically, spiritually, and personally and finds extra joy in teaching Bible, French, History, and STEM classes.
Jen has been married since 2007 and now has three children who are all students at Northside. Most of her “free time” is spent with family, but when she finds a spare moment, she enjoys reading, biking, camping, hiking, rollerblading, and spending time with friends.