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.
Karissa graduated from the University of Northwestern -St.Paul with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Biblical Studies.
Her teaching journey began when she first started going to school to get her teaching license in 2012. She has experience in both secular and Christ centered preschools. Karissa has a passion for being able to share the love and word of Jesus with the children she teaches. She loves to see the work of Jesus flow through and bless the families and children she works with.
Karissa is beyond excited to start her journey here at Northside and is dedicated to making a loving and home like environment to the classroom. She makes it a priority to make her students feel loved,cared for and seen each and every day. She encourages children to learn through play, exploration, and inquiry.
Outside of the classroom, Karissa loves to travel, be with family and friends , spend time outside and has a love for coffee!
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.
Sharon has bachelor’s degrees in teaching children who are hearing impaired (birth – 12) and elementary education. She taught hearing impaired children in Minot and Bismarck, ND for six years till the Kinde’s moved to the Twin Cities. Currently licensed by the Minnesota Department of Education, Sharon taught regular elementary education for more than 20 years in northeast and north Minneapolis serving with the Minneapolis Public School System. She taught first, third and fourth grades, but most of Sharon’s classroom experience has been as a first grade teacher. Seeing children learn to decode, increase in fluency and comprehension and then grasp math concepts are all aspects that make teaching early elementary so special. For her last six years in Minneapolis, Sharon focused on math, giving special attention to children who struggled with math and math concepts; it brought great joy as Sharon saw children’s eyes widen and light up with understanding as they grasped strategies for understanding and applying math.
Sharon could always answer questions about faith and her decision-making in the public school context, but coming to Northside Christian School is entirely different. She is able to weave faith in her teaching and can draw examples from Scripture and incorporate lessons from the Bible in all parts of Northside curricula. Sharon is looking forward to teaching first and second grades this coming year at Northside.
Married since 1983 to her husband, Mark, they have been blessed with three children, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren. Other than seeing people come to and grow in Christ, there is no greater joy than spending time with and caring for her grandchildren. Sharon also enjoys Bible Study, reading, gardening, bicycling and camping. She has taught Sunday School and served in the church nursery for many years.
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.
Raised overseas in Romania and Turkey as the son of missionary parents, and with a Bachelor’s in Biblical Literature, a Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis on School Counseling, and an acclaimed Master’s thesis on technology addiction, Joey brings an unique skill set to Northside as the chaplain and Bible teacher.
Joey has professionally taught and worked in Christian education since 2012 and is wholeheartedly committed to teaching a Biblical worldview and equipping the mind and discipling the heart of each student.
Joey has been married to his wife, Nicole, since 2011, and are joyfully raising their four children, and both have a heart to raise up the next generation.
Joey is currently on staff at Way of the Lord Church serving as a worship and teaching pastor and oversees WOTL’s youth ministry and prayer room.
“I live to extend the glory of God in the the nations of the earth, and I want to raise up young people to carry God’s truth to their generation. Through the process of discovering the beauty of Christ in His Word, I have a special opportunity, as their Bible teacher and chaplain, to impact students to know and love God wholeheartedly.”
Nate graduated from Northwestern College in St. Paul in 2013 with a BA in History and a double minor in Bible and Youth Ministry. He has served as the Youth Director at Meadow Creek Church in Andover, MN for the past 8 years.
He has wanted to be a teacher since high school, and has been able to use his experience as a confirmation to that calling. Working with teenagers and their families is something that he loves to do. Being able to serve as a Youth Director has given him the experience and skills needed to connect with, teach, and encourage youth in their faith. He is excited to continue to teach in a Christian environment and to help students understand history and literature from a Christian worldview. Helping students to understand what they believe and why they believe it is a vital part of his perspective on teaching.
Youth ministry hasn’t been the only thing that keeps Nate busy, he has also been a coach for Legacy Christian Academy’s Clay Target Team for the past 4 years. He has enjoyed being able to help encourage students in the sport and teach them life lessons in a context other than church and youth group.
Nate loves playing games, watching movies, trap shooting, hiking, and spending time with people. You can usually find him either inside playing board games, or outside enjoying a walk, or throwing a Frisbee around with friends. He has been married to his wife Christine for four years and the two of them love going for walks, playing games together, and traveling, mainly to the mountains!
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.
Rachel Klismith is very excited to be the K-12 art teacher at Northside Christian School this year! Rachel has been a lower elementary classroom teacher in public and private schools for over 25 years. She is excited about turning a new page in her teaching career and is working on completing a Masters in Art Education at the University of MN. She also has developed her personal skills as an artist and enjoys painting landscapes and people.
With over twenty years of leadership in operations and business development in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, Joelle serves our school as our volunteer Communications Director and Business Development Consultant.
Over the last 14 years, Joelle has had each of her 3 children attend Northside. Her love for Northside coupled with her professional experience as the Director of Marketing and Business Development at LuminFire (an award-winning, rapidly-growing Digital Technology Agency), Joelle is uniquely qualified to help our school translate their business and communications challenges into effective solutions to help grow our school.