Mrs. Donna Williams is our K4 teacher. She is a graduate of Harper College and the Schaumburg Bible Institute. She is a veteran of 19 years, 10 of which have been right here at Westgate. She has her SCACS certification.
Our four-year-old program contains curriculum from A Beka Book publications and includes Language Arts, Numbers, Bible and Fine Arts. Language Arts: Phonics and Reading - Recognition of name, sound, and picture of long and short vowels and consonants; Sounding of blends and one-and two-vowel words; Reading of sentences and stories with one- and two-vowel words
Language: Language development and listening skills that include color words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners, science
Numbers: Number recognition and counting 1-100; Number concepts 1-20; Numbers before and after 1-20; Numbers largest and smallest 1-20 Bible: Lessons such as Creation, Noah, Boy Samuel, Daniel, Boyhood of Jesus, Zacchaeus, Good Samaritan (includes memory verses and hymns/choruses)
Fine Arts: Music, Arts and Crafts weekly.
Mrs. Williams class verse is Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Preschool Director, K5 Teacher
Mrs. Sandi Boyce serves Westgate as the Childcare Director and Elementary Coordinator. She is a graduate of Liberty University, has her SCACS certification, and has been in education for 20 years. She has been at Westgate for 13 of those years, and has had 4 children of her own graduate from WCS.
Kindergarten 5-year-olds are taught in a very structured environment. Every morning we begin with prayer, pledges, and meeting at the helper board and calendar to discover what each new day will bring.
Our structured Phonics, Arithmetic & Number Skills, Social Studies, Science, and Art programs are dynamic programs from the A Beka curriculum. Phonics & Reading stresses a solid foundation with vowels, consonants, and word-blends. As students begin to identify words by sight and sound, they are encouraged with stronger word recognition and phonemic awareness. Since the reading of words is generally learned at an individual pace, the children are separated into reading groups. The kindergartners love to learn to read while learning comprehension for critical-thinking skills.
1st Grade Teacher, Yearbook Advisor
Miss Jessica Renshaw is our first grade teacher and also serves as our Yearbook adviser. For more information about our yearbook, check out that page of our website.
Miss Jessica Renshaw graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She has been in Christian education for 6 years, 2 at Westgate and is SCACS certified.
The curriculum used in the first grade is from Bob Jones University Press for Phonics and English, Reading, Spelling, Math, Science, Heritage Studies, and Handwriting. The Bible curriculum is from Positive Action for Christ. Using the Bible, along with this curriculum, the plan of salvation is clearly given and taught. Stories and lessons are used each week to reinforce the Word of God in the lives of the children, and to teach them how to live their lives for Christ through His and other examples of great heroes of the Bible! A memory verse is also assigned each week that further reinforces the lesson being taught.
In addition to their academic learning, the first graders go to the library on a regular basis, sing in music classes, create beautiful art, learn the basics of sports in physical education classes, and enjoy a weekly time in computer class.
2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Marcia McAllister is our 2nd grade teacher and comes to us with a wealth of experience and love for her students. A graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College with a B.S. in Elementary Education, Mrs. McAllister has over 20 years in Christian education. Most recently a teacher at Grace Christian in Landrum, she has been with Westgate for one year now, and has been a wonderful addition to our faculty!
Married and having four adult children, all of whom are faithfully serving the LORD, Mrs. McAllister says there is nothing she would rather do than teach at a Christian school.Her class verse is Psalms 118:24 - "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
3rd Grade Teacher, Year Book Instructor
Mrs. Julie Rupe is our third grade teacher and also serves as our Yearbook adviser. For more information about our yearbook, check out that page of our website!
Mrs. Rupe graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has been in Christian education for 17 years, 11 at Westgate, and is SCACS certified.
The third grade curriculum is provided by Bob Jones University Press for English, reading, arithmetic, science, heritage studies and handwriting. A Beka Publications provides the spelling curriculum.
Our Bible lessons come from Positive Action for Christ. This curriculum focuses on the major patriarchs of the Old Testament. Students will learn lessons on obedience, forgiveness, and godliness in the midst of trials by studying the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Daniel. The children also have weekly verses to memorize, and they have chapel each week.
Students visit the school library and computer lab on a weekly basis. They also attend art classes and art appreciation courses which give lessons on theme, color, and painting skills.
4th Grade Teacher, Elementary Music
Miss Kristen Murrell currently teaches fourth grade and elementary music at WCS. She has been in Christian education for 8 years, all at Westgate. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Music.
Fourth grade uses the Bob Jones curriculum for Bible, English, reading, heritage studies, handwriting, math, and science. A Beka curriculum is used for spelling. The fourth graders enjoy hands-on activities like math games and acting out Bible stories to reinforce concepts. The emphasis on reading is strengthened by a quarterly book report. The students also memorize weekly Bible verses.
In addition to the core subjects, the fourth graders enjoy visiting the library, singing in choir and music class, and participating in art.
Miss Murrell’s class verse is I Timothy 4:12 - "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
5th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Shelley Hughes is our 5th grade teacher. She also teaches Spanish 1 and 2, and is our Beta Club sponsor. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. in Counseling, and has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Crown College. She has been teaching for 8 years, all at Westgate Christian.
Fifth grade use the Bob Jones curriculum for Bible, English, reading, heritage studies, math and science, and the A Beka curriculum for spelling. The students also memorize weekly Bible verses. In addition to the core subjects, they also enjoy visiting the library, singing in music class, and participating in art and computer classes.
Mrs. Hughes class verse is Psalm 78:4, 6-7 which says . . . "4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:"
6th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Jodi Retherford is our 6th grade teacher. She is a graduate of Bob Jones University and has her SCACS certification. She has been an educator for 10 years, 2 here at Westgate. Previously at WCS, she served as our K3 teacher.
Mrs. Retherford's class verse is I Timothy 4:12, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
Secondary English Teacher, Sr. Sponsor, College Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Dorcas Hoyt is our secondary English/Keyboarding teacher, and also is our school Guidance Counselor. She is also our Senior Sponsor, helping the Seniors to raise funds for their annual trip to Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College with a B.S. in English Education. She has been in education for 19 years, 17 at Westgate. She is SCACS and AACCA certified.
Junior High and High School English classes use the Bob Jones Press curriculum. Subject areas covered include vocabulary, grammar, writing, and literature. Beginning in 9th grade, the writing curriculum builds from writing good paragraphs to essays to research papers. The 11th and 12th grades submit two research papers per school year. English Honors students attend two play performances and read a novel each year.
Mrs. Stephanie Romeiser is in our high school math and science department, also serving as our Beta Club co-sponsor. She has been at WCS for 5 years and, in that time, has served as a K3 teacher, first grade teacher, and now in her current position.
She attended and graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Biology. She also has her B.S. and M.S.N. in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, and has her SCACS certification. It is her background in biology and medical science that makes her a uniquely qualified member of our science staff.
Secondary Bible Teacher, Athletic Director, Basketball & Volleyball Coach
Mr. Cary Rupe is the Director of Athletics at WCS. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. in Bible. He has been involved with Christian education for 18 years, 12 of which have been at Westgate.
Along with directing the Athletic Department at the school, Mr. Rupe also teaches a full schedule including Bible, Speech/Drama and P.E. He coaches Girls Varsity Volleyball, JV, Girls Varsity, and Guys Varsity Basketball. He is also the WCS Booster Club President, and runs the WCS Summer Camp program during the summer months, which offers a variety of elementary and secondary sport camps.
He is SCACS certified, and has been included in the Who's Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Rupe is also the Director of the WCS school play each year, put on by our own Westgate Players’. For more information about our school plays, visit our Speech & Drama Department.
Mrs. Tricia Segar teaches Art at WCS. She attended Faithway Baptist College. She has been at Westgate for 12 years.
She is a self-taught portrait artist and has a passion for guiding children in the development of solid artistic skills and in a proper Biblical world view.
For more information about our art program or to see some of the wonderful artwork that has been created by our students, please visit our Art Department page!
Mrs. Kathryn Bethea is the Director of Piano, and teaches private lessons during the school year to several students. She has a B.A. in Piano Pedagogy from Bob Jones University. She has been teaching piano for 29 years, and has taught at Westgate for 15.
Mrs. Bethea's students routinely enter the SCACS Fine Arts Competitions each year, and she is able to boast several state champions.
Mrs. Bethea uses I Corinthians 10:31 as a core verse in her lessons and curriculum. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God".
Secondary Science Teacher
Our new librarian, Mrs. Janet Litke is a retiree from Michigan, where she served as Food Service Director for area schools for 25 years. Looking for a way to serve Westgate Christian School, she was privileged to work side by side with Mrs. Louise Willard for 2 years in the library. Her great desire is to cultivate a love for reading in each of the children she ministers to. For more information on our Westgate Library, please click here.
Child Care Ages 3-5