3 yr old Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Janelle Kazmierzak serves as our K4 grade teacher. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with us at Westgate since 2016.
4 yr old Kindergarten Assistant
Preschool Naptime/Afternoon Teacher
Preschool Director, K5 Teacher
Mrs. Sandi Boyce serves as our Kindergarten teacher. She also serves Westgate as the Childcare Director, Elementary Coordinator, OSHA Trainer, and Emergency Preparedness, DSS/DHEC Director. She is a graduate of Liberty University with an Associates degree in Bible. She also has her degree in Early Childhood Education from Penn Foster College. She homeschooled her children for K-6th grade. She has been with us at Westgate since 2000. She is certified through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools. She has had 4 children of her own graduate from WCS.
1st Grade Teacher, Yearbook Advisor
Miss Jessica Renshaw serves as our first grade teacher. She also serves as our Yearbook adviser. For more information about our yearbook https://www.westgatechristianschool.com/yearbook.
Miss Jessica Renshaw graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2007 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She taught at South Charlotte Baptist Academy for four years and has been with us at Westgate since 2015. She is also certified through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.
2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Marcia McAllister serves as our 2nd grade teacher. She also serves as our Elementary Tutor. She graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College in 1991 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She taught in Des Moines, Iowa for 9 years and Grace Christian in Landrum for 11 years. She has been with us at Westgate since 2011. She is certified through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.
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
Mrs. Julie Rupe is our third-grade teacher. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She taught in New Jersey for six years and has been with us at Westgate since 2002. Mrs. Rupe is also certified through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools. Her past teaching experiences include K5 for one year and 2nd grade for two years in New Jersey. She also taught 2nd and 3rd grade combined class at Westgate for two years.
4th Grade Teacher, Elementary Music
Kristen Murrell serves as our fourth grade and elementary music director. She graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and minor in Music. She has been with us at Westgate since 2005. Kristen Murrell is also certified through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.
Her life verse is Psalms 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."
5th Grade Teacher, Spanish 2 Teacher, Junior Beta Club sponsor
Mrs. Shelly Hughes serves as our 5th grade teacher. She also teaches Spanish 2 and is our Junior Beta Club sponsor. She graduated from Bob Jones University in 2005 with a B.A. in Counseling and in 2010 recieved a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Crown College. She has been teaching at Westgate Christian since 2005. She is also certified through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.
Mrs. Hughes class verse is Psalm 78:4, 6-7 which says . . . "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. That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:"
6th Grade Teacher
Jodi Retherford is our 6th-grade teacher. She graduated from Bob Jones University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in PCT. She taught in the Ohio Public Schools System and Spartanburg District Six for 10 years and has been with us at Westgate since 2011.Jodi Retherford is also certified by the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools. She has one child of her own attend Westgate Christian School. Her past teaching experience at Westgate outside her current grade is K3 for one year, and 1st grade for three years.
Junior High Teacher
Mrs. Stephanie Romeiser serves as our high school math and science teacher She also serves as our Senior Beta Club sponsor. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Medical College of Georgia in 1985. Masters of Science degree in nursing from Medical College of Georgia in 1995. She has been with us at Westgate since 2008. Stephanie is also certified by the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.
Stephanie also has three children who are currently attending or have graduated from Westgate Christian School. She also has taught at Westgate K-3 for three years, 1st grade for one year, and has taught High school since 2012.
Secondary History Teacher, Computer Applications Teacher, Robotics Faculty Adviser
Secondary Bible Teacher, Athletic Director, Basketball & Volleyball Coach
Mr. Cary Rupe is the Director of Athletics at WCS. He also serves as our Bible, Speech and Drama Teacher, WCS Booster Club President, and Volleyball and Basketball Coach. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 1996 with a B.A. in Bible. He taught at Parsippany Christian School for 6 years and has been with us at Westgate since 2002.
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.
Secondary Science Teacher
Secondary English Teacher, Sr. Sponsor, College Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Dorcas Hoyt serves as our secondary English teacher. She also serves as our Guidance Counselor and senior sponsor. She is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College in 1983 with a B.S. in English Education. She taught at Faith Christian School in Hendersonville, NC for two years and has been with us at WCS since 1996. Mrs. Hoyt is certified through SCACS and AACCA. She has had one child of her own graduate from WCS.
Mrs. Tricia Segar teaches Art at WCS. She attended Faithway Baptist College. She homeschooled her seven children for 20 years. 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!
Keith Stafford, MD, has owned his own family medical practice - Cornerstone Family Medicine in Greer, SC - for many years. A graduate of Upper Bucks Christian School in Pennsylvania and a graduate of Bob Jones University, Keith earned his Medical Degree from Temple University. Keith and his wife, Carol, have lived in South Carolina since 2003 and have served the Lord at Westgate Christian School since 2014. The Staffords have four children, three of whom graduated from Westgate Christian School.
SCACS Director, Junior High Choir
Our librarian, Mrs. Janet Litke is a retiree from Michigan, where she served as Food Service and Transportation 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.