Lower School

The Lower School at Crossroads Christian School includes students from kindergarten through fifth grades. The teachers and administration of the Lower School strive to provide a structured and nurturing environment, where the spiritual, social, and academic needs of all students can be addressed.

Lower School Curriculum Guide – Kindergarten-5th Grades (Updated 6/22/2018)

Lower School students receive grade-level
appropriate instruction in the following areas:

  • Bible
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Each Lower School class has a daily opportunity to attend an enrichment class, called “specials,” which include the following:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Computer (K4-5th)
  • Library
  • PE

The Lower School family worships together each Tuesday morning in Chapel. The Lower School teachers offer after-school tutoring in various academic areas. The tutoring schedules are developed by each individual teacher. It is the desire of the Lower School teachers and administration to see spiritual, social, and academic growth in each child throughout the school year.

Lower School classes each enjoy a snack every day. Students are responsible for bringing in their own snack daily. Classes go to lunch on a staggered schedule. Our cafeteria offers a hot lunch each day, with a salad bar available daily, and a soup of the week available in the winter months. Ice cream, cookies, and other snacks are available for sale through the cafeteria as well. Lower School students may also bring their own lunch from home, and microwaves are available in the cafeteria for any heat-ups.

Lower School students have the opportunity throughout the school year to be involved in extracurricular activities. ACSI, one of our school’s accrediting agencies, sponsors a Spelling Bee and Math Olympics, both held in the spring. Students also participate in class field trips to various points of interest throughout the school year. Girls can join the Little Colts cheer squad (grades K4 – 3rd) or the Junior Colts cheer squad (4th & 5th grades) to help cheer on our basketball teams during the winter sports season. Lower School students also perform a Christmas musical and a Spring musical each school year, which is always a real treat!


Katherine Anderson Anderson, Katherine
– Preschool Director
– Colts Kids Camps –  Summer Camp Director
– Preschool Teacher
A.A.S. in Early Childhood, Vance-Granville Community College
Years teaching: 19
Email: kanderson@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2122
Mrs. Harmon Harmon, Lindsay
– Preschool Aide (K3)
A.A.S. in Applied Sciences, Vance-Granville Community College
Years teaching: 1
Email: lharmon@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2124
McClelland, Jennifer
– Pre-Kindergarten (K4)
Certificate of Christian Ministry
Certificate in Early Childhood Education
14 years as Pre-K teacher
4 years as a T.A.
8 years In-home Daycare
Email: jmcclelland@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2204
  Ficek, Robin
– Assistant for K3 & K4
– Assistant for 3rd & 4th grades
Years teaching: 12 in pre-school as teacher assistant
Email: rficek@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2122
Lower School
Marlowe, Bonnie Hunter
– Kindergarten
– Coach for Little Colts Cheer Squad
B.A. in Sociology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A. in Women’s Studies, University of West Georgia
ACSI Certification
Years teaching: 9
Email: bmarlowe@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2201
Wade, Jennifer
– Preschool (K2-3)
B.S. in Elementary Education, Liberty University
ACSI Certification – in progress
Years teaching: 3
Email: jwade@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2203
Hollie Crickenberger Nichols, Hollie Crickenberger
– 1st Grade
B.S. in Psychology from Lees-McRae College
M.A. in Teaching: Elementary  Education from Liberty University
ACSI Certification in progress
Years teaching: 2 years as teacher assistant; 1 year as lead teacher
Email: hnichols@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2203
Short, Wendy
– 1st Grade
B.S. in Child Development from Meredith College
K-6 NC Certification
ACSI Certification
Years teaching: 22
Email: wshort@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2206
Brauer, Jennifer
– 2nd Grade
B.S. in Psychology & Teaching Certification from Meredith College
ACSI Certification
Years teaching: 28
Email: jbrauer@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2205
Doherty, Karen
– 3rd Grade
– ACSI Spelling Bee Coordinator
M.Ed. in Reading from The Citadel, S.C.
B.S. in Psychology/Sociology/Elementary Education from Russell Sage College (Troy, NY)
New York Permanent Certification (N-8)
ACSI Certification
Years teaching: 10 years at CCS (32 total)
Email: kdoherty@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2211
Jamie Pernell Pernell, Jamie W.
– 4th Grade
B.S. in Elementary Education from East Carolina University
NC Certification – Child Development and Family Relations (CDFR)
Years teaching: 12
Email: jpernell@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2213
Bartholomew, Alison
– 5th Grade 
B.S. in Elementary Education from Campbell University
NC Certification: K-6 & Middle School Language Arts
ACSI Certification
Years teaching: 9 in the classroom; 7 homeschool
Email: abartholomew@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2216
Mr. Coghill William “Holden” Coghill
– Physical Education (all grades)
– Varsity Boys Soccer – Head Coach
– Varsity Girls Soccer – Head Coach
– B.S. – Sports Management, Liberty University
– Years teaching: 5
Email: hcoghill@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2418
Jarrell, Alicia
– Music (K3 – 8th)
– Computer (Lower School)
– After-School Care Program
– Upper School Drama elective
B.A. in Music, Lee University
M.A. in Business Leadership & Management, Liberty University
M.A. in Human Services Counseling (Family & Children)
ACSI Certified
Years teaching: 3
Email: ajarrell@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2404/2202
Newbern, Annette
– Art (K3 – 12th)
– Computer (5th-8th) 
– ACSI Art Festival Coordinator
B.S. in Commercial Art/Graphic Design; Minor in Computer Technology & Marketing, Appalachian State University
Years teaching: 9
ACSI Certification
Email: anewbern@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2403