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 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!

Lower School
Hunter, Bonnie
– Kindergarten
B.A. in Sociology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A. in Women’s Studies, University of West Georgia
ACSI Certification
Years teaching: 7
Email: bhunter@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2201
Short, Wendy
– 1st Grade
ACSI Certified
Years teaching: 
Email: wshort@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2203
Brauer, Jennifer
– 2nd Grade
B.S. in Psychology from Meredith College
ACSI Certification
Years teaching: 27 (12 years at CCS)
Email: jbrauer@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2205
Doherty, Karen
– 3rd Grade
– ACSI Spelling Bee Coordinator for CCS
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: 8 years at CCS
Email: kdoherty@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2211
Capps, Anita
– 4th Grade Math, Science, Bible
B.A. in Elementary Education K-6, Math 5 – Algebra I, Marshall University
ACSI Certification
Virginia State License
Years teaching: 11.5
Email: acapps@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2212
Pernell, Jamie W.
– 4th Grade
B.S. in Elementary Education from East Carolina University
NC Certification – Child Development and Family Relations (CDFR)
Years teaching: 10
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 – in progress
Years teaching: 7 in the classroom; 7 homeschool
Email: abartholomew@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2216
Burton, Kim
– Reading Specialist
– Media Center
– Lower School Lead Teacher
B.A. in History, Meredith College
K-6 NC Certification
ACSI Certification
Years teaching: 22
Email: kburton@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2131
Betty Jones Jones, Betty
– Lower School PE
– K4 through 3rd grade Computer
– 9th Health
– Soccer coach
B.S. in Health and Physical Education, Longwood College
Elem. Ed. classes from St. Paul’s College and ODU
Years teaching: 19
Email: bjones@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2122
Ficek, Robin
– Assistant for K4
Years teaching: 8 in pre-school
Email: rficek@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2122
  Jarrell, Alicia
– Music
– After-School Care Program
B.A. in Music, Lee University
M.A. in Business Leadership & Management, Liberty University
M.A. in Human Services Counseling (Family & Children)
Years teaching: 1
Email: ajarrell@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2404/2202
Newbern, Annette
– K3 through 12th Grade Art
– 4th-8th Computer
– ACSI Art Festival Coordinator
B.S. in Commercial Art/Graphic Design; Minor in Computer Technology & Marketing, Appalachian State University
Years teaching: 7
ACSI Certification
Email: anewbern@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2403
Parker, Tracy
— Lower School Assistant
— Procter for Sevenstar Academy online Foreign Language classes (11th/12th grade)
A.A.S. in Microcomputer Systems Technology, Vance-Granville Community College
Years teaching: 3
Email: tparker@ccscolts.org | Phone Extension: 2614