Faculty

Mrs. Susan Arrowood

3rd Grade

sarrowood@biblecenterschool.com

Susan grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania.  After attending Christian school, she was inspired to become a teacher.  She graduated from Bob Jones University in 1991 with a degree in the Elementary Education.  Susan was a teacher or tutor at three Christian schools including Bible Center School for thirteen years.

After marrying her husband (thanks to a former student and her mother playing matchmakers), Mrs. Arrowood became a stay-at-home mom for ten years.  She was thankful to return as a tutor and now teach her favorite grade.

Mrs. Arrowood is the proud mother of two active sons, Zane and Will, who are students at BCS.  Her family loves travelling to historical places and spending time together.  They are active members at Bible Center Church.

Mrs. Janet Brightbill

Piano Instructor

jbrightbill@biblecenterschool.com

Mrs. Kelly Britton

4th Grade

kbritton@biblecenterschool.com

Kelly Britton has taught at BCS first, in the 1990-91 school year, and then from 2005 until the present. For all but two of her years at BCS she has taught the fourth grade.  Her teaching experience outside of BCS includes teaching in Georgia, Hawaii, and Japan.   She grew up a pastor’s daughter in Sissonville, West Virginia with her twin sister and two older brothers. She was inspired by some of her teachers, but mostly by her mother, to become a teacher herself.

Kelly went to Word of Life Bible Institute and Tennessee Temple University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Education with minors in Bible and Psychology.  In 1998 she married Tim Britton, who works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The two reside in Charleston, and Tim and Kelly are teammates in ministry. They enjoy traveling, cooking, and laughing together.

Mrs. Jacquie Brown

Kindergarten

jbrown@biblecenterschool.com

In 2015, Jacquie Brown started her 30th year at Bible Center School. She felt God’s calling to be a teacher her senior year in high school while she was an aide in an elementary classroom in the afternoons. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a BS in elementary education in 1986 and began teaching at Bible Center in the fall of 1986.  She has been certified by the state of South Carolina, American Association of Christian Schools, and ACSI.

Jacquie lives in Ripley with her husband, Gary, and has two children, Kalie and Philip.  Her family enjoys traveling and the Mountaineers!

Col. John Cunnings

History

jcunnings@biblecenterschool.com

Colonel John Cunnings, United States Marine Corps (Retired) became a teacher in 2007 and joined Bible Center School Middle School as a Social Studies Teacher in 2011. He is currently a certified teacher, certified by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Prior to 2007, he spent 30 years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps. He is a combat veteran of military operations in Beirut, Lebanon, Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mrs. Sharon Ford

Art

sford@biblecenterschool.com

Sharon Ford has been the Visual Fine Arts Teacher at Bible Center School since 2010. A native of West Virginia, she studied Art at West Virginia State University. While still attending classes in college, she took on a full time job as Assistant Marketing Director at Charleston Department Store for six years in the 1980s. She then became the Advertising Director at Kelley’s Men’s Shop where she was responsible for the creation of all media campaigns involving print, radio, and television.

After fourteen years in the Marketing world, Sharon took a leave of absence from her career to start a family with her husband, Doug. After a few years of being a stay-at-home mother to her daughter, Olivia, Sharon felt God was preparing her for a new ministry, and God brought her to BCS.

Mrs. Ford teaches both Elementary and Middle School Art. Her curriculum is well-rounded, using a project-based hands-on approach involving a vast array of materials and mediums. Students will also learn about famous artists and their styles, art in various cultures, and will learn to appreciate the beauty of all God’s creation.

Mrs. Andrea Garrison

5th Grade

agarrison@biblecenterschool.com

Andrea Garrison has taught at BCS since 2011. She grew up as a pastor’s daughter in Elkview, West Virginia. After high school she went to Liberty University and received her Bachelors of Science degree with teacher certification. While at college she met her husband Matt, and they married and shortly after moved to Pennsylvania where he was a youth pastor for 10 years. They started a family while living in PA, and Andrea was a stay at home mom. They have a daughter, Sydney, and twins, Tyler and Sierra. In 2010 they felt God’s call to move to WV where Matt would serve as the youth pastor at Bible Center Church. Andrea started subbing at BCS and then the following year took the 4th grade teaching position. Just recently, they have had an addition to their family, a baby boy named Troy. The Garrisons love serving at Bible Center Church and School. BCS is a great place to grow.

Ms. Savannah Harless

Computers

sharless@biblecenterschool.com

Savannah teaches Computers for all grades at BCS. She taught 5th grade for 3 years prior to working at BCS. In addition to teaching at BCS, she is a substitute teacher for Boone County Schools. Savannah attended West Virginia State University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She also has an endorsement in Social Studies Education (grades 5-9).

Savannah grew up in Danville, WV, and continues to live there with her parents and brother. She is a member of Bible Baptist Church where she also teaches a Pre-K/K Sunday School class. Savannah enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, reading, and traveling.

Mrs. Amy Harper

Language Arts

aharper@biblecenterschool.com

Amy Harper teaches all Middle School Language Art classes.  Her Writing and English Education degrees were both earned at Pensacola Christian College.  After teaching at PCC, Mrs. Harper taught at North Florida Christian School and most recently at Cross Lanes Christian School.  This is her first year at BCS.  She has one son attending BCS and a high school age daughter at Cross Lanes Christian, her alma mater. Her husband pastors North Hills Baptist Church in Sissonville where the family has ministered since 2003.

Mrs. Candace Jacob

1st Grade

cjacob@biblecenterschool.com

Candace was born and raised in St. Albans. At the age of six she was lead to the Lord by her dad. She grew up in church and was very active in ministries at church. Mrs. Jacob is a graduate of Cross Lanes Christian School. She attended Appalachian Bible College where she received her B. A. In Bible and Elementary Education. She met her husband at ABC, and they were married in 2004. She has been at BCS since January of 2004 and has loved being a part of this family. Mrs. Jacob's husband is a pastor of a local church, and they have two sweet girls. Candace thanks the Lord each day for allowing her to be a part of this wonderful ministry.

Ms. Nanetta Jones

Math

njones@biblecenterschool.com

Ms. Jones has spent the last 38 years in the field of education.  Although she most recently spent her time at South Charleston High, she felt the Lord called her to return to the Middle School to help students prepare for the challenges of High School. Over the years, Ms. Jones represented Kanawha County Schools at a variety of National Conferences. While teaching Middle School, she received West Virginia Exemplary Teacher of the Year for Middle School (RESAIII),  Kanawha County Middle School Teacher of the Year, Ashland Oil The Golden Achiever Award, and was also a multiple-year recipient of Who’s Who Among America's Teachers.

Dr. Ilse-Renee Long

Piano Instructor

ilsereneelong@gmail.com

Ilse began studing violin at the age of 3, and started playing the piano soon after. She always knew she would have a career in music, and currently teaches private piano, voice, and violin lessons. She is also the founding and artistic director of the WV Treble Makers, a non-profit community children's chorus based in Putnam County, WV.

Ilse has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Charleston (WV), and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University (MA).

Mrs. Mary Beth Malcolm

Music

mmalcolm@biblecenterschool.com

Mary Beth Malcolm grew up in a musical family. Her family sang in the church choir, her grandfather played bluegrass music, her grandmother played piano at her home church, and it was a rule in her house to take piano lessons until high school graduation. She knew from an early age that music was what God intended for her to do with her life. She majored in music at The University of Kentucky, participating in both marching and basketball bands.

After college, Mary Beth taught general music and private piano at St. Anthony School on Charleston’s West side to grades Pre-K through 8th. It was during this time that Mary Beth discovered another passion: musical theatre! She was musical director for Children’s Theatre of Charleston from 2008-2013. She has taught private piano and voice lessons and is currently the music director at Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist ChurchShe is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator and owns a studio teaching weekly music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to about 100 families each semester.

Mary Beth previously taught at BCS from 2010-2013, when she and her husband welcomed twins, Noah & Emma Kate. Mary Beth returned to teach music at Bible Center in 2017 with her twins, who are now attending Bible Center Preschool. She and her husband, Cole (and chihuahua Maggie Moo), reside in St. Albans.

Mrs. Gail Nichols

2nd Grade

gnichols@biblecenterschool.com

Gail Nichols has taught high school and middle school English, and reading, grades K-6.  She taught in public schools for 22 years—Preston County and Kanawha County in WV, and in Amelia, VA—before coming to BCS in 2014.  She graduated from Dunbar High School, and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, and her Master’s Degree in Reading from WVU.

She grew up in Dunbar, WV, with her mom, dad, and older sister.  In 1998, she met the love of her life, Rob, at Bible Center Church, and they were married there October 23, 1999.  They have a daughter, Lily, who is in Mrs. Stewart’s 5th grade class at BCS.  They have two Beagles named Savannah and Ellie. They are active members at Bible Center Church.

Ms. Kelly Ramey

5th Grade

kramey@biblecenterschool.com

Kelly Ramey has taught at Bible Center School since 2011. She has taught third grade since beginning at BCS. Her teaching experience outside of BCS includes teaching in Virginia and the panhandle of West Virginia. She grew up in a loving Christian home in Luray, Virginia with her two sisters and younger brother. She felt God calling her to be a teacher while in college.

Kelly graduated from Appalachian Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible/Theology and Elementary Education in 2005. She attends Bible Center Church and enjoys serving the Lord in the youth and AVL ministries.

Mrs. Janice Rohr

3rd Grade

jrohr@biblecenterschool.com

Jan has been teaching at Bible Center since 1985. Her first 18 years were spent teaching fourth grade.  She has also taught Kindergarten and is presently teaching third grade. She also taught four years in Calhoun and Roane County schools.  Jan was born and raised in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  She has two sisters who are also teachers.

Jan received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  She also earned her Master’s degree from Bob Jones University.  In 1994 she married Jay Rohr.  Jay is a RN at Charleston General Hospital.  They live in Charleston with their three children, Christian, Mitchell, and Claire.  Claire is in the 7th grade at BCS.  Mitchell is in 9th grade and Christian is in 11th grade at Cross Lanes Christian School.  All three enjoy playing soccer.  The Rohrs are active members at Bible Center Church.

Mrs. Suzie Russell

Spanish

srussell@biblecenterschool.com

Mrs. Russell teaches 7th and 8th grade Spanish. This is her first year at BCS. She grew up in Nitro, WV, with her mom, dad, and older brother and sister. She graduated from Poca High School in 1979. In 1980, she married her high school sweetheart, Jack. They have two children, Joshua and Emily, and three grandchildren, Robbie, Isaiah and Lilly. The Russells currently attend Bible Center Church.

Suzie and Jack have served as missionaries with Ethnos360, formerly New Tribes Mission, since 1990. They lived in Bolivia, South America for many years where they ministered to the Simba people. They continue their ministry itinerantly.

Ms. Jane Schultz

Science

jschultz@biblecenterschool.com

Ms. Schultz holds a B.S. in Biology from WV Wesleyan, a B.S. in Secondary Education from WV State, and an M.A. in Adolescent Education from WVU. She also holds a School Administration certificate from Marshall Graduate College. Before teaching at Bible Center School, Jane taught four years in private Christian schools (grades 5-8) and 23 years at Capital High and Sissonville High. She previously worked for Kanawha County Schools as a staff development trainer and as a beginning teacher mentor and received the RESA III award for exemplary teaching strategies.

Ms. Schultz has been a member of Bible Center Church for 25 years and currently leads women's Bible studies. She has four grown children and nine grandchildren.

 

Ms. Beth Vencill

2nd Grade

bvencill@biblecenterschool.com

Beth Vencill has taught second grade at Bible Center School since 2001. She holds a Mathematics (B.A.) secondary degree and an elementary certificate from Cedarville University. She loves to travel. She has been to 29 states and 10 countries. She is involved in serving with the youth group and music ministry at Bible Center Church.

Mr. Scott Whoolery

P.E. / Athletic Director

swhoolery@biblecenterschool.com

Scott Whoolery is in his 1st year at Bible Center School as Athletic Director and PE teacher. He has 10 years experience in the public school system, teaching in Roane and Kanawha Counties. Scott is a native of Spencer, WV. He attended Concord University where he competed on their Track & Field team. In 2005 Scott graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. Later in 2005, Scott married his high school sweetheart. Scott and Kelley have two boys, Garrett (age 2) and Carson (age 1).

Mr. Josh Willetts

Bible

jwilletts@biblecenterschool.com

Josh Willetts has taught at BCS since 2013. He teaches middle school Bible classes as well as a world religions elective class. Josh graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio with a Bachelor’s in youth ministry and Christian education. He continued his education at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned his Masters of Divinity.

For four years, Josh was a youth pastor in Michigan prior to his time at BCS. Josh loves students and studying God’s Word and felt God leading him out of the pastoral role and here to the ministry at BCS.

Josh married his wife, Kate, in 2009. They have two kids Karis and Judah. They enjoy spending time together as a family. He loves sports, especially the Ohio State University Buckeyes, being outside and studying.