Electives and Support Staff
The elective teachers at MCCS provide a variety of learning experiences for our students. They enhance the abilities that students possess and unlock skills that students were unaware of. Mrs. Maloney is passionate about all forms of art and this passion is infectious with our students. Mrs. Eller provides technology support to our staff, teaches computer skills, and collaborates with middle school teachers through interdisciplinary assignments. Mrs. Williamson is passionate about developing healthy habits, having fun while exercising, and reinforcing positive behaviors through sport. Mrs. Poppi helps students develop confidence, work together, and find their voice through choir. Mrs. Kristie and Mrs. Michelle provide educational support to students and collaborate with teachers to ensure that students reach their potential.
Erica Maloney | Art & Yearbook Teacher
My name is Erica Maloney. This is my 19th year teaching art and my second year as an MCCS Lion. I worked for 17 years in the public school system before coming to MCCS. I am married to my wonderful husband, Jason, who is a speech pathologist, and we have an amazing six-year-old daughter who also attends MCCS. I am originally from Pennsylvania but have been living in NC since starting my teaching career in 2004. I received my bachelor's degree in art education with a minor in jewelry and metal smithing from Edinboro University of PA and my master's degree in art education from the University of NC Pembroke. I love to make art in all forms and mediums, but I especially love drawing, painting, and making jewelry. I am so excited to continue being a part of the MCCS Lion's family and look forward to a fantastic year teaching art and spreading the word of God!
Tanya Cooper | Custodian
I was born and raised here in Wilkes County. I have been married to my husband Larry for 23 years. We have an amazing little boy that attends MCCS. I consider myself blessed to become a part of the MCCS family. I previously worked in retail for over 25 years and I am so excited to be part of this awesome ministry. I love the outdoors and all it has to offer. I also love to craft and garden but my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and my son. My favorite verse of the Bible is Romans 8:28.
" And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
Rene Eller | Computer Technology Education Teacher
I have been married for over 30 years with two beautiful children. We have seen many miracles throughout our lives. As an active church member, my husband and I support many ministries. I have been at MCCS for over 20 years. Working here is something I love to do and it allows Jesus to work through me in ministering to future generations.
Poppi Welborn | PK, Elementary and High School Music Teacher
I have been teaching at MCCS for 8 years, and in K4 for 7 years. I am also blessed to teach High School Choir, K4 & K5 Choir, 1st - 2nd Grade Choir, and 3rd - 5th Grade Choir. I love my jobs and this school! If I could describe myself in one word it would be PINK: it's my favorite color and makes me truly happy! I have been married to my Prince Charming, Ray, for 18 years, and we have two sons, Bryson and Brenyn, who both attend MCCS. I am blessed to have a fantastic family support system consisting of my mama, mother-in-law, sister, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, three nephews, four nieces, a god-sister and her family to which I am an honorary aunt. I thank God for my time here, and look forward to seeing how He will continue to use and bless MCCS students, staff, and alumni.
Melissa Williamson | PE & Health Teacher
I teach PE for K5-9th grade. A native of Greensboro, NC, I've lived in Wilkes County since 2008 and am a graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Health Promotion-Nutrition. My family has been associated with MCCS since moving to the area. I'm married and have two boys. Our oldest graduated from MCCS in 2022 and is now an alumni. Our youngest is a Junior and will graduate MCCS in 2024. I enjoy reading, swimming, cooking and baking, power walking, and snow skiing. My favorite season is Winter. I love creating active kids, and teaching students how to stay healthy with regular physical activity, and good nutrition. A student’s overall health and well-being, and helping each person reach their God-given potential, is my number one goal as a teacher.
Kristie Cothren | Educational Therapy Teacher
I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and have 20 years of experience. This is my 7th year here at MCCS. I absolutely love working at MCCS! I love the freedom that we have here to worship throughout the day and to be able to provide what our children need without strings attached or red tape. I have two children who attend MCCS. Jadyn is in the 11th grade and Thomas is in the 6th grade. Both of them have been here since they were 4 years of age. My free time is mainly spent with a precious group of girls playing volleyball and basketball for MCCS! Go Lions!
Michelle Parsons | Educational Therapy Teacher
Millers Creek Christian School is a wonderful school and I am thrilled to be a part of the program here. I have a BA from Campbell University in Religion and Christian Ministries and a BS from UNC-Greensboro in Deaf Education with an emphasis in Educational Interpreting. I love our students and enjoy seeing them learn new things everyday!
Bonnie Derr | Educational Therapy Teacher
I have taught for seventeen years in regular Ed. , in a private school for children with dyslexia , as well as having taught special needs students. I have two grown children , a son and daughter. Both are married and my son has 3 children. Reading and gardening are my passions.