Staff

Administration

 

Thomas King – Middle School Math; Coach

Mr. Thomas King is a 7th and 8th grade math teacher at CCPS, as well as co-Athletic Director. Mr. King graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Christian Leadership. He is going back to school to this summer to begin his graduate program in middle school math. 2014 was Mr. King’s first year teaching. He has been working as a camp counselor and director, and coaching sports at Coastal Christian since 2012.

Thomas’s wife is Danielle. They are both from Charleston. Danielle is an assistant manager for Greystar, an apartment management company. They currently attend The City church in Downtown Charleston and they love to boat with friends and go to football games. Thomas’ favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 9:24.

“Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets a prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Email him at thomasking@coastalchristian.org


Sally Casias – Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Sally Casias has been employed at CCPS since 2002. She was on the PTF board before her employment, and was here on campus so often that her husband suggested she get paid to be here! Although her background is in restaurant management and she never envisioned this type of job for herself, she enjoys it immensely. Mrs. Casias loves being here with her own children, Garrett (graduated in 2013) and Pressley, as well as her many “adopted” children.

Sally and her husband, Chris, were both born and raised in Charleston and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Both enjoy the beauty of this area and the many things it offers. Sally and her family now attend Seacoast Church, after many years here at First Baptist. She loves to read, hang on the beach, or kayak, and is thankful to be able to show her children her favorite childhood places and share activities that were important to her as a child.

Email her at sallycasias@coastalchristian.org


Linda Hollingsworth – Athletic Director

Mrs. Linda Hollingsworth has been at Coastal Christian since 1999. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Recreational Therapy, and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Hollingsworth has more than 20 years experience in the area of mental health and physical rehabilitation. She feels that God has blessed her everyday since coming to teach at First Baptist (now known as Coastal Christian.)

Linda is married to Bill and together they have 2 children: Lindsey and Will, who are both athletes. She is a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where she has been a member of the choir and assisted with vacation bible school, and is now attending services at LifePark with Will. Linda loves all things athletic, from watching to playing, as well as reading, gardening, crafts, and having fun!

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

Email her at lindahollingsworth@coastalchristian.org


Dr. Piccolo – Head of School

Dr. David Piccolo joined the Coastal Christian family in the 2015-2016 school year. Dr. Piccolo is in his 36th year as an educator. Almost 24 of those years were spent in public education with roles ranging from Teacher-Coach, Dean, Assistant Principal, and Principal, to Area II Superintendent. This is his 13th year in private Christian education where his experiences range from Teacher-Coach and Head of School to Superintendent. He has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Nova Southeastern, Argosy University, and currently at Southern Wesleyan University in Charleston.

Dr. Piccolo loves reading and studying the Bible. His favorite books are Acts and John. Other than God, his main love is his wife, Sherry, of almost 24 years, and daughters Jackie, Olivia, and Camille. He tries to live his life by the verse, “The son of man came not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Email him at davidpiccolo@coastalchristian.org


Charles Stayer – Director of School Operations

Mr. Charles Stayer has been on staff at Coastal Christian Preparatory School since the fall of 2007. He has taught English, History, and even some Science to students from the 7th through the 11th grade. Currently he teaches AP Cultural Geography. Mr. Stayer serves in a variety of administrative functions, including Textbook Coordinator, Discipline, and Attendance Administrator and Box Tops Coordinator. Previously he served on staff at Dorchester Academy, from 2000 to 2007, where he taught a variety of high school English and History courses. While serving as a member of the United States’ military, Charles received an Associate’s degree from the University of South Carolina-Sumter, and then a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Charleston Southern University. He later took additional courses to add High School Social Studies to his certification. Charles graduated cum laude from CSU in December, 1999.

Charles married Kristin Hamilton in May of 2010. They have one son from her previous marriage, Hunter, and another son, Troy Wesley who was born in July 2011. They currently attend First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant. One verse he truly takes comfort in is 1John 3:1

“See how very much the Father loves us, for he calls us His children, and that is what we are!” – 1 John 3:1

Email him at charlesstayer@coastalchristian.org


April Jones – Substitute Coordinator

April Jones joined CCPS in 2015 as our Substitute Coordinator and full time substitute. Mrs. Jones graduated from Commonwealth Christian School in Richmond, VA and attended college at Appalachian Bible College in West Virginia. She has been a volunteer and a substitute teacher for CCPS since 2011 and her children have been attending Coastal Christian since 2010.

April is married to Dean Jones. They are both from Richmond, VA and have lived in Charleston since 2004. Dean is the owner of HIPPAMart, LLC. Dean and April have two children, Haley (10) and Dawson (8). Together they attend Grace United Methodist in West Ashley and their favorite activities include boating, bowling, and little road trips. April’s favorite life verse is Romans 8:18.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Email her at apriljones@coastalchristian.org


After School

Heidi Gamotis – Afterschool Administrator

Heidi Gamotis is the Afterschool Care and Summer Camp Director at CCPS. She has been working with children in various capacities since 2001 as a preschool teacher, preschool administrator, full-time nanny, and most recently as assistant director for a local Mount Pleasant preschool before coming to Coastal Christian.

Originally from Washington State, Heidi has been living in South Carolina since fall of 2007. Though she misses the rugged outdoors and mountain sports of the Pacific Northwest, she loves lowcountry living and you can often find her out and about playing volleyball, biking, or enjoying live music wherever she can find it. She attends St. Andrews Church of Mt Pleasant and actively pursues her passion to serve the Kingdom both locally and in Nicaragua. Her favorite verse is 1 Cor. 2:9.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those that love Him.”

Email her at heidigamotis@coastalchristian.org

Athletics

Thomas King – Middle School Math; Coach

Mr. Thomas King is a 7th and 8th grade math teacher at CCPS, as well as co-Athletic Director. Mr. King graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Christian Leadership. He is going back to school to this summer to begin his graduate program in middle school math. 2014 was Mr. King’s first year teaching. He has been working as a camp counselor and director, and coaching sports at Coastal Christian since 2012.

Thomas’s wife is Danielle. They are both from Charleston. Danielle is an assistant manager for Greystar, an apartment management company. They currently attend The City church in Downtown Charleston and they love to boat with friends and go to football games. Thomas’ favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 9:24.

“Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets a prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Email him at thomasking@coastalchristian.org


Linda Hollingsworth – Athletic Director

Mrs. Linda Hollingsworth has been at Coastal Christian since 1999. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Recreational Therapy, and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Hollingsworth has more than 20 years experience in the area of mental health and physical rehabilitation. She feels that God has blessed her everyday since coming to teach at First Baptist (now known as Coastal Christian.)

Linda is married to Bill and together they have 2 children: Lindsey and Will, who are both athletes. She is a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where she has been a member of the choir and assisted with vacation bible school, and is now attending services at LifePark with Will. Linda loves all things athletic, from watching to playing, as well as reading, gardening, crafts, and having fun!

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

Email her at lindahollingsworth@coastalchristian.org


Elementary
Wendy Horn – 4th Grade

Wendy Horn – 4th Grade

Mrs. Wendy Horn currently teaches 4th grade at CCPS. She received her BS in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston in 1992. Upon graduating from the College of Charleston…

Sonia O’Toole – 2nd Grade

Sonia O’Toole – 2nd Grade

Sonia O’Toole is a second grade teacher at CCPS. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Charleston Southern University, and taught for three and a half years in public school in…

Nissa Zimmerman – Lower School Music

Nissa Zimmerman – Lower School Music

Mrs. Nissa Zimmerman was hired at Coastal Christian this year as the lower school music teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Converse College in…

Jennifer Walker – 3rd Grade

Jennifer Walker – 3rd Grade

Mrs. Jennifer Walker has had the privilege of working at CCPS since January of 2004.  Here at CCPS, she has taught four year old kindergarten, fourth grade, first grade, and…

Jackie Weed – GRACE Program

Jackie Weed – GRACE Program

Mrs. Weed has been teaching here at Coastal Christian for the past 22 years. She has taught Kindergarten as well as worked with students one on one through tutoring and…

Betsy Truluck – 5th Grade

Betsy Truluck – 5th Grade

Ms. Betsy Ward Truluck began her career at CCPS in 2013 as a first grade teacher. Betsy completed her MAT in Early Childhood Education at the College of Charleston in…

Andria Walrond – 1st Grade

Andria Walrond – 1st Grade

Andria Walrond is a first grade teacher at CCPS.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Wingate University and taught for 13 years in public schools in Virginia…

Fine Arts
Nissa Zimmerman – Lower School Music

Nissa Zimmerman – Lower School Music

Mrs. Nissa Zimmerman was hired at Coastal Christian this year as the lower school music teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Converse College in…

Becky Whittaker – Art

Becky Whittaker – Art

Mrs. Becky Whittaker has taught at CCPS since 1996. She has taught PE, Social Studies, Bible, and currently is teaching Art. She heads up the Fine Arts Department here and…

High School
Lesli Mason – Upper School Math

Lesli Mason – Upper School Math

Lesli Mason is an Upper School Math Teacher at Coastal, as well as a Resource Teacher. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1989 with a BS in Business,…

Laura Caddell – Upper School Social Studies

Laura Caddell – Upper School Social Studies

Mrs. Laura Caddell joins the Coastal Christian family after 14 years in the public school setting.  Originally from Williamstown, West Virginia, Mrs. Caddell is a Marshall University graduate and has…

Jonathan White – High School Bible/English

Jonathan White – High School Bible/English

Mr. Jonathan White currently teaches Upper School Bible and English classes at CCPS. He graduated from Charleston Southern University in May of 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English,…

Jackie Weed – GRACE Program

Jackie Weed – GRACE Program

Mrs. Weed has been teaching here at Coastal Christian for the past 22 years. She has taught Kindergarten as well as worked with students one on one through tutoring and…

Hannah Waldkirch – Upper School Science

Hannah Waldkirch – Upper School Science

Mrs. Hannah Waldkirch is an Upper School Science Teacher at CCPS. She currently teaches 11th grade Chemistry and 9th grade Physical Science. Mrs. Waldkirch graduated from Clemson University with a…

Middle School
Thomas King – Middle School Math; Co-Athletic Director

Thomas King – Middle School Math

Mr. Thomas King is a 7th and 8th grade math teacher at CCPS, as well as a football and baksetball coach. Mr. King graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Business…

Laura Caddell – Upper School Social Studies

Laura Caddell – Upper School Social Studies

Mrs. Laura Caddell joins the Coastal Christian family after 14 years in the public school setting.  Originally from Williamstown, West Virginia, Mrs. Caddell is a Marshall University graduate and has…

Jackie Weed – GRACE Program

Jackie Weed – GRACE Program

Mrs. Weed has been teaching here at Coastal Christian for the past 22 years. She has taught Kindergarten as well as worked with students one on one through tutoring and…

Adrian Rickert – Middle School Science/Math

Adrian Rickert – Middle School Science/Math

Mrs. Rickert is one of our Middle School teachers here at Coastal Christian.  She will be teaching all the Middle School Science classes as well as 8th Grade Pre-Algebra and…

Pre-School
Stephanie Chapman – K3

Stephanie Chapman – K3

Ms. Stephanie Chapman is a transplant from Rock Hill, SC. She graduated in 2005 from Winthrop University, and moved to Charleston in 2006 for a job as a Behavioral Therapist. …

Nissa Zimmerman – Lower School Music

Nissa Zimmerman – Lower School Music

Mrs. Nissa Zimmerman was hired at Coastal Christian this year as the lower school music teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Converse College in…

Martha Barry – K4

Martha Barry – K4

Ms. Barry is one of our 4K teachers here at Coastal Christian. She earned her degree from Georgia Southern University. After graduation she continued her studies to earn a teaching…

Jaime Sapienza – K2

Jaime Sapienza – K3

Ms. Jaime Sapienza is the 3K teacher at Coastal Christian. She is originally from San Diego, California, and moved to Charleston in December. Jaime studied Early Childhood Education at National…

Special Areas

Melanie Rodgers – High School English/Digital Arts

Mrs. Melanie Rodgers was hired at Coastal Christian this year as an  Upper School/ Digital Arts:Yearbook teacher. She earned her BA in English from Salve Regina University in 2004, and her Maters Degree in Cross Cultural Education from National University in 2008.

Mrs.Rodgers was born and raised in San Diego, CA. In September of 2015 she and her family; husband Robert, and daughter Amelia moved to Charleston after Robert received a job offer. Prior to the move, she taught both English and Journalism in the public school system for 7 years before taking a year off after moving to Mt. Pleasant.  This past May, her family welcomed their newest addition, their second daughter, Tessa Jaymes.

Melanie and her family attend The Church at Life Park and are excited to become more involved in acts of service through the church and their community.

In her free time, Melanie likes to explore Charleston with her family, read, write, listen to Broadway, and cook/bake foods that she sees cooking/baking on the FoodNetwork!

Mrs. Rodger’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7, which includes,

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds…”


Linda Hollingsworth – Athletic Director

Mrs. Linda Hollingsworth has been at Coastal Christian since 1999. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Recreational Therapy, and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Hollingsworth has more than 20 years experience in the area of mental health and physical rehabilitation. She feels that God has blessed her everyday since coming to teach at First Baptist (now known as Coastal Christian.)

Linda is married to Bill and together they have 2 children: Lindsey and Will, who are both athletes. She is a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where she has been a member of the choir and assisted with vacation bible school, and is now attending services at LifePark with Will. Linda loves all things athletic, from watching to playing, as well as reading, gardening, crafts, and having fun!

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

Email her at lindahollingsworth@coastalchristian.org


Jackie Weed – GRACE Program

Mrs. Weed has been teaching here at Coastal Christian for the past 22 years. She has taught Kindergarten as well as worked with students one on one through tutoring and the GRACE Program. Mrs. Weed is a graduate of Anderson College and the College of Charleston where she received her degree in Special Education. Her areas of concentration included Learning Disabilities and Emotionally challenged students.

While at Coastal, Mrs. Weed has served on various committees including the Academic Committee, Curriculum Team, and the PTF Board as a teacher representative. She has also completed training in Behavior Intervention and Peer Mentoring, as well as Early Childhood. Jackie is passionate about helping every child feel special, loved, and successful in school. She finds the young people she teaches to be the sweetest of God’s creation. She feels blessed to be able to watch many of her students grow up and graduate from Coastal.

Mrs. Weed has been married to her college sweetheart for the past 27 years. They are blessed with 2 beautiful children who are now young adults. Jackie enjoys spending time with Jesus and her family, and attends Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant.  One of her favorite verses that has carried her through her years as a mother is:
“Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward him for the life of your young children.” – Lamentations 2:19