Meet Our Amazing Staff

The staff at Shepherd's Heart Christian School, are not only skilled, educated, and gifted, They are each passionately committed to serving the students and families of the school.





Pastor Darin Shedelbower  President of Shepherd’s Heart Christian Ministries Inc./School Administrator/  Lead Pastor        Pastor Darin Shedelbower attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and has more than 10 years  experience as children and family discipleship pastor and Christian school administrator. He has  been a senior pastor for five years and has been the administrator at Shepherd’s Heart  Christian School for two years.  Pastor Darin has more than 20 years experience teaching in a variety of contexts. He has  taught youth and adult Bible studies and parenting classes. He also regularly teaches verse by  verse through the Bible. He also has 18 years experience in marriage and family counseling.      Mrs. Liza Marie Shedelbower 3rd-5th  Vice President of Shepherd’s Heart Christian Ministries Inc./School Director/  Lead Elementary Teacher  Mrs. Liza Marie Shedelbower has a Bachelor of Arts from Ringling College in Interior Design.  She holds certificates in behavioral learning, classroom management, and shadow support  training. Mrs. Shedelbower has completed 150 hours of teacher training at Pensacola Christian  College and has almost 20 years of classroom experience.  In addition to her classroom experience, Mrs. Shedelbower has worked with three different  private schools over the past 16 years overseeing student scholarship funding, including McKay  Scholarships. She has hired and trained tutors to work in conjunction with students to fulfill the  needs outlined in individual education plans (IEP). She has designed multilevel learning  classrooms with zone teaching for more than two years.  For nearly 20 years, Mrs. Shedelbower has been involved in a variety of aspects of ministry.  She has taught women’s Bible studies, led children’s ministry and been involved in family  counseling and training.    Mrs. Florence Sommer K-2nd  Mrs. Florence Sommers K-2nd Teacher   Mrs. Sommers teaches Kindergarten through second grade, which she focuses on the foundational elements of reading, writing, and math. She is very skilled in teaching these building blocks of elementary learning. She has experience in Classical education, as well as, traditional learning environments.   In addition, she teaches a hands-on science and classical approach to history.  She has completed  80 hours of teacher training at Pensacola Christian College and has almost 13 years of  classroom teaching experience. She has worked in various Private and public schools school settings.    Mrs. Amy Sietsma 6th-12th  Teacher, Literature, Grammar, and History  Mrs. Amy Sietsma has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Murray State  University. She has completed 40 hours of teacher training at Pensacola Christian College and  has almost 10 years of classroom experience in addition to almost 10 years of experience in  academic publishing. She has completed most of the academic coursework for a masters in  education.  Mrs. Sietsma teaches a variety of literature courses for both middle and high school. Her  courses incorporate a project learning approach to literary analysis and appreciation. She  teaches fundamental grammar concepts in conjunction with practical writing skills. Using the  "Mystery of History" program, she teaches courses that focus on world history from the early  church to modern day.  Mrs. Sietsma has a variety of ministry experience including teaching Sunday school, leading  children’s worship, teaching women’s Bible study classes and serving as part of women’s  ministry leadership.    Ms. Wendy Jo Lowe 6th-12th  Facilitator/Teacher  Science and Mathematics  Ms. Wendy Jo Lowe has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Allied Legal Services and Psychology from  the University of Central Florida where she graduated summa cum laude. She has completed  40 hours of teacher training at Pensacola Christian College and has almost 2 years of  classroom experience.  Ms. Lowe teaches middle school earth science which focuses on geology, climate, and  astronomy. Her high school physical science course focuses on physics, chemistry, and energy.  She also teaches an upper elementary mathematics class. In addition, she facilitates a middle  school life science course that focuses on cellular biology, genetics, botany, zoology and human  anatomy.  Ms. Lowe has a variety of ministry experience including working with youth and women’s Bible  studies.   Mrs. Nicole Hetherington 9th-12th Teacher of Upper-level   Math, Government, and Economics  Mrs. Nicole Hetherington has a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbus College of Georgia  and an associates degree in Meteorology and weather forecasting from the Community College  of the Air Force. The 2017-2018 school year was her first formal classroom experience, but Mrs.  Hetherington has more than 20 years experience as a homeschool teacher.  Mrs. Hetherington teaches two high school courses, government, and economics. Her  government course focuses on the founding principles of the United States government,  including private property rights, representative governments and the concept of the consent of  the governed. Her economics c

Pastor/ Chief Administrator  Darin Shedelbower

President of Shepherd’s Heart Christian Ministries Inc./School Administrator/

Lead Pastor

Pastor Darin Shedelbower attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and has more than 20  years of experience as children and family discipleship pastor and Christian school administrator. He has been a senior pastor for five years and has been the administrator at Shepherd’s HeartChristian School for Four years.

Pastor Darin has more than 20 years experience teaching in a variety of contexts. He has taught youth and adult Bible studies and parenting classes. He also regularly teaches verse by verse through the Bible. He also has 20 years experience in marriage and family counseling.

 School Director/ Lead Teacher

Mrs. Liza Marie Shedelbower 3rd-5th

Vice President of Shepherd’s Heart Christian Ministries Inc./School Director/

Lead Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Liza Marie Shedelbower has a Bachelor of Arts from Ringling College in Interior Design.

She holds certificates in behavioral learning, classroom management, and shadow support

training. Mrs. Shedelbower has completed 150 hours of teacher training at Pensacola Christian

College and has almost 20 years of classroom experience.

In addition to her classroom experience, Mrs. Shedelbower has worked with three different

private schools over the past 16 years overseeing student scholarship funding, including McKay

Scholarships. She has hired and trained tutors to work in conjunction with students to fulfill the

needs outlined in individual education plans (IEP). She has designed multilevel learning

classrooms with zone teaching for more than two years.

For nearly 20 years, Mrs. Shedelbower has been involved in a variety of aspects of ministry.

She has taught women’s Bible studies, led children’s ministry and been involved in family

counseling and training.

Head of English Literature and World History

Mrs. Amy Sietsma 6th-12th

Teacher, Literature, Grammar, and History

Mrs. Amy Sietsma has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Murray State

University. She has completed 40 hours of teacher training at Pensacola Christian College and

has almost 10 years of classroom experience in addition to almost 10 years of experience in

academic publishing. She has completed most of the academic coursework for a masters in

education.

Mrs. Sietsma teaches a variety of literature courses for both middle and high school. Her

courses incorporate a project learning approach to literary analysis and appreciation. She

teaches fundamental grammar concepts in conjunction with practical writing skills. Using the

"Mystery of History" program, she teaches courses that focus on world history from the early

church to modern day.

Mrs. Sietsma has a variety of ministry experience including teaching Sunday school, leading

children’s worship, teaching women’s Bible study classes and serving as part of women’s

ministry leadership.


 Head of the Mathematics and Science Department

Ms. Wendy Jo Lowe 3rd-12th


Ms. Wendy Jo Lowe has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Allied Legal Services and Psychology from

the University of Central Florida where she graduated summa cum laude. She has completed

40 hours of teacher training at Pensacola Christian College and has almost 4 years of

classroom experience.

Ms. Lowe teaches middle school earth science which focuses on geology, climate, and

astronomy. Her high school physical science course focuses on physics, chemistry, and energy.

She also teaches an upper elementary mathematics class. In addition, she facilitates a middle

school life science course that focuses on cellular biology, genetics, botany, zoology and human

anatomy.

Ms. Lowe has a variety of ministry experience including working with youth and women’s Bible

studies.

K-2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Florence Sommer K-2nd

Mrs. Florence Sommers K-2nd Teacher

Mrs. Sommers teaches Kindergarten through second grade, which she focuses on the foundational elements of reading, writing, and math. She is very skilled in teaching these building blocks of elementary learning. She has experience in Classical education, as well as, traditional learning environments.

In addition, she teaches a hands-on science and classical approach to history.

She has completed

80 hours of teacher training at Pensacola Christian College and has almost 15 years of

classroom teaching experience. She has worked in various private and public schools school settings.

High School Math and Social Studies teacher

Mrs. Nicole Hetherington 9th-12th

Teacher of Upper-level

Math, Government, and Economics

Mrs. Nicole Hetherington has a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbus College of Georgia

and an associates degree in Meteorology and weather forecasting from the Community College

of the Air Force. She has taught for three years here 

at SHCS, but Mrs.

Hetherington has more than 20 years of experience as a homeschool teacher.

Mrs. Hetherington teaches multiple high school courses, government, and economics. Her

government course focuses on the founding principles of the United States government,

including private property rights, representative governments and the concept of the consent of

the governed. Her economics course is an introduction to the basic principles of economics with

a focus on the benefits of a free enterprise system.