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/ Chief Administrator Darin Shedelbower
President of Shepherd’s Heart Christian Ministries Inc./School Administrator/
Pastor Darin Shedelbower attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and has more than 20 years of experience as a 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 25 years of 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 of experience in marriage and family counseling.
School Director/ Lead Teacher
Mrs. Liza Marie Shedelbower
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 22 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 over 25 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 12 years of experience in
academic publishing. She has completed most of the academic coursework for a masters in
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 the 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
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 6 years of
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
Ms. Lowe has a variety of ministry experience including working with youth and women’s Bible
1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Nily K-2nd
Ms. Nily K-2nd Lead Teacher/ Spanish Teacher
Ms. Nily teaches Kindergarten through second grade, in 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 a Master of Business degree and a B.A. in Computer Animation
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 5 years of
classroom teaching experience. She has worked in various church and private school settings.
K-4/ K-5 Grade Lead Teacher
Mrs. Diana Wilson
Mrs.Wilson has over 4 years of classroom teaching experience and over 12 years of children's ministry experience. She has studied child development and classroom management. She has taught at Christian schools here in the USA, as well as overseas when she and her family were ministries to China. the is very talented and skilled in teaching the younger preschool and elementary students here at SHCS.
High School Math and Social Studies teacher
Mrs. Nicole Hetherington 7th-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 associate's 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 and over 3 years of classroom experience.
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.
3rd and 4th Grade Teacher/ High School History
Mr. Gary Kemp
3rd and 4th Grade Teacher of Upper-level History
Master Degree from Duke University