MEET OUR LEADERS
Head of School
Nicole McNeil is considered an authority on the application of brain research to organizational health. A skilled coach of educators, parents, and both school and business leaders, she has presented workshops and keynote addresses throughout the United States for ten years and has worked internationally. Nicole served as CEO for an educational consulting firm for six years, after having been a trainer since 1995.
Nicole began her career as a classroom teacher in Brooklyn, New York. She has also taught in North Carolina and Missouri. Considered a Master Teacher, she has been instrumental in effecting successful comprehensive school reform at both the elementary and secondary levels. This former member of the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools of Federal Way, led the way in implementing programs that serve at-risk youth in Federal Way, Washington.
Nicole brings almost 30 years of experience to SHABACH! Ministries, Inc. Currently, she is responsible for the day to day operations of the education division and she is responsible for providing training and coaching for the SHABACH! staff. In addition to the services she provides to SHABACH! Ministries, Inc., she consults for both school and business leaders, nationally.
Nicole is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. She is passionate about service and is committed to the notion that children are empowered when the adults that affect their lives are strengthened. She serves as Lead for the FBCG International Missions Education Team in Huaral, Peru and as the Director of Parent Academy. Nicole has a Master’s of Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she relocated to the area after having lived in the Seattle area for eight years.
I hold a position as Vice Principal at SHABACH! Christian Academy, which provides education for students from kindergarten to 8th grade. In addition to my administrative duties, I am using my technology skills that aids in the daily operation of SHABACH!. I provide technical support for teachers using technology, involving computers, to enhance the classroom experience for students. The technology skills that I have acquired has been beneficial in the operation of our web-based school management system. One of my tasks is to aid the teachers in various ways of communicating with parents using the new software at SHABACH!.
I am enthusiastic to incorporate both my love and talent into a single profession, which is my love for education and technology. The world of technology is changing so fast that children are being introduced to technology at a much earlier age. I feel that there needs to be a balance of technology and the “traditional” ways of learning for children. I look forward to working with other educators that are just as passionate about educating children as I am. I am confident that my love and experience will help students grow to the next milestones in their lives.
In my free time, I like to knit, crochet, and I’m just beginning to learn the art of quilting. I am a homebody love spending time with my family, and watching movies.
Sherri Whitfield has over 15 years’ experience ranging from an Instructor to a Program Specialist in formal education settings. She is currently serving as the Vice Principal for SHABACH! Christian Academy. Mrs. Whitfield began her teaching career in Charlotte, NC, with stops in Newport News, VA and her hometown of Elizabeth City, NC. In 2005, Mrs. Whitfield relocated to Prince George County to teach middle school math with the county.
In a previous role, she served as Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia where she taught college math. She has also served as the Primary Education Instructional Math Coach for Community Academy Public Charter School in Washington DC. In this role Mrs. Whitfield was a key member in the development of the campus data team and taught instructors and administrators how to integrate technology into their curriculum to improve student growth and competency for over 300 primary students.
Mrs. Whitfield served with the Jack and Jill Foundation with the grant intake process. She managed applications and provided data analysis to applicants as well as processed other pertinent and sensitive information for the organization.
Mrs. Whitfield is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Master of Education from Regent University. She is a loving wife and proud mother of three. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.