"My favorite thing about WCCS is the love that I see every day from everyone that comes through the doors on these two campuses. All the teachers and staff show God's love in what they do and say. It's such a blessing to work in a place like this."
Belinda McCarley has worked at our school now for 8 years. Currently, she serves as the Lower School Lunchroom Assistant. Her son, Aaron McCarley, is a graduate of the Class of 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Catawba College. Matthew is a WCCS student in the 10th grade, hoping to play college baseball and study sports management and coaching. Belinda is married to Mac McCarley, a retired firefighter/police officer of 24 years for the City of Rock Hill. Their family likes to watch Matthew play baseball on the weekends at different tournaments, and the boys all love to hunt and fish together. A little known fact about Belinda is that she was a florist for 20 years and enjoys being creative! Her favorite Bible verse is "with God, everything is possible." (Mark 10:27).
Belinda is truly a blessing to the WCCS family, who strives to glorify God in the ways she serves others. She is intentional in showing love to both students and staff in the everyday encounters that she has with them during lunch, and though these actions don't often get acknowledged, they certainly don't go without making a lasting impact on everyone she comes in contact with during the day. 5th grade teacher, Rusty Fleming, shares, "she keeps baskets of goodies in the window for us to enjoy with our lunches or as a snack. When we order salads, and this is true for students and staff, she takes the time to write notes of encouragement on the container and almost always a Bible verse. She even draws a little picture. It makes it personal and proclaims love to us! She is a blessing and a vital part of our school." Belinda goes out of her way to notice when students are showing God's love to others, as well. Often, when she sees a lower school student going out of their way to be a "blessing" to a fellow student, she praises them and offers them an opportunity to pick out something special from her "blessing jar." Her care and attention make her a beloved friend to both students and staff. When lower school students were asked to share one special person they were grateful for at WCCS earlier this year, 5th grader Symphony Leonard remembered Mrs. McCarley's kindness, stating "every time we forget our lunch, she will always give us a PB&J."
We are truly grateful for the way Belinda McCarley displays the love of Christ to all of us at WCCS. Read on to find out more from her on why she loves being a part of our school!
What do you love most about WCCS?
My favorite thing about WCCS is the love that I see every day from everyone that comes through the doors on these two campuses. All the teachers and staff show God's love in what they do and say. It's such a blessing to work in a place like this.
Why do you love teaching or working at WCCS?
The atmosphere is always a family feel. So I love getting up and coming to work every day. The kids are special to me, too. I love seeing each one of them every day telling me hello and asking what's for lunch. Having them make me a picture or give me a hug is priceless.
What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.
Family atmosphere, I just feel a close bond with everyone, just like I do with my family. It's not my blood family, but it's my Godly family and that's just as good.
How do you believe WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond?
I feel WCCS prepares students by walking the path with them. Working with each. One of them to help make each of their talents shine. They listen and help students work to their full potential
How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?
I feel that WCCS does a great job integrating the teaching of God's word into daily life and work /study at WCCS. Between Bible class, weekly chapel meetings, Refuel, and also when a teacher or staff member sees a need to just sit a pray with a student or faculty member. That's where you see the love shared, and God shines.
As a teacher, what is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students? For staff, how do you believe God has uniquely equipped you for your position here at WCCS?
I feel God has given me a servant's heart. I've always loved to help people and bring a smile to someone's face, and if I can do that daily then I've done my job.
What sets WCCS students apart from other students?
I feel the students at WCCS are talented, gifted, blessed, and very lucky kids to have the opportunity to hear about God's amazing love every day, and to know they're loved unconditionally. I feel that sets them apart from other students.
Share a moment from your time here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.
In my 20 plus years I've been at WCCS, I have never worried about my own kids. I feel like that speaks volumes. I feel WCCS is a safe place and a loving place. That's a great gift. GOD put us on this path, and I feel like it's a true blessing.