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Hali Christopher

"Each and every day, students are looking for answers and understanding life. The adults at WCCS have opportunities to breathe the word into all we do, whether it is sports, arts or academics."

 

Teaches: Fine Arts Director, Digital Multimedia & High School Theater

College & Degree: BS in Liberal Arts,University of South Carolina; MA in Theatre Production and Design, Southern Oregon University

Hali Christopher is the Director of Fine Arts, High School Theater Director and Multi-Media Teacher. Mrs. Christopher has a rich history working in the community through theater. She serves as the President of the Board of Directors with Rock Hill Community Theatre, is active with Showtime Theatre Company, is an ex-officio member on the Board of the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association and serves on Board of the York County Arts Council. Additionally, she has been involved with applied theater applications through the Teen Institute, Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division D.A.R.E. program. Through all of these activities, Mrs. Christopher has gained extensive experience as a performer, director, choreographer, costuming, lighting, set design, and make-up. Mrs. Christopher received her Master of Arts in Theater Production and Design from Southern Oregon University and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South. Her professional memberships include International Thespian Society, Metrolina Theater Association, South Carolina Theater Association, and Educational Theater Association. She is also active in her church, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Christopher lives in Rock Hill, SC with her husband Joe, and is the mother of a WCCS alumna.

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Mrs. Christopher and family.

What do you love most about WCCS?

I love that we are a family. We look after each other and hold each other accountable. We are living the Gospel not just reading about.

Why do you love teaching or working at WCCS?

I love that each day is filled with creativity and problem solving. Whether it is designing a page in the yearbook, editing a video or working on a theatrical scene. Each day is different from before. I enjoy seeing students work through processes and finding the best outcome for their skill set.

What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.

Family-we incorporate all ages into helping grow a student...it's the teachers, administration, parents, student mentors. We are all invested in each other.

How do you believe WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond?

Academically, our teachers go above and beyond to help the students LEARN and process. It's not about the standardized test scores its about finding the unique way each student learns and supporting that. Spiritually-I feel like this is an advantage we have over other learning institutions. We can lean on verse to help students grow and mature.

How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?

Each and every day, students are looking for answers and understanding life. The adults at WCCS have opportunities to breathe the word into all we do, whether it is sports, arts or academics.

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 use theatre to help students get outside of their comfort zone...which in turn allows for conversations outside the classroom. Yes, theatre is about imagination, but it also about experiencing someone else's feelings and emotions as they relate to a situation.

What sets WCCS students apart from other students?

I feel that our students have compassion for others in a unique way.

Share a moment from your time here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.

There are so many...but possibly one of my most favorite memories was standing on top of a Mayan Ruin in Belize with Jeffery Kelley and him holding my hand and saying " Mrs. Christopher, I never thought a kid like me could ever see something so beautiful." It's all about perspective and the willingness to love on these kids through it all.

Read what some of our students have to say about Mrs. Christopher!

"Mrs. Christopher has been a truly uplifting force in my life. She has always been there to pick me up when I fall and always knows just what to say to motivate me to move forward." - Elijah Larson, Class of 2019

"The teacher that has impacted me most at WCCS is Mrs. Christopher. I've been in her theater class and during that time, she has taught me the love of acting and singing. She has also helped me outside of the classroom from cheerleading to my personal relationships. Through all of this, she has led me to Christ when others couldn't. If I had to thank her, I would say thank you for being the woman I aspire to be. Thank you for pushing me to be the best I can and helping me through everything from life's problems to schoolwork. Thank you for showing me love when I needed it most and thank you for loving everyone around you.Thank you for being you! I love you!" - Jessica Hicks, Class of 2019

"Mrs. Christopher has always given me the opportunity to try new things and always encourages me, pushing me to do better." - Cruz Crong, Class of 2017