School Directors




Rachel is a graduate of Gaston Christian School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Bible from Columbia International University. After receiving her degree and prior to joining Gaston Christian School as Admissions Director, she served at a non-profit organization for more than eleven years in a similar capacity. As a GCS graduate, parent, and staff member, Rachel provides personal experience and knowledge while guiding new families through the admissions process.



Tom Hawxwell has been at Gaston Christian School since 2004. His responsibilities have included teaching P.E., Summer Camp Director, and Jr. Eagles Youth Sports Director. He received his B.S. from Liberty University in Sports Management.

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After completing his degree, he went on to be a Sports Coordinator at the West Orange YMCA in Orlando, Florida. Before coming to GCS, he served for three years as a Camp Director in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Amy, who also teaches at Gaston Christian School, have three sons, Dakota, Colin, and Kaden.



Nancy Roach has served as Business Manager since 1997. She graduated from Isothermal College and is certified in    Rehabilitation Administration by Auburn University.

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She has served in a similar capacity with private non-profit organizations for more than thirty years. Her husband, Doug, is regional sales and service representative for Leggett and Platt. They have four children: Bethany Frazier and husband Matt; Philip and his wife Amanda; Susannah Haskell and her husband, Dane, and Sam who is a junior at Covenant College.



Steve has been employed at Gaston Christian School since 2009. As Director of Operations, he has a fluid staff of 4-6 who are responsible for the upkeep and landscape of the 66-acre campus, including the upkeep and maintenance of the athletic fields and courts.

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He as well supervises the facility operations of the campus. Steve has been married to Aimee and has two biological sons. After many years in retail management, then raising two sons, Aimee is now a manager for a national call center. The Matolka family are active members of Parkwood Baptist church.



Maralie became the director of the drama department at GCS in 2007 after earning a B.A. in theatre and English at UNC Charlotte and has served as Director of Fine Arts since 2017.

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She also holds an M.A. in English literature, is a member of North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators and the Educational Theatre Association, and serves as the director of Troupe 8372 of the International Thespian Society.



Mike is a native of Gaston County and a graduate from South Point High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from UNC-Charlotte, and a Master of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. 

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In April 2015, he retired from the Gaston County Police Department after 30 years of service. During his 30 years with the county he served as a Patrol Officer, Investigator, Training Coordinator, Accreditation Manager, Internal Affairs Supervisor and Patrol Supervisor. Mike is also a state certified instructor and teaches firearms, defensive tactics, and computer courses to officers at the County Police and around the region. He is an assistant coach for the GCS Skeet Team, and is a N.C. Concealed Handgun Instructor. He continues to work as a Sworn Reserve Officer for the County Police, maintaining his State Law Enforcement Certification. His wife, Trina, has been teaching at Gaston Christian for ten years. Their oldest daughter, Holly, is a graduate of GCS and their youngest daughter, Anna, is a Senior at GCS.



Randy is a native of Gaston County and a graduate of Hunter Huss. He attend Gaston Christian School in the early 1980s. Randy earned an Associates of Art degree from Gaston College and a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Western Carolina University. 

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He worked for The Gaston Gazette for 20 years before coming to work at Gaston Christian School in 2014. Randy and his wife Jennifer along with, bonus son, Mason, and daughter, Grace are active members of Parkwood Baptist Church.