Executive Team

Dr. Clifford Daugherty, Founder and President of Agape Schools

cliff Dr. Clifford Daugherty is the President of Valley Christian Schools (VCS), the Quest Institute for Quality Education and Neighborhood Christian Preschools. He served as Founding Principal at Los Altos Christian School in Los Altos, California and founded the Santa Clara County Christian School Association (CSA) in Silicon Valley.

Firmly founded on Christian values, Valley Christian Schools challenges youth to aspire toward lives of character, service and influence while pursuing their individual Quests for Excellence™.

VCS is committed to a Quest for Excellence™ in all of its educational programs and provides comprehensive K-12th grade offerings with a rigorous college preparatory program. Academic Achievement, Artistic Beauty and Athletic Distinction offerings include the Conservatory of the Arts, the Applied Math, Science and Engineering Institute and the Human Performance Initiative. High School students may earn two years of college and an Associative of Arts college degree upon commencement.

Valley Christian Schools (VCS) supports the homes and churches of students in providing an education that is grounded in the Judeo-Christian values of the Bible as reflected in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

Valley Christian Schools serves 2545 K-12 students including 1467 high school students. The school has received numerous national awards including multiple National Blue Ribbon Awards, the Intel Star Innovator Award and the Intel School of Distinction Award for mathematics. Neighborhood Christian Preschools, a separate organization from VCS includes schools in San Jose and Santa Clara with an enrollment of nearly 400 students.

Dr.Daugherty is the author of Quest for Excellence and Fly with Your Dreams. He and his wife Kris have two children and five grandchildren.

Executive Director

jkennedy Mrs. Julie Kennedy joined Neighborhood Christian Schools as the Executive Director of the San Jose campus (NCP) in August of 2014. Born and raised in Washington State, Mrs. Kennedy began her early childhood ministry in 1991 serving in 1 of only 2 Intergenerational programs in the United States. After completing her undergraduate work she moved to the Bay area to finish college and began serving at Santa Clara Christian School as both a teacher and the Children’s Ministry Director.   Mrs. Kennedy’s journey has included serving at Sunnyvale Christian School teaching and developing programs, Bethel Church of San Jose directing their private school and serving in ministry positions, teaching and training at Ohlone College, and presenting at Early Education conferences. Julie has a heart for those that serve children and continues to mentor and train her team as well as administrators and teachers outside of NCP.

  • A. Concordia University – Curriculum and Development – Specialization in Leadership
  • A. Saint Mary’s College – Early Childhood Education – Specialization in Supervision and Leadership
  • A. Saint Mary’s University – Business Management
  • California Child Development Permit – Program Director
  • Certification – PITC/Environmental Rating Scales/California State Permit Process

Office Administration

Teresa BuelowMrs. Teresa Buelow joined Neighborhood Christian Schools as an Administrator serving in management of NCP’s school office, graphics, technology, and website management. Teresa began serving in the education field after 8 years of homeschooling her son and daughter in Minnesota, Michigan, and Florida. Her professional career includes office management within the insurance field and memorial service/funeral home field. Teresa brings high ministry skills to NCP that includes art, sound, graphic, and hospitality. Currently Teresa is focused on extended education in business, child development, and health/safety.

  • Proficient in Bob Jones University, Saxon, and Exploring God’s Creation Science curriculum.
  • Sound skills include: sound boards, audio visual, stage set up and oversight of productions.
  • Production skills include: costumes, set design and operating as a theatrical technician.
  • Educational Projects include: Scheduling staff, oversight of chapel, library programs, accelerated reading, classroom management, and special events.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

Office Administration

Jennifer MarovichJennifer Marovich joined Neighborhood Christian Schools in February 2015 teaching afternoon transitional kindergarten at our San Jose Campus (NCP.)  Beginning in June Jennifer transitioned into the school office to support administrators, staff, and families.  A San Jose native with a degree from San Jose State University, Jennifer began her career in Human Resources and office management but changed her career course to the teaching field after her children were born. Jennifer’s educational work has included aiding in classrooms at San Jose Christian School, Carden Academy, and Bethel Preschool and Kindergarten. Her ministry work has included children’s programming at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Jennifer believes that “childhood is a journey for both children and parents” and she enjoys supporting them along this path.

  • B.A. San Jose State University – Sociology with a specialization in Marriage & Family
  • West Valley College - Early Childhood Education
  • Proficient in Saxon, Abeka, Houghton Mifflin, and Carden Foundation, and Christian School International curriculum and teaching method

Jeremiah 17:7-8 New International Version (NIV)

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”