B.A., Elementary Education, Trinity International University; Graduate work, University of Illinois
Retired educator; First Full-Time Principal at Ann Arbor Christian School
What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
As a former principal of AACS, I was privileged to work with a highly dedicated staff, some amazing parents, and several humble, hardworking community volunteers. Through some challenging years, we worked, dreamed and prayed together to help set the foundation for a school that would provide quality Christian education for children in Ann Arbor. These former students, staff and parents endeared themselves to me for a lifetime. Under the outstanding leadership of the current Head of School, Wayne Sit, this school has now grown and been developed into a place of excellence, and an answer to the prayers and sacrificial contribution of many fine folk.
Why do you serve on the Board?
Truthfully, I am both surprised and grateful to find myself serving on the Board at this time in my life. I hope to offer an encouraging historical perspective on God’s blessing to AACS. As a retired educator and non-parent, I will do my best to contribute to an already lively conversation as the school expands to a second site.
Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
The AACS community has maintained an intentional commitment to the mission statement of the school. This commitment is reflected in the spiritual life of the school, the thoughtful engaging curriculum, the capable faculty, and the strong parent/community involvement. AACS provides an environment where dedicated Christian teachers are free to integrate faith and learning naturally into the school day thereby supporting parents and their church in educating the whole child. Staff retention is high allowing teachers to provide stability for students and opportunity for collaborative projects over time with fellow faculty . God has blessed AACS. The school will provide a haven for children to grow and thrive in His care.
What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
The Psalms both challenge me and offer a great source of encouragement.
“Have mercy on me, O God according to your steadfast love;
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust…'”