AACS Board of Directors

A seven-to-nine member elected Board of Directors governs the school. Both the Board and Head of School operate within the parameters established by the school bylaws and Governance Policies Manual. As defined by the Governance Policies Manual, the Head of School manages the daily operation of the school, is the Board’s only employee, and reports to the Board of Directors. The Board oversees the Head of School and delegates all operational authority of the school to him or her while focusing its time on strategic visioning for the school’s future and “dreaming and praying about the school that doesn’t yet exist.”

RYAN PETERSON, President

Job Title
Vice President of Administration/Chief Campus Executive at Concordia University Ann Arbor

Education
Bachelor of Arts (Pastoral Ministry and Theological Languages), Concordia University
Masters of Divinity (Theology), Concordia Seminary
Doctor of Ministry (Leadership and Ministry Management), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
We want our kids surrounded by Christ-centered role models as they also receive an excellent education. AACS is special to us because the school is filled with leaders who desire to see our children grow in faith as they mature in life.

Why do you serve on the Board?
It is a humbling honor to serve on the Board because we can prayerfully discern and dream about a school that doesn’t yet exist, but by God’s grace, may in the future. That school will continue to “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of our Lord.”

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
Your children will be challenged, encouraged, supported, and loved as they grow in all areas of their life, including their relationship with Jesus Christ.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Romans 5:1

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NIK SPASOVSKI, Vice President

Job Title
Pastor of New Life Church

Education
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
M.C. in Intercultural Studies, Moody Theological Seminary

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
Our family has been a part of AACS since our oldest began pre-school in the Fall of 2012. We could not have asked for a better environment for our children to grow in and mature spiritually and educationally. Each teacher our children have had took the time to get to know them, love them, and support them in their individual needs. Oftentimes, they would provide my wife, Emily, and I with words we were searching for to describe certain characteristics of our kids! In addition to our children making great friendships, we have also made great friends as we’ve spent more time around the loving community at AACS.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
If you are looking for a school that is full of people from the head of school to every teacher that all deeply care about the well-being and development of your child, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally, you will be hard-pressed to find a better school than AACS. Additionally, your child will not only be well-prepared for high school and beyond educationally but will be equipped with how to pursue godly character in life as well.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“This book of instruction is not to depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:8-9 CSB

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SANDY QUINN, Secretary

Bio coming soon

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TODD REDDER, Treasurer

Job Title
Senior Engineer, LimnoTech

Education
B.S. in Civil Engineering – Calvin College
M.S.E. in Water Resources Engineering – University of Michigan

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
We have been involved with AACS since our oldest son entered Kindergarten in 2009, and we have had two sons graduate from the school with our third son approaching middle school. There are many aspects of AACS that are special to us, but a few that come to mind frequently are the integration of faith and academics throughout all subjects and areas, the interaction and mentoring relationships that occur across all grade levels (e.g., through chapel families), the passion and dedication of the staff, and the authentic teacher-student relationships that are developed. 

Why do you serve on the Board?
As our three boys have progressed through the school, our family has been blessed daily by the formative God-centered and life-orienting interactions they experience each day at AACS. Likewise, it has been a joy to be in community with so many other families that collectively support the school’s mission. As a Board member, I am honored to play a small role in continuing to advance the school’s mission, so that current and future students and families can continue to experience those blessings. 

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
AACS will immerse your child in an integrated faith environment that will challenge them academically and spiritually throughout their career at the school. In addition to academic knowledge, leadership and other essential life skills will be developed and built upon as they progress through each grade. Most importantly, AACS will help equip your child for a life of service to God and neighbor, along with instruction at church and at home. We have found that our high schoolers have been very well prepared academically, spiritually, and emotionally to meet the challenges of secondary education in a large public school setting. 

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  — Micah 6:8 NIV

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SARAH ARMSTRONG

Job Title
Writer/Editor/Mom

Education
BA University of Michigan, Chinese Language and Literature

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
Like all parents, I want my children to be challenged academically and well-prepared for high school and college. I am confident that AACS provides an exceptional education for both of my children. What matters to me even more, however, is that my kids learn to know and worship our Savior “in spirit and in truth.” I feel beyond blessed that we have found a school where the centrality of Christ is evident in every subject, every activity, and every classroom.

Why do you serve on the Board?
I care deeply about the impact AACS has on the minds and hearts of each student, both academically and spiritually. Serving on the board allows me the unique privilege to ensure that AACS remains faithful to its mission, as well as to think and dream strategically about the future of this amazing school.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
AACS is more than just a place where children go to advance through the grades and mature academically; it is a community where students are know and loved by their teachers, where they learn to love God’s creation and where they build skills to become culture-makers for Jesus Christ.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been save—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” — Ephesians 2: 4-7

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DANIEL BINGHAM

Job Title
Founder & Director, Cypress Counseling Center, P.C.

Education
Bachelor of Science, Natural Sciences, Xavier University, Natural Sciences
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
When my wife and I initially visited the school for a tour two years ago, we got the overwhelming impression that AACS was a school where children are loved and where they really “belong.” This has been our consistent experience since enrolling our younger son for the 2019-2020 school year and our daughter the following year. The emotional and spiritual investment–over and beyond the academic–each of their teachers make in them is profound. Both children have flourished and are happier and more confident since starting at AACS. What is more, their interest in the Scriptures and in the things of God have continued to blossom. It is such a blessing to know that the tenets of Christianity are being reinforced throughout the week. They are learning that faith becomes real when it is an active part of everyday life.

Why do you serve on the Board?
I believe in AACS and I believe in Christian education. AACS has a unique opportunity in the coming years to be an exemplar of quality elementary and middle school education that is distinctly Christian. I hope to be an asset to this board as we address the considerable mental health challenges our families and students face that are unlikely to decrease any time soon. In addition, I look forward to collectively navigating changing cultural trends. There is a growing interest among Christian parents to ensure their children are being educated in an environment that promotes Christian values. The prospect of advancing the AACS mission in Ann Arbor to meet this need is exciting.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
I am a firm believer that “All truth is God’s truth.” At AACS, children are given the opportunity to see the world through a Christian lens. Students are trained to think critically and better understand who they are in relation to their Creator. In addition, the AACS faculty value the importance of ensuring children experience a palpable sense of belonging. Your child will graduate from AACS not only academically prepared for high school, but will also be equipped for social, emotional and spiritual challenges as well.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“But now listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” — Isaiah 43:1-3a

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KAREN EEKHOFF

Job Title
Teacher/Mom/Wife

Education
BA Special Education, Calvin College

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
All three of our kids attended AACS from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Our kids did receive an excellent education, but beyond that, they also received the freedom to question and think creatively, to grow and change, and also to fail but then figure out how to get past the failure. Growing my children’s understanding of their faith was a priority all throughout their education at AACS. The families at Ann Arbor Christian also became a support network, for my kids and also my husband and me.

Why do you serve on the board?
I serve on the board because I want to see Ann Arbor Christian continue its mission of partnering with families to give children the tools to discover learning through the lens of our christian faith. I want other families to experience what our family experienced. Now that my kids have grown, it’s my turn to give back a portion of what AACS has given me.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
One of my favorite aspects of AACS is the focus the staff puts not just on children’s academic life, but also their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives as well. Your children will be guided and challenged in all of those areas. Your children will be celebrated for who they are as God created them. There will be challenges and celebrations as your children go through the natural stages throughout their education at AACS, and they will be fully supported through it all.  It will be hard to leave once your time at AACS comes to an end, but your children will be well prepared for what comes next.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9 NIV

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KEVIN MURPHY

Bio coming soon

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