Position: Elementary Principal
College(s): Moody Bible Institute; Walden University
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Science – Elementary Education; Master of Science – Education (specialization: Curriculum Design, Assessment and Instruction)
What do you love about your role(s) at RCS?
When I tell people I’m an Assistant Principal, it’s usually met with a sympathetic, “Oh…that means you have to handle all the discipline…” I understand that this does not sound like a coveted activity, but at RCS we don’t handle it the way most people would assume. I love that working through misbehavior gives me the opportunity to help students think through their behavior, identify their motivations/goals for their actions, and bring those both in line with the Gospel. Seeing character growth and development is the best part of my job.
What do you love about being the Elementary Principal at RCS?
I really enjoy working with the professionals on our staff who are passionate about committed to our students. We have great dialogue on educational best practices and I see their love for their students. However, nothing beats the joy that a child can bring! Even in the more difficult behavior-based conversations, time spent with children is always a highlight of my day. I believe it is a sacred duty to work with kids in a way that prompts heart change.
What sets RCS apart other schools?
I believe RCS students are set apart from other students because they receive an education that is so much more than academic. We intentionally teach relational skills, communication skills, respect, and responsibility. And most importantly, they are learning to seek God.
How does RCS as a school “Inspire Futures?”
I talk with my team regularly about the incredible privilege we have to shine the light of Christ into our students’ lives. We are in our students’ inner circle along with their parents/guardians. We get to be among the first to notice if they’re having an emotionally rough day. We get to celebrate with them during life’s highs and grieve with them through the low points. In those uniquely personal moments, we get to speak life. Speak peace. Speak Jesus. It is my prayer that we are inspiring futures in an eternal way.
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I want them to feel known, loved and cared for and then to pass that on by knowing, loving, and caring for others. I also want them to realize that their lives matter to God. He loves them and what is happening in their life matters to Him.
What is your favorite verse?
Hebrews 4:14-16 which says ” Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. “