New Principal Introduced
Emmanuel Christian School (ECS) introduced its new school Principal on May 19 during the school’s annual “ECS Sunday”, a combined worship service with the school and the sponsoring church families.
Ms. Amanda Eckroth comes to ECS from Alexandria, Virginia, where she’s been serving as an assistant principal. Eckroth holds an undergraduate degree from Northland International University (Formerly Northland Baptist Bible College) in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.
“We’re excited to have Ms. Eckroth join the team. Her personal background in Christian Education, philosophy of education, and Christian Discipleship make her a perfect fit for ECS, “ said Jayson Byrd, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church and president of the ECS Board.
Eckroth said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the principal and invest in Emmanuel, both academically and spiritually. I am looking forward to partnering and building relationships with ECS students, staff, and families.”
Ms. Eckroth will assume her duties at Emmanuel in June.
That afternoon ECS held its graduation ceremony where Sydney Stephenson was honored as the 2019 graduate. Stephenson attended ECS from Pre-k through 12th grade and excelled in the carpentry program at the United Technical Center during his senior year.
Also attending the ceremony were three former administrators of ECS (Pictured below is Eckroth alongside the former principals), including Mr. Darrel VanNorman, administrator of Wood County Christian School, Mr. Larry Fitch, principal at Fayette Christian School, and Mrs. Nancy Mercandante, administrator at Ambassador Christian Academy in Toms River, NJ.
Teacher of the Year
Emmanuel also recognized Mrs. Jennifer Wiechers, who has taught at ECS for a combined ten years, as Teacher of the Year Wiechers holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College and is certified through the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS). The Teacher of the Year is chosen by her colleagues, one of which called Wiechers “the perfect example of what a teacher is to be”. She loves her students and ministers to each individual with love and excellence.
Another highlight of ECS Sunday was the recognition of service awards. In addition to Mrs. Weichers’ ten years, Mrs. Sheila Law was recognized for twenty years of service at ECS. Mrs. Law is known for her love for her students and for seeking to share the Gospel with them on an individual basis. She has had the joy of seeing several students make decisions for Christ.
While it’s not entirely unusual for teachers to serve for 30 years, Mrs. Barbara Philips is exceptional. She has taught pre-K 3 & 4 at ECS for three decades in the same classroom! Mrs. Philips’ reputation for an excellent pre-k program is a draw for many families in the area. Pastor Jayson Byrd said, “Mrs. Philips has built a legacy at ECS. I believe the pre-k program at ECS is the best in the region, thanks to her faithfulness and hard work.” The school now regularly sees former students seeking to enroll their own children in the same program.
ECS presented Mrs. Phillips with a 30-year service pin, an appreciation plaque, a gift, and a scrapbook filled with pictures and notes of appreciation from students.
Emmanuel Christian School is now enrolling grades K-3 through 12 for the 2019-2020 school year.