GREENVILLE, Ky. (6/26/13) – On Tuesday evening over a hundred parents and children got a "Sneak Peak" at a new school that will be located at the Greenville First United Methodist Church.
Although the school is totally separate from the church, The Christian Academy of ACTSchools < www.actschools.org >, Inc. President and Headmaster, Emily Carder stated that this school's opening is like watching a miracle unfold before her eyes.
Speaking to Reporters between tours of the facilities for interested parents and children, Carder stressed that the school will be totally non-denominational.
The fact that a school that began as one woman's vision will open its doors in August is quite a story in itself.
"For years the Lord was taking what I had done in education and ministry and wanting to combine them, to make something bigger for Him." Cander said.
Cander could have easily found a career anywhere in the education field, with a Master's Degree from Western Kentucky University , a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from WKU, and Associate's Degree from U.K. in Education. She has six years’ experience in elementary education, one year of teaching at WKU, and three years’ experience in children's ministry.
Cander says she felt God had other plans for her years of experience, and she is now heeding His call.
"I just had this calling on my heart, an evident vision. The Lord said, 'Go and build this place." Cander stated with a confidence that is sincere and inspiring. "I felt He wanted me to plan and build a school from the foundation up in less than 8 months. But the Lord just said 'Don't limit me, just be obedient.’" Cander said she trusted in the Lord and the doors have been opened for this vision.
"It went through a process with the Greenville United Methodist Church,” Cander said. “We wanted full church unity because even though it's not the church's school, we are using the church as a school. The United Methodist Church was been great, because their motto is 'Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds'. They are really doing that. There is another church, that we are not able to mention yet, that will serve as our upper grades campus, because we are going to have to grow ever year until we include all grades, preschool through 12th grade. We must continue to grow every single year. The best part is taking all the churches, in all the communities, and making one place with one heart for our kids. We just want to do what would be best for them."
"We want to offer each child an individual education, with small class sizes. We can do what the public schools can't, and that's not said to diminish public schools. Here we can pray with them, we can hug them, we can love them. The needs of each child are different. We want to make a plan for each child to grow to be their very best, academically and spiritually." Cander said.
ACTSchools, Inc. will begin with grades K through 7, but the search for certified teachers is still ongoing as the school continues to grow with each day.
"We were in much prayer, because we are looking for teachers that are certified and have experience,” Carder stated. “But they also have to have a heart for the Lord, and to love kids. To find all of those in one package, we've really had to seek out the Lord, because that is going to be the best for each child. That teacher is who your child is going to be with all day long. The teachers are going to help shape each child. Parents have such a limited amount of time with kids, at night and on weekends. The fact is teachers have more time with our kids than we as parents do.”
Other members of the staff, which is growing almost daily, include Christy Whitis, lower primary teacher. Whitis has a Master's Degree from WKU in Elementary Education, six years teaching experience in classroom teaching in the public school system, and two years teaching at a Christian academy.
Nika Ball will be the school principal, with a Master's Degree from U.K. in Secondary Mathematics Education, a Master's Degree from Illinois State University in Educational Administration, six years as a high school math teacher and three years in high school administration.
Lisa Henry will be the school nurse. Henry has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from WKU and an Associate's Degree from WKU in Nursing. She is also a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, with six years’ experience in Children's Behavioral Health and ten years in Critical Care.
Carter noted, "We are following the regular school year except for a few holidays, and we will open on Monday, August 5th. We are still interviewing for positions and for students as well. Anyone interested can call 270-338-1630 or go on line for applications or to make a donation at www.actschools.org.
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