I love Christian education! As a student at a private Christian school in Florida, I did not understand the sacrifice that my parents went through in order to put me in what I know call a “place of influence”. I am proud to be a graduate of a Christian school and honored to have had a Christian education. I consider it a “place of influence,” due to the fact that it took many people to turn one life around. I was encouraged, loved, mentored, coached, taught, and advised by some of the most skilled educators I have ever met. A chance is what I needed to change my life around and a chance is what I received at the hands of Christian mentors, whom I call educators.
Today, as the head of school of one of the finest institutions in North Carolina, I pray each night that I might have the same effect on the students that walk our halls at Northside Christian Academy. I understand clearly that all students are not going to want to build a relationship with the head of school, but I also understand that they are looking at me, listening, and making their conclusions on what they perceive. Leading a school is a difficult job, but I am honored to have the opportunity to lead others by example. I too want to make Northside Christian Academy a “place of influence” for our students. I want my children to see our teachers as “inspirational” leaders, and that our constituents may look at Northside as a “place of influence” for their children. I am encouraged by the words of Billy Graham, “salt and light speak of the influence Christians can exercise for good in society.”
“If you speak good words…you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you! – Jeremiah 15:19