By: Bethany Ackerman // September 20th, 2017 // Stories
After fourteen years of service to Christian families, Delmarva Christian Schools (DCS) proudly educates over 500 students from aged six weeks old to the twelfth grade. With a fourteen percent growth over the previous year, an increase in staff members within the school became necessary. DCS is proud to announce the seventeen new faculty and staff members to join the Royals family for the 2017-2018 school year.
Mrs. Beverly Race, a previous special education paraprofessional and early childhood instructor for over 8 years, joins the Delmarva Christian Schools Early Learning Center (ELC). Mrs. Race acts as the Lead Teacher for the young toddlers. Mrs. Race has been married for 30 years and has one son.
Mrs. Brenda Van Pelt attends World of Hope Church, and is a great woman of God. While previously volunteering for Eagle’s Nest Christian School and owning an in-home daycare, Mrs. Van Pelt found her love for children. Joining Ms. Adrienne Burbage, she acts as an Assistant Teacher in the nursery.
While working on a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and obtaining her Training for Early Care and Education credentials 1 and 2, Mrs. Shannon Connolly acts as the new Lead Teacher in the older toddlers classroom in the Early Learning Center.
Ms. Stephanie Setzer comes to the Delmarva Christian Early Learning Center with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and minor in Human Resources from Goldey-Beacom. With previous work experience at the Boys and Girls Club and Shell We Bounce, Ms. Setzer is familiar with young children. Ms. Setzer acts as the Lead Teacher for the two year-olds.
Mrs. Kim Jensen, a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree (RN, BSN), is the Delmarva Christian Milton Campus (DCMC) school nurse. Mrs. Jensen has been a nurse for 25 years with the last 10 of those years as a school nurse.
Helping her husband, Co-Founder and Director of Children’s Ministries at Solid Ground Church in Lewes, Delware, Mrs. Katie Miller teaches the DCMC Pre-K four year-olds. Mrs. Miller attended Eastern University and Evangel University receiving a Bachelor’s in Missions Studies and Social Sciences.
A graduate from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in English and Science, Mrs. Rachael Savini acts as one of two first-grade teachers at Delmarva Christian. Mrs. Savini is previously from Maine and has taught kindergarten, first, and fifth grade.
Ms. Emilee Virdin, a recent graduate from Delaware State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, comes to Delmarva Christian teaching first grade. Ms. Virdin is from Hartly, Delaware, and attends 4 The World Ministries.
Mrs. Cally McCullough, previously a teacher in the Philippines at a Christian school her family owns, acts as the DCMC paraprofessional for the third grade classroom. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from St. Theresa’s College, Philippines, Mrs. McCullough started her career as a news anchor, but quickly learned teaching was the path God had chosen for her. Ever since, she has been teaching students for more than 18 years.
A graduate of Eastern University, Ms. Leah Wilson teaches fourth grade at Delmarva Christian Milton Campus. Ms. Wilson is from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and attends Solid Ground Church where her fiancé is the Student Pastor.
Mrs. Caroline Schneck, a previous teacher at Eagle’s Nest School and mother of two, teaches middle school History and Bible for Delmarva Christian Milton Campus. With a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Middle Level Education, Mrs. Schneck has nine years of teaching experience that includes teaching middle school students as well as adults.
Graduating from Liberty University with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in science and a middle school endorsement in math and science, Ms. Julie Eckels acts as the DCMC middle school Science teacher. Prior to coming to Delmarva Christian, Ms. Eckels taught at Red Lion Christian Academy and Calvary Christian Academy. She grew up in Pennsylvania, but spent her high school career as a missionary child in Qingdao, China. After four years, the Eckels’ family returned stateside with a greater love and knowledge of God, His world, and a special love for children.
Mr. Jason Evans attends Water’s Edge Church in Milton and Milford where he leads worship and serves as an Assistant to the church. Earning his Bachelor’s degree in music from Southern Wesleyan University, Mr. Evans teaches Music at DCMC. After ten years of leading worship at a church in South Carolina, Mr. Evans is excited to start the new journey God is taking him on at DCS.
Mr. Martez “Tez” Hagans, a personal trainer and founder of the Association of American Universities Delaware Elite basketball team, teaches Physical Education at Delmarva Christian Milton Campus. Mr. Hagans also acts as assistant coach for the Delmarva Christian High School basketball team.
Graduating from Delaware Technical Community College with a Nursing degree and Registered Nursing license, Sherry Stewart acts as the Delmarva Christian High School nurse. Over the past several years, Mrs. Stewart has worked at a family practice that oversees pediatric and geriatric care with a focus on Chronic Care Management. Mrs. Stewart, her husband, and their three children have been members of Lewes Presbyterian Church for over 20 years.
A leader for worship, youth ministry, and women’s ministry, as well as the pianist for Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church, Mrs. Sharon Stevens teaches Psychology at Delmarva Christian High School. Mrs. Stevens graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in Education and a minor in Psychology. While teaching and ministering in church, Mrs. Stevens obtained a degree in Ministry from Christian World College of Theology.
Mr. Jeff Donihue, a Pastor at Denton Wayside Churches of Christ in Christian Union, starts Delmarva Christian High School as the World History and Bible teacher. With five years of experience, Mr. Donihue previously taught History and Science at Lighthouse Christian School in Dagsboro. Attending Anderson University and Ohio Christian University, Mr. Donihue received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Practical Theology.
The mission of Delmarva Christian Schools is to proclaim the gospel by preparing students spiritually, academically, and physically to know and do God’s will in their lives.
For more information, call Delmarva Christian High School 302-856-4040, Delmarva Christian Milton Campus 302-684-4983.
Delmarva Christian proudly recognizes Ms. Stephanie Setzer, Mrs. Beverly Race, Mrs. Brenda VanPelt, and Mrs. Shannon Connolly as new teachers in the Early Learning Center.
Warm welcomes to the nine new teachers at the Delmarva Christian Milton Campus. From left, Mrs. Cally McCullough, Ms. Leah Wilson, Mr. Martez “Tez” Hagans, Ms. Julie Eckels, Ms. Emilee Virdin, Mrs. Katie Miller, Mrs. Caroline Schneck, and Mr. Jason Evans. Not Pictured: Mrs. Rachael Savini.
Delmarva Christian is excited to have Mrs. Kim Jensen as the Milton Campus nurse.
Delmarva Christian High School is thrilled to announce three new staff members, Mrs. Sherry Stewart, Mr. Jeff Donihue, and Mrs. Sharon Stevens.