2018-19 School Year Welcome & New Faculty & Staff Introduction

Dear JCS families,

Our faculty, staff, administration and Board of Directors are overjoyed to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year at Jupiter Christian! We want to extend a very special welcome to our new families as well.

2018 marks our 55th year as Jupiter Christian School and we are so blessed to celebrate our rich history of providing quality Christian education with a mission of inspiring servant leaders who will impact the world for Christ. The memories our alumni and families share show us the heart of our school and the bonds that form when we come together to learn and grow as brothers and sisters in Christ. We carry our time-honored JCS traditions with us as we embark on a new school year and move into the future of Jupiter Christian.

We have been amazed to see all that God has provided for our school as the capital projects that we prayed over last year have come to life. Over the summer we saw our gymnasium transformed into a true multi-purpose facility, our new East campus for PK2-1st grade come to completion and a West campus reorganization that allowed for more classroom space for our Lower School programs including art, music, Spanish, library, and extended care. Our campuses also received many new enhancements to our security program last spring that allow us to better secure our campus perimeter, support our security staff and protect our school with a state-of-the-art security technology system.

In May, we shared with you our 2018-19 school theme: A Community of Grace. This year we will focus together on cultivating a grace-filled community. Ephesians 2:9 brings us the good news that by grace we are saved through faith. This spirit of grace will be incorporated into every area of our school from our classrooms to our athletic and fine arts programs to student retreats, chapels, GAP groups, faculty professional development, and even a new parent ambassador Grace Team. Our JCS Community of Grace is made up of students, families, faculty, staff, administration, and board members who want to share the grace and love of Jesus with each other, with our community and with the world.

Last week all of our JCS faculty and staff joined together for in-services and final classroom and campus preparations. Through the last few months we have shared with you some new faculty and staff members who have joined our team and we are pleased to introduce you to a few more shining additions to our JCS family.

New Faculty & Staff Members

Jupiter Christian School is pleased to welcome Nancy Loud to our facilities operations department which serves both our East and West campuses. As Operations Assistant, Nancy works closely with our Director of Facilities Operations, Jacob Godino and our fantastic maintenance staff to ensure that everything is running smoothly including maintenance, transportation, event facilities set up and so much more. Nancy's organizational skills and attention to detail paired with her action-oriented work philosophy and her genuine love for our school community, make her such a blessing for JCS. Many of you know Nancy's husband Scott, who is our Assistant Athletic Director, and we couldn't be more grateful for their family's ministry at Jupiter Christian.

Jupiter Christian West Campus:

Dawn Hrynkiw (Upper School Drama Teacher): The JCS Theatre Department was founded in 2010 by Dawn with the launch of the JCS Fine Arts Academy and we are so excited to welcome her back to our West Campus. Many of our JCS families recall Dawn's passion for teaching drama at our school where she directed and produced the fall, Christmas and spring shows for six years. Like so many of our dedicated faculty, Dawn's desire to share the love and message of Christ extended beyond the classroom during her years at JCS where she served as a minimester trip leader, high school girls small group co-leader and 9th grade class retreat leader. With a Bachelor of Science degree in English education from the University of South Florida, Dawn has also served as a high school English teacher during her 18-year career in education and most recently taught in this capacity at Bradenton Christian School in Bradenton, FL. We are thrilled to welcome Dawn back to Jupiter and to JCS!

Rachael Butters (Upper School Math Teacher): With a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and secondary education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL and a Master of Arts degree in teaching and leadership from Saint Xavier University, Rachael comes to Jupiter Christian with both impressive education credentials and 17 years' experience in math instruction. She has expertise in teaching a variety of levels of mathematics from pre-algebra to trigonometry. Going beyond the classroom and reaching out to make an impact on not only the minds but also the hearts of her students, is something Rachael is passionate about and for almost a decade she has served as a youth group leader to both junior high and high school students.

Jeremy Hill (Upper School Bible Teacher): Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and is currently pursuing a master's degree as well. We look forward to seeing how God will use Jeremy to give our students insight into the Bible and inspire them to share the good news of salvation with others. Jeremy's wife Johannah also joins our faculty as an Upper School math teacher and we are so happy to welcome this wonderful family to Jupiter Christian!

Mitchell Donahue (Upper School History Teacher): Mitchell comes to the history department at Jupiter Christian with experience teaching history in a Christ-centered classroom environment, most recently at Asheville Christian Academy in North Carolina. He has a passion for inspiring students in both academics and athletics and encouraging them to use their creativity and communication skills to make a difference. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Montreat College as well as a teaching certification from the Association of Christian Schools International.

Johannah Hill (Upper School Math Teacher): Relocating back to the Jupiter area from Naperville, IL, Johannah is excited not only to be back in sunny South Florida but also to be joining the faculty at Jupiter Christian. She has a true calling for helping her students grow in their understanding of mathematics and find joy in the process of learning. Outside of the classroom, she also served as a coach at local sports camps where she taught children the fundamentals of athletics. Johannah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and elementary education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.

William Kovachik (Lower School Math and Bible Teacher): Having most recently served in Christian education as both a math and science teacher at The Kings Academy in West Palm Beach, William joins our Lower School faculty with both the experience and education to lead our students to excel in academics and to come to a deeper understanding of the Bible. He has taught students from kindergarten to 6th grade in a variety of areas including math, science, and reading during his teaching career. William holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of North Florida and a Master of Educational Leadership degree from the American College of Education in Indianapolis, IN.

Christine Meck (Upper School Chemistry Teacher): With an impressive educational background including a Ph. D in Chemistry from The City University of New York, Christine joins our science department with experience in both scientific research in the field and teaching in a classroom setting. She served as an adjunct chemistry professor at universities in New York. Over the course of her doctorate studies her work was included in numerous scientific publications and she received prestigious awards and grants in the field of chemistry.

Valerie Hall (Academic Support Teacher): Valerie comes to Jupiter Christian with the education, experience and expertise to provide our students with a high-level of academic support. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, a master's degree from Butler University, in Indianapolis, IN and has a Ph.D from Purdue as well. Her 23-year career in education includes serving as a professor and director of elementary education at Marian University, working in a leadership capacity in curriculum development for Calvary Chapel University, and offering support to students and teachers as an ESE and reading specialist.

Katie Rowe (Dual Enrollment Psychology Teacher): Katie graduated Magna cum Laude from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology followed by a Master of Science in counseling psychology as well. She brings to JCS her wealth of knowledge and experience as a relational expert, youth advocate, and developer of skills-based curriculum. As a licensed mental health counselor, she has worked as a private practice therapist and also dedicated much of her career to serving as a therapist and care coordinator for children and youth in South Florida.

Michelle Walk (Lower School Language Arts Teacher): For more than 15 years, Michelle has taught students in grades ranging from preschool to 6th grade in both Minnesota and Florida. In the field of language arts education, her classroom experience includes balanced literacy, guided reading, writer's workshop, Spanish, and English as a second language. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a master's degree in arts in education from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a heart for missions and has traveled on many trips as a teacher and volunteer to locations including Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Colombia.

Jupiter Christian East Campus:

Keali Parker (PK Aide/LS Art Teacher/Graphic Design): Keali's passion for art and graphic design and her love of working with preschool and elementary age children is a wonderful combination for our new East Campus! While she has worked as a professional graphic designer for more than a decade, she cherishes the time she spent during her career working as an art teaching assistant. She served as a PK and 4th & 5th grade art teaching assistant at The Benjamin School where she had the opportunity to introduce the students to diverse art mediums. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in children's book illustration and advertising from the University of Hartford as well as an art K-12 teaching certification from Florida Atlantic University.  

Kristy Burnette (PK3 Co-teacher):  Kristy joins our preschool team with 10 years' experience working with preschool-age students including serving as lead teacher at both Oceanside Academy and Bluffs School as well as a PK3 teacher assistant at Country Day of Jupiter. She brings to the classroom her dedication to implementing dynamic curriculum that lays the foundation for kindergarten readiness in a warm, nurturing, and fun atmosphere. Kristy holds a Child Development Associate credential in early childhood education.

Nardia Spence (PK2 Co-teacher): Most recently serving as a PK2 assistant teacher at Trinity Christian School, Nardia has a heart for teaching our youngest students and promoting their educational development through games and stories. She has also served in the Palm Beach County School District as a counselor and behavioral assistant where she worked closely with students in a variety of hands-on educational areas such as computers, science, arts & crafts and reading. Nardia's experience serving as a children's church teacher and choir director allows her to share the love of Christ with our East Campus students in ways that spark their creativity.

Summer McCarthy (PK2 Aide/Cafeteria/Extended Care): As a Jupiter Christian School Alumni, Summer knew from an early age that she had a passion for children and wanted to pursue a degree in elementary education. After receiving an Associates of Arts degree in elementary education from Palm Beach State College, she served as a preschool-3rd grade media center teacher at Lake Park Baptist School where she taught reading, language, communication, listening comprehension and computer research. Summer's joy and enthusiasm for working with preschool children in a Christ-centered environment fits perfectly with the focus of our JCS East Campus.



Dan Steinfield


Jupiter Christian School

700 S Delaware Blvd • Jupiter, FL 33458 • (561) 354-1900

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