Dr. Marilyn Dardenne
To the Fellowship Academy Community,
I wanted to take a moment to let each of you know how excited and honored I am to be chosen to be the next Head of School at Fellowship Academy. I know that Mrs. Collier has led the school so well and that you all love her dearly, and I am certain that the transition carries much anticipation! Together with the board and the school administration, faculty, and staff, I will do my very best to hold tight to all that we love about our school.
I have personally been engaged in higher education, home education, private education, public education, and public charter schools. Yes, I have participated in all of it, either as a parent or as an education professional. I can share the advantages and pitfalls of each. I know that private education requires a financial commitment, and I can tell you that neither my husband nor I regret one dollar we spent or one minute we invested in private Christian education for our children or for the children we have served. No education is complete without being rooted in eternal truth, and the value of education will never be measured by a state-created, one-size-fits all test. I'm excited about returning to a private Christian school; we can build the curriculum and increase our technology integration, even while we focus on what really matters in education -- in our nation and state, in our community, and in the hearts and minds of our children.
As I was going through the selection process, it became clear to me that core culture of Fellowship Academy is grounded in the love and grace it takes to work together and build one another up on a daily basis. Jesus said in John 13:35 that the world would know that we are His disciples by this: that we love one another. It is my sincere prayer that the biblical principles and the loving, grace-filled traditions that have built Fellowship Academy into a thriving school will continue to grow and prosper under my leadership.
I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Meet and Greet on Monday, April 23 @ 6:30 pm and to getting to know you as we engage in the hard (but joyful!) work of preparing our students to be leaders in the community.
Together in His service,
Marilyn Dardenne, Ed.D.