After I first accepted the position of Admissions Director, I went home that night and wrote a bulleted list of ideas and goals. As a teacher of nine years, I know that information is best received when told in narrative form, so one of my first bullets read: I will write a blog as a way to share not only the procedures for admissions but also the story of Grace School.
Here, you will read stories about the process of applying to Grace School, read about my adventures and goals as an Admissions Director, and meet our exemplary teachers and administrators who care for your child’s academic, emotional, and spiritual growth. You will learn about what makes Grace School not only an exceptional place for learning, but a place that inspires children to be compassionate and thoughtful leaders in our community.
This summer, I read Melanie Shankle’s The Antelope in the Living Room, a memoir about marriage. It was an odd beach read since I was on a girls’ trip to Cancun with my best friend from college while my husband was home working in Houston. As a newlywed (married by Pastor Fry of Grace Presbyterian Church in March of 2016), I was feeling guilty for having so much fun without him. When I came across Shankle’s section about God’s desire for us to rid ourselves of unrealistic expectations for marriage, I felt relieved. She writes, “He isn’t looking for perfection. He’s looking for humble hearts that know we are nothing without his lavish grace.”
God placed the word grace before me to shift my thinking.
When I first started meeting families and touring Grace School, at the conclusion of our visit, I asked, “Do you have any pictures of your child?” After every family chucked with an of course, I revised my wording to, “Can I see pictures of your child?” There was a lot I learned in those first few tours: two year olds don’t wear uniforms, the gate to the Outdoor Learning Center locks from behind (safety), and how to turn the lights on in the Backyard so we didn’t have to talk in the dark. These prospective families extended me bounds of grace, and I’m humbled and honored that they chose Grace School and are now new Grace families.
God reminded me of His grace through the actions of others.
In the opening note of Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotionals for Kids, Max Lucado shares his favorite Bible verse: “Let us, then, feel free to come before God’s throne. Here, there is grace. And we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16).
There is the concept of God’s grace once again.
It is my hope that every family leaves Grace School feeling God’s grace for them. I pray that after touring Grace School, families know that Grace School is a school that encourages risk-taking through exploration, helps students achieve their highest academic levels, allows time and room for failure, and explicitly models how to be resilient – all the while fostering a safe and secure environment surrounded by God’s grace and love. Students know that God is here to help us when we need it. And so is our Grace School community. Our classes, grade levels, divisions, and entire school are here for each other through hardships and celebrations; we are servants of God’s grace.
As we approach the beginning of the 2016 school year with over 100 new families to Grace School, may God place the word grace before all of us: “We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace that God gave us.” Romans 12:6. As I made the transition from fifth grade teacher to Admissions Director, I am thankful for God’s grace. I am thankful that Grace School is an extension of God’s love and a place where we showcase our gifts and share grace.