Maryville Christian School recently celebrated 15 years of educational service during an anniversary party in the school gym.
Administrator Glenn Slater said students, teachers and staff enjoyed the time. “It was really a neat time. We all get so busy, the anniversary snuck up on us,” he said.
Slater said the school started in the fall of 1994 at Beech Grove Baptist Church. “Overall, obviously, the school has changed a great deal,” he said. “We all felt it was important to pause and praise God for his faithfulness and all he has done for us.”
Slater recognized neighbor Bill Wallace who donated the property on Morganton Road where the school is located. “God has brought people along at just the right time. We had a neat video where they interviewed Mr. Wallace,” said Slater. “It was fun for the kids. We had a cake late in afternoon and had all the kids come to the gym where we recognized two teachers who have been here since the beginning - Pam Ivens, a fourth grade teacher, and Barbara McClellan, a kindergarten teacher.”
The administrator said the two teachers showed faith when they joined the staff. “When they started, there was a question if we were going to make it. We had 40 kids at the time, and the step was so precarious, who knew if we were going to make it,” Slater said.
Another newer staff member, third grade teacher Ashlee Ivens, was honored because she was a third grade student and started at the school the year it first opened its doors. She grew up and married Pam Ivens’ son, became a teacher and was hired on at the school. “We have two teachers who were here at the beginning as teachers and another teacher who was here on that first day as a student,” said Slater.