The Lutheran Academy was so very sad to get notification from Mrs. Canjar (above left) that she was not going to be able to come back to teach for our 2017-18 Academic year. She has been such a blessing to us over the past two years and all our students loved her and her family so very much. Mrs. Canjar has been so dedicated and caring and skilled her teaching. She was a very faith-filled servant of God and we wish her EVERY blessing from the Lord as she moves on to a new phase in her life.
It was with much trepidation that the Academy Board of Directors with the leadership of Ms Luklanchuk, entered into a (rather frenzied!) search for a replacement. We were pressed for time and the task was daunting. We knew we could not make a mistake. All we could do was pray over our work - and our Lord delivered! A Mrs. Maryellen Darling just happened to see our ad and decided to investigate! Everything was pleasing to God and she accepted the Board of Director's offer to replace Mrs. Canjar after a round of interviews. Mrs. Darling (pictured above right) comes with incredible knowledge and devotion not only to her Christian faith, but also to the Classical Christian teaching philosophy and methodology - even as she has had years of experience teaching in public schools as well. She raises a family of three children with her husband Eric in Clarks Summit. We are SO excited and honored to have her as a member of our teaching ministry team here at The Lutheran Academy!
We ALSO need to make mention of two other staff persons in transition! After serving us for many years in several different ways, the latest being our 3 & 4th Grade teaching assistant for Grammar and Math, Ms Wendy Laird has also taken leave of the Academy to pursue her music teaching career. We are SO very thankful for her faithful service!
And so then REPLACING Ms Laird, we have Mrs. Tammi Gentil, who helped us last year with tutoring. She is the wife of Pastor Glen Triplett of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Dickson City. She loved being at the Academy last year and is excited to share her gifts with the students this year.
PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR ALL HIS BENEFITS TO US. We are looking forward to an incredible year of growth in knowledge, wisdom, and faith.