Eastern Christian School is pleased to welcome Ben Carapezza as freshman/sophomore dean and high school math teacher.
Mr. Carapezza received his Bachelor’s in Education and English from Seton Hall University, his master’s in Educational Leadership from American College of Education and a master’s in business administration from Rutgers University. He comes to Eastern Christian having most recently worked in the Summit Public School district.
Please tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Pennsylvania as part of a large Christian household, spending significant time in church, Bible camp and Bible conferences. In addition to this, I love sports and music; specifically, soccer, piano and bass. As a child, I participated in a number of youth orchestras and symphonies, and as an adult, I have used this talent to serve on worship teams. I am married to my amazing wife, Cayla, and we have four children.
How has God brought you to work at EC?
God has given me a talent in teaching and working with kids. I have always worked or volunteered with kids–from countless summers serving as a camp counselor, to serving as a Sunday school/kid’s church teacher. Professionally, I have worked as an 8th grade math teacher and a 6th grade math teacher for ten years. In between those experiences, I left education to work in the business world, but God very clearly called me back to work in education.
What sets EC apart?
I know a number of current and former Eastern Christian students and staff members, and it is so very clear that God is working and moving in the lives of these individuals. Former students, in particular, are eager to share how their time at EC helped build a strong foundation in Christ (and I can’t help but think of the verse in Proverbs 22 that says “Train up a child in the way he should go” when hearing this). Being pushed to find who they are in Christ has set them up to have a strong and growing personal relationship with Christ. More than that, though, it has put within them a fire to share God’s love and to be a beacon of His light and love in the world. Seeing how clearly and deeply Christ is woven into the fabric of EC students’ (current and former) being is, for me, what sets EC apart and makes me incredibly excited to be a part of this community.