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Unpacking the rise of academic stress in today’s students

As a Christian high school social studies teacher with 26 years of experience, I have witnessed notable changes in the stress and anxiety levels of teenagers and have wondered why pressures on students are distinctly higher than in my generation. While pursuing a master’s degree in education from Dordt University, I chose to focus my…

HomEComing 2022 Recap

Despite soggy ground conditions that required rescheduling of our Varsity soccer games, the rest of the HomEComing events happened as planned. More than 650 attendees participated on a gorgeous Saturday, powered by a team of 75 volunteers.  Highlights from the more competitive elements of the weekend included fans cheering on the boys middle school team…

Understanding the long-term impact of a Christian educator

Several months ago I ran into a student I had taught in middle school. He was now married, a father, and very successfully employed. Once we managed through the “getting caught up” conversation, he asked a question that grabbed my attention. He wondered if I remembered what I had said to him when as a…

Nurturing the whole child–especially through trauma

Hello, EC family! My name is Jessica Truran, and I have the privilege of working as a kindergarten teacher at Eastern Christian Elementary School. While I am currently in my sixth year of teaching, I noticed early on in my career that my students’ social and emotional health was impacting their performance in the classroom.…

Two ECHS classes meet with university professors

As part of its continued commitment to providing an excellent Christian education, Eastern Christian High School hosted several college professors in two of its advanced-level courses this week. On October 4, Economics students, taught by Esther Kim, participated in a lecture and question and answer session facilitated by Dr. Jim Ludema, Dean of Business at…

Internal survey data reveals the value of EC staff

In an era where teacher shortages are widely reported and student learning is suffering, Eastern Christian recognizes God's faithfulness in providing a full staff of individuals who are professional, educated and above all, committed: committed to Christ, committed to our students, and committed to providing an excellent Christian education. Teachers are at the heart of…

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