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Isaac’s Fun Run for MDA

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On a cool and sunny Saturday morning in October, classmates, friends, and family of 3rd grader Isaac Hennessy came together for the Isaac Fun Run, part of our HomEComing weekend. 

The Isaac Fun Run was organized to provide a way for the EC community to encourage Isaac and his family, in their battle against Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.  We also wanted to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association in their efforts to fund research and stand with families like the Hennessy’s. 

Because of the EC community’s strong support of this event, Eastern Christian was able to present a check, for $3,500 the Ashley Thorpe, representing MDA at the elementary school chapel on Tuesday morning. Joining Isaac for this check presentation was his parents, Jim and Krista Hennessy and David Visbeen and Katie Tarta from The Foundation for ECSA, organizer of the Isaac Fun Run. 

Thanks to all involved in this loving show of love and support for Isaac and the Hennessy family!


That’s a lot of kids running for Isaac! #FunRun #SoarEC #HomEComing2017

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Welcome, Daniel Bautista

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Daniel Bautista, ES/MS Media Lab Specialist

Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Hoboken, NJ where I spent most of my free time playing basketball and baseball. I was part of a small community congregation where I developed a passion for music at a very young age. That passion led me to eventually become a worship Leader. Now, after twenty-five years, I am still excited about leading people into worship as the first day.

Tell us the story of how God brought you to work at EC.
I graduated from SCS Business and Technical Institute obtaining a certificate and later attended AIU University. Currently, I am in the process of furthering my education. I taught technology at Stevens Cooperative School in Hoboken for fifteen years where I also developed curriculum for grades 1st through 8th. After over a decade of teaching technology, I decided to nurture my desire to do multimedia freelance work and in the process, served as a substitute teacher for Mustard Seed School and Eastern Christian Middle School. While substituting at ECMS I was inspired by an educational environment that is truly God centered.

Why Eastern Christian?
Eastern Christian is a place where academics and faith are in harmony. It is a true community of people who love the Lord, pray for one another, are highly professional and devoted to facilitate the highest standard of education to children. I am truly honored to form part of the EC family.

Introducing Our 2017 Tier 1 STEAM Students

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It’s an exciting time of the the year for our Tier 1 STEAM students.

After months of learning STEAM skills, they are now defining their research projects. Before they have to complete a full proposal, they present their plans to our school-wide STEAM community to receive input and feedback from their future mentors and the Tier 2-4 students.

We are so excited to introduce our Tier 1 students to you!



Welcome, Melissa Macy!

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Melissa Macy, Pre-K/Elementary School Music

Tell us about yourself. 
I grew up in Passaic County, NJ, where I continue to live. I have a husband and 3 children under the age of 7. I play the violin and love to study the Bible and spend time outdoors.

Tell us the story of how God brought you to work at EC.
I attended EC K-12. I have a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music Education, and a Masters in Violin Performance. Before I had children, I taught for 5 years in the Bergenfield Public Schools.

What sets EC apart?
I am a proud EC parent! My kids love the learning environment at EC. I have always felt that the faculty and administration of EC is very strong in encouraging students to think out the implications of their Christian beliefs. They encourage the development of a Christian worldview that reaches into every academic discipline and every facet of life. I was privileged to study under many wonderful teachers including Mr. Paul Beverly, who was exceptional in this regard, and extremely effective in developing critical thinking skills amongst his students. I feel privileged to contribute to the next generation of Christian culture-makers in the music department!