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JJoin us Tuesday, Mar. 26 at 9:00 a.m. for a campus preview. This is a great time to become acquainted with the vision, mission, program, and people of Bethesda Christian School.
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It is with great excitement that we are able to report our Search Committee has completed its work in our search for a new Head of School. Following the unanimous recommendation of the Committee, both the Church Board and the School Board unanimously voted to extend an offer to Mr. Jason Myers, one of the top five candidates presented to us by JobfitMatters. Mr. Myers has accepted the position and will begin the 2019-2020 school year as the Head of School for Bethesda Christian School and Bethesda Child Development Center.
The Myers family has been living in Jakarta, Indonesia for the past fourteen years, where Mr. Myers serves as an administrator at Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH), an ACSI-accredited school. Over the years, he has served in various roles on the senior leadership team, including Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Pelita Harapan Club chairman, and Physical Education Associate Coordinator. As a senior leader, he oversees the senior school programs, while managing strategic development of curriculum, policies, and procedures. He has also been a leader of the steering committee, ensuring the school meets the academic and accreditation requirements of ACSI, the International Baccalaureate program, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
In addition to his administrative duties, he serves as Athletic Director, overseeing 24 sports activities for 800 students (grades 1-12) with 60 coaches, running a full calendar of sports events on SPH’s campus. He is the founder and chairman of the very first interscholastic sports and activities conference in Jakarta -- the Jakarta Athletic & Activities Conference – which has now grown to 11 member schools.
The Myers family has served as Missionary Associates with the Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) program for the past fourteen years, and they are active members of the missionary community in Indonesia. They have partnered with a variety of sports ministries to provide support, including sports court building projects, youth ministry initiatives, and professional development for teachers and coaches across Indonesia.
Mr. Myers graduated from Evangel University with his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health. He received a Master of Science in Management and Administration from Liberty University. His doctoral work will be complete in May, whereupon he will receive his Doctor of Education in Management and Leadership from the United States Sports Academy (USSA). He has diligently maintained his position on the Dean’s list during his time at USSA. When he arrives on the campus of BCS he will be known to us as “Dr. J.”
A devoted Christian, Mr. Myers believes in the importance of educating from a biblical, Christian worldview. “Excellence in a 21st century Christian school values every student, parent, teacher, and staff member as a part of a shared school community,” says Myers. “Christian schools should partner with parents and the church in preparing students for college, life, and eternity.”
To that end, our Search Committee was particularly struck with a phrase we heard from Mr. Myers… “calling prep.” As it was explained to us, “Graduates should gain entrance into the universities that fit them best, but I like to think that great Christian schools really see themselves as engaging in ‘calling prep’ as well as ‘college prep.’ That is, we are preparing students for the service to the Lord (calling) for which God has uniquely designed them.”
Our Committee wanted an understanding of how Mr. Myers would approach his position as Head of School. What value does he place on academics? How important is biblical integration? We are happy to report to you that Mr. Myers has met and exceeded every expectation we defined. He is strongly committed to several areas that are of great importance to us:
Mr. Myers is a diligent advocate for a robust, rigorous academic program. His experience in developing and implementing curriculum while leading school staff, as well as his background with the International Baccalaureate program and other accrediting agencies, has given him extensive knowledge in maintaining high academic standards.
Without question, Mr. Myers believes a healthy biblical worldview to be foundational and essential to Christian education. “As educators, we are focused on developing servant leaders with a biblical, Christian worldview. My vision is to develop true knowledge, faith in Christ, and Godly character to accomplish this exciting task,” says Mr. Myers.
As a two-sport, college-level student-athlete himself, Mr. Myers understands the importance of a strong athletic program, balanced with academic rigor. This has not only proved to be a strategy for school growth during his leadership at SPH, but also the impetus for developing an Active School Initiative aimed at the holistic growth and well-being of the students at his current school.
Fine Arts and Robotics:
Mr. Myers has a great appreciation for the excellence and importance of the Fine Arts and robotics programs in the BCS community. At SPH, he established multiple club-based programs which included both Fine Arts and STEM education programs. He has worked intently to ensure students are engaged in the task of holistic education, and he is excited about continuing the excellence for which BCS is known in these areas, even as he will bring ideas for their enhancement.
Growth and Expansion:
Mr. Myers’ experience in leadership, academics, and athletics have proven he is not only capable of leading a school but also having vision for growth and expansion, while creating strategies to bring it to reality. We believe Mr. Myers will position BCS for stability and growth for many years to come!
As crucial as all of these values are to our process, we know Mr. Jason Myers would say we have left out the most important part… his family! Mr. Myers and his wife, Dawn, have been married for seventeen years, and are parents to two wonderful children: Mackenzie (14 years old / 9th grade) and Jayden (10 years old / 5th grade). The Myers family is enthusiastic about moving to Fort Worth this summer after having spent a decade and a half living overseas. Dawn, who has taught second grade for the past three years, was previously a stay-at-home mom. With a warm gift of hospitality, Dawn ran the expatriate orientation program at SPH. Mr. Myers says, “my family’s excitement for joining the Bethesda community grows day by day.” On behalf of the Search Committee, I can say, “the feeling is mutual!”
We are delighted to welcome the Myers – Jason, Dawn, Mackenzie, and Jayden – to the Bethesda family.
We invite you to a BCS Community Cookout on Saturday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m. You’ll hear from Pastor Dan, Principal Freda Chadwick, and several others from our faculty. Then, we’ll be hearing from Mr. Myers live via Skype. During our program, children from birth through fifth grade will be participating in fun activities, including the play zone, bounce houses, and our arcade. Following the program, Bethesda is providing burgers (with all the fixings) from Outback Steakhouse. Outback chefs will be cooking them hot and fresh on site! We hope you’ll make plans to attend this fun all-family event.
Head of School Committee Chair