WCS Stories: Celinda Conteh
“It has been clear that God wants me here.” The eyes of Celinda Conteh sparkle as she enthuses “It was through the Lord’s guidance that the doors opened for me to teach at WCS.” Upper School English teacher since 2008, Mrs. Conteh loves helping students hone their communication through writing, but she is even more passionate about speaking and writing life into people through the use of God's word.
“I have been blessed professionally and spiritually at Wilmington Christian School. Although we are not perfect, I love that it is evident that Christ is here.” She affirms that WCS students are able to become well-rounded, immersed in a biblical worldview while having opportunities to grow their faith and influence others. She has seen first-hand the impact that a WCS can have in the lives of its students as she and her husband are the parents of two WCS graduates.
WCS Stories: Kelly (Kornack) Marcus
In high school biology labs at Wilmington Christian School, Kelly (Kornack ’79) Marcus dreamed of becoming a registered nurse. Now as a wife, mother of two adult children, and grandmother to four, Kelly reflects on the influence of WCS on her life.
“The small class sizes promoted rich interaction and investment in our lives by faculty. This definitely gave me a good sense of self.” She continues that WCS instilled a confidence in her that as long as she maintains a close relationship with God, “everything else will fall into place.” Kelly fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an RN, and has worked as a nurse continuously for more than three decades (except for a 3-month COVID furlough).
Kelly and her husband Marty are active in their church, working together in the areas of premarital counseling, parenting, and young adult ministries. Kelly also continues to be involved in hospitality and worship music. The heritage of Christian education is strong; Kelly’s mother, Wilma Kornack, taught elementary school at WCS for many years, and her three siblings all attended WCS, too. Together with her husband she has a passion for rehabbing houses, today living in the rehabbed home in which she grew up.
WCS is proud of graduates like Kelly who are Godly influencers, having a positive and restorative impact on the culture. Her Christ-like character and vocational proficiency have allowed her to develop meaningful relationships with others as she continues to impact the culture for Christ.
WCS Stories: Mrs. Barrier
New WCS faculty member Martha Barrier says, "I've been most impressed with the sweet school spirit at WCS. I love working in a Christian environment where students, parents, and co-workers understand the grace of God!"
Martha shared that she was reminded of a scene from "Beauty and the Beast" where the Beast takes Belle into his library and she twirls around amazed at all the books available for her to read. "I had the same feeling when I walked into the Art Café for the first time--grinning from ear to ear about all the wonderful projects that are laying on the shelves yet to be discovered. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be creative with the students and to dream of projects that we can make together. I love it when students try something new that they think is impossible to do and see that it wasn't too difficult after all."
Martha is involved in women's ministry at Grace Church in Newark, where her husband Greg is the pastor. Their youngest daughter is a junior at WCS.
WCS Stories: The Kibler Family
When Dave and Brenda Kibler toured Wilmington Christian School last summer they knew right away that WCS offered something different. Now one month into the school year, Brenda enthuses, “Our kids look forward to going to school! They are learning Bible verses, worship songs, and hearing stories about Jesus--which in turn is making them ask more questions about God at home. They have made friends that believe the same things they do and have learned that respecting and loving their friends pleases God.”
We asked Dave and Brenda what their children receive at Wilmington Christian School that they would not get somewhere else. “Our kids are fully-immersed in the truths of the Bible in all their subjects and throughout their day. Not only do the teachers care about our children's education, but most importantly they care about their spiritual growth as well.”
The Kiblers share advice with families who are considering Wilmington Christian School. “Don't hesitate, just do it! This was the best decision we ever made. We realized that by making sacrifices and prioritizing our children's spiritual growth in their education, this will impact who they become in the future.”
Wilmington Christian School provides a distinctively Christian, innovative education that effectively develops Godly influencers who are well prepared for life after high school and who impact the culture for Christ.
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