2009-08-13 / Local & State

Chr istian School Selects Female Pr incipal

Cheryl Jenkins joins staff at FCCCS
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Cheryl Jenkins Cheryl Jenkins The Fulton County Community Christian School in Needmore welcomed its very first female administrator earlier this month with the selection of Cheryl Jenkins as its newest principal.

Jenkins replaces Russell Cheek, who stepped down from his administrative duties to pursue a full-time career in evangelism. Jenkins came to the school on August 1 after having last served as principal of Christian Life Academy located in Brookfield, Conn.

According to Jenkins, a selfproclaimed "city girl," she first learned about the job opening with the Christian School, as well as rural Fulton County, through a posting with the Association of Christian Schools International.

A native of New Hampshire, the 51-year-old school administrator stated the new setting is reminiscent of the rural country atmosphere she was accustomed to while growing up.

Having left a school that boasted a student body of 120 students, she will now oversee a current enrollment of 72 students between kindergarten and 12th grade. Jenkins stated one of her primary goals is to "grow" the Christian School even bigger than it has become over the last decade. Through an array of marketing and development techniques, she hopes to increase student enrollment.

In addition, Jenkins is in the process of meeting with the Christian School's faculty and could institute minor changes that might result in the restructuring of staff to more adequately meet student needs. This Saturday also presents a big opportunity for Jenkins to meet with members of the community through the school's annual pig roast.

"It's been great," said Jenkins, of the warm reception she has received thus far. "It's much different and a whole new culture to take in."

Prior to her employment at Christian Life Academy, Jenkins founded a Christian school in Brentwood, N.H., and served as its principal for nine years. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral science as well as a Master of Education from Notre Dame. Furthermore, she is certified in Biblical studies from the New England Christian College.

She and her husband of 30 years, Philip, are currently residing in the McConnellsburg area. They have three grown children. In her spare time, Jenkins noted, her family designs and sells scriptural photo art through their side business called Echoes of Heaven.

Parents interested in enrolling their child at Fulton County Community Christian School for the upcoming 2009-10 school year can either stop by the school located at 8159 Great Cove Road, Needmore, or call 717-573-4400.

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