Meet the Spetar family! George, Heather, and their three boys, Cade, Cole, and Christian have been a part of the Grace family for many years. After first enrolling the boys into the preschool program, George and Heather quickly felt a connection to the faculty and staff and built relationships that continue to be an integral part of their family's journey.
Get to know them today!
How did you first hear about Grace Christian Academy?
(Heather grew up going to Grace Baptist Church and was in middle school youth group when the school was first started.) When our oldest, Cade, was two, we enrolled him in the Mother’s Day Out program and fell in love with the teachers, the staff, and the program. If the Mother’s Day Out program and the Pre-K program was so phenomenal, we knew that the school would be also. We chose to follow the Pre-K program path to prepare for Kindergarten at Grace.
What was the difference that made you choose GCA for your children?
We believe the teachers at Grace view their positions not only as a profession, but as a call to ministry. Each teacher and staff member we have encountered has loved on, poured into, prayed for, and pointed our family to Jesus over and over. Countless times we have witnessed teachers loving on our children: from the MDO teacher telling our two year old she loved him while hugging him goodbye, to the Pre- K teacher who halved her sandwich for lunch after he spilled his whole container of soup on her floor, to the Kindergarten teachers tying little shoes strings in the hallway, to the teachers who watch them play sports on the weekends, and on and on.
What has been your favorite part of your child's experience at GCA?
We feel as though we are a part of a family at GCA. We are always reassured that our community has our boys’ best interests at heart and that we are working together in partnership. It takes a village to raise a child and we are grateful to have found our village.
What would you share with other parents who are considering Christian education?
We have learned that Christian education goes beyond math and reading, as GCA focuses on teaching the whole child. Not only do our boys learn math and reading, they also are learning to extend kindness, forgiveness, love, service, and prayers. Most importantly, they are being taught about Jesus and how they can be a light for Him.
Did you have any reservations or concerns when you first considered GCA for your family. How did God enable your family to adapt or overcome these concerns?
We did not want the stigma of choosing private school because it’s “private”. We continually remind our boys that we attend GCA because it is a Christian education, not necessarily because it’s a private education.