Dutcher Kelly

Kelly Dutcher

Head Administrator/Superintendent

kdutcher@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: because really, it is possible to pick just one?
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Matthew 6:33

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: If I could answer in one word it would be… God. He called, I answered.
I come to Harbor Light with 13 years of public school classroom teaching experience. I am passionate about teaching and learning and the administrator position at Harbor Light piqued my interest because it allows me to shift my focus to Christ-centered education. This position would allow my school home and my church home to become ONE. While I bring with me a host of experiences and strengths from the academic arena, it is the work that God continues to do inside of me that gives me confidence in my ability to lead with boldness, and character.

 I Love HLCS because…of the family and love that radiates through the halls. God’s love is on full display when you see a high school student giving attention to a preschooler, or when students go out of their way to help each other out. HLCS is a place like no other.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Spending time with my husband Jordan, and girls Daphne, Audrey, and Meredith is my absolute favorite thing to do. Whether we are having dinner with friends, going on a bike ride, or snuggling up to watch a movie, I love spending time with my crew. I also love to run, go to the beach, and read!

Beckman Lisa

Lisa Beckman

Administrative Assistant

lbeckman@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

Significant life experiences that led me to HLCS: God blessed me abundantly when the administrative assistant position became available at HLCS. Having our children in a Christian school has always been a part of our life, and having the chance for our children to come to HLCS has proven to be one of the most amazing experiences I could have asked for. Every day I am excited to be able to come to my job. I love every single aspect of it. We are all incredibly blessed by the excellent staff and volunteers that make up Harbor Light Christian School.

I love HLCS because… well there probably isn’t enough room on the page to share with you why I love HLCS!!! I can’t pick only one thing! I love the level of education, the excellent teachers, amazing staff, coaches and volunteers, the love and friendship the kids have with each other, the fact that God’s love is shown in everything that we do. All of these add up to what makes HLCS such an amazing school.  I love everything about HLCS!! We have amazing parents that support and help out so much, we have students that love to be here, and represent Christ in all that they do, we have staff members that love their jobs, each other, and their students. HLCS is not just a school where excellence in education is taught, but it is a family, where the love of Christ is shown daily, where we are encouraged to step out and step up for Christ, and where we can have peace in the knowledge that our children will be supported and loved at all times.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I love spending time with my family!! I have three children, and the most wonderful husband of 20+ years that God has blessed me with. We love sitting outside around a big bonfire in the spring and fall months, boating in the summer, and watching the kids ski and snowboard in the winter. I love to travel, and my favorite place to go is to South Carolina. I also enjoy reading and being involved with our church.

Giffin Sarah

Sarah Giffin

Guidance Counselor & Nurse

sgiffin@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”  Jeremiah 17:7

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: From the time our oldest son was an infant, my husband, Jake, and I felt strongly that our children receive a Christian education. When we moved from Montana and settled in Northern Michigan, our boys were four and two. Jake and I started praying on where our oldest would attend kindergarten. We were led to speak with a family who had an elementary student at HLCS. After listening to several examples of how the HLCS teachers and staff were not only providing a sound education in a loving environment, but also guiding their students to be leaders for Christ, Jake and I looked no further. We are thrilled with our children’s education! The additional blessing came when I was offered a position in the counseling department at HLCS! I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside an awesome group of teachers, staff, students, and families!

 I Love HLCS because… Harbor Light Christian School believes a threefold partnership between family, church, and school is vital for the education of our students. HLCS is committed to providing a Christ centered education that not only occurs within a classroom setting but also in community outreach opportunities, mission trips, youth group activities, and extracurricular activities.  I love that our students, from the time they begin at HLCS, are taught and encouraged to love others as Christ loved us.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I LOVE spending time with my husband and our two boys. Some of our favorite activities include downhill skiing, biking, camping, board games, and listening to music!

Blair Shelda

Shelda Blair

Athletic Director

sblair@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: Romans 12:9-13 The Message
“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.
Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.
Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I came to Harbor Light because I am a HLCS graduate and wanted my children to have a similar educational experience.

I love HLCS because… even though I no longer have children at Harbor Light, I love working in this environment. The school families have become like family to me. It is a joy to be a part of this community. When I think about the kids I get to teach and the staff I get to work with, my heart is full.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Outside of school, I enjoy leading worship, playing volleyball, re-decorating my home, kayaking, doing crafts and spending time with my family.

Redman Marla

Marla Redman

Student Support Counselor

mredman@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I am blessed to also be a part of the mission and educational trips that occur at our high school and plan and travel with our students, who amaze me at every turn! We have some incredible students here at HLCS that not only honor God, but our school as well. That is what led me to working at HLCS – to be a part of God’s work here with our students. It feels like my children don’t just have friends at HLCS but have extended family here.

I love HLCS because… of the family atmosphere among the students and families.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy hiking, biking, traveling and spending time in this beautiful place we are blessed to live!

Erin Barnes

Erin Barnes

International Coordinator & Development

ebarnes@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7-8

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  The Lord made it very clear to me and my husband that we were to send our daughter to HLCS for Kindergarten. In looking for ways to adjust to her going to school 4 days a week I began applying for jobs and HLCS seemed an obvious choice as I was driving here every day anyway! Little did I know what the Lord had in store. He really blesses us beyond what we can imagine sometimes. It is an honor and privilege to work here.

I Love HLCS because…  Each and every person that works here has a heart for the Lord and truly seeks His will as they pour themselves into their jobs, their relationships with the students as well as with one another. It is truly a family and I can’t believe I get to be a part of it!

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I love spending time with the Lord, reading, kayaking, doing puzzles, playing games, and taking long family walks with my husband, daughter and our sweet dog, Macy.