Britton Kate

Kate Britton

English

cbritton@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others” Philippians 2:3-4

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: HLCS began when I was a senior in high school. Even though I was not able to attend here, I have had a passion for the school and the need for Christian education in today’s world. I received my bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University which helped to prepare me, not only for teaching, but teaching with a Christian perspective.

I love HLCS because… of the love that the staff and the families have for each other and for the students. I saw multiple examples of other people going out of their way to help my children succeed.

Activities and Hobbies I enjoy… I enjoy reading, biking and kayaking.

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Daniel Ledingham

Bible & Social Studies

dledingham@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:

“I will hear what God the LORD will say;
For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones;
But let them not turn back to folly.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth springs from the earth;
And righteousness looks down from heaven.” Psalm 85: 8-11

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: My first contact with HLCS was as a student. My seventh grade year was the first year of HLCS as a school. I graduated from Harbor Light in 1991 and went on to study ethnomusicology at Wheaton College and Kent State University. Returning to Northern Michigan after 4 years in Thailand, I joined the staff of Harbor Light Community Chapel as the Arts Director. Through my work at Harbor Light Chapel, I was given the opportunity to help write the curriculum for, and teach Bible to the Junior and Senior classes. I have immensely enjoyed the experiences I have had as a teacher to the great students of HLCS.

I love HLCS because… it is a place where faith and learning are brought together and applied to the lives of the students and faculty. It is also a place where people are treated as children of God, made in His image.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: making music, skiing, cycling, and photography.

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Sarah Dawley

Math

sdawley@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  I attended HLCS K-12. Now our 3 children attend.

I Love HLCS because…  our children are surrounded by people who love Jesus and they hear the same message from their teachers that they hear at home. I’m glad to be a part of that!

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  biking, going to the beach, couponing, gardening, spending time with my family.

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Josh Ernst

Science & Math

jernst@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.” Gen. 1:16
Because, oh by the way, there was a little time left that day, so He also made a trillion or so stars. What an Amazing God!

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  I have conducted research at a national lab, I have taught classes at a large state college, I have worked in one of the most prestigious physics departments in the world – but there was something incredibly special about the opportunity to come home and help make a difference in the lives of young men and women who are working hard to become shining lights in this world.

I Love HLCS because…  The staff is smart and kind. The students are eager and devoted. And the administration is caring and wise. HLCS gets that it is important to prepare young people to excel as students, but even more important to prepare them to be good people.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I enjoy playing and coaching sports and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

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Shelda Blair

Math

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.

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Felix Alvarado

Spanish

falvarado@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: I am a graduate of Harbor Springs high school, and grew up participating in the Harbor Light youth group where I committed my life to Christ. I moved to New England after graduating from the School of  Education at University of Michigan. I started and grew my test prep company there, and achieved a reputation of being the best test prep coach in the New England area. When Covid-19 hit and my sessions were moved to online, I realized I could teach from anywhere. I decided to move back northern Michigan and continue to support my clientele in New England, as well as start an office in Harbor Springs. I have been an educator for 35 years, and I am excited to work at HLCS as our high school Spanish teacher.

I Love HLCS because…  I am excited to be vocal about my faith and walk with God while at work. I am also looking forward to providing innovative ideas and solutions in this realm of small private school.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy traveling, and I am hoping to get my pilot’s license.

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Vicki Urman

Bible

vurman@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  Harbor Light Church has been our home church for years. After retiring from public school service my husband ended up being the administrator of HLCS. His involvement led to my involvement. I was the “hole plugger” for positions that needed to be filled under his leadership. If it needed to be done I tried to do it. Just before he moved on from HLCS he had me signed up to do 7/8 Bible class and that is where I have stuck. I LOVE IT!

I Love HLCS because…  everyone knows God is the boss.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I love to read and I love to teach. I love to be outside walking and biking and camping. I love to chat with people.

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Carmen Skop

Special Education & Technology

cskop@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:12-13

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: Back in August 2019, I was baptized by Pastor Gary and at this time, he asked me if I wanted a job at HLCS when he learned what I studied. I graduated from Alma College in May 2021 as a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education. The day that I went in to observe and job shadow was the day that I truly gained an understanding of the immense difference between a public school and HLCS. Both faculty and students were extremely kind, more energetic, and clearly were genuinely happy being at school. This difference in attitude and the fact that it is more of a family, rather than just a school is why I am extremely thankful and excited that God has led me to HLCS.

I love HLCS because… rather than being a school teaching academics and caring about the statistics, HLCS focuses on each individual as their own and how we are able to work together to grow and always follow God’s callings. HLCS is a tool used by God to teach kindness, wisdom, respect, compassion, teamwork, and to always love one another.

Activities/Hobbies I enjoy: I love being outside, whether that is traveling, hiking, stone hunting, biking, sunset chasing, snowboarding, skiing, or sledding. I also love spending time at home doing puzzles, reading, or making crafts while spending time with my husband, dog, and cat!

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Heather Standish

Study Hall & Volunteer Coordinator

hstandish@harborlight.org

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power love and self control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  After years of wanting to enroll our children : Having my teenager acknowledge that he wanted to be here. Then realizing we needed to be here. As soon as we enrolled I felt God was working not only our children but our family.

I Love HLCS because…  It is more than a school.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  Spending time with all our family. Watching all the sports the kids are involved in. Family walks.