GPAS Welcomes New Team Members
Thomas C. Kennedy Jr. has accepted the position as principal for the Grants Pass (Ore.) Seventh-day Adventist School, and fifth- and sixth-grade teacher.
Kennedy joins a creative and dedicated group of teachers: Judi Clark, vice principal and third- and fourth-grade teacher; Angela White seventh- and eighth-grade teacher; Sheryl Shewmake first- and second-grade teacher; Becky Kruger school secretary/treasurer; and Lois Rowe librarian.
Kennedy and his wife, Shirley, relocated from the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area. Kennedy brings 22 years of teaching experience — which includes 10 years teaching for the Oregon Conference and 12 years teaching for the Texas Conference. Kennedy received his master's degree in education from Southwestern Adventist University in Texas in 2008.
Since arriving from Texas, Kennedy has been kept busy getting the school ready for school to start. New energy efficient lighting is currently being installed. This project will be completed by December 2010. The computer technology network has been streamlined by dedicated IT personnel of the Oregon Conference and an independent computer consultant of Medford, Ore. The hours of hard work by the staff at GPAS have paid off. Enrollment this year is 20 percent more than what was forecasted.