Grace Christian School unveils changes, new faces

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BENNINGTON -- Grace Christian School of Bennington announced last week several changes for the 2014-2015 school year, including a new logo, a new website, and some new faces.

GCS has hired two new full-time teachers, Jana Wright and Jessica LaPorte. Wright is a graduate of Texas State University who has been teaching since 1980.

LaPorte is a graduate of Cedarville University in Ohio, and has seven years of teaching experience, most recently in La Paz, Bolivia.

Shawn Smith, who had previously taught sixth grade at the school has joined the administration as the newly appointed principal. "I feel truly blessed to begin this new position and am looking forward to the bright future God has for GCS," said Smith.

The school also announced the hiring of a new director of information technology and marketing, Joe Frey. Frey, a graduate of Liberty University in Virginia with a master's in management and leadership, spent three years as director of athletics communications at Southern Vermont College.

The school also debuted a new logo and plans for a new website, which is scheduled to launch in September. Frey said that the school's Facebook page (facebook.com/gcsvt) would be more active in the future, to complement a new Youtube channel, youtube.com/gcsvt.

The school also announced a partnership with Green Mountain Express bus line which will allow GCS to provide transportation for students who live as far south as Williamstown, Massachusetts, and as far north as Manchester, free of charge.

"Over the past 18 years I have witnessed, with amazement, the growth of this wonderful school," said administrator Joyce Lloyd, "I am excited to see continued progress and consider myself blessed to be a part of it."

Frey noted that, despite all the changes, the mission of the school remains the same: Partnering with parents to provide a Christ-centered education.

Grace Christian School is a private non-denominational Christian school serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The school's 150 students come from Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York. The school was founded in 1997 and graduated its first class, of nine students, in June 2005. GCS was granted accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 2011.

The school is still accepting students for the upcoming school year You can find more information at gracechristianvt.org.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerekCarsonBB


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