Ms. Patricia Fulton Principal/Teacher - Grades K -2
I am so excited to start this school year as the principal/ teacher of Ephesus Junior Academy. It is an honor to lead our school along with the faculty and staff who are dedicated to Christian education. Our supportive school board. the church members, and the South Atlantic Conference office of Education partnership with us to ensure that our students receive a well rounded education providing academic excellence and the integration of Biblical instruction in all subject areas. Our mission and aim is to intentionally promote and provide opportunities that help students develop a personal relationship with God.
This will be my 40th. year of teaching and working with students in kindergarten through grade 8. Although I have always felt at home in the classroom, it is in my position as an administrator where I have experienced a greater awareness and the importance of providing quality education in conjunction with a variety of learning opportunities for each student.
I started my formal education, in the US earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oakwood University. I continued my educational studies in graduate school, earning a Master's Degree in Elementary education and curriculum studies at American Intercontinental University. I have also obtained several certificates in online instruction from the University of Illinois. In addition, it was my honor to be nominated and to be the recipient of the prestigious Zapara teacher award for excellence in teaching.
I have been a teacher leader in many capacities throughout my career. This elementary teacher/principalship will provide me the opportunity to continue to work with students.
On a personal note, I was born and raised in Bermuda. My career has taken me to Savannah Georgia, Huntsville, Alabama and North Carolina.
I have three amazing children, ten more amazing grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Yes, I am truly blessed! From them I have been taught that every child is uniquely different but equally important.
I view education as a life-long process and expect to continue to learn more about the uniqueness of our school and the wonderful opportunities it provides for all students. More importantly, it is my prayer that our students are at the center of all my school-related decisions. I am eager to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach, to support our students. I look forward to an amazing year with you and your children.
Ms. Januwoina Severin, Teacher- Grades 3 - 5
Graduated from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”1 Corinthians 6:19,20 .
Favorite Ellen G. White quote is from her book Education. “Since God is the source of all true knowledge, it is, as we have seen, the first object of education to direct our minds to His own revelation of Himself. Adam and Eve received knowledge through direct communion with God; and they learned of Him through His works. ” (White, n.d.).
Classroom Goal: My classroom goal for this school year is to learn, understand and grow with God in everything that we do.
Ms. Cynthia McKenzie, Teacher - Grades 6 -8
I have had the honor and privilege of teaching children for over 44 years. I have served in both the private and public sector, as well as with the U.S. Department of Education. My work and travels have taken me to many places;, including Georgia, North Carolina, the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, Florida, the island of Bermuda and Alabama. I count it a blessing to have been able to touch the lives of so many children. In Isaiah 54:13 it says, “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great will be the peace of thy children”. This is foremost in my mind as I stand before the children that has been entrusted to me each day, that while I teach them math, reading, science, etc., that mostly importantly, I will teach them of the Lord.
I attended Oakwood University and Loma Linda University, where I earned an BS and MA degree respectively.