By Frank Fernandez
Constantly expanding its educational efforts, SCS is honored to welcome five new teachers to the school. Mr. Michael Sinclair, Mrs. Tricia Rushton, Mr. Jim Rosselle, Mrs. Emily Tunkel, and Mrs. Carrie Gillen are joining the SCS faculty this year.
Mr. Michael Sinclair graduated from SCS in 2004 and has since come back to teach Bible. A missionary for many years, he has studied in Vietnam and Thailand before teaching at schools in the Middle East for four years. Mr. Sinclair felt that God was calling him to teach at SCS as a Bible teacher.
As a teacher here, he wants to teach the kids, “Not to focus on being a ‘Christian’ but to focus on learning, loving, and allowing Christ to flow out from themselves. Everything else should come naturally.”
Mrs. Tricia Rushton, a teacher with 12 years of experience, joins the Math department of SCS this year. Originally from South Carolina, she received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina for Advanced Application of Math and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Converse College in South Carolina. Her 12 years of teaching experience come from two years at Central Carolina Community College and ten years at Kennesaw State University in the Mathematics Department.
She made the move from South Carolina to New York to join her husband, Dr. Gregory Rushton, in accepting a teaching position in Stony Brook’s Chemistry Department. She hopes her students learn that Math is very important to daily life and the real life applications are endless.
Mr. Jim Rosselle is the newest head of the art department at SCS. He teaches Studio Art as well as Photography classes. This is his first year teaching formally, but he has much experience in the artistic field from his previous position at American Express in the graphics department of their Tourism Division.
He left this position because he felt the Lord’s intervention in his life, calling him to apply for the newly opened position at SCS in the High School Art Department. Mr. Rosselle hopes to teach his students “to see the beauty of God’s creation and to see the world and an angle they’ve never seen before.”
Mrs. Emily Tunkel is the newest biology teacher at SCS. A “lifer” at SCS she graduated in 2010 and wanted to give back to the place that gave so much to her. After graduation, she spent one year at Word of Life Bible Institute in upstate Pottersville, New York before getting her Degree in
Biology Education from St. Joseph’s college last spring. She is most looking forward being able to teach her students science from a Biblical perspective and hopes that her class will help her students deepen their relationship with God.
Mrs. Carrie Gillen is joining the SCS faculty this year as the newest Math teacher. Her second full year teaching here, she is excited to see what she can help her students learn. She came to this position from a recommendation by Mr. Summers to apply for the position here and found the school to be a great fit. She hopes her students learn the power of prayer and how powerful it is in life
All of SCS is happy to welcome these five new teachers to our school and to learn what they have to teach.