I’m Julie Smith, and my husband is Chris. We have two children who attend CCS; 8th grade daughter-Abbie, 5th grade son-Ben. I was born in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Fort Wayne when I was one and a half. We moved to Garrett two years ago. I LOVE to be outside, swimming, hiking, fishing, and floating on our pond.
I graduated from Blackhawk Christian School in 1993 with honors and was part of the National Honors Society, I attended BCS from PreK-12th Grade then went to IPFW and graduated in 1997 with my BS in Elementary Education.
I taught in EACS for 13 years in grades 2, 4, and 5… was in 5th grade for 9 of those years, was team lead for my grade levels for 12 years, Chair of the Discipline Committee for 10 years, NUA Coach, and 2009 Teacher of the Year for Village Elementary.
I’ve Trained in Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment in Basic Level 1 and Standard Levels 1, 2, and 3, and also trained in NUA Strategies.
This is my 6th year as Principal at CCS.
At CCS, we first and foremost care about the students' relationship with Jesus. We are committed to having Christ centered curriculum that also meets state academic standards. One thing that sets us apart from other schools is the Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) program. I have been trained in and teaching this program since 1999. This program equips students to become autonomous learners, to think about their thinking and to be challenged among multiple other things. One of the greatest sounds for me to hear is a student saying, "OHHH! I get it now!" God has given us amazing minds to use for His glory and to spread the gospel message to others! We want to raise up the upcoming generations to do that.
I started to have a personal relationship with Jesus when I was 5 years old and asked Him to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I attended Blackhawk Christian School (and church) from PreK-12th grade where I learned more about Jesus and grew in my faith in Him. As much as I loved Jesus and other people, I had a lot of pride in my life. I was lord of my life, selfish and wanted to do what I wanted to do. Ten years ago my family and I started to attend Wallen Baptist Church. It was there that I recommitted my life to Christ and chose to be sure HE was Lord of my life and do what He wants me to do. I continue to look to Him and follow Him each and everyday.