We’re a great school for your children — here’s why.
by graduating senior Amy Kim, class of ‘19
Over the 10 years I’ve been at SCS, choir has always been my favorite class. So when I heard that there would be a new High School music teacher coming my sophomore year, I was skeptical. I didn’t want them to get rid of all our treasured SCS concert traditions. I was happy with the way things were and I was scared of change. Little did I know that this new music teacher would change my life. Mr. Dovinh didn’t ruin choir for me. In fact, he made my passion for music grow. Since he was an SCS alumnus from the Class of 2008, he kept the core of high school choir whilst transforming and doubling the entire choir attendance. But his impact on me was beyond choir class.
At the end of junior year, the looming uncertainty of my future came into focus. I struggled a lot with what my future would look like. My dream was always to do something related to music, but it was considered a “risky” career choice. I considered becoming an ESL teacher to get a teaching job in Korea. But ultimately, that wouldn’t have made me the most fulfilled version of myself because my passions for performing outweighed my interest in teaching.
During a Music Performance / Production Wintermission (Jan-Term) class this year, Mr. Dovinh gave a lecture that really struck a chord with me. He said, “If you really love what you do, the hardships that come with it won't matter.” At that time in my life, I had gotten amazing performance opportunities so I decided to go to college for musical theatre. At that moment, I recalled how hard it was to prepare auditions for colleges that only accept 10 or less performers. And I knew that even if I did get into a good school, the theatre industry is extremely competitive and it is nearly impossible to get on Broadway. But, I took what Mr. Dovinh said to me, and decided to pursue what I love even if it would be difficult.
I’ve seen the perks of a smaller school and how that can benefit students. Since SCS is smaller, I got to perform in plays, be on Student Council, Worship team, Shiloh vocal ensemble, and various other extracurriculars without having to worry about getting behind on work because teachers were understanding.
Over the years, Mr. Dovinh became my mentor. From chatting during homerooms to taking private voice lessons, I could tell he actually cared about me and my future. I’m so grateful I went to a school where the teachers can have a one-on-one connection with each of their students and help them find themselves as individuals. I don’t think I would be pursuing musical theatre if it hadn’t been for Mr. Dovinh’s support and the community at SCS giving me opportunities to perform.
Stand Up Comedian Starter-Kit
by graduating senior Eesaia Filbrun, class of ‘19
For me, it’s hard to think about Shoreline Christian School without thinking about art. I showed up at the school my freshman year with no music experience, very little acting and stage performance experience, definitely no musical theatre experience — and by the end of my senior year, I had been a member of Shiloh vocal ensemble and the high school choir for three years, acted in two plays and starred in a musical, co-formed a band with my classmates, and performed stand up comedy at two talent shows.
Now, I want to pursue my love of performing arts during and after high school, both in college and outside. I found my deep love and fascination with comedy and writing at Shoreline Christian, and now I’m going to college with the hopes of implementing my passion into television, movies, and stage performance. At SCS, I was given opportunities to learn about myself and what I love, and discover many of the hidden talents I didn’t know I had. The community helped me develop those aspects of myself — teachers who supported my pursuits both inside and outside the classroom, friends who shared their talents and skills to bless me, as well as the people around them in a way that directly reflects God’s love.
I am 100% positive I would not be the person I am today if I didn’t have this community behind me.
I don’t worry about my kids’ education.
The moment we left the high school open house in 2015, we knew our son would fit in well at Shoreline Christian. We saw such an open and encouraging environment, where students seemed to be deeply engaged in learning, but also seemed to genuinely like each other and have strong relationships with their teachers. Four years later, as our son moves toward graduation, not only has his high school experience been one of exploration, growth, and belonging, but we’ve also seen our four daughters thrive at SCS as well.
Now, with students in all four schools (Early Learning, Elementary, Middle, and High School), our family has become firmly rooted in this community. We’ve shared so many wonderful experiences with this diverse group of people, building relationships that go far beyond the classroom and will no doubt extend far into the future. At the heart of their education and learning is a hopeful curiosity about the world, as they are continually inspired to explore their own unique gifts and interests as members of a loving community. We, as parents, are continually encouraged by our teachers who have a deep desire to cultivate spiritual and personal growth in our children. As they are challenged to master key subjects and stretched to achieve their fullest potential, they are also seen as whole people who are not just simply valued for their accomplishments.
As a family, we are deeply invested in SCS because we believe that the holistic education our children are receiving is shaping them into people who will thrive and make positive contributions in this world. We’re deeply invested in SCS because we want more students and families to discover, be shaped by, and help shape this community that values and celebrates God’s goodness in the diverse gifts each student has to share with the world.
— Debbie Filbrun, SCS parent
You don’t spend 40 years in one job unless you love it.
In May of 1977, I graduated with a vertical certification in PE from Dordt College, so I was looking to teach PE from K-12th. Watson Groen Christian School (now Shoreline Christian School) had just built a brand new gym and was hiring a PE teacher for the first time. I was very excited to be able to start a new program from the ground up and put my own stamp on it. My wife Colett had visited the area on a Dordt College band tour and loved Seattle. So when SCS (originally Watson Groen Christian) offered the contract, we packed up the cat, dog, and U-haul and headed west. That was August of 1977, and I’ve been working here ever since.
What I love about SCS is the close-knit community of teachers and students. My own children grew up in the school. With sports and extracurriculars, we often spent 8-10 hours a day at the school. I had full trust and confidence in a staff that showed integrity, faith, and a commitment to Christian education. Even today, our adult children remain close to many of their classmates. We believed in Church-School-Family as a three-legged stool, with each part helping to strengthen and support our kids. We could always count on the teachers and faculty of SCS to help us raise our children to be faithful, Christlike servants who would go out and live that in today’s world. I personally learned so much from the older teachers at school, all of whom helped me shape my own faith and what it meant to be a Christian school teacher in a big city.
So why would I be willing to work 40 years at SCS? Because here, I can make a difference in students’ lives. This school has challenged me to be a better teacher and to never stop learning. SCS celebrates the whole child and gives opportunities for them to flourish. We have amazing kids who care about learning, who love Christ, and who care about each other. I get paid to to do what I love.
— Daryl Broekhuis, physical education teacher
Two names on a wall
Back in Arizona, the preschool principal had the amusing duty of predicting the life trajectory of each pint-sized student. What did my future supposedly hold? According to my principal, I would become the first woman president of the United States. Quite a lofty legacy for a three-year-old.
Flash-forward a decade, 1500 miles, and 3 schools. My older brother, Nathan, became the 2002 student body president at Shoreline Christian School. And, true to my preschool principal's prophecy, six years later in 2008, I also became student body president. Nathan was in Shiloh and Jazz Band and National Honors Society, and so was I. We had the same teachers, friends in the same families, and a mother who taught us both at the same school.
I may not ever become the leader of the United States, but I had the opportunity to serve my school and my community, just like my brother did. That commonality will always link us, even when time and distance and service keep us apart for years at a time.
It's a small thing, in the end. Two names on a wall. But that's a cornerstone of my history, it's a piece — one of many — that makes SCS so important. Shoreline Christian was, and is, my home.
— Emily Womelsduff, class of 2008
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