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Sharing Our Story - The Haak Family

May 20, 2015
By Lissa Haak

My husband and I were both privileged to attend SCS for all of our primary and high school years. Jordan graduated in 2005 and I did in 2003. Looking back, it is easy to see how important the various Christian influences were to our formative years.

A main point that really sticks out in my memory is the close relationships that I was able to form with my fellow classmates and the teachers I had. I graduated in a class of 20, and 13 of us had gone to kindergarten together. Growing up like this makes your classmates like family. Our teachers genuinely cared for us, and I have many memories of various teachers really spending time getting to know me, and not just trying to educate me.

While I was in high school, my class lost a few members who transferred to various public school systems so that they could take advantage extra educational and social “opportunities” that were available. At the time, I remember thinking that that wasn’t a bad idea, get some college credits, AP classes and whatnot. I graduated from SCHS and headed off the next fall to Seattle Pacific University. In my first few weeks there I took several placement tests in math, English, and foreign language. I tested out of math (thanks, Mr. Gorter); tested out of English (yep, Mr. Wagenaar, that one goes to you); and placed in year 4 of Spanish despite only taking 2 years in high school (Mr. Cain). Goes to say that I got an excellent education, and was well prepared for my start to college.

Jordan also attended SPU after his graduation from SCHS and was actually able to complete a 4 year degree in 3 years, also showing an excellent educational background to starting college. Overall, we both feel that the high standards we were held to at SCHS were hugely impactful on our success in college. We were married in 2007, and we both graduated from SPU in 2008, Jordan with a bachelor of arts in business administration and myself with a bachelor of science in nursing.

Upon entering the work force we both became quickly aware of how “sheltered” we had been going to Christian schools for our entire lives. We were now more than ever exposed to the “real” world. At this point is where I really became thankful for the strong Christian education I had in my background. I was so glad that the issues I was being exposed to, I was exposed to them at a mature age and when my faith was strong enough to deal with it.

Jordan and I now have 2 girls, Claire (3 12) and Reagan (2), and we plan to send them to SCS starting this fall when Claire will join preschool. We have never considered anything other than a Christian education for our children. Our main job as parents is to educate our children about Christ, and we are excited that we can supplement what happens at home with an amazing Christian education. I love that I can have confidence that the teachers at SCS really care about my children.

As a child attending SCS, I didn’t give much thought to the cost of education. As we anticipate beginning the school years with our kids, we now realize the financial planning involved. To us, Christian education is an investment in the future of our children, and in all honesty, I cannot think of anything better to invest in. I would love my girls to receive an education in which they can have the opportunity to become grounded in their faith. I want them to be surrounded by other Christians so they can see that choosing Christ is a blessing. In the crazy world we live in, I want my girls to be able to look back and see shining examples of living the faith, and gain the courage needed to do so themselves.

I am so happy to share briefly our story. I truly believe SCS has played a major role in shaping who I am today and am truly excited to rejoin the community as a parent.