Jennifer Miller - Head Teacher
My name is Mrs. Jennifer Miller and I am the head teacher at Dover First Christian School. It is my pleasure to make your acquaintance. As an Adventist Christian teacher, I fully believe we are to be raising the future Daniels and Esthers of the world. We are living in a time when people need to develop the strong leadership skills as seen in the Bible characters like Daniel and Esther. In our school, we not only strive for academic excellence and preparing the child for their future educational goals, we use God as the guiding force to propel our students to the next level by teaching them about service to others, leadership, developing lasting relationship, and most especially Godly values in our ever changing world.
I hold my Master’s in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University and my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Kutztown University. I am also credentialed as an Early Childhood Educator through Washington Adventist University and my Principal credentials from Andrews University. I am currently certified as Administrator, Early Childhood Educator, Elementary Educator, and Special Education Educator. My specialized credentials include Gessell Institute, Conscious Discipline, Differentiated Instruction, Envoy, and Love and Logic.
In my personal life, I am the proud mother of two amazing daughters. Both of my daughters have attended Adventist schools since they entered school. This is a conscious choice my husband made before we ever had children as a step to give them the benefits of the high academic standards in Adventist Education, and to help them to become lifelong leaders for God never forgetting that it is God who blesses them with all their gift and talents. This is the exact same thing I bring into my classroom- a drive for academic excellence with God as the driving force and the love of learning and accomplishing greatness in God’s eyes.
I look forward to working with your child at Dover First Christian School.
Samuel Engles - Teacher
My name is Samuel Gracious Engles. I have been working as an instructional aide for an Adventist school in Linthicum, Maryland for about five years. I want to teach in a Seventh-day Adventist school to prepare students for success. I will learn what I have learned from teaching in multi-grade classrooms to diversify my teaching to help all of my students gain the knowledge and understanding they need to be successful. I will not only be able to share my intensive earthly knowledge, but I will also be able to share my understanding and love of Christ. Every student in my classroom will be given the opportunity to understand that they will achieve their ultimate success when they meet Jesus Christ and are joined with Him in Heaven
Wayne Martin - Music Teacher
My name is Rodger W. Martin, Sr. I am the guitar instructor here at the Dover First Christian School. I was born in Baltimore, MD. I am the youngest of five siblings. I began to play guitar at the age of thirteen from my older brother Roy Martin. My brother and I would play various artists such as The Everly Brothers, The Kingston Trio, and a variety of different country artists.
A few years later, in 1981, I began my first gospel group, The New Horizon. It was made up of myself and a few of the other members of the church. We were together for several years before splitting up after a tragic accident to one of the band members. I had another gospel group, The Master's Troubadouer. The name would later change to Compassion. I was able to compose music for two albums. I've written twenty to twenty-five gospel songs. The first gospel song I wrote was, On My Knees, at the age of thirty-two. During the years of writing and composing music, I studied classical guitar through Jeff Thornley at B&B Music. Since having learned the classical style, I was able to create and write songs with the different styles and techniques which I love to do.
Through my last gospel group, we were able to bless many children in Honduras through the Reach foundation and for many children at St. Jude's Children's Hospital. We were able to raise thousands of dollars for the children in Honduras so they could receive an education, vaccinations, food, and clothing they desperately needed. We were able to sponsor many children through God's will. We did the same for the children at St. Jude's. I felt so blessed to be able to help all the children in both places. This was one of our greatest achievements!!
Growing up as a child, we were not able to afford private lessons. Luckily for me, I was blessed to have a family to teach me to play the guitar. God has truly blessed me to be able to offer the same for the students at Dover First Christian School. I have a chance to share my knowledge and passion of music. Hopefully, I will inspire them to follow Jesus Christ and maybe they, in return, will bring people closer to the Lord through music as well!!!
Joyce Barber - Substitute
Joyce Ann Barber has served as a Christian educator for 26 years, 14years as a head teacher, plus 12 years working in other capacities, as an upper grades teacher, an instructional assistant , and as a coordinator for the high school program for grades 9-12. She began her involvement as a teacher’s aide, which enabled her to earn the dollars needed to place her children in church school. Seeing her giftedness as an educator, others encouraged her to pursue a teaching degree which she completed through Washington Adventist University. After teaching at Susquehanna Adventist School for sixteen years, Joyce recently joined the staff here at Dover First Christian School, where she now teaches the upper grade students.
Joyce and her husband, Lyndell, have been married for over 40 years and currently live in North East, Maryland. They have three grown children, Franklin, Amy, and April, as well as eleven grandchildren. Besides her role as a Christian educator, Joyce has also been active in support of her church where she has served in many positions over the years, most recently as treasurer and adult Sabbath School class teacher. Her interests include reading, crafts, and growing indoor plants.
In describing how she ministers to her students, Joyce states, "I try to make faith relevant to my students by incorporating it into their subject areas every day. I try to help them develop their own faith by helping them see that Jesus cares for them."
Martha Bacon - Teacher's Aide
Martha Bacon will be working as a teacher’s aide in the classroom. She has worked 20 plus years with children ages birth through 16 in a variety of professional and volunteer educational settings. Ms. Bacon has worked as a classroom aide in grades 1–8, as a K-12 substitute teacher in the Delaware public school system, and as a volunteer in various youth oriented programs. She also has extensive experience, outside of the classroom, as an administrative assistant and treasurer for a K-10 school. In addition, she works part time for an institution of higher learning in the state of Delaware.
Mrs. Bacon has an earned four-year BFA from the University of Tennessee, plus other college courses, and classes in the training of children. She also serves as a trained volunteer for national disaster relief organization. She is married with two adult children.
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