WELLSBORO - The Northern Tier Christian School (TNTCS), 1292 Charleston Road, a kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school, announced the appointment of James "Jim" Muhlenbeck as its new principal and teacher for the 2014-15 academic year, which begins Aug. 26.
Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Muhlenbeck is an experienced educator having taught in schools in the Midwest for the last 15 years.
He has a bachelor's degree in history and his teaching certificate in elementary education from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
He recently recieved his master's degree in education from La Sierra University, Riverside, California.
"We are thrilled to offer the parents and children of our surrounding communities a principal and teacher with Jim's stellar Bible-based academic preparation and experience, surpassed only by his heartwarming passion for elementary children," said Marvin Humbert, MDiv, pastor of Blossburg and Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Churches whose tithes and offerings support TNTCS.
"This spring we changed our name to The Northern Tier Christian School to reflect our philosophy of inclusivity for children and parents of all religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in the entire northern tier of Pennsylvania. We believe Jim is the perfect fit with this philosophy.
He embodies all of our core values; Bible based Christian education, integrity, compassion, excellence, and service.
Parents and others interested in a quality Christian education alternative for their children can feel confident in Muhlenbeck and TNTCS's ability and commitment to fostering each individual child's success."
Muhlenbeck, who invites his students to call him "Mr. M," moved to Middlebury Center in July with his wife of 14 years, Aimee; his son Brant, 12; and his daughter Marais, 9.
"My wife and I clearly sensed God at work leading TNTCS and its constituency churches to serve the families of all religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds with a Bible-based education," Muhlenbeck said.
"I believe children maximize their potential academically and spiritually with the individualized attention I am able to provide since we are committed to small class sizes. The greatest joy of my life, and the reason I love to teach, is when I watch children 'get it' as they are progressively learning."
When not teaching, Muhlenbeck enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and with his Blossburg Seventh-day Adventist church family.
An avid outdoorsman, Jim and his family are especially excited to explore the beauty of the small towns, mountains, and rural area.
Parents and others who enroll their children for the academic year beginning Aug. 26, can get one month free tuition.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 570-404-7443 or visit www.tntchristianschool .com.