Love People Well
Former GCA elementary principal starts new journey after 14 years.
Writer & Photographer / Hannah Jones
Flip Flops and Bible class are her specialties. Mrs. Stephanie Schellin, beloved elementary principal and Bible teacher of Greenwood Christian Academy, served as “mom-away-from-home” to elementary children and mentor to middle school girls for years. Having served the school for fourteen years, she is ready to pursue a new calling.
Moving to Greenwood, Indiana from Ohio, Mrs. Schellin wanted to enroll her children in a Christian school. She decided on Greenwood Christian Academy, a private school in Greenwood, where she found a secretary job opening that she later obtained. Sending her children to GCA, she noticed a special bond that held the families in that school together.
“It seemed like family,” Schellin says. “I knew everybody and everybody’s parents, and it really felt like we were all together raising each other’s kids with the same focus in mind of honoring the Lord.”
After working there for some time, the school promoted Mrs. Schellin to assistant principal and later to elementary principal.
While advancing in her workplace, she witnessed many children, including her own, grow up and leave GCA.
“[GCA] has invested in my own children, and I feel like it has been a privilege to try to care for and help other people see great things happen for their children,” she says.
After serving at GCA for fourteen school years, she has helped the children grow, learn and serve God in everyday life, and she leaves one last challenge to the entire student body.
“My challenge to students would be to make the most of every opportunity that you are given here and take advantage of the relationships that you can have with the teachers, because that is something that other schools, because of size, do not always have,” Schellin says. “A student does not always have that opportunity. I have seen what a difference in my own children’s lives taking advantage of those things can be.”
Looking ahead into her future, Mrs. Schellin has an exciting adventure awaiting her at Southland Community Church.
Continuing to pursue her passion for helping others in her community, Mrs. Schellin is working as the director of children’s ministry and adult education at Southland Community Church. Greenwood Christian Academy said its goodbyes in May, and Mrs. Schellin is growing, once again, in a place where she will succeed through serving others, leaving one last bit of advice.
“Love people well, even those who may not have always been the best to you, treated you kindly or maybe not even get along with you necessarily,” she says. “Because if you love people well, that gives you a peace and a satisfaction, knowing that you have tried to honor the Lord in the best way that you can.”
A bright smile, a happy attitude and a pair of flip flops describe the person that Mrs. Schellin is daily. Beloved by all her students, she will always be their mom away from home and mentor. After serving GCA for fourteen school years, she leaves to spread her love to others in the greater Greenwood community and beyond.