Ezekiel Peter Wetlesen, a 2006 graduate of Evangelical Christian Academy (ECA), had the life goals of pursuing a teaching degree in mathematics and then returning to ECA to teach. Due to a brain tumor, Ezekiel was not able to pursue those goals. Therefore, he decided to establish an endowment to encourage and retain excellent teachers of effective Christian witness to teach in Christian schools. Ezekiel desired that proceeds from the endowment provide a gift to the award winner.
We are pleased to announce the two 2016 Ezekiel Award Recipients:
The recipients of the 2015-16 Ezekiel Award for effective Christian witness and excellence in teaching are Mrs. Karen Leidecker and Mrs. Kerry Singleton.
Mrs. Leidecker received her B.A. in K-8 Education with a Psychology and Bible minor from Tennessee Temple University. She has been a part of Evangelical Christian Academy since 1995 and has taught a variety of subjects including High School Honors Anatomy & Physiology, High School and Junior High mathematics, and Junior High sciences. She also serves as the coach of the Junior High Matchwits team. Mrs. Leidecker has a love for the beauty and intricacy of God’s creation, and this wonder at His handiwork is evident in her classroom teaching. She considers it a great joy to be able to minister Christ’s love to her students through the subjects of mathematics and science, and in her nomination Mrs. Leidecker was commended for “a true caring heart and love for her students.”
Mrs. Singleton received her B.A. in Middle Grades Education with an emphasis in Mathematics and English Instruction from Covenant College. She joined ECA in 2011 and has taught a variety of subjects including Junior High and High School mathematics; Junior High History, Literature, and Bible; and World Literature and serves as Junior High Assistant Principal as well. Mrs. Singleton spends extra time finding ways to communicate concepts and ideas to her students so that they feel successful in what they do. She loves sharing her passion for God and her subjects and finds joy in pointing students to their true identity in Christ and to the one, true God, the source of all truth. In her nomination, Mrs. Singleton was commended for being “very supportive, patient, kind, and always inspires students to reach their highest potential.”
The awards will be presented at Secondary Chapel on Wednesday, May 11, and at the ECA Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 27, at Village Seven Presbyterian Church.