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8/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
New principal's prayers answered at Kingman Christian school
Emanuel Christian Academy Principal Lindsay Bauer, left, interacts with kindergartner Ella Eshelman, 5, while teacher AmySue Crawford answers 5-year-old Jared Duccini’s question behind them. Bauer is the school’s new principal this year.
Emanuel Christian Academy Principal Lindsay Bauer, left, interacts with kindergartner Ella Eshelman, 5, while teacher AmySue Crawford answers 5-year-old Jared Duccini’s question behind them. Bauer is the school’s new principal this year.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Lindsay Bauer wasn't looking for a job as a school principal when she applied for a position earlier this year at Emmanuel Christian Academy.

"I actually applied for a teaching position and the school approached me about being the principal," said Bauer, 35. "I said I would pray about it and after I did, I accepted the job. It's funny because this is not where I thought I would be now. But I left it up to the Lord and he has put me right where I need to be. God has made this path and I fit here."

Bauer was ready when the school, located at 3120 Hualapai Mountain Road, opened Aug. 12 with 54 students, six teachers, a public relations specialist and an administrative assistant. ECA was established in August 2000 and is the longest-running religious school in Kingman.

It shares space with First Southern Baptist Church but is not affiliated with it.

The Kingman native took the place of Bonnie Eaves, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at ECA who was interim principal for a year. Bauer taught first grade at Cerbat Elementary School for two years before moving to ECA, and has taught at Manzanita Elementary School as well as in Phoenix and in Guam.

Moving into an administrative position worried Bauer at first, especially since she has always taught students. But Bauer said that classroom experience has given her a deeper understanding of the needs of her students and teachers, as well as how to support them as an administrator.

"Everything has been incredible so far," said Bauer. "Having this job gives me a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look and view situations as both an administrator and a teacher."

Even though she isn't a teacher anymore, Bauer already has learned the students' names in the school's small environment. One of her goals is to stand in as a substitute teacher several times a month so she can get to know the students even better and continue to experience the teaching world she has left behind.

Another goal, said Bauer, is to increase name recognition for the school through fundraisers and other activities. Also, she wants to increase enrollment, which has grown 22 percent since last year. ECA is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, the world's largest association of protestant schools.

Most of all, Bauer wants to increase the school's role as a mission reaching families with the message of the Bible. Bauer said the staff pray with children who are sick or upset, and prayer and Bible study are a big part of each day for both staff and students.

"This is really neat for me to see, especially coming from a public school where we couldn't talk about God," said Bauer. "I've always wanted to share my love for the Lord with my students, because that's a big part of my life. So the change to a Christian school wasn't hard for me. It was actually an answer to prayer."

The school is seeking military veterans willing to come out each day and raise the flag before school begins, said Bauer. She started the ritual this year to support veterans and show them the school appreciates their service to the country. To volunteer, call Bauer at (928) 681-4220.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Congratulations, This is a wonderful experience for these students and will remain with them for life.
Our public schools need to get out of the business of "Political Correctness" and back to the foundation upon which this country was founded. Best of luck Mrs. Bauer and pray God's blessings unto all of you!

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: A HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF

Well, we can all release a collective sigh of release... there is no person I have ever met that is more genuine, trusting, and loving person. For the rest of their lives, those children will have a moral and value foundation to lead them forever. LOVE YOU LINDSAY!!

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: just a fact

@Linda Athens. In the paragraph, you said, if you knew our Founding. Not knowing sure what you were referring to, I can only state that here in America we have the freedom to choose our religion or lack of.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Kingmanite

Congratulations, Mrs. Bauer!

I'm glad Kingman has this option for our children, but it's sad that we don't have the option for our high schoolers-where the hedonism and influence of evil increases ten-fold. My prayer is that ECA will expand into high school so that our teenagers can also enjoy the benefits of a Christian education.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Congratulations Ms. Bauer. You will make a wonderful Principal just as you made a wonderful teacher for my Grandchild who adored you.

And in case you didn't know, you may not have been able to talk about Christianity at Cerbat (which is ridiculous if we knew our Founding) but yours came through like a big sunbeam anyway.

Thanks for that and expect a lot of prayers coming your way for you and everyone there. God bless.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

Congratulations to Mrs are a great blessing to this school!!

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Brian and Cassy Thrasher

Congratulations. We know you will do a great job!!!

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