Greetings! My name is Betty Bailey, and I currently serve as the principal at Ephesus Jr. Academy (commonly known as "EJA") in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In the last 10-15 years, God has taken me on a journey to help me understand the issues facing education and youth. This journey has included prosecuting and defending youth offenders, teaching at-risk adolescent girls, serving as a guardian ad litem for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, serving as a youth minister, and helping youth through crisis such as divorce, death, and suicide attempts.
In addition, the journey included developing a Christ-centered academic setting in Adventist schools where children with diverse academic skills and needs, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, values, and religions, and family types could learn, grow, be disciplined, receive grace, and experience redemption. The above task is still a work in progress. Needless to say, this journey has been colored with varied emotions, challenges, set-backs, and victories. Through it all, I've resolved that God's vision for Christian education has non-negotiable qualities and must be the standard for EJA.
EJA stands out in the community as a model of God's love, compassion, grace, and character. EJA leads when it comes to technology, academic excellence, and quality. We are a place where all the gifts and talents of our student body are nurtured and used for God's honor and glory. EJA is a place where we teach our children that they can do all things and be anything through Christ. Most importantly, EJA is a community that supports and nurtures the families of its students through building strong and healthy relationships.