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Colossians 3:23 states that, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” 

That Bible verse encapsulates the foundation of teaching at Prince Avenue Christian School. Every year, the school names three Colossians 3:23 Educators of the Year. 

For 2021, high school history teacher Karen Barrett, middle school Bible teacher Clark Daniel and lower school science teacher Donna Benito were nominated by their peers as doing everything as unto the Lord.

Barrett has taught high school history at Prince for three years and has been in education for 23, according to Director of Public Relations and Communications Amy Frierson. Barrett currently teaches AP government and politics, economics and modern world history. She also coaches the high school academic team and leads girls Bible study. She has had two children graduate from PACS and currently has two grandchildren attending the school.

“I am so grateful to be at a school with both high educational standards and a strong Biblical foundation,” she said. “This is so important for our students because they see that choosing faith does not require you to leave your ability to think and reason behind. My prayer is that students will also learn that God can use them now to affect future generations.”

Daniel has taught middle school Bible class for three years and has been a chaplain this year. He has coached tennis and bass fishing and helped with fine arts. Before coming to PACS, Daniel served as a youth minister and a college adjunct professor.

“One of my hopes is that what the students learn here at PACS prepares them to stand firm in their Christian faith when they leave,” said Daniel.

Benito has been in education for 20 years and at PACS for three. She has established the lower school science program as a science lab complete with specimens, insects, books and specialized equipment.

“My desire for the students is that they would stay curious, develop a love for learning, and always seek the Lord,” she said.

For more on this story, see the June 10 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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