School History (1998-2005)
From small beginnings…
Our school began in a little house at BaanThai neighborhood in KhonKaen. Julie Ehr(pictured at right with Megan) was our first official teacher volunteer. She really helped lay a strong foundation.
After working in KhonKaen with us for a little while, Julie had frequent visits from a friend and teammate on the Bangkok team.Not long after that, Julie was engaged to our Bangkok teammate, Gregg Nicholson. They now have four children and continue to serve in Bangkok with United World Mission.
Pam Spruell (Angell) became our teacher after Julie and continued the 'strong foundation' tradition. She had been in South Korea before coming to Thailand. While here, she also became engaged. She is pictured here in front of our student center with her fiancé Aaron (now husband) when he came for a visit.
Megan Hunt, Will Firpo and Abbie McNabb were our first students to "attend" the school. They were soon joined by Matt Firpo and John Mark Hunt.
Stacey Sanders (Daniels) joined our team when Pam was leaving. She served four years with us (two teacher terms)!
Sometimes our staff help out as well. Moe Montenegro (full-time teammate) served as a "coach" or athletics trainer.
Sometimes the "classroom" is simply the kitchen table. At other times it is located in the school building itself. But where ever it is located, the teaching is from a sincere heart and desire to see the children grow in "wisdom, knowledge and in favor with God and man" (John 2:52)
Stacey directed a few musicals, the first of which was about the good king Josiah. Noelle and Foy would help co-direct and these opportunities built great memories. The children enjoy performing before the church and it often becomes a great opportunity to reach out to neighbors.
The teachers are not just "teachers" but an integral part of the staff team. Depending on the talents and desire of the teachers, they can have a great part in the ministry on the campus and in the church.
Noelle King(Dilbeck) - pictured at left with Bui, Blaa, and Stacey - became a valuable asset to our teaching core. She also played a vital part in our Care Team meetings as we reached out to the community.
Noelle is currently married to Kevin Dilbek, who serve as a Mobilization Director for Campus Outreach. They help export University students to China, Thailand, Australia, and stateside missions opportunities.
Our teachers often become our friends and serve as mentors to our children. More often than not, they end up feeling like part of the family.
The set up of Covenant School is basically a homeschool format in a little old school house setting.
Foy Thetford brought heart and professionalism to our teaching corps. She went on to become a teacher at Oak Mountain Classical in Birmingham and later to a public school.
Many age and grade levels mixed together along with lots of interacting make Covenant school a unique experience.
Teachers don't just come over and spend every waking moment at the school. Instead, they are immersed in the life of our team in Thailand. We do ministry activities together as well as go to the beach and enjoy personal time and fellowship with each other.