May 19, 2023
Prince Honors Educators of the Year for 2022-2023 School Year
Pictured Left to Right: Amy Tarleton, Betsy Phillips, and Greg Rentz
The mission statement of Prince Avenue Christian School is “to partner with Christian families to provide scripturally based discipleship while pursuing excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics from a biblical worldview.” None of this mission would be possible without the highly qualified and extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and godly teachers that are hands-on with Prince students day in and day out.
In the spirit of recognizing the commitment and dedication of the faculty at PACS, each year the school recognizes individual teachers as the Colossians 3:23 Educators of the Year, nominated by their peers as remarkable and doing “everything as unto the Lord”. Fifth-grade teacher Amy Tarleton, middle school Spanish teacher Betsy Phillips, and high school Bible teacher Greg Rentz are the 2022-2023 Prince Educators of the Year. Each received a crystal vase and a cash donation which are given each year by a generous and anonymous donor.
Amy Tarleton has taught at Prince for three years and currently teaches 5th-grade Bible, reading, and language arts. She has also been a writing team coach (2022) and the co-director of the middle school production Willy Wonka, Jr.
Miss Tarleton’s peers describe her as talented and a sincere disciple of Christ. “Her skills and gifts in addition to her friendly and caring personality make her an exceptional teacher.”
Miss Tarleton loves working alongside her 5th-grade teammates and that she gets to disciple her students while also teaching them academically. “My prayer for students is that they would understand their need for Jesus and would live submitted to God’s Word even when it goes against what is popular or easy.”
Betsy Phillips has taught at Prince for five years and has taught both lower and middle school Spanish. She is described by her peers as a person of integrity. “She reminds me, through her example of the appropriate attitude and actions we as Christian ministers should have towards our school community and students.”
Having spent many years on the mission field prior to coming to Prince, Mrs. Phillips values the mission-driven focus at Prince that includes discipleship and collaboration with parents and colleagues in ministering to the whole child. She hopes her students will be grounded in the truth of God’s Word. “I hope they are encouraged to expand their worldview in understanding other cultures and languages.”
Greg Rentz has taught at Prince for four years. In addition to teaching systematic theology, he oversees Men’s Bible Study that meets weekly during the year and spends time supporting the Wolverines at athletic events.
Mr. Rentz is described by his peers as relational and patient. “His attitude toward the students is exceptional. He is always friendly toward them and actively listens about what is going on in their lives. He is skilled at building sincere relationships.”
Mr. Rentz says that he genuinely looks forward to coming to campus every day. “God has assembled an amazing group of folks here, and I am grateful to be a part of what he continues to build at our school.” Mr. Rentz hopes his students will gain a better love and understanding of God’s Word. “I pray that they will learn to live for Him as their top priority now and in all of their future plans and decisions.”