Dear Willamette Christian School Community Members,
I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you folks, but I also want the chance to connect for the first time.
To begin, let me offer a little about myself. I am a Eugene native, having attended Willamette High School when it only offered 10th-12th grades. That shares a little about my age. It's interesting to note that out of a family of six—four children and both parents—I am the only member who didn't drop out of high school. I have God and basketball to thank for that. I wanted to play, and He was able to use the game I have always loved to keep me connected.
After working with my dad in his construction business for five years, God once again used basketball and opened the door for me to attend the University of Oregon, taking a journalism degree in 1988. After working in hospital communications in Denver, Colorado, for a few years, I responded to God's call to minister through education. And after 24 years of serving schools, children, and their families, I'm returning home to minister with you folks to the WCS community.
My wife and I have two young adult children: Caleb, 22, who is working toward a career in physical therapy at a school in Michigan, and Kira, 19, who just completed her first year as a pre-medicine major at Linfield College in McMinnville. The honor of being my children's father has been God's most powerful tool to cultivate a spirit of service within me.
Those who have worked with me in education know my priorities for schools are pretty straightforward: I want God to be glorified by all we do; and I want students to see Jesus Christ as the most important model they will ever aspire to. I want kids to discover how God has gifted them to be difference makers for others. I also want kids to realize when they offer their best effort to honor Jesus, He is then free to do something remarkable through them. The Lord has so many ways He might choose to work through each of us and I want students, staff, and parents to claim the promise that God will complete His good work through those who live to honor Him.
I look forward to connecting face-to-face with each of you as we begin a new school year in August. Until then, I want to extend an offer: If you have a desire to connect, seeking to discover how the Lord might use us to collaboratively impact our school community and beyond, please let me know. I would love to hear from you, chat with you, and, ultimately, work with you to help the Eugene and Springfield communities see Jesus and His magnificence more clearly than ever. We have a remarkable opportunity to define how quality education and Christ-centered difference making can impact a community for His glory. I hope you're as excited about the possibilities as I am.
Thanks for reading folks.
God's blessings to all of you.
Mike La Sage