Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Welcome to ECS Voices, from Mr. Joel Alberts (Principal)

God has blessed Everett Christian School with over ninety years of providing a quality Christian education to local families.  Ninety years means there are thousands of stories from grandparents, parents, children, faculty and staff related to their time spent on the corner of 23rd St. and Cedar St. in North Everett.  Some of these tales may make you laugh, some may make you cry. The intent of the “ECS Voices” blog is to celebrate God’s faithfulness to the school in the past, to share people’s memories of their days spent at Everett Christian, to let us know where people have have gone after ECS, and to share what people hope Everett Christian School will become in the future.  This blog is not meant to be my voice, but to be a place where various members the ECS community have an opportunity to speak and express themselves.

Thank you to my wife, Kelly Alberts, who has agreed to be the editor of this blog. Thank you, also, to Christina Swinburnson for bravely volunteering to be the first voice heard.  

If you would like to suggest someone who has a great story to tell and should be a voice on the blog, please send me an e-mail at or call the school at (425) 259-3213.

I hope you will enjoy this special opportunity to hear from different ECS voices.

In His Service,
Mr. Joel Alberts (Principal at ECS)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Christina Swinburnson: ECS parent

Christina Swinburnson is the wife of an Everett Christian School board member, and the mother of three current ECS students. She has been involved with the school for the past six years. 

1.) Please tell us about your family. 

My name is Christina Swinburnson, wife to Benji.  We both grew up in Lynden, Washington, and attended public school there.  We have five children: Josephine (5th grade at ECS), Margot (3rd grade at ECS), Ivan (Kindergarten at ECS), Anna (3 yrs. old) and a baby boy on the way. 

2.) How did you first hear about Everett Christian School? How long have you been involved with the school?

We were first interested in ECS when our oldest daughter was four.  We were looking at Christian Schools near us that were centered on Christ and taught from a biblical worldview.  We had known about ECS from some families in our church who had sent their children to this school.  We have several members in their 60s and 70s who attended ECS when they were children. 

3.) What is one special memory you have of your time at ECS?

A special memory I have of Everett Christian School was from one of the first chapels I attended.  It was such a blessing to see the children begin the school day opening God's word and singing praises to the Lord of all the earth.  

4.) In your opinion, what is the best thing about Everett Christian School?

My favorite thing about ECS is the teachers.  They work hard to teach the children all the basics of education, but also consciously do this from a biblical and Christ-centered worldview.  At the same time, they have exemplified the character of Christ in their patience and love towards the children and their families according to their differing needs.

5.) What are your hopes for the future of ECS? What are your dreams? 

My hopes and dreams for ECS is that more families would find this gem of a school and join in the pursuit of educating children in the fear of God.  A dream would be that one day a high school would be added to ECS.