Academic Leadership Team
MEET OUR ACADEMIC LEADERS
Every parent knows that the one of the most influential people in their child’s life is a teacher. The teacher has the ability to inspire, encourage, and challenge a child while expanding their hearts and minds. At Immanuel, we know that the partnership between school and home is critical in developing tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why we hire and retain exceptional teaching professionals who are called to the noble profession of education.
A TEAM THAT INSPIRES AND ENCOURAGES
Our experienced team of academic leaders inspire creativity and passion in every educator at Immanuel. They lead by example, exploring new teaching methods and the latest educational tools that will unleash a student’s potential. Professional development opportunities, mentoring and collaboration help to provide an encouraging work environment for your child’s teacher. We know that an inspired and encouraged educator can change lives because it happens everyday at Immanuel.
Sandy Potter, Interim Lower School Principal
Sandy Lee Potter joined Immanuel Christian School in 2007 and has served in various roles including classroom teacher and classroom resource teacher before assuming the position of Interim Lower School Principal. Prior to joining Immanuel, Mrs. Potter taught upper elementary grades, focusing on math and science at Santa Clarita Christian School in Santa Clarita, CA from 1995–1998 before beginning her most important role as a mom.
Mrs. Potter’s passion for learning and education has been evidenced by roles in Women’s Ministry, College Ministry, and in leadership of her church’s Children’s Ministry program in Massachusetts. She possesses both an expertise and interest in supporting special needs students and their families. Teaching at ICS provides a place for her love of Jesus, learning, children, and supporting parents to coexist.
Mrs. Potter holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education, and is the proud parent of two Immanuel Christian School graduates and a dog named Maisy.
Rachel Reno, Upper School Principal
Ms. Reno began her career in education 18 years ago. She first joined Immanuel Christian School as the eighth grade teacher in fall of 2000. Ms. Reno went on to teach eighth grade language arts for seven years. Over the next 10 years, she taught high school English including AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition, and junior high and high school Bible.
Ms. Reno’s educational experience spans Christian, public, and homeschool and includes time spent teaching in special education classrooms and behavioral programs as well as biblical counseling training and practice. She has been highly involved in leadership training, discipleship, mentoring, and international mission trips. Ms. Reno is finishing her first year as Upper School Principal.
Ms. Reno holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and a M.Ed. in Education degree, both from Cedarville University.
Marty Crabtree, Curriculum Coordinator
Mrs. Crabtree has been teaching at ICS for nearly 20 years. She began her career as a team teacher in first grade, taught in second and third grades, then moved to Middle School in 2004 as the seventh grade English teacher. In 2012, she took on the role of Enrichment Coordinator, creating curriculum for Elementary School math and Middle School project-based learning classes.
Mrs. Crabtree has organized a number of school-wide programs including the first all-school Science Fair in 2000, and the 2010 Wordquest writing competition.
ICS earned ACSI accreditation in 2004 and 2010 with Mrs. Crabtree serving as the Accreditation Coordinator. In 2015, Immanuel was named a Blue Ribbon School, as she organized and authored the successful application.
Now serving as Curriculum Coordinator, Mrs. Crabtree is using her many years of experience as a classroom teacher and curriculum writer to develop curriculum for the future high school, while also working on the 2019 ACSI accreditation.
Mrs. Crabtree is the happy mom of two sons, Tim and Dan – both ICS graduates who are now serving in full-time ministry. She holds Bachelor of English and Master of Education degrees from George Mason University.