“I’m excited about being back and being able to touch the kids’ lives again,” said Terry Farrant. “I truly missed that and because I was a teacher for so many years, to be able to be here to help the teachers in whatever way I can, will be a plus for me.”
Farrant, a veteran teacher with more than 30 years of experience, has been named the new administrator. She’s learning the ropes right now and will be working full time starting in July.
She is replacing John Ward, who is retiring after leading the school for the last 16 years.
“It’s been a great place to be and they’ve been so supportive but it’s time for me to make some changes,” Ward said. “I’ll miss the day to day activities with the students, teachers and parents, but it’s that time in my life to say this is it.”
Ward said he and his wife, Brenda, will return to their hometown of Oxford, Ala., to spend time with their five grandchildren.
Farrant, who holds bachelors and masters degrees in education, is coming out of a four-year retirement to fill Ward’s position. She was a fourth-grade teacher at Shiloh Hills for 18 years and an elementary supervisor for 11 years before retiring.
“I was retired and loving retirement and wasn’t looking for this at all but God just started opening doors,” she said. “I have truly missed the students big time as well so that just pulled on my heart.”
With a new personality leading the school and her own skill sets, Farrant said she also plans to make a few changes when the school welcomes back students in August.
“One of the things I’ll be doing different is meeting more with my department heads and getting their input,” Farrant said. “I’m a very hands-on person, so I will be working with the teachers very intimately and will be in the classroom a lot more.”
Shiloh Hills Christian School, which is an extension of Shiloh Hills Baptist Church, was started more than 30 years ago and is a fully accredited, private, Christian school.
It is located off of Bells Ferry and Hawkins Store Road near Interstate 575 and last year they served around 270 students in preschool through 12th grade.