Leadership

Dr. John Hunte, Ed.D.

Headmaster

Dr. John M. Hunte has served as the Head of School at Evangelical Christian School since 2003. He started attending Evangelical Christian School when he was in 7th grade after his parents returned from the mission field of Barbados. He graduated from ECS in 1984 as the class valedictorian and received the Mark Jacobsen award. Education has always been a major part of his life graduating with his Bachelors, Masters, and finally his Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University. John is married to Misha, and they have two children that are graduates of ECS. One is studying to be a pilot and the other a nurse.

His professional experience began in 1989 working in a Christian school for 12 years in West Palm Beach. Since 2001, he has been back “home” at ECS working in administration for 2 years and then became the Headmaster in 2003 after the retirement of the founder, Dr. Douglas Dunn. Some of his other activities include serving on the FACCS Executive Board as Treasurer, serving as the Ambassador for Middle States Association, and being on numerous accreditation teams across the state.



Jeff Blair

Director of Advancement

Mr. Blair joined the staff at Evangelical Christian School in 2016 as the Director of Development. During that time, he created the Sentinel Fund, which has been a primary support for campus improvements. Currently, Jeff is the Director of Advancement, which oversees fundraising, marketing, communication, and admissions.

Prior to ECS, Mr. Blair worked for COACH, Inc. as a District Director in both Atlanta, GA and South Florida. He attended Shepherd University and is finishing his RBA at West Virginia University. Jeff and his wife, Deborah, have two children, MacKenzie and Logan, that attend the school.





Tara Jadwin

Chief Financial Officer

As the Chief Financial Officer at Evangelical Christian School, Ms. Tara Jadwin oversees the non-academic departments, which include Finance, Human Resources, Operations / Facilities, Technology, and Safety/Security. Since joining ECS in 2002, Ms. Jadwin has helped the school experience an increase in growth and financial stability.

Prior to joining ECS, Ms. Jadwin worked as an assistant diamond buyer for a small chain of jewelry stores for 11 years. She attended Muskingum Area Technical College in Ohio where she majored in accounting. Ms. Jadwin has two grown children, Kayla and Kaitlyn, who graduated from ECS, and a grandson, Declan.




Mr. James Stedcke, M.A.

Upper School Principal

Mr. James Stedcke has been at Evangelical Christian School for more than 27 years. He has filled many positions over the years including sixth grade teacher, Spanish teacher, Bible teacher, Dean of Students, Vice Principal, Assistant Principal, and the role he has presently, Principal of the Upper School.

Mr. Stedcke graduated from Crown College in Minnesota in 1979 with a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education and in 1985 earned his Master's Degree in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Janet, for 38 years, and they have 2 daughters, Julie and Janessa, both of whom are ECS graduates (2001, 2004). He has 8 grandchildren, 3 of whom are enrolled in the lower school at ECS.

After receiving his Master's degree Mr. Stedcke and his family spent 6 years as missionaries in Costa Rica and Ecuador. It was there he discovered his passion for teaching and working with students. In the fall of 1990, God directed the Stedcke family to move from South America to Florida and Mr. Stedcke began his career at Evangelical Christian School shortly thereafter.

Mr. Stedcke says, "The impact that ECS has had on my family has confirmed to me over the years that God has his hand on this school. I am so thankful to be a part of an organization that is working to raise up young people to follow Christ while providing them with an excellent academic education. Opportunities abound for students at ECS through a strong athletic program, an engaging Fine Arts program, a one-of-a-kind aviation program, chapels, student leadership conferences, community service, student government, and so much more. At ECS we are continually looking for ways to improve and enhance the student experience."


Mrs. Michelle Shuford, M.S.Ed

Lower School Principal

Mrs. Michelle Shuford joined Evangelical Christian School in 2001 as a lower school teacher. She was the lead teacher for both kindergarten and first grade before becoming the lower school assistant principal in 2006. In 2009 she became the lower school principal.

Her love of children, teaching, and passion for Christian education is what drew her to ECS. It is of the upmost importance to be able to teach from a Biblical worldview.

She earned a Bachelor degree from F.G.C.U as well as a Masters of Educational Leadership degree from Nova Southeastern University. She has a strong love for missions and has attended and supported several mission trips in and outside of the United States.

Mrs. Shuford firmly believes that students can learn and succeed in a loving environment with high expectations. She also values the importance that Christian education plays in partnership with church and home.

Building strong relationships with her students and their families is a priority for Mrs. Shuford and plays a critical role in her leadership.

Mrs. Shuford and her husband Robert have been happily married for over 20 years and regularly attend First Christian Church.



Mrs. Karen Davis

Preschool Director

Since 2003, Mrs. Davis has served in various roles at the ECS Preschool, including a Toddler Teacher, K2 Teacher, and K3 Teacher. For the past 7 years, Mrs. Davis has served as the Preschool Director and has overseen the lower school extended care and summer camp programs. Along with her Director’s Credentials, she has her Child Development Associate Degree as well as CPR and First Aid Credentials. She has a total of 20 years experience working with young children.

Mrs. Davis is a native Floridian and moved to Fort Myers in 1989. She has been married to her husband, Todd, for 27 years. They have 1 daughter (Kaycee) who is in college. She began attending Evangelical Christian Preschool at the age of 3 and graduated from Evangelical Christian School in 2015.

Mrs. Davis is thankful for the Christian education that her daughter received and the opportunity to provide that experience for other families. She is passionate about working with young children and their families in a Christian environment, building relationships, and advancing Christ’s Kingdom.



Tyler Gold, BA

Athletic Director

After serving Evangelical Christian School for 12 years as a Varsity Football Coach, Mr. Tyler Gold moved into the full time position of Athletic Director in 2016. Mr. Tyler Gold spent six years at ECS as a student, graduating in the class of 2002. After graduation, Mr. Gold continued his involvement with ECS by becoming a volunteer football coach. It was during this time as a volunteer football coach that Mr. Gold found his true passion, which is teaching and coaching the next generation of Sentinels. Mr. Gold re- enrolled in college and completed his Bachelor of Arts in History from Florida Gulf Coast University. In 2013 Mr. Gold was hired full time at ECS to teach History and become the third Head Varsity Football Coach in the school’s history. From Mr. Gold’s experience as a student, coach, and staff member, the teachers, coaches, and administrators have had and continue to have an immeasurable impact on his life. He is blessed to partner with elite coaches and staff to encourage our student-athletes to not only advance their athletic abilities, but to hold to high academic standards and most importantly continue to develop their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His hobbies include spending time with family, studying the game of football, attending college football games, reading, and traveling. Mr. Gold and his staff enjoy watching the development of a student-athlete into a Christian leader and the process that entails. He believes that the students, families, faculty, and staff make ECS one of the best Christ-Centered schools in America. Mr. Gold enjoys getting a chance to build relationships with and serving families at Evangelical Christian School through the avenue of athletics daily.