Stephanie Chitu (pronounced key-too), our new kindergarten teacher, has spent her career teaching in the public school system and homeschooling her own children. SLA is the fourth school she’s taught at and the first one that is a Christian school.
“It’s been the best place I’ve taught so far,” says Mrs. Chitu.
“We’re shaping their little minds and characters. That’s the whole goal, otherwise we’d send them to public school, otherwise we’d teach in public school.”
“I really like the term, Building for Eternity (SLA’s capital campaign), because I feel like that’s our goal. It’s what we should be doing as teachers here in a Christian school is building them up for eternity,” says Mrs. Chitu. “We’re shaping their little minds and characters. That’s the whole goal, otherwise we’d send them to public school, otherwise we’d teach in public school.”
A lifelong Southerner, Mrs. Chitu and her family moved to Massachusetts from Georgia in May 2016. Her husband, Ben, was working as a paramedic and taking classes to become a physician assistant (PA). They were interested in a PA program in Manchester, NH and visited the area. They decided SLA was a good fit for their children as well and moved here.
Their two oldest children, Scarlett and Landon, began attending SLA last year, and now are in 5th grade and 2nd grade. Their youngest, Bella, began PreK this fall.
“Then this opened up and it seemed like the right time to apply. Ben wasn’t working; he’s in school full-time, so I felt like God opened up the door for me to come and have the position,” says Mrs. Chitu.
Mrs. Chitu got into teaching because it’s one job where you can make a difference. “You’re not just clocking in 9-5, you know. The students always remember their teachers. That just motivated me,” she says. “I love the students, just being with them, being able to influence their learning, just who they are. Especially in a Christian school you have a chance to actually be involved in their thinking, their morals, their Bible, how they view God.”
In addition to teaching and raising her children, Mrs. Chitu is an avid ice skater. She began skating when she was 17, progressed through all the levels and became a coach as well. She performed in The Nutcracker on Ice for a few years in Tennessee. She even had the thrill of performing in it when it aired on PBS one year.
Mrs. Chitu continues to skate most Sunday afternoons with her family. They also enjoy hiking, camping, biking and visiting sites in New England.