Our Principal, Matthew Pacer, grew up in Ortonville, Michigan. He attended elementary and middle school at Adelphian Junior Academy. His favorite memories are of first grade and his first grade teacher. He attended high school at Great Lakes Adventist Academy, a boarding school in central Michigan. After graduation, he attended Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. During the 1999-2000 school year, Mr. Pacer served as a missionary teacher on the island of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia where he taught fourth grade at the Yap Seventh-day Adventist School. Mr. Pacer’s student teaching was completed at the Niles Seventh-day Adventist School in Niles, Michigan.
His undergraduate honors include: The National Dean’s List, Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, and membership in Pi Lambda Theta. Mr. Pacer graduated in 2001, Magna Cum Laude from Andrews University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He holds both a State of Michigan and a Professional Seventh-day Adventist teaching certificate. He has endorsements in elementary education, language arts, social studies, and as a reading specialist.
Mr. Pacer has authored twelve children’s story lines for Concerned Communications’ A Reason for Reading. These books are widely used by first grade classrooms in Seventh-day Adventist, Lutheran, Catholic, and home schools.
Mr. Pacer taught at Cross Street Christian School in Anderson, Indiana from 2001-2009. He completed a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education in 2005 from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. He also served as the Principal of Cross Street Christian School, from 2007-2009.
Mr. Pacer was married May 26, 2003, to his beautiful wife Melody. She also is a graduate of Ball State University. Currently she is a senior project accountant with Parsons Brinckerhoff in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Pacer enjoy walking together almost every evening.
In his free time Mr. Pacer enjoys traveling. Mr. Pacer also enjoys reading. He shares this enthusiasm for reading helping his students to be lifelong learners who find reading enjoyable.
Mr. Pacer is very excited to be returning for his sixth year at Highland Elementary. His greatest desire is for students to grow academically and spiritually as they prepare for this life and for eternity.
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