Stories of Giving


Alumni are pursuing their passions!

Maddie Matthews ’16 is a junior at George Fox University and will graduate in 2020. Her major is in Organizational Communication and Cinematic Art, a path which started in LJA's theater program in Grade 10. There she dabbled in acting, playwriting, costume design, and production, and claims Robert St. John as her "most influential teacher at LJA - although there were many! His approach developed my creativity, discipline, and enthusiasm toward learning, and my confidence grew!” Maddie hopes to continue her education beyond George Fox and apply her skills to playwriting, screenwriting, and music



Faculty and staff are creating enriching classroom communities!

Grade 2 teacher Melissa Everest is in her seventh year at Le Jardin Academy. Every morning her students greet each other and share something personally important. Through this seemingly simple activity, she creates a classroom community that cultivates strong connections and mutual respect, encourages teamwork, and fosters a growth mindset. "The moments that inspire me as a teacher are when students have an ‘aha!’ moment - when their hard work pays off and they say ‘oh yeah, I’ve got this!".