April 26, 2024
 
Dear ECS Community,
 
On behalf of the ECS Board of Trustees, we are excited to announce that Scott Hauss has been named the next Head of School of Evangelical Christian School effective June 2024, recommended unanimously by the Head of School Search Committee, and approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees.
 
Scott and his wife Kathy have a long history with ECS, which began as parents of two graduates, Ashley (class of 2009) and Haley (class of 2013). Scott served as a member of the ECS Board of Trustees for 14 years, two of which he served as Chairman, and he also served as Finance Committee Chair for four years. Many of you know Scott as the ECS middle school girls soccer coach, affectionately called “Noodles” by the girls, a volunteer post in which he has happily served for the past 20 years. His daughter, Haley, is currently a Little Eagles teacher at the Lower School, and all three of his granddaughters will attend ECS next year.
 
Throughout the search process, the committee was blessed with an incredible slate of well qualified candidates. The search committee noted that Scott distinguished himself from other excellent candidates by his outstanding leadership skills and his genuine, proven love for ECS. Scott embodies what a servant-leader looks like in Mark 10:43: “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.”
 
After more than three decades in senior management in the banking industry, Scott recently felt the Lord calling him to Christian education. Since January, he has served as Chief Financial Officer for Grace Christian Academy in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Prior to that, he served as President/Chief Executive Officer of Bank3 with operations in Memphis, Nashville, Jackson, Union City, Woodland Mills, Tenn., and Southaven, Miss. In his seven-year tenure at Bank3, Scott helped raise $37 million in capital to acquire a charter and grow from $9 million to $450 million in assets. Previous banking experience includes stints in management at Metropolitan Bank, Regions Bank and National Bank of Commerce.
 
“I feel God has been preparing me for this position for the past 20 years while I was serving on the board and coaching at ECS,” Scott said. “I was asked four years ago to serve on the board at Grace Christian Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, which prompted me to leave the corporate world after 37 years and become their CFO. ECS has had a major impact on my family, so having the opportunity to lead as Head of School is very exciting.”
 
We were privileged to have a front-row seat in watching God answer so many specific prayers. Focused on I Kings 19:9-12, our committee prayed that when God decided to send an earthquake, or send fire, or send even a whisper, we would be postured to clearly hear Him and act. We were blessed with outstanding candidates, but one person clearly rose to the top, culminating in a unanimous committee recommendation and unanimous board approval. God was faithful and honored the prayers of our community!
 
We want to take this opportunity to thank you for praying for our committee and for our next Head of School. We also want to thank the members of the search committee who were so diligent and prayerful throughout this entire process.
 
We will plan an opportunity for you to meet Scott and welcome him to ECS before the school year is over. Look for communication in the Eagle View soon for more details.
 
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN ECS EAGLE!
 
For His Glory,

Clayton Floriani                                                                                                Adam Webster
ECS Board of Trustees Vice Chairman                                                         ECS Board of Trustees Chairman
Head of School Search Committee Chairman

 


 

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ABOUT ECS

ECS partners with parents to build their children academically, athletically, creatively, socially and spiritually so they are well prepared to be influential leaders for Christ in college and beyond. Our dynamic teachers understand their role as a calling and thrive in a culture in which every student is known, loved and discipled.

 

 

 

Mission

 

The mission of Evangelical Christian School is to provide the

Christian family a Christ-centered, biblically directed

education that challenges students to know the Lord Jesus

Christ and to develop the vision and practice of excellence

in academics, character, leadership, and service to others. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

THE ECS DISTINCTIVE: EXCELLENT ACADEMICS + LIFE-ON-LIFE DISCIPLESHIP

Currently in its 59th school year, ECS is characterized by its unique Christian discipleship model of education. ECS is the only school in the Memphis area which requires a profession of the Christian faith by at least one parent, a foundation which

allows our administration and teachers to truly partner with parents to build students for life. Christian worldview teaching permeates all academic subjects, and intentional time is spent in the Word of God and prayer during the first five minutes of every school day and reinforced in Bible class and chapel as well as in discipleship groups. Every 7th-12th grade student is involved in a discipleship group of about 8-10 peers led by a teacher who helps them connect biblical truth with everyday life. Parents and students appreciate caring teachers and coaches who teach with excellence in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere, and families find our warm and welcoming community forms lifelong friendships.

 

BY THE NUMBERS
 


 

ACCREDITATION

ECS maintains accreditation from Southern Association of Independent Schools and Association of Christian Schools International Exemplary Accreditation based on an extensive evaluation process every five years. In 2016, that process was expanded as ECS pursued the Exemplary school status.

Now one of only eleven schools in the nation and one of only two in the entire Southeast,
Evangelical Christian School has been designated as an ACSI Exemplary School.