After numerous decades in education, an East Texas Christian Academy (ETCA) teacher retires.
“Through my time at ETCA I’ve been blessed to make many wonderful friends, both on the faculty and staff, and among students who have gone on to greater things and kept in touch. For this, I am thankful,” says Joe Stokes, ETCA Teacher. “I also appreciate an environment that encourages students to grow both academically and spiritually. Class sizes are small, and students are seen as individuals with potential because they are created in the image of God.”
Stokes began his career in 1970 and served in four Texas public school districts. Three of those are in East Texas, and include Leverett’s Chapel ISD, Sabine ISD, and Wills Point ISD. He holds teaching certifications in Composite Social Studies, English, Gifted Education Endorsement, History, Journalism, Music, and Speech. In addition, Stokes was an adjunct instructor at both Kilgore College and Tyler Junior College. While at ETCA, he taught English and Speech. He also coached Debate and Model United Nations.
ETCA President, Dr. Michael Weimer appreciates Stokes’ service to the school and says, “Being an educator, especially a Christian educator, is far beyond being a job or even a profession - it is a calling. Quality educators are easy to recognize, because being a teacher is part of their DNA; it's who they are.”
Weimer added, “I thank God for the time Mr. Stokes has invested into his students at ETCA. In Luke 6:40, Jesus observes that ‘A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.’”
In a recent ETCA chapel service, Weimer presented Stokes with a clock. Stokes plans on being a writer in the next season of his life, and is relocating to the Houston area to be near children and grandchildren.