Dear Parents at Grace Academy of Dallas,
This is an exciting time in the history of Grace Academy of Dallas as we celebrate our 40th anniversary! This is an opportunity to preserve the past as we prepare for the future education of the children at Grace Academy. As part of preserving the past, I wanted to share a short history about Grace in the early years.
My love for children and teaching led me to starting Grace Academy in 1974. It began as a Montessori preschool called Montessori Center of Light. It quickly grew to include grades K-9 and was renamed Kvanli Academy, which was my maiden name.
When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 1977, the school began to transform into an evangelical, Bible teaching school that proclaimed the good news of Jesus Christ. In 1979 we moved into our own building in University Park as a Christian School. Ironically, we were already out of space before we moved in but we were so thankful to have our own building and could establish ourselves as a Christian school. We began looking for ways to expand our growing school!
In 1984, the Lord miraculously opened the door for us to expand into Grace Bible Church. As we fast forward to the future, it has been a joy for me to watch the school grow and blossom under the leadership of Mr. Jim Clarke. I am truly grateful for Mr. Clarke inviting me to join the excellent faculty at Grace Academy each year for In-Service training and the annual Gala.
The alumni from the past 40 years are tremendously excited about celebrating this event. We look forward to sharing warm and wonderful memories from the “early years” at Grace!
In His Grace,
Founder of Grace Academy of Dallas
Time: 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
Time: 11:30 AM
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