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Message from our Administrator

Hello! Welcome to my page.

Personal Introduction

Heritage and Education:

Fairview is in my DNA.  My parents were a part of this Seattle church when I was born.  That was long before the opening of Fairview Christian School in 1985.  I’ve lived in Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon, Maryland, and Norway (as a Fulbright Scholar).  Undergraduate studies were in biology, chemistry, nursing, and business.  After earning my doctorate in Public Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., my wife (Debbie) and I returned to Seattle.  Our two sons were privileged to get a great Kindergarten-through-eighth-grade education at Fairview.  Debbie has taught in various roles at Fairview over the past 25 years.  Most of that time I’ve served on the school board and/or the Church’s governing body.  For 10 years I helped coordinate and write curriculum for the Children’s Church program at Fairview.  Watching 5- to 10-year-olds become excited about Bible stories and the application of biblical principles was most rewarding!

Career:

I’ve worked in health care as a nurse, director of nursing, and nursing home administrator.  For 11 years I was employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in administrative and quality improvement roles.  In the 1990s I entered academia, helping to teach graduate courses at Seattle Pacific University.  From 1999 through 2018 I was the Dean of Northwest University’s Buntain School of Nursing.  It was a particular joy to enable over 500 students to obtain cross-cultural nursing and ministry experiences in one of 15 countries.  Now I am a “Professor Emeritus” with Northwest. Currently I serve as the Vice Chair of the Washington State Board of Nursing Home Administrators and previously was a Pro-Tem Member of the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.  For a couple of years I served as the President of Washington State’s association of nursing education programs.

Goals for Fairview Student/Parent Experience

Student Focus

Education is about students achieving learning goals.  For students to attain ambitious academic goals requires assessment of each student’s interests, strengths, and learning styles.  The team of teachers and staff at Fairview design educational opportunities that assist each student achieve grade-appropriate goals.  We want students to be prepared to excel in high school and to begin developing study habits and research skills that will benefit them at the university level.

Education needs to be multi-faceted and well-rounded to prepare students for successful living in a complex, dynamic, and global environment.  We emphasize science, math, reading, writing, social studies, and physical education.  Each child is issued a computer tablet to increase access to educational resources and enhance technology skills.  As a private school, we have unique opportunities to engage students in art and music.   Team projects work to develop leadership and social skills.  Field trips encourage students to see the world as their classroom.

We are blessed to be able to offer Bible as a class that is supplemented by weekly student chapels.  Incorporating faith in education helps students to develop an ethical worldview grounded in the confidence that there is a loving God who is Creator, Redeemer, and Comforter.

Vital Role of Parents

Fairview parents, guardians, and other family members exhibit a high level of investment in each child’s academic and social development.  Volunteering is an expectation in order to provide a wide array of special opportunities for students and a high level of personalized attention in the classroom.  Parents and other volunteers assist with the Robotics Club, hosting school dinners and programs, chaperoning field trips, as well as initiating projects like a rain conservation garden and a greenhouse.  Parents are encouraged to participate in monthly Parent Teacher Fellowship meetings in order to provide input to the school and foster new initiatives.

Families are encouraged to communicate with teachers and administration in person, on the phone, or electronically.  As educators we are most likely to meet and exceed students’ learning goals when we work as a team.

Vision for Fairview

My vision for Fairview is to nurture an environment characterized by:

  • Excitement about learning.
  • Enthusiasm for developing leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Encouragement of growth in Christian faith and biblical worldview.

We learn and thrive in an inspirational setting.  Friendships and mentoring relationships mature when we assist each other realize our aspirations.  Programs germinate and grow within a stimulating and supportive environment.

I wake up every morning wondering what new opportunities God will give us to learn, grow, and explore at Fairview.

Sincerely,

Carl Christensen, PhD
Administrator
Fairview Christian School