Our Principal

Dear Evangelical School Community and Prospective Evangelical Families,

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Maria Baalman, and this is my fifth year serving as principal of Evangelical School, and my second year overseeing the Evangelical School for the Young Years. Prior to becoming the principal, I taught second grade for ten years. This year’s eighth grade class will be my ninth graduating class, so I know a good majority of our students and their families very well.

I live in Jerseyville with my husband, and we are blessed to have four children. Our oldest son is in his third year of medical school at the University of Illinois; our second son is in his fourth year at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and my third son is in his third year at the University of Missouri, Columbia. We have a daughter who is a freshman at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

It is my opinion that one of the most important aspects of my work as Evangelical’s principal is building solid relationships with students, families, and teachers. It will be very important to me to be in the hallways, cafeteria, classrooms, and on the playground getting to know your children. In my past experience, I have found that children really appreciate a person who genuinely invests in them and who is fair in decision making. These two things are extremely important to me.

In addition to building strong relationships with all of you, it will be particularly important to me to make sure that your children and you feel safe at our school. If you ever have a concern about something or a question about a specific situation or procedure, please do not hesitate to call or email me. Communication is paramount in a school. For this reason, I will always encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or me with questions.

In the coming year, we, the teachers and staff, will let our school’s vision for the future of our school and mission for achieving that future guide, inform, and inspire our teaching and learning strategies. We will encourage parent and community involvement in our efforts, and we will work every day to earn your confidence and faith in our school.

Maria Baalman

Welcome to 1st grade! My name is Mrs. Sears.  I have been teaching at Evangelical School for nine years. I love working with these young students and seeing them challenge themselves to do more.  I also love working with students when they are struggling with a skill. We keep working on it and then all of a sudden a light bulb comes on and they know how to do something that they couldn’t do before.  It is one of the best feelings in the world and makes my job so enjoyable!  I also enjoy teaching them the word of God and seeing them develop a relationship with God and their fellow peers. They are such sweethearts! Here is a little bit more about myself. I graduated from Greenville College in 2008.  I reside in the small town of Jerseyville, Il.  My husband, Phillip, and I have been married for seven years and we have a beautiful daughter that is almost two! God has truly blessed us.