Photo courtesy of Crystal L. Maarschalk

Jay Joel Nans (Mr. JJ) (in orange) at work during senior band class

The students, faculty, staff, and community at Lake Center Christian School (LCCS) in Hartville, Ohio, are so blessed to have IVEP student Jay Joel Nans as a part of our family. He is a welcomed addition to our instrumental music program and has been busy thus far at LCCS! He has been working with the band director, Mrs. Crystal Maarschalk. Mr. JJ, which is how the students address him, has developed a jazz combo group with high school instrumentalist. He has also been mentoring several of the high school guitar and piano players. In addition, he works with the 5th and 6th grade band students, and the junior high guitar players.

His gifts and talents go beyond the music class. Mr. JJ’s positive attitude and his love for Jesus is a like a breath of fresh air. He talks to the students about how to love Jesus more and more! He also shares with them about his culture and information about his life in South Africa.

Outside of school JJ enjoys working out, playing basketball, and playing at coffee shops with a trio of students. JJ has been a natural fit here at LCCS and our community is impacted by him in so many positive ways! We at LCCS are so blessed to have JJ here at school with us!

Crystal L. Maarschalk, Director of Bands, Lake Center Christian School, Hartville, Ohio, U.S.

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