Chenaye Sutton
Assistant Elem Principal

Chenaye Sutton joined Maranatha Christian Academy in December of 2014 as a para-educator to a fifth grade student. She assumed the role of Elementary Assistant Principal in August of 2015. She is also an activity leader/teacher for Maranatha’s Camp Soaring summer program. Chenaye has six and half years of experience teaching in Christian education, teaching 3rd through 6th grade. She also taught speech/drama, an Omnibus reading class, and served as the elementary school program coordinator. Prior to teaching, she was the Assistant Director for the Distance Learning Department at Haskell Indian Nations University. During this time, she wrote a grant and obtained enough funds to implement a student IT program and provide for the initial startup costs for this new university program.  

She earned an Associate’s in Liberal Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University, a Bachelor’s in Speech-Language-Hearing from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with Elementary Specialization from Pensacola Christian College. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a research assistant to the Chair of the department and was invited to present the research findings in Washington D.C. and to the Kansas Board of Regents, which was later published in a medical journal. She was also the first student from KU to be nominated for and receive the Morris K. Udall national scholarship.  

It was while attending Haskell Indian Nations University that she met her husband, Jason. Both she and her husband are from small towns in Oklahoma. They grew up living 20 minutes apart and never met when they until they moved to Lawrence. They have been married for 17 years and have four children, three boys and one girl. All four children are wrestlers and have earned state titles and national placements. Their daughter also loves to sing and has received awards for her drama and voice performances in regional competitions. The children look forward to becoming Eagles and making new friends this coming year. Her husband is a foreman for Westar Energy and has worked for the company 15 years.

Chenaye is excited to partner with Maranatha, whose philosophy of Christian of education echoes her own belief. She looks forward to helping train up the students in the way they should go and providing them with the biblical foundation that prepares them to become leaders for Christ.

For two years she prayed for a job and a clear answer to see and know God’s leading. Being patient was the single most challenging thing to do. It was throughout this time of waiting that she came to love and cling to this powerful verse:

Psalm 46:10    “Be still and know that I am God…”

 

Psalm 46:10    “Be still and know that I am God…”