Principal’s Corner

Principal’s Welcome

Dear Evangelical School Community,

I want to welcome you to another school year! I hope that you had a summer full of fun with quality time spent with family and friends and are now ready to embark on a new school year where your children will take the next step in their educational journey. We want to assure you that we will be with you every step of the way!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Maria Baalman. Last year was my eighth year serving as principal here at Evangelical School. Prior to serving as principal, I taught second grade for ten rewarding years.

My husband Tony and I live in Jerseyville, and we are blessed to have four children. Our oldest son is a pediatric resident in his final year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; our second son is a Senior Operations Specialist at Ansira in St. Louis; our third son is a Communications Specialist working for the Department of Human Services in Grand Junction, CO. We have a daughter who is a nurse working at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Our daughter recently got married, and we are thrilled to now have a son-in-law.

In the coming year, we, the teachers and staff, will let our school’s vision/mission statement written in the Parent-Student Handbook 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