WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE!
My job as rector of Ascension is to invite and encourage the people of Ascension to know Christ and make him known by an inward journey of faith and an outward journey of service to the world in his name.
I believe this is best done through inclusive and loving community, authentic worship, prayerful discernment, and cultivating a sense of joy and gratitude for the many gifts of God found in life, in each other, and in the world.
Dr. Karen Parthun is a national choral clinician, choral and orchestral conductor, organist and pianist, and has been a music educator in the public schools in Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, and Virginia. She also was a professor of choral studies at the University of Missouri St. Louis and at Arizona State University. Singing in the church children’s choir since age 3, accompanying choirs in jr. high school, and a sacred musician since age 18, Dr. Parthun is passionate about worship and creating exciting and meaningful worship experiences.
Her favorite bible verses are: Phil 4:8 ..whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Psalm 100:1-2 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Hi everyone, my name is Jennifer Wilson, and I am the Director at Ascension Episcopal Day School. Ascension is known for their tight knit program dedicated to providing the community with high quality childcare, which is why after being the Lead Infant Teacher for 8 years here at the school, and Assistant Director for 1 year, I am happy to take on the role of Director. I am from this beautiful place known as Norfolk, VA. I am happily married to my wonderful husband, a mom of two amazing boys, ages 6 and 2 years old. I graduated from Norfolk State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have a tremendous love for children and have a strong desire to work with them; it is indeed my passion. I've been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 15 years. My experience in childcare started with modeling how to love, care, and nurture a child in my mothers in home daycare, to engaging in hands on experiences at Norfolk State University Child Development Lab, transitioning to AEDS as the Lead Infant teacher, returning as the Assistant Director, and now serving as Director. I look forward to supporting our educators who want and need to stay passionate about the work they do, assisting your families, and most importantly creating a safe, and nurturing place, where each child can grow and develop throughout the years at our school. Communication is a large part of building a strong and dependable relationship; with that said I am here for any questions and concerns you may have! I sincerely hope that I am able to meet and exceed your expectations as the new AEDS Director. Thank you!