To change the world would be impossible for just one person, but to change the world one person at a time is not only a possibility, but a personal mission for Glenn Duncan. As the Executive Director and CEO since 2004, Mr. Duncan has led Southlands Christian Schools to become a premier private Christian school in Southern California. During his tenure, Southlands Christian has experienced dynamic growth and the changing of many lives.
In his previous occupations, Mr. Duncan pioneered marketing and brand management success for a number of companies, including a four year stint in Melbourne, Australia as the Director of Business Development for Linfox Distribution Group. After working closely with a pastor who encouraged him to learn the importance of waiting on God, a passion awakened in him to live his life to please God, which eventually led him to Southlands Christian. It is Mr. Duncan’s mission to raise up global leaders by first bringing each student to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and envisioning them to fulfill their God-given destinies. His dream is to see Godly, passionate students graduating and becoming agents of change in the world.
Mr. Schmitter graduated with a BA in History and received his multiple-subject teaching credential. He is currently working on his MA in Educational Leadership and Administration. Starting in 2010, he has worked at Southlands Christian in our high school, middle school, and elementary levels. He has served as the 6th grade teacher in elementary and as of 2017, began serving as Elementary Vice Principal. In this role, Grant began to work closely with the school administration and operations team, being involved in a variety of projects at all levels. In 2019, Mr. Schmitter began serving as Director of School Operations and will refine and develop programs that will continue the innovation that Southlands Christian has brought to Christian education. His hope is that every student who enters Southlands Christian feels the love of Christ and is given the foundation to impact the world in the name of Jesus.
Mrs. Yoon earned her BA in Christian Education (emphasis in Elementary Education & Sociology) and MA in Christian Education. With a passion for teaching, she taught for 21 years before stepping into administration. Her desire in life is to save, touch, and change lives in the name of Jesus Christ through Christian education. In Luke 2:52, it says, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” That is her daily prayer for all the students here at Southlands Christian Schools.
Mrs. Smith has been a part of the Southlands family since 1988, initially as a teacher’s aide, then a teacher and ultimately became the director. Always having a passion for children’s ministries, she knew upon graduation from high school what her life’s calling would be. Her desire is to instill in our students the knowledge that they are children of the One True King; that they are beautifully created, loved, equipped and empowered to influence the world for Christ.
Mrs. Zhu received her BA in English and previously had been a high-level administrator at the Education Bureau of China where she worked with hundreds of students and top school leaders to develop academic and student growth programs. As an immigrant herself, she understands the academic, social, and personal needs of immigrants and international students from both the parent and student perspective. Her vision is to create a close community between students, parents, and the school, where each individual can better understand each other’s perspectives. Her desire is to be a vessel to guide parents and students through this personal and spiritual journey so they can become aware and thankful of God’s blessings.