7 Questions with Dr. Christopher J. Dorais
Name: Dr. Christopher J. Dorais
Current title: Assistant Principal
Current organisation: West Highland Christian Academy in Michigan
20+ years of teaching experience in public and private education. BA and MA from the University of Michigan. Ed. D. from Liberty University. Author of two books: Detox Memoir and The 12 Step Detox.
1. What have you found most challenging as a Christian school leader?
Bringing to our school highly skilled teachers who love Jesus and are willing to work for salaries that are far less than what public schools pay. Similarly, enrolling students who love God and are passionate about serving Him in every area of their lives is also a significant challenge.
2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Probably the same way that most people do. Work life takes the center place on my daily calendar. I work between 8-12 hours per day.
3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
My walk with God must be consistent, passionate, and reverent. Everything else falls into its proper place (work, family, self) when my walk with the Lord is my top priority.
4. What one book has had the most profound impact on your Christian school leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Any book by John Maxwell and leadership is worth reading, if you can find the time to do so!
5. How do you find and keep great Christian teachers?
Pray, pray, pray! We don't have a big budget and our school facility is 50 years old. Only by God's grace are we able to survive and thrive as a Christian school.
6. What's most important as a Christian school leader for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?
Get to know both staff and each student on a personal level. Pray and ask God to show you how to love and support the Body of Christ in all of its various administrations. Ask God to show you how to see your staff and students the way in which He sees them. As He answers this prayer, you will have far more patience, understanding, and love for both your staff and your students.
7. If you had to pick just one story, what would be the most meaningful story from your time as a Christian school leader so far?
We shouldn't be in business in 2020, but we are. God has allowed us to thrive at a time when public schools are failing (even more than they already normally do), and Christian schools are dying. We recognize that we serve the Lord at His good pleasure. Any success we have is due to Him.