Honoring our Past High School Principal

What areas have you served in at FCS for the last 44 years?

Bible and Math Teacher, Baseball Coach, Football Coach, and former High School Principal

Tell us a little bit about yourself and family.

Raised in a military family, I had the opportunity to travel and go to school in Europe and Asia.  Graduated from High School in El Paso, Tx.  Felt God’s leading to attend a Christian College in Springfield, Mo.  After I graduated, God led me to a Christian School in Tampa, Fl where I taught for 4 years, and then God opened the door to minister here at Florida Christian School.  Proud husband of Mary for 36 years and the father of David and Elizabeth and grandfather of Alex and Natasha.

Why do you choose to work at Florida Christian School?

I felt that God was leading me to move from Tampa and God opened the door to minister here at Florida Christian School.

What do students get at Florida Christian School that they won’t get anywhere else?

Quality education from a Biblical perspective so that they can impact the world around them.

What do you love most about Florida Christian School?

The interaction with the students and staff.

What would you say to parents who are considering enrolling their children at Florida Christian School?

Every student who attends Florida Christian School and applies themselves will receive a quality college prep education from a Christian perspective in a loving family environment with caring teachers who desire for your student to be successful.

What has been your most memorable moment at Florida Christian School so far? 

After 44 years at FCS with many different responsibilities, there have been so many memorable experiences that I really cannot come up with just one.

What will you miss the most when you retire?

The one thing that I will miss most will be the people who have made the ministry so enjoyable, the teachers, students and families.

Jim Arnold has served the FCS ministry since 1976. His ministry at FCS has included teaching Bible and math and coaching football and baseball, but over the years he has done a lot of things “behind the scenes.” During the summer before the Martin building was completed Mr. Arnold worked tirelessly laying steel, erecting ceiling grids, and setting the light panels so that the building would be ready for school to open. As a coach, before FCS had a maintenance crew, the evening before a game Coach Arnold lined the field, sometimes in the dark so that it would be ready for the game. As the HS principal, Mr. Arnold has arrived in the office, before most people are out of bed. When the rest of the office personnel arrives, the smell of Mr. Arnold’s coffee greets them, every day. Whether it has been getting materials ready for SAT testing, graduation arrangement, or substitute folders when teachers “call-in,” Mr. Arnold made it happen. FCS will miss this tireless servant who loves God, loves Mary, and loves FCS.

Dr. Andrews, Headmaster

Most of what I learned for every aspect of my professional experience, I learned from watching his example.  He was my Football Coach and I became a Football Coach.  He was my math teacher and I became a math teacher. He was my principal and I became a principal. He taught me the importance of discipline and preparation, but most importantly a love for God at Word!

David King, Assistant High School Principal

The one thing I am extremely appreciative of about Mr. Arnold is that he consistently modeled the behaviors he would expect from those around him. You never had to worry if what you were doing was right or proper if you just followed his lead.  For me, the one area that he influenced me the most is the idea of servant leadership.  Through the years I have been constantly amazed at Mr. Arnold’s willingness to do even the most mundane and lowly of tasks if it meant supporting those who he worked with.  

Scott Stemmer, Activities Director

Mr. Arnold is the kind of leader that is easy to follow. It is easy to run through a wall for him because he will never ask you to do something that he has not already done or is not willing to do alongside you. It is also aspiring to serve under a leader who has never had a desire for the limelight; he is a true workhorse who is willing to take on the tough and difficult tasks, especially when no one is around to offer a “thank you” or give recognition. He is incredibly compassionate and understanding, but he also knows how to push you to become a better person. But I think what I will miss most about having Mr. Arnold around is his calm and controlled demeanor; no matter what situation or circumstance is present, he is always reminding us to maintain a biblical perspective on things and do only what we can do right now, because “sufficient unto the day is its own troubles.” He has been a vital part of FCS for so long that it is going to be difficult to picture FCS without him.

Alberto “Tito” Hernandez, Chaplain
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