Maribel Kraybill (C 53), principal of Locust Grove Mennonite School in Smoketown (Lancaster County), Pa., received EMC’s “alumnus-of-the-year” award during homecoming April 23.
Linford K. Gehman (C 58), outgoing president of the Alumni Association, presented Miss Kraybill the citation for “ dedication to Christian education at the elementary level.”
The alumna was cited “ for serving over 20 years as an effective teacher and innovative principal at Locust Grove, spearheading phenomenal progress in the school’s facilities, observing and encouraging commensurate growth in enrollment, organizing and inspiring a competent staff and inculcating spiritual values and fostering attitudes of loyal discipleship in hundreds of pupils.”
The award also commended Miss Kraybill “ for establishing and maintaining Christian diplomacy and effective relationships among school board members, patrons, community persons, teachers and students” and “ for keeping professionally alert and contributing energetically to Christian education associations and to EMC.”
“I am indebted to EMC for the preparation for service I received,” Miss Kraybill said in response. “I am simply attempting to do the Lord’s work, and all honor and glory go to Him,” she added.
Miss Kraybill’s school, founded in 1939, has 428 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and 25 teachers. It is operated by a local trustee board.
Miss Kraybill earned a masters degree in elementary school administration from Temple University and has done additional summer study at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.
She works summers as a tour guide for the Mennonite Information Center in Lancaster.
Her professional memberships include the Mid-Atlantic Christian School Association, the National Christian School Education and the Lebanon-Lancaster Elementary Principals Associa- Maribel Kraybill responds after having been named EMC’s 1977 “alumnus-of-the-year. ” She is principal o f Locust Grove Mennonite School, Smoketown, Pa. tion, of which she was the first parochial school representative.
The alumna is a member of the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster.
Published 1977 in Crossroads.