ABOUT OUR PRINCIPALS
Originally from Oregon, new principal Michael Bittner and family (wife Carli, and children Isaiah, Ezekiel, Sofia, and Eliana) join us this fall from the hot and humid islands of tropical Indonesia.
In their four years living in Indonesia Michael taught both Business and Economics at the Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. He also served as a Year Level Dean of Students supporting students and families throughout their time in this challenging two-year program (grades 11 and 12).
Prior to Indonesia Michael taught and served at Crosshill Christian School (2011-2016) where he helped lead the team that grew the high school from grades 9 and 10, through their first several graduating classes. He filled the roles of lead teacher, Assistant Administrator, and Athletic Director.
In what almost seems like a different life, before transitioning into teaching, Michael worked in various consulting and non-profit firms where he focused on process efficiency and improvement. It’s there that he got his first taste of the classroom, teaching a group of prison inmates with developmental disabilities. Once in the classroom he knew he needed to make the switch to full time teaching, a decision he’s never regretted.
He holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from Oregon State University, and MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Corban University, and most recently has been granted his All School Levels Administrative License from ACSI, an international group of Christian schools, of which Rapid City Christian is a part.
When not working to serve families and students in their journey of Christian education, Michael, along with his family, enjoy relaxing with a good book, watching movies together, and he may or may not have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with all things sports (basketball and futbol specifically) and BBQ (think smoked meats and cheeses). He’s a self-described “nerd” who loves games of all types and is always looking for a new group to play with.
But most of all, Michael is passionate about using the tools of education to call out the unique gifts and talents that God has put into each and every one of his students and teaching colleagues. He believes that what we do in our Christian schools should lead us to love God and love others in an ever growing and powerful way.
Michael and his family are so happy to be here in Rapid City, to be a part of this RC Christian community and they can’t wait to meet you and see you in the halls!
Hello! I am excited about the 2021-2022 school year and to see what God has planned for Rapid City Christian School. This is my first year at RCCS and 28 years in education. I am truly honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve as academic principal. I am thrilled to work with an excellent group of people dedicated to students, families and most importantly building the Kingdom of our Living Lord, Jesus Christ. I firmly believe the Lord led to me to RCCS.
I grew up and lived in the area of Willmar, Minnesota my whole life where I attended school, church and college. My husband David and I have three children and two grandchildren. Grace our youngest will be in 8th Grade at RCCS. Our middle child is Cody. He is in the work force after graduating from a Christian school, serving in the Army National Guard and completing a technical degree in welding. Our oldest daughter, Dr. Jennifer Massa and her husband, Nate and their two children Porter and Lauren live in the St. Paul area.
I love spending time with family, friends and enjoying the outdoors along with reading, gardening and watching wildlife.