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Janesta Walker and Michael Jakobsons have accepted the invitations of the Chesapeake Conference Executive Committee to serve in the positions of superintendent of schools and associate superintendent of schools, respectively. Walker fills the vacancy left by Jaqueline Messenger who is now associate superintendent of education for the Columbia Union Conference.

“We look forward to welcoming both of these educators to the Chesapeake Conference. Their combined training and experience, in a variety of school settings, will prove to be a genuine benefit to our schools,” says Rick Remmers, conference president. “They both exhibit a genuine enthusiasm for the mission of Adventist education and the spiritual development of our students.”

Janesta Walker (pictured, left) is currently principal of Hinsdale Adventist Academy located in a western suburb of Chicago. Previously she was vice principal at the now-closed Mount Vernon Academy in Ohio. Walker is experienced teaching English and art, and in marketing and development. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in English and art from Southern Adventist University.                              

"I am delighted to be following God's call to the Chesapeake Conference,” says Walker. “My passion is to support our teachers and principals in their roles so that they can deliver the highest quality Adventist education to the students of our conference."

Michael Jakobsons (picture below with his wife Andrea Jakobsons, MDiv, youth pastor at Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md.) teaches education courses at Washington Adventist University. He was principal at Niles Adventist School in Michigan for nine years before coming to Maryland. He holds elementary certification as well as secondary certification in religion and social studies. He was an intramural director at Andrews University. Jakobsons has an M.A. in elementary education and a B. A. in history with a religion minor from Andrews University.

“As the newest member of the Education department of the Chesapeake Conference, I look forward to assisting the schools and ensuring that everyone involved is given the support they need to accomplish our task of making sure our students meet Jesus, are prepared for His service, and educated for Heaven,” says Jakobsons.

Walker and Jakobsons assume their new roles on July 1. Chesapeake Conference operates 12 schools including two high schools. Find a school near you here.

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