“Christian education, and Santiam Christian in specific, offers education built on truth.” This from Mr. Belloni (pronounced “bell-on-knee”), our elementary principal. “Society is riddled with lies, so an education founded on the truth of Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life, is priceless.” After a career in education that spans over 35 years, it is this principle that brings Mr. Belloni to us here at Santiam Christian.
While most of his years in education were spent either in the classroom or as an administrator of professional development in Anchorage, Alaska, the last few years, prior to coming to SC, were with Logos International School in Cambodia. This ministry of Asian Hope provided some valuable insight into Christian education. As our elementary principal, he is excited and honored to be an integral part of the academic excellence and spiritual growth that is fostered by Christian schools.
Mr. Belloni’s passion for empowering teachers to make a difference in the lives of kids shows through the way he works diligently behind the scenes. The concept of giving people what they need to perform their jobs well has been developed through his years as a teacher and administrator, but also through the 20 years that he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. Fishing and education might not seem like the most natural of combinations, but it has served him well and provided many experiences that have had profound impact on him personally and professionally.
Honestly, being the principal of Santiam Christian Elementary keeps Mike busy most waking hours of his days, but when he does have moments away, he and his lovely wife, Kirsten, enjoy hiking and outdoor activities. When they are able to get away to visit their two children and four grandchildren, whether in Alaska, Washington (where their girls and their families live) or Oregon, you can often find them on a hiking trail together.