Maranatha Admissions Department Helping Incoming Students Take the First Step as Minutemen

Published : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 | 8:40 PM

Come meet the impactful duo who help kickoff the four-year journey for incoming students as they benefit from a Christ-centered and college preparatory education.

Each week we have been introducing one of our hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff departments. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talented people God has brought to our school, and to give readers a little insight into each department, its members, and the calling the Lord has placed on their lives. We hope these features give you an even greater appreciation for our staff and the ways they enrich our students’ lives and help make Maranatha High School a Christ-centered and welcoming community.

The Admissions Department

Matt Hsieh (Director of Admissions)
The Admissions office seeks to enroll quality students who are aligned with the mission of Maranatha. However, Director of Admissions Matt Hsieh has his sights set higher. He wants Maranatha to be the school of choice for those students that desire a Christ-centered, evangelical college preparatory school experience, and he hopes to enroll as many of those students as Maranatha’s campus can accommodate. “I enjoy getting to know our prospective families and sharing with them what makes Maranatha such a great school,” says Matt, who started working at Maranatha in the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. “I love working with all of our wonderful faculty and staff. I can see the Lord working in them and through them.”

Quirky Fact: “When I see someone heading my way, I like to hide and then jump out to scare them.”

Rachel Ponton ’09 (Admissions Coordinator)
Maranatha alum, Rachel Ponton (Class of 2009), has been working at MHS for a year and a half now. “I admit it feels longer because my family has been affiliated with Maranatha in one form or another for more than 15 years now. I am truly thankful for all I have learned and experienced in this community. The friendships I have made, the mentors that supported me in my four years here as a student, and the development that occurred in my walk with Jesus Christ. Through all these things, I feel very fortunate and blessed to be able to give back to this community,” says Rachel, who loves the interactions she has with incoming families. “It gives me great joy to assist them in any capacity, big or small, and to share with them the passion I have for this school. I also love how much I have been able to get to know our teachers and other departments on campus, through the events we host and other occasions. Everyone here has such a heart for this place, which truly shines through in all that they do.”

Quirky Fact:“I have an Instagram account for my Fiddle Leaf Fig plant @figgeythefiddleleaf. Give it a follow. You won’t regret it.”

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