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Matt Perdue

Head of School

Matt Perdue comes to HCS with over fifteen years of experience in education. He has served as a Middle and High School teacher, coach, and counselor. Matt has been a school leader with experience as a principal and school director. Before starting at HCS, Matt served as School Director (Head of School) of Dakar Academy, a PK-12 ACSI Accredited Christian school with over three hundred students in Senegal, Africa.

Besides most recently completing ACSI’s Leadership U Program, Matt has an M.Ed. in School Counseling, a B.S. in Mass Communication/Media Studies, and holds teaching and instructional leadership certifications. Matt and his wife Sarah have four children attending HCS.

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Jennifer Garvey

MIddle/ High school principal 

Jennifer Garvey is a proud alumna of HCS. She holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.Ed. in School Psychology and Secondary Counseling from Bucknell University. In 2018, she earned a Principal K-12 certification from Shippensburg University. This is Jennifer’s fourth year at Harrisburg Christian, previously serving as the CSAGH Director of Student Services and School Counselor. Prior to coming home to HCS, Jennifer had over 28 years of experience in public education as a school psychologist.

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Jo Ellen Bechtel

ELEMENTARY principal 

Jo Ellen Bechtel holds a BS in Elementary Education from Grace College. She has been at HCS for over 20 years, during which time she has taught 4th and 5th grade and served as Assistant Elementary Principal. She also taught at Greenville Christian School for 4 years and Hilton Head Christian School for 1 year.