In January 2012, we issued our first student visa to Nicholas Shao from China, who made school history by becoming the first international student to graduate from First Presbyterian Day School with the Class of 2013. Since then, FPD continues to seek ways to broaden the international experience while teaching from a Christian world view.
International Program Staff
International Program Director
Christen McCommon joined FPD in 2016 as Enrollment Assistant. She and her husband, both graduates of FPD, later served as host parents at the Jones Family International Residence and she was named International Program Director in 2017. Christen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She previously served as the Program and Events Manager at the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research in Atlanta, Georgia.
Host Family Coordinator
Tracey Elliott has been helping with FPD’s International Program since the program began. She helps coordinate host families with students and provides support throughout the student’s stay.
Christina Bowker has served as the ELL teacher at FPD since 2016. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education. While teaching English in China for a summer, Christina’s love for international students grew. She decided to specialize in teaching English to speakers of other languages and received a Master of Arts in TESOL from Cornerstone University.
Sarah Yuan works in Beijing, China. She has 4 years working experience as an admissions officer in Asia. Sarah understands receiving a great education can make a huge difference in a child’s future. Her passion is to help students reach their potential. Sarah finds her work rewarding when she hears about the development of international students at FPD. She is excited to see students succeed!
High School International Residential Program
We are currently serving a group of 15 international students from China, Japan and Vietnam. Our students are hosted by families connected to our school or live in our Jones Family International Residence adjacent to campus. We believe a home environment allows our international students to have an authentic American experience.
The International Residence is hosted by a loving faculty couple, John and Mary Evelyn Howard.
John is a native of Georgia and Mary Evelyn of Mississippi. They have been married for 35 years and have three adult children. John holds a bachelor’s degree in History & Religion from Samford University, a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary, and a masters in History from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Mary Evelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. They have been blessed with 35 years of ministry together including student ministry, missions, both national and international, pastoral, and Christian education.
Our international students will be taught by a faculty who consists of not only highly-trained, motivated educators, but also those gifted in the areas of compassion and love.
For more information, please contact Christen McCommon, International Program Director.