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The Jewkes Family


Meet the Jewkes family and hear about their personal journey, and what Bookcliff means to them.

Hello, my name is Sarah, and I’d like to tell you about my beautiful family.  My husband, Keenan, is a navy veteran and a brainy mechanical engineer at CoorsTek.  Keenan works hard and is a wonderful leader and provider for our family.  Our eight year old son, Joshua, is a lively young man with a brilliant mind full of history and fun facts.  He loves sports, reading and dressing up like historical figures from the past.  Jerilynn, our six year old daughter, is a free spirited and encouraging little lady who loves art.  She is creative and helpful and she loves quality time with her loved ones.  I am a medical assistant for Primary Care Partners in pursuit of my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends and take much pride in caring for and helping support my family.  Sounds picture perfect, right?  Well, since we are a bunch of families intertwined through our children and school doing life together, I feel it’s only fair to have a little vulnerability and let you all know that where we are today and where we started are two very different places.  

Growing up, Keenan and I didn’t have the blessing of knowing Jesus as our Lord.  There was no (known) Savior in the midst of our dysfunction. As a result, I believe we learned to rely on people, experiences and substances to enjoy life.  I jokingly tell people that we used to live like heathens. We started going to church in our mid-twenties when we moved to a small “Bible belt” town in eastern Tennessee. After being there a while we figured church would be the only way for us to meet people and make friends.  Little did we know, this small act for the wrong reasons, would have a long lasting impact on our unknowingly chaotic lifestyle. I’d love to tell you that after going to church we had a quick and miraculous transformation – but that’s not the truth.  God did however begin to convict us in individual ways and began to slowly prune away our unhealthy habits.

Over the past eight years, God has changed us in many ways – some of the changes came easy and in some cases He has had to break us like wild horses.  God has healed our past traumas, he has helped us defeat lust, addictions, fears, and many other shortcomings and strongholds.  He has taught us about grace and forgiveness.  He has restored broken relationships and repaired our marriage.  But best of all, he has cultivated a heathy environment for our children to grow, learn about Him and serve others.

I’ve said all that, to say this; Bookcliff Christian School has been a safe haven and a place of refuge for our children.  We love this school – we love the teachers, the staff and the families!  Not only are Joshua and Jerilynn receiving a quality education but they are learning about Jesus and how to be a light in this dark world. It is so reassuring to know that their faith is being supplemented at school.  It gives us peace to know that the teachers love them, care about them and correct them tenderly instead of breaking their spirits.  We continue to choose BCS year after year because we think of this opportunity as a gift to our children.  By the grace of God they are experiencing a childhood and upbringing with Him at the center of all things – something that we didn’t have.  

God is always correcting and convicting us in areas of change and growth that are necessary to carry out His will.  Recently God has been telling me to give more of myself to BCS.  After some debate, I am glad to confess this publically because now I have all of you reading this for accountability.  We look forward to forming new friendships and meeting many new families this year.  We extend a challenge to each of you to take a self-inventory and see what role God is calling you into at BCS.  As parents, we all have a role, the hard part is figuring out what it is and carrying it out. 

One last note before I end; from the outside many of us appear to “have it all together” but in reality we all have our hardships and struggles.  My hope is that we will not put up walls of prejudice but instead put ourselves out there and form new and lasting connections with the people around us. If our kids are doing life together, why should it be any different for us?  We are excited for a new school year and look forward to hearing the stories of other families.  If you would like to know more about our story – how we found God, why we love BCS – the coffee’s always on at the Jewkes household.

Thank you to the Jewkes for sharing their story!   A special thank you to Sarah for her commitment to contribute and connect with Bookcliff families.  She hit the ground running, by organizing our Back 2 School Ice-cream Social!


I can’t begin to thank my daughters teachers and staff at Bookcliff enough for all of the care and encouragement they have giving her this year. As a parent with a child who had not been in daycare or in anyone’s care other than her grandmothers it was terrifying for me to leave her at first. She has grown so much over the last year and I am so thankful my husband and I made the decision to take her to Bookcliff.

24 April 2018

Yes, we would recommend BCS to others! Children receive the utmost attention and care, and parents are valued members of the education team.

22 March 2018

Yes we would reccomend BCS to others! #1 security #2 faith based learning #3 small class size

22 March 2018

We are extremely happy with the learning & teaching, friendly staff, and the lessons are daughter is learning.

22 March 2018

The whole staff has made us feel so welcomed and we love that is such a Christ centered facility. We looked for a long time for a place that will nurture our child in not only emotional but spiritually.

22 March 2018

This is our second year at BCS and my daughter loves every single teacher here! I have been amazed at all the skills and knowledge she has picked up at BCS. We have tried other preschools in the valley and no one compares. BCS offers so much more than we found anywhere else. It is always clean, the teachers are always genuinely happy and pleasant, and they cultivate a happy positive atmosphere that my daughter is thriving in.

10 January 2018

The teachers and staff at BCPS have been so incredible, I couldn’t be happier with the school. Thanks for another great year and we are looking forward to next year!

Current Parent
22 November 2016

The Pre-K class is great!

Current Parent
19 November 2016

BCS is a terrific school and preschool, I will always recommend BCS to everyone!

Current Parent
16 November 2016

Family atmosphere, positive teachers, positive office staff. I like that the doors are locked and I feel my child is in a safe environment.

Current Parent
11 November 2016

The BCS curriculum, communications home, and the family atmosphere are amazing to see!

Current Parent
8 November 2016

I love how Christ Centered the education has been. My kiddo is excited about learning about the Lord.

Current Parent
3 November 2016

I like the friendly staff, great education and variety of education (ie arts, music and play.)

Current Parent
31 October 2016

BCS has a family atmosphere, energetic & reliable staff, knowledgeable, loving, safe and easy to communicate with.

Current Parent
28 October 2016

I love pretty much everything about BCS: love the staff, curriculum and price.

Current Parent
25 October 2016

I love that the Bible is included in the classroom. I love the teachers and how much they care about my kiddo. I like the hours that are provided, for school/daycare.

Current Parent
19 October 2016

We appreciate the smaller, more intimate environment; the extremely friendly and loving staff; and great teachers. BCS is very organized, safe and overall fantastic set-up.

Current Parent
14 October 2016

BCS is a great Christ-centered learning environment; very encouraging and a safe place my son can grow mentally and spiritually.

Current Parent
10 October 2016

We love the teachers and staff. It feels like a family. My kids love coming to school and I like that the school is locked.

Current Parent
5 October 2016

BCS has loving teachers, consistent teaching of kindness, manners and obedience.

Current Parent
27 September 2016

We appreciate the Christ-centered, family-like environment, safe and caring classrooms.

Current Parent
24 September 2016

We love the science fair, G.A.T.E., music program, structure, faith- based teaching, & high expectations for children.

Current Parent
22 September 2016

Both our children attended. I never worried about their safety. Their staff are quality people.

Current Parent
19 September 2016

I like how attentive everyone is and how personable. I like the security measures taken to keep kids safe.

Current Parent
12 September 2016

We are overwhelmed at the change in our son due to all of you! We love you all and appreciate your love, kindness, understanding, and support! We do not see a better place for a child to be than BCS!

the Hardricks
7 September 2016

Going to BCS gave me a very firm standing in my Christian faith. The teachers there were able to show me Christ in ways that have remained with me through my adolescence and that I plan to carry on into adulthood as well. Spending time with strong Christians at such a formidable age helped me become the person I am today.

16 October 2016

I am so thankful my parents were able to send me to a Christian school with such loving and caring staff and teachers. It was a different transition from public to private school. I can’t say I didn’t make mistakes, but through God’s grace I made it through high school still wanting to go to church and not straying away from God’s plans for me. Which makes BCS’s motto verse, Proverbs 22:6, perfect: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will NOT depart from it.” Thank you teachers, staff, and friends of BCS!

18 October 2016

During my time at BCS, I was able to form close, lifelong relationships with many people. BCS instilled in me positive values that have served me well in my jobs, high school, and college career. Most importantly, however, BCS gave me a solid foundation in Christian values and knowledge that has blossomed into a passionate relationship with Jesus—and I will always be thankful for that

21 November 2016