President’s Message – Summer 2024

President’s Message – Summer 2024

Dear NPA Family,

I am blessed to have been entrusted by the Board of Trustees as the next President of Nativity Prep Academy. I am assuming the helm of an organization whose current state of affairs is undeniably solid and whose impact resonates with everyone involved—students, parents, teachers, staff, donors, and the entire community.

As I begin my tenure as President, I’m reminded by three notable quotes that are fitting for the present times and our mutual journey ahead.

The first one is by British physicist and mathematician, Sir Isaac Newton who once said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” As I look forward to where the future lies and the infinite possibilities ahead, I do so humbly, knowing that I can see far because I am standing on the shoulders of giants. Giants like my predecessor, Jessica Hooper, and the Presidents before her. Giants like past and current teachers, staff, and volunteers who give selflessly every day. Giants like past and current Trustees, who have guided Nativity Prep with prudence and vision. And Giants like past and current donors, whose awe-inspiring generosity has provided Nativity Prep with the stability it richly deserves and has primed it for continued growth and life-transforming impact.

I am also reminded by a second set of prophetic words from a Greek proverb that so eloquently states, “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.” These words accurately describe my focus and vision for Nativity Prep. It is a longview vision to set up Nativity Prep and its community on a bold trajectory toward a future that is greater than our present imagination. I look forward to working diligently to make an everlasting contribution to Nativity Prep and to all its stakeholders and provide it with a bright future in whose shade I shall never sit.

Lastly, there are no more fitting words for this moment than Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” I look forward to our shared journey ahead, and I believe in God’s infinite Providence for Nativity Prep Academy.

I look forward with high anticipation for our collaboration and partnership to take Nativity Prep to its abundant future.


Dr. AJ Antun