by Ryan Van Gilst
The 2017-18 school year will be the last for long time teacher Dr. Larry Eggink. Eggink has decided to retire after thirty years of service at PCHS. He had a hard time making this decision, but felt it was the right time.
Eggink has been in Christian education for 43 yearsafter he graduated from Dordt in 1975. He has been assistant principal for 25 year of his 30 years at PC. Eggink started as a Bible teacher at PC but also began teaching Geography and Government as other teachers retired. He was the boys fall soccer head coach for 12 years and went to State six years in a row, winning the Fall State Championship in 1995.
Eggink’s decision to retire came after the recurrence of his wife’s cancer. “My wife’s cancer returning a year and a half ago has made us aware of life’s brevity and our desire to spend more time with our kids and grandkids,” he said.
Eggink listed many things that have changed over his time at PC such as curriculum, technology, and chapel. “Going from the old building on Jefferson to our current building was a major improvement in so many ways. But through all of those changes, God’s blessing and His presence within all that we do here has never changed. His faithfulness endures through all generations,” he said.
He has enjoyed his time teaching and says he has been “blessed” in many ways during his career. “God placed his call upon me to be a teacher at a very young age, and He has been faithful to me throughout my life, in my family, in my church, and in my career as a teacher. I just pray that God will use what I have done for Him and His Kingdom in a way that will bear fruit in the lives of those He has put in my path,” he said.