What do you teach at Timothy Christian School?
7th/8th Grade English
How long have you been teaching at TCS?
What do you love most about TCS?
I love the community here – as a teacher, there is an incredible peace of mind that comes with being able to teach the Gospel and literature from a Biblically-minded viewpoint. I also love the fact that the people here are so easy to talk to, both administration and staff, and that there is a friendly and loving atmosphere that makes the campus feel like home.
Why did you choose to teach at TCS?
I chose to teach at TCS because I wanted to be able to teach literature that contained positive themes with messages that were fitting to the Christian walk. I also wanted to be able to instruct in a way that glorifies God overtly, and can show the parallels between the literature we are reading, and the ideas and themes presented in the Biblical narrative.
What is one word that best describes the school? Why?
COMFORTING. I know that I can stand in front of a classroom and profess the truth of Jesus Christ without fear, and pray without breaking rules. I know that all of the literature I will be using is safe and glorifies God, instead of glorifying evil, which was my greatest fear about teaching in a public school. And I know that there are people here who are willing and able to help whenever a student or a teacher makes a mistake. God is present in this campus, and He is visible to all who enter.
How are faith and learning integrated at TCS?
In the English classroom, faith and learning are completely and totally intertwined. When one discusses themes and essential questions about a text, everything you talk about is completely linked to worldview. In a Christian classroom, our worldview aligns with scripture, and therefore our discussions and analyses must always be influenced and inspired by our walk with Christ.
In what ways are you preparing students for life beyond TCS?
The spiritual foundation that is set at Timothy is the backbone for everything these students seek to accomplish, academically and otherwise. The education we provide is also vital, but the most important thing that the students here learn is how to grow, practice, and deepen their faith. Every step of the way, the students here are being reminded of the truths of Christ, and encouraged to grow and improve in character and in their understanding of scripture. Because of this, TCS allows for a radical personal growth in one’s faith not offered by secular schools.What would you tell families to encourage them to send their children at TCS?As an English teacher, I have seen the required literature many schools are giving out to students, and more and more often there are novels that glorify evil becoming part of the standardized curriculum. All literature chosen here is picked by Christians and approved by administrators, allowing this to be a safe environment for students. A parent does not have to worry that their child is being exposed to things that are unsafe for their age, because each and every novel has been hand-picked by a God-fearing heart.