Nicole Agel, Class of 2000, was excited to be back at TCS as a parent this year for her daughter Nya’s senior year! She is grateful that her daughter was able to experience the TCS community as she once did. Let’s hear from Nicole what some of her favorite parts of her experience were.

What do you love most about TCS?

Timothy Christian is like a family. The teachers genuinely care for their students which to me is very rare, especially in the public school system.

What is one word that best describes the school? Why?

Gracious – this goes back to Timothy being like a family. You are welcomed with open arms and brought into the embrace of the Timothy Christian family.

Describe one of your favorite memories of TCS.

The Dominican Republic trip of course! That trip was such a life-changing experience for me. I have been out of high school for 24 years and still talk to people about my experience. I am hoping to get back there someday soon.

From your own experience, why do you believe it was important for you to attend TCS?

As a teenager you don’t truly appreciate how blessed you are to be there, but I was lucky enough to experience Timothy Christian as a parent. I was able to truly appreciate what Timothy has to offer and have really enjoyed being back in the school. Coming from a public-school environment back to Timothy, it was like a breath of fresh air.

How are faith and learning integrated at TCS?

Christ is front and center in every facet of this school – from praying before activities, to Bible classes, to learning about social issues from a Christ-centered focus.

In what ways did TCS prepare you for college and beyond?

TCS prepared me academically for the rigors of college and how to defend my faith.

What would you tell a friend to encourage them to send their child to TCS?

Do it! Take the leap of faith and send your kids because you won’t regret it. In the times we are living in, it would be a disservice to our children to not at least try to place them in a school with faith, integrity, family, and love like Timothy Christian School.

Where are you today?

I have a beautiful daughter Nya who just graduated from Timothy this year. I am also a Customer Care Manager at Republic Services, which is a hauling and recycling company.

My senior superlative in high school was most outgoing and it has stuck with me to this day. My ability to talk to anyone and everyone has allowed me to excel in my management role with a huge focus on the customer experience.

What has been the most challenging part of your career?

The hardest part of my career is dealing with the world, taking on people’s problems and learning to have empathy in all types of situations.

What do you like best about your career? Please list any accomplishments/what you are most proud of in your career.

I have done well in my career, but my biggest accomplishment has been raising my daughter Nya. Being a mom has truly been a blessing. I was a young mom, so as Nya grew up, so did I. She changed me in the best possible ways, and I am so thankful to God for allowing me the opportunity to be Nya’s mom.