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Back to School: A Teacher's Perspective

What are the things you look forward to most heading into the new school year?

When heading into a new school year, I most look forward to getting to know my students and gaining a deeper understanding of the many things God has planned for our time together. I find so much joy in seeing God guide us as we learn and grow together in the first days, realizing that this is just the beginning of an amazing journey ahead.

- Mrs. Catherine Lothrop, 1st Grade

The challenge of teaching basic art skills and building on them from year to year is very exciting for me. I truly appreciate the overlapping class groups because it allows me to reinforce previously learned concepts and skills while digging deeper in the new year.

- Mrs. Robin Hartley, 3rd -12th Art

Meeting my new students and getting to know a new class is exciting! Each class has its own unique personality.

- Mr. Benjamin Weber, Dialectic & Rhetoric School Teacher

At the start of a new school year, I look forward most to seeing how my students have grown and matured over the summer. As a classical teacher, I have the unique privilege of teaching students for multiple years, and it is a joy to see the work of God in their lives as time passes. - Mr. Karl Mason, Dialectic & Rhetoric School Teacher

In this new school year, what are some things you are hoping to accomplish - personally, professionally, or spiritually?

I am hoping to develop healthy spiritual rhythms in my classroom that help us to keep God's truths in our minds. I also want to continue to improve on helping students to get excited about and love things that are good, true, and beautiful.

- Mr. Benjamin Weber, Dialectic & Rhetoric School Teacher

Spiritually, my goal is to instill a love in my students for God's word and for a humble, teachable approach to all of life. Professionally, I want to grow in thorough preparation, meaningful assessment, and communication with students. Personally, I want to grow in grace, learning to bear the fruit of the Spirit, and flee from the works of the flesh, mortifying my sin and modeling repentance, faith, hope, and love.

- Mr. Karl Mason, Dialectic & Rhetoric School Teacher

I am hoping to further refine my teaching style, enhance my understanding of different learning styles, increase my mastery of the subject material I teach, grow in my knowledge of the Scriptures, grow closer in my Christian walk to the Lord Jesus, and grow in love for my family, friends, co-workers, and students. I firmly believe that the Lord has called me to be a teacher, and my goal for this year is to improve in each of these areas gradually and consistently so that I can be a teacher who honors God by serving my students.

- Mr. Zachary Maxcey, Dialectic & Rhetoric School Teacher

What do you love most about teaching?

I love the moments when students understand material that has been challenging to them... the moment things "click."

- Mrs. Krista Albee, 6th Grade Homeroom Teacher

I love that teaching allows me to make a direct impact for good on the lives of my students. Most teachers love to help those who need help and want to be helped, to help a student solve problems and overcome obstacles to success. I love interacting with my students, hearing about what's going on in their lives, and sharing news of my life with them.

- Mr. Karl Mason, Dialectic & Rhetoric School Teacher

I love seeing the children of all ages enjoy their free time, explore the outdoors, and build their intricate fort "communities."

- Mrs. Rebecca Gross, Recess Supervisor

I love being able to work in a school where I can teach my students about God openly and freely. I love seeing my students grow spiritually, socially, and academically; and there is nothing that brings me more joy than to see my students learning and worshiping Jesus!

- Mrs. Catherine Lothrop, 1st Grade Teacher

"The dawn of new knowledge, the triumph of a new skill, the glow of wisdom taking hold of a heart - these are the greatest joys of teaching"

- Mrs. Tammie Moreno, 3rd & 4th Grades

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