Upper School History Teacher
What classes and grade level(s) do you teach?
High School History & Shakespeare.
What do you love most about CLS?
I love the atmosphere of camaraderie at CLS. We are all working toward the same goal of preparing our students spiritually, socially and academically to impact their world for God. Although we have different ways of doing this, we celebrate our diversity while maintaining unity. Simply put–this is family.
Why do you like teaching at CLS?
Since being hired at CLS in 1997, I’ve enjoyed the freedom as a teacher to create the curriculum for my classes and always be looking for ways to be more relevant in the classroom. Our administration is very supportive of new ideas and advancement–not just change for change’s sake, but to make sure we are offering the BEST in Christian education.
How are faith and learning integrated at CLS?
Faith is the foundation of all we do here at CLS. If we have great academics but have no firm foundation, then we are a lousy school. Additionally, if we only focus on our Christianity and have mediocre academics, we fail as a school. Therefore, with weekly chapels, daily devotions, extended prayer times and scriptural and faith-based discussions being woven into the classes, I believe we do an excellent job of integrating faith and learning at CLS.
How do you make a spiritual impact on your students?
I am very intentional in my discussions with students about the life lessons we can learn through the courses I teach. God’s hand is clearly visible as we study US History together, Shakespeare uses biblical themes and concepts about human nature in his plays and I make sure to use those as points of discussion.
I hope my biggest impact, however, is in the way I conduct myself before my students. My greatest joy is when a student lets me know that they see/have seen Christ in me both inside and outside the classroom.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I am extremely organized so I attempt to use these organizational skills to assist students in the learning process.
Also, because I have a love for learning and reading, in particular, I am always looking for ways to improve the classroom experience. I am pleased with the diversity of learning activities in my classroom.
What sets CLS students apart from other students?
For the most part, CLS students are motivated learners who have parents that deeply care about the type of education their son/daughter receives. I consider myself a partner with the parents in this educational journey. Also, I enjoy the cohesiveness of the student body, especially within each grade. They seem to genuinely desire to celebrate each other and the various achievements that are accomplished whether in sports, fine arts, or other activities. There is also a positive spiritual peer pressure within the student body.