Bethany Academy

K - 12 Interdenominational Christian School
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Teacher Stories

Teacher Stories

Teacher Stories

Genelle Clark- English, Speech/Communications Teacher

 

What do you love about Bethany Academy?

I particularly enjoy the atmosphere of community we have here. We know our students and their families well.

Why do you like teaching at Bethany Academy? What motivated you to become a teacher at Bethany Academy?

There are many reasons I love teaching at BA. First and foremost, I love that I can teach literature realistically and critically, but through the lens of the Christian faith. I love that we strive for academic excellence but not at the cost of our Christian convictions. I have a fabulous boss and great colleagues, and it is a huge blessing that we can and do pray with and for one another.

How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at Bethany Academy?

Since my faith permeates who I am and what I do, it is not difficult to teach a Christian Worldview. For instance, where literary analysis of a novel or poem may normally end with the secular, I encourage students to look also for the sacred. We discuss universal, but biblical truths found in the things we read whether the author intended them or not. In addition, we encourage students to strive to be the best student possible in response to scriptural admonitions regarding working for the Lord. I often remind students how critical it is that Christians are well educated so we can better do work in and for God's kingdom.

What are some of the unique things you do in your course or class throughout the year?

One of the things we do that I think is really effective is using Socratic seminars as a means of learning as well as exhibiting understanding of a topic.

What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?

I have broad interests (dogs, books, quilting, hockey, NASCAR, music, theatre, cars, movies, etc.) and that helps me relate to students and build rapport with them. It also provides me with myriad examples to use in class to help students understand concepts.

The Bethany Academy tagline is, “A Christ-centered school where future leaders, lead now." How do you help accomplish this in your role at Bethany Academy?

As the senior class advisor, I encourage them to lead whether they are in a formal leadership position or not. I remind them of the power they wield as seniors in that younger students look to them as examples of how to behave.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I hope that my students gain a love of or at least an appreciation for reading. I hope that I have exhibited to them the peace that I have even when faced with uncertainty and adversity.

Andrew Hale, Bethany Academy

 

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Andrew Hale, Science and Art Teacher

 

What do you love about Bethany Academy?

I absolutely love the priority the school and its staff puts on the students' relationship with Jesus Christ. The academic standard is definitely held high, but that does not overshadow the focus on the heart of the student and where that heart is in relation to its Savior.

Why do you like teaching at Bethany Academy? What motivated you to become a teacher at Bethany Academy?

The staff and families at Bethany Academy are what keep me coming back each fall for another year of teaching at Bethany Academy. There is such support, unity and family atmosphere among the staff, which makes it a very uplifting and positive place to work. Bethany also has a staff-to-family relationship where each side supports the other.

How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at Bethany Academy?

I can't help but talk about the sovereignty of our Creator God. His hand is evident throughout all of creation and throughout my daily life. This is easy to weave into Life Science and Earth Science classes. And since we are created in His image, this creative trait has been passed on to us, which we can apply to the art classes.

What are some of the unique things you do in your course or class throughout the year?

In the elementary sciences, we will open the Lego motorized kits for exposure to engineering and design. Some classes use motorized machines, others build Lego robots and program them through the M books to accomplish various tasks like sumo wrestling. We also use these kits as a component to a Rube Goldberg project who was an inventor of machines, making simple tasks a complex process. The 5th and 6th grade classes go on occasional phenology hikes around the woods next to our campus. We observe, record, and conduct experiments as the seasons bring changes to our community. In the art classes, my love for ceramics brings the clay out a few times, making everything from whistles to what I call Peruvian trick pots.

What is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?

My love for the outdoors drives me to get the students outdoors as well. If this can't be done during class, I am always encouraging them to get out as much as they can. My love for ceramics and creating something both beautiful and useful from a simple lump of clay drives me to open the clay bins as much as I can and allow the students to get their hands dirty while creating and exploring.

The Bethany Academy tagline is, “A Christ-centered school where future leaders, lead now." How do you help accomplish this in your role at Bethany Academy?

One of my goals as a teacher is to instill in the students qualities that every leader needs to have. It may not be evident today who will be a leader tomorrow so I try to prepare the students with character, organization, discernment, courage to stand for what is right, and social character traits that will help them when the time comes for them to lead in whatever capacity God allows them to lead.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

If I had to choose, I would want my students to gain 3 things having known me: 1. God is indescribably awesome in the true meaning of the word as the Creator and Sustainer of all things.  2. This same God that created and sustains longs to have a personal relationship with each of us, and as it says in Psalm 8:4, "What is man that you are mindful of him?" 3. This drives me to strive for excellence in all that I put my mind or hand to. I don't deserve to be thought about by God, so I must try to live an excellent life striving to follow the example of his son, Jesus.

 

Chad Peters

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Chad Peters, History Teacher

One aspect that I cherish in teaching at Bethany Academy is being at the front lines of the battle for the hearts and minds of these students.  It goes beyond just academic exercises and allows us to cultivate deeper relationships with our students because of the unity and bond we have in Christ. 

Having taught here twelve years has allowed me to witness the character growth and see the impact these students are making in the community and beyond.