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.