Great teachers make great schools! The late Dr. Roy Lowrie, first President of ACSI and long-time Headmaster of Delaware County Christian school, said it best: “Teachers are the gold in the bank of Christian Schools.” But how do new teachers become great teachers? Simple. One day at a time, one decision at a time, one challenge at a time, one step at a time.
All Christian school teachers have a high calling which cannot be taken lightly. Here is the first key focus area that should matter to new teachers in the Christian school (although these points are relative to any teacher, regardless of tenure).
There are many Christian parents who have chosen to prioritize their family over their career. Most of them end up paying for this decision by having to live with a lower income than they could earn if their priorities were more worldly. Quite frankly, these are the families I would want in my Christian school.
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What type of board is yours? Is it a sugarless, decaffeinated, low cal board that is harmless and powerless, or is it a board of powerfully committed to bringing forth light to dispel darkness?
J. Barry Koops, PhD, and former Headmaster of Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Massachusetts, tells the story of his father, who at the age of 24, became the principal of the Christian elementary school in which he was teaching. Mr. Ramerman, his predecessor, had died of a heart attack, and the school board asked Bernie Koops—the only male teacher—to step in and head the school, though he had just 2 years’ teaching experience and no training in management.
A vision statement is a vivid idealized description of a desired outcome that inspires, energizes and helps you create a mental picture of your target. It could be a vision of a part of your life, or the outcome of a project or goal. Vision statements are often confused with mission statements, but they serve complementary purposes.