Teachers may only think of themselves as purveyors of knowledge, disseminators of truth, champions for learning! All very good things. But, how does a teacher’s role fit into the overall scheme of the school mission, vision, and appeal in the community? Teachers are the front line of every Christian school. Without them the school is bankrupt in instruction. Without quality teachers, who view their role more broadly than the classroom, the Christian school will probably make an inconsequential impact on the greater community.
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).