A wise person once stated, “Love will find a way; indifference will find an excuse.” When I checked in on the Berean faculty this week, I observed each one of them finding creative ways to maximize student learning during this unique time of remote instruction. They are employing new technology, experimenting with novel instructional methods, and are creating flexible and adaptable assignments to engage their students. Indeed, the changes caused by the pandemic have been difficult, but the innovative response of our faculty has been exceptional! It is an honor to be a part of this community.
Inside this month’s issue of the Berean Bulletin, you will read about a few of our forward-thinking teachers who are implementing innovative teaching strategies and models of student engagement.
One example is Carol Johnson. She has been teaching math for 39 years and demonstrates a sincere passion for mentoring students. She uses every moment of her day - tutoring students through her lunch break and other “free time.” Her love for Christ is clearly evident in how she exceeds all expectations as a teacher and mentor. Year after year, her AP Calculus students pass the college board exams at a rate that is among the highest in the state. Carol does whatever it takes to prepare her students for their continued education and does so with humility, love, and kindness.
Student government students are also finding creative ways to help their peers build community and socialize remotely. Those two words - “socialize” and “remotely” - do not typically go hand-in-hand, but somehow, Kathy Smith, the teacher of that class, has found a way to inspire her students to push through difficult times and promote community and engagement as a leadership team. We are created by God to be relational, in community, and I love watching Kathy Smith as she inspires her students to find ways to do this.
We are also excited to promote non-contact, aerobic activities that are now approved by the California Department of Health. Our cross country, football, basketball, and cheerleading teams are on campus in the afternoons practicing! We continue to follow social distancing guidelines as students engage in these activities, and we have also set up a fitness class for students who are not in a sport but have a desire to exercise with fellow classmates.
I have no idea how school will look after the pandemic is over, but I know, without a doubt, that this season of change is refining us to persevere through uncertain times, becoming more imaginative, creative, and innovative thinkers and leaders. God is always working, and I am grateful to play my part in his amazing work at Berean Christian High School.