“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” –II Timothy 2:1-2
It’s hard to imagine how things used to be. How many of us pause to consider how things have changed? Recently, in Introduction to Education*, students were able to hear from two retired educational professionals who gave a glimpse into how education has changed. We heard how both guests transitioned as integration came to the schools, prayer and Bible were taken out of the schools, and how they lived as followers of Christ in public school settings.
Barbara Beam, a retired teacher and principal, shared her journey as an educator. She taught music and 6th grade, and she spent 18 years as an elementary school principal at Richmond Drive Elementary and Lesslie Elementary Schools. Beam helped the Intro to Education students understand the importance of knowing students and families. As a principal, she always had a goal to know her students and their parents by name. She explained that establishing trust and communication with families was vital to a student’s success. Mrs. Beam says, “I loved my years of working with students, parents, teachers and other administrators. I believe that you should love what you do and believe that you can make a difference. I believe that it is important to set a good example for those with whom you come in contact with daily. You should treat others as you would like to be treated. Staying true to your Christian values is very important.”
"I believe that you should love what you do and believe that you can make a difference."
Mrs. Kristen Davis-Rhyne, a retired teacher and administrator, also gave insight into her educational experience. Mrs. Davis-Rhyne taught 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th grades. She also served as an administrator at Westminster Christian School for six years. She explained that from an early age, she was expected to perform well in school. As she served in her school and community, she discovered she had a gift for teaching. She pursued that gift and became an educator. She explains, “Teachers invest themselves in the lives of their students and, in so doing, guide and influence them today and forever. They may never know the full impact of their daily efforts. Teachers make an eternal difference as they meet their students where they are, reach in to touch the spirit of each one, and inspire them to become all God created and gifted them to be. Teaching is a tremendous responsibility.”
"Teachers make an eternal difference..."
“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. “ –Luke 6:40
Students in Introduction to Education learned a great deal from these ladies.
“Something that stuck out to me as a common denominator between both ladies was their advice to love the students we teach and to have a lot of patience. It takes a special person to teach- not just anyone.” – Madilee Boyd, Junior
“I learned that it is important to know our students and their families by name, and I learned that volunteering is a great way to discover your gifts.” – Josh Caney, Senior
I must mention that the students in Intro to Education share a special connection with the guests. Mrs. Beam is Josh’s grandmother, and Mrs. Davis-Rhyne is Madilee’s grandmother. It appears a new generation is following the footsteps of those who have gone before them.
*Introduction to Education is a year-long elective offered to students who are considering teaching as a profession. The course provides students with insight into a philosophy of education from a biblical worldview. Students explore a variety of topics including child development, learning styles, assessment, observation and analysis, lesson planning, communication, and more. Students are also able to complete a field experience during the spring semester, spending four days a week in a classroom setting- observing, assisting the lead teacher, and teaching the class.
Special thanks to both of our guests for sharing their time and experiences with us! How has education changed since you were young? Post a comment below.
At WCCS, we believe that God has uniquely called every one of us to serve – and has given each of us different passions for areas of service. Our students are given the opportunity to serve in a variety of areas from our youngest at the lower school to our graduating seniors at the upper school so that each one can begin to determine how God is specifically calling him or her. We want each student to discover gifts and talents that will allow them to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ.
One of the ways that we strive to help each student identify his or her individual calling is through the experience of job shadowing. Shadowing can help students explore career paths that they might be curious about and help them determine whether or not God is calling them towards a particular field of study as they embark on life after WCCS. This past week, our seniors were given the opportunity to shadow a range of individuals in the workplace in various ministries and professions in and around Rock Hill. Some were even current WCCS parents and alumni! Some of the careers our seniors are exploring include nursing, law enforcement, physical therapy, engineering, graphic design, mission work, education, construction management, computer science and fashion merchandising, just to name a few! Many of them came away from the experience with a more clear picture of the direction God has on their life.
Here is what a few of them had to say about the experience:
“I job shadowed at JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Service, a ministry in Waxhaw, NC that makes Bible translation and language development possible). It increased my desire to be a missionary. Many people in this world do not have a Bible in their heart language or native tongue. JAARS tries to make that happen. An interesting experience I had while job shadowing was that I got to ride in a missionary plane. I got to sit in the co-pilot’s seat and wear a head set. The pilot told me not to push any buttons or mess with the steering wheel. It was the best experience! I hope I can bless this world as a missionary, leading people to Jesus and helping them [discover] their own call in life.” – Anna Hutcheson
“I shadowed Product Launch Advisors, LLC with [WCCS parent] Richard Gregory. I feel like God wants me to do mechanical engineering to create or improve technology that can help better people’s lives. One “take away” from this opportunity that I never want to forget is that engineering isn’t just about being smart, but rather working hard. I hope this experience drives me to improve on myself and my work, constantly getting better and better and leading people to Jesus.” – Connor Oedewaldt
“I job shadowed at Westminster Towers with Heather Brady. I believe God is calling me to be a nurse, specifically towards pediatrics. I have always loved kids and loved helping people. I would hope to bless the world in my profession by showing the love of Christ to all my patients and spreading the Gospel. While job shadowing, I saw firsthand the patience and love nurses have in their hearts for their patients. The nurse I shadowed was in charge of giving all of her patients their medicine for the day. She knew her patients very well and knew exactly what to say to convince them to take their medicine. I thought it was awesome that she adapted to each person and will definitely remember that in the future. One thing I will take away from this experience is to always have patience and show them God’s love. I hope my Christian worldview will impact my career in the way that I treat people and that they will see Christ in me every day.” – Kara Hill
“I job shadowed at Imaginovation (a web development and design company) and would like to work in cybersecurity, working on better ways to keep people safe. [Through this experience] I learned that a lot of people in the computer science field are absolute nerds and they are very fun to work with. It made me want to serve in that field! [I also learned] that Spanish is a valuable tool to have when looking for a job. I hope my Christian worldview will lead me to a job where I can work in something I love and be a blessing and example to my coworkers.” – Gerald Wheaton
As we have students actively seeking God’s call on their lives, will you join us in prayer not only for our seniors, but for each WCCS student – that they will begin recognizing at an early age that God has a unique purpose for each and every one of them…not just in the college, careers, or spouse that they might choose, but in their day to day activities. We pray that they will spend time in His Word, learn to recognize his voice above the world’s, and look around them to discover how He is specifically calling them to reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ.
Scott Morgan was father to three WCCS alumni. For many years, he was a loyal supporter of WCCS, having served as a member of the Board, a proud cheerleading dad, and even a substitute teacher. Read here about his family’s “journey of faith” during his battle with cancer through the words of his wife, Ann Morgan.
The week of April 7, 2014 began as most other weeks with the exception that Scott, my husband, was beginning his second round of antibiotics and steroids for his “allergies” (or so we thought). Scott went to work Monday morning, but as the morning wore on, he went to his parents’ home just blocks from his office to rest. Scott’s brother, Dr. Todd Morgan, saw Scott late in the afternoon, ran some blood work, and immediately had Scott admitted to the hospital due to his blood counts. After 3 units of blood and 1 of platelets and an overnight stay, Scott was transferred to Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. After multiple tests, the doctors diagnosed Scott with Burkitt Lymphoma Leukemia.
As a family, we developed a plan of action and worked the plan! Scott began his first chemotherapy treatment on April 11, thus beginning our “journey of faith.” Sometimes, the plan we develop does not go the way we expect, but God goes before us, walks beside us, and hems us in with his love and care. After seven months of chemotherapy, hospitalizations, spinal taps, two brain surgeries, bone marrow tests, and several trips to the emergency room, Scott was healed…not the way we expected but rather with a new, eternal body free of pain or hurt. On October 25, 2014, we celebrated Scott’s “homecoming.”
"Sometimes, the plan we develop does not go the way we expect, but God goes before us..."
Through this journey, we learned as a family that the Lord is faithful no matter our circumstances. We held on to the phrase “Eternal Glory > Cancer.” As Believers, we are promised a future glory of which Paul writes in Romans 8. And as weak and fallible jars of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7-17), we hold the true and powerful message of Salvation inside of us. And although we are faced with great suffering, Paul writes in 2 Corinthians about the power of what we hold inside of us in the face of persecution, sickness, etc. God’s gracious promise of eternal glory outweighs all the troubles of this world and “causes thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
"The Lord is faithful, no matter our circumstances."
Scott’s greatest passion was living out his faith as a family man totally dedicated to his wife, three children, parents, and extended family. He thrived on helping others – sometimes with a kind word of correction or instruction, guidance on a career, and even advice on dating and selecting your future spouse. Scott had a heart for young people in pursuit of their calling in life. It was not unusual for him to email one of the children’s friends advising them on the upcoming semester’s course load – encouraging them to take the harder path that would in the long-run better prepare them for their goals.
In honor of Scott’s memory, our family has decided to preserve his legacy of loving others and helping them discover God’s calling on their life through the J. Scott Morgan Scholarship Fund at WCCS. Our prayer is to see WCCS graduates prayerfully discerning the Lord’s call of how to serve others after they leave WCCS.
The Morgan Family and WCCS are excited to share that the first scholarship will be awarded in January 2018. The J. Scott Morgan Scholarship will be awarded annually to one WCCS alumnus/a enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a collegiate institution.