Introduction to Education Class Glean Wisdom from Some Special Guests
“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.