"As my students grow, I want them to feel confident about their God-given abilities and be able to identify something they are good at - whether that is a regular sport or perhaps something a little outside the box."
Teaches: Lower School Physical Education, Upper School Cross Country & Soccer Coach
Degree: B.S. Biology & Health, Winthrop University; Master's Certification in Physical Education
Ian McKeown has been teaching at WCCS since the 2018-2019 school year. He is married to Anne, our Upper School Spanish Teacher! One of the ways Mr. McKeown developed an interest in teaching at WCCS was by attending student games and events with Anne and getting to know our faculty and students. One of his favorite things about his job is the fact that he gets to know students from both the upper and lower school, teaching for our younger kids and coaching and attending events with Anne at the upper school. In their free time, Ian and Anne love to play soccer, workout, and play with their dog. They currently attend Ebenezer ARP and are both youth leaders in the middle and high school youth group.
What do you love most about WCCS?
I love the culture at WCCS. From the faculty and staff to the students, I believe anyone can tell that this school loves one another and works to better themselves and each other at the same time. It feels like one big happy family that works together. It's obvious to me that our students love their school, from the preschoolers all the way to the seniors. They know that WCCS and its teachers and staff love them, so they love it right back! This isn't just a school to most of them, it's a home away from home. As a teacher, I love how we get to make an impact on these students that can last a lifetime by teaching them that they are image bearer's of God - well-educated, caring, and committed to sharing His love with those around them.
How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?
All subjects and theories are God-breathed, and the teachers at WCCS fully understand that. We try to integrate faith and learning in a way that includes scripture learning, practical applications, and character building while also giving students a foundation in math, science, history, english - or whatever the subject may be. As a P.E teacher, I love how I can teach students character development and relate those traits to how God wants us to act in our every day lives.
As a teacher, what is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
There aren't many sports or interesting experiences I haven't tried. Some of the students have even created a game out of guessing which sport I haven't tried at least once! Bull riding, kubb (a Dutch stick throwing game), ballroom dancing, and swamp football are just some of the more interesting ones I could name. I try to bring all of those experiences to my students in a safe and fun way. The more things a student can try or learn in my class, the more I believe they can experience and grow themselves outside my class. Not every student has the same physical interests or abilities, and that's okay. As my students grow, I want them to feel confident about their God-given abilities and be able to identify something they are good at - whether that is a regular sport or perhaps something a little outside the box.
Share a moment from your time here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.
This year we have gotten the chance to start an early morning F.I.T club at the lower campus. F.I.T stands for Faith in Training. The first morning we had it, I had over 25 kids show up ready to workout and learn! I will never forget the first time we had the club and the look on their faces. They had a gleam in their eye that not many kids have at 7 a.m, and they were all excited. Having an extra chance to teach, bond, and workout with the students has been an added blessing for me.