Why do I love teaching at TCA?

By, Kim Graef, High School English 

Why do I love teaching at TCA? The answers are actually contained in the question itself. 

Love: The love that I feel in this community is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Being a first-year TCA teacher, the faculty and staff have offered help, support, and kindness in so many ways. In particular, Miss Chen and Miss Contino regularly check in with me and offer advice whenever I am in need. The faculty devotionals are a particular favorite of mine. Having the opportunity to begin my day with scripture and prayer with my fellow teachers is wonderful. The students, too, have shown me love in so many ways. I look forward to the smiles in the hallways, the visits before and after school, and the occasional texts and FaceTime chats on the weekends. TCA is love in action.
Teaching: I have been a teacher for over 20 years. I’ve taught pre-school through college, but I have a special place in my heart for high school. It’s such an exciting time in the lives of young people. I enjoy the literature-based curriculum at TCA and the discussions I can have with my students as we read great books together. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We do that here one student at a time.
TCA: This school is passionate in its pursuit of educating each student, not just providing them with the requisite academic knowledge, but laying a strong biblical foundation as well. I am continually amazed at the depth of the love so many of my students have for Jesus Christ. I like to sit behind them in chapel and watch them as a group as they sing along with the praise band. They are not self-conscious as they praise their Creator. To them, worship is a part of their lives at TCA.
Many years ago I had a friend advise me that if I was going to spend almost two-thirds of my life working, I had better find something I enjoyed doing. I have certainly found my bliss here at TCA. I am blessed and honored that I have a “home away from home” in Room 212.