TCA Stories

Ashley MacNeel

“I'm regularly inspired by the examples of faith, perseverance, humility, tenacity, and diligence that I see every day. This is not an ordinary place.”

What do you love about TCA?

I love working for leadership that puts Christ first and endeavors to make all their decisions line up with His Word. I love the teachers I work with. They love God and that love overflows to their peers and their students in the most heartwarming ways. They are family. We are always prayed for, encouraged, and loved here.

How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at TCA? (Please provide some examples)

In Language Arts there are so many opportunities to look at literature through a Biblical worldview. I like to have as much discussion time with my students as possible which allows us to dig into characters’ motivations and compare/contrast them to Biblical standards. Teaching the Diary of Anne Frank provides so many opportunities to discuss standing up for what is right even when you may be standing alone. One of my biggest goals there is to help students empathize with Anne and through that empathy seek to be a light for those in need.

What is a unique experience you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?

I am a very introspective person by nature. This helps me as I guide my middle school students who are really beginning to come into their own. They start forming their identities in earnest at this age so I am able to help them do this in a healthy way. I seek to understand my own internal motivations so it is easier to help them find theirs.

Tell the one story that best reflects your experience with the TCA community:

I honestly don’t have just one big story. It’s the everyday stuff that truly reflects my experience here. Every time I’ve offered a prayer request people have not only prayed with & for me, but followed up with me afterwards. Every day I’m awed but the genuine servant’s hearts that people have when noticing that my hands are full and offering to help carry the load, both the physical and metaphorical ones! The way the teachers go above and beyond, sacrificing more than they are asked in order to help students is humbling. Partnering with parents who love the Lord and want the best for their kids is a constant blessing. I’m regularly inspired by the examples of faith, perseverance, humility, tenacity, and diligence that I see every day. This is not an ordinary place.