TCA Stories

Clayton Carlson

“I'm thankful to be part of a community whose goal is not only helping students grow in knowledge, but more importantly, having a stronger relationship with Christ our Savior. ”

Clayton Carlson, History and Bible (HS)
What do you love about TCA?

I love the interaction between the students and faculty. We can be open and honest with each other in how our faith and our walk need to match up.

How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at TCA?

Teaching Bible and History allows me to connect how God is interweaving His story with us. For example, in Ancient History, we study the Roman Empire and how that was the perfect time for Christ to come and save the world from our sin. Teaching moments like that demonstrate how history and faith are deeply integrated.

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

The curriculum of 9th and 10th grade history is unique. In 9th grade we start in at the beginning of history and we end with the fall of the Roman empire. 10th grade picks up with the fall of Rome and continues through and ends with the Reformation in Europe. This not only piques my own interest but also provides some great starting points for conversation with students.

What sets TCA students apart from students in other schools?

The students here are fun to interact with. You have no idea what a day will bring or how topics from a prior class in a student’s day will lead into a discussion in the one I’m teaching. Even in study halls, you have students engaging with teachers, talking about different issue that we deal with as humans, as believers, on a daily basis.

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

I was a student here (Class of 2010) and it’s fun working with the men and women who had a profound impact on my life. In college, I would go over to Mr. Thompson’s (High School Dean) house and he would still, even after my graduating from TCA, challenge my faith and want to know how I was doing. This is just one of the many examples of how the faculty and staff care about each other and our students. I’m thankful to be part of a community whose goal is not only helping students grow in knowledge, but more importantly, having a stronger relationship with Christ our Savior.