TCA Stories

Kim Graefe

“I have always found the staff, parents, and students warm and welcoming.”

What do you love about TCA?
This is my first teaching experience with TCA, but I am so excited to be here! I look forward to morning devotionals with faculty, chapel with the students, and teaching in an environment where God is an integral part of the academic experience.
How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at TCA?
God permeates every aspect of life. I teach English, and God is manifest in many of the books we read in class. In St. Augustine’s Confessions, we read the personal faith journey of one man. When we read Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, we read about how sin can impact an entire community — whether it realizes it or not. When we read the beautiful imagery of the great poets, we appreciate the incredible gifts God has given them and have a better insight into the world He created.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I have been fortunate enough to travel to many places around the world. I have been to several birthplaces of the authors we read, so I can bring a personal perspective of having walked the streets they did and having viewed their landscapes with my own eyes.
If you could describe TCA in one word, what would it be?
Synergistic
Tell the one story that best reflects your experience with the TCA community.
I did not attend TCA, but my husband, his brother and sister, my niece, and two close friends are TCA graduates. They have often regaled me with stories of their days as students, and I have had the opportunity to attend various functions at TCA and have always found the staff, parents, and students warm and welcoming. I am looking forward to becoming part of the “experience” of others who are and will be part of TCA.