TCA Stories

Sarah Gerlach

“"TCA is fantastic because there is so much support, whether it is from admin or families. As a teacher, respect and encouragement rank high for me.”

What do you love about TCA?
TCA is fantastic because there is so much support, whether it is from admin or families. As a teacher, respect and encouragement rank high for me.
How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at TCA? (Please provide some examples)
When we study various artists or make specific projects, for example, in third grade we make huge sea turtles and that is accompanied by a discussion of the vastness of the oceans, it leads into a discussion how vast God is. We will discuss hair and etc. when we do self portraits in fifth grade and we will discuss how God is in all of the details. In second grade, we make Birch trees, how they look and the science of them. We talk about how they grow and we talk about how God is in nature.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I love animals, science and nature. I bring a lot of those elements into my Art curriculum. I am also very interested in other cultures and their art, I apply that as well to my teaching. Also, I love being a story teller. Often I will tell funny fictional stories to my classes at the end of class as a transition activity and I ask them to help with visuals and so on.
If you could describe TCA in one word, what would it be?
Safe
Tell the one story that best reflects your experience with the TCA community:
I had the wonderful opportunity to join our high school on our off campus fall retreat. The first time that I went it was eye opening. Personally, I had only attended public school my entire life and retreats were not a thing. I couldn’t believe that a school could take the entire high school body off campus. On top of that, things ran really smoothly. It was neat to see our students and teachers in a different element where they could be themselves, work together, laugh a lot and attend really excellent sermons. I continue to be impressed with all of the extra things that are available to our students. It makes going to TCA totally worth it.