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EDUCATION

success story

THE INFLUENCE OF A

GOOD teacher

THE AVERAGE HIGH SCHO O L S T U D E N T will spend 4,000 hours

with teachers in four years. Elementary students spend more awake hours in school then they do at home. As a mother contemplating those statistics, Amie Weir, founder and head administrator at Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy (LPCA), fully understands the obstacles parents face in being intrinsically involved in the education of their children. That’s why LPCA blends the best attributes of traditional classroom education with independent study into one unique model in which students receive instruction on campus three days a week and do course work under a parent’s guidance at home the other two. Amie also has a keen understanding of the important role teachers play in students’ lives—both academically and in their long-term success. “We know, of course, that our students will be affected by their teachers,” says Amie. “What we ask instead is how they will be affected.” And to ensure that the answer is a positive one, the teachers on staff at LCPA demonstrate the following exemplary traits:

1 A strong sense of mission For the teachers at LCPA, teaching is a calling, and they look for God to change lives in the classroom. Says middle school teacher Moly Hammack: "At LCPA I am supported and encouraged to continue God’s mission while teaching and coaching, and my own children have also thrived in a rigorous academic environment sustained with love and grace.” 2 Love for their students  Love can make a bigger impact on a student than the curriculum. That’s why the teachers at Liberty Prep make the choice to show love--even on the days when love is hardest. “I truly believe that my teaching position at LPCA was God led,” says second-grade teacher Lisa Burton. “I was teaching in public school and knew that was not where God wanted me to be,” she continues. “So I prayed about it, and then I was hired at LPCA. Now I view working with our students, who are beyond amazing, as a heavenly job that is truly amazing.”

A willingness to partner with parents The teachers at Liberty Prep view their parents as co-instructors. "One of the many blessings about being a teacher at LPCA is the ability to partner with parents to empower students to gain solid academic knowledge and deeper spiritual understanding,” explains elementary-school teacher Margaret Lindeman. “This is reflected in their work ethic, how they face challenges, how they interact with others, and how they will live productive lives as Christian adults and leaders." 3

4 A strong relationship with God The teachers at Liberty Prep openly demonstrate and model Christian principles, teaching by example that prayer and relationship with God are the most important keys to everything in our life, including our work in the classroom. “We can teach in our own power,” says Kim Pedersen, a high school teacher, “but we’ll only accomplish so much. Our real, lasting impact comes from God.” w

THE TEACHERS OF LIBERTY PREPARATORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

AMIE WEIR, FOUNDER

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