Helping Kids See Beyond the Immediate – An Interview with Bay Area Private Middle School Teacher
One of the RCS goals to #CelebrateRCS for our 50th anniversary is to connect with current RCS faculty and see how God is using them to “inspire futures.” Dr. Hearne recently interviewed Middle School teacher, Mr. Jason Hendren.
This month’s theme verse is Hebrews 13:15, “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Dr. Hearne asked Mr. Hendren to share what this verse means to him.
Mr. Hendren shared, “the verse continually reminds me that we need to praise God in all things, which is easy when we know that whatever happens in our life whether it seems good or bad in the moment, is done for His glory and is a part of His plan.”
What do you teach at Redwood Christian Schools?
I teach Math 6 and Algebra I.
What do you love about Redwood Christian Schools?
As a teacher, I love the family-like environment of support and love for each other among the faculty. As a parent, I know that my kids are being fed both spiritually and academically each day in loving safe environment.
Why do you like teaching at Redwood Christian? What motivated you to become a teacher at Redwood Christian?
I love students. I love the jokes, the mischief, the determination, the drive and every aspect of spending time with them both in and out of the classroom.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
The beauty of math is that there are limitless applications in many fields of study. However, math often focuses on STEM subjects, which it should. I tend to apply math to economics as my degree is in financial management and economics is my passion.
What sets RCS students apart from students in other schools?
Although many traits take a lifetime to perfect, I see a higher level of compassion and empathy in our kids that come from being taught by the example of Christ throughout their formative years.
The Redwood Christian School tagline is “Inspiring Futures.” How do you accomplish this in your role at RCS?
I try to constantly help kids see and plan beyond their immediate future. I want kids thinking and planning for years from now instead of just tomorrow. I try to teach and show them the value of planning and thinking about the future.
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I want them shooting higher and dreaming bigger when they leave my classroom than when they entered.