College: Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from Simpson University
What is/are your role(s) at Redwood Christian Schools?
I teach Biology and Physical Science.
What do you love about Redwood Christian Schools?
I have the freedom to instill critical thinking into my students. I do not back away from challenging questions and topics because I know that God is not afraid of people seeking truth.
What motivated you to serve at Redwood Christian?
I have the freedom to instill critical thinking into my students.
Why do you like teaching at RCS?
I am excited to share my passion for creation and its Creator with my students. In a world that tries to force materialistic worldviews on students through science, I desire to show the next generations how to stand firm with a faith that is founded in evidence.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to shape the overall experience of students at RCS?
I absolutely love wrestling with difficult topics. The more controversial, the more meaningful it often is to our lives. For example, the origins of life, or climate change: both can impact how we live our lives, and we can look at both from Biblical perspectives.
I confront students with these difficult arguments to get them thinking. There is very little that
is more powerful than someone who knows how to think for him- or herself!
What sets RCS students apart from students in other schools?
When it comes to worldviews, public schools are only allowed to present specific ideas. Naturalistic evolution, for example, encourages atheism and discourages any other explanation for the origins of life. Here at Redwood, students aren’t limited to one view, but actively analyze at least four different common views so that they can follow the evidence for themselves. Critical thinking is a vital skill, yet it is becoming all too rare in our culture.
The RCS tagline is “the education you TRUST for the children you LOVE.” How do you accomplish this in your role at RCS?
I invest in students because I know their education can have eternal consequences.
What do you want students to gain from having known you?
I desire to guide students towards the pursuit of truth through critical thinking, as well as to an appreciation and awe at the wonders of creation and the One that made it all. While the world says that Christians have blind faith, I want my students to realize that faith isn’t blind, but rather founded on solid evidence.
What are your favorite verses?
Romans 1:20 ESV “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
Job 12:7-10 ESV “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”