A child’s experiences in his or her early years form the building blocks of that child’s spiritual foundation. Considering that, on average, children spend about 1200 hours in school each year, the people with whom your child interacts during this time frame will have a profound impact on your child’s spiritual development. Here are three important roles a Christian school teacher can play in your child’s life.
Nurturer & Encourager
While a teacher can’t (and shouldn’t) replace the nuture a loving home provides, a good Christian teacher can be a great force for encouraging and motivating your child to do his or her best work. And, in a Christian school environment, a Christian teacher can use scripture as well as pray for your child. These are great tools for nurturing, encouragement, and spiritual guidance.
Discipline is a necessary part of any school experience. In a Christian school, however, the goals of discipline exceed the basic expectations of ensuring the safety of staff and students and creating an environment conducive to learning. In this setting, a Christian school teacher can provide discipline according to Biblical standards and train students in righteousness and godliness, with the desired outcome being for the child to experience God’s forgiveness and to become a self-disciplined student, striving to do God’s will.
Christian Role Model
A good Christian teacher who shares your values can serve as a role model for your child and provide strong Christ-like examples for him or her. In a Christian school setting, Christian teachers can openly teach the truths of Scripture as well as demonstrate and model Christian principles.
Since your child will be spending an appreciable amount of time with them during the school year, prayerfully consider the type of adults that you want to play an active part in your child’s day and in his or her education.