This month’s Liberty Christian School Community Spotlight features Shaylin & Amari Todd, parents of K4 student Owen and second grader Olivia. As both parents and educators, Mr. and Mrs. Todd offered their insights as they relate to learning and education. Here is what they had to share with us.
Q. What do love about LCS?
A. We love that Christian principles are reinforced and embedded in all aspects of learning and culture. Children are learning strong character traits. The environment is also nurturing and provides opportunities for families, students, and staff to engage and interact through a variety of programs and activities.
Q. Why did you choose LCS for your children?
A. We wanted our children to be in a Christ-centered environment where they will grow spiritually in addition to receiving an excellent education. Developing the whole child is important.
Q. In what ways have you seen your children grow in their faith as a result of their experience at LCS?
A. Our children are learning the importance of being Christ-like and putting God first. They enjoy chapel and learning about God in class.
Q. How do your children experience an education that is engaging, encouraging, and empowering at LCS?
A. They are first authentically engaged since LCS focuses on understanding how each child learns and processes information. Children’s learning modalities and learning styles are important. Second, they are consistently nurtured and encouraged to be the best version of themselves. They understand they are all uniquely created. Third, they are empowered through the teaching of the Bible to show good character, make good choices, and to be kind, thoughtful, and considerate of others.
Q. What would you tell another parent to encourage them to consider enrolling their child at LCS?
A. We would tell another parent to think about the environment that their child would need to thrive and be successful. In addition to the Christian foundation, children’s needs are put first. The class sizes are small which creates an optimal learning environment as well as creates the conditions for teachers to build strong relationships with students and families.
Q. What are the benefits of being involved in the life of your children’s school?
A. One of the greatest benefits of being involved at LCS is showing your children that we are invested in their educational experience. When we participate in activities, volunteer, or assist with a class party, our children are so excited. Parent involvement and relationships with the staff and leadership is important. It helps to motivate and inspire our children to love school and do their best.
Q. What are some activities that your family enjoys doing together?
A. Some of the activities we love doing include; going to the beach, going to the movies, visiting parks and going to library. We also enjoy traveling and visiting our families in New Jersey and Alabama.
Q. Tell us a little about your involvement with Teach for America and with the education industry.
A. Omari and I are both former teachers. We we moved here in 2000 to teach in Baltimore City as Teach For America* corps members. Currently, I coach school leaders at the elementary, middle and high school levels and Omari works as Executive Vice President, Regional Operations for Teach For America.
* Teach for America is an organization whose mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.