Mrs. Monika Smith teaches elementary PE, 6th grade science, and 7th grade Bible (her “dream” job). What she loves most about Highlands is the well-rounded approach to the educational and spiritual experience that is available. “I get to teach what I love,” Mrs. Smith shares, “integrating God’s Word into each area.”
How is faith and learning integrated at Highlands?
“We cannot separate our spiritual being from the intellectual or the physical. It all works together and each affects the others. It is a blessing to be able to freely teach what God has taught us in His Word about how to act and live our lives—in every area.”
How do you make a spiritual impact on your students?
“I try to incorporate the Bible systematically and intentionally as I teach. We have weekly devotions in science, as well as spiritual applications that arise depending on the topic being discussed. In PE classes, I read a Bible verse and share spiritual applications. Bible classes are spent working through the curriculum about a biblical worldview and how God has ‘wired’ each of us in thinking, personality, learning styles, etc. I am also privileged to lead a Bible study for junior high girls once a week during lunch this year.”
What is something unique that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experiences of your students?
“I love learning new things! I have been interested in health, fitness, and nutrition as far back as I can remember. We personally live a healthy lifestyle, eating nutritiously and exercising faithfully. I also enjoy learning about God’s Word and His creation. I am constantly listening, watching, and looking for new things to share with my students—pictures from vacation pertaining to the subject matter, video and audio clips, articles, etc. I love the outdoors and take the 6th grade students on a fossil float field trip down the Peace River. We have several Christian guides that make the trip extremely interesting—and the students that look will all find fossils—like a treasure hunt!”
What do you think sets HCA apart from other schools?
“HCA has a family atmosphere that you will not find even at other Christian schools. We care for the students in every area of their lives. We prepare them academically to achieve their potential in the workplace, but also spiritually in how to know Christ and live a godly life in a mixed up world. We pray for students regularly and provide a Christ-centered environment in all areas—academics, fine arts, sports, and other extracurricular activities.”