If you’re a human being, you’ve faced fear. Maybe it was on the basketball court or before performing a solo on stage. Maybe it was during a difficult conversation with a friend, applying for college or standing up to peer pressure.
Inquiring students want to know: what makes their teachers tick? Here are ten interesting facts about LuHi’s accomplished science teacher Derek Rinks.
I saw Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris for the first time while on a Denver Lutheran High tour of Europe. It was nineteen years ago that our group adventured through London, Paris, Rome, Versailles and the Amalfi Coast, and it was a trip I’ll never forget.
Daniel Vanderhyde is one of LuHi’s exceptionally talented teachers. He leads the AP Calculus and Theology III classes and has been in ministry at LuHi for nine years. Dive into our interview with him to learn how his faith in Christ informs and enlightens his teaching.
“It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak...like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” --C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
One of these days you should wander into an art classroom at LuHi and watch our talented ceramics students. You’ll see that a beautiful piece of pottery is not created by chance, but is dependent on many fine details: the malleability and composition of the clay, the deftness of the artist’s hands, the humidity and temperature of the kiln, and of course, the skill of the master’s hands.
An average high school student will spend more than 4,000 hours at school in four years. We do not need to ask if our students will be affected by their teachers, because they will. What we need to ask is how they will be affected during this formative phase of their lives. At LuHi, our teachers demonstrate ten exemplary traits that positively impact our students for life.
As you know, the teenage years can be some of the best and some of the most tumultuous times. Teens need extra support from their parents. As a result, parents need extra support. Busy schedules and adolescent hormones can make you feel isolated on a lonely island of teen parenting. You need to be equipped to nurture your child and hear you are not alone on this precarious journey. Who do you turn to for help?
After a student makes it through middle school, sometimes all the parent hopes is for their child to survive high school. But LuHi has a greater vision. “If we put students in the right environment surrounded by the right people where culture matters and Christian worldview is taught, God will work through them,” says Executive Director Dan Gehrke. “I’m amazed at their faiths and I’m amazed at what they accomplish.”
Four years may not seem like a long time to you. But for high schoolers, that’s a quarter of their life! Everything that happens in this time period has the potential to greatly impact their lives. Parents are wise to carefully consider the following ten values when choosing a school.