Written by: Dr. Whitaker, Head of School
Part of the secret of success (click HERE for Part 1) for a strong Christian school is the parent-teacher relationship. Here at TFA, we are equally as blessed when it comes to the incredible parents with whom we get to partner. When properly cultivated and nourished, this partnership has tremendous potential for enormous impact in the life of a student.
Let me suggest five ways that help to ensure the parent-teacher relationship is the best it can be here at TFA:
- Pray for your child’s teacher every day: Teachers have tremendous influence in the lives of our children. Pray that God will use them to develop Christian character and convictions that will last a lifetime.
- Remember that the teacher is a professional: While they may be making considerably less than your doctor or lawyer, they are no less educated, competent, or deserving of respect. A key way to show them respect is by making an appointment with the teacher if a problem needs to be discussed. Don’t confront them in the car line or try to deal with the issue in the school cafeteria. Let’s be committed to showing love and respect to our teachers who are juggling many more responsibilities than meets the eye.
- Realize that teachers are people too: Have you ever noticed that when our children see their teachers at the mall or Chik-fil-A, they are rather astonished that teachers go to these places too? Sometimes as parents, we can forget that teachers are real people with real feelings and real needs. They love our children tremendously, but they also have families of their own which (just like us) are their highest priorities. That means that when the teacher doesn’t call back as quickly as we might like, or answer our email as quickly as we prefer, it may be because he or she is dealing with issues beyond the four walls of the classroom.
- Learn to resolve problems lovingly and biblically: The Bible clearly teaches (Mt. 18) that when problems arise in the body of Christ (and they will) we are not to gossip about the situation with others, but we are to resolve our differences in a manner consistent with scripture. Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us that God is displeased with those who sow discord.
- Focus on the positive: Parents who compliment more than they criticize and smile more than they frown can have a wonderfully positive impact on the school environment and culture (and teachers just so happen to like them better as well).
Thank you for being such a blessing to our teachers. Let’s continue to work together and show our appreciation to this talented team of educators who teach the minds and reach the hearts of our children. I am convinced that the teachers who walk the halls of The First Academy, as well as the parents who send their children to us, are the best in the country.
Steve Whitaker, Ph.D.
Head of School