Ben Kuiken, 5th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
What classes and grade levels do you teach?
5th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies.
What do you love about Eastern Christian School?
I love the freedom that we have as teachers to preach the gospel to our students on a daily basis.
Why do you like teaching at Eastern Christian? What motivated you to become a teacher at Eastern Christian?
I like teaching at Eastern Christian because the leadership does not lead with an iron fist but with a servant heart. I was motivated to teach at Eastern Christian because I think that the gospel is assumed among Christian schools and I was motivated to be a part of displaying and teaching Christ’s glory.
How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at EC?
My essential questions are based on a Christian Worldview. For example, we write DARE essays in 5th grade, and the essential question that we discuss is “What is the difference between DARE and the Gospel?’
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
Having come through the school system, I believe that I understand the perspective of the students that I see every day.
What sets EC students apart from students in other schools?
EC students have definitely shown a sincere heart for the least and the lost.
The Eastern Christian tagline is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How do you accomplish this in your role at EC?
By God’s grace.
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
1 Corinthians 2:1-5, ‘And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.’