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Why I Love Sunnyside Christian School

May 10, 2013
By Laura Eisenga

When it comes to Sunnyside Christian School, I feel like I have a unique perspective. In 1985, I walked through its doors as a Kindergartener. So many things are still the same as that day in 1985. I played tag on that same wooden playground equipment and got blisters from those same monkey bars. I drank from the same (now very little) drinking fountains, and the flags are still flying from the same pole.

And I think it’s great that many of my teachers are still teaching today. Mrs. Martinez taught third (although she will always be Miss Vis to me), Mr. D taught sixth (and he’s still showing Ben Hur), Miss Clark taught math in Jr. High, and Mr. Smeenk was eighth grade homeroom. 

I also walked that solo hallway at Sunnyside Christian High. Although much is the same there, the only teacher who is still there is Mr. Wagenaar. And of course, Mrs. Schilperoort is still keeping the books in her little office!

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and I’ve found myself thinking a lot about those teachers that are still here teaching and about those who have left. Every school year for the past many years, they’ve walked the same hallways, taught the same lessons, decorated the same walls, supervised the same playground, and heard the same excuses about late homework.

However, each year they’ve greeted new faces, thought of new ways to present the same lessons, decorated the hallways with new crafts, encouraged new abilities, and thought of new ways to support the struggling student.

My unique perspective continues because I’ve been working for Sunnyside Christian School for many years now. My past teachers are now my colleagues. I go to staff meetings, eat snacks in the teacher’s lounge and go into the principal’s office on a regular basis.

And my appreciation for these teachers has grown because I get to see behind the scenes. I see the thought processes of planning a year of learning, the efforts of putting on programs and chapels, and the emotions of truly caring for their students.

Now that my children are walking the halls at SCS, my unique perspective has come full circle. The hallways are still long for them. The drinking fountain is still almost too tall, and the toilets are a little loud. The playground is exciting, and talking to any older student is a highlight of their day.

As my years out of SCS grow, as my employment here continues, and as my children work their way through each classroom, my appreciation for the teachers grows.

I can leave my children with them because I trust them completely. I know they will love my children even when they’re naughty. I know that they will teach them about Jesus’ love and sacrifice and will encourage them to develop their relationship with Him. And I know that these teachers love Jesus enough to teach each subject through the lens of our Christian faith.

So to each teacher that has touched lives at Sunnyside Christian or Sunnyside Christian High, thank you.