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Mrs. Patricia Richardson was my 4th-grade teacher at Tropic Isles Elementary School in N. Ft. Myers. She was one of those unforgettable individuals. We would be greeted at the door with a kind “Hello”. She would bring snacks to class on occasion. Certain times throughout the year, we were allowed to bring our favorite records to play on her record player. I do not ever recall her raising her voice, but she managed our classroom well. There were no major behavior issues and we all felt very loved by her.
She later became my middle school English teacher and Yearbook advisor. Again, I had the support and encouragement during a time that kids struggle. If you cannot remember middle school, it is a time of great change - physically, mentally, academically, and socially. Having someone who is supportive during all of those transitions is imperative to getting through those years in one piece! And that was Mrs. Richardson.
As we began to dream and pray about Providence Academy and what it would look like, one thing I wanted to be sure of was that the students would be loved in a Christlike way by the staff. We have prayed for many things. We have prayed for God to send us the students who need to be enrolled at our school. We have prayed for the teachers and paraprofessionals that will help support the students and provide enrichment. We have prayed for the processes it takes to open a private school. And we will keep praying daily.
God has opened so many doors within the past few months. He gave this vision to Pastor Jack many years ago. Pastor Bonnie and I discussed this for a bit last summer and I researched various avenues. But a year ago, I never would have imagined that we would be where we are today. As of this date, we have 95 students interested in attending Providence Academy. Over half of those have been through the interview process and have said “Yes” to making PA their school. Eight individuals have agreed to take the leap of faith with us and be teachers or paraprofessionals. They all see the vision that God has set before us.
The Vision? The vision is that Providence Academy will provide high-quality education which integrates a biblical worldview into academic, physical, social, and emotional learning. We will disciple the nation one generation of Christian leaders at a time. Students will leave Providence Academy with a firm foundation of faith and academic excellence. They will not only be able to navigate the world through a biblical lens but understand why they believe what they believe. The students are our future leaders, ministers, teachers, business people, medical workers, first responders, and much more. It is incredible that we can pour into them daily and help them grow their relationship with Christ as they learn lessons about math and science.
As we continue to go forward in this calling from God, we pray that we will exceed every parent’s expectations for the school and show the students that they are so very loved - by us and God.
Here’s a question for you, as a reader: Who was your favorite teacher in school, and why? Add your answer in the comments section. We look forward to seeing how teachers have impacted you.
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By Dr. Kari Richards, Director