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Dan Stone

Meet The Teacher: Dan Stone

January 10, 2016
Posted in: Meet The Teacher
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What is your name? Dan Stone

What do you teach? AP US History (Dan is also Dayspring’s Headmaster)

How many years have you taught at Dayspring? I began at Dayspring in 2004 as an upper school history teacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching history and leading many of our Field Studies. I have also served in the role of Athletic Director and Upper School Principal.

What is your educational background? I have a Master’s in Educational Administration from Clarks Summit University.

Why decide to become a teacher? When I was 18 years old, I distinctly remember the Lord calling me to serve him by working with young people. As I pursued that in college, it became clear to me that teaching was the direction I was to take.

What do you appreciate the most about the Principle Approach? I appreciate that it is based in God’s Word and can therefore be trusted. We “see through a glass dimly” and as we grow in our faith, we understand Scripture more clearly. As we grow in our knowledge of biblical education and anchoring all subjects to God’s Word, we can deepen our understanding of how to deliver the Principle Approach education–to equip our students to reason from biblical principles and apply them to every area of life.

What do you see in your students that is most encouraging? I’m most encouraged by the “lightbulb” moments that I see, especially among older students, as they engage in truth and make the connection to how it applies to their lives. 3 John 4: “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”

Why do you love teaching at Dayspring? I have freedom to teach biblical truth; and to engage my students on how to identify biblical truth and make application.

How do you teach a biblical worldview in your classroom? At a basic level, every thought, precept, theory, idea, etc. is to be examined with the Bible as the standard. So, in teaching history, this is brought forth in the character qualities and actions of historic figures, the principles of government and economics, the Providential hand of God in events, etc.

What do you think most students appreciate about your class? I hope that they appreciate that we can and do discuss things openly and that I challenge them to be able to defend their opinions.

What is unique about you, your talents, or interests that you bring to the classroom? I enjoy politics, ethics, economics, and the like. I stay up to date on those topics as it relates to current events. I try to bring those things into the classroom when a connection can be made to a history topic.

What have you seen in your students over the years that has touched your heart the most? I am always touched at graduation. Each year, it is so encouraging to see our outgoing seniors recognize and appreciate what they have received here. 3 John 4: “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”

At Dayspring Christian Academy, we are committed to raising up the next generation of Christian leaders who acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of life, demonstrate a biblical worldview, become citizens of excellence in Christian character and scholarship, and aid in the restoration of America’s biblical foundation. If you would like to learn more about Dayspring Christian Academy, please contact Karol Hasting at 717-285-2000 or schedule a private tour using the button below.