Meet the Teacher: Delinda Henry
What is your name? My name is Delinda Henry
What do you teach? I am currently the Lower School Principal. In the past I taught Learning support, Grade 3, and Grade 5 in public school, founded and taught nursery school in a local church, and taught middle school reading and math as well as the eleventh grade apprenticeship course here at Dayspring Christian Academy. I have been working at Dayspring for 20 years in various jobs including the teacher positions mentioned as well as the career guidance director and academic dean. Along with my duties as Lower School Principal, I also take each class at the Lower School level to the public library next door and read with them in the classroom weekly.
How many years have you taught at Dayspring? I have been in education for 30 years and the 2018-2019 school year is my 20th year at Dayspring.
What do you appreciate the most about the Principle Approach? I appreciate several things about the Principle Approach. I love the Christian Idea of the Child and how that can be so different from how our society views children. This Principle states that all children are made in the image of God, we are all sinners and we all need to understand the amazing gift God has for us in salvation and through sanctification. I love that Principle Approach teaches children to be governed from within, meaning the Spirit of God should guide and guard our hearts and our actions. I appreciate the use of the Word of God in all subjects and as the foundation to all we do. We have seven governmental principles we study over the years but we also have biblical principles that undergird all curriculum at all grade levels.
What do you see in your students that is most encouraging? I see honest, eager to learn students who for the most part want what is best for others. I see great communicators in both writing and speaking. I see little ones who know what it means to be honest and apply that as the “default setting”, so to speak, in their lives.
Why do you love teaching at Dayspring? I do love teaching and working at Dayspring. My time with each class as the librarian has proven to be amazing. I have gotten to know each of the students by name. I’m reading a classic book at each grade level and that is great fun for me. The best part of my job is partnering with parents as we train up the next generation to be Godly men and women.
How do you teach a biblical worldview in your classroom? I teach biblical worldview by explaining how God’s principles and His word apply to the lives of the students. We do that by looking at examples in the literature while reading and I do that when working with students one on one for discipline as needed through my role as Lower School Principal.
What do you think most students appreciate about your class? I believe the students love going to the library and reading together. Most don’t even know I’m the principal, they think I’m the library lady. ?
What is unique about you, your talents, or interests that you bring to the classroom? I believe I bring a calm spirit that permeates the environment and allows the students to feel calm. I would say this about my position as principal as well as my time with the students in the library. Children need to know they are safe and loved as well as heard and understood. I try to bring an appropriate balance so the students will have a great learning environment here at Dayspring.
What have you seen in your students over the years that has touched your heart the most? I do see children who grow up to be kind adults, who know how to articulate truth and what is on their minds, hopefully that lines up as the same. As a parent of three graduates, I know that Dayspring played a part in training up our children to be Godly men and a Godly woman, that touches my heart. Training up a child is difficult with culture speaking so loudly but with Dayspring as a partner the job seemed a bit easier.
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.