Faculty Focus – Mr. Terry Harris
Mr. Terry Harris brings English to life for his students through his unique teaching style, but building connections is also a top priority. “Fostering relationships with students is so critical to a teacher’s success,” he said. “Being with the young people, seeing their eyes light up when they grasp a new concept, getting to know their God-given talents and abilities, learning their personalities, and discovering the value of each one of them is what keeps me coming back to the calling of teaching every year.”
The high school American and British Literature teacher at Shalom Christian Academy began his career in Christian schools after his graduation from Duke University in 1976. He joined the staff of Shalom three years ago after a visit to the campus. “I was immediately impressed by the professionalism and warmth of the administration. The questions they asked me in that interview showed me their hearts for building the lives of their students to become—just as the school motto suggested—lives of consequence for the kingdom of God. After the interview, I knew I wanted to teach at Shalom,” he said.
“The best part of working at Shalom is the sense of community one feels with other brothers and sisters in Christ who are dedicated to serve the Lord in the teaching ministry to which God has called them. Praying together, working together, meeting for devotions together, team building together, going on missions trips—all these joint activities and more cement us together as a staff,” he said.
Mr. Harris lives in Cumberland County with his wife, Ruthie and they attend Bethel Assembly of God. When they are able to spend time together with their five grown children, the family enjoys listening to music, singing, playing board games, talking about current issues and interests, and laughing. Mr. Harris is an avid history buff and enjoys when his passion for history meets the great outdoors in Gettysburg, Antietam, and even Chambersburg. “Whenever I have a vacation, I like to take my family and go to the historical sites all around me. I do not have to go very far from my front door to enjoy one of my loves,” he said.
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