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Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Amy Triggs

Dr. Amy Triggs is a Spanish teacher at The Crest Online. She has broad experience teaching online classes, and we are thrilled to welcome her to The Crest Online!

Tell us about you!

My family and I live near Grand Rapids, MI, where we attend Grand Rapids International Fellowship, a Church of the Nazarene. My husband and I serve on the worship team, singing most Sunday mornings. I have three children that we are raising bilingually, in English and Spanish. When I possibly can, I enjoy reading, cooking, singing, watching American football, and playing board games.

What classes do you teach at The Crest Online?

I will be teaching Spanish 1 this spring and, eventually, other Spanish courses as they roll out.

What, if any, relevant background experience do you have that impacts your teaching at The Crest?

“I am a PhD graduate of Northcentral University, specializing in Curriculum and Teaching. My master’s degree from Aquinas College focused on Bilingual Spanish instruction. My bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Elementary Education was from Grand Valley State University. I taught third grade for 18 years at Southwest Academia Bilingüe, a Two-Way Immersion school in Grand Rapids, MI.”

What do you see as some of the greatest benefits for students taking classes through The Crest Online?

“The Crest Online offers accredited, equivalent courses to brick-and-mortar schools, but also gives students and families the flexibility of when and where coursework will be completed. Students will participate in class discussions, so they are still integrated into a learning community online. Also, courses have Biblical lessons and discussions built into the lessons, providing opportunities to learn more about God’s plan and how we fit into His beautiful story.”

How do teachers at The Crest provide support for students virtually?

“The Crest Online teachers provide support through thoroughly written directions on all assignments that can be accessed at any time and from anywhere with an Internet connection. Teachers respond to email communication in a timely manner, contributing helpful links or documents when needed. Most importantly, they provide support through prayer. Families and students of TCO are often lifted up in prayer because the faculty knows first-hand the power of prayer.

The Crest Online, as a ministry of Ben Lippen School, seeks to glorify God by educating students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ and by assisting the family and church in equipping students spiritually, academically, socially, and physically under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. How does The Crest accomplish its mission?

“It sounds cliché to say that children are the future, but it is true. The Crest takes this truth seriously, working tirelessly to provide rigorous, quality, Christian education to its students, obeying the words of Jesus, “Let the little children come to me.” (Matt. 19:14).”

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