ICS Teacher Feature Interview: Mr. Augustine
Updated: Oct 2, 2020
Mr. Matthew Augustine joined Immanuel Christian School in the 2019-2020 school year as the fourth grade teacher. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in History. For the 2020-2021 school year, Mr. Augustine is stepping into the role of 6th–12th grade Social Studies teacher.
What value do you see in Christian education?
[Christian education] creates an environment where all the facts learned are based on the assumption that the Bible is the root of all truth and the basis for real knowledge.
What makes ICS different than other schools?
While many Christian schools serve very similar families and students, ICS helps many different students and families from many different countries and backgrounds.
Why do you feel called to teach at ICS?
Academic rigor and biblically based education are needed to equip tomorrow's Christian adults. The chance to participate and help in this process is very exciting to me.
What's your favorite subject to teach? Why?
History has always been my favorite subject. Without an understanding of the past, it is very difficult to understand the present.
What's the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is being with students and seeing all their varied personalities and interests. It is also wonderful to see the growth many students experience over the course of the school year.
How do you see God at work in ICS? In your classroom?
Throughout this last year God has helped ICS through COVID-19. I saw students continue doing their work through this time in a motivated and faithful way. God was certainly at the heart of this effort and goodwill on the part of my students.