At HOPE, we rely on God’s Word to guide us in all our ways; therefore, our approach to educating our students follows the path laid forth in Colossians 3:15-17 and 23. First, we ask God for His peace. A peaceful and thankful heart encourages us individually and as a body. Then, we acknowledge that work is a gift from God to us; the work that we do is to honor God. We do our best work with a thankful heart as an offering to God. Colossians 3:15-17, 23 says,15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” A student at HOPE will never be given grades- he will earn them.
Though each child is an individual to be appreciated and encouraged for who he is, he is also a member of a team. “John Donne wrote,
“No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,”
Every student, faculty or staff member is appreciated for his gifts and talents. It also follows that each person is expected to treat others with the same kindness and consideration for which they wish to be treated.
As principal, I desire to support all members of HOPE’s family in exhibiting the characteristics that will demonstrate God’s presence within each one of us. Therefore, I will help each child to learn the compensating skills specific for his needs. I will be firm, and I will correct, when necessary. But, loving each child the way God loves me is the most important thing I can do.