Christine Hays, Class of 2015
7th Grade Math Teacher, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Christine merged her love of mathematics and her desire to work with kids who do not have access to the best educational resources through Teach for America, a non-profit organization committed to placing talented teachers in underserved schools to end educational inequity. She loves spending time with middle schoolers and understands that her vocation is not just as an educator, but also as a role model and someone with whom her students feel safe to share the ups and downs of their daily lives. “It is during middle school that everything can change: a subject can become a student's favorite, a conversation or experience can point a student towards a particular career, a negative comment can hit deep influencing more than that moment, friend groups can form and break apart on a weekly (or daily) basis.” Christine remembers that it was during middle school that she asked key questions that led to finding her identity in Jesus and deciding what she believed for herself. Though she can’t speak about her faith at work, she prays that the way she handles situations and practices patience in her classroom and
"Aside from academics, the biggest impact that TCS had on my life was through the relationships that I had with teachers. Now that I am a teacher myself, I see even more clearly how they went above and beyond their job description."
with her colleagues points to the God that she serves. Christine appreciates the excellent academic foundation she formed at Trinity and how her teachers taught her to love learning and see the world through a lens of faith. “Aside from academics, the biggest impact that TCS had on my life was through the relationships that I had with teachers. Now that I am a teacher myself, I see even more clearly how they went above and beyond their job description.”