Kiersen Landes (12), Staff Writer – September 20, 2021
Every year the Rock Academy expands in size, bringing new students, teachers, and faculty. This school year is no different, and we’re thrilled to bring in a new 2nd grade teacher. Chloe Chenfeld’s passion for her students is clear. She is excited to instill a love of learning in them, and realizes the importance of self-confidence and an environment where it is alright to make mistakes. Much more than simply sharing information, she cannot wait for her students to find joy in learning and overcoming obstacles.
Ms. Chenfeld learned about the Rock Academy through a friend and was interested in applying once she moved to San Diego. She says, “…after my first interview with Emilie and Gayl I knew this place was different and that I wanted to be a part of it.” She feels God calling her to a Christian education and understands the impact those around her have on her life. Surrounding herself with fellow Christian co-workers and teachers is an excellent way to connect with those people on a deeper level. She also enjoys learning more about faith from her students and seeing God work in and through them.
A certain obsession of Ms. Chenfelds is coffee, and she loves starting her morning with a nice hot cup. She also enjoys reading, especially on the weekends, and prefers her pizza pineapple free. She is also particularly fond of nicknames, and the meaning behind them. Our 2nd grade class is going to have an excellent year full of learning, laughs, and new experiences!
Jacob Martinez (12), Staff Writer – September 20, 2021
I had the opportunity to interview the new teacher in charge of ESP, Kelly Welsh. Here are some of the questions I asked and the answers she gave:
Q: What are three words that describe you?
A: Passionate, discerning, and impulsive
Q: Do you have any funny class moments?
A: Funny class moments? I can’t spell and I’m really bad at math, so kids are always laughing at my errors.
Q:What made you take the path your career took you?
A: I had always wanted to be a school counselor but I found in SD City schools your hands were tied in the amount of help you were able to offer and you could not talk about the hope that lies within you. Jesus.
Q: How has your faith impacted your life?
A: My faith has given me direction and purpose but it has also saved me from the worst of my Simon Peter tendencies. Helping my husband fight cancer for 15 years caused me to lean hard on my faith. I understand His peace beyond comprehension. I have rested in that peace. Felt it in my bones.
Q: How did God lead you to come to this school?
A:I feel that everything in my past prepared me for what God had instored for my next steps. God was refining me and continues to do so. He was sanding off my rough edges so that I would be gentler and more tenderhearted.
Cody Wallace (12), Staff Writer – September 20, 2021
Three words that describe Mr. Ramos are learner, called, and dreamer. Mr. Ramos is a native San Diegan and attended Valhalla Highschool, where he played football and lacrosse. He attended Point Loma Nazarene University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Nutrition with an emphasis in Health Education. Mr. Ramos then received his Masters in Criminology with research in human trafficking from Arizona State University. Finally, he received his Doctorate in Education, where his research is focused on persistence and graduation protective factors among Native American students in higher education. As seen in Mr. Ramos’s educational background he loves reading, writing, and doing research. Mr. Ramos first started teaching while working with adults as a health educator. He then transitioned into teaching incarcerated middle and highschool students. From there Mr. Ramos taught communication, education, criminology, and leadership courses as a professor at the college level.
Mr. Ramos found the Rock Academy after feeling God call him into teaching at the elementary level. He says his favorite part of working at the Rock is his freedom to share his faith with his students and is amazed with the exceptional teachers and administrators that work here. Mr. Ramos currently teaches third grade at the Rock and loves that he can start each class day with prayer. Lastly, he looks forward to different opportunities to publish research on the ways that Christian education impacts the social, emotional development of young children and adolescents.
Kiersen Landes, Staff Writer
Kiersen Landes is a high school senior who has been at the Rock for 2 years. She is the ASB vice president and runs for the track team. In her free time, you can usually find her journaling or reading her book at a coffee shop.
Jacob Matinez, Staff Writer
Hey I am Jacob Martinez and have been attending the Rock for 11 years. I love hanging with my friends and spreading the Word of God.
Cody Wallace, Staff Writer
Has attended the Rock since first grade. Cody is part of the football team and enjoys photography and the outdoors.