September 27, 2020
Faculty Spotlight: Alyssa Strzalka
Alyssa Strzalka (’15) returned to Wheaton Academy this fall as an English teacher. When Alyssa is not in the classroom, she enjoys writing poetry, horseback riding, pottery, and cuddling with her dog.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
I love students! I want to be able to empower people with life skills and help them in their journey of lifelong learning.
What are your favorite moments with students?
My favorite moments with students are those “Aha”– wide-eyed moments where they are able to connect what we are learning to their own lives.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?
I want each of my students to recognize the value and power of their voice. Their identity is in so much more than a grade— it is grounded in their place within Christ’s kingdom.
Why are you passionate about the subject(s) that you teach?
Story and imagination has the power to open up new perspectives and see the diversity of God’s creation. I love teaching English because it is a place where students learn how to communicate well and empathize with situations they may never experiences otherwise.
What advice do you have for parents considering Christian education?
Wheaton Academy is a unique place because of the investment every person on faculty and staff puts into the students as whole people. Students are truly cared for, prayed over, and valued.
At Wheaton Academy, we believe that students grow to become like their teachers (Luke 6:40)—that’s why it’s so important that 100% of our faculty, coaches, and staff are empowered to speak Biblical truth to our students.