September 9, 2022
Faculty Spotlight: Brian Kelly
Brian joined the Wheaton Academy community this fall. This semester, he teaches English and French.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
I have always enjoyed working with kids, but in college I discovered a love and special ability for instruction. I had several opportunities to volunteer in a classroom and that sold me on the career. I started teaching as soon as I graduated and this will be my tenth year in the classroom.
What are your favorite moments with students?
I love watching students move from a place on confusion to a place on understanding, whether it be in math, language, or literature. Outside of the classroom, I love playing sports or games with students. It offers a great opportunity to see another side of each student.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?
I want students to learn and know deeply that they are loved by their Creator no matter how often they succeed or fail. The love they receive from God and their salvation is not dependent on what they do but on what Jesus has done for them.
Why are you passionate about the subject(s) that you teach?
I am passionate about teaching English because I love how stories can teach us about our nature as human beings. We can see the beauty of human creation and the depravity of our fallenness in a way that lets us discover it ourselves, instead of simply being told about it.
What advice do you have for parents considering Christian education?
My advice for parents is to enter deeply into the partnership with teachers and students. Christian formation happens the most in the home and is supported at a Christian school and at church. It is daunting task but one that strengthens family bonds.
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.