She’s dedicated, funny, likeable, astute, faithful and committed. Meet Pam Calaway, Iowa Christian Academy’s English teacher.
Calaway teaches her favorite subject, English, to ninth, 10th and 11th graders. This includes American and British literature, AP literature and sometimes Logic and Public Speaking.
“I love, love, love my students,” she says. “They have a sense of humor; they are enthusiastic, good-natured and open-minded.”
There are so many reasons to like teaching English at Iowa Christian Academy, she continues. The fact that they get to pray over everything is one large part of her blissfulness here.
The environment at Iowa Christian Academy is one of high energy and friendly smiles, and not just from the staff. The students have a wonderfully tight bond which allows for the upper classman to buddy with the elementary-age students. It gives younger students a chance to look up to someone they like, and older students the chance to be admired.
“We handle our issues with a Godly perspective,” Calaway says. “We really do live our faith here.”
Outside of the classroom, the opportunity for family involvement is vast. If parents aren’t cleaning, doing yard work or putting together boxes of crafts and clothes for a mission, they are helping unexpectedly.
During class one day, a parent brought Calaway an oak book shelf. Apparently one student was wearing thin about being reminded to steer clear of the “wobbly book shelf.” Moments like those are a perfect reminder that the parent involvement here is paramount.
Coming up soon is a fall favorite — the pretend funeral of Romeo and Juliet. Calaway and her students will write the obituaries, plan the memorial service, bring food and wear black. Not surprisingly, parents will show up, too… in black.
When not talking British Lit, teaching speech or planning a pretend funeral, Calaway enjoys reading, spending time with her three children and being devoted with her husband to a 10-week Farrell workout. She loves when her students cheer her on as they know she gets up before 4 a.m. to work out.