What is your position at HCS??
P.E. Teacher and Athletic Director
What do you love most about HCS??
The support everyone has for each other. Staff, families and students all support each other and it is a great community to be a part of.
What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.
Family. It is not a place that people just clock in and out of. There is a passion from our teachers and staff. Our families are so involved and committed. Our students are joyful and friends with each other at school and outside of school. People genuinely care about each other, again at a level you don’t always find.
How do you integrate faith and your job at HCS??
It is an awesome place to work because we are able to integrate our faith throughout the day. Talking to students about God’s calling for them. What it means to be a Christian when dealing with issues around sportsmanship, losing, winning, perseverance, work ethic, …etc.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your position at HCS??
I have had a passion for my job since I was 12 years old. I attended HCS and at that time we did not have a sports program. I spent my 7th grade year begging Middle School teachers to start a team or sports program. My 8th grade year we were able to play in one basketball game as an initiation into the league. Mrs. Horiuchi headed it up and Dan Willard, head of the league, was kind enough to allow us to join. I was so excited and gathered all my friends to play. From there we were accepted into the league and fully joined the following year. Mrs. Horiuchi became the first HCS Athletic Director and Dan Willard is still head of the league to this day.
I came back and coached starting when I was in high school. I watched my brothers play in the league for years. Even at a young age it seemed like such a wonderful thing for students to be able to play with their friends and represent their school. The chance to play in a Christian league. To try various sports that they might not otherwise try. It is such a joy now to be able to offer that to our students.
What sets HCS students apart from other students?
We have very thoughtful and polite students. Parents and teachers take the time to talk to students about the importance of please and thank you. How to hold a door open for someone. How to shake someone’s hand and appropriately greet someone. These may seem like trivial things to some, however I see how it sets our students apart. We have coaches that come here for the first time and are always so impressed with our students maturity and kindness. They always say you don’t find Middle Schoolers that show such respect to coaches or each other in other places.