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Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Shields First Grade Teacher

December 04, 2017
By Marketing Director

I have been a teacher since I was a young child. I laid my stuffed animals in a straight line on the floor, close enough to see my 3’X 4’ blackboard, which was fastened to my wall at about my eye level of forty-eight inches. I loved writing my name and spelling words like “dog, cat, and run.” I used to breathe in that clean smell of untouched white chalk!

When it was story time, my “students” would sit in a circle while I read exciting stories of Dick and Jane. I spoke with animation in my best teacher voice and captured the attention of my audience. Once-in-a-while, Froggy would need to sit in the corner. That is what discipline was like, in the old days.  After a few minutes, I would lovingly have a heart-to-heart talk with him, and bring him back to class just in time for hard math facts, like 1+1=2. He behaved much better after that talk and big hug; even if he did still wear the plastic pants that covered cloth diapers.

Now, I am a slightly older teacher at Achiever Christian School. Instead of writing on a blackboard with smooth cold chalk, I write on a large whiteboard with low-odor wipe-off markers. I still love teaching children how to write words, and in first grade, our words start out simple enough to build confidence in my precious little ones.

Story time is still dynamic! Captivating audiences is still a high priority for me! Instead of reading the books about a brother and sister, we have the latest Journey’s curriculum, filled with wonderful anthologies. Smart discipline, is sometimes needed, but with active learning, it is not an issue. During our math lessons, I often talk like “The Count” from Sesame Street. We become detectives looking to solve mysteries.

Yes, my teaching career continues to blossom, and I am still learning how to make a difference in the lives of my students and their families. Each year is a new adventure. To this day, when I stand in front of my whiteboard, I still think…”Wow! I’m a teacher!”

Kim Shields

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Rigg Physical Ed Director

November 27, 2017
By Marketing Director


I’m Tyler Rigg, the Athletic Director/PE Teacher here at our amazing school. This is my second year teaching at ACS and I’m beyond thrilled to be here. 

My favorite part about being an ACS employee is that I get to share with your children two things I am most passionate about. Those two things are God and sports. I grew up with the most loving and encouraging parents who made a huge impact on my spiritual life. I also attended Christian school from Preschool - 12th grade. It’s my goal to pass on that love for the Lord to your children. I’ve always lived by the verse 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 

I love that our school has a 6th grade student council. I believe it is the perfect opportunity them to conduct themselves as an example in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. 

Though my time is limited with our students during class, I’m also know as the “Lunch Duty Man.” This time allows me to watch the your kids have fun at recess. I enjoy the opportunity to have quality conversations with them each day and encourage them to set excellent examples not only in the classroom, but at recess as well. 

Sports has always been a strong passion of mine. I played a wide variety of sports at an early age, and also played volleyball professionally for two years. I currently coach at a nationally recognized volleyball club in Sunnyvale eight months out of the year. This coaching knowledge has helped to equip me during Physical Education classes . 

While in class, I enjoy working with athletes of all levels. My goal is to make sure every student finds at least one sport they enjoy, and that this foundation will allow them to stay active throughout their life. My favorite sport to teach at ACS is swim. We are so fortunate to have two beautiful pools at ACS. In swim class, the students develop swim stroke skills and confidence in the water. Selfishly, I love swim classes!  When it’s free time, I usually take a dip in the pool and play fun pool games with the kids. BEST JOB EVER! 

Lunch Ideas!

October 11, 2017
By Marketing Director

I’ve scoured the Pinterest boards to find the Top 10 Lunch Prep Postings! These are simple and easy to do.  From Picky to Adventurous eaters there is something for everyone!

At Achiever Christian School we don’t have a hot lunch program. Our parents may need some help getting creative with lunches and if their children are anything like mine they don’t like the same thing over and over!   Enjoy our Top 10 Lunch Posting List!

Follow us on Pinterest to see more!

The Pinning Mama: No sandwiches

One Crazy House: Includes a lunch checklist

Taming Twins: Preschool ideas/no sandwiches

Keeley Mcguire: How to Pack Hot Foods in a Thermos {PLUS 35+ Ideas for Lunches}

A Mom’s Impression: 20 Kid-friendly lunches

Natasha’s Kitchen: Practical hot and cold lunch ideas 30 Creative lunch ideas

It’s A Fun Kabob ideas

Holly 125 Healthy Lunch ideas   

Modern Honey: Healthy and easy ideas with a nice list for each

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Rickly Spanish & Performing Arts Teacher

October 09, 2017
By Marketing Director

The Adventure Continues...

I absolutely love adventure and excitement. That is why I love being a teacher at Achiever Christian School (ACS). As the Spanish and Performing Arts teacher, every day is a new adventure! No two days could possibly look the same when you work with goofy, sweet and caring elementary schoolers! My favorite part of my job is having the opportunity to interact with ALL of our precious students each week. They are all so vastly different and have unique giftings from God.

This is my second year teaching at ACS. In my first year, I had the privilege of teaching our third grade class and I loved it. From multiplying and dividing to reading huge chapter books for the first time, third grade is a year of adventure, growth and change. The students ventured into uncharted math territory and underwent a dramatic change and maturing process. It was an absolute joy to watch.

As a teacher, I spend so much time with each group of students that I teach! It’s sort of a weird feeling at the end of the school year when you realize that you have to say goodbye to a group of children that you have gotten to know on a deep level. Last year, I dreaded the end as I knew that my sweet students would be moving to 4th grade. As the year progressed and I decided to continue my career at ACS as the Spanish and Performing Arts teacher, one of my first thoughts was, “YAY!!! I don’t have to say goodbye!!” I was overjoyed when I got to tell my 3rd graders that I would get to be their teacher the following year and that I would be continuing on their educational journey with them.

As an enhancement teacher (as we call it at ACS), I will get to continue on ALL of my students’ educational journeys. As they progress through each year of elementary school, I will keep seeing them and I will never have to say goodbye at the end of a school year (until they get to 6th grade and graduate, of course). I will get to see their growth and change in a unique way as they move all the way from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Seeing kids learn, grow, change and mature is such a unique experience. That’s what makes my job full of daily adventure.

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