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THE MAJORITY OF faculty members have chosen not only to teach at Christchurch, but also to call Christchurch home. Some 80 percent of teachers and staff live on campus, and even those who don't have a campus address share meals with students, coach sports teams, lead co-curricular activities, and build relationships with their students that extend beyond the classroom.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN students and teachers who share a community makes learning less an academic experience and more a part of real life. Discussions that begin during class continue in the dining hall, on the playing field, and in the residence halls. Because Christchurch teachers come to know the whole person, not just the student they see in the class, they are able to advise students on a more personal level. Students, in turn, see their teachers as adults they can trust, not just the people who administer their tests.
TEACHERS WHO ALSO SERVE as dorm parents live with students day in and day out. These campus parents come to know and care for "their kids" on a deep personal level and are always available to offer guidance not only academically, but also socially or emotionally.
MORE THAN TEACHING, being a Christchurch faculty member is co-parenting. Every faculty member is a different kind of parent, and every faculty member brings a different set of skills to offer students. When a student needs advice, motivation, encouragement, or nurturing, he or she has 6-plus caring adults ready to meet that need.
THIS CAMPUS FAMILY extends beyond Christchurch teachers. Every adult on campus, from the headmaster to the members of the maintenance staff, is an an advocate for the students.
AS ONE CHRISTCHURCH TEACHER said it best, " Teaching at Christchurch is not a way to earn a paycheck. It's a way to live your life. The reward isn't in what we do for the kids. It's in what the kids do for us."