Kristy Nickell, High School Teacher - Math and Science
Email: kristy.nickell@ccschool.net
 
Colorado Springs was my stomping ground growing up.  When I was in middle school my parents served as Short Term Assistants with Wycliffe Bible Translators--first in Mexico City for a summer, then in Colombia, South America for a year.  When we were in Colombia I was in 9th grade and I attended the school there for the children of the missionaries.  That was my first exposure to Christian education.  When we returned to the US I begged my parents to allow me to attend a private Christian school rather than returning to public school.  That school was a great blessing to me and I graduated valedictorian of my class.  However, that's not saying a whole lot as there were only 8 students in my class!  After a gap year in Mexico, I attended John Brown University, a private Christian university in Arkansas, where I received an AA degree in Music Pedagogy with an emphasis on piano, and a BA degree in Biblical Studies.  

Two years later I met my husband Tom at the University of Texas at Arlington where I was taking graduate courses in linguistics in preparation for joining Wycliffe Bible Translators.  We were married that summer and spent 10 years in the Philippines working on  translating the New Testament into a previously unwritten language.  We returned to the US in 1992 and purchased Bethany Book Room from (everyone's!) Aunt Helen in 1993.  We ran Bethany Book Room until it closed in 2015.  

We have six children.  The first three were born in the Philippines and the rest were born in Kentucky.  When the oldest was 10 we began homeschooling.  This was something I had wanted to do for a long time, but because of demands at the bookstore it was not possible.  A friend who homeschooled introduced me to it and I was hooked!  I found that I loved education and was often found reading books on education philosophy and trying out unusual methods with my own children.  We have educated all of our children at home through high school.  The last one is a senior this year.  I am happy to be able to say that so far they have all excelled academically at the college level, but more importantly, they are excelling at being deeply committed Christians, which, to me, is far more important.  

I am thrilled to be able to step into this position and help facilitate a far more excellent high school education for your children.  Though some things may seem a bit unusual, I think you will be pleased with the end result.  I am looking forward to a Grand Adventure and I hope you are too!