By Sage Pitman
Just like Christ Covenant students, high school math teacher Evan Beyer grew up in a small Christian school in Greenville. Because she attended church every week and went to Greenville Christian Academy from first through twelfth grade, Beyer believes that her “childhood was probably like a lot of the students’ lives here.”
“I enjoyed going to a Christian school growing up. I loved that it was small enough that I was close friends with everyone in my class, and I felt like the teachers and students got to know each other really well,” Beyer stated. Beyer believes that “community aspect” of her high school experience among peers and teachers actually influenced big decisions in her life; an example of that would be her strong desire to attend a Christian college in Florida.
Beyer has kept in contact with her high school teachers and enjoys seeing them “when we play GCA in sports or when our [National Honor Society] groups both serve at Special Olympics.”
In high school, Beyer participated in student government, band, choir, cheerleading, and NHS. “Sometimes in bigger schools you don’t get to participate in as many different things.” For her, this was one of the good things about growing up in a small private school. Another benefit was the added motivation to do one’s best “even when nobody was watching…to please the Lord” and not only for the good grades or reputation. “Sometimes getting into the best college or having the best GPA will be by-products of doing excellent work, but that doesn’t have to be your motivation.”
As much as Beyer appreciates her own high school experience, one drawback was actually the lack of diversity among student body opinion. “I don’t know if I ever truly had to take a stand for my faith and risk being different until I was out of high school.”
Beyer is positive that being raised in the private school system has affected her actions and life choices. “I think it definitely shaped my worldview because I was taught things from a Biblical perspective both at home and at school and at church.”
Although, as her students have asked her about her conservative dress in the past, Beyer said that her school’s superlative dress code itself “did not necessarily affect my worldview.” Beyer will commonly wear long skirts or pants to school, maintaining a professional image and serving as a humble model to the students for modest dress. According to Beyer, modesty “should be an attitude of the heart that wants to point others to Jesus instead of [drawing] attention to ourselves.”
The private school system served as “a great foundation” for Beyer’s career path. “Since kindergarten, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I would always play teacher with my stuffed animals and that kind of thing. But it was also the teachers I had in high school that influenced me to serve in the school system.”Beyer has taught in the North Carolina public and private school systems for five years and is in her fourth teaching math at CCS.
“She is the kind of teacher I aspire to be,” history teacher Jon Alder said.
If Beyer could change anything about her high school experiences, she would concentrate more on “investing in people” rather than focusing so intently on her studies. In high school, Beyer spent a great deal of her time on her education while still maintaining “real, close friendships.”
While Beyer readily encourages studying and planning early on for college and one’s intended future, she also recognizes the need for an occasional break. And she has carried this work ethic from high school into her career, she has influenced the faculty, staff, and student body at CCS in ways she may not know.
“Mrs. Beyer has always been an inspiration of mine. She has influenced me to consider becoming a teacher,” Gray stated.