- November 12, 2021
Christy Requejo has taught at The First Academy for 15 years, and she loves getting to watch her students grow throughout their academic careers. Recently, Requejo was one of four staff and faculty members at TFA to be voted a Christian Educator of the Year by the school’s families. “They have supported our Royals through a memorable and historic school year,” TFA staff said of the award winners.
I grew up in a private Christian school and wanted to be able to teach in a similar environment.
There’s so much to love about TFA. When you are here, you are loved. This school has a way of teaching the whole student that impacts students on a personal level.
My motivation in teaching is all about those moments when the students’ passion for learning comes alive. Hearing a student say, ‘I just can’t wait to get to class,’ is one of the best things and motivates me to be my best for them.
Being in a private school, you are able to see the process of growth in students all the way through 12th grade. I love seeing who they become and how they grow in every facet of their lives each year. They are like butterflies breaking their way out, and sometimes, the struggle is hard, but keep in mind, the struggle is what produces the most beautiful butterfly wings.
In my spare time, I enjoy watching my two teenage boys play their sports, and my husband and I swing dance together.
My favorite teacher in high school was my government teacher. She made class enjoyable and encouraged us to push hard in our projects. It never felt like work when we were in there.
I truly had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up, but the Lord guided my direction every step of the way to where I am today.
My biggest inspirations in life are my parents. They have a never-ending attitude of selfless service to others. Even now as they are retired, their mission is how can they serve and they are busier than ever. That’s who I want to be.
Love. I think especially now, kids and adults alike need to know that someone cares about them. Teenagers especially want to know that they fit in and are loved. So a never-ending supply of love would be awesome.
I can’t pick when it comes to music! I seem to float around and change my mind all the time, but praise and worship music is what fills me up, with disco a close second.