Student Spotlight: Eliana Dawel Rocha

[dropcap3]C[/dropcap3]hristian Education is still a new idea in Brazil. There are few Christian schools, and teachers do not quite know how to incorporate biblical integration in their classes. The Association of Christian Schools International has worked hard to train and equip teachers in this practice, but there is still a lot to be done.

Through the cohort at Pan American Christian Academy (PACA) Cairn University brought us, Brazilians, an education of excellence and quality, with the biblical worldview of education in God’s way. It also brought new practices and information about everything that’s occurring in the modern world of education. The University left their “home” and came to “our house” to enable us. What a privilege! What a blessing! This master’s degree in education is a gift from God to us Brazilians! We can see the Lord’s hand moving the heart of every professor who gives their time and travels overseas to teach us valuable lessons and practices for our classrooms.

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I have the opportunity to teach the historical facts by integrating them with the Christian worldview that I have learned from the Cairn University professors.
[/blockquote]My life, my career and my ministry have been impacted with everything I have learned. All materials are current, lessons are practical, and teachers are highly qualified. As a history teacher, I have the privilege to teach my students to look at the history of humanity from God’s point of view, recognizing that He is the author of history. Students are encouraged to see that the facts and events are results of decisions and actions of people’s acts of obedience or disobedience to God’s standards, and I have the opportunity to teach the historical facts by integrating them with the Christian worldview that I have learned from the Cairn University professors. My classes have improved after each semester of my classes because I get useful and practical tools that can be used immediately. This is the ministry that God has entrusted in my hands and it is up to me to fulfill it with excellence. Professors from Cairn are living examples of excellence. The cohort in Brazil is in the final stretch. We will be taking our last courses this summer and then we will work on our master’s theses. Thank you, Cairn University. I also thank the Pan American Christian Academy for all the support and financial aid. And the verse that comes to my mind is Psalm 116:12 – “What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me?”

[framed_box]Eliana Dawel Rocha has been a teacher at Pan American Christian Academy in São Paulo, Brazil since 1996. She has been married to Jaime Viera Rocha for 25 years and they have raised two daughters, Aline and Danielle. Eliana is earning her M.S. in Education degree through Cairn’s PACA cohort group.

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