Kendra Morrison is joyfully passionate about teaching, learning and creating. She earned her Master’s in teaching from Bethany College and has taught at elementary schools for seven years. Mrs. Morrison is also a professional artist having earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington. When she’s not in the classroom she can be found in her art studio creating original works of art. Her favorite part of teaching is encouraging students to become life-long learners and explorers, and to walk with Christ daily. Mrs. Morrison has two boys, a wonderful husband, and a very kind dog named Doogle.
Kathryn McClure was born and raised in Scotts Valley. After graduating from Scotts Valley High School, Kathryn attended Vanguard University of Southern California in Costa Mesa where she pursued her degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in history and a minor in Biblical Studies. Kathryn received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and her MA in Education at San Jose State University. During her time in college, Kathryn served with Young Life, an outreach ministry for high school students. Kathryn has been on part time Young Life Staff for the last four years both in Newport Beach and Scotts Valley. She has also helped coach the girl’s soccer team at Scotts Valley High School for the past two seasons.
Kathryn has a heart for the youth in her community and feels called to instill confidence, value, and a sense of wonder about our intricate world to each of her students. Kathryn is looking forward to meeting her students and hopes to challenge and affirm each child everyday! In her free time, Kathryn enjoys hiking, camping, reading, being at the beach, and spending time with her husband.
Hi, my name is Jason Braun. I am very privileged to be the new music teacher here at Baymonte. What can I say about my life? Simply this—each season of my life has been met by the grace of Jesus Christ, and my failures have been met by His faithfulness. My calling in music and teaching started in my early 20’s, just playing guitar on a park bench at U.C. Irvine. Some Christian students came over to talk and said that I could make music for God—sadly my response at the time was “no thanks”. However God was faithful, and He had a plan for me. I later attended Chico State, where I met my ultra-talented and lovely wife Ling, and I received a B.A. degree in classical guitar with courses in Music Education. After finishing my M.M. degree at San Diego State, Ling and I moved to Boston. There I completed my teaching credential and began teaching violin and guitar classes in the Boston Public Schools. At the time, we lived in an old apartment directly across from a church. One day I crossed the street to ask for a Bible to read, and I was given one, along with the encouragement “the grace of God is calling you”. In 2005 our amazing daughter Jocylin was born, and I received full time work back in California, as a band and orchestra director with the Redwood City School District. Through a wonderful young student named Jonathan and his loving parents, I was invited for home meals and fellowship, and as the Gospel was shared with me, I gave my life to Christ. Shortly after, I began singing and playing guitar and cello at Shoreline Community Church in Mountain View, and began a 9 year stay with the Portola Valley School District, where I taught band, string orchestra, and guitar classes. Then, in 2009, along came Lydia the fearless one, our second daughter. In 2013, while still with Portola Valley, I also began teaching on an hourly basis at Sunnyvale Christian School, offering lessons in what would become K-5 classes in recorder and guitar. This was especially rewarding because SCS is a ministry partner of our family’s home church—Crosswalk Community Church. Finally, after this past year with the Hollister School District (and a 600 mile per week commute) I am thrilled to be at Baymonte, and to give my best to Christ, to students, and their families.
So, in closing, I love sharing music with kids, and to be allowed to do this while also serving the Lord is such a good, good gift.
“He gave you love now, so love your brother
He gave you a bell, so let it ring
He gave you a song; better keep on singing
For you’ll be known by the songs that you sing
He gave you a fire; keep on burning
He gave you a light; better let it shine
He gave you a prayer wheel; just keep on turning
And I believe we’ll be together, hallelujah,
When we reach the other side”.
Johnny Cash, “Over There”.
If you have a teenager, you will probably not be surprised to hear that the most recent studies suggest the average teen spends over nine hours a day in front of a screen. To some of us, this statistic may sound exaggerated, inflated or just flat out wrong, but in my experience with students, this is a conservative number.
This next generation lives online and in front of screens. Between social media and binge watching Netflix, a vast majority of our kids really do live with one foot in an alternate reality.
The reasons I raise the issue of this study is because of the recent conversations I have had with some of my middle school students this year. During lunches I often walk around and float from group to group joining in on conversations and hanging out. Recently, I approached a group as they were discussing the new show they were currently binge watching, 13 Reasons Why, their up-to-date music obsessions including DJ Khaled’s single “I’m The One,” and the all important topic of who had the better lunch and why crust on bread was ever even invented. As kids finished their food the conversations began to die, the group disbanded and a game of nine-square began. A typical Monday lunch.
What was of interest to me was the casualty of tone in which they discussed a few of the ‘afore mentioned topics. Had I been a few years older, or not around young teens everyday, there is a good chance I may not have known what these things were. Reading the paragraph above… do you? Or if you were to see them in the search history of Netflix or iTunes, would you think twice about them?
In case you have not heard of either, here is a brief synopsis:
I’M THE ONE: Amassing over 100+ Million views on YouTube within the first two weeks of its release, the song and music video features major stars like Chance The Rapper and Justin Bieber. The misogynistic lyrics (note: profanities) make the case for why a girl should want to be with them: They’re rich. The video opens with an invitation from Khaled to his crew to come over and “celebrate life, success, and our blessings”. And what are those “blessings”? Girls. Girls that Chance The Rapper and Beiber (both of whom profess to be Christian and have sung worship songs and hymns in concert) talk about in explicit ways.
13 REASONS WHY: Netflix’s current hit is about a teenage girl who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes depicting the exact reason and the people responsible for her suicide. The show is extremely graphic with a plethora of profanity, the F-Word, more than one rape scene, a viewing of the actual slitting of wrists and death of a teen girl, as well as the normalization of underage drinking, homosexuality, and incompetent adults.
Now while I did share my thoughts with the students in the moment, I do not write to condemn either of these things necessarily; I trust your discretion as parents’ regarding what you feel is appropriate for your child in terms of media. (I do, however, think that awareness of what our kids are consuming nine hours of their day is so important to protecting them and helping them make wiser choices.) Especially since it is suggested, according to one study, that 70% of kids hide their online activity from their parents. So what do we do with this ever changing climate of culture and technology we are trying to raise our children in…?
Baymonte Christian School wants to continually come alongside our parents and aid and support in any way we can. In this spirit, here are a few suggestions I have in regards to your children amidst this crazy digital age…
Architecture elective had a great day by the bay, looking “fly”, sketching and learning about net-zero and green building from Greg Mantz, architect with DPR construction. The kids were able to see a net zero building in action, learn more about garden living walls, solar applications, and use of high-end technology in design. – Mrs. McNeill
What could be a better combo of beach, sun, fun and Plein Air watercolor painting! Art elective in action learning to “draw what you see” with watercolor techniques using our beautiful landscape backdrop of Santa Cruz lighthouse and the surf. A trip to a local glass artist studio rounded off the day, with a glass blowing demonstration and a few fun facts about chemistry of glass and its use in creating sculptural pieces. – Mrs. McNeill
Thank you to Hunter Melrose and Boy Scout Troop 674 for landscaping the entrance to the Baymonte Early Childhood Learning Center on Bethany Drive. Hunter, a Baymonte graduate, planned and executed this project as one of his requirements to become an Eagle Scout. We are proud of Hunter and wish him the best as he continues to develop his leadership skills.
The Middle School Golf Team ended their season yesterday by finishing ahead of all the private schools at the all-league golf tournament at Delaveaga. Baymonte’s 8 man team represented the school well throughout the season. The majority of the team consists of 6th and 7th graders so we look forward to their participation next year. We wish our soon to be graduating 8th grader Jacob Meschi much success as he takes his golf game to the next level in high school.
-Coach Byron Finney