A few months ago we shared a newsletter about a typical day in the life of the Starkenburg family, with a special focus on Jessica and the kids. But maybe you were left wondering, what does Liam actually do?
At first, this seemed like a boring picture newsletter topic, because there are days it seems Liam spends 95% of the time in meetings or answering emails, which doesn't look very exciting. But when we stopped to look at what happens between meetings, or the purpose of those meetings, things take on new life. Here are some of the typical things in Liam's life.
Greeting Students in the Morning.
Right after faculty devotions, Liam spends about 15 minutes most mornings welcoming students to school.
Meeting with Parents.
Liam leads many meetings with parents throughout the school year to discuss school goals, parenting advice (such as teaching responsibility and wise use of screens) and other topics related to each stage of their children's growth.
Joint Administrative Leadership Teams.
NCA has grown into an association of three schools, and that means a lot of opportunities for collaboration between the leadership of each of our NCA schools.
Student Council Breakfast.
Once a year, the administrative team takes each of our student councils (elementary and secondary) out to breakfast to work together and share ideas on school improvement, with a special emphasis on the student perspective.
The school board and administrative team meet together about once a month to discuss accomplishments, challenges, finances and school improvement.
Senior Bible Class.
Liam really enjoys teaching the senior Bible class every year. The class is called "God in Popular Culture" and focuses on Biblical worldview and living out practical faith on a day-to-day basis.
Whenever we do small or big construction projects, Liam is closely involved in developing the initial design and coordinating with the contractor.
Like many other teachers and some upperclassmen, Liam leads a small discussion group about once a month with 7th-8th grade students.
International Schools of Managua.
Liam has taken a lot of leadership in organizing collaboration meetings with the leadership of several other international schools in Managua.
Liam is a faculty advisor for this student activity (like Model United Nations in the context of the Organization of American States). Students develop debate and public speaking skills while tackling challenging issues facing the nations of the western hemisphere.
Liam's job is full of a lot more things that are not very photogenic but have a major impact on the operations and direction of the school.