Austin Shenk

Austin was born and raised in the inner city. God has used this advantage to give him great enthusiasm and desire to see youth follow and love Christ with their all. He loves to build on the past to make the future better. After three years as a teacher's aide at Tidings of Peace Christian School he spent two years at Faith Builders in the Teacher Apprenticeship Program with a focus in administration. He returned to TOP for two years as a high school homeroom teacher. He loves to teach history and speech and has a passion for school administration that honors God and equips staff to serve their students well. He's passionate about attracting and developing staff who love the art of teaching and maintain contagious spiritual vitality.

31 Contributions

Faithful to the End: A Web Meeting for Administrators and High School Students
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Video

On April 24, a group of teachers and school leaders met to discuss: How can teachers support struggling students at Read More...

The Riot and the Dance | A Documentary Review
Publication Date: 2020-04-16 | File type: Blog Post

The relationship between Good Friday, COVID-19, and Easter “We are extremely wet inside.” The simple, innocent opening statement by Dr. Read More...

Best Practices for Distance Teaching During COVID-19 (Webinar)
Publication Date: 2020-04-09 | File type: Video

“> In this recorded Zoom meeting, three teachers discuss their schools’ approaches to the challenges of the shutdown. Download the Read More...

A Prayer During COVID-19: The Speed of Grace
Publication Date: 2020-04-09 | File type: Blog Post

Oh Lord, My life has been a constant state of rushing, from one thing to the next. On the Appalachian Read More...

A School-from-Home Plan (PA)
Publication Date: 2020-03-13 | File type: Document

Tidings of Peace Christian School drew up this plan in case it becomes illegal or inadvisable to have students attend Read More...

Letter to My Father
Publication Date: 2020-01-10 | File type: Blog Post

Faithfulness, Part III Clayton Shenk founded Tidings of Peace Christian School in York, PA, and led the school for 24 Read More...

Why Should We Teach Government?
Publication Date: 2019-12-14 | File type: Article

Image by Ann Dixon via Pixabay In a recent email exchange, David Yoder asked, “What would be your response to Read More...

Faithfulness Toolbox
Publication Date: 2019-12-11 | File type: Blog Post

As a 20-year-old, I mistakenly believed that faithfulness meant saying, “Yes!” to every request I received.  Not only was that Read More...

Agenda, Rotation, Schedule, and Dates to Know
Publication Date: 2019-12-06 | File type: Document

This list of board meetings and major agenda items can provide suggestions for your own board schedule. The second page Read More...

Board and Administrator Roles
Publication Date: 2019-12-06 | File type: Document

In this list, the board chairman or the administrator is assigned lead responsibility for each of 34 tasks. Customize the Read More...

Board Binder Tabs
Publication Date: 2019-12-06 | File type: Document

This simple document can be quickly modified and printed to provide the cover and spine insert for a 3-ring binder. Read More...

Tidings of Peace Christian School By-Laws
Publication Date: 2019-12-06 | File type: Document

Tidings of Peace Christian School’s bylaws govern the qualifications, duties, and elections of officers, the protocol for calling meetings, and Read More...

TOP Parent and Student Handbook
Publication Date: 2019-12-06 | File type: Document

The Tidings of Peace handbook explains schedules and procedures of the school’s operations, but also grounds the expectations for parents Read More...

TOP Staff Manual 2018
Publication Date: 2019-12-06 | File type: Document

This staff manual may serve as a source of ideas for your school’s manual. Topics include staff responsibilities, guidelines for Read More...

TOP Board Member Responsibilities
Publication Date: 2019-12-06 | File type: Document

So you’ve joined the school board. What are you supposed to do? Tidings of Peace drew up this description of Read More...

Modeling Faithfulness
Publication Date: 2019-11-29 | File type: Blog Post

As a 20-year-old, I entered the teaching profession as a pit stop on my way to bigger and better things. Read More...

Three Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Teaching
Publication Date: 2019-08-23 | File type: Blog Post

As a 20-year-old, I started my career in education with no desire to make it a career. I knew it was Read More...

Good Morning, Sunshine!
Publication Date: 2019-05-17 | File type: Blog Post

Life change comes through establishing and working proper routines. As a 20-year-old, I walked into work one day with my Read More...

You Aren’t as Important as You Might Think, But You’re Priceless
Publication Date: 2019-03-13 | File type: Blog Post

As an immature, proud, and inexperienced 20 year old, I applied to teach at Tidings of Peace Christian School.  The Read More...

Speed It Up—Carefully: Old and New Technology to Serve Your School
Publication Date: 2019-02-20 | File type: Video

Isn’t technology great? Possibly. Technology can speed up whatever we’re doing. But if we’re not sure about our goals for Read More...

It Makes Life Really Simple: How LastPass Lets You Forget Your Passwords
Publication Date: 2019-02-19 | File type: Video

Password security: not everyone’s favorite topic. IT staff and large corporations can worry about that. Why do you need to Read More...

Finding Their Place in the World: Teaching History with a Redemptive Perspective
Publication Date: 2019-02-19 | File type: Video

Why should you love teaching history? Austin explains the delight of guiding students through the darkness and brilliance of the Read More...

Civitas: A Classroom Game for Learning How Civilizations Grow
Publication Date: 2019-02-15 | File type: Video

What does it take to sustain a city? How can your students appreciate the work and resources required to make Read More...

It Can Be Done: Preparing for a School Leadership Transition
Publication Date: 2019-02-15 | File type: Video

Download the video or download audio only Years before he stepped down from leading Tidings of Peace Christian School, Clayton Read More...

Civitas Components
Publication Date: 2019-02-14 | File type: Teaching Material

This zip folder contains the printable components for Civitas: Cards representing wood, grain, ore, and other supplies The continent image Read More...

Civitas Teachers Manual
Publication Date: 2019-02-14 | File type: Teaching Material

The teachers’ manual gives instructions for playing the classroom game of civilization-building. Download the manual, preview it below, or Download Read More...

Why You Need a Bluetooth Earpiece
Publication Date: 2019-02-07 | File type: Blog Post

As a 20-year-old, I had a burning desire to be a missionary pilot.  But I didn’t look forward to just Read More...

15 Fun Public Speaking Activities
Publication Date: 2018-02-20 | File type: Teaching Material

Austin shares a collection of ideas for public speaking practice. These activities can help students overcome the barrier of fear Read More...

Public Speaking Activities Slides
Publication Date: 2018-02-20 | File type: Teaching Material

Austin shares a collection of ideas for public speaking practice. These activities can help students overcome the barrier of fear Read More...

Research Paper Binder
Publication Date: 2018-01-24 | File type: Teaching Material

Austin offers this research paper course as an aid in developing the skills of writing. Students are guided to choose Read More...

Helping Students with ADHD: The Anabaptist Advantage
Publication Date: 2017-09-10 | File type: Article

ADHD may feel like a giant of a problem which we are not equipped to handle, but before we loose Read More...

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