Mike Severino-Patterson is our Ag and Life Sciences Instructor. What he loves about IMS is the small class sizes, the energy of the students and the general learning environment. He feels that the one word to describe IMS is collaborative. Everyone here works together to get things done.
His favorite parts of his job include..everything! FFA, the greenhouse, getting outside with my science classes, getting to know students and teachers better are all things that Mike enjoys about being at IMS.
What does Suzanna love about IMS? “I love how everyone knows each other, that we are like a family, and that everyone participates in activities.” Suzanna says the best word to use to describe IMS is family because everyone notices you and teachers really care about students.
Suzanna sees how teachers are really willing to go above and beyond for students. She has seen this with English instructor, Maya Kehr Yoder. “I have seen how Maya is so willing to go above and beyond for students. Whether it’s staying after class to help someone understand something or working with deadlines for students who feel overwhelmed, she always has the student’s best interests at heart.”
Suzanna also appreciates that you can be involved in so many activities at IMS and everyone is included. “You can start clubs and be the leaders of clubs and team captains where you couldn’t at bigger schools. Kids who would otherwise be shy open up at IMS and you are encouraged to be friends with people who are different than you. Suzanna’s favorite subjects include sociology and history.
If you are interested in seeing what the IMS family is like for yourself, please click on the Visit button on our home page or email our Director of Enrollment, Candi Schmieder, at email@example.com to set up a personal tour.
I knew IMS was a good school that I wanted to attend. But what made me sure of my decision was when I came to the visit days. I saw IMS wasn’t just another school. It’s a place where I am praised for being who I am. It’s a place where I am encouraged to ask questions without reluctance. It’s a place where I am not only accompanied when singing praises to the Creator, but also when I must go through the valley of the shadow of death. It’s a place describable with only one word – home.
I think I’ve been challenged in many ways while at IMS, and not only in difficult academic subjects. If there is something I know to be true, it is that my faith has grown significantly while at IMS. From challenges questioning my perspective to theological discussions with peers, to witnessing an entire community come together to support each other in times of need. These all have shaped and molded me into who I am today.
I have grown in so many ways since coming to IMS. Adolescence is a time when people grow and experience many changes, and coming to IMS helped me grow in the right direction. Attending chapel every day and being able to delve into spirituality in the classroom makes faith an immediate, constant part of life at IMS. The community at IMS has also been a huge influence in my spiritual life. Being able to pray, fellowship, and talk candidly about faith with teachers and classmates makes IMS more than just a school. It has become a church community and support network. I care about the people here, and I know they care about me too. IMS is a great example of the fact that although we might not always agree, we are called to be the body of Christ together.
There is no doubt about the fact that I have been challenged academically. There are rigorous courses in every subject here, and I am already applying concepts from some of them to my everyday life. Required English classes like speech and research have quickly evident practical applications. They taught me skills such as public speaking, writing with an academic tone, and constructing a paper. I have also been pushed outside my comfort zone in areas like math and science, where I am less comfortable naturally, and been able to learn a lot and succeed. History classes have given me a broader perspective to understand how current situations came to be, and in class, we are challenged to consider current events and understand them. Finally, literature courses here have broadened my horizons and given me the tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze literature much more deeply than I ever could before.
IMS is a Christian school with many helpful and friendly teachers who are always prepared to help you understand what they are teaching. It has been a good fit for me because of the Christian based learning and because everyone here wants to make it a better place to be. Everyone is caring and friendly to each other. It is a place where students can be themselves and ignite their minds and spirits.