Maya loves the community at IMS. This summer she had the opportunity (i.e. obligation) to serve jury duty for a civil lawsuit. In the course of that case, she witnessed the inner-workings of a corporation that seemed to operate routinely in a cold, dehumanizing manner. After the trial, she reflected on just how grateful she is that she works in a community where Jesus is at the center. Maya says, “We are still a community made up of imperfect humans (myself included), but there is so much love here. I have always known I have co-workers here I can trust, students who I can see blossom, and supportive parents who make up the best PTO around.”

The word Maya would use to best describe IMS is ‘crossroad’. IMS is a place where different areas of our life and our community intersect. There are a few quotes on her wall to remind her and her students about the worth of knowledge if it’s separated from our spiritual selves and about the worth of busyness and toiling if we don’t rest and learn to know God and who God is shaping us to be.

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, but forfeit his soul?” -Jesus

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” -Socrates

Maya feels IMS is also a crossroad of differing family systems, cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds. “We need crossroads. I believe we need these more than ever.”

If you are interested in seeing what the IMS community is like for yourself, please click on the visit button on our home page or email our Director of Enrollment, Candi Schmieder, at to set up a personal tour.