We’re excited to introduce to you another member of our SCS community, Mr. Ethan Moore, high school teacher. Read below to learn more about Mr. Moore and why he loves teaching at SCS.
What do you teach at SCS? What grades/school divisions?
I teach the 11th grade Bible class, Theology and Apologetics CP in our High School Bible Department, and AP Language in our High School English Department. I am also an assistant baseball coach for both our JV and varsity teams.
What brought you to SCS?
From early on in my Christian faith, I felt the pull to ministry, in particular to teaching ministry. When I got to seminary, I realized that teaching in the context of a Christian school felt more suited to my interests, abilities, and calling than working in church ministry, and so I started applying to just about every private Christian school around with a particular hope of making it to SCS, which, by the grace of God, I did.
How long have you been a teacher at Southside Christian School?
This year will be my third at Southside Christian School.
How do you see Christ working in the lives of your students?
My class is inherently very academic, and so (hopefully) there is growth in intellectual knowledge of the aspects of the Christian faith and Christian theology. Far importantly though, I see Christ working in the lives of my students when they are willing to be vulnerable with me and their classmates in class, when they stand up for each other and each other's ideas, when they forgive one another, and when they reach out to one another in gentleness and respect.
Where did you attend college/what degree?
I attended Clemson University where I received my BA in English Literature, and then I went to Anderson University for my Master of Divinity.
Where did you grow up/where are you from?
I grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and attended Dorman High School. And I suppose because I am lame, I never ventured too far from home.
What do you love about teaching at SCS?
The students. Each one of them is a uniquely made image of God, and each one of them has endless things to teach me about God and the Kingdom. If you'll indulge me, a quick story: In AP Language, I sometimes ask students to read, evaluate, and offer feedback on their peers' writing. When we finished reading Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, students wrote an essay which was then evaluated by their colleagues. I watched as one student, while reading an essay, began jumping up and down and pounding the table in excitement over her classmate's commentary. To see a high school student not only that excited about classic literature, but her classmate's thoughts on that classic literature was, as Shakespeare would put it, such stuff as dreams are made on.
What is the one thing you want your students to take away from your class?
I obviously hope to instill in my students a love and passion for the Lord and for His Word, but in my less self-aggrandizing moments, I hope that I help my student – in Bible and in English, actually – understand how to ask the right questions. Our class is a consistent struggle to ask the right questions and find true answers, and I hope that I help my students see how to struggle well with the hard questions of faith and life.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to lift weights, think about baseball, read and write poetry, and spend time with my wife, Taylor, and dog, Scout.
If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?
According to the Buzzfeed quiz I took in order to answer this question, I would be peanut butter ice cream (didn't know that was a thing) because I am "clumsy and in touch with my feelings… fiery, but fun!"