Mr. Tooley

How long have you been at HCS?
I have been at LAB/HCS for 29 years.

What are some of your favorite/funniest memories during your time in the classroom?
Some of my most favorite moments have taken place after a chapel service when students come forward to trust in Christ as their Savior. Being able to pray with a student to become a Christian still make me smile ear to ear. Classroom moments are many but there is no greater joy than sharing a laugh with a room full of students. The Lord has truly blessed my life with many special moments of joy and laughter with a room full of students.

What did you do before beginning your ministry at HCS?
I was a teacher then principal before coming to HCS. I began my teaching adventure as a first grade teacher….then third grade teacher and then Principal.

What do you enjoy doing outside of HCS?
I love to read and write. Last year the Lord greatly blessed our lives by making it possible to have a book published. I am presently working on a second book about how GOD used HCS to raise an amazing sum of money to build a Ministry Center in Nicaragua. I also love playing and following sports.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
People are surprised that I wanted to be a mailman as a child growing up. As a child, I used to walk with our mailman and help deliver the mail. You get to be outside along with meeting and greeting people along the way.

What are some of the biggest advancements you’ve noticed during your time at HCS?
Technology has truly been a major advancement since I came to HCS. It is comical to think how we used to take attendance, grade students, etc.

Why do you think Christian education is so important?
Christian education focuses on educating the entire make up of student…..the mind, soul, and body. The most important aspect of each and every person is the soul. Christian education focuses on laying the foundation of a student in all areas……and most importantly the soul which in fact lasts for eternity. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “To raise a child in mind and not in morals is to raise a menace to society.”

What is your favorite thing about Heritage Christian School?
These are a few of my favorite things…There is something special and invigorating about being with young people. They bring energy and excitement wherever they go. I cannot answer this question without including the faculty and staff. They are much more than colleagues…they are dear and life long friends. I also must say that YOGURTVILLE is also one of my favorite things.

What is one piece of wisdom you can share with parents?
Spend time with God each and every day. Enjoy and cherish the time you are able to spend with your child. Be involved with the lives of your child. Put that cell phone away and enjoy the presence of your child.