Science Teacher, Star Prep Academy (Culver City, California)
For years, Ndindi has known the importance of a good education. Her parents are in ministry in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya and many of their ministry partners serve effectively there because of the academic rigor of Nairobi’s finest colleges and seminaries. When it came time for Ndindi to go to university, she followed their advice and chose Biola as it is well known in the international ministry community.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, she taught at a local K-12 Christian elementary school that was going through its arduous WASC accreditation and saw the need for more instruction. "I was not prepared to do that process and wanted to learn how to help my school achieve its goals." Back she went to Biola for her Master of Education degree as the degree program this time was recommended by her friends who were teaching. As she applied for a job at a school to teach, the person interviewing her said that they really enjoy teachers from Biola as they are very prepared.
Most recently, Ndindi has appreciated the opportunity to be a part of a recent 2-week training camp at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama alongside 250 educators from around the globe. Ndindi’s participation gave her an opportunity to learn different teaching styles for space science. “I’m always interested in looking for people who have great ideas about education. Since we’re not in a country that helps students learn as much as they can, I look regularly for learning opportunities for my students and had the opportunity to go myself.” Participants underwent real-life astronaut training at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center near the University of Alabama, Huntsville, including high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training and state-of-the-art flight dynamics programs.
Ndindi’s education at Biola has served her allowing her the privilege of serving in three private schools and two charter schools, while ultimately giving her the ability to help her students reach for the stars.