Superintendent Rejoins the Classroom

April 19, 2021 | Education | Melanie Lawson

This last school year had a rocky start for Boise Valley Adventist School. After a series of circumstances presented themselves early into the new school year, BVAS found itself without a middle school teacher. Hiring in the fall proved to be a difficult task as the pool of available teachers was extremely limited. Therefore, after a fervent but futile effort, the Idaho Conference superintendent, Patrick Frey, returned to the classroom to lend a hand. This is the first time since he's been the superintendent that he had to step back into the classroom as a teacher. 

Frey had to call on his 30 years of experience as he joined the middle school grades. He recalls, “My first day at school, students had to show me where everything was and what had been taught up to that point. The first week was a wild time, and I was flying by the seat of my pants. However, I was blessed by a really great group of students that were kind and patient with me as I learned. In addition, our office manager, Gerry, was a big help with information and reminders.”

Despite his eight-year absence from teaching, Frey quickly embraced the classroom experience and looked forward to diving into the curriculum. Staff admired his willingness to step back into the classroom and reacquaint himself with teaching in today’s world. They noted his energy rivaled that of any child, and he had a great ability to relate with the students. Principal Ken Utt noted, “He has done a fantastic job of teaching and building student morale.” In addition, Frey did an admirable job of continuing his superintendent duties while teaching full time.

Frey notes that one adjustment has been greeting the principal as "boss" and having the principal greet him the same in return depending on which hat he’s wearing at the time. He hopes his efforts are helping to make a difference in the school and in the lives of his students. “I feel very blessed to be in the classroom this year," he says. "It has been a great experience and has reminded me of all the hard work dedicated teachers do every day.”  

Frey subscribes to "TGIM" (Thank Goodness It’s Monday) and looks forward to beginning each new week with his students. Although the other teachers haven’t fully bought into his cheer, he believes they will come around.