Nathan Snyder
Upper School Math Teacher since 2014

What brought you to PCA?
I began teaching part-time at PCA for supplemental income alongside my ministry as a part-time Associate Pastor in a local congregation. Yet when I realized how amazing the PCA community is, and what a joy it is to teach here, when the school asked if I would return the following year as a full time teacher, I jumped at the opportunity.

What classes and grade levels do you teach?
I teach most of our upper level high school math classes. Right now I am teaching Honors Pre-Calculus, Topics in Applied College Mathematics, Honors Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC.

What do you love most about PCA?
I love how the love of Christ is evident in the school community.

Why do you like teaching at PCA?
There is such mutual love and respect among faculty, staff, and students. This makes teaching at PCA such a blessing.

What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word?
Community. PCA feels like a big family. Our students look out for each other. Teachers and staff care about and invest ourselves in our students. We also support and pray with and for one another on a daily basis. We genuinely like working together, and take delight in our students.

How are faith and learning integrated at PCA?
Faculty explicitly teach the Christian faith to our students through Bible classes, chapel services, small groups, and our personal interactions with students. We also implicitly teach the faith by viewing all truth as God’s truth, and by teaching our subjects from a biblical worldview.

How do you impact the spiritual formation of students?
I encourage students to seek the Lord and live by faith in him through my personal interactions with them, as well as through the men’s small group which I advise. I also seek to set an example in the classroom of being a joyful learner. Furthermore, I pray for students that they would know the Lord and grow in their walk with him.

What is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom that helps shape the learning experience at PCA?
I love math to the point of being an enthusiastic nerd about it. The more challenging the problem we are tackling in the classroom, the more excited I get. I want students to join me in the excitement of learning new ideas and facing intellectual challenges. This is part of being made in the image of God.

What sets PCA students apart from other students?
When people visit our school, they frequently comment on how respectful and friendly our students are. Most of our students also strive to challenge themselves academically and make the most of opportunities to participate in sports, music, drama, clubs, etc.