A lot can change in 20 years.
Just ask Dr. Megan Kendrick.
An active and proud member of the Village Christian Class of 1997, Kendrick
– then McLeod – now has her doctorate in Urban History from
USC, teaches full time at VCS, and has three children also attending her
“I remember the first few weeks driving up Penrose and coming up
to campus, it felt surreal because I spent so much of my life on this
campus,” says Kendrick, who began teaching at Village for the 2016-2017
school year. “It felt very familiar and comfortable, and a little
bit like home in many ways, but I did notice differences, obviously.”
Megan married Aaron Kendrick (Class of 1996) in 2001, and now has twins
in middle school and another daughter in Elementary.
They are three of the 102 legacy students – children of alumni –
currently enrolled at Village.
“It is weird, but it’s getting a little less weird,”
Kendrick says of seeing her kids walk through the same halls where she
attended school. “I’ve got a picture of [my daughter] Cora
in my drill team outfit on spirit day. It’s pretty special, though.
I think the biggest draw [to VCS] is the community, and the number of
alumni students is testament to that. It’s a special place where
relationships are built.”
For Kendrick, those relationships included Mrs. Parker, Mr. Endacott, Mr.
and Mrs. Hagberg, and Mrs. Fickett. They all shaped her experience at
VCS, as well as set her on her course for the future.
As did her time in history class, specifically AP US History, which helped
foster interest in the subject that would take her all the way to a Ph.D.
Activities were engaging, and students were forced to defend their thinking.
Her writing developed, and before long, she was preparing for her freshman
year at Cal State Northridge.
After completing her degree at CSUN, she began her graduate work at USC,
while also starting a family.
In fact, she mailed off her doctorate dissertation the day before her youngest
daughter was born and defended it on her birthday – December 4, 2008.
She began teaching history as adjunct faculty at a few local colleges before
finally landing at VCS, where she now teaches a variety of history classes.
Beyond Village, what ultimately drew Kendrick to history was her family.
“I was very close to all four of my grandparents, and I just loved
hearing their stories,” she recalls. “I loved hearing about
what life was like when they were my age. I loved sitting and pondering
some of the decisions they made that transformed not only their life but
also had a ripple effect on my own life and experience and opportunities.”
That’s exactly what she aims to provide her students.
Now on the other side of the VCS desks, she says her time as a Crusader
impacted the way she teaches today. She looks to empower students to think
critically and apply information, much like she had to do back in AP US
History and in her heart-to-heart conversations with Mrs. Parker.
While the challenges students face today are very different than they were
20 years ago, with teachers like Kendrick in the classroom, much can also
stay the same – namely, the importance of relationship, empowerment,
and the desire to see students succeed.
After all, what happens during their time at VCS will have a ripple effect
on the rest of their lives.
You can also have an impact on our students by contributing to the Village
Christian School Annual Fund. Donations will directly benefit our students
and further resource teachers like Kendrick to prepare students for life
beyond Village’s walls.
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