Transforming Teachers - FAQ

  • Can I be removed from your mailing list?

    Absolutely. Just send a note to Harold Klassen and you will be removed immediately.

  • How is Transforming Teachers financed?

    Transforming Teachers is a ministry of TeachBeyond which is financed solely by generous donations from people who believe in the importance of training Christian teachers. Donations designated for Transforming Teachers may be sent to any of the following national offices:

    Send cheques to: TeachBeyond
    2121 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB R2G 1P8 or donate online

    Send checks to: TeachBeyond
    PO Box 6248, Bloomingdale, IL 60102-6248 or donate online

    United Kingdom
    Send cheques to: TeachBeyond UK
    3-2-2 Storey House, White Cross, Quarry Road, Lancaster LA1 4XQ, UK or donate online

    Make bank transfers to: Janz Team e.V.
    Im Käppele 8, 79400 Kandern
    at Sparkasse Lörrach-Rheinfelden, Nr. 1 658 806, BLZ 683 500 48
    or Postgiro Karlsruhe, Nr. 705 58 758, BLZ 660 100 75
    or donate online

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  • What is the Visual Valet?

    The Visual Valet is a visual organizer that can act as a personal assistant for teachers and students. It helps organize Biblical truths, guide in making connections to all of life and learning, and suggest critical questions that need to be answered. In addition, it reminds students and teachers to relate God's world to God's word and is a basis for sharing insights.

    For more information, see Visual Valet: Personal assistant for Christian thinkers and teachers.

  • What is Transforming Teachersʼ vision and mission?

    Our vision

    Children and young people of the world relating all of life and learning to Christ and the Bible—just like their teachers.

    Our mission

    Mobilizing and equipping teachers  around the world who are called by Christ, committed to  discipleship, and competent to integrate everything they teach with the truth of Godʼs Word—Great Commission teachers planting tomorrowʼs churches today.

    Many doubt the relevance of Christ because Christians have only talked about the Bible and allowed anyone else to teach everything else. Teachers are needed who understand that personally knowing the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer is essential to understanding His world. Our study of Godʼs world must be connected to God and His Word. Lives will be transformed when God is acknowledged as central to all aspects of life here and now, as well as in eternity.

    All Christian teachers everywhere including parents, pastors, children and youth workers need to be involved. Because so many have learned from their teachers to ignore Christ in their classrooms, teachers need help to become the kind of transforming teachers that will prepare by example and instruction the leaders of tomorrow.

    Transforming Teachers exists to help develop distinctively Christian thinking and teaching that will make a difference in the lives of teachers and students alike.

  • Who is Harold Klassen?

    Harold 4 smallBorn in Vancouver, Canada, Harold Klassen has a broad educational background. He earned a Bachelor of Religious Education from Canadian Bible College in 1970, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics and teaching certification from Simon Fraser University in 1975. In 2003, Harold earned a Masters of Science in Education from Philadelphia Bible University.

    After teaching two years in a public school in Canada, Harold joined the staff of Black Forest Academy, a school for missionariesʼ children in Germany. He taught chemistry, physics, math, Bible, and computer science during his years in the classroom from 1977 to 1998. He was also the High School Principal for six years, the schoolʼs librarian for seven years, and responsible for operations for a year.

    Harold was the Business Manager for the German branch of Janz Team from 1998 to 2000. After that, he served as Assistant to the International Director of Janz Team while taking a leadership role in staff development. Harold continues to serve with the mission since it changed its name to TeachBeyond in 2009. He has taught seminars to equip teachers in almost 20 countries including Romania, Poland, China, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia and India.

    Harold’s background played an integral role in shaping his vision for Christian education. As a student in a public university, he found that the pedagogy he was learning wasnʼt congruent with his personal understanding of the nature of man. He resolved to uncover Godʼs purposes and principles for Christian teachers.

    While at Black Forest Academy, Harold delved into the philosophy of distinctively Christian education and began to implement those principles in the classroom. His passion for the subject led him to develop a theoretical framework, which he began to share with other educators who keenly felt the need for God-centered teaching.

    Today, Harold continues to assist teachers around the world as they use their classrooms to shape the thinking of new generations of students. His mission is to equip them to teach their students that all of life and learning is related to Christ and the Bible. Harold pursues this goal through speaking and writing, and youʼll find much of his materials available on this website. It is the culmination of several decades of personal study, experience, and a genuine passion for distinctively Christian thinking and teaching.

    Contact Harold Klassen
    #119 - 33535 King Road
    Abbotsford, BC V2S 6Z5
    +1 604 217 8212