Meet Stephanie Curtis, a new member of staff at KICS. Stephanie first heard about KICS through Dr. and Mrs. Thomas in 2013 and since then has “always loved the vision of KICS and how global the school is.”
Before Stephanie’s journey at KICS began, she worked at Athletes in Action, a branch of Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ). For four years, she led the women’s soccer department connecting with, discipling and reaching out to coaches and players. “It was an awesome combination of my love for God and my love for soccer!” remarked Stephanie.
Stephanie and her husband Jordan had been praying about an opportunity to serve together and when the position for Secondary Bible Teacher opened, they knew the Lord was leading them to come to Rwanda and “help raise servant leaders through KICS.”
Although Stephanie wears many different hats at KICS; her main role is caring for KICS staff and their children. She understands what it is to be a third culture kid as her parents are from Singapore, but she grew up in the United States. “Our staff come from all over the world and I offer support as they transition into a new country, school, and culture. The children of our staff are also going through transition in crucial stages of their lives, so my goal is to create places and times where they can feel safe to be themselves, express their questions and hurts, and feel at home.”
Stephanie organizes programs for staff children based on their age. One of these activities is “Secondary Second Saturdays” which is a fun outing/gathering every second Saturday of the month for high school staff kids. A different kind of activity takes place every other Wednesday afternoon for staff kids in grades 3-5, where Stephanie invites them to her home for a time of games and discussion. She explained that each week is planned so that the game relates to something they are experiencing.
Stephanie’s passion for coaching and her love of soccer have been very helpful for the KICS athletic department. “I also coach our secondary football teams, which is my training and background. I love to coach!” In addition to coaching football, she is passionate about baking. One of her lifelong dreams is to open her own bakery.
“I love the relationships that being part of a school community brings. In all my roles, I have been able to build relationships with students, teachers and parents. I feel like I am able to encourage students to grow in every area because they have come to trust me,” noted Stephanie. Watching students learn to believe in themselves, and work hard to serve those around them is the most fulfilling part of her job.
During her time at KICS, Stephanie hopes that she can impact and make a difference in a few lives. “I remember some of my teachers, coaches and leaders from elementary and secondary school and I am so grateful for them to this day. I hope to have that kind of lasting impact on a few students.”