“We live and breathe KICS, as it is God’s school, and He has called us to serve in it.”
Meet Dr. Holly Hixson, one of our seasoned staff members of almost 10 years. Holly is married to Bryan Hixson, who in April 2009 was appointed chairman of the KICS board by the ROC board (Rwanda Outreach and Community Partners). “We have been married for over 25 years,” said Holly. Their two daughters Alexis, 18, and Grace, 13, both study at the school. “We live and breathe KICS, as it is God’s school, and He has called us to serve in it.”
In 2006, Holly and her family experienced Rwanda for the very first time, when they came to start the Presidential Scholars Program with the Ministry of Education; a partnership between the Office of the President of Rwanda and Oklahoma Christian University.
While in Rwanda, the Hixsons worked with KICS founding family, Dave and Jana Jenkins, as Bryan was their missionary liaison to their supporting church in the US. Shortly after their return to America, Holly together with her family came back to Rwanda in 2007. “During the months following our return to the US, the Lord called us to move to Rwanda full-time,” she explained.
As our longest serving staff member, Holly witnessed the early formation of KICS. When asked to share some of her memories, she remarked, “when Dave told us about the idea to start the school, my thinking was that he was out of his mind! Clearly, he wasn’t. KICS grew very rapidly and by the time we returned, it had multiplied several times.”
With many stories and memories to share, Holly finds great fulfillment in the work she is doing at KICS. As she specializes in Chemistry and Critical Thinking, what she finds most rewarding is showing her students that science and faith are completely compatible. Furthermore, teaching them to think critically and to see that God, the greatest designer of all is behind everything, is an aspect of teaching Holly integrates purposefully.
To prepare her students for university and beyond, Holly teaches them to question everything, including what she says. She added, “I teach them this so that they will be able to critically analyze what they are told and not be easily convinced of ideas, this is because everyone has a worldview through which they believe and teach.”
Through her years at KICS, Holly has celebrated several milestones. She shared how one of her first students in Critical Thinking in Advanced Science Topics, who argued with her daily, graduated from KICS and went to Yale in Singapore. “She confronted a professor giving outdated, one-sided scientific information to ridicule Christianity and Christians. Now she and another student are starting an apologetics (scientific proof of faith) club!”
When asked what has kept her and her family at KICS all these years, her answer was simple, yet profound. “God has asked us to be here to help to provide Christ-centered education through an American curriculum, to provide a service and to aid in the development of Rwanda using the gifts God gave us to help others.”
For anyone considering KICS as their next school of study, Holly’s message to you is; “If you are interested in learning how Christ is at the center of everything; every subject, all we do, and would like to get a high-quality education in the process, come and join our family.”