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Steve Whitener

Steve Whitener
Steve Whitener
Social Studies Teacher
Groups: Junior High,High School

What Grade Do You Teach?
Junior High / High School

What Class(es) Do You Teach?
8th Grade World History
American Government
U.S. History
AP U.S. History

CCHS Student Council Advisor

College/Degree Information:
National University (San Diego, CA and San José, Costa Rica), Masters in Business Administration
San Diego State University, B.A. in Public Administration
College of the Desert (Palm Desert, CA), A.A. in Business Administration

Share A Few Things About Yourself
Teaching has been the greatest blessing of my life. While born and raised in Southern California, shortly after earning my MBA, I was recruited to work for a non-profit political foundation in Washington, DC. Beginning there, I subsequently worked in public policy at every level of government:
    Local: Elected and re-elected to four year terms on the Loudoun County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors
    State: Legislative chief of staff for a member of the Virginia General Assembly.
    Federal: Served in the Reagan Administration, working for the federal Legal Services Corporation and the U.S. Department of Education.
    Also, I was elected a member of the Presidential Electoral College, making me one of the 538 people who actually elect a President every four years.

Prior to joining Calvin’s faculty in 2003, I taught for over ten years for a Washington DC area Reformed Christian prep school (The Fairfax Christian School).

Over the years I have spoken before a variety of groups and organizations including The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Baltimore); The American University (Washington, DC); Political officials from the Republic of Tadjikistan I also have had the honor of discussed public policy issues on television and radio, including CNN Newsmaker Saturday and Larry King Live.

In terms of awards and honors, I’ve received the Outstanding Public Service Award from Young Americans for Freedom, a Certificate of Recognition for Service during the Cold War from the U.S. Department of Defense, and have a listing in the Heritage Foundation’s (Washington, DC) Guide to Public Policy Experts.

I have now traveled to 65 countries of the world on six of the seven continents (look out Antarctica!). My favorite destinations include Siem Reap, Dubrovnik, Cusco, St. Petersburg, Kyoto, Selçuk, Luxor, Tallinn, Paris, London, and New York City.

I enjoy organizing travel for the Calvin Christian School community. In the past I’ve organized and conducted tours to some of the world’s great cities, including London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Washington, DC and New York.

I was called to faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at San Diego State University. I am a former elder and presently a communicant member of the Escondido United Reformed Church.

What Is Your Favorite Scripture?
Colossians 3:12 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

How Do You Connect Faith & Learning?
Everything is religious, has a “faith” basis, and nothing is neutral. Interwoven in my teaching is the fundamental fact that there is one God who is shown for us in the Bible. History is God’s providence- always progressing under His faithful, loving care. As a Christian school teacher, I know there is right and wrong, good and bad, justice and injustice. I provide my students a rigorous education and seek to expose postmodernism, nihilism, false gods, and anarchy so we all can know, love, and enjoy God and serve Him and humanity with all their hearts, soul, mind, and strength.