After serving Campion for eleven years as a Science and Math teacher, Academic Vice Principal, Class and Outdoor Club sponsor, Koinonia and Orchestra member, and in many other roles, Kent Kast has announced that he will be moving to Tennessee this summer.
“My eleven years here at Campion Academy have been a highlight of my teaching career,” Kast shares. “I have enjoyed the many places I have taught but Campion will always hold a special place in my heart. The many memories of working with students in the indoor and the outdoor classrooms will be cherished. From senior survival to ski trips and backpack trips; these are all opportunities to learn more about our world and the One who made it all. Sometimes more is learned, and remembered, from the outdoor classrooms than all the wonderful lectures one listens to. I pray that Campion will always continue the tradition of a strong outdoor education component to the curriculum.”
Kast’s motivation for the move was to be close to his daughter and grandson who are planning a move to the Chattanooga area this summer. Kast explains, “My plans for the time following Campion are still in the development stage. My number one goal is to spend more time with family and to explore where God will lead for the future. I do not have any job lined up as of the writing of this article, but I am exploring teaching and real estate. I will miss everyone here the most and then of course the mountains. I pray for God’s blessing on Campion for many years to come. I also look forward to a great alumni gathering in God’s kingdom.”
Our news team asked a few students to share the impact Mr. Kast has had on them at Campion:
Duda De Oliveria reflected, “I’ve had Mr. Kast as a teacher for Chemistry and Pre-Calc, and I can definitely say that those classes were some of my favorites at Campion. Mr. Kast is an amazing teacher who’s always willing to help anyone. I’m sure wherever he goes he will be appreciated, and I know Campion will miss him a lot.”
Jahir Marcenaro stated, “I first met Mr. Kast on a mission trip in Africa, and when I came to Campion it felt nice to have known a teacher and to have someone who’s familiar. With Mr.Kast, I can tell he really cares about every one of his students and he helps them as much as possible to make them succeed. He would take his time to make sure everyone understands before any test or quiz. Overall, he is very kind and loving and that’s something I really appreciate about him.”
Karson Lee commented, “Not only is Mr. Kast a phenomenal teacher, but he is also a great leader. Many of us students look up to Mr. Kast. He is a friend to many students, and he has left a footprint into Campion’s history. He will be missed by all in the coming years."